Composition

1000 miles 01

A friend of mine is doing one of these 1000 mile walk challenge things over the period of a year.
Said quickly it doesn’t sound that difficult to cover 1000 miles over a period of a year especially if you are the type that enjoys walking a larger dog.
 I used to own a boxer and being ever so slightly biased I’d say they are the best breed in the world. I used to go running (more like slow jogging) with him and the walks alone I would suggest easily exceeded 1000 miles per year.
For 2018 I decided I would attempt a 365 day photo project. The 365 photo album can be seen here on flickr.  For some bizarre reason I decided to photograph the scales for this project and got a bit of a shock…. I have discovered that I am definitely too short for my weight and as I am of an age (40+) were I realistically will not be getting any taller I am going to have to do something about it.
I like my food and do not want to drastically reduce what I eat although saying that I could probably eat a little less meat. I do not over do it with alcohol and as such do not wish to cut out booze completely so there is one thing for it and that is to increase my activity. As such I’ve decided I am going to do this 1000 mile walk which will be a bit of a change in lifestyle and I do not under estimate that this will be a challenge.
 03/01/2018 was The Weigh In!! 14 st – 5 & ½ lb (201.5 lb or 91.398863 Kg)
Some of that weight should be from overindulgence while on a winter-sun holiday and during the Christmas period so should drop off reasonably quickly.
The walking should help with shifting a few pound but it should hopefully help me with the 365 photo project.
I might document some details or photos about the walks here.
The scales!

Taken on a Fuji XT2

Well after yesterdays shocking weigh in, the 365 photo project isn’t going to be my only goal for 2018.

Despite having the excuse of having a dense bone mass. Yeah yeah yeah!

Honestly, I do. I was unfortunate enough to have a number of broken bones following a motorcycle accident and I was told by the consultant in the resuscitation room that reviewed my scans that I should think myself lucky my bones were so dense.

Anyhow I decided there was no point putting it off so got started on the fitness side of things the day after the weigh in.

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Captured on an iPhone7 and edited in Lightroom.  

Nothing to harsh, just enough to get the heart rate up a bit.

One minute skipping, ten press ups with a sort of side-twist-yoga-pose-type-thing (no idea what it is called). followed by ten abdominal crunches, ten elbow to knee crunches and one minute rest.. repeated five times.

If I’m going to hit the 1000 mile target I’m going to have to complete a good walk this weekend and to make that a bit tougher I am on night shifts!

Thanks for stopping and reading.

Jim Jimmy or James.

March or Die.

It can sometimes be hard to decide what images to share with people. As a photographer it seems natural to want to show ones best images but sometimes the best technical or aesthetically pleasing isn’t the best for the text and story.

That kind of sounds like I’m making excuses for images that people might look at and think the composition and other aspects should or could’ve been done differently.

Yes they could but its about the story… March or Die is the title for a movie about the French Foreign Legion that I have seen but remember pretty much nothing of.

I have just returned from a trip to Fuerteventura and when I spied the landscape ahead of me it was the title of that movie that immediately sprung to mind. The wife didn’t find that very reassuring when I blurted that out as we strolled off into the hills.

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I very nearly signed up to the French Foreign Legion when I was a lot younger. I think at 16/17 years old I was stubborn enough to have been mentally strong enough to cope and I’d like to think at that age I would have managed the physical demands but I was talked out of it. The whys, wheres, and hows are far too long winded for this ‘photo diary/blog’ but I do sometimes wonder how things might have panned out if that was the route I ended up following.

It would be great to have an opportunity to enrol on the training without having to commit time following that training but even if that was possible, I’m a lot older, heavier and most definitely not fit enough; I’d probably end up in hospital after day two. Thats if I’d managed to survive day 1!!!

Anyhow, back to the photos. All taken handheld with a Fuji XT2 and prime 35mm lens.

Thanks for stopping and looking at the images. Constructive comments always welcome.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy or James.

Private gardens or sheep?

Yeah that title is a bit strange isn’t it…. Sorry about that.

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I was planning on doing a bit of a post about London’s private gardens. The squares that should in my opinion be open to the public to enjoy but instead are there for the privileged that can afford to buy or rent homes in the areas that have these large open green spaces within our concrete jungle. There just for those that can also afford to pay the annual key costs; not the average working class person, not your average Londoner.

This beautiful looking green space is Eccelston square in London, SW1. Increasingly it feels like I need to move away from my city. Increasingly it feels like you need to be earning a huge income or next to nothing – topped up with housing benefits, tax credits, child allowance and other benefits that people wouldn’t need if they were given a decent London Living Wage.

Increasingly I find things like these private gardens frustrating. Perhaps its my shifting political opinions, perhaps its because I just think its bloody unfair the way hard working people that fall within that middle income seem to be the worst off in this bloody city I love.

These park areas are dotted around and closed to the hoi polloi; God forbid that the elite should have to mingle with commoners… Don’t get me wrong here, I have nothing against wealth but I do have what some might call ‘a chip on my shoulder’ about particular issues.   I don’t have the time to do a full personal project on these gardens and perhaps that is just as well.

You might be wondering where do sheep come into this? You might have even forgot that the word sheep is in the title?

I read a post on one of the blogs I follow, how this chap came across some fish leaving the  water as they ate, he stood and watched for a while because he had not seen this before. His post reminded me of seeing a long line of sheep walking across a field. One by one they stopped under a tree and looked up before they carried on with their journey across the field. Have you ever heard of the saying ‘People are like sheep’?

