Half Frame

Half Frame, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 263 / 365

More bold colours for this week, plus a bit of a bike thrown in too.
I’ve always wondered what was around this corner and today I thought I’d have a little looksie.

Yet again its the PEN 20mm

Ready When You Are. – Bike Week 2 comes to a close.

Ready When You Are., originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 226 / 365

Closing out the second bike week with a little love for one of my bikes which had been a tad neglected for the last year. She’s a loyal servant and after a little fettle she’s back in full service knocking the SL Carbon onto the for sale list.
I spotted this lovely little pool of light just the other day and had intended on shooting it a different way but this kind of works too.

Olympus E-P2, Pany 20mm f1.7.

I’m getting back into the swing of the 365 project again now after a week of themed shooting. I’ve also formulated a list of themes to try and keep me focused a little more than of late. I haven’t decided which to go for next so we shall see what tomorrow brings.

Working Cyclist – City Riding Series Part 5

Day 225 / 365

Multi tasking with the projects today. 365, bike week and the city riding series all in one shot.
Here’s another angle I’ve had in mind for a while, the Posties always ride along here as the depot is just up the river.
The weirdness of the look is due to using the 35mm f1.7 c-mount lens again. I thought I’d give it a good old test today. To be honest it’s kind of crazy but is capable of producing some very unique looking bokeh, and some very odd bokeh too. My copy refuses to focus to infinity so I’m guessing it’s not mounted close enough to the sensor (I could attack it with a file but at the moment I’m liking the dreamy out of focus in focus appearence)

Olympus PEN E-P2, 35mm f1.7

So ofter a few days with it am I glad I’m back with the Oly PEN?


The E-P2 has a couple of operational differences from the E-PL2 but it makes up for that with it’s beefier build and lovely sounding shutter. I’ve a little post planned for the beginning of next week kind of giving a little review / over view / reasoning behind my return to micro 4/3 from the Fuji X100. Along with where it fits into my photographers life with regards my other equipment. To give you a hint though, today I headed out with a very small camera bag inside if which I had camera body with lenses kind of equivalent to 40mm f1.7, 70mm f1.7 & 100mm f1.8, a speedlight, wireless triggers, mini tripod, spare battery, spare SD card, notebook, pen, iphone, wallet and pen. Now that’s a lot of camera gear in a lightweight little bag.

Explosion of Colour

Explosion of Colour, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 167 / 365

Just a little something I noticed whilst heading through the city today.

Fuji X100

Sorry about the random posting to the blog this week, two one day nothing the next etc. It’s been rather a busy week trying to sort out various things. I should even out again next week.

Bikes in Budapest 1

Bikes in Budapest 1, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 155 / 365

If ever the chance arises for you to visit Budapest, then take that chance, trust me on that.

So I’m back, with a hard drive full of fresh images and a good few days posts to catch up on. With this being said I’m going to double post over the next few days until I’m all caught up. I also have a fresh series of photographs to go into my online galleries for sale once I’ve selected the finals. Some may make it here first too.
This isn’t one but you know me, if there’s a bike that matches the colours of it’s surroundings then it’s going to get photographed. Also If I can add in some spice which gives it context then all the better.

Orange // green // orange. With a little Hungarian spice.

Fuji X100

Velo Style

Velo Style, originally uploaded by bang*.

147 / 365

A little bike action for the X100 for today. Loved the light and colour working together here.
I’m really enjoying the new Fuji camera, some love it, some hate it, some hype it, some dis it. Me I’m just engaged by the way it makes me work. It’s quirky for sure but maybe that’s part of its charm.

Fuji X100

The weekend approacheth and I have some time next week to get my online art print galleries updated and the online purchases set-up. All being well It’ll be up and running early next week. If you have any favourite shots from my project that you think would make good prints then let me know and they’ll get considered for the gallery too.

Lone Bike & Tree

Lone Bike & Tree, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 142 / 365

How often does one get to combine two series of shots? The lone tree series meets the bike series.

Busy day, windy day but still managed to get some more shots on the Fuji X100 though. I figured I’d better post some more colour as the Fuji really handles it well, so much so that this is pretty much straight out of the camera. The files it pops out are just lovely and smooth. I’m also loving the built in “in lens” ND filter too, awesome thinking by the Fuji tech people, f2 in bright sunlight? you got it.

Oh this isn’t my bike by the way. 🙂

Fuji X100

Riders of the setting sun

Riders of the setting sun, originally uploaded by bang*.

A little extra from last night, a wicked sunset that had to be appreciated from atop a hill. The three FGY riders also happen to be the three I’ve already made portraits of.

iPhone, Hipstamatic

Fixed Gear York Rider Portraits –
3. Johnny
2. Isao
1. Nick

Nostalgic Glow

Nostalgic Glow, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 91 / 365

Still with the bikes I guess. How could I not with this cheeky devil peeking at me through the window.
The light was bouncing everywhere, a little into the lens to soften things, some foreground blur to add even more haze.
Then a quick split tone in post and hey presto, nostalgic summer bike rides in a photograph.

5D / 85mm f1.2

Busy day for bang today. Stoking those fires, and having some very interesting conversations. Studio space possibilities, gallery space, buying frames, trying to quickly navigate possibly the biggest IKEA in the world (two floors!! seriously who knew they had so much of the stuff).
All that and no caffeine, I’m such a trooper right?
More will follow as these developments progress (except the speedy IKEA dash, that’s just not being realistic).

Quite a few bikes made it to the project this week, I guess I was missing them. Plus the improved weather and lighter evenings are bringing more people out on their respective steeds. I just find them lovely things to photograph.

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.