Long distance fireworks

Long distance fireworks

Every New Year’s Eve there’s a beautiful fireworks from the London Eye. And every year there’s are hundred of thousands of people travelling into the city to view it (around 250,000 this year). Getting a good place with a decent view requires...
London from above, part 1

London from above, part 1

During my first evening tour in The London Eye, I got a series of “nice but no cigar” pictures of London’s skyline seen from above. This post analyses exposure and records a number of lessons learnt for a future re-visit to this magnificient view of the City.

The sunset that got away

The sunset that got away

Anglers do it. Hunters do it. But photographers often don’t talk so much about “the one that got away”. But sometimes it happens, and last night’s attempt of capturing a sunflower sunset was just one of those times. But even if I didn’t get what I aimed for, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening with some interesting pictures.

Mountnessing Sunset

Mountnessing Sunset

A chat over a cup of coffee led to a sunset trip to nearby Mountnessing windmill. The colours in the sky were pretty, and while editing and MAYBE going slightly overboard, I finally felt some of that old buzz again.

Touchdown

Touchdown

Pictures from a zen-like day in the park. I sat comfortably in a nice chair, enjoying the sun, and waited for the ducks and geese to come to me. Many did, and some of the many were even kind enough to make a big splash when they arrived.

Forget-me-not

Forget-me-not

What started as a sad day, ended up with me walking around the churchyard by St Mary’s in Shenfield and thinking about how Denise would have loved to see the place.

The argument; live from London’s club scene

The argument; live from London’s club scene

Essex Strobist went to town in Club Live in Vauxhall. The club was VERY dark, but handheld long exposures supported by flash (and a torch to help the auto focus system) turned the darkness into a feature of this visual short story of a young couple’s argument in a London night club.

Low key portrait of dad

Low key portrait of dad

I have plenty of snapshots of my dad, but no portraits. So when he came to visit for Christmas, we went out to rectify that situation. It was my first time trying to shoot a dramatic low-key portrait, and I learnt a number of valuable lessons. Although the final result didn’t turn out exactly as expected, I’m glad to finally have a portrait of dad on my desk.