I've been preparing some prints for an upcoming exhibition, details here , and stumbled across this shot, which has be prepared and ready to post since last year.
It was taken on our trip to the Czech Republic , just before Christmas last year. I'm not sure why I skipped over posting it, but it jumped out at me , so I'm putting it up now :-)
What I particularly like about the lamppost is it's perfectly straight, but the cap is tipped to the side, it's a lamppost with style!
One from before Christmas in the Czech capital. It's not supposed to be perfectly straight either, I like the organic nature of the cobbles and wanted to compose it a bit off centre-ish.
This shot is a candid snaphot on the streets of Prague, another from our visit just before Christmas.
I don't have masses to say about it, apart from the fact I found these 2 interesting enough to want to take a photo of, and although the shot is not as sharp as usual , due to the low light from overcast weather and shooting handheld at 200mm (300mm 35mm equiv) , I'm reasonably happy with it.
I know posting pictures of homeless people is supposed to be a cliche and it probably is, I work in the West End of London and see a lot of homeless people, street sleepers, addicts etc.. but i'd never seen anyone begging in such an extreme manner like this, and it humbled me a bit. This style of begging , if you can call it that seems to be the trend in the Czech capital as we saw on our visit.
I don't have much more to say about this one, I think it speaks for itself.
Back to Prague , this time in one of the beautiful parks they have in the city. This is a pretty straight shot, and compositionally i'm pretty happy with it. Processing wise , It's just been desaturated a little and muted down, but not much else.
I had hoped to post a colour version of the forest shot, Radiant #1 today, but we were out longer than expected and so it isn't quite ready, so it's back to Prague airport for one more time. As with the other airport shots it was shot through glass, and so is not super sharp.
What attracted me to this picture is the flow of the lines through the frame and the isolated baggage truck tucked way up in the corner, it has a starkness that I find attractive.
Hopefully i'll get back to the forest shots tomorrow, but for now.....
Firstly thanks for the positive comments on yesterdays post, i really appreciate them.
Unlike yesterdays, which was captured on the spur of the moment, this one, shortly afterwards, is obviously posed, which the couple were happy to do. This is one aspect of photography that i'm enjoying, building the courage to talk to complete strangers and meet new people. It's always nice when people are happy to take part.
The 1st of the two images was lightly cross processed for a more retro feel, this one is more straight forward with just a little desaturation of the background and boosting of the foreground.
I really like the gentleman's expression, he was a real character and very happy to talk, shame i missed the fact the lady wasn't quite looking at camera, but I love her glasses and style all the same, a couple of real characters!
Fancied a change from the landscapes today and as i'm coming to the end of the Prague series, i wanted to post a couple of the characters we saw there. These two friends were just watching the world go by and pointing things out, as you'll see in tomorrows shot, they were more than happy to pose for a couple of snaps...and you may just be able to spot me reflected in someones glasses?!
This is the second of the Prague airport shots, and in the same way as yesterday's post, it was shot through glass, and is not a sharp as i'd like. This is the stronger, bolder of the two grades and i think i prefer the toning of this one marginally, although it's hard to decide. If you have an opinion, let me know what you think.
I'm coming to the end of my Prague series now, as i'd like to post some more U.K. shots , I do have a couple of portraits that i'm going to post over the next couple of days, a couple of interesting characters :-) , but then i'm done. This shot was taken at the airport in Prague and was shot through glass, so it's probably not a sharp as i'd like. We were on our way home and a huge storm was coming in and the sky started to look really menacing. I'm have an alernative angle and toning of this shot which i'll post tomorrow, it would be interested to here which one you prefer and why.
Well, 1st post of 2008 and another shot from Prague, this is an old pair of scales that were in the window of one of the traditional Christmas shops. Not much to say about this one really , i just liked the colour and beaten up old paint. Happy New Year!
As a 'yoof' of the 80's i was really into Hip Hop and, naturally, graffiti too. Tagging trains , walls, anything, went hand in hand with the music. Now in my 30's rather than tagging walls i'm going about taking pictures of other people's tags on walls. This 'piece' happens to be in Prague's old town, i still love the fonts that people use for tags, the chunky text..."ah the smell of aerosol...", now where did i leave that marker pen?
Anyway, about the shot,i thought i'd give the black and white shots a rest for a while. This one i really like just for the simple shape and text against the plain background of the wall. Compositionally the sloping floor bugs me a little bit as it interferes with the clean look of the shot, but i didn't want to crop any tighter so that's the compromise, if you're reading this and care to comment let me know what you think?
This is the next in the series of Prague photos that i'm going to be posting. This shot was taken in one of the many squares that inhabit Prague's old town. One thing i particularly like about the city, is the attention to detail everywhere, most of the streets and pavements are covered in these small cobbles, an amazing feet of work, they add a lovely texture and richness to the city.
This shot was taken with my new 50mm prime , which is a f1.8, and i'm enjoying the tigher DOF that i have available now.
This is the first of a series of pictures that i'm going to be posting of Prague.We were there a couple of weeks ago doing some Christmas shopping and it really is a beautiful city and i shot a lot of pictures. I've been hunting around trying to find something festive to post, but nothing has jumped out as of yet, so instead i'm putting this up, a moody B&W of the run down station in Prague center.