Thursday, 23 March 2017

A Photo a Day #82

Up There

Looking up at the sky, I saw a seagull...

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A Photo a Day #81

Back to Funland for today's photo. I called it 'Loud' as a contrasting shot to yesterday's, but somehow they both link in terms of the artwork element. You have to love that yesteryear funfair imagery! Not sure if you'd get away with that if it was designed today!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A Photo a Day #80


Taken down a street in Chichester, as I took the picture, some others flocked to capture it to. This appears to be a Banksy-inspired piece, very skilfully done, perhaps a comment on capitalism?

Monday, 20 March 2017

A Photo a Day #79

Out of Season

This effect was applied in post production. The colours were also amped up a little (but not hugely). Hayling Island is a place I absolutely love to go for photography. The last time I was there I didn't have a proper camera, but posted about it here. It was great fun this weekend to re-visit armed with my Sony A5000 and to re-take some of the interesting shots I got last time on my camera phone.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

A Photo a Day #78

You may notice a theme if you have seen any of my other 'A Photo a Day' images: I have an interest in shop windows and in the reflections I can capture. There's perhaps a little bit of context here in the reflection or some food for thought, you could say. 

This was taken at Hayling Island's infamous, fabulously-horrendous seaside attraction, Funland. I blogged about it a long while ago now and it is such a throwback- I love it. See my original post here.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

A Photo a Day #77

Zoomed in, I captured a man feeding the crows and seagulls. It was like something out of a the Hitchcock film, The Birds.

Friday, 17 March 2017

A Photo a Day #76

My Baby
Maisie is 17 months old and cuter than ever.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

A Photo a Day #75

Man About Town
I took a similar photo of my brother in London a few years ago and I took opportunity to create this portrait on my recent trip when we went to see The Divine Comedy. I'm not sure what I think about the blurring. On one hand it suggests some movement as he strolls through the underpass; on the other it isn't as crisp as I would have liked. As it was an evening shot and also not posed, I had to work quickly. Unfortunately, I had to crop out someone walking past him to the right, so there isn't as much width as I would have liked. I do, however, like the range of tones in the image. 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A Photo a Day #74

Ripples and Reflections

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

A Photo a Day #73

Car Wash 1
We took the car for a bath, so I brought my camera!

Monday, 13 March 2017

A Photo a Day #72

Spring is here!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A Photo a Day #71

Ganton Street, February 2017

The electrical substation on Ganton Street (just off Carnaby Street in London) features this illumination as a permanent installation. It has been there since 2001 and they change the design of the plug socket every now and again. I captured it alight in the evening. 

A Cheery Blush for a Gloomy Sunday: Suratt Ponceau

This gorgeous bright poppy hued powder blush by Suratt looked a bit loud for my pale complexion until I tried it recently. I came across it in my 2016 Liberty advent calendar, but wasn't in love with the shade at first sight. Now I love it!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

A Photo a Day #70

Day at the Theatre
Taken at the London Palladium in February, I really like the intimacy of this portrait.

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Friday, 10 March 2017

A Photo a Day #69

A Shoot

An impromptu shot of a photoshoot in Soho. I wonder if anyone was taking a snap of me photographing the photographer.

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

A Photo a Day #68

Beautiful lines against a white sky seen whilst crossing Waterloo Bridge and looking up. My lens needed a clean!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

A Photo a Day #67

A Fine Chap

I love ducks, but do find them challenging to photograph. The ducks where I visited my friend in Essex recently are very tame. I'm really pleased with the detail here!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

A Photo a Day #66

The Art of Persistence
1/250     F11     ISO 800

The ugly, mundane and macabre are subjects I find a lot of beauty in. I really admire photographers (or indeed any artist or musician) who can tell a story through their work. This is what I wanted to achieve here.

This was taken (if I remember rightly) walking across Waterloo Bridge in London. The spikes clearly did not put off this graffiti artist and the humour of the pieces of clothing caught up in them was too much to resist! There's something both heroic and stupid about this scene.

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Monday, 6 March 2017

A Photo a Day #65


1/60     F4.0     ISO 1000

If you saw my photo 'Heads' from a few days ago you will recognise the format here. This is another photo taken of a display in Liberty's while recently in London. I loved the curious anthropomorphic images (popular in the Victorian era), especially as they are quite creepy!

I've done something a little different here, bringing up the background colour and turning some paintings to greyscale which I did to make the others really pop out from the blue background.
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Sunday, 5 March 2017

A Photo a Day #64

1/60     F4.0     ISO 800

Liberty of London department store is probably the most famous in the city due to its traditional 1920's Tudor revival building. The store is just stunning even as you walk through the front doors where there are beautiful flower displays. The Grade II listed building is so charming with its squeaking staircases and traditional woodcarved features. 

The luxury goods on offer range from (my favourite) beauty brands- many of which which are very niche- to homewear and objets d'art. The staff are also very approachable and come across as if they value every customer. Regular customers may spend a fortune, but even a lowly serf like myself without the means to go wild with a credit card has received excellent service on the occasions where I've purchased anything there. 

This view from one of the upper floors highlights the beauty of this fabulous shopping haven.
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Saturday, 4 March 2017

A Photo a Day #63


1/200     F10     ISO 800

Taken on Gerrard Street, Soho, the perspective here is almost but not quite ideal for the shot. This beautiful street in London is known as Chinatown and features many Chinese restaurants and businesses. The red lanterns adorn the streets and make for great photos (I imagine they are there following the Chinese new year in late January).

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Friday, 3 March 2017

A Photo a Day #62

Strolling along the streets of Soho on a windy February evening, I came across Julian Opie's new permanent art installation entitled 'Shaida Walking'. This double-sided LED animation captures the image of a girl walking at a quick pace towards Carnaby Street. 

Opie says of his piece:
'I wanted to draw people just the way they look walking down my street, any street...I found a public spot and placed the object on a plinth like a bronze statue of a civic hero to stride endlessly as a living drawing and as part of the crowd.'

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

A Photo a Day #61

On a leisurely stroll around Liberty's in London, I chanced by this intriguing wall display. These pricey interpretations on the traditional hunter's trophies have a charm about them and I particularly liked the arrangement of them all looking in different directions.

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A Photo a Day #60

1/320     F1.8     ISO 6400
My aim here was to re-create a Nighthawks-style scene. It was 11:30 at night and I loved the warmth of the light from the window against the grey of the building. I used a 'miniature' editing feature, which helped to pull the focus onto the people in the window and detract from the inevitable noise due to the low light conditions outside.

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