Learning

Post Fools Day!

So April the 2nd got me out of Saturday’s ‘Monday morning blues’.

No banana for brunch!! I had a fab breakfast in bed up & out to shoot some rehearsal images for a mates band, out for dinner with the wife & a quick catch up with some friends. All in all a much better day, as were the third and today.

A little bit of axe playing at home, some reading, some photography and I’m almost ready to go back to work tomorrow. Its been nice to have some time off and even have a good nosy around the world wide web looking for a bit of inspiration for my 365 project. Its tough to do. Really tough and I have struggled.

I think it was on flickr or somewhere that I got directed to a blog of a fella that was doing a 365 of selfies. If you know me or follow my flickr, instagram or on here, you’ll know I hate being on the lens side of the camera so when I had a look at this blog here: Idiot with a camera. I did my norm and headed to the beginning. Why? Well I like to look at the images at the beginning and then see how their photographic style and content may have changed. It just makes sense to me, in fact the only reason I have a blog page is primarily so that I can look back over the pages and see how I have grown as a photographer, if at all…….

Anyhow I ended up getting drawn into the above blog partly because the selfies were not the kind that scream Hey! Look at me.

They also appear to be mostly normal day-to-day images and not the elaborately planned style found here. Again, great photographs but for different reasons.

One thing that is very clear reading his blog is that Australia and the UK appear to be worlds apart.

Another person whose life is worlds apart from mine is that of Sir Elton John. I went to see an exhibition at the Tate Modern today The Radical Eye.

Hells teeth he has a lot of important photographs and it was great to see some of these in this format rather than published in a book.

So, hopefully if you followed the links you are not all photo’d out for the day because here is one of mine from today:

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These people had become art as they walked around a smoke/dry ice installation. It was really interesting to see how different people behaved while we observed them.

As always, thanks for stopping.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James

 

 

Just a little tip

Nowt much that I want to share with the world right now. Very busy with projects but I do have a little tip. Always carry a small cloth suitable for cleaning your lens.

I’m just looking through some images taken as part of my 365 project that I haven’t had time to upload yet and after I took a few shots in an environment that I didn’t realise was so dusty I wanted to take a photo of a salt & pepper set.

I just liked the strong light and shadows.

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I took a number of images and I did take a usable photograph but I’m glad I had a small cloth. Well worth every penny.

Although as I am typing this I realised that there is another project to be had here.

I read that despite “The Rules” of photography, a photograph is not wrong unless it was unintended and that no photo is wrong even if it was not what you intended; it simply becomes an experimental accident.

So I guess this could have been the start of a new ‘dirty lens’ project. Its a reasonable idea but I am not spoiled for choice when it comes to lenses and I don’t have a lens I can leave to gather dust, rain spots and general London grime.

If you do have a dirty lens project please add a link in the comments as I’d like to see what you’re doing.

If you just have a single dirty lens photo where you wish you had a clean lens please feel free to share a link for that too.

Thanks for stopping.

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

Where am I going?

I read a blog article by ‘C-Nic’; actually the article was by Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai. “C-Nic” is actually reference to this article which got me wondering where I want to go with my photography and if I’m doing it right?

So far I have enjoyed the weekly challenges on my 52 week Flickr group as this has forced me into learning how the camera works. 

I also couldn’t believe it when I was notified by ViewBug that one of my photos was in the top thirty for a competition and given an ‘Outstanding’ award by one of the judges. I only entered out of interest and hoped to get some feedback rather than thinking I had any chance of winning against experienced photographers.  

As expected, I didn’t win. I didn’t even place in the runners up group or probably have any chance of being voted the peoples choice. I could say its because the picture does not fit the standard for concert photography but then I would be falling into the circle that CJ refers to in her article which has made me think that perhaps I should try and get an idea of where I want to go with my photography rather than just tinkering about with my camera. Maybe its time to think about a genre of photography? Maybe I should just carry on as I am; after all, although the genres have their own unique problems they all have important factors in common.  

For example; the image from ViewBug may not be super sharp or of a quality we commonly see in our glossy magazines, but the composition does tell a story and that is in part what I think photography is about. 

The image called “The New View” is very much what gigs are like in this modern era of digital compact cameras and smart phones. When I was younger I used to get in the mosh pit and burn off so much energy that I never needed gym membership. Now its a bit of a mix of moshing and standing to one side to watch and listen to the show. But it seems a large number of people miss the real experience of the gig because they spend the entire show watching it through a tiny LCD monitor and actually stopping everyone else from seeing the full events unfolding on stage. 

So my picture tells a story and was noticed by one of the judges. 

Thats good enough for me.

So where am I going with photography? Am I doing it right? Am I heading along the right path to maybe being able to sell an image one day? Is that even what I want to be doing? 

I can honestly say I have no idea; Not a scooby.

I’m enjoying the learning process and I kind of guess thats all that matters at the moment. 

As my “Outstanding ViewBug Award” was for gig photography and this is my photo learning curve diary I guess a few recent concert shots would be appropriate. 

The following images were taken at The Borderline, London. October 2013. 

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Thank you for visiting and please feel free to comment. 

 Jim Jimmy James