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London Fashion Week

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On the weekend, I went down to London Fashion Week…

Apparently it is quite popular and people get all dressed up for no reason. The great thing is, no one cares if you point your camera at them, in fact they like it!

Well anyway here is my pictures from the day.

There is a few more up on my flickr which you should go check out! NOW!

Oh and I also met the wonderful Pete Sloan! So go check out his photos too!

SHOOTINGDAVE

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A Date with a Dragster.

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January 6th 2013: the day starts like any other normal work day, waking up to black skied London. At 6:45am, most people would just be waking up, ready to start their journey to work just like any other day…

Except this isn’t any normal work day. This is a Sunday. Why on earth am I getting up at this time on a Sunday? Well, I have a date! As I make my way across London and write this, two things become clear; I need caffeine and I need a tripod bag. My journey today will first take me to Slough where I will rendezvous with fellow Fueltographer, Dan Fegent. From there we will be heading up to Santa Pod, a first for me and already the adrenaline is surging!

Meeting Dan at Slough with a big smile and good handshake we loaded the car and got on our way. The closer we got, the bigger my smile.
As we arrived, were greeted by Perry who had his MG on the trailer waiting at the gates for us. Hand shakes all around and it was time to get started.

MGB Arachnophobia

Dan and I started warming up and unloading our gear whilst the lads got the car off of the trailer. Then a clap thunder boomed across the skies, or it might as well have been, it was Perry’s monster spluttering into life. Who doesn’t love that chunky V8 burble!?

MGB Engine

Perry’s particular beast is Rover 3.9 V8 that has been bored and stroked to 4.8 litres. It then has a Supercharger from a Sherman tank bolted to it. I like I think that some of the Tank’s soul has been bolted to it in the process. It then has a shot of NOS as if it needed it!

It was so nice to see so much of the original shape of this car remain considering it’s massive overhauling!

MGB InteriorBecause despite it’s insane looks, this is thing is actually road legal! Imagine seeing this pull up next to you at the lights! It would shock the hell out of you! But it is really here, at Santa Pod where this thing look at home. And would you just look at those lines!

MGB Side

Car in position we started with some warm up shots and then moved onto two more locations ending on the strip itself!

A Day At The Pod

MGB Twin Shot

MGB Rear 3/4

And that was it, time to thank everyone for coming down and pack up.

On the journey home and whilst editing these photos I couldn’t help but feel massive sense of pride. Today had gone completely without a hitch, we got to get up close and personal with a very special car at a very special location. Which we had all to ourselves! I doubt that I will get the opportunity to shoot in this scenario again but I certainly hope I do.

Today really was a brilliant way to kick off my New Year. Last year photography felt like a chore but this was so fluid and comfortable and relaxing. Nothing more than getting the car in position, finding nice angles and controlling the reflections. No additional lighting was required just photographer and car…

It was brilliant.

MGB Burnout

I’d like to thank Perry Stephenson for helping me organise the shoot and for blogging us such an amazing venue. Thanks also to Dan Fegent who helped immensely and also for driving. (I need to get some wheels again). And last but by no means least I’d like to thank Jimmy for getting me the contact!

So here’s to you Fueltopia! Hopefully we will have many more shoots like this.

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Why your street photography sucks!

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I’m going to talk to you about street photography. Do bare in mind that most of what I say is meant to be taken as tongue in cheek so please try not to cry if you don’t like what I’m saying.

The term “street photography” to me is a very broad one. Essentially what it boils down to in my opinion is anything taken on the street. Generally there are two camps on the street photography debate, and they are;

Wide Angle and Telephoto.

Wide Angle– people in this camp tend to believe that shooting wide angle gives you the great atmosphere of being on the street. They believe that because you are occupying the same space as the person you are photographing, that the image is that much more raw.

Telephoto– people in this camp feel that it is the isolation of a subject that allows you to capture the raw emotion of your subject. This also means that you are much further away and are therefore much more capable of getting “the shot”.

But which one is better?

Well that is really up to you to decide. I feel that street photography is as much about you as it is about your subject. I personally prefer to shoot with a longer focal length lens. I use the Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM lens which is sublime! This allows me to be at a “safe” distance and isolate the subject nicely with lots of pleasing sexy Bokeh! Because we all love BOKEH!!!

However, I have been known to take a lot of street or candid photos with my iPhone which has a wide angle lens. This is because there is no shutter noise which makes it very discreet. Lovely stuff.

But why does my street photography suck?

Well I am going to assume you didn’t fuck screw up your exposure and focus so that’s not it.

Story telling.
To me an image that doesn’t work is usually down to it not engaging with the viewer. For instance photographing people from behind on the street. It doesn’t look good. All you are seeing is someone from behind. No engagement, no emotion, no eye contact. More than likely it sucks.

Interest.
If there is nothing going on in an image then it will struggle to stand up as interesting photo. Try to tell a story. A lot happens on the street, try and capture some that action. Be patient and observe. Don’t just spray and pray. Wait for something to happen. Watch people and see if you can tell part of their story. Obviously don’t go stalking people, that will more than likely get you some unwanted attention.

You are shooting in a big group.
Shooting in a big group may be good for your confidence and you might start taking shots you wouldn’t normally take but think how this looks to people on the street. You can’t exactly be discreet when walking around with a load of people carrying cameras. Grab some headphones and walk around on your own and get amongst it!

Location.
It helps to be in the right place. For instance, you ain’t gonna get many good shots on the street whilst sitting in your bedroom reading this! Being where the crowd is usually works best as well as being around at the right time. And what quantifies as being the right time is dependant on what you want to capture. Which of course is up to you. Just don’t trespass.

Shooting Dave’s final thought:
Figure out what you want to see then go looking for it. Don’t rush it, don’t force. Don’t get frustrated by it. The whole reason you are out “doing” street photography is because you are done with the contrived, controlled and planned shoots. Street photography is supposed to relaxing so don’t get stressed about missing that moment. There will be plenty of others. Just be patient.

tl;dr
To answer the question “why your street photography sucks” it is simply because you take photos that suck 😉