New Forest

We went out for a short trip into the New Forest today, I managed to make this panoramic image very near to where we had lunch. It’s just a bit of a grab shot really, but I spotted a few locations travelling around that I might head back to in the future armed with the right equipment.

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Back in London

I was in London for work again today. Walking from the train station to work (and back again) gave me some good opportunities for getting some photographs. I tend to shoot from the hip (hence the lower angle of the camera in most of the shots), whilst walking at  pace (I don’t tend to stop to take shots as things are happening so quickly, I mostly pause slightly in my stride before continuing). I like the more loose and dynamic feel to the shots, rather than more carefully composed images. It’s more free and, to me at least, it also reflects the busy chaotic nature of people on the streets of London. There is a lot more energy there than in Salisbury, that’s for sure!

The London street work has been taking shape nicely over the winter. At the end of the winter I will put the work together into an e-book. I might include some images from last winter, as the anti-trump protests were pretty exciting to shoot (I would love to do more  protest photography). I am not quite sure yet what the final work will look like, particularly as there is still another couple of months of dark nights, etc. left of winter to shoot (when I get back to London is another issue, however).

I will post a longer blog article up soon about my thoughts on street photography using the Sony A9. I might also write about how I approach street photography and some of the techniques that I use to get shots.

I hope you enjoy these images from today in the meantime. There is a theme to the shots, I will let you work out what it is. But, the emphasis for these photographs is content over form.

Woof!

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“I’ll just humour this fool with the camera”

So, a couple of months before Christmas we got a new addition to the family. A dog this time, rather than another child. Zebo is a four year-old ex-racing Irish Greyhound that we got from the Oxford branch of the Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust.

He has been settling in very well, although he does love to chew his toys to destruction! He was waking us all up at 5am in the morning. As he has settled in he now wakes at a more leisurely 6.30am for his early morning walk. I, however, am not particularly awake at 6.30am as I am a proverbial night owl.

I am not a particular fan of greyhound racing, it’s not something I know much about to be honest. But, I might like to find out more to give some more context to some of his behaviours. For example, he isn’t a fan of getting into the back of the family car, but I suspect this is due to his history of being bundled into vehicles to get to the races (let alone somehow getting from Ireland to Oxford).

One thing I have noticed about owning a greyhound is just how many current or ex-greyhound owners come up to talk to you. I was in Bath last week, and whilst the wife was away shopping I was on dog duty. Zebo was very interested in the pigeons wandering around the city centre, particularly the suicidal ones that were trying to walk just in from of him. In fact, anything small and moving was pretty interesting to him!

As I stood there, keeping him on a short leash and watching for death wish pigeons, I must have had about 15 or so people come up and talk to me. The people were great to talk to and very friendly. My nature is to pretty much talk to anyone, so that was fine by me!