Thought I’d set myself a new goal; tackling street photography. On the face of it it sounds very simple and straight forward doesn’t it? And I’m sure that it is possible to walk around surreptitiously capturing images unbeknownst to the suspecting public particularly with a lovely long lens. But unless you happen to be in one of the big cities like London, where tourists with cameras are at every turn, people tend to be a bit suspicious of someone aiming a camera lens at them. And unaccustomed as I am to approaching complete strangers to ask to take their picture, this is to be my challenge over the coming weeks. On my first adventure I accompanied my good friend and fellow photographer, Yvonne Lishman – for a bit of moral support and all that! Here are the results of my endeavours from yesterday.
In our continually hurried lives it’s easy to take the world around us for granted. The British summer is a time of abundance in our beautiful countryside and I wanted to capture some of it’s glory by showing a gorgeous girl amidst the stunning fields of gold in the early evening sunlight. My aim was to portray the warmth of the sun matched by the golden hues of the barley, along with the simple pleasure of just feeling the sun on one’s face.
Regular viewers will know that from time to time I do ‘test’ shoots with aspiring models. Last week was another such occasion when I got together with some friends for a location shoot with the lovely Elizabeth. Sneinton Market is not an area of Nottingham you might immediately think of to photograph, but it does provide a great variety of backdrops, and all within about a 50 feet radius.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Elizabeth again, who coped admirably with the cold conditions and never once complained. I’d also like to thank her two friends who came along to do hair and makeup and offer their support – they were great fun and a joy to meet. And so here are my favourite images from the afternoon to which I’ve just added creative borders for that finishing touch.
Had the opportunity of another model shoot this week. On Tuesday evening, fellow photographer, Cathy Higgins and I, were joined by not one, but two gorgeous models; Andreia and Elijah. We took them to the excellent location of my neighbour, Colin’s scrap yard, and found plenty of inspiration amongst the old tractors and other machinery. Josine did a great job with the make-up, and a word of thanks to Elijah’s cousin who helped out as photographers’ assistant.
Image of the Week. This reflection, taken in Lace Market Square, appealed to me because of the strong and varied shapes of the architechture and also the soft muted colours.
I took this shot at Wollaton Park, Nottingham with a Nikon D200 & 70-300mm lens. Although the deer are very used to people at the park, you have to remain respectful, and keep a certain distance. On a separate occasion, one doe grew tired of my intrusion and started to come at me – I learnt my limit and backed off, but that’s wildlife photography for you, you have to take that element of danger if you want the shot.