Composition, Luck and a test drive of my new camera

Most photographers probably have some favourite places where they like to try and capture a perfect shot or improve on previous attempts and Baker Street tube station in London is one of mine.

Dating to 1863, Baker Street is London's oldest Tube/Underground station and some of its platforms are just architecturally stunning - they almost seem to transport you back to the time of Sherlock Holmes, Baker Street's most famous fictional resident.

I've tried several times to get the perfectly composed shot here and it's never quite happened. And then onmy last visit, I got lucky.

The thing to bear in mind is that the image you see above is almost exactly what I had pictured in my mind's eye - a lone figure standing absolutely centrally under the middle of the three soaring arches.

The shot has to be taken from the opposite platform and while you can always get a friend to pose in the perfect spot, you can't control other passengers getting into your shot.

This time, I got lucky - this gentleman is obliviously waiting for his train.  In the exact perfect spot.  WIth no-one else around!

I snapped a few shots as quickly and carefully as possible and less than 90 seconds later, there were a few dozen people milling around the platform!

For me, this shot is all about a human presence in amongst the beautiful architecture - composing the architecture part is easy but the composition of the human element isn't - if the guy had been standing even 18 inches to either side, this would have been (at best) an interesting but unbalanced composition.  Equally, he could have been in the perfect spot and (as often happens) someone else could have come and stood a few feet away.

I'm really pleased with the end product, not least because it was part of testing of my new camera.  I'll blog at more length about the Nikon D750 soon but after owning it for three weeks, I'm hugely impressed with the D750 so far.

It's relatively small & light for such a powerful full-frame camera and most importantly for me, it's just astonishing in low-light conditions.

This image was shot with a Nikon D750 body, Nikon 50mm f1.8G lens, shutter speed 1/100 second, aperture f3.5 and at ISO 3200. 

I hope you like the image as much as I do (or even half as much, because I REALLY like it!).  If so, please check out my London and People galleries.

As always, please let know what you think.

Thanks, Mo

 

Costumes, Capes and Cowls - LSCC 2016

It's turning out to be a very busy time right now, especially these last few weeks but there's no doubt what, so far, is my most enjoyable assignment of 2016.

I was fortunate to be an official photographer at the London Super Comic Con 2016 and what a fabulous convention it turned out to be - really well organised, huge attendance and as always, the most colourful, high quality, creative costumes imaginable.

Even more than previous years, LSCC 2016 left me blown away at the sheer creativity, effort, dedication & time that goes into many of the costumes.  I'd go so far as to say that some of them were movie quality - check out the Predators, Batman/Batgirl, Iron Man & Spider-Man costumes in the gallery below.

Also present were big-name artists & writers from the comic book world, including senior Marvel Comics exec CB Cebulski (the guy with glasses in the gallery below) with whom I had a fun, informative and all-too-brief chat.  Thanks CB - you were every bit the gent.

I hope you enjoy the gallery.  If you're one of the cosplayers, please contact me and I'll happily send you a copy of your image.

Thanks, Mo

The Appearing Room Fountains, South Bank, London

I'm typing this on a grey, murky, wet August Bank Holiday Monday and it really does seem like the Summer is passing.  Which got me thinking: which shot would sum up my photographic summer?

It has to be this one - taken at the Appearing Rooms Fountain on London's South Bank.

Trying to be creative, I got right down to ground level and shot with the sun facing me through the water - this enabled a fast shutter speed to 'freeze' the water.  I also waited for a few people to pass between me and the Fountains - I wanted their silhouettes to add some foreground interest.

The image is now in my London gallery

I hope you like the image- like all my London and Places images, it's available as a print and for licensing - please contact me to find out more.

Thanks for reading, Mo