A very wet drought…

141 142Only in Britain, perhaps, could a drought coincide with flooding and one of the wettest Aprils in years.

Encouraged, foolishly, by a forecast of a reasonably dry day with a chance of showers, I planned a trip to London on Saturday to meet a friend and wander around with my camera attempting some street photography. Read More…

Night shots – doing it wrong

138139Another trawl through the archives for this post, and some old night shots I took in London a few years ago.

So why the title – what was I doing wrong?

Well, just look at the sky. It’s an expanse of black. I was clearly there far too late.

The best night shots aren’t actually taken at night. Dusk is the best time, when the street lights are on but there’s still some light in the sky. Read More…

Happy Easter!

130131On Good Friday Trafalgar Square played host to a performance of the Passion, a nice family friendly little production which centred around a man being tortured to death.

I was there because a friend of mine decided that it was a good opportunity for a one man protest against the Catholic church, and specifically the Pope, for attempting to cover up the child abuse committed by priests.

This, however, is a photo blog and my interest was primarily to try a little photojournalism and capture the events.

132Reactions were mixed. He soon became a tourist attraction and people were lining up to take their own photographs and even be photographed with him. There was also, naturally, some negative reaction ranging from passing muttered comments, through incoherent rants and on to veiled threats. Luckily nobody was actually violent and most reactions were mild bemusement. Read More…

Full moon fever

127128It’s a full moon on Friday, and that’s prompted me to dig out some of my old moon photos.

The moon is surprisingly bright. The photo above was taken at 1/160th of a second at f9 (ISO200) – virtually a daylight exposure. It’s also small – this is a considerable crop from the full frame, which was taken at 300mm (450mm equivalent in 35mm terms). Read More…