Random night photography…

Got inspired this evening by seeing the moon out in a mostly clear sky, which then got some lower cloud cover to make things interesting.  So we took a random walk with an old Sigma 28-300mm “travelling” lens stuck on the front of the D40.

Moon backlighting clouds - what amazed me so much was how little of the real dynamic range of the scene could actually be captured by the camera. Either the moon blows out or the clouds disappear. Anyone come across a way of dealing with this, without resorting to HDR methods?





Prom Praise for Schools Photography

Continuing the photography posting yesterday, here’s some shots taken at the Royal Albert Hall a couple of weeks ago for Prom Praise for Schools.  An altogether different event to the main Prom Praise last weekend, but no less complete even for us adults, who clearly were not the target audience.  These shots were taken with a humble D40, using either my modern 50mm f1.8 lens, or my much older 135mm f3.5 lens.

Prom Praise 2011 photography

Been doing a fair bit of events photography for friends lately, and last weekend I was at the Royal Albert Hall testing a Nikon D200 body with my “antique” 135mm lens that I think I might have posted about some time ago.  (Ooh look, I did)  The body itself was a delight to use, and gives a slight improvement on image noise in high ISO settings.  The noise it gives is somehow more pleasant, giving slightly larger and smoother grain patterns than the D40 I currently own.

Here’s some of the images I captured of a rather lively evening:

Homeless: explore and reflect

Walking to work from London Charing Cross so often as I do, I regularly come across people, situations or slogans that make me think a little outside my usual perspective. This morning’s journey was no exception.

The National Gallery is running another campaign to get visitors through its doors, with the words “Explore and reflect” splashed across its main hoardings. But what made me take a second look at the scene was the homeless man basking nearby in the sunshine, apparently surrounded by his worldly possessions and looking decidedly lost. The kind of lost that is not formed by having only just arrived, but for having been here for far too long. Without a home and seemingly without a hope, all he could do for comfort was drink in the beauty of his surroundings. I hope his situation brings some perspective on my own thoughts and attitudes today, as I deal with whatever ‘crises’ life and work will throw at me. I took a picture to remind me of all of this:


Maybe one day I’ll get over myself and summon up the courage to strike up a conversation, to see what’s what.

Claire Robinson (Band) – “Conversations with the Night”

A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of attending our good friend Claire Robinson’s second CD launch party with her band – this time at St Peter’s Church on Vere Street, just off the bustling Oxford Circus.  The support act was a slightly shy but extremely talented Matthew Wight.  Not sure I want to do a “review” here, but suffice it to say that I would love to hear more from both acts as their careers develop.

Of course I couldn’t go to a gig without taking the camera, so here are some pics that I think give a flavour of the evening we very much enjoyed!

Jeremy and Trudy’s UK Wedding Celebration

Finally gotten around to processing pics from last weekend, thought I’d share.