Tagged: Street photography

It’s Saturday–Time For Black And White

The last three weeks have been pretty hectic with not much time for photography. A quick trip to Big Pool Wood and Talacre lighthouse to test the new camera and last Saturday I managed to arrange a day In Chester to take some photographs….and as usual the best laid plans etc. It was raining, dark grey skies, really overcast, but “plans is plans” and off I went. A good few weeks back I did a post about Chester Cathedral and Saturday was supposed to have been the architecture, Chester has some amazing Black and White buildings and covered walkways, called The Rows. The E-M1 Mk2 is weather-proof, so rain doesn’t really matter too much, apart from getting spots of water on the lens front, guaranteed to happen if you are shooting architecture, so Plan B, I always have a plan, was dusted off and brought into action. Street Photography.

The lovely thing about street photography is the best of is absolutely no way you can stage or even think of – it just like – it happened and isn’t it weird and it is gone.. I think the crazies stuff is the stuff that is generally real and the stuff you can make up is less impressive. – Matt Stuart

If you understand what Matt was saying, let me know.

Wet Chester

See what I mean about those lovely Black and White buildings, another day, maybe. I found a good spot to stand, it’s directly opposite me just to the left of the steps and two windows in. One it was out of the rain, you can see the dry spot on the street, and two it was ideal for catching my victims unwilling subjects as they came round the corner.

No matter what city you are in, at least here in the UK, Saturday is always good for Hen and Stag parties as the next two photographs show.

Strange People

Here comes the bride, can’t understand why she has shut her eyes, maybe it’s a surprise

Bride To Be

Chester is one of those town, they see so many tourists and photographers that they really don’t pay that much attention to another fool with a camera…..

I'm On The Phone

…..and those Black and White buildings are really fantastic to photograph. Just a shame people get in the way.

Friends

I’ve heard of The Leaning Tower Of Pisa, even been and visited it, but this is some serious lean. Ooops! It’s me. I haven’t got the horizon straight.

The Tower

Coffee time, at this point in the day I could do with one myself. This is another nice spot to take a photograph. People seem totally unaware that I’m standing there.

Coffee Time

On the same street, just a little bit further up and another convenient spot to take photographs.

Street photography is a renewable resource. If you don’t like what you see wait 5 minutes or walk a hundred feet. – Craig Coverdale

The Two Of Us

Watch out! They’re coming. On a wet day like Saturday he was doing a roaring trade in selling umbrella’s.

Smoke Time

….and there were lots of them about. Big ones, small one, all designed to poke your eye out. I’m tall and when I walk about in areas where there are lots of umbrellas I have to keep a constant eye, excuse the pun, for someone with their head down, scurrying along, underneath an umbrella.

Tourists

In Chester, there is a great area called The Rows. It’s a series of covered walkways with shops on one side that allow you to get about without getting wet. Well that’s how I look at it….

The Rows - Chester

Of course there are those who don’t mind getting wet, I other the other hand do like to keep dry, so this was taken from that nice little sheltered spot I mentioned earlier.

Happy Clappy

My final photograph for this week . I hope you enjoyed viewing them as much as I did taking them – Mike

The Two Of Us Again

Fujiholics Liverpool Photowalk–Sep 2016

Saturday saw me in Liverpool for the Fujiholics Liverpool Photowalk. But with my Olympus E-M1 still in for repair I was using a 6-year-old Point and Shoot camera. Not the greatest camera in the world, with a poor battery life, but hey it takes photographs and being small is pretty discrete. But I’ve never really worked seriously with this little camera so it’s going to be interesting to see if I can get some half decent results from it. One thing though, there I am on Saturday morning, no camera bag, no heavy camera, with the advantage of total freedom. Now all I need are some good results.

Today I’m going to be using Black and White for my photographs and I’m starting with the reflection of one of the towers of the iconic Liver Building in the window of a restaurant.

Oh Me Oh My

Good start, but I’m noticing there’s quite a lot of noise with this little camera, especially in the darker areas but you have to work with what you’ve got.

