Saturday, 30 June 2012

Paradise Gardens Festival 2012

Spent the day wandering around and taking pictures of the Paradise Gardens Festival, this is near the Millennium Mills and London City Airport. It was fun and people were enjoying themselves, there were different music stages and fireworks in the evening.

I took the GXR with the Heliar 15mm and GR 28mm lenses, both are small and lightweight and complement each other well.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Digital Photography

Today's post is not so much about the picture but something I have been thinking about recently while laying computer games.

The question is simple, if "Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation..." then is it also photography if you take a picture or screenshot during a interactive computer game?

Now, this might sound like a stupid idea and post but taking the above screenshot while playing the game meant I was recording a durable image by recording the light on the screen. I essentially 'composed' the picture, set the field of view up and decided when to press the 'shutter'.

So my question to you, is taking a screen shot in a game already photography or is it when taking a picture of the computer screen with a camera, as the picture below shows, or maybe it is something more? Maybe the answer is I should not play computer games on a Friday evening. ;)

A very interesting article on this can be found here: The Art of in-game Photography

The pictures/screen shots are from the game 'Dear Esther', which itself is not really a game but more an experience or art so it was fitting for this post.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

More from the GDIF 2012

Back to the Greenwich Festival for some more pictures with the R-D1 but Ricoh GR lens today.

The pink people are part of The Invasion and very entertaining, especially for the kids who are having a great time when they guys are on the lose. I ran again into them when they were driving to their hotel and had an 'argument' with the parking barrier.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

People at the Greenwich Festival 2012

Since the GDIF 2012 or the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival was on today, I decided to go out and have a look around. For pictures I dusted off my Epson R-D1, put the Nokton lens on and took some spare batteries with me.

Going back to a Rangefinder after using the GXR A12-M is like trying to make a fire by rubbing two sticks together after using a lighter for the past months. In other words, it's a lot of hassle an the result are unpredictable but it's also rewarding if you manage it. The biggest problems are the lack of live view, having to always lift the camera to your eye is simply not fluid enough nor is it actually possible to accurately frame before getting used to the frame lines.
Still, I enjoyed using the R-D1 again and will have to give it more of a workout over the coming days.

This is a small series from the pictures I took today.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Prometheus Awakes

Went to the Prometheus Awakes show tonight at the Greenwich Maritime Museum, I did not know much what to expect but since it started at 10pm and was outside I took the GXR A12-M and 35mm Nokton lens with me.
It was a great show and very well organized since most of the action happened in between, around and a lot above the crowds. If you get the chance to watch it, I can only recommend as it was great fun.

While I thought I needed a fast lens for this, it turned out I was shooting mostly at f5.6, low ISO and EV -4.0 anyway. While I did not need the fast lens, the 35mm was a good compromise as a single lens since it was wide enough but also allowed me to get close to the action when needed.
What keeps impressing me still is the detail the GXR A12-M is able to capture and the Nokton lens is also excellent at this and a very sharp lens.

Since I did not find many photos from this show online, I decided to post a slightly longer series of 10 pictures although I did take around 170 in total. Picture 9 is my favourite and if I were to post only one this would have been it.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Going In?

GXR A12-M, f5.6, 1/200, RAW, 42mm (Ricoh GR f2.8 28mm L)

Today, I got the chance to meet up with Duane again, we had a small meetup with Tom in London. While it was after work and there was not much time left for photography and drinks we managed to fit it all in and even a visit to Camera Cafe to check out some lenses.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Meetup in London

It's always good to meet up with other photographers for a chat and especially to go out and take pictures. The most interesting aspect is to watch everyone's different style at approaching subjects and in the end to see what pictures everyone has taken.

Today, I met up with a few photographers from SeriousCompacts so thanks Bill for organising.

All my pictures are taken with the GXR A12-M and Jupiter-12 lens.