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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Shrouds of the Somme

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. ...
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Autumn on the Downs

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. ...
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