I haven’t posted for a few weeks. I’ve been waiting for a good seasonal photo and here it is. I found it in my Instagram feed. It’s by Adam Bodini (instagram.com/bodblog/) and it’s from Kew Gardens – #Christmasatkew – I went a few years ago and it’s quite magical.
I don’t know anything about Adam. His website is currently in development (pakk.co.uk) but it looks interesting and I shall be keeping an eye on it along with his blog.
Here are a couple more festive scenes he captured in West London…
I knew one of my friends would get a great fireworks shot for this week’s photo of the week so I put a shout out on FB. Jess came up trumps. I featured some of her other explosive photos back in the summer (photo-of-the-week-13/). This one below was a close runner up but there are more comped together below.
This photo of the week is by Alastair McAskill. He rediscovered it recently in his archive. I really like the movement and the mood – it feels like it should be an oil painting.
And there’s a bonus this week. Alastair’s photo prompted me to revisit his flickr feed and I was reminded of these fab hooping photos with even more colour and movement. You can see more from this night and some of his other events here: flickr.com/photos/joystickjunky/albums.
Or if you’re into hooping, visit www.facebook.com/Hoop-and-Glory-127884547233636/timeline/ and look out for the very talented Tracey (in the red boots). She tells me today (saturday) is World Hoop Day 2015. That’s worked out rather well for me then.
This week’s Photo of the week comes from my mate Gary Seabrook. He’s even written a few words (below pic)
“I took this photo at London’s Winter Wonderland on my iPhone. I’d taken my little girl there the day it opened.
When I saw the Helter Skelter it reminded me of the funfairs on piers at seaside towns that I’d go to with my family when I was a kid. Like my daughter I absolutely loved them. I tried to capture the feeling of childlike wonder and excitement. The spinning, falling, hurling, roller-coasting, sugar-fuelled lunacy of it all. When I look at this shot I can almost smell the weird mixture of candy floss, honey roasted nuts, steam engine fumes and axel grease. I want a massive cuddly toy, now!!
Believe it or not, this image is pretty much as shot. Most of the stuff I put on Instagram is shot with my iPhone 6. I try not to filter my photos to death or play around with them too much. The iPhone 6 has such a fantastic camera that generally you don’t really need to retouch much at all. Maybe some creative cropping, but that’s about it. I like to take photos using various ’natural’ filters. My current favourite is the polarised lens of my Ray Bans. You get some very cool results!
Have you heard of CreativeLive? They do brilliant online training courses in photography, marketing, software and even blogging.
Based in Seattle, they livestream creative classes around the world. You can watch for free if you’re online when the class is live – that’s usually from about 5pm to midnight here in the UK. If you can’t watch live, you can buy the classes as video downloads from as little as $29. You can get three days worth of expertise from $79. Seriously, it’s a bargain. These guys really know what they’re talking about.
I remember one of the first classes I watched was on Adobe Illustrator. I thought I knew it pretty well but, like when I go and freelance in an office with other people, there’s always more to learn. They often have different ways of working or cheeky little keyboard shortcuts I didn’t know.
This time, I’m excited to watch Ben Willmore’s Light Painting class. He takes photographs in the dark with long exposures and paints the light in where he wants it. It’s a beautiful effect. I really want to try it and I’m not even a photographer. I’d love to see what my friends who know their way around a camera could do. I’m going to have a go though and will report back in a future post.