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.
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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let’s have a hope after this incident we all have learnt lesson and any similar tragedy won’t happen again in the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
…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.
Some of them flew away
..but not all of them fortunately 😉
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!
all flew away… End of story 🙂 Pigeons on the roof – nice beginning of the day and pretty pictures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
…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:
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.
The next one shows Portobello Market. This particular shows a booth with old cameras. Taken using START S66.
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Riders in Moto2 class are very hard to beat. They all struggle through the whole race and no one gives up.
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!
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 😉
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?
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!
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 🙂
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
That’s all about it but more pictures you can find here. Feel free to put your comments below.
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… 🙂
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.
I have a feeling apart of the beach, this is most important element in this small touristic town. The whole holiday life happens here.
Motorboat visible from the pier…
…and a cow! (artificial of course)
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.
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…
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.
…and the last one from this weekend on the beach. Nothing has been posed and these kind of real material I like most.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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…
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??
Below marks on the picture of David Cameron says all what Londoners think about Brexit….
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.
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.
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.
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.
I like this picture as this is something like summary of this 20 minutes of work.
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.
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… 😉
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.
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!
… 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.
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….
means to see some not ordinary and interesting things which can be seen by a bit more sensitive people.
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.
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!
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 🙂
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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!
Chelsea Fire Brigade has an office on King’s Road in Chelsea. This is very good brigade professionally prepared for actioning when needed. That day I was intrigued by their red doors which came up in the front of me. I wouldn’t to not take a picture, of course.
On the opposite side of the street there’s a small junction which is very busy and towards down to the Thames River. Fire Brigade very often must cross the river so I will try to catch them while crossing, though. Fire Station is very important organisation in Chelsea and surrounding districts. Maybe sometimes those areas are noisy but definitely those guys will come in minutes when needed.
This picture I have taken in London but similar stations are all over the world and all of those guys are ready to help regardless of time of the day. Please keep in touch – I will update with more pictures as this project I do not treat as finished.