Well its true. I stopped to take the image above and people stopped to see what I was photographing. Its not the first time; it happens a lot. It amuses me that I will stop to take a photo and then two three or more people will stop to take the same photo. I’m not talking about the tourist attractions or something spectacular but just normal things like concrete stairs. What is that about, why on earth does that happen and what do they think they are missing?

Want to try an experiment?  You and a friend stand in the street and look up at something and I guarantee people will join you.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James

21 of 365

21 photos into a 365 day project… Three weeks in and I can definitely see why photography teachers say get out there and use your camera.

I’ve not had any specific break throughs but my god, it really does make you look around and think. So, I would definitely recommend it.

Its tough with shift work and I guess it will be made harder now the nights are starting to close in. However, the biggest problem so far hasn’t been taking the images but processing them, deciding which to go with and getting time to upload them.

If I’d joined a project where I had to upload daily I would have failed miserably. Thankfully this is not a rule attached to the flickr group where I am posting my selected images.

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It feels a little lazy to have shot at home but, it was shoot this or nothing… well I guess I would have found something else but its simply a question of time today.

If you’d like to see the images selected so far, they can be viewed in my 365 album.

Feel free to like or comment and if you are doing a photography project, share your link.

As always, thanks for looking,

Jim Jimmy James

School boy error!

I have two projects on the go at the moment. One is a 365 day project, a photo a day for one year. Sounds easy but its not. Well taking a photo a day would be but taking something interesting every day is pretty tough. Tomorrow is day 14.

The 365 album can be seen on flickr.

This is one of the images I was really disappointed with today:

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While I wanted to use a bokeh technique to get a image of the London Eye, Westminster Bridge & Elizabeth Tower, I didn’t intend on cutting off the top of the wheel.

The photo still works but it really was a case a school boy error!

Thanks for viewing,

Jim Jimmy James

 

BT Tower

There is loads of stuff I could look up about the BT Tower and tell you. I can tell you about threats & concerns someone would bomb it. In fact I vaguely remember something about a bomb going of in the tower and that being the reason for the restaurant being closed. I guess I should add that it was actually The Post Office Tower at the time and this occurred long before I was ever aware of such things. I think it was in the very early 1970’s so I was either a baby or just a very young lad.

I could tell you facts like when it was built, how tall it is and lots more but I’m hoping you’re here to look at my photos rather than learn about the post office / telecom tower.

Okay, now I’ve mentioned those things I feel obliged to fill you in with at least the details from above.

The 33rd floor was bombed and it did result in the restaurant being closed. It has opened and closed a couple of times and was recently opened for a charity event.

The tower started to be built in 1961 and is 620ft.

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The images were taken on the Fuji XT2 © 2016 Jim Jimmy James

Thanks for stopping and looking.

 

10 of 365photo project.

To see the album please follow the link: My 365 photo project on Flickr.

These following images are just three random photos taken on the way home.

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Images all taken on a Fuji XT2. Thanks for stopping and looking.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James

Fuji XT2… Scratching the surface!

I’m only just scratching the surface with my Fuji XT2 but I’ve gotta say that I am finding the XT2 a great camera to carry around and I’m looking forward to seeing just what I can get out of this camera.

Here are a couple of images taken today while looking for an image to add to my 365 day photo challenge that can be seen here on flickr.

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Westminster trip hazard! ©2016 Jim Jimmy James (Marr)

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©2016 Jim Jimmy James (Marr)

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Lemmy by Martin Häusler http://www.martinhausler.com

This portrait of Lemmy by Martin Häusler is fantastic and should be seen in a setting where you can see the original. Currently on display at The Sanctum Hotel in Soho.

I also post images on Instagram & Tumbler.

Thanks for viewing, Jim Jimmy James.

A stroll along the canal(Two)

I went in the opposite direction today but still remained within the Paddington basin & little venice area. Today I was just really wanting to concentrate on composition.

I’ve committed myself to a 365 day photo challenge. I’m only five days into it and I’m finding it challenging. The good thing is I’m taking more photos which I’m sure will be good for my photography and I’m fairly sure my photography tutors Paul Kemp & Charlotte Asworth from Morley college will finally be saying “about bloody time”.

The only problem I find with this is the problem selecting an image to use.

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Fuji XT2 ©2016 Jim Jimmy James (Marr)

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Fuji XT2 ©2016 Jim Jimmy James (Marr)

These images were not selected for use in the project. If you’d like to see the photographs used so far, the album is on Flickr.

If you’re doing your own Project-365-photos, why not share the link to your album.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these images.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James

Strolling along the canal

There are two houses that I pass every so often during my irregular walks from home to camden. I stroll along the canal because its a nicer walk than being near the busy roads. Although some cyclists think its a bloody speedway and they have absolute right of way.

Anyhow, one of these houses near to camden has a garden that looks a bit grim during the winter months but always looks really inviting during hot days. It looks like it has just enough shade and light to be a perfect hang out with friends on hot days; yet I have never seen it used.

The other is near park road and the entrance is on the outer circle of regents park. Its huge and well kept, yet again I have never seen it used; I’ve never even seen a gardener.

While I’d love to have a garden space to relax  (not likely on my wages) it does make me wonder if I did have a garden would I have the time to use it?

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Fuji XT2 © 2016 jim jimmy james 

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Fuji XT2 ©2016 jim jimmy james

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James