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Guy Fawkes night

Visited family this weekend. On Saturday eve we all went to see the local fireworks display held at St John’s church hall. However, the grounds were at full capacity upon our arrival, so we decided to stay and view from the roadside.

Worked out much better for me as I found a much better place to get photographs by including the floodlit church.

A fab display.

Pizza followed.

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A fiery start

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Today got off to a spectacular start with this fabulous sunrise. Luckily I was out early enough to capture it and ran around like a headless chicken, taking as many shots as I could from a few different viewpoints. It was also a bonus to have one of the fishing boats being launched at the same time.

No filters used this time as I was using my smaller mirrorless camera and a mini Manfrotto tripod.

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Mist at Bodiam

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Heading home on a cold clear Friday night, I thought there would be a good chance of mist the next morning. So, alarm set for 6am I set out for Bodiam castle. The weather didn’t disappoint.

I arrived while it was still relatively dark, so I set up the camera and tripod using the light from the car boot before trundling off toward the castle.

Though my main focus was to capture any mist coming off the moat, I did stop to take one or two shots looking out across the fields.

 I decided to use the foliage to frame my a lot of my shots, as the sky, looking from the south east corner,  was pretty plain. It wasn’t until I walked round to the north west corner, that the sky proved to be a little more dramatic (once the sun had started to rise above the layer of mist). It was here that I bumped into another photographer, who I had a nice chat with as we snapped away.

All shots were taken at 10mm (crop sensor) and filtered with a 3 stop ND grad. (See phone snap below)

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A few candids

We took a trip to London to see Charlie and the chocolate factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane yesterday. The show was outstanding and I’d definitely recommend catching it before it moves to New York next year.

Of course a trip to London would not be complete without me trying a bit of street candid photography. The weather was not as good as we had hoped for, so light levels were low and forced me to use much higher iso levels than I’d usually prefer.

These pics are fast paced grab shots whilst walking from one location to another, so have a bit more of a fluid feel. I’m not adverse to to a bit of motion blur however.

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Happy Mondays @ Hastings Pier 17.09.16

Happy Mondays, Saturday 17th sept. (31 Photos)

Yesterday my wife and I went to see the Happy Mondays perform their 1990 album, Pills n thrill n bellyaches in full, plus some other classics thrown in for good measure. Simply put, they were fab!

We arrived pretty early on in the afternoon while the support acts were on, (one being The Orb who were also magnificent), which meant we were able to get ourselves right up against the barrier.

The rain came down for most of the preceding bands sets, getting both us and my camera rather wet. However it kept on working right through the evening despite getting soaked and not being weather resistant. The dial on the rear of the cam is a bit stiff today but a bit of silicone switch clean spray should hopefully sort that out.

I decided to convert all the pictures to mono,  as I feel it really enhances the atmosphere. As you can see, I took a good few pics of Bez, he’s such a great character and completely knows how to play to the camera. You just can’t stop yourself from taking his picture.

Lovely to see a guest appearance from Dennis and Lois too!

Hope you like them.