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Archive for July, 2011

Digital Age

Although I could ramble on for most likely hours on the topic – this is just a quickie.

Just came across an interesting looking trailer about creativity and digital age / culture.

Found it via a link on Chase Jarvis’ Blog post here.

Site for Press Pause Play, looks like it was our March 2011.

You often hear people in various creative outlets bemoan the fact that it’s harder to earn a living due to similar aspects – usually people doing it for free/less. I think the internet and “digital” age are the main 2 contributing factors.

“Digital” – means it’s easy to capture/make/creat/modify e.g. Digital cameras

“Internet” – change distribution, delivery and discovery of content that can be digitised forever.

I guess to some pro photographers I might be part of the problem – I probably work for less than they can, and sometimes for free. But even though the whole Digital thing has emphasised and exaggeration this – I don’t think it’s caused it. It’s always been the case that amateurs or semi-pro’s have chased the heels of the pros.

Pro’s – if you can’t hack it you either need to do it better than the amateurs to justify your fee, do it differently/innovatively, or do something else. That’s how it is, and how it has always beem. (Mind you – I do also sympathise – especially when you see some of the rubbish some people can produce yet get paid)

I wonder what the film will have to say.

Chap Olympiad 2011

Been very busy of late, both social and work – part if this has been shoots and a holiday on a canal boat with my University friends (photos/videos to follow). However just before the little holiday I went to the Chap Olympiad event. I’ve been a couple of times before and there’s at least one set of photos on my main photography site. I finished editing the photos last night and have put them up on Facebook for now – may put best of the best on main site but thought I’d try a Facebook link here.

I don’t have a facebook page/group/thing as I think sites like MySpace etc come and go and prefer to direct most internet traffic to main sites or something I can control like this blog. However I wanted to share the photos with friends and those who went – so have made the gallery publicly visible – I hope you can see it (please let me know if it doesn’t work).

My Chap Olympiad 2011 photos

But here are a few favourites.

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I would definitely suggest going to Chap Olympics if you’re into such fun dress up events.  You can sign up to news on their website : Chap Olympiad. It’s all good light-hearted fun. Everybody dresses up and you can compete in the Olympiad if you turn up earlyish (I think it usually opens 12 and you can register before 1pm). Events have included Cucumber Sandwich Discus, 100 yard saunter, bicycle  and umbrella jousting. The event is organised by the fine people at The Chap Magazine – also well worth a look.


Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer Documentary

What a funky name – eh!

I’m loving the random content that I’m seeing on the RETV feed at the moment. Have a few to go through but will quickly catch up with it.

This one looks like another indie / Art-house documentary to look out for on a street photographer. Rather than up-market celebs as my earlier post, this one is hip-hop culture. Although I like a bit of Hip-hop (more the jazzy kind – Jurasic 5, Herbaliser, DJ Format etc) I wouldn’t say I’m a massive fan – however I am of course a massive photography fan – so will try to track this down. If anybody spots it (or anything similar really) showing in the UK/London – please let me know.

Link to The Film.

And Jamel Shabezz.

Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer

Photographers with too much time

Another random one.

Found this on RETV.

I loved the Honda Accord advert – and although not quite so slick – this kind of thing amuses me. Think they’re called Rube Goldberg machines.

Leica Lenses

Just another random tit-bit.

Came across this video of Leica Lens manufacturing online.

If you’re not a camera Buff – Leica’s are essentially the Roll’s Royce of the camera world. They may not be the biggest, quickest, or most functional of their market (i.e. cameras) but they do have that significant element of prestige and quality about them. However – you also pay for that!

Their current flag-ship I think is the M9 digital camera (BTW they’re not “SLR”s but instead Range-finders. If you don’t know what this is doesn’t really matter but google it if interested) which is a 18Mpx camera is a £5,000 camera! And what’s more – only does manual Focus!

But from this video you’ll probably see why there’s such a price-tag on their equipment.

I was interested in the possibility of a Leica a while ago as I was keen to get into street photography, possibly candid stuff (e.g. Henri Cartier Bresson was a famous Leica shooter). Leica’s are fairly compact especially their lenses. So I went along to their Mayfair shop. Wow did I feel like I was trespassing! one of these kind of shops where you need to ring the bell to get in and they will offer you a drink! Perfectly courteous towards me but I was most definitely out of my price-range depth.

