Today I ventured out again.

Today I ventured out again., originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 90 / 365

Wow ninety days in.

The outside!

Being stuck indoors for just one day is too long for me.

A job forced me out of my illness and bed at 5am this morning. Into the rain and two hour drive. (welcome back to reality Mark).

As I mentioned in yesterdays shots comment I was working with a strong team who had my back so all went well.

Plus the late afternoon sun came through to greet me back into York, so I figured a quick walk to find todays shot was only fair.

5D/50mm f1.4

Not much to add today as I’ve quite a bit of “officey” stuff to work through due to a couple of days out of action. Although it is April tomorrow so I guess the blog is due it’s third monthly recap. I’ve had a few ideas for themed weeks in the upcoming month or two so that should be fun, plus the weather is improving, if in a random way (much as it does in jolly old England) so the light should be more available now.

A shadow of my normal self

A shadow of my normal self, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 89 / 365

Late again but it is from yesterday.
Managed to find something to photograph in the house which didn’t require much effort or movement from my little cocoon of illness.
I’m slightly more alive today, although my collegues on todays job may disagree. Thanks for letting me pretty much coast through today chaps.

E-PL2 / 20mm (as it was within reach)

Time to reflect

Time to reflect, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 88 / 365

I thought I’d take a walk along the river to see if some fresh air would make me feel better. It perked me up a little and gave me some exercise.
I just liked the reflections at this point of the river, the figure mirroring my own solitary walk just seemed to finish it for me.

E-PL2 / 14-42mm
Hopefully I’ll be back on form tomorrow as I have a whole bunch of things to sort out this week workwise. Being sick is so inconvenient.


8:09, originally uploaded by bang*.

Days 85 & 86 / 365

It was going to occur somewhere down the line in this project that I wouldn’t be able to post one days shot until later in the week. With that in mind I figured I’d get it out of the way with a joint two day post.

8:09 – the evening & the morning.

E-PL2 / 20mm f1.7
SOOC jpegs.

Green on Green

Green on Green, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 84 / 365

The return of the bikes ?

I’ve seen this green framed bike locked up against this green wall so many times knowing it would make a really good photograph for my second bike week.
Well I’m not ready to do another bike week just yet but couldn’t leave it any longer before taking this shot.
Plus I needed something quick and simple for today as I have a bunch of frames to souce and photographs to print to put up in a local cafe.

E-PL2, 20mm f1.7

Easy Rider

Easy Rider (ODC Hobbies), originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 83 / 365

It may not come as a surprise to the folk who drop by to read the odd post on here but I’m quite partial to getting out on my bike. To me it’s the perfect way to unwind, often it’s where I come up with ideas for projects or shoots. It gives me a place where I can completely switch off from my work or time where I can think long and hard about my work. Sometimes i’m alone, other times with friends, either way I’ll always be smiling whether or not the world is smiling back at me. It’s my sure fire way to make me feel alive, banish the blues, rain, wind, cold, heat, i’ll take it all. I have happy memories from all weather from slogging away in pouring (POURING) rain (with a huge grin on my face) to lazy rides in the late summer evenings with my long shadow cast far over the rolling Yorkshire countryside.

So to that end after getting everything sorted from this mornings job I headed out into the setting sun to enjoy the gloriously unseasonal weather. That’s why all you get today is a Hipstamatic shot of my bike riding shadow (look Ma, no hands!).

See not every post is about photography.

Vintage – ODC

Vintage – ODC, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 82 / 365

I had to do something other than street photography for todays 365 shot, I was starting to rely on it too much. Luckily the Our Daily Challenge group on flickr is always there to give me a hint at some direction for a theme.
I’ll be honest though this was taken from the street as it’s a display in a shop window. . . . . .

Olympus E-PL2 / 20mm f1.7
A little Mark magic in LR3 and Photoshop for some yummy retro texture, tone and frame.

Thanks for the creative direction ODC.

It was nice to be working on something in photoshop again.

Portrait Art

Portrait Art, originally uploaded by bang*.

Once the safe shots are in the bag I like to try something a little off beat.
It’s the way I’ve always been when it comes to my work.
I’m not just going to shoot the brief, I’m always going to see other possibilities, risky shots that If time permits I’m going to try out. Photographic creativity is much more about experimentation than it is about technicalities & equipment.
Push the boundaries, leap outside the box, just make sure you have the shots you were expected to produce as well.

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs . . .

Day 81 / 365

Again I hadn’t intended on posting anymore street photography today but as I headed out this morning to go and meet some potential clients I wandered by this background. It begged to be used, I hung around as long as I could waiting for somebody in blue jeans and a white t-shirt but I guess it wasn’t that warm today.
The Kipling poem came to mind as soon as I saw the shot in my head.

Olympus E-PL2 / Lumix 20mm f1.7

The poem to save you googling it.

If – Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings — nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!