TWA Hotel JFK

Simply stunning and as original as you might hope for; Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Centre at JFK Airport has been restored and re imaged as a first-class hotel. At the centre of the hotel is Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Centre. More than worthy of a visit when you have a few hours spare, or an overnight stay if flying in or out of JFK

More details on the hotel can be found here https://www.twahotel.com/hotel

Model Railways

Taken slightly out of my comfort zone and asked to photograph a friends model railway. This started as an exercise in focus stacking and ended with panning action and a small amount of backdrop/scene replacement. For more detail on the model installation which has an incredible level of detail including hand built stock check out http://instagram.com/stainmore_model_railway/…

‘Lockdown’ Macro

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Further explorations as ‘lockdown’ is still with us.  Still in the garden I’ve gone ‘macro’ This is my first venture and an interesting learning curve which after some spectacular failures a few to share on this blog. A few technical notes at the foot of this blog in case anyone else is starting a similar venture.

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For macro all my work is with my Olympus micro four thirds kit. The reason I opted for this was weight, Olympus’s marvellous image stabilisation, and a very slightly increased available depth of field.

For those interested in kit, I use;Olympus EM1 mkll (pretty much my go to everyday camera)

Zuiko  60mm f2.8 macro – a new purchase and so worthwhile with such quality from so small a lens

Nissin i40 flash with home made light modifier (see below) A lighting solution is absolutely essential to place the right amount of light over the subject when you need to use flash

Extension tubes (for when the action gets very small) I chose simple Meike tubes from ebay (c.£20) which seem to work absolutely fine

A simple monopod – this helps nail the focus, and especially useful with focus stacking. (see below)

A few tips on approach check out the tutorials and advice on you tube and other social media, if new to the subject like me it will save so much time ( a few links that have helped me below)

Take time to look and keep on looking, insects and bugs are typically shy or just don’t want to be seen (which often means eaten) they are everywhere you just need to find them, don’t forget the underside of leaves

Early mornings are good, insects often warm themselves in the sun and at that time are less mobile. Remember not to get between the sun and your subject or they will be disturbed and you may lose your shot

The money shot pretty much always involves the eyes, work stealthily to get the angle

A low shooting angle not only helps to develops a ‘face to face’ composition but also  helps to illustrate the world from their perspective

The background is often what makes a shot (as other genres) ideally uncluttered and with a good colour. The depth of field will help though can’t be relied on especially with strong contrasts

My go to camera set-up with flash is a shutter speed of 1/250th and aperture of f8. Without the flash the same aperture though as fast a shutter speed as I can without forcing the ISO. I shoot in manual so i can fix both these parameters though don’t believe this is essential

When you get frustrated that you just can’t get enough of the subject in focus – look up focus-stacking, most modern cameras have it (often ‘bracketing’ in the menu)

Finally and most importantly it’s their world and you are a visitor, no shot is so important to disturb them in their day to day life. There are 2 million insects for every human on the planet, that makes for a lot of opportunities.

Considerable thanks to online learning especially Andrew Lanxon for some valuable tips, bit.ly/2KXr4Oe

Thank you Olympus and Geraint Rainford for an introduction to Focus stacking https://www.olympus-imagespace.co.uk/macro-focus-stacking/

….. and finally Maximilian Simson for some great ideas, though specifically his advice on light modifiers  https://www.maxamillion.online/blog/macro-light-modifiers I am using #4 the modified ‘pringle tube’ and can’t believe its so simple and effective

Lockdown Photography

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With ‘lockdown’ still in place sports photographers need an alternative …. for me its on my doorstep.. the garden, once you start looking there is just so much to see.  This is a new and different challenge and capturing wildlife certainly has interesting parallels with sports including observation, patience and learning, all associated with sitting shooting a great sporting event.

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Haringey Huskies 2019/20 season

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Haringey Huskies finish their 2020 season as Champions of the NIHL Div 2 South. Mostly shot at their home in Alexandra Palace they have a growing and loyal following. This year despite still shooting through a net expect to see more and more panning shots typically between 1/40 and 1/60th sec, enough to freeze a portion of the action though still convey the speed and dynamic of this tough and fast sport.

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For more photos from this season please have a look at my Flckr pages e.g. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmLTbNJS and https://flic.kr/s/aHsmLzC9Vk

Saracens ARFC

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Privileged to roam the touchline its a wonderful opportunity to capture amateur rugby action and the players from all angles. Great spirit hard fought matches and a true team ethos sums up this club from this photographers viewpoint. I am always pleased to return and shoot a match here at Bramley Road.

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The King’s Army Annual March and Parade

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The King’s Army Annual March and Parade allows History enthusiasts to lead a procession from St James Palace on the Mall to the Banqueting House in Whitehall
The annual march is held to commemorate the historic execution of Charles 1st.

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This provided a great opportunity to trial Olympus’s 300mm f4. All shots taken on this excellent lens

Cambodia

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Fortunate last summer to travel the waterways and roads through Cambodia and record life and culture as I see it. A wonderful country, friendly people a huge diversity of life.

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For the technical, this was a one lens one body trip. All these photos were taken on the Olympus EM 11 and 12-100mm f4 zoom lens, difficult to fault the combination that has become a firm favourite with me.