Apples in our garden

I’ve been pretty quiet recently. This is because of the amount of work… Hopefully soon I’ll have more time to focus on my website.

Apples in the garden especially during the autumn period look so beautifully. Those changes colours and with the good light, look stunning! We keep them for birds – mainly blue birds love them so much. I for instance, I like their black spots. On the pictures spots add up something more. I see them as a part of an art, done by the nature.

Actually, I’m working on a project – portraits of very interesting people. I’m not going to share details as yet, but keep your ears tuned for news.

Sometime soon I’m going to publish some more pictures from my darkroom. I recently recreated darkroom in my new house, so it’s been exiting period! On the other hand it is never ending story – putting stuff, moving things, tests and then again… I want to change it back like it was before 😉

If anyone of you has an instruction for a darkroom timer Hauck TCM 80 (model with the buttons), I’ll appreciate for a link or a copy! I bought one from MrCad store but I would like to know how to use it. It has some more functions which I don’t know how to use, so thanks a lot for any advise.

New prints from my darkroom

So, again I went into darkroom

to make new prints from my darkroom.As you know, after lessons at Adrian’s workshop I’ve learned a lot of new useful ‘tricks’ which helps with obtaining good results. Of course, most important is rather this what is on the picture and not the print itself but I think I have this what’s interesting to me so I’m in good place! It is hard to scan on home scanner prints with good enough quality to show you how those look like in reality but even though, if you’re slightly more experienced than new-comer into darkroom world, you’ll catch what I’m talking about. I have definitely improved my skills I think.

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Sunflowers on the garden table. Aug. 2018

 

Some of my new prints I’m trying to ‘modify’ by burning particular areas to obtain specific effect. Not always it is easy and I can’t say I’ve managed to obtain this what I needed. In this occasion I tried to simulate that old boat/ship is emerging from the DARKNESS, but this what I’m getting isn’t quite this what I need. See below….

 

Old boat in Maryport; wooden boat; old ship; Kodak try-x 400; fine art print; darkroom print, new prints
Old boat in Maryport in north England. July 2018.

I like the colour of Ilford Galerie paper and its contrast. I have learned from Adrian that having good quality water, I don’t have bother with Kodak Photo-Flo! I caused sometimes some problems whilst prints were drying. Once are dry, on a surface were visible strange stains… It happens occasionally completely out of control so it is hard to narrow down what’s causing it. Now I know! It was Photo-Flo. I still use it with negatives though.

 

Next time will be better and now, enjoy seeing pictures in the below gallery – some of them have been printed earlier.

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Darkroom workshop | Adrian Ensor

Darkroom workshop with Adrian Ensor

Recently my girlfriend announced me that for my birthday gift she prepared something special! Of course it didn’t take me long to pull out what’s that from her 🙂 It turned out it was a workshop with one of the greatest darkroom printers and also great photographers, I mean with Adrian Ensor here in London! You can image how happy I was. I’ve been waiting long two weeks for that day. I knew I had just 8hrs to learn as much as I can during this time. Obviously I need to prepare questions to outstanding things which no one else was able to give an answer. I thought to myself that it is great occasion to learn lots of things which I’ve never been good with. 

My list consisted:

  • Better dogging and burning
  • How to better control contrast
  • Flattening the final prints 
  • And all other small details which by observation I can learn

Finally that day came!

We’ve arrived at agreed 10AM on Saturday 4th of August. Adrian has been waiting for us already. We drank a cup of coffee and we’ve been talking about the plan for a day, ideas and of course we were looking on my pictures which I brought along with me.

 

Darkroom workshop, Adrian Ensor
Darkroom workshop with Adrian Ensor

My negatives are pretty good as I’m following my friend, Roy Snell, who advised me how to develop them properly. Negatives are well developed but these are developed in my own way to have many details in lights and shadows. It requires though, to use higher paper gradation.

Adrian instead suggested me to use stronger dilution of developer to have more contrast on them and for my needs it should be easier to print. I agree with both masters (Roy and Adrian) and I think I could treat them as two separate solutions for particular photographic ways of making final prints.

Here we are looking on my prints which are still wet but by putting them next to each other we can better asses situation and find out what else need to be changed to improve them.

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Slawek and Adrian Ensor during workshop.

 

Here is the final print

Portrait taken by me. Light was very bad (my mistake) but Adrian and I, we’ve done great job and portrait looks great! Grade 5 and some dodging helped!

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Final print.

 

Here is the summary and my book signed by Adrian!

I’m really happy having it signed as I did learn a lot from it. I know I’ll be getting far much more from it in the coming years as I’ll be coming back to it to rejuvenate my skills and improve my prints. 

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Slawek and Adrian Ensor with signed book for me.

 

It was great day! But it is not the end of a journey, I’ll be visiting Adrian frequently and we’ll be talking about photography and many other things too. Adrian did lend me great biography of Bill Brandt (btw. I lived next to the block in Kensington for two years where Bill Brandt used to live).

Printing in a darkroom

How to print in a darkroom

This I’ll learn from my friend Roy, who is a darkroom printer from London. Working with Roy, I can learn tons of things which I wouldn’t be able to learn from books, conversations with other amateurs, internet articles or blogs. This is amazing to me and also it is great addition to our friendship! We’ll be working together on materials which I hope we will be able to produce to the highest level. Where sparkling highlights will be signing and shadows will be warm and full of details.

