Amsterdam

In June I was given the opportunity to attend a conference in Amsterdam, at just a few days notice. Never having been before, I graciously accepted. As it happens, the conference itself was really interesting, and then I headed out every evening with my camera.Doing some research beforehand I found an Amsterdam photography blog (whose name I now shamefully forget) which pointed out the best places for photogenic bridges, churches and houses - very useful. Everything you've heard about cycling in Amsterdam is true, and then some - an amazing number of cyclists, and I saw about 3 people in lycra or on bike with anything more than basic gears. The bike park at the station is a sight to behold! The last photo is from the conference, where one of the keynote talks was from Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. A lovely city that I barely scratched the surface of - I didn't get to any museums because of the conference - so...
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Dance

Earlier in the year I saw an advert for an outdoor dance photography workshop in central Bristol in July - that sounded really good so I signed up, thinking how nice it could look on a warm summer evening as the sun set. So of course, when it came to time for the event, the weather was awful. I really felt for the dancer, who worked really hard for all of the photographers, 6-7 of us, in the pouring rain. ...
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Street Photography Workshop

Yesterday I attended a street photography workshop, hosted by former Amateur Photographer editor Damien Demolder (in association with Jessops and Panasonic). Damien spoke for some time about his street photography, showing some cracking examples, and encouraged us to take more than just candid snaps - look at the interchange between light and shadow and how and where the light falls onto people. There are some great examples on his website. He's a very good engaging speaker and obviously knows what he's on about. We then picked out the Panasonic hardware we wanted to try out (I used a GX-8, which seemed a pretty good piece of kit, with a 25mm lens - equivalent to 50mm in 35mm terms) and headed out for a tutorial about how to use the light. What was fascinating was how his recommendation to crank the camera down to about -3/-4 stops of exposure compensation really worked - changing the photos from a plain bright representation of the scene into...
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Josie portraits

I was quite flattered to be contacted by a model last week, looking to collaborate with me to help develop her portfolio - we headed out to an abandoned church at Tintern, and the lampshades had another outing (it's one of the things that caught her eye in my portfolio!). I'm pretty pleased with the results, especially the black and white one. ...
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Weston-super-Mare

Despite having lived in Bristol for almost 20 years, I think I've only been to Weston once before. Last week I got together with a couple of old photography friends (we met on a course at the Watershed back in about 2001) and went down to Weston for the day to catch up and take a few photos. I quite enjoyed the traditional seaside resort ambience, a week or two before the main summer holidays begin so it wasn't horribly busy. A nice mix of shots of the seaside thing, the pier and people. ...
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