Your equipment DOES NOT affect the quality of your image. The less time and effort you spend worrying about your equipment the more time and effort you can spend creating great images. The right equipment just makes it easier, faster or more convenient for you to get the results you need. – Ken Rockwell – Your Camera Does Not Matter, 2005

Tattoo Shop

What a strange photograph! The shop is in perfect focus. The two ladies are blurred, fair enough, but it almost looks like they are partially see through. I’m not knocking it in any way and if I tried to get something like this with the Olympus, I probably never could, unless I used a tripod and slowed the shutter speed right down which incidentally was 1/30 sec @f3.7

As we slowly make our way around a pre-planned route it’s inevitable that the large group we started with will break up into smaller groups as people stop to take photographs. That’s fine follow the map and you can soon catch up with everyone. But on these photowalks the route can be anywhere between 3 and 5 Km so come prepared

A photographer may not just walk the streets but he/she does a lot of walking, with a purpose, so the most important piece of equipment after the camera is a good pair of shoes. A writer can do a lot of work from a hotel room but a photographer has to be there, so he/she is in for a hell of a lot hiking. – David Hurn

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Telephones! Nowadays everyone is one the phone. You can get very close and they probably won’t notice you, especially with a little camera. But one of the things I have noticed, these are very flat, smooth. Probably because they are out of focus. Maybe I’m just too close to people.

On The Phone

Now this wasn’t intentional, because at the time I didn’t know I was getting poor results, but in the photograph below, it’s much more in focus and that’s because I was standing further away

Smokie Mo's

I like the one above. He started laughing and joking with me. He knew I was taking photographs but was quite happy for me to go ahead. Now this next one is the same. it looked so interesting and working on the principle of “if you don’t ask you don’t get” I went into the barbers and asked if it was ok. They were totally happy  to let me take some photographs and just carried on as though I wasn’t there, except of course they guy in the background who sort of started posing.

Haircut

There’s a lot of regeneration going on in Liverpool with old buildings being knocked down to make way for the new.

Regeneration

Finally I’d like to leave you with my only colour photograph of the day. . The bride knew we were coming and so a lot of photographers gathered to capture her and her husband when the emerged from Saint George’s hall. After the Pro Tog had done the official photographers we were allowed to take some as well.

The Wedding

Congratulations to the newly married couple. That’s it from me

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun

I can’t believe it’s Friday and I’m sitting in my office not having completed this weeks challenge, well I can. Of late I have been really tardy in getting the challenge in but life seems to be getting in the way at the moment. But better late than never.

Where is the picture? Deadline is less than an hour away, this is a multi-million dollar operation…….. and it waits for no one! – Anonymous

I wish I was a multi-million dollar operation, although thinking about it, I’d probably get bored if I was, a multi-millionaire, that is.

Anyway. Fun! Let’s get started. I’ve always liked this photograph of a father and son diving off the pier into Loch Lomond. It was purely a grab shot for me that I took on a trip back to Scotland to see my father. With a few hours off I paid a quick trip to Loch Lomond, just north of Glasgow. I have fond memories of here, walking up Ben Lomond, the mountain you can see in the background, shrouded by cloud. It’s where I first took up photography as a kid, really expensive then, not like today’s digital age.

Water Fun

I don’t know who spotted who first. I was lurking, waiting to take some street photographs in Liverpool, down near the Albert Docks. This gentleman saw me and started posing. I couldn’t really refuse. I even showed him the photograph, I think he liked it

Photograph Me

A photographer from a well know national magazine was assigned to cover the fires at Yellowstone National Park. The magazine wanted to show some of the heroic work of the fire fighters as they battled the blaze. When the photographer arrived, he realized that the smoke was so thick that it would seriously impede or make it impossible for him to photograph anything from ground level. He requested permission to rent a plane and take photos from the air. His request was approved and arrangements were made. He was told to report to a nearby airport where a plane would be waiting for him. He arrived at the airport and saw a plane warming up near the gate. He jumped in with his bag and shouted, “Let’s go!” The pilot swung the little plane into the wind, and within minutes they were in the air. The photographer said, “Fly over the park and make two or three low passes so I can take some pictures.” “Why?” asked the pilot. “Because I am a photographer,” he responded, “and photographers take photographs.” The pilot was silent for a moment; finally he stammered, “You mean you’re not the flight instructor?” – Anonymous

Fire

OK! The joke is corny and predictable, but hey, this week’s challenge is fun. Which takes me to my next photograph. Look how happy they are, performing at the Llandudno air-show. These girls could sing and with their 40’s style music they were certainly attracting a lot of attention on the sea-front

The Siren Sisters

Who can’t have fun with bubbles? They’re great to photograph I know that.