Focomat IIc and De Vere 705 enalrger, darkroom printing
Focomat IIc and De Vere 705 enalrgers.

Last Saturday we’ve been printing for our first client – Janie

who brought her old and never printed negative film. This film has been sitting in a drawer for around 50 years. On that day it has been for the first time, put into Roy’s De Vere 705s enlarger. As a matter of learning we’ve been learning how to properly get good contrast keeping details in shadows and clean fully detailed highlights. Roy showed me how to properly dodge the print. I think I need to exercise on this as my dodging is really poor… I’ve never been good on that so I always wanted to avoid this but it looks like my time has come… :D. I need to get down on it and finally learn how to do this properly.

Roy’s darkroom

is the most unusual in the world… I had a great pleasure to be able to print and feel the mood being there with all those warm lights turned on. Roy with his enormous engagement was helping me with all those small details. He’s ready to repeat the same things five times unless I understand the layout, process and how Roy has been doing this for many many years. This is hard to describe what amount of knowledge he is giving to me. All those small details like agitation, temperature of my chemistry and workflow direction. Combining all those bits and pieces makes me so “rich” in this matter.

Idea to create it like that

This is not a secret that my darkroom has been inspired by his own. I have tried to create my own place very comfortable and inspiring. Being in my darkroom is real pleasure making pictures. Mine doesn’t resemble cool and white laboratory. It is warm and calm place where classic music sounds gently. There are no noisy and distracting cooling fans. Slight smell of chemistry surrounds me from everywhere.

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Notting Hill Carnival 2017 in London

This year, similarly as it’s being happening for many years before, another Notting Hill Carnival starts today. This event has its own long history. Despite voices that place hasn’t been chosen properly and should be moved to the different location, all actions takes place here yet. 

Notting Hill Carnival 2017 is a bit worrying to all local businesses as during celebrations many things usually happens.

Nearly every year someone is injured, some cars disappears. And it is nothing unusual during such events. Especially businesses but also people who live here, wants to feel a bit more secure. All of them tries to secure their offices, dwells and houses. Lots of Police is visible on the Notting Hill Gate street since early morning and even before – during the night yet. 

To avoid terrorist attacks, Police is closing local traffic by building very strong fences/barriers which will stop even very heavy lorries which potentially could try to ram into the crowds.

Here you can find how Notting Hill looks like now.

 

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Grenfell tower fire – There won’t be any stone left unturned

Notting Hill Grenfell tower fire

Grenfell tower fire – during the night on 14-15 June 2017 the 24 storey building had gone in fire. Unfortunately, I’ve seen that building in flames….It’s impossible to imagine how can you feel in such circumstances.

The reason most likely was caused by the ignition which fired the polystyrene cladding. The cladding type was flammable and was just slightly cheaper – ca £2 per 1 square meter than not flammable version. According to the London Police along with Kensington & Chelsea borough, there’s still a hope that number of those whose died won’t be 3 digit number. 

Below you can see how LFB (London Fire Brigade) worked to cope with that situation. Despite overall sad mood around this case, firefighters tried to not be sad or depressed.  Local authorities have said they’ll will do their best to be sure that “There won’t be any stone left unturned” in terms of finding missing people whose left in the building.

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Firefighter coming back from action at Grenfell tower fire. London 15 June 2017

Let’s have a hope after this incident we all have learnt lesson and any similar tragedy won’t happen again in the future.

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Fashion shooting in London this Sunday

It’s Sunday so let’s take some fashion pictures

Today is a busy day, I work on fashion shooting with great models and supporting team. We’re working in Holland Park as there’s great natural backdrop and light isn’t too strong.

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Blurry Images photo shooting in London.

I hope you’ll find them interesting and it will tempt you to check the whole session here.

Our team:

Hair and make up collection:
Hair: @kasia hair stylist
Make up: @makeup me aga mi
Photo: @blurry.images
Models:
Emilie: @mcmostert
Rita: @ritahenriques93
Hannah: @hannahmccluskey
Hannah: @hannah.alice.howell
All of our friends you can find on Instagram. If you have a feeling you can stand in the front of the camera and want to be photographed, then contact me!

Hyde Park Corner never sleeps

Hyde Park Corner

We have new year but this part of British capital is very lively, as usual. This time I’m with a man which speech is about Jesus and his role in our lives and current world.

Indeed it’s hard to not agree with him and his ideas. He is very active in his approach how to persuade to others his opinions.

 

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Hyde Park Corner speech, London n2017

Please don’t think

…he doesn’t know what he’s talking about! That man is every good observer and he also advised to me, what Jesus thinks about photography. Please don’t think, I’m mocking up from him but I really appreciate his open-minded approach to the surrounding world.

From visual point of view, that man is interesting but also his personality makes this town very colourful. I don’t have to agree with all his opinions but I do not judge his opinions as well. That’s one and only place in the world where everyone can perform a speech about anything he/she wants.

 

 

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Speech at Hyde Park Corner, London 2017

Hyde Park Corner Speaker

…is very lively man. He tries to persuade all his opinions to everyone who came to this place tempted by the gathered crowd.

 

Summing up, if you’re looking for some kind of relax and you’re eager to listen different opinions feel free to come and listen or even discuss with those guys. I personally really appreciate that I can do that as I’ve been reading about this place for years and now on….I can come here.