In addition to the price though the big-turn off for me was the fact that even the modern Digital cameras were manual focus only was a significant no-go for me. I’ve come to rely on AutoFocus really – but even if I hadn’t – I could see that part of candid street stuff might be shooting from the hip – which would need some form of focusing….

Maybe one of these dew breed of mirror-less compacts, ot the Fuji X100. But first I’m going to upgrade my main camera (when Nikon get around to announcing one I want!) and then I’ll see about a carry-me-everywhere-camera.

Flying can kill pixels!

Interesting tit-bit that just popped up on Nikonrumors / Photo rumors site:

Flying (over 20k feet) can kill digital camera pixels due to gamma radiation!

Jump to 08:00 if it doesn’t do it automatically.

I wonder if this will do it with all sensor types and if the camera is switched off…..

London Pride

As per my last Blog post – on Saturday I was taking photos for Terrence Higgins Trust at London Pride. I went to meet them at the starting point for about 12. No float/bus (seems they cost a lot – and this after all is a charity) but they did have a fair few staff/supporters there and a small but great marching band, plus semi-clad good looking guys.

There was no real brief really – I think they were happy just to get anything and everything – concentrating mostly on the charity but also on other aspects of the march.

Having never been to a Pride march before (not being gay they never seemed a high priority for me) I wasn’t sure what to expect. At the starting point it seemed all quite relaxed – you could walk around the different floats and mingle with everybody etc.  So come 1pm when it started – I was expecting the same. After an initial filtering system so that the organise could intersperse the floats/buses with procession walkers (intially all the people were in one lane and all the floats in another) we started walking down Portland place into central London. After a while I noticed that there was crowd fencing either side of us with a little crowd. But as we went further into the middle of town the crowds became bigger and bigger and it dawned on me – I wasn’t just covering part of the march – I was actually IN a march, separate from the crowd. 🙂 Not what I was expecting but fun.

There were a few floats with DJs and sounds systems etc – but in my opinion our modest marching band (1 Tuba, 2 trumpets, 2 drums, 1 trombone and 1 saxophone) was much better. Added that extra spirit to it missing from just playing a record or CD. They’s also done their homework and played a few “gay anthems” – you know YMCA and the like – although that was the cheesiest of them, others were better.

As I had stuff to prepare for Saturday night and an earlyish start for that too (well 8) I didn’t hang around for the post march entertainment i.e. gig in Trafalgar Square and then bars and clubs in and around Soho. Maybe next time.

Took almost a thousand photos on the day !! But here’s just a few generally un-edited.

Walk for life & London Pride

London Pride is on tomorrow and although I have a late night tonight (Friday – a friends 40th) and again on Saturday – I’m going to go along – mainly because I’ve been asked to take photos for Terrence Higgins Trust – this has lead on from me taking photos for them at the annual Walk For life event. made me realise that I should have posted about it here – so here goes 🙂

A while ago I thought that it would be good to do something worth while with my photography rather than just take pictures in clubs and at home – something for others but also make me feel good karma wise (I don’t “really” believe in karma in that it has an effect – but I like to believe in the idea of it – doing good for others etc etc). Que Smashie and Nicey “Charidy Mate” speal 😉 So I approached a few charities that I give money to monthly e.g. Amesty – but didn’t get much of a response. But a friend of mine (Hi Mikey *waves*) at the time worked for Crusaid – an aids charity that did work both here and in Africa. After a few E-mails I was asked to cover their Walk for life event – a sponsored walk around London (10k I think). It starts and ends in Potters field – between Tower Bridge and City Hall. At the end there’s some entertainment – bands/singers and the like. Mikey no longer works there but I’ve covered it for the last 3 years.

This year Crusaid merged/was taken over/however you want to put it with Terrence Higgins trust – so I covered it for them too. This year the celebs were Christian Clarke (the gay guy from Eastenders – or so I’m told – I don’t watch soaps), Four poofs and a piano again, and Beverly Knight performing at the end. The year that Dannii Minogue turned up to start the walkers was a bit crazy as a load of Paparazzi turned up! Although I wasn’t keen on them before – I certainly don’t now – bunch of rude inconsiderate people.

Some photos included below.

Aaaand back to original point – will be at London Pride tomorrow starting about 12:30 from Portland place – quite possibly wearing a Terrence Higgins Trust T-shirt – come say Hi. Shall try to upload photos to hear sooner after the event than this load.