Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mini Photo Tutorial - "DécaNation 3: Sshhh"

Mini Photo Tutorial - 'DécaNation 3: Sshhh'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Twiggy"

Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Twiggy'

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Mini Photo Tutorial - "DécaNation 2: Wipeout"

Mini Photo Tutorial - 'DécaNation 2: Wipeout'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Metro Mess"

Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Metro Mess'

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mini Photo Tutorial - "DécaNation 1: Small Penis Guy"

Mini Photo Tutorial - 'DécaNation 1: Small Penis Guy'

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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Friday, August 08, 2008

Mini Photo Tutorial - "Snoozy"




Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Snoozy'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Popeball"


Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Popeball'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Welcome to Sunnyville"


Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Welcome to Sunnyville'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Red Umbrella"


Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Red Umbrella'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Ballet Baby"


Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Battle of the Brands'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Battle of the Brands"

Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Battle of the Brands'

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Mini Photo Tutorial - "Chimney Charmer"

Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Chimney Charmer'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Miss.Tic - Desire"

Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Desire'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Hotel Idyll"


Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Hotel Idyll'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Cancer Research"


Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Cancer Research'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "The Canvan Cometh"

Mini Photo Tutorial - 'The Canvan Cometh'

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Mini Photo Tutorial - "Girl"

Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Girl'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Crikey Bikey"

Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Crikey Bikey'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Grimmiti"

Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Grimmiti'

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Mini Photo Tutorial - "Time's Up"


Mini Photo Tutorial - 'Time's Up'

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Mini Photo Tutorial - "Hey, That's My Wall!"

Video Critique - 'Hey, That's My Wall!'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Big Ken Strikes Again"

Video Critique - 'Big Ken Strikes Again'

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Mini Photo Tutorial - "Petal Paving"

Video Critique - 'Petal Paving'

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mini Photo Tutorial - "Painting Windows"

Video Critique - 'Painting Windows'

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Video Photo Analysis - 'Marking Time'


Video Critique - 'Marking Time'

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Wolf Mother

"Wolf Mother"

This rather bizarre sculpture is to be found in a typically Parisian little square bearing the jaunty name of Square Paul Painlevé (Paul Risenbread!)

It's all to do with some Roman legend, which I no expert on, about a couple of twins being nursed by a she-wolf. Whatever the origins it makes you look twice and I'd be interested to hear a parent explaining to their curious kids just what it's supposed to represent.

There are apparently versions of this statue all over the place, the world I mean, and it's this sort of thing that adds to the charm of the place and livens up an afternoon stroll around the city. But then you knew that, didn't you?

Monday, July 07, 2008

Photography Lesson - "Fishing For Complements"


"Fishing For Complements"

On the corner of rue du Chat Qui Pêche (or Fishing Cat street), a tiny little passage more the size of a mountain stream than a typical Parisian street, is a collection of pussy-related pictures, postcards and posters.

Almost certainly not a coincidence, but nevertheless a pleasing repetition of the theme for any observant passing snapper.

And quite apart from that obvious theme, you've got some lovely eroded brickwork, a bent-out-of-shape water pipe, and even an Eiffel Tower t-shirt to remind us where we are, after all! (not to mention the topless girl for the boys...)

Throw in a jaunty angle, crop carefully, zap it up a bit, and there you have it - a genuinely interesting photo grabbed from a grotty old street corner - marvellous!



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Self - 'Entangled'


Sunday, July 06, 2008

Video Photo Analysis - 'Rabbit Dance'


Video Critique - 'Rabbit Dance'

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Photography Lesson - "Scratching In The Spotlight"


"Scratching In The Spotlight"

On the 21st of June in Paris everyone fills the streets to enjoy the melodies, and sometimes god-awful racket, flowing from every street corner as part of the Fête de la Musique, our annual free music extravaganza.

Well, not everyone. Just off the beaten track of boulevard St. Michel, in the Jardin du Luxembourg, we find plenty of laid-back Parisians enjoying the warming rays of the longest day. It's always strange to think that the nights will get longer from now on, when you don't really feel that summer has even begun yet.

