Friday, 31 October 2014
Happy Halloween to everyone who celebrates it and to the others hope you had a great Friday!
I went to a pub for some drinks in the evening and to celebrate Halloween in my usual scary costume, dressed as myself! ;)
Once I got there she opened the door to let me in so I had to take a photo and it came out better than expected so I had my photo of the day.
I processed the GR JPG in Snapseed on my Nexus 5 phone so this is the photo you see here.
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Took this photo while out for a walk around Streatham today.At first I only saw the two guys in the back and liked the half open shutter with the hands reaching down. While I was crossing the street to take the photo the police woman and other guy walked across the photo and made it a lot better than I expected.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
It's been a grey and rainy day so I only went out for a walk in the evening. I took the GRD I with me to take some grainy b&w photos but it was quite dark and most came out quite blurry due to user error on my part. This is the only photo that I kept and despite there being some camera shake I do like it.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
This was one of the first photos I took today, it was while waiting for the train to London Bridge. While I have been taken quite a few more photos around London Bridge, Tower Bridge and the City, I liked this one best.
Monday, 27 October 2014
Sunday, 26 October 2014
Took this photo while out for a walk in the evening with the Panasonic GF1 and the Canon FD 50mm lens. It's funny how using these old cameras again feels so different now, still it's nice taking them out every now and then and see if it's still worth keeping them around.
Saturday, 25 October 2014
Friday, 24 October 2014
Today, I set off specifically to take some low light, grainy b&w photos with the GRD I and figured I might as well use the 40mm adapter again. There just is something about the b&w image quality at ISO 1600 of the GRD I that I don't get with most other cameras.
Thursday, 23 October 2014
I am not that often in the City at the moment and while I don't miss it that much, I do like the area around the Barbican.
Since I had to go to the City today, it was a good opportunity to walk around the Barbican for a bit and take some photos.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Sometimes it's good to talk about a photograph and other times you can let the photograph do the talking.
There is however always something interesting at these underpasses where it feels like you might get mugged or killed if you walk through too late at night. It's fun to take photos though and maybe in the coming days I'll post a photo of he burnt out bin inside that tunnel.
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
After finishing my 'Round The World' trip and being back in London it was strange, at first it felt like I was still travelling and just at another place on my travels so I kept taking photos and walking around as usual.
Then after a very short time in London I decided to head to Germany and stay there for a few weeks, visit Photokina and try to see where to next.
The past weeks finally have seen me back in London and looking for jobs, going to interviews and selling some of my stuff on ebay to reduce clutter (after living out of a small backpack for a year everything not needed feels like clutter).
After taking hundreds of photos every day and over 60,000 photos during my trip I also took it a bit easier with my photography. That's not to say that I haven't been taking photos but I have taken many with my phone and didn't take a photo every day.
I didn't know how and when I would continue my blog but it always feels like there is something missing when I don't post.
Where and how to continue was a bigger challenge and I went through a few ideas but have now decided to just start with today's photos and back fill the days I have some good photos from the past weeks, including my Photokina posts and some series I have been taking on weekends.
Continuing from he lessons learned during my trip that less is always more and that gear certainly doesn't mater, I will not post the EXIF information to my photos because it really doesn't matter. If there is enough demand I will bring it back but for now I think the photos will mater more than the EXIF information.
There will be more updates coming from now on, both the daily post but also older posts that will appear to fill up the past weeks so I hope you are still following it and enjoy it.
More changes to the format or layout might follow and there will be adds since not enough people donated (but a big thanks to all who did!!) for the blog so ads will at least help me to maintain the blog.
Monday, 20 October 2014
More people than ever seem to read these days but not many do so using a physical book and even less walk while reading.
He seems to have been absorbed in his book and didn't want to stop just because he had to go somewhere.
Sunday, 19 October 2014
The nice thing about fall is the light on a sunny day, the laves turning yellow, the low hanging sun and long shadows really provide a great light to take photos.
The rainy and grey days are not so nice but on a sunny day it's indeed very nice.
Saturday, 18 October 2014
Saturday is always a good time to meet people and go out to take photos and it was no different today.
I took my RD1 with the Nokton 40mm lens, to use one more time before selling it, and headed to Whitecross Street to grab a coffee and meet with Kesh and Tom.
On our way towards Camera Cafe and while doing a quick stop at Red Dot Camera, we ran into Dan and decided to all set off to Camera Cafe and take some photos along the way.
We all had different cameras but it was good fun to shoot on the street and afterwards look through our photos while enjoying a pint in a pub.
I do like how the RD1 performs and while it's very frustrating to shoot without a live view screen, it was overall fun and I managed to guess reasonably well the framing. With exception of the 2nd photo, all others were shot without using the OVF and by holding the RD1 like a p&s camera (which is best for street photography if you ask me).
Friday, 17 October 2014
I joined a few photography meetup groups in London but don't always get to go to the meetups and with my travels I haven't been in a while. So it made sense to go to the 'We Shoot People!' meetup and exhibition visit of the London Photography Festival near Borough.
Monday, 13 October 2014
When it's raining and dark you don't usually feel like going out to take photos but it can be nice and it gets you out of the house.
I have used many cameras and seen photos taken with even more different cameras but none have the same black and white image quality as the Ricoh GRD, this is why despite it's age and other shortcomings it still remains one of my favorite cameras.
Saturday, 11 October 2014
Friday, 10 October 2014
I had to go to an interview in the City so instead of lugging around a heavy camera with me the GRD I was perfect for this task, as would have been the GR.
Thursday, 9 October 2014
Sometimes you go to a place because you want to see it, sometimes you go to it because you have to go. Still, it's always worth spending some time seeing a place even if only for half an hour, especially if it's somewhere you would never end up otherwise.
This is what happened with me being in Ringwood today, a p[lace I didn't even know it existed but it was fun getting there and seeing it briefly.
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
THe sun came out and I went for a walk around Streatham, it is not Greenwich but still ok. There certainly are less people out and about so it makes street photography a bit more difficult but there's always an opportunity around.
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Took this while out for a walk and enjoying the nice sunshine in Streatham.
Although the focus of the camera is on the sundial, he focus of the photo was on the couple on the bench in the background and it was them why I took this photo.
Sunday, 5 October 2014
I've met a friend in town and we've been walking around a bit enjoying the nice sunshine, I didn't take too many photos since we've been mostly catching up but I had my GR ready for anything interesting that crossed my path.
I liked the red balloons here and the red pod on the London Eye.
Saturday, 4 October 2014
Friday, 3 October 2014
After an early flight from Cologne and a longer bus journey from Stansted I made it back to London, it was time to get back here and look for a job, go to interviews and so on.
While it was nice in Germany, it was good to be back in London. There is just more happening here and it's also easier to find a job.