This isn't normally the sort of shot I would post on Lightflows and it wasn't what I was intending on photographing this day, but this little chap landed alongside me whilst I was framing up a landscape shot. He was only a couple of meters away and I couldn't resist taking a photograph, so I've decided to post it!
I've been busy working on an update to the site. I am changing my hosting next month and felt that with that upgrade I would re-vamp the site a bit - It was coded when I was new to html and css and I've learned a bit since then. That said, it's not going to be a radical change, I'm going to add some new features, like a 'collection browser' , groups of images that work well together as a collection. The blog will pretty much be the same with maybe some graphical additions here and there. Should be up next month...
O.K. so after a little detour into Spain, I've returned to the Morocco series I had intended to post.
This shot is from the dusty little village we visited just outside Asila in Northern Morocco and must be the local taxi rank. This shot was taken from the car window on our way out of the village, and again, what attracted me the the subject, is the texture and colours of the building and the colorful character sitting on the chair.
This is a shot of our friend Maria walking her sisters dog through the streets of San Sebastian.
The blur is in camera and was achieved by quickly zooming out using my wide 12-24mm lense.
This is another of the Wander gesellen' or 'Wandering Apprentice' we met at the recent party in Austria. I can't remember this fellows name, but he was a friendly guy and I think that comes through in this photo.
I'm off to the British Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend and am hiring the Nikon 200-400 VR which should be a bit of fun!
This is Dirk, he is one of the many 'Wander gesellen' or 'Wandering Apprentice' we met at the recent party in Austria. He was a very nice guy and intriguing character.
Germany, Austria and Switzerland have a very old tradition of travelling apprentices which has seen an increase in popularity over the last few decades. They are mostly traditional trades and we met carpenters, metal workers , Piano makers and book binders. They wear a traditional costume for working which looks something like the Amish may where.
On embarking their journey, the apprentice , once qualified to a certain level, leaves their home town and travels around Europe or the World working at jobs and improving their skills. They are not allowed to return to within 50km of their home for 3 years.
We were at the homecoming party of one of the other 'Wander gesellen' and it was an amazing site to see.
Another one in a mini-series from the archives. This was shot on Boxing Day 2006 , again in Morocco. And as I mentioned in the last post, unfortunately, this sort of scene is common place too.
We travel to Morocco every other year as Idoya my fiancée has family there, although pre-warned , I was really shocked the first time I went there and saw the poverty first hand.
A bit of archive raiding tonight, I haven't got any new images to post at the moment, or the ones I do have aren't quite ready to go onto the site :-)
I've been working at home in my new role for the last 4 weeks and you'd expect that I'd have more time to shoot. As it turns out , starting a company is , like everyone says, hard work! But very rewarding all the same.
For those that haven't been to Morocco , this sort of scene is common place, people just chill out and relax , a world a way from the Western world!
Apologies for the sporadic posting, I've been super busy with one thing or another , but got out and shot new material today. I aiming to get back to posting everyday again in the next week. Thanks to everyone who's been stopping by in the last few days, I'll try to visit your sites and give some feedback tomorrow :-)
I'm feeling like posting some abstract-ish subjects and have been trying something a little experimental recently, this shot was taken at a seminar I attended today. The room I was in, awash with sunlight, made a perfect shooting opportunity, and this gentlements head, smooth , set against the suede, caught my attention. I'm drawn to the textures.
Lastly, i'm going to start posting my images a little bigger, as I figure in this day in age , most people have 1000 pixel plus monitors. I will probably code the page to display the smaller resolution, but until then, let me know if you have problems viewing the images at this size, or if you have to scroll excessively.
O.k. :-) Back to posting once a day!
I have some shots from the beach to post, but am going to take a break from those for a coupkle of days.
This snapshot is from last week , i've been getting out at lunchtimes and taking a few shots around town. I saw this chap at the British Museum. I've got some other London shots in the coming days and then back to the beach for a couple more.Yesterday's EXIF data will be up shortly. Lastly thanks for all the comments and support and particulary a special thankyou or gracias! to 'El Jefe' from Rodadura for linking to Lightlflows from his site, many thanks :-)
Just a short post tonight, as i've come down with a bug and have been off work sick today, hopefully be back o form tomorrow :-)
I discovered this shot whilst looking through my archives of Morocco at the weekend, it's from a few years ago now and I don't why i'd previously overlooked it. It was taken driving through one of the small, hilly villages on the outskirts of Tangier, this lady is wearing the traditional peasant clothes, I like the bold colours and think they work really well together.
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.
This portrait was taken in a small square by a Church in the Czech republic. There was a small, candlelit Christmas shrine in the square which I may publish a picture of tomorrow.
This lady was sitting quietly, asking visitors for a small donation, which we did, then I asked for a shot, well sort of haggled really. I'm still getting used to asking complete strangers for a picture. Initially reluctant and shying away she turned round and gave us this beautiful natural smile!
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.
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?!
So, i've been trying to take some more portraits on the street, this is
a) To overcome my fear of approaching random people and asking for their pictures and..
b) To get some nice portrait shots in the porfolio.
This is at a nut selling stall in a market in Tangiers, the Moroccans don't seem to like having their pictures taken at all,especially women, as Muslim, this crosses some boundaries, so this was even more challenging. I pulled out the camera and had a quick snap, as you can see the stall holder in the background is trying to disuade me from taking the picture. I'm prettty happy with the shot as the boy has a great gaze into or through the lense.
When friends have looked at this picture they remark that i caught the moment perfectly with the tie flying over the shoulder and the jacket having a lot of motion. The truth of this picture is that this guy is a street performer working around Barcelona, and he stand still most of the day with tis expression. The clothes and tie have wire frame in them to keep them rigid, I like his expression, he was quite a character.