Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Where have I been?

I am so utterly and dreadfully behind with my blogging…not with my photography; there is always an abundance of that. And I’m on top of most of the processing, well most, as New York still needs a final pass, or and the time in Bordentown the week before, and yes, Seville. Correct that, I still have a whole lot of processing to do, but Spain aside, I am on top of my London Street Photography Meetup post-processing. So instead of trying to catch up absolutely everything day-by-day I will post all 34 (yep, count them) of the Meetups, several forays to Kew, Christmas in the Isle of Wight, various Leica adventures and no doubt miscellaneous sunsets, plus my continued obsession with the pointy Shard building. That’ll keep me busy before I head to Poland, Barcelona and Photokina next month, phew! Firstly, here are my top 116 Polly Meetup images, yes, including my possible 10 from the elusive Seville. Watch this space for a whole lot more!

Saturday, 27 August 2016

The end of the world in Dungeness

London Street Photography Meetup went large again, this time we went to shoot the end of the world, at the end of the world in Dungeness. Maybe not actually the end of the world but definitely a tad other worldly, and undeniably, a pain in the neck to get to. This was my third visit to these vaguely post-apocalyptic parts. On my first visit, we'd caught a train and then scored a taxi. The second time we'd travelled in two cars. And this time, train and bus.


The idea on an "end of the world" themed Meetup is to avoid people, though a new photog snuck in one shot fiddling with his large lens, but I like the Bruno-esque framing!




And unsurprisingly the gulls (and swifts) started calling to me again, can you get addicted to birds? I head for the beach to sneak up on some boats, and found a discarded child's shoe (possibly lost whilst escaping from the giant seagulls!)



An awesome day, with Brighton the day before and unaccustomed as I am to donning sensible shoes, I'm not convinced I'll ever walk again. However everyone's taken some great shots, we didn't stop laughing. I'm not sure if Phil's patented way to keep the creepy guy on the bus away from you works, but er, thanks for the advice!


Sunday, 14 August 2016

Super Sunday and super stripes

For our own Super Sunday (think Olympics) the London Street Photography Meetup photogs (aka Pollyographers) had the golden opportunity to shoot in Tate Modern and the new Switch Room.

After some inspirational Fan Ho images we were tasked with working with steps, and then frames within a frame. Sadly, despite looking hard, I failed to find a shadow of a flautist!



As the sun lowered the stripes formed through the four tall windows were a constant fascination but they were merely intersecting the corner near the day. We all investigated from various angles.




After refreshments, those stripes being a hot topic, we returned to form the stripe paparazzi just before the Tate Modern closed for the day. It seems we attracted quite a crowd armed with camera phones similarly fascinated with the golden paths. My favourite shot was of a little girl who'd broken free from her mother and ran towards the light. Her mother apologised, but we were very happy!

We may have stumbled upon a boy band striking a pose for their album cover.
One of the advantages of the new Switch Room part of Tate Modern is that you can get up and outside.

Heading for home over the Millennium Bridge I couldn't resist a few pigeon/sea gull shots too.



I took over 250 photos so now just have to whittle down to three (gold,silver and bronze, if you will) for posting on the Meetup page