Hello again! Sorry for the long silence – I feel like a neglectful blogger. Between a hard slog at work and a sense of exhaustion from photography after the Japan trip, I’ve simply not been able to post anything.
Anyway, here is a lovely little memento from a recent trip to Scotland. It was one of those interesting moments when, as a photographer, you see something on the street and immediately know what you want the final photo to look like, monochrome conversion and all.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of many wonderful places we visited in Kyoto. I’ve seen this place in so many guide books, and often on many blogs that feature Japan. What made more of an impression of this forest was the sounds that were made by the bamboo trees clashing together every time there was a bit of a breeze. We visited in the early afternoon and the light was quite harsh so in the end I never managed to get the shots I really wanted of this site, but nevertheless a totally magical place to visit (even with the large crowds of people). There were so many pictures to choose from for this post – so I have tried to select the best, but this is still quite a lengthy post.
As with most places in Japan we took the train to get here – there are details listed on Wiki Travel here.
I’ve never really chosen my mobile phone for it’s camera choices, and in general I have taken very few photographs this way. In the past I tried using the iPad to take photographs in London, but in general I found it awkward and the quality wasn’t anywhere near anything I could get from any of my cameras. Recently I have moved over to an iPhone and I am quite impressed with its camera function. So over the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying out the iPhone to take photographs in different situations to see how it performs.
Coffee in Free State coffee on Southampton Row in London – probably one of the best coffees I’ve had in London for some time (they also do amazing croissants as seen in the background here).
I had some work to do in London and so stopped by Borough market for some lunch. The Brindisa chorizo sandwich is apparently world famous – and after tasting one I can see why.
I’ll admit it that it is a pretty random collection of photographs but I think it does show that the camera function on the iPhone is actually quite good. I’m still not going to switch to using this from the X10 or Canon100D but it is useful to know I can capture things at short notice, as these days I have my phone with me nearly all the time.
Following on from the photographs of Carlos from Japan, this blog post includes some shots of myself.
I particularly like to try to get macro shots of flowers with interesting background – here I was trying to get the temple in the shot (which will be posted soon).
It’s funny, when I was looking for a compact camera to complement my DSLR I wanted one with a viewfinder, however I find myself mostly using the view screen on the Fujifilm. I think it’s easier in terms of lining up the shot – and if you take me to any kind of outdoor related activity you will usually at some point find me looking like this….
In Japan I always felt like there was literally so much to take photographs off that whenever I stopped to look around I didn’t know where to start – hence we have ended up with thousands of photographs to process.
And even I can pose sometimes. So the posts this week were a little insight into the people behind the lenses on Oblique Exposure – there will more regular posts soon with even more highlight from Japan interspersed with snapshots of Northamptonshire!
Some time ago I created a blog post with various images of Carlos in different poses showing how sometimes to get that shot you really want, you need to alter your angle. I decided that I would create another of these posts first showing Carlos and second showing myself. Also it’s sometimes nice to see the photographer behind the blog so there are a few additional photos in here too.
A good breakfast is always the best way to start the day…particularly when you are going to be walking and taking photographs all day. This was the first time we had the traditional Japanese breakfast.
There are many wide boulevards in Tokyo which seemed to stretch forever. I had wanted to take this shot as I crossed the road, and by the time I had reached the other side Carlos was already standing on the central reservation. There were plenty of stops for snacks to regain our energy. We spent most of our days just walking around different cities in Japan. I find walking (as opposed to taking the subway all the time) a great way to see different areas of the city. This was in McDonalds whicb had surprisingly good coffee!
A common pose – so many interesting skylines. Here, trying to position Osaka castle in the background. Another reminder of the importance of looking for details when walking about. I hadn’t seen these little bird sculptures on the barrier when I first walked past. We didn’t take too many lenses with on this trip as we didn’t want to be weighed down, or have to spend too much time changing lenses. However, we did take our compact cameras (my Fujifilm X10 and Carlos’ Sony RX100).
Those who follow our blog or who visit regularly may have noticed a sustained period of silence. Life has been so busy since we returned from Japan that there just hasn’t been time to focus on photography – there are still thousands of photographs from Japan to be sorted through! However, this weekend for the first time in quite some time we were able to get outside and actually take the cameras with us. We are still adjusting to being in Northamptonshire, but today we visited what must be one of the nicest places in the county. Salcey Forest is just outside Northampton and has a series of trails for walking, cycling, and horse riding. There are also a series of treetop walkways, and a ‘Tree Ninja’ course for the younger ones.
For the younger visitors there was a Gruffalo trail with a series of characters dotted around the forest.
Nothing like dinner out with mates, especially when the restaurant seating spills onto the street.
The funniest thing happened that evening. I shot the same shop twice, without noticing – they had cake on the window, so I guess it was my stomach taking over the shutter button. But here is the thing: a couple hours (probably) separate the two photos, the waitresses therein are different, BUT THEY WERE IN THE EXACT SAME POSITION. Here’s the first: