A day of exhibitions in Leicestershire on a glorious Saturday. The sky is out, the clouds have disappeared leaving a true sense of summer. First up was Leicester pro commercial photographer, Keith Cooper. His work was on display in the old library in Leicester city centre now home of LPPG. His work included a magnificent 14 metre pano of Leicester city centre at dusk. Wow the detail was amazing and is the highlight. Others works of Leicester landmarks are there taken with a mixture of Tilt and shift lenses and switched panos using a Gigapan device. Click here to visit his website. Right to the L&LPS exhibition at the BRITE centre, Braunstone.
On Sunday we were meant to take part in a studio session in Birmingham with a company called Ikon Studio. We got this through Groupon. All I can say is “What a scam”! We turned up for 11am start. The door was locked. There were around 9 of us all waiting. Others had tried to contact the studio but to no avail. On checking his website, this had totally changed since the beginning of the week and now resembled a movie review site. We have since complained to Groupon and ask for a full refund. When my partner and I went on a 2 day break to Llandudno earlier in the week, also organised through Groupon, the evening meal was the WORST I HAD EVER TASTED! So I’m not expecting much. Clearly when the owner doesn’t show. I’m considering unsubscribing to Groupon. It’s like cheap tat from a seaside gift shop. So instead we went into Birmingham City Centre for some urban photography and made a day of it. What fun! We must come back when the light’s better as we’ve marked some very nice locations. Below are some images I took from the day’s urban photowalk.
A lovely lady enjoying the sun in Victoria Square
“He didn’t see me!!”
Lovely ladies walking towards Victoria Square
Two Japanese ladies posing at the fountain in Victoria Square
These lads are posing very nicely for a group photo in Victoria Square
There was good news this week from the post when the results from the 49th Annual Exhibition of Midlands Photography (also known as MidPhot) were sent out. I had 4 entries in the Mono print section. Lady luck was shining on my a little as the three judges thought that three of my entries were worthy enough to be accepted into the exhibition. First up was Full Steam Ahead and this was awarded 11+ points, secondly Rutland Street was awarded 12 points and lastly The Sky at Night was awarded 12 points. Each image is marked out of 15 (with each of the three judges giving a score of up to 5). Then there is an accepted mark and for the Mono it was 11+. The other print, Park Life, just missed out with 10 points. Details about visiting the exhibition can be found here and I will be excited to see my prints.
On Sunday I was part of Scott Kelby’s 4th Annual Worldwide Photowalk in Leicester. This was part of 1,117 walks that were talking part worldwide with around 28,000 walkers. There was around 40 walkers taking part in the Leicester walk which was organised by John Toye, a NAPP member. It was a beautiful sunny and hot day as we ventured around Leicester city centre, the canal area and De Montfort Uni. We all took the same route but not necessarily the same images. The one I took above I just spotted walking near the Town Hall Square. Its a bit like a snapshot in time of how life in Leicester is lived and its surroundings. Click here to view the Flickr Group for the Leicester photowalk and click here to visit the Worldwide Flickr group. We finished at the Slug and Lettuce for well earned refreshments.
Wow it’s like the height of summer but at the end of September. So, how apt, we should be in Scarborough with lots of folk flocking to the beach. A real bonus for the traders of the town. We spoke to one trader who said it hadn’t been this hot since April!! The rest of the week promises more of the same.
Today I’ve swapped the hussle and bussle of my Monday morning commute for a morning photography in Robin Hood’s Bay. On the shoreline by 6.10am waiting for the sun to rise at around 7am. It’s dark when I arrive and the tide is up but on it’s way out. Looking for composition in the dark is tricky. But as the light improves and the tide receeds it’s looking good. The sunlight was brief but enough and, hopefully, managed to get some nice shots. I used my new circular polariser for the first time today and certainly helped with the water reflections and shadow. Back again tomorrow? Who can tell. Only the light can tell.
We picked up our friend from York station and it was a chance to admire the architecture of the station. York station is built on a bend. The pillars have a lovely decrative repeating crest, probably relating to the city or the monarchy of the period. The iron roof structure, from the bridge that goes across the railway lines, is pleasing on the eye and shows all the elements of monochrome – shape, form, tone and texture. Visually the older prestigious stations remain something to behold and is always worth time to take an image.
This week we are mostly staying in Whitby!! First day of the holiday and we were straight into “fish and chip” mode and where better than the Quayside fish and chip restaurant. It boasts that it finished in the top 3 in the UK fish and chip restaurant competition for 2011. And after polishing off the “lovely plate of food” we can see why. The cod was extremely tasty and the batter light and crispy. Yes it expensive but you get what you pay for. Even the scampi was blump and tasty. The homemade tartare sauce complimented the meal superbly. Compliments to the frier!
The alarm goes off. It’s 6.01am. Aaarrgghhh! Not work again! Alas it Saturday that means leisure time and instead of a lie in we are up and about and off to the Peak District. It takes us 80 minutes before arriving at the SurpriseView car park. We are the lone car. Looks a bit dull out with the threat of rain. Ah, spoke too soon. Back in the car for breakfast then. The Heather is in full bloom. That’s why we’re here. Purple mass of the moors. Simply beautiful. The sun is on one of his in out days. Which is fine by me and that means lots of clouds. Good landscape photographing weather. We visit Owlet Tor, the Longshaw estate (for lunch, yum) and then onto Stanage Edge. The views are stunning. Makes the weekend feel good and hopefully a few good images on the bag.