But there it is. The legendary Jardin du Luxembourg, inspiration for countless monochrome photos of weathered gents leaning on walking sticks and solitary iron chairs contemplating still lakes and life.

These days there's always a bunch of weird sculptures round by the orangery, and I'm quickly itching to get my camera out whenever I go there...



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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Video Photo Analysis - 'Time Balance'


Video Critique - 'Time Balance'

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Photography Lesson - "All In A Mood"


"All In A Mood"

There's something special about days when peole just lie down on the ground in the middle of a public place and snooze.

I was reading a funky book recently where the guy recommends just suddenly lying down in the middle of the street for ten seconds then getting up and carrying on, as a way of gaining confidence and not caring about what others think. Must try it someday. In the meantime I'll content myself with photos of those who do.

Maybe it's the long shadows, or the arm thrown lazily across the eyes or the presence of water... but whatever elements go to make up this gentle scene, there is a definite mood, and conveying a mood is an important concept in photography...


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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Self - 'Getting Rusty'


Video Photo Analysis - 'Time Passages'


Video Critique - 'Time Passages'

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Video Photo Analysis - 'Blue Eiffel'



Video Critique - 'Blue Eiffel'

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Monday, June 30, 2008

Free Wheeling


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I'd love to say there was some deep emotional message to impart here... but I just can't find one! There's just this restaurant guy putting up the menu and some bike just lying there (not his) with the lock abandoned next to it. The shot's more perplexing than anything else I can see.

Just why is that bike just lying there? I guess I'll never know.

Compositionally, I was worried this shot was a bit busy, but I cropped as much as I was comfortable with, and managed to rein in the unruly bits. The bottom and bottom right side of the picture are nicely hemmed in by the pleasing curve of the kerb, which also frames the expired bicycle. The pavement going into the distance on the right with the receding black poles provide the sense of depth and the flowered balcony closes off the top left.

I've zapped up the colours as usual to increase the sense of irreality (which I just invented) as I often do as part of my style/theme (transport).

You got to have a theme, y'know? Coz if you don't have a theme... how you gonna have a theme speak for you?!

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Notre Kiss


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Hey - did you guess it was Paris folks?! Couldn't be much clearer, could it? Notre Dame nicely backdropping the unplanned (honest) Doisneau Moment, as the multi-faceted street sign shouts "This is France!" for all it's worth.

I decided to do a little bit of photo manip on this one just for fun - can you guess what I did? Prizes for the most complete analysis - if you reply you'll probably win!

Actually, I'll probably tell you everything in the video, but you can still try to guess before you watch anyway...

As it's my first pic of the new year (2008, in case you hadn't noticed) although I did take it in December of last year, it's a happy one, a nice New Year kiss, wishing you all a wonderfully productive and photographically insightful twelve months.

Stick with me, leave a few comments from time to time, and I'll probably be your new best friend! Happy snapping...

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Breaking Rank


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I know it's one of those sickeningly cutesy human tendencies to anthropomorphosise and imagine a rather perplexed look on the beaks of these serene seagulls as this uncouth unkempt pigeon (a pigeon, eugh... how terribly common!) crashes in on the scene, but it's quite fun to do it anyway

The former were standing, and I kid you not, in a uniform line, perfectly spaced, even the military would have been proud of

Now, I know you can't actually tell that this is Paris, but it is, indeed, Ile de la Cité, in the little park next to the little known memorial for the deportation during the Second World War. I saw so much wildlife (and some tame) on this shoot it was strange to think that we were supposed to be living in a concrete jungle.

I had a whole bunch of shots like this, minus the pigeon, and had been agonising over which wonderful representation of that amazing line to show you, when I realised I was an idiot. With a shot like the one above, and the same thing minus the grey blur of bird, there is no contest. There was more purity in the other shots, but this one is where the action is! And the interaction (or disdainful lack of it) between the two species which makes it interesting.

As a great fan of contrasts, there are plenty here: moving and still; white and grey; sharp and blurred; near and far; and to anthopomorphosise a little... calm and collected against panicked and pushy. Clean and polluting? The list could go on.

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Creative Photo Critique - 'Andita from Jakarta'






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