Celebrating The Year Of The Dog.

Chinese New Year is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival. The date for Chinese New Year is different every year as it is set according to the Lunar calendar. It falls on the first day of the new moon which begins in either late January or February. Chinese New Year celebrations typically last for around 15 days, ending on the day of the full moon. Customs differ, but the main message of Chinese New Year is for families to come together and wish each other peace and prosperity for the year ahead. In 2018, Chinese New Year is on February 16.

I attended my first Chinese New Year Parade in Newcastle.  This is my impression of what was a great day in the City.

Newcastle is a very multi-cultural mix anyway, but there is a strong Chinese/Asian community in the City, dating back to 1881 – Visitors to St John’s Cemetery in Elswick, Newcastle, might have chanced upon a headstone written in Chinese letters. It is dated 1881 and is dedicated to a Chinese sailor who died of tuberculosis on board a transport ship after arrival at an Elswick shipyard. This is thought to relate to the Armstrong Whitworth yard where in the 1880s four cruisers (the Yangwei and Chaoyong in 1881 and the Zhiyuan and the Jingyuan in 1887)  were designed and built for the Chinese navy.

Now there the community is around 20,000 and at its heart is Stowell Street in Newcastle.

Read more about the history of the Newcastle Chinese Community here The Chinese Newcastle Links

George & The Dragon (well Lion really)

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Nope…Not happy at all!!

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2018 Will Be The “Year Of The Dog” – its called Jess

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Lion and Firecrackers!

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Hope you enjoyed this brief snapshot.  The whole thing was on around 4 hours…and hadn’t fully finished before I left.

Equipment was my Fuji X-T2 with (mainly) my 27mm 2.8 lens.  Some were shot on my 35mm 1.4

Keep shooting!

John

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Street Shooting Video..

I had another go at harnessing my “inner Speilberg”.

YouTube video link below…

Fuji Street Photography Video

If you watch and like it please give it a thumbs up. Or to keep up to speed subscribe to my channel.

Thanks

John

Get Out, Get Out Of Town…

Wow! Writing that title took me back…..Max Bygraves (if I recall correctly?) from “My Little Duckling” – again think that was it.  A regular on BBC’s Childrens Favourites.
As I get older I find me self reminiscing more and more…..gotta stop it!
Anyway ENOUGH!!  This is a photography Blog….you will be driving your many followers away!!

As regular readers of my epistles will know I do a lot of my Street Photography around the great City Of Newcastle Upon Tyne.  Which is a great place to shoot as it has a myriad of side streets, markets, cafes and bars.  The people are generally interesting and diverse too – always a plus!

But at times I become “stale” shooting it and yearn to do something different.  The chance to do just that arose when a good friend (and excellent fashion/glamour photographer) of mine Colin Anderson suggested we go and shoot together.  He isn’t really a street photographer himself but was interested to try it out. So, as he offered to drive we thought about pastures new. Not quite in the Lewis & Clark field of exploration I agree..but we thought about going to the towns of Darlington and Durham City for a change.

The weather was set fair (but chilly) and we had a great trip down putting the world to rights on the way.

It was so refreshing to have a new place to shoot in…Having a whole new perspective was great for the creative juices.

Here are a few shots from the day.

Monday Morning

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Selecting

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Measuring Up

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Nails

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£3.00 Power Girl

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Speed King

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A Touch Of Spring

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Late Sunshine Snack

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Caps On!

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Double 7

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All comments (and shares) welcome.

If you want to check out my friend Colin’s work you can do so here Colin’s Facebook Page

Keep Shooting Folks.  catch you next time.

John

 

Yesterday was…a Good Day!

Thought it was about time I threw a few words and pictures about!

Firstly, before I get to yesterday, I have decided to take a break from model shoots for a bit.  No major reason, just having a think about the reasons behind doing it versus the “rewards” (which are NOT financial I assure you). Also up here in my area..it’s a bit of a small pond for photographers and models.  I just wanted to step away for a bit and take 6 months out.  No biggie as they say…and I doubt I will make much of a ripple in the pond.

Saying that I will be helping out my good friend Chris Harrison on his shoots from time to time and a couple of other photographers I know.  I may “weaken” at some point between now and June…but I don’t really want to. I will definitely be still shooting more street photography etc..and hopefully doing a little more video for my Youtube Channel (which you can subscribe to here  https://www.youtube.com/user/Preacherman001/ )

Actually I did a little BTS video of a really different shoot last week where Chris and a model called Lauren (model name Lola Filth) worked on a Walking Dead theme. Check that out here https://youtu.be/R7oHqmfB5hQ

Okay, back to yesterday…..

