Hooping

Check out this short video of mine….to see what it is…

Warning : Pretty Girl

Phoenix

It’s Summertime and the living…..

Is uncomfortable! We Brits just can’t handle the heat can we? Fortunately living near the North East Coast means it never really “bakes”. But I’m sure it will rain (or snow!!) soon.

In Newcastle couple of “things” happening. It’s the Great Exhibition Of The North with lots of “arty” events around until September. The only thing I really enjoy is a fabulous Exhibition of Documentary/Urban condition photographs held at The Side Gallery. (If you in Newcastle please go and see it..it’s free!)

The other event is the annual “Hoppings” or Fair at the Town Moor

And Newcastle being well..Newcastle

I also helped a fellow photographer on a performance shoot (he was using a drone to do a video). I took some shots of the fabulous Christy Wright.

That’s all for now.

Keep shooting

John

It was 20 months ago next week..,

That I took the plunge and traded in all my Nikon gear (D800 and lenses) for my Fuji X-T2. I already had the X-T10 as my back up camera with a couple of lenses then anyway. I really liked that beaut of a camera (now replaced by the X-T100 I think) and it was the useability of that along with its lightness (and of course fabulous image quality) that led me to do more street photography, which while possible isn’t as much fun with a hefty DSLR.

As the title says it was Oct 2016 when I took the full swap plunge. I can honestly, hand on heart, say I don’t miss my Nikon at all.

The X-T2 did just as good a job on not model shoots and I loved the images it produced.

Now that I am 90% Street/Urban/Documentary Photography the Fuji’s really come into their own and constantly amaze me. (The X-T10 was sold to find the X100F)

I think the way Fuji constantly updates its Firmware to add features and improvements to nearly all its range – even older out of production models – is to their credit. For example my X-T2 now has slow motion 4K video which I tried out on my Granddaughter – but I can’t wait to do more of! Check it out..

Slow Mo Trial

Anyway thanks Fuji. (Just saving up for the 80mm f2.8 next!)

Here are some pics of my granddaughters dog Tasha. Natural light high ISO and an aperture of about 1.8 on the 35mm l.4

Keep shooting people!

John

Recent Street Stuff…

Its been  mixed time street photography wise.  The weather has (mainly) improved so some sun at last.  Which also means the appearance of shadows and contrast – essential in street work.

Before I get to the photographs…I am pleased to see the return of Master Of Photography on Sky Arts (Tuesdays at 8pm).  While not a brilliant programme it is a Photography programme on TV..its so rare nowadays I feel.  Last week it was followed by a great documentary called “Everybody:Street” which was an excellent showcase of NY street photographers from the 50’s to the present day.  Its still repeated on Sky Arts and you can see it here on Youtube
“Everybody Street” – Film

There was also a re-run of an excellent film about Vivian Maier (My go to street photographer).  She was a genius undiscovered in her lifetime.  Again often repeated as a programme on TV.  Well worth watching.

This is a different documentary (the Finding Vivian Maier is not free on Youtube) but gives a flavour of her.

Imagine – Vivian Maier

Okay…my turn. As usual street stuff from Newcastle mainly.

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These are the most recent…and a question.  Some of these shots were a demonstration..one side was a right wing anti immigration/refugee group opposing a pro refugee/immigration right to housing demo by a left wing group.  It was all peaceful..and basically consisted of both sides shouting at each other through a megaphone.  Neither side listened to the other!

My friend shooting with me..took images of both..but said she wouldn’t publicly post any of the right wing ones as she didn’t want to give them publicity. Whilst I supported her right to do that..I did have to think about my view.  I don’t agree politically at all with the views expressed by one side of the argument…but as a photographer..I feel the images should be shown.  But I wonder what other people think?

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and the last few….

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Apologies for being a bit “image heavy” in this post.  I need to post more often.

Comments welcome and keep shooting

John