Monday, March 28, 2005

Frustration...

I was really frustrated yesterday. I went for 3 hours walk - out of over eighty pictures only one was good for anything. I don't know if it's me lacking inspiration or my standards have raised in the last two months (since the blog was started) and something I would happily show around only some time ago no longer seem good enough to me. Anyway, out of frustration I decided to take a few shots of myself. I started masking some shadows on the wall behind me. Before I knew it I got carried away masking and burning, burning and dodging, doing all sorts of things in PS. I actually like the result. I like it athough I feel like I'm cheating. The picture is striking. True. However, it's striking mailny due to the fancy colours and tones - the original picture plays a secondary role in the image... On second thoughts, you know what? Sod it!! I still like it :)


Saturday, March 26, 2005

Patterns I

I've been lazying around for the last two days and let me tell you - it feels sooo good. God bless the good people who invented days off :) There's a steaming coffee on my desk, soothing music playing, there's nothing to worry about (for a day or two at least) and I finally have time to go through people's blogs to find some inspiration.

Happy Easter everyone.




Ps. I've noticed there're quite a few people from London on photoblogs.org. For those of you who don't know it yet, there's a new site devoted entirely to London photobloggers. Visit it here . If any of you would like to get to know some like-minded people there's a meetup coming up (7th May). If you're up for it please leave a comment on the site.

It's holiday!! Let's get psychedelic then...

I came home from work yesterday and started looking for pictures to post. I couldn't find any that I would be even remotely satisfied with. I suddenly had an idea and - 10minutes later I had a raw image that I could play with in Photoshop. I didn't expect much from a self-portrait taken without a tripod using a regular lamp for lighting. Yet I ended up with an image that I'm actually happy with...

The idea of shooting myself (unfortunately no models around) and playing with different poses came to me the other day while browsing Daniel Herrera's
blog . Daniel, thank you for inspiration.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Bathed in sun...

What a beautiful day again!! I was coming back from a client today around 11am. London was bathed in sun. It was so bright colours were completely washed out - everything was draped in a sunny haze that looked quite surreal. I took a few pictures trying to capture the scene.

I wasn’t sure if to post the picture below. It’s not spectacular. Technically it’s not good either. I still like the effect though. Photography for me is more about showing how you see things around you rather than showing what they really look like. And that’s how London looked to me today…
I cropped the original image but since I was having a hard time deciding which one works better I’ve decided to post both. I wonder which one you guys find better.







Saturday, March 19, 2005

Under the bridge II

Quite a productive photo session today. Over 120 pictures taken. Ok, so there's only 5 or 6 I'm quite happy with. Still not too bad for 2.5 hours walk.

After a cold snap last week (-2 C being really cold in London) spring has finally arrived. It's now official. It was 18C today - I feel like I'm getting back to life slowly. About time - I felt rather miserable in the last few wintery months. But it's over now!!

Anyway, enough about the weather. Here's today's pic:


Thursday, March 17, 2005

Under the bridge...

No time to put any notes - will update the post tomorrow. Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Best picture. Now what?

I'm really happy with the Canary Wharf picture. In fact, I think it's the most dramatic of all the ones I've taken yet. It's strange how posting a really good picture can stress you in a way. "Oh, what am I going to post now... I don't have any pics that would be equally good. It's all going to go downhill from here...". Interesting how your mind plays tricks on you - creating stories, caring and thinking too much, playing games... Would be so cool to switch it off from time to time. And just go with the flow...


Saturday, March 12, 2005

Canary Wharf One.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Where time stands still...

Another picture from my trip to Brighton the other week. There's a passage underneath the Brighton pier. I loved how quiet it was. Just a few meters above life was bustling with crowds of people, cars, kids... Yet there I was in what seemed like a completely different word - the sounds muted, the lighting subdued - an oasis of timelessness hidden away from reality...




The weekend has finally arrived. Feels so good. I'm going to take some pictures tomorrow and, hopefully, look through pictures taken over the last few weeks. I need some so I can keep posting even if I'm too busy to go and take new ones.

I'm changing the blog settings. Three will only be two postings per page (instead of 5). The pictures will come in bigger sizes though - I find them to lose their impact if resized to my usual 550x420 pixels.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Haven't taken a picture in over a week now. Worked through the whole weekend - only got back home at 10pm on Sunday. Sucks but the money is good so... Might buy myself a tripod this week to make up for the lost weekend.

Below is a shot from a week ago. I wonder if my pictures will start getting any more light and optimistic when the spring finally arrives (the cold snap is officially over - at least in London). Although, come to think about it, I've always loved dark slightly psychedelic moods...




I'm not sticking to my resolution of updating the blog at least every second day. It's been busy at work, had no time, [insert your favourite excuse here...]... blah, blah, blah. We all know that. Yet some people still manage to post regularly. I need to get my act together. I'll try to set aside a few hours this Saturday - I'll go through all recent pics so I have something to post even if I don't have a chance to actually take pictures...

Ok, time to sleep...

Friday, March 04, 2005

And now for something completely different...

No time to blog lately. I've been really busy and rather stressed at work. I'm working over the weekend - no chance for going picture-hunting then. Don't even have time to go through my favourite blogs - something I used to do get my mind off work...

The picture below was taken yesterday while having a short break in a coffee shop. It is one of only 3 lazily snapped pictures yesterday. For some reason I like it even though it's not one of my usual rather "dark" moody shots...




Oh, and thanks for your comments guys. If it wasn't for them my camera would have long be sittnig in a cuppoard gathering dust. Somehow knowing that some people will visit the blog and like the pictures makes you keep going. Silly but true . After all everyone craves appreciation - nothing to be ashamed of, right? :)

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Should I be here?

Another pic from sunday's walk. I got off the train at Regent's Park. It was strange to be on the platform all by myself without the usual crowd of tired irrytated commuters. It actually felt a bit eerie. As I was walking down the platform the poster on the wall caught my eye…



I will usually try to leave a few comments on other people’s blogs if I find a picture that appeal to me. One of the blogs I constantly find inspiring is Curiously Incongruous (
http://www.curiouslyincongruous.net ). For some reason leaving a comment on the site is next to impossible due to a ridiculous comment-spam filter. I thought I would at least mention the site on my blog…