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!

Punk & Pink


Punk & Pink, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 80 / 365

Man I love this shot.

I saw the dress next to the flower in the street and thought hey that’s kinda cool looking.

The rest just kind of happened.
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, I’ll just have to remind myself about this shot next time something dosen’t pan out how I’d hope.

Fashion has many guises, style has many nuances, the power of colour however is universal. This is York proving itself a city of fashion for all.

Today’s shot chosen by Lisa as I was torn between three absolute belters today (not bad to say I’d intended on doing something completely different as I drove home from this mornings job.)

5D, 85mm @ f1.2

Don’t worry I’m still looking at the shot now trying to figure out what the odds would be that I’d get such perfectly matching colours on such completely contrasting subject ever again without setting it up.

West Doors Detail

West Doors Detail, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 79 / 365

I suspect it would be possible to complete this 365 project just with photographs of York Minster, in fact maybe there’s a theme for one week further down the line.
It’s one of those buildings which is easy yet near impossible to photograph well. There are so many angles (and angels) when the light hits it the stone just seems to glow and even in the rain the gothic design just comes into its own.
All that is before you even step foot inside. Plus If push came to shove I could take some 365 photographs of it from my window.

So here we are, a detail shot of one of the largest Gothic Cathedral buildings in Northern Europe.

Print sales for those unable to make it to galleries.

Just a quick note about print sales.

For those unable to make it to the places where my work is hung and for sale I’m in the process of changing my online gallery to include a shopping basket too. However this may take some time so until then I’m offering people the chance to order any of my work featured on here, in my online gallery and my flickr photostream printed and delivered, just drop me an email with the image details and I’ll let you know about payment and such.

Prints are available at Paper Size: 11″ x 14″ Image Size: 8″ x 11″, these are done for me by my printers in London, who print digital C-Types, so real photographic prints on real photo paper not inkjet prints.
The cost is currently £75 which includes shipping (unless you live somewhere really obscure when I’ll have to see what the shipping rates will be, most places are safe though).

Spring Greens

Spring Greens, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 78 / 365

A beautiful Spring morning in the city, so much light. I’ve walked by this florists a few times over the last week or two, this morning the light was being bounced back by windows over the street and it looked beautiful on the displays. I thought the lush greens had a Spring feel about them, plus the funky little bush things looked pretty in the metal bucket.

Shot on the secret camera again, oooohhhh so much mystery. It’s a lovely bit on kit, great little lens (which has some killer bokeh when worked right). I reckon with a hotshoe mounted viewfinder this could become quite a creative tool, fixed focal length (but swappable), decent sensor, really really (really) good jpegs straight out but good RAW alongside also. It’s quite menu driven but when set up it’s easy to fairly quickly change most stuff. I’d probably say that due to the fact it’s now wearing my brown leather iconic camera strap it’s joining the family. I’d expect a first impressions review tomorrow peeps, poor little Leica DLux.