 

 

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Conversation between speaker and listener, Hyde Park 2017, London

Portrait of smoking man

Portait with cigar

I took a “Portrait with cigar” of man whose I met today in central London. That guy is very interesting person. We’ve exchanged a few words about his cigar and his style. Because I don’t smoke I never felt what is the feeling of smoking, so I’m not able to say anything about cigars but I proposed to take a few pictures of him. He’s busy man so we have only 30 seconds to take these pictures.

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Portrait of smoking man, London 2016

Smoking man has an interesting style

Worn torn jeans, lousy long sweater and big cigar in his hand makes him very colourful person. Fortunately he’s keen to pose which isn’t very often these days, but fortunately the town is very large and it’s always possible to find someone to photograph.

As he’s very busy and must go home, so only pictures left. I hope you like it and if so, please return here more often for new interesting photographs.

What I like is

to speak to people whose I don’t know. I’m not shy person but it’s always difficult to come over to an unknown person and start conversation, especially asking him or her  to start to pose for you. That’s most complicated thing in photography. To me it is even more complicated than light or composition which ultimately you can learn. In conversation with someone you don’t know, you have to be very truthful and make good relation. Remember, that person most likely will never meet you again and in fact, does not know what you’ll do with taken photographs so you must be honest and always say truth.

 

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Portrait with cigar of met man in London, 2016.

If you have a feeling you can pose…

and you would  like me to take portrait of you, then drop me an email or contact me over Facebook with your contact details. I’ll contact you and maybe we’ll be able to make a good set of portraits. Portraits in style similar to the “Portrait with cigar” can be very interesting. If you play music, preparing for your doctorate and you’re surrounded by tons of books or have other hobby, that’s perfect – we can try to capture it together.

Pigeons on the roof and shots using iPhone camera

Pigeons on the roof

Due that I have a “problem” with taking pictures of sitting or flying around, walking or whatever else these animals do, I wanted to show you a few pictures which I took one day just before going to work. Pigeons are sitting every day on the roof of the building and due it is a very foggy and misty day I wanted to catch them.

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Pigeons captured sitting on the roof fence on the mall. Hatfield 2016

These animals

…are very sensitive and it’s not easy to get close to them. I’m moving very slowly to capture them. Pigeons likes to sit on the roof a watch the world from the distance.

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Pigeons flying away from the roof of the mall. Hatfield 2016

 

Some of them flew away

..but not all of them fortunately 😉

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Pigeons flying away. Hatfield 2016

This one for instance

..does have very courage and allowed me to come very close. Pigeons are very nice animals if you like them as I do. It’s not easy to catch them but it’s worth to try!

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Pigeon sitting on the roof on the roof of the mall. Hatfield 2016

 

But finally…

all flew away… End of story 🙂 Pigeons on the roof – nice beginning of the day and pretty pictures.

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Pigeons captured on the roof on the roof of the mall. Hatfield 2016

 

Fireworks Displays and Dead Walk | Alexandra Palace

 

Displays, Bonfire and Dead Walk Alexandra Palace are the best displays of fireworks apart of those presented during the New York Eve which are the best in UK! Below pictures shows short summary of Dead Walk in Alexandra Palace, London.

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Dead Walk during Fireworks in Alexandra Palace, London.

Dead Walk Alexandra Palace

The whole event during Display of fireworks are focussed around the “Dead Walk” which is pretty small but very lively and gathers lots of spectators. People are watching dancers and foggy evening express better flames and smoke which comes from flares.

 

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Part of Dead Walk in Alexandra Palace, London

 

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Woman “pretending” to be dead during Dead Walk

The gigantic skull

perfectly backlight from behind composes great during the whole event. Its colours combined with red lights which surrounds us from everywhere do the job. People like it and are spending great time with their kids despite the temperature isn’t very pleasant.

 

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Skull’s mask during Dead Walk in Alexandra Palace in London.

The musician plays

on piano which starts to fire every few words of the song he sings. That’s one of the most appreciated and most spectacular elements during the whole Dead Walk in Alexandra Palace tonight. To me that’s the best show during Dead Walk.

 

Dead Walk Alexandra Palace
Musician playing on piano in flames during Dead Walk in Alexandra Palace.

“Bonfire”

is the final element tonight. The fire is really big and simulates bones which are stared to fire. From the distance of 25 meters it really looks like a bones in fire though…

 

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Bonefire during Alexandra Palace’s fireworks

Dead Walk Alexandra Palace is really nice idea how to spend free evening. I will attend next time for sure and I’ll recommend you to do the same. Tickets are £12 per person.

Zeiss Ikon 6×9 | film developing

…120 negative type film developing in an old-school darkroom using Zeiss Ikon 6×9 camera

Here is Zeiss Ikon 6×9 camera which was produced in 1932. We bought it in Liverpool this year. This post will evolve as I’m going to add a new sub-website with darkroom news. I will show you how I develop negatives and do a prints. This will take some as I this process is pretty time consuming but there’s no rush with it.

Please enjoy with me of this what will happen here and that’s my first video ever! 🙂

 

Or the other view of the same camera… I’m trying to show you how that camera looks inside as many people never hold such piece of metal. To some people it’s even hard to image that 10 years camera can work. That one has been produced in approximately….1932. Mine other Hasselblad came out in 1971 so it’s older than me and produces great pictures.

