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.


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One of the underground car parks in Hastings.

For those who recognise this location it is the same place I found the old bike from a couple of posts back. 😉

In other news; I have been making a couple of changes here and there. First is the theme of this site and second is that I have now mapped my own domain to this site. My old Clickpic site is now defunct. It’s not something that should affect anybody, just me getting things into some kind of order.

Today’s shot was processed using Topaz B&W Effect 2 and Lightroom 5.3

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Dirt Bike

Dirt bike

Tucked away in a cold, dark, damp room, locked behind an iron gate somewhere under the streets of Hastings sits this old bike (and a couple of others). Well hidden, most people wouldn’t even notice its existence, save for the keen eye of an exploring photographer. 😉

I wasn’t expecting to find anything like this so I wasn’t set up for working in really dark conditions…No tripod. There was, however, just enough light to shoot handheld with the ISO pushed to 800. Noise is obviously evident and this would, undoubtedly, annoy some people but taking clean crisp images is not what my work is all about. To me, atmosphere and emotion far outweigh a camera’s image quality capability. Not that there’s anything wrong with that either, there are certainly times when I want clean/sharp images too. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your gear and applying that knowledge to the subject matter can help to add/change an images look and feel. It all depends on what really matters to you.

Like all art, photography is very subjective and one person’s idea of what photography should be will differ from another’s.

Your photography, your art, do it your way.

Processed in Topaz B&W Effects 2 and Lightroom 5.3

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