Simon Hendy Photography Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:10:57 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Street Photography Workshop Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:34:10 +0000 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 something altogether darker and more interesting. We experimented briefly on each other, which is where the really dark low-key portraits below come from – I’m very pleased with those.

Finally, Damien let us loose on the walkway outside the Watershed – nice and busy on the first decent Saturday of the year, so plenty of people passing by to be snapped by 8 people trying hard to be inconspicuous. Looking through the photos I took, you can see them improving – I gradually cranked down the exposure compensation and got closer in to people. Processing the photos, yet again I found that I prefer the B&W conversions to the colour images, and I’ve also darkened them to try and lead the eye into the faces. It’s not about looking for beautiful people – you very quickly start looking for character.

A really enjoyable day – it’s well worth attending one of Damien’s workshops if you get the chance, assuming you fancy street photography!

Shrouds of the Somme Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:13:05 +0000 Back in November, there was a week-long art installation on College Green – Shrouds of the Somme, a very moving representation of the 19,240 people killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. As the display was right by where I catch the bus every day, I was able to take photos at various times, but was unfortunately unable to get there with the SLR and a tripod – these were all taken on my phone and compact camera.

Autumn on the Downs Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:05:04 +0000 For some reason, I particularly noticed some beautiful weather on the Downs in Bristol this autumn, to the extent that I had to get off the bus and take photos – this happened on 3 occasions, once for mist, once for fog and finally for a heavy hoar frost.

It may well be that I’ve actually got a phone with a decent camera (LG G4), so impromptu photography is much more possible than it was – although I was prepared for the third set and took my compact camera with me. For much the same reason, I’ve been a lot more active on Instagram this year.

Haynes Motor Museum Tue, 27 Dec 2016 17:58:57 +0000 Earlier in the year, the organisers of British Naturism’s Nudefest event arranged a clothes-optional visit to the Haynes International Motor Museum, so I took an afternoon off and headed down to Yeovil.

It’s a pretty good collection, broken down into broad themes – British marques, American classics, Motorsport, Supercars, Vintage, a whole room of red sportscars, and more – well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Technical note – pics taken on my compact camera (Canon S120), not the big Nikon.

Fireworks Mon, 07 Nov 2016 21:20:44 +0000 After several years of not quite getting round to it, or it being rained off, we managed to get to see the Canford Park fireworks on Saturday. I took the tripod along and took photos – I think I last photographed fireworks in about 1990! Also includes a bit of sparkler action.

This last group are SWMBO’s attempt at writing letters with a sparkler. The last one is supposed to be an E…

Josie portraits Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:50:04 +0000 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.

Hestercombe Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:31:01 +0000 A few weeks ago we saw a Gardeners’ World feature on Hestercombe in Somerset, so we decided to pay a visit. We’ve found giving up our National Trust membership quite liberating – we’d only tend to consider going to their sites on the grounds we’d have to pay for anywhere else, so having to pay everywhere means we can go (theoretically) anywhere.
Anyway, Hestercombe is lovely, well worth a visit.

Cornwall 2016 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:14:09 +0000 We spent a week in Cornwall (or more specifically The Lizard), ambling around various villages and coves. Kynance Cove was as glorious as ever – I think this was the third time I’ve been there and there have been spectacular waves every time. A lovely place.
Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre are favourites too. Mullion Cove was new to us, as was Coverack where a chance spot of a notice in a shop window led us to the Terence Coventry Sculpture Garden – chock full of really interesting modern sculpture.

Fast Rabbit Farm Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:27:33 +0000 On Saturday I visited Fast Rabbit Farm in Devon with friends – a large garden (no rabbits that I saw), almost too large to photograph well! It’s not the sort of formally planted garden I often visit – much more of a sprawling wild place. Rather nice though, and I didn’t even get round all of it. There’s also a plant centre, where I took most of the flower photos.

The afternoon was further improved by a viola recital from my friend Rachel, which was particularly lovely in the setting. Oh yes, and it was a clothes-optional day so we were all able to enjoy the garden as nature intended.

Exmouth Boat Trip Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:17:02 +0000 Friday was a lovely evening for a boat trip up the River Exe from Exmouth – warm and sunny but with some good clouds to photograph, good company and nice food – all with some really nice live music.

I’ve been on similar trips the last couple of summers but instead of turning round at Topsham, we went all the way up to Countess Weir (apparently) – something only possible a few times each year. This included passing under the M5 bridge, which was wonderfully lit by the evening sun. Less nice was the sewage treatment plant…

As usual, we seemed to attract a bit of attention from passing boats (we even made it into the Exeter Express and Echo) – have these people never seen a naturist boat trip before?