The weather since Christmas here in Northumberland hasn’t really been the best, very cold with rain, wind, frost and lately snow.  Nothing like the armeggeddon weather other parts of the world have been receiving, but basically just crappy.  Especially for a fair weather street photographer like me!!

But yesterday I was getting stir crazy!  So I grabbed my trusty Fuji X100F and got the bus into town.  I shot some video on the way and while walking around Newcastle…I was intending to put another Youtube video/still collection together.  TIP…don’t just walk around while videoing…all you do is end up with footage that would induce severe sea sickness in everyone watching! I hope to get something out of it…I will see.

I digress (again, sorry).  Yesterday was one of those days where I just seemed to be able to get shot after shot.  Normally after 2/3 hours I delete 95% of my shots to end up with about 4/5 I really like to edit and use.  But yesterday was a great day. I have been watching a lot of Craig Whiteheads work (I think I put a link on previous blogs?) and picked up a couple of tips, one of which was to shoot in burst or drive mode.  This has meant my “hit” rate being a lot higher. Also, I think I am getting more used to the 100F (I can’t praise this camera enough for Street Shooting) and also getting closer to my subjects a little.

Anyway enough prattle I hear you say (or maybe not)…where are the bloody images??!!

Ok……This is “yesterday”

Metro Lady

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Munchies (I loved the light on this one)

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Beards (The guy on the left has a pipe! When did you last see a pipe?)

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Joan Crawford “Look”

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Welcome Inn

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Inside The “Side” (A great photo gallery in Newcastle.  If you visit a must see http://www.amber-online.com/side-gallery/ )

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Wellies

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Empty Glass

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Lunch Mates
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Fiddly Work

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The Crocodile

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Cool Hat

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Nike Kicks

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Papoose

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Eyes Behind The Veil

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Free Cash

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Red

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Enjoy! Comments/questions always welcome.

Until next time keep shooting

 

I really hate Christmas

I’m sorry. I know I have a reputation as a grump (probably deserved!) but this time of year really brings it out in me.

It’s the forced “jollyness”, the shops starting the “season” on the first of November, the 100% disruption to bloody everything, writing Christmas Cards, the missus saying (every 15 minutes) “we need to get the kids presents wrapped” – knowing we will leave it until 2 days before Christmas Eve as always. It’s the thinking of presents to get – kids/grandkids are easy they provide long lists – just add money and there you go. No it’s the fact I’ve been married over 40 years…I’ve bought everything it’s possible to buy my good wife..EVERYTHING!!! I’m “ideared” out! We also have a couple of friends we buy each other presents for..once again it’s been 35 years of Christmasses for gawds sake!!

I think, even if I was religious (which I’m not) I would be fed up with it. It’s all “business” of some form or other. We are brainwashed into how to behave at this Festival like no other I think.

I do actually feel really sorry for families/people who do struggle generally throughout the year to make ends meet. It must be an ever bigger nightmare for them…especially when the Christmas Bill hangover hits in January.

So I’m sorry…but just not feeling it even more than usual this year.

Normal service (may) be resumed in 2018!!

Hey…Been A While…

Hi there folks..

Apologies…I know I promised some new stuff…I have been lax!!  No excuses either..just laziness.

Last time out I said I had some new street stuff to share with you.  This is it.  I have been really working the Fuji X100F…its just so perfect for street.  Its light, nobody notices it and above all it gets great images.

Here is a flavour for you…

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I started taking the 100F to some of the Newcastle United games I go to.  There is a great opportunity to “people watch” there I think..

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there is a great street photographer on Instagram I folloe..I really love his style…he also does some great silhouette work.. I cant work out how he does it yet.  But check out Craig Whiteheads work https://www.instagram.com/sixstreetunder/

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I am not a fan of “Colour Popping” but I thought this statue on Remembrance day worked with it. J W Jobling

 

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And finally …for now…

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Thanks for reading.  Please feel free to comment below.
Until next time…keep shooting.

Recent model shoot stuff (slightly NSFW).

I have some street stuff to sort and arrange into a blog. But I hit lucky and had a little “run” of model shoots. So I thought I would share. Mainly shot with my Fuji X-T2, although I did use my Fuji 100F for part of a natural light (mainly) hotel room shoot.

Starting with Sophia and Siobhan

Then we have Angie – she wanted some shots for her anti bullying campaign too

And some others from same shoot..

Sophie with some street style fashion

Finally we have the lovely Lacey

That’s it for now.