Hey, apologies for the quietness, I'm back and I'm in France for a wedding. Staying in the petite village of Vernantes. It's lovely!
Portrait shoot with Holly.
Sony a7iii + Sony 24mm 1.4, Samyang 35mm 1.4, Sony 50mm 1.8 & Sony 85mm 1.8
The results of me walking around Brooklyn and Manhattan for 3 days with no plan.
Almost 2 years to the day since I shot the wedding of Ricky and Jo in Kowloon, Hong Kong, I took the slightly shorter trip to Kentish Town in London to meet them again for the first time since that amazing day, and take a few photos of their beaut little boy.
So I've decided to start a video diary of my photographic life. Might be good, might be rubbish!
So this Saturday, with some surprisingly good weather in the skies I decided to meet up with a few friends and go for a bit more street shooting around London.
As always I took my less is more approach to gear. Everything shot on the Sony a7iii + 24mm 1.4, with a smattering of the excellent Samyang 35 1.4 thrown in to change things up a bit. The street portrait an example of how good that lens is. That being said, one of my fellow shooters was delivering awesomeness on an iphone (@monkeymuesli), so by comparison I was packing some serious gear!!
So when it came to editing I decided to try out the Kodak Ektachrome E100, something I’ve wanted to do for a while, mainly because I like the slightly alt look it gives. And on a day like yesterday I feel it works well. So much so that I may invest in a few rolls for my Mamiya C330 before I head to New York next month.
Little shout out to my fellow shooters:
@anjap (red head crouched down in picture 8) @monkeymuesli & @mirrorlessjack.
And a mention for Fin, one of the skaters we encountered along the way. Awesome shirt eh.
All images taken during a 6 hour wonder. Hope you like.
Took a very late decision to go to London and shoot some street. All of these are OOC jpegs from the Sony a7iii + 24mm 1.4.
January has been a bit of a grind for me, so I thought some street would help get the mojo flowing again. I decided to head from St Pancras to Farringdon where I got the first shot, and then a short walk down Old Street before eventually heading to the Tate Modern.
Not something I’ve ever photographed before, but definitely something I will shoot again!
Since 2015 I have been working for NFLUK, covering the International Series of NFL games that are played in London, at stadiums such as Wembley and Twickenham. And this year was no exception. Previously I’ve shot with a mix of Canon and Sony, but this year was an all Sony affair, shooting the games with 2 x Sony a7iii.
Sony cameras work perfectly for this kind of event, as my job is to deliver photos from my camera to the social media team “real time” for the images to be shared by NFL UK on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Connecting the camera to my smartphone is essential, and for me the Sony cameras do it best (that’s not to say Fuji or Canon can’t, I just find the Sony system quicker and more reliable).
Now, as a full time wedding photographer the one thing I don’t have much need for is telephoto lenses. As such my bag consists or 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm primes. So for the NFL I use hireacamera.
Deal street braderie
Got myself a new lens: the Sony FE50mm 1.8 - cheap and petite, slow to AF but seems good enough for someone like me who shoots minimal 50mm.
So was walking to town and I saw this chap looking pretty cool chilling on a bench, went over, asked if I could take his portrait.
Edited on iPhone using VSCO
I travelled to Naples from Perugia. This was day 1
So I started doing this podcast with my long time bud Ben. Football, the NFL, then photography has kept us “together” for over 10 years now, and we recently decided to start doing a photography podcast.
Worth a listen? Probably not. But we like doing it, so if you have an interest in photography chat, then give it a bash! https://soundcloud.com/ben-bowles-488374072/camera-chat-and-coffee-ep-9-dream-and-fantasy-shoots
Life can be stressful, for everyone, for various reasons. And life lately has been a bit chaotic, house moves and trying to run a business.
But it’s important to remember what you have, and what I have amongst a lot of things is this piece of gorgeousness.
Yep, this is an unapologetically soppy post about my beautiful daughter
Fuji X Pro 2 + 23mm 1.4 - edited on iPhone
So I had an hour to spare and a nice new camera on me: figured I’d get out there and grab a portrait of someone.
Unfortunetly I hadn’t considered how cold it was and there was no one about. So instead here’s a picture of the pier under grey skies
Much a like how night will follow day, I bought a new camera. The Fuji X-H1. And it’s awesome.
I may have even recorded a Vlog about it. Don’t laugh, it’s only my second ever video!
Before I discovered that even tho it’s winter and there’s nothing happening, it was over £5 to park my car there! So I moved. That’s 2 coffee’s!!
So my personal photography hit a bit of a wall recently. I needed something to spark me out of my winter funk.
I thought about it. Searched Instagram for inspiration. And realised I wasn’t documenting the one thing I love that isn’t breathing (or a camera): coffee.
So I only live about 40 minutes from Herne Bay, and yet have never been. Nice place, will definitely go back during golden hour for some proper shooting.
Fuji XPro2 + 23 & 50mm lenses.
So I had 2 client meetings in London yesterday, which meant an opportunity to get a few hours street shooting in. Took the Fuji XPro2 + 3 lenses. Nice small set up.
I challenged myself to shoot mostly with the 50mm (75mm on the XPro2) which is very much not the norm for street shooting.
Unfortunately the weather was pretty awful. So it became quite a challenge. I've definitely had better days, but still, it's all good