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When a helicopter landed next to my house, I thought about asking whether I could subsitute if for No.4 Airplane. Then realised it would make a rather cool fence picture!
This is a city park, not that you cant tell from well positioned trees, and I've so many happy memories here. It is one of the first things I see when I leave my house (living in the middle of London, this is NOT to be taken for granted), sitting out here you can often hear the noise from the Arsenal Emirates stadium - football matches and concerts (I heard Cold Play last year).
And of course, the fence. There are two fences here and I confess I have quite a few photographs of them. It's hard to tell with the backlighting but they are a beautiful shade of green, covered in rust (which of course I love). The shape, the contrast and the texture - they make for some great photos - especially with something interesting in the background.
The Air Ambulance was there for a man who had fallen off a tree a few streets away, as the medics went off and did their thing, the pilots chatted to locals. It was funny seeing it land, the school kids doing sports in the field didn't have much warning to the helicopter landing (due to trees and buildings hiding it), and ran at the last minute - it was definitely something to liven up a friday afternoon!
And off again...
So lets mark off with no.5 on the list:
So we had this incredible sunset the other night, we've had a few nice ones but this one was really incredible. So incredible that I don't think I cannot show more pics from it's progression...
It was a real treat to get these, I haven't seen a huge amount of sunsets since I moved here as it set on the other side of the house (I do have to lean out of my second floor window a little to get these shots).
If anyone can tell me I'd be really like to know, the sun seems to be moving northwards at the moment (which is towards the right of my picture) and presumably at some point will stop and go left again (does that happen on the summer solstice?) Does the sun keep to the same pattern each year (I don't even remember seeing such fine sunsets last year - maybe because it was raining all the time?)
And the other side of the sky look like...
With a busy life, it can be easy to forget to take photos or run out of inspiration or motivation, I'm always looking for ways of keeping photography fresh in my life, to improve at it.
My Mum at Malvern Manor told me about this photography project, which I think may be just the thing to help me through the summer. Run by the folks of Gallo Organico, the 2013 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt is pretty self explanatory, I've got until the 21st September to find all the following items.
Looking at the list, it all looks pretty achievable, although the fisherman and windmill ones might be hard - where might I find those in London?! I see my main issues with being finding the time and opportunity to take the camera out and then to actually blog my results, might be tricky but I'm going to give it a go!
You have seen them before, this time we got together to get some shots for their impending wedding and as always - I had the most delightful time.
J looked stunning as she had had her and makeup practice that morning, and A dapper in a suit. It is always amazing to photograph people when your personalities click and they are enjoying themselves. For me, shooting A and J isn't really just about the photographs but the opportunity to express my creativity whilst spending time with two exceptionally thoughtful souls.
As we came down to the sea front at Eastbourne we noticed people lining the streets, it turned out we had arrived just in time for the Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival. The positive consequence of this was that the beach was empty, absolutely empty, which was more than we could have dreamed of on this wonderfully sunny day.
As I look back at these photos and remember the happy hours we spent at Eastbourne, another thing strikes me and reminds me of this shoot Playing on the Southbank, and I realised as much as I love to see the green trees and grass in London, I am liking them less and less in my photos right now. So the concrete of the Southbank shoot and the sea and the sand at the Eastbourne have really inspired me to try and expand from parks if I can help it! It is amazing how much colour can affect the mood and atmosphere of a photograph.