Bubbles

Anyone for cake. I found these little stickers whilst wandering around the venue for a wedding. Just thought it would go well with the absolutely scrumptious wedding cake. OK, it was a bit of an opportunistic grab shot taken with my little point and shoot camera. I never take my pro camera to weddings. I don’t want to be Uncle Bob. Trust me, you see them at every wedding. The little point and shoot is great for those photographs that the official tog is not interested in. Uncle Bob doing his thing on the dance floor, Auntie Jane having more than her fair share of “nippy sweeties” and afterwards ending up as a right “nippy sweetie”. You’re going to have to Google that one. I’m not explaining it. Besides I need the clicks….

52 in 2015 Week 40 Food

OK! Last one for this week. I have never seen the attraction of paddling a boat, especially when you are likely to get wet or fall out and bang your head or worse still, swallow a lot of water that contains all sorts of bugs and stuff. Nope! Dry land for me. But it does make for a good action photograph.

52 in 2015 Week 46 Motion

Right that’s it for this week and as usual here’s some bloggers who are writing about this very same subject. Amazing that.

I used to be indecisive… Weekly photo challenge- Forties Fun
The Harlequin Tea Set Camden Town’s Colourful Street Art
lindylecoq ~ Weekly Photo Challenge – Fun! ~
Photocracy It’s fun!
Dot knows! (elleturner4) Weekly Photo Challenge- Fun
Mantis Mayhem – DirtRoadWife
Annika Kellner foto Weekly Photo Challenge – Fun
A Certain Slant of Light Photography Party Animal
Nature & Travel Photos WPC – FUN
Weekly Photo Challenge- Fun

Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant

Better late than never, but having only just got home I’ve been struggling to get this weeks challenge completed in time, especially as I really wanted to show you some photographs from Lindisfarne, the Holy Island. So a quick compromise. One photograph taken several years back during a photowalk around Liverpool.

Photograph Me

That’s all folks, here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

Jubilant – The Lounge
Through the Lens of my Life Jubilant!
The Good Life Jubliant
R and P Photography Weekly Photo Challenge – Jubilant
PUTUJUĆI blog Great moves on the streets of Manchester
Jennifer Sawicky Photography 2016-05-24- WPC Jubilant
O’Neill Photography & Design
Jubilant … – Nenny’s Corner
Jubilant – Cassie’s Stories
Chasing Serenity with a Lens Weekly Photo Challenge- Jubilant

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Love

Short one this week. I’ve been so busy with everything but photography. Whilst on my Berlin trip I came upon this man and his dog. From the way he dresses he looks like he could be down on his luck, but the dog looks well fed and very muscular. Who am I to say though? I don’t really know his circumstances.

One Man And His Dog

Anyway he hangs around Alexander Platz in the centre of Berlin and for a donation he will get the dog to sort of perform on the skate-board. Or you can buy a bratwurst from one of the street vendors who frequent this area which he shares with the dog.

That’s it for this week. Here’s what others are saying about this weeks challenge

The Photographer Smiled… Souvenir of a love
One Love – Where I Ought To Be
Michelle Lunato Photography Family. Together With One Love
Hot Dogs and Marmalade First Grandchild
Ain’t Mine No More Weekly Photo Challenge- One Love
Street Art- Don’t Hate! – Susan Rushton
Jonathan Dudley Photography WPC – One Love
Anna Begins One Love
Jude’s Photography Weekly Photo Challenge- One Love
Maria Morera Johnson WPC- One Love