My first blog of 2014 is a look back at 2013, full of love, laughter, silliness, smiles, tears, poses, private moments, friends, family, the dog, holidays, weddings (lots of weddings), portraits, engagements and much more - I hope you enjoy my selection of 2013 moments...
Ten months ago I blogged 'Going Old Skool', and almost a year later I have some results to show you! These few photos are from two reels of 120film taken with my Diana F+, they are completely unedited, no crops, no level adjustments, no touch ups. no filters, they are just fun and slightly unpredictable photographs using the simplest of cameras - enjoy!
In the autumn I met with English student, radio presenter & budding author Joel Grove for an informal portrait session. We got together at the stunning Cathedral city of Rochester, the city which was the home of my art & photography academic studies (UCA).
As with every shoot, I approached this session with a few ideas in mind but also ready to use what the city surrounding had to offer us. For the edit I went for a slight vintage look but a more earthy & neutral feel than anything.
Joel was a very easy going and relaxed model, I've known him for a while which is always helpful when getting a model to relax when they are not used to being in front of the lens.
Here is a selection of the images, enjoy...
Click on an imge to enlarge.
Around this time every year I get the question - "So Dan, what do you want for your birthday?" The usual response is a shrug of the shoulders and dull sounding "I don't know". But this year has been very different! For a while now I've wanted to take a step back and go a little old skool. So I asked my wife for the Diana F+ camera kit. The Diana F+ is copy of the old Diana that was originally made in the late 60's. The remakes that have been produced since 2007, now have a large following by those who love analog photography and the 120film. The fun aspect of this very simple and plastic camera is the varying results, the view finder is dodge at best and the camera is well know for leaking light! I really can't wait to get started and see what funky results I get...
Today I was introduced to the fishing town of Steveston, & ate some rather fresh & tasty fish for dinner. It was dusk when arriving at this part of southern Vancouver, so I had a chance to grab a few shots of the boats in the fading light. The rest of the evenings photos revolved around food, so I put this collecting together.
I was really looking forward to the trip to Whistler & was not disappointed. The landscape, views & atmosphere were all amazing. I even managed to get myself to the peak of Whistler mountain & rode the peak to peak gondola, the worlds longest unsupported lift spanning 1.88miles & 6,000ft above Whistler - not bad for someone who is not a fan of heights!
Taken at a veiw point off route 99 on the way from Vancouver to Whistler.
Olympic rings at Whistler village.
Had a great day sight seeing, which including a trip up Cypress mountain with fantastic views of downtown Vancouver & English Bay, a visit to Ligthhouse Park were I was constantly looking for the local bears! And to top off the day a walk along to Sunset Beach.
I love the signs in Vancouver, they are so much more direct than any of the signs in the UK, but at the same time friendly and bring a smile to my face - simple things...
This image was taken on my mobile phone - its shows what great devices they are for sharing memories on the move. The photo was taken at Sapporo, a Japanese restaurant in Liverpool just as the chef set light to griddle.
Taken on the two mile route home from Maidstone town center. I had seen something similar so wanted to try my own version. It is a little too distorted in the foreground but still a fun image. I took the shot in manual mode, exposed for 1 second, at f/5.6 on ISO 400. I tried longer exposers but the winter pot holes made the distortion much worse.
See this image and the others slightly larger on my Flickr page
Hello & welcome to the blog! Feel free to have a nose around & leave a comment or two, I hope you enjoy what you see! Dan