 

These movies are only the beginning. The rest of the process including all steps I will include later on – in coming two/three weeks as some negatives are awaiting for development.  Till then let’s play with the themes for pictures. My favourite is “Portrait of my family”. We’ll see how I will went through it … 🙂

 

 

23 September 2016… and it’s time for some updates!

I have some pictures which I took using my old friend Hasselblad CM500 and using very old Polish START S66 cameras. Both have great lenses and I’m happy to show them to you.  All scanned pictures weren’t corrected or changed in Photoshop as it happens very often on some websites. It would be no point to do so as it states in opposite to see them developed in traditional darkroom.

The first one below taken using START S66:

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Boat in Clevedon. Wales, UK

 

The second one has been taken a few years ago when almost whole Polish government has been killed in an airplane crash in Russia. People taken on the picture were gathering on the streets next to the President’s palace in Warsaw.

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People on the streets after Polish President’s death. Warsaw, Poland

 

 

The next one shows Portobello Market. This particular shows a booth with old cameras. Taken using START S66.

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Stand with old cameras on Portobello Market, London

 

 

That’s my favourite! The Pier in Clevedon, Wales in misty and foggy evening. I like this picture most as it reminds  me my holiday. The only thing is, that is was raining all the time 🙂 We have finished that day in a pub!

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Pier in Clevedon. Wales, UK

 

How I’ve developed those pictures..

Those scans do not show pictures’ quality which is pretty good. I have developed them by putting them onto developers bath for 10 seconds each and them I’m moving them onto clear water bath for a 1 minutes without any agitation (!). It’s important to not move them during that minute as developer gathered on the picture’s surface is developing the picture and the agitation will remove it! After 1 minute picture has to be put back again onto developer for next 10 seconds and again moved back onto water. This process has to be repeated until picture is developed properly in “lights” and “blacks”. Pictures are developed using split-grading technique. Enlarger has to be equipped with colour head or B&W head. The other very good option is to use Ilford Multigrade filters which should be place under the enlarger’s lens.

MotoGP race at Silverstone

MotoGP Weekend

MotoGP Silverstone! Finally I had an opportunity to see my favourite race driver live! My beloved girlfriend gave me a gift which was a ticket for a race track for a MotoGP race 🙂 Couldn’t be better, really!

We arrived on Friday to be ready to see all free practices live on track. Along with us arrived many other fans. Each chosen different way to come but it was really crowdy!

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Spectator with VR46 flag

 

MotoGP Silverstone, spectators on track
Two spectators arriving on track

 

Lorries!

That’s really incredible how many things have to be carried with the teams. Each team has drivers (most of teams have  2 drivers), technicians, managers, spare parts and of course…. motorcycles – MotoGP drivers have two. This impressive number of things has to be delivered on time to each race track in Europe and across the world. Below you can see only the fraction of lorries which are parked on track.

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Lorries carrying MotoGP staff at Silverstone

 

Spectators are very good in Silverstone. Thousands of them arrived and fulfilling all free seats. During the first day (Saturday) we were allowed to enter any place around the track except VIP area of course 🙂

That’s not too bad as many of most important thing happens indeed on track so even we weren’t able to see it, we used Big Screens which are transmitting the whole event all the time.

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Spectators watching MotoGP race at Silverstone

 

Valentino Rossi never disappoints!

Vale, as usual is performing very well. Even it’s raining his performance is very good. Personally I prefer wet races as these are more spectacular from visual point of view and of course results are unpredictable very often. Below Valentino rides on the corner during the second free practise session on Saturday.

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Valentino Rossi cornering at Silverstone

Moto2 free practice is very interesting as well as Moto3. I wouldn’t believe I will ever tell it, but Moto3 motorcycles generates almost the same huge noise and higher classes. That’s why organisers are sharing everywhere free noise stoppers. Kids are in the worse situation but parents know what to do by giving them headphones usually used on construction.

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Moto2 rider on straight

 

At MotoGP Silverstone there’s always very crowdy. People are getting here from around the England and Scotland. All are very friendly. People drink beer, eat burgers and overall atmosphere is very sporty and friendly.

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Crowds at MotoGP Silverstone

The sessions

Each class has two free practises which results are not counted prior the qualification sessions. The only exception is MotoGP class where results from Saturday’s FP sessions decides of the Qualification order. Many things happens during those sessions.

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Driver whilst MotoGP race at Silverstone, 2016

 

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Marc Marquez while cornering

 

Saturday is very wet today so riders chosen wet tyres. Above Marc Marquez prepares for a measured lap. You can see lots of water droops behind his rear wheel.

People watch race from all places, really. Very good to see more than just 2 corners are located at the higher floor and of course, are more expensive. Here you can see lots of spectators watching from balcony with drinks in hands.

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Spectators watching race from balcony at Silverstone race track

 

Below you can see a picture with Dani Pedrosa but…take a look what’s happening behind him! I haven’t seen that while I took that picture. The driver is fine but he made my picture!

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Dani Pedrosa on straight and crashing driver behind

Moto2 riders are doing great job. They riding style is very impressive and they speed on straight doesn’t differ much comparing to the MotoGP class. Below you can find my favourite shot from while cornering.

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Moto2 while cornering at Silverstone

 

The number of spectators is is difficult to describe. I should come 2 hours earlier to get best place – please remember I can go around the track so watching the race through the fence is not what I want to do!

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People watching the race on Big Screen at Silverstone

 

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Spectators watching Silverstone Moto3 race

 

Some in B&W

Marc Marquez at MotoGP Silverstone race is trying to catch one of the Ducati’s riders. Of course he overtook the below guy in a few next corners.

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Marc Marquez overtaking on straight at Silverstone Circuit

 

Valentino Rossi on straight

Vale is doing his best. I’m surprised how difficult is catch him while he’s going out of the corners. His pace is enormous – like a bullet!

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Valentino Rossi on straight at Silverstone race track, Silverstone 2016

 

Watching the race

People came to watch the race. Big screens allows us to see the whole event. When riders are arriving we all are turning onto the track and in that huge noise we can see them for around…..4 seconds 😀 and then turn back to the screen.

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Spectators watching MotoGP race at Silverstone

 

Riders in Moto2 class are very hard to beat. They all struggle through the whole race and no one gives up.

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Moto2 race driver on straight, Silverstone 2016

 

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Moto2 race driver at Silverstone’s straight

 

Security

We all hear about recent horrible accidents which happens around the Europe. Organisers are very well prepared and we all feel very secure. Above our heads are flying helicopters which scans all people to prevent such situations. All is fine!

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Helicopters monitoring crowd at Silverstone Circuit 2016

 

The race

Racing is very exiting. Riders are very very fast and they’e passing next to us with huge speed. It’s hard to imagine how they can do that every two weeks 😉

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Two riders during Moto2 race at Silverstone Circuit 2016

 

Behind the race track there’s lots of thing to do. You can check The Doctor’s store to buy hmmm… new VR46 jacket or cap?

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VR46 store during Silverstone MotoGP race, Silverstone Circuit 2016

 

The race is coming to an end

Riders in all classes are doing their best to win. MotoGP Silverstone weekend this year is mixed with wet free practice day and dry race day. That combination doesn’t promise expected results but this time my favourite rider is doing great job!

 

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Moto2 racers on straight during the Silverstone 2016 race.

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Chequered flag at Silverstone Moto2 free practice

 

Chequered flag is finally showed so I am happy that Valentino Rossi got 3rd place. Could be better? Maybe yes but if you imagine how difficult this sport is and how great drivers these guys are, you can understand that it is one of the hardest jobs in the world. I still think this wheelie is especially for us 🙂

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Valentino Rossi’s while wheeleing, Silverstone 2016

 

Marlena with old Zeiss 6×9 camera

My love, Marlena took me a few shots using her new (sic!) camera with 120 type negative film. I hope we’ll develop it soon and I’ll put here pictures she took. I know those pictures will be great!

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Old Zeiss 6×9 camera used on Silverstone MotoGP race.

Holidays in Wales | summer 2016

Our holidays in Wales this summer

were impressively wet…though we tried to have great fun! Through the first week were raining…all the time. We haven’t had any chance to not be soaked completely while we were outside.

First idea – we go to Clevedon and then to Tywyn. The plan was simple – to spend some time in a quiet village near the sea to relax after months of work, noise generated by lorries outside and ambulance’s siren. It easier to say than did.

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A couple watching the coast. Tywyn, Wales.

 

Great pier in Clevedon

Fortunately we have had great view on a below pier, which in these circumstances was a big advantage comparing to this was was pouring from the the sky…

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Clevedon and its pier in a wet day.

Unfortunately access to this pier was locked down due it was a private area. The rest of the evening we had to spent in a local pub. Not too bad, though… 🙂

 

Next stop – prison…Bridgewell Prison Hotel

Yeah, that’s truth. We had to go to prison – for two nights only 🙂 In Liverpool there’s a converted prison onto “luxury” hotel. It’s not luxury but it is clean and nice. Especially the staff which was very friendly and really helpful. More information you can find here but apart of anything was written it’s worth to spend a night or two to feel how is to be locked and to figure out that’s in not worth to do anything stupid to be locked there in real life.

 

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Swans in Kensington Gardens

We of course took all needed measures 🙂 Below picture shows what welcomes you immediately after entering to the prison (or maybe to a hotel?). Rooms are very small and surrounding room has been converted into bathroom. Even though it is very, very small area and as a hotel it does the job but if you imagine yourself locked there for 5, 10 or 15 years it’s hard to believe you can live there, really.

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Bridgewell Prison Hotel, Liverpool.

 

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Window in a Bridgewell Prison Hotel

 

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A “prisoner” in a Bridgewell Prison Hotel

That’s all about it but more pictures you can find here. Feel free to put your comments below.

For a weekend to Brighton

Weekend in Brighton

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Terns in Brighton’s pier

I am for a long weekend in Brighton. I am welcomed by two terns which are accompanying me trough the whole staying here. Perfect weather and lack of duties makes me smile. 🙂

 

 

Fun fair on the pier…

Good weekend must be full of fun. Here for instance, on carousel which is a bit weird as those “boxes” are moving in all directions! It’s too crazy for me, really… 🙂

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Fun fair, Brighton

 

The main things happens on a pier!

The pier in Brighton is most important for sure. All things happens here. You can find a fun fair for instance. I have never seen such things anywhere before. We’ve been spending here great time and many people experienced the same things.

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Fun fair Brighton

 

 

Brighton Pier

I have a feeling apart of the beach, this is most important element in this small touristic town. The whole holiday life happens here.

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Pier in Brighton – echo of pier in glass.

 

 

Motorboat visible from the pier…

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Motorboat visible from the pier.

