Thursday, 31 January 2013

A Stroll: Meols Beach

'Untitled' Taken with a Nikon Coolpix L120
I spent most of the day location scouting for a client yesterday. The location she was interested in wasn't ideal for the future shoot but it doesn't matter we have a few other locations to look at and months before the shoot begins. The client has a strong visual idea of what she wants which is a major plus and having previously worked with her I feel we have a good rapport, her work (Fashion designer) is visually stunning and an absolute pleasure to photograph.

 Afterwards I decided to take a stroll, the sun was already setting I had about 35 minutes of natural light, the weather really wasn't great but I wanted to try out the Nikon Coolpix L120.

This is the first time I really used the Nikon Coolpix L120, a point and shoot camera that was a gift. It's a pretty good camera with some nice features although the manual controls are some what limited. My usual digital point and shoot is a very compact Samsung S1030 . A camera that again is limited (compared to SLRs) but the size really makes up for the reduction in manual settings. A link to a previous post with photographs taken with the Samsung S1030 can be found here.

These days I always carry a camera wherever I go, at the bare minimum a point and shoot camera like the above mentioned or an SLR. Most times I will carry both a point and shoot (film or digital) and either an SLR or DSLR. This time it was a Canon FTb and a 35-80mm lens plus the Nikon Coolpix L120.

The reason I've not used the Nikon Coolpix L120 more often is because of its unusual size. As it has a larger and more advanced lens then the Samsung s1030 it is too big to fit in your pocket but not big enough to warrant carrying a bag around. It's one of those cameras that's ideal to throw in a camera bag along with larger equipment or for storing in the car in case you need a camera, I will have to definitely use it more often.

I'm currently reading 'Batsford's Modern Chess Openings 15th Edition by Nick de Firmian' in my pursuit to be a better Chess player.

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Take care of one another

John

Monday, 28 January 2013

Rebecca J Lea

'Rebecca J Lea' Canon EOS 500D
One of my favourite shots from last year, The fantastic Rebecca J Lea performing in 'The Mask Behind The Face'.

Take care of one another

John

Friday, 18 January 2013

The Future

Taken with a Canon 500D

I'm looking forward to what this year will bring, I had a fantastic year in 2012 concerning my photographic work. I personally feel it was a productive year and enjoyed working on various projects, some in fields I had never worked before and others covering old ground but in a new light.

I thought I would start the new year with a still of the dog, All who follow this blog know the dog is a prominent subject matter that I constantly come back to again and again. One reason is out of affection, I know it's soppy and emotional but it's the truth I've enjoyed his company for 13 years and he has never left my side, never judged me or treated me with disdain or hate. He always greets me with warmth and kindness. The pessimist will tell you it's nothing you feed him of course he likes you but those who have experienced what I'm speaking of will tell you it's something else, maybe it's love a devotion or at the very least an understanding.

 Another less soppy reason why I constantly photograph him is because I find him to be one of the most perfect subject matters I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. I love how film captures the contrast of his black and white fur and if I catch his eyes just right I believe I see the very essence of life, the soul, reflected back.

I started the year off with this still and blog title 'The Future' because there was a very real possibility that he wasn't making it to 2013, due to a series of strokes the first one occurring back in August which left him temporarily paralysed. But with some minding and care he has been nursed back to health, and is happy and mobile once again.

I don't know what this year has in store but I'm glad I have that dog in my life for a little longer.

Here's to the future, whatever it may bring.

Take care of one another

John