…and a cow! (artificial of course)

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Artificial Cow on Brighton’s pier

 

View on the beach

The town from a short distance looks nice. Many terns are flying constantly around making the view even more interesting. This is the hottest place in Britain. Travel time from London shouldn’t exceed 2hrs by train. In the car it took less than 1,5h.

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Coast in Brighton

 

Surfer…

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Surfer in the water

 

Terns in the water

Many birds we met during our visit. Weekend in Brighton fulfils photographic expectations from this place. The only thing which I will be missing is time…

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Terns in the water in Brighton

 

Sitting on a pier

Having opened eyes I can take lots of good pictures. Some might be slightly similar to the postcards 😉 but even thoughvI like this picture.

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People sitting in lawn chair on a pier

 

Lawn chair

…and the last one from this weekend on the beach. Nothing has been posed and these kind of real material I like most.

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Lawn chair on the Brighton’s beach

For sure we’ll come back here many times. Due the the whole island is surrounded by the water I expect many even more interesting places.

 

Will keep you posted!

 

Trip | National History Museum

Visit in National History Museum

is one of “do’s” each traveler must have in its CV while visiting London – http://www.nhm.ac.uk. Going there wasn’t planned as very interesting bullet on my list however I always want to see all those collected dinosaur sculptress from around the world. As I do not consider myself as a traveller but… it’s always worth to gain some knowledge from areas I don’t feel very well…

 

Immediately after entrance I am welcomed by giant sculpture of an ancient dinosaur which size is literally overwhelming! It head is half-human size and its potential weight had to be enormous!

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Dinosaur’s sculpture in National History Museum, London.

Human standing

next to dinosaur is very small and immediately I knew that if there would live today, humans wouldn’t be able to compete with them. Many their sculptures were found around the world and I like to see more of them but if this is possible?… I’ve noticed that their one leg length was much longer then middle-heigh man.

 

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Visitor below the dinosaur’s head.

 

During the trip

to National History Museum I’ve noticed, that dinosaur’s tail was more than 10 meters in length. It was used for stabilising its body movement during walk or run. Tail visible from the side is incredibly long and massive. This can be noticed while standing next to the such gigantic posture.

 

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Dinosaur’s tail. National History Museum in London.

Access to those sculptures

isn’t fenced too strongly and visitors can see all details and enjoy seeing animals tail-ends which lived between 230 and 65 million years ago. Comparing to this, the human’s era is very young. We rule the Earth just for circa 200 000 years…

 

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Leg of dinosaur standing in NHM London.

Dinosaurs’ skulls are very big and strong.

Those animals were able to hunt on other animals and were very good in it. Who knows how/if we would appear on the Earth if we weren’t be “supported” by the collision with the asteroid 65 millions years ago. This is not so obvious but thankfully it happened to them and not to us.

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Skull of dinosaur. NHM, London.

Visit to Natural History Museum is

a good occasion to experience things which normally I wouldn’t be able to see. Many visitors are amazed seeing old tail-ends and that’s good occasion to tense our imagination.

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Picture of visitors in National History Museum, London.

 

All of this we know today, we owe to Karol Darwin

who did a great job. All we know who that man was, and his statue which located inside the main hall, you can see below.

 

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Karol Darwin’s statue in NHM, London.

Visit in National History Museum was a nice experience and I am happy I took those pictures which will reminds me where we are and also that we aren’t the first here…

Brexit 2016 in pictures I London

Brexit 2016 in London

Brexit referendum takes place on 23 June and it is very important day in a British history. Today UK citizens will decide whether to remain within EU or they will vote for Brexit. Soon after 10:00pm local time pools stations will be closed and teams will start counting votes. Till today, all about Brexit referendum was happening in TV, newspapers and on the streets.

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Brexit campaigners on London’s streets. 22 June 2016, London.

 

Britons today decides

whether they want to stay with known rules created in cooperation with UK and other EU members in Brussel. If majority will decide to leave, would that mean UK will get off the European train? If so, what then about the economy and further internal country’s development?

 

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Woman reading newspaper – Brexit 23 June 2016

 

British as well as foreigners

deliberate how Britain will look like in coming future. If Brexit will happen that would mean slower economy? On the other hand, Brexit doesn’t change main negotiation points which have been agreed in 2015. Most important bullet was immigration which still exceeds 300 000 people netto, every year.

 

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Women reading article about Brexit in UK. 22 June 2016, London.

 

Other EU members

along with British citizens which opt for remain within EU, try to engage others by persuading them why leaving is not an option. Some British accept this but some still are not eager to change their minds.

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Brexit sticker “I’m in” promoting to remain within EU, 22 June 2013. London

 

British citizens not only in UK but also those who belongs to the commonwealth community, have right to vote. Irish from Northern Ireland along with Gibraltar’s citizens are eligible to vote. Strangely, other EU citizens who live in UK even for 30 years, do not have right to vote despite this decision has direct impact to them…

 

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Abandoned Metro newspaper on Finsbury Park train station, 23 June 2016, London

 

British and the rest of the 27 EU members will have to await for confirmed and an official results. Till then first results will spill over the Internet soon after 22:00 local time.

 

The things is

that main supporters of Brexit have disappeared from the cabinets. Will they take responsibility for this what they did??

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Newspaper with Ningel Farage’s picture, London.

 

Below marks on the picture of David Cameron says all what Londoners think about Brexit….

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Picture of David Cameron, London June 2016

Tattoos | rings

Tattoos and rings

Yesterday while sitting in one of Soho’s pubs I met Alexa O’Brien – her tattoos and rings on fingers intrigued me. She worn great silver rings on both hands and those both elements were totally worth of taking picture! We have spoken a while and she agreed me to take some portraits.

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Silver rings

She really has natural skills to pose as a professional model. I tried to show her tattoos and rings. I like this kind of rings, which combined with the tattooed hands made a great composition. Tattoo designs used here are great composed along with the silver rings.

 

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Silver rings

Alexa’s face is very interesting and I think, smoking made her look a bit more serious, in a good meaning of that word. I like her sight which comes somewhere far away from place we were… Light is very good and softly illuminate the whole face.

 

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Smoking…

I think we did a good job. Below picture ensures me I am right. I like to work like yesterday, as this gives great results. We haven’t planned in advance and all pictures were very spontaneous. I hope Alexa thinks exactly the same.

 

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Woman with tattoos

I like this picture as this is something like summary of this 20 minutes of work.

Girlfriend’s portrait

Marlena’s portrait

taken this morning shows how pretty she is 🙂 Apart of her beauty she has something more which every man want to see and feel :). To take such nice girlfriend portrait there’s needed to have a good light only. Try to sit close to the window which gives very delicate light.

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My girlfriend picture while drinking morning coffee.

Light is a source of all good pictures regardless whether those are taken using digital or analog camera. Do not try to use best camera as this is not needed. Most important is a relation between you and your “subject”.

Morning coffee thus, can be then something more than just coffee tasting, but also I could enjoy of her company.

 

Ooooh! Let’s got back to the “serious” photography… 😉

Steel monuments in Holland Park – Metal architecture

Steel monuments in Holland Park, London.

There are places where everyone can touch clean steel architecture or as I prefer to say, metal art. Strictly saying, things which are as big as you can’t put them into your backyard, unless  your girlfriend or wife won’t start to screaming. Fortunately those arts aren’t hidden in the galleries only, but are easily accessible.

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Steel monument in Holland Park, London.

This kind of architecture thankfully can surround you if you want and the only what left, is to get rid of it. Colours of this elements can vary depending on the material those have been built of. I like these colours which reminds me my old friend – the baryte paper. Recently I have rebuilt my own darkroom with my great Durst Laborator L900 and with my girlfriend Marlena we’ll spend there hours trying to achieve at least part of this what Ansel Adams did!

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Steel monument in Holland Park, London.

… One of them reminds me old type of gramophones which are not visible these days. Would be great to listen their “music” somehow but of course that’s not possible at all. I recommend to purchase even old gramophone and some old vinyls (old only!) and immerse into sounds working with your own pictures. Glass of Porto wine strongly recommended, though.

 

 

Those elements are so heavy… Such elements in real live, were used in heavy industry for years. At present they’ve got their second life enjoying us. Steel in its nature is always cold in touch so in warm days as we’re recently experiencing here, is a good option.

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Steel monument in Holland Park, London.

 

Some of them were in use in big vessels through the world for years. They’ve got their stories which unfortunately can’t tell us. That’s a shame but there a space for our imagination.

That’s interesting where this piece of metal was for last 30 years….

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Steel monument in Holland Park, London.

Tastes of London

London’s taste

means to see some not ordinary and interesting things which can be seen by a bit more sensitive people.

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Buses waiting during London’s Marathon 2016

Red buses (double-decker) are very famous but can be very interesting as well. Those colours are similar to the colours of fire station brigade.

Communing here is the one of the most important things. Sometimes this can be a pleasure because you can finally find time to read a book. 
Sometimes it is a terrible experience as at least a few of lines have problems... This happens at least once a week.

 

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Commuters in London’s tube

 

The walking is a different story! You can come to Holland Park where you can play chess (if you know this game!). I prefer to take some pictures 😉 Unfortunately I can’t tell you who has won below gameplay, but let’s say the better one!

 

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Two youngsters plays chess in Kensington Garden, London.

 

There’s a Kyoto Park which I really like. There’s also lots of animals (even peacocks) which makes this place pretty interesting. Below waterfalls I took in very late evening – almost on sunshine. Longer exposition time made this picture. Perceptive eye will find there even two fishes 🙂

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Waterfalls in Kyoto Park, Holland Park, London.

Marathon|London 2016

On 24 of April ’16, Marathon in London is carrying out.

Marathon is performed every year in London. Many sportsmen participating struggling to win. The marathon itlself is very a difficult task. Only people who tried to run a longer distance are able to understand that.

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Runner next to the Buckingham Palace during Marathon in Britain.

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Runner in the finish line during marathon in the British capital 2016.

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Runner struggling in London’s Marathon 2016

Here is very crowdy on the streets, and many spectators tries to watch this event while lots of sportsmen do their best to win but as always, it’s a challenge.

Spectators are watching the show on the streets as the weather is pretty good. They’re gathered everywhere even sits on Victoria’s monument!

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Spectator watching marathon live.

The number of gathered spectators is huge but no one should have a feeling being packed and all things are professionally coordinated. I would say, that even for photographers a few good places are available. The weather is nice and sun is operating beautifully trough the whole event.

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Spectator watching Virgin Media marathon live. London 2016

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Spectator watching marathon live.

The whole marathon is finishing next to Buckingham Palace where professional medical help is awaiting – just in case as sportsmen are really exhausted. It’s great that so many of them despite their extreme effort put onto marathon and are still able  to put smiles on their faces.

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Marathon runners resting just after finishing. London 2016

 

Runners have long to way to go, so they are supported by very well organized support teams. Supporters received needed liquids and medicaments which helped them to get rest quicker after this incredible effort.

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Supporting team during marathon – London 2016

 

and finally the WINNERS!

Below you can see some sportsmen faces which for those who are more familiar with this discpiline will tell who those guys are.

Unfortunately one runner had a heart disease and due the complications died afterwards. Our thoughts are with his family…

 

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Happy winners of the London’s Marathon. London 2016

Wandering in the park

Wandering in the park

is one of the good things which can happen. One day we haven’t nothing better to do so we’ve decided to go out. Due the light was good I wanted to take a picture of the place all these things started…cheap hotel which is very old and theoretically is conducting refurbishment in it, but I think is very likely it will be demolished. As you can see above it won’t take long until the building will collapse by itself.

 

We’ve decided to see what’s new in Hyde Park. Feeding pigeons was the option but they were very “active” to not say – aggressive. This was early morning which can explain this behaviour.

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Pigeons in Hyde Park

 

“Indian Golden Jubilee Bench”

– this inscription has been engraved on the bench. In Hyde Park there are lots of such benches and each means something or was put there for a reason. I try to find one which has engraved a dedication from husband to his wife which passed away…

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Bench in Hyde Park

 

In Notting Hill there’s an office building

which is constantly in offer as a office space for rent. The building is rather in poor condition and probably will take some time yet to rent it…

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Office space for rent in Notting Hill

 

 

London | Tube

London’s Tube is very lively place in the town

There’s nothing usually the same … each day is different in London’s Tube… You can meet here many people and many things can happen. Some people do are able to make some exercises. Some even do jogging! This is nice as those, really feel comfortably and just live!

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Woman running in London’s Tube.

 

I like people reading newspapers

because they forgetting about other commuters and start to behave naturally. But each person is different and I really like it! I am a good observer I think, and  very often I am trying to catch something what other missed.

 

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Man reading newspaper. 19 April 2016, London

Thankfully London Tube’s architects implemented those nice mirrors in which I am taking some pictures. I will try many times yet until will I’ll catch that best one, but that one below I really like. In Tube light is rather difficult for photography but everything is possible. I am using available light to catch something interesting.

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Woman visible in the metro’s mirror – London’s tube. 19 April 2016. London

 

I need to spend more time in London Tube to get more familiar with its possibilities and to discover something more as I think this is not explored cave!

Clouds

clouds formation

covered the whole sky.I don’t know clouds names by were beautiful and really worth to take pictures. The air became very wet and was very windy. This was caused by the changing weather which gave me the opportunity to go out and in my very close neighbourhood take some good photographs of the sky. As you can see below I have took a few good ones I think. This period of the year with pretty good angle of the sun in mornings & evenings gives good light as you can see on this opening picture of old window frames with broken glass.

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This plane looks great in the cloudy background. I have took a few pictures until this a bit lighter part of the clouds (unfortunately clouds names I don’t know…) has come up with the plane in the front. I took it from my sitting room so I did’t even got wet 🙂 Cloud formation is impressive so I am happy I took them!

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Plane in the sky with dark clouds

The other story is related to this picture. I was completely soaked while I have took it. But I think it was worth to got wet. If you would like to do similar pictures to mine I can give you small advise – take a small umbrella with you! It is much convenient and better for your camera 🙂

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Clouds in the Hyde Park, London

And final thought. These days when good quality telephoto lens isn’t very expensive I recommend to buy one along with monopod similar to that one from Manfrotto. This will give you much more possibilities to play with clouds and of course you can use it for other purposes (birds, sport and many more).

Pigeons in Kensington Gardens

PIGEONS – SOME BIRDS TODAY IN KENSINGTON GARDENS

Today pigeon’s picture in Kensington Park  in London. It was nice light so it was great occasion to take some photos. Birds were wandering around looking for some food from passingbyers.

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Swans in a lake in Kensington Gardens, London

Marlena portraits

Marlena’s portraits

Today we’ve went to the park hoping to take some portraits. This was good idea as we did at least few good ones! I will try to develop them pretty quickly and maybe I will put them here this week yet, who knows? 😉

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Marlena’s portraits in the park.

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Marlena’s portraits in the park.

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Older portrait from Warsaw yet. She looks great 🙂

 

And here is

my friend's - Pawel - version of Marlena's picture from the beginning of this post. I really like it!

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Marlena’s portrait

Boat Race Oxford vs Cambridge

26 March – Boat Race

Today took place Cancer Research Boat Race where Cambridge vs Oxford universities tried to compete. To be honest, weather was at least tricky. There was sunny but 15 minutes later it started to rain. The audience was great. Most of the people I met supported Cambridge…

The race has been started in 1829 and 1927 (men & women respectively) and is one of the oldest sports competitions in the world. Seen from bridges and both sides of the river Thames….and by millions via television transmission.

The results:

Men race – today Cambridge win!

Oxford 79 – Cambridge 82

Women Race – Today Oxford win!

Oxford 30 – Cambridge 41

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Women cancer research boat race Oxford vs Cambridge taken from Hammersmith Bridge.

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Boats towards Hammersmith Bridge

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