B351 – ALWASY TRYING TO CREATE OR CAPTURE MOMENTS.

This morning Ive been having a little look at my stats and all those things about my posts to see what it is that you actually read and what you guys think is terrible and after nearly 12 months of these posts it’s becoming pretty clear what kind of posts do well and what kind of ones just suck. so today my plan is to try and understand  how I can keep these posts up and think of interesting techniques and ideas to keep you guys engaged.

I know that some days aren’t going to be as interesting or education than others but thats just the way of the world, each day I am trying to take good photos and keep them interesting and when I started this how 3 photos a day challenge, I never realised how important the writing aspect would become, its now more important than the photos in a way, I need to keep the writing interesting, and use it to explain my photos and my reasons behind them.

Now I could of just post three photos on instagram each day for a whole year, but that would of been easy in my eyes and would probably been so I could build instagram followers. I wanted to push myself and give myself something to dedicate my life too each day for a whole year, no days off and that is what Im pushing myself todo, learning about media management, camera management, learning to think editorially and most of all finding a photo in anything and spotting a good bit of light and just taking the best possible photo. and if you think about it, at the end of the year Im going to having something that not that many people have, and something that did cost that much money to start.

so after than little ramble of mine, how was yesterday? well, I wasn’t out and about or even travelling anywhere, I was just in a studio and then the pub. So taking photos can become generic and I could of just posted three photos of a pint but while I am having some down time, I realised that in the back of my mind I was thinking about photos and ” if that shot will work” and that made me happy, because it was the first time I had realised that my brain is now automatically thinking about photography and lighting, how cool is that!

right I need to get dressed and leave for work any minute now, so sorry to end this post really quickly but I really need to get a move on. heres my photos from yesterday, I hope you like them.

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– leaving work and just caught the last bit of sun for the day –
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– this wall paper is really cool, I kind of what it in the spare room maybe –
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– I lost all four games of pool. –

 

B143 – BACK TO THE STREETS

Today I just wanted to go out and take photos of people, I havent done that for a long time and it was something I was determined todo. After finishing work at like 6ish, I headed to sainsburys grabbed a red bull and hit the street just to take some photos and chill out, it was one of those days where you are hoping for something good to happen, like the time I saw a man sun bathing on Shoreditch highstreet.

it was just one of those days where you have to wait and wait and wait for that photo opportunity, lucky enough a guy walks past holding and an umbrella and I think I managed to pull the shot off, you might also be able to see the guy furthest on the right giving him some weird look.

Street photography is something I really want to get better at, I really enjoy walking around and just taking photos of people, who are posing or doing anything. they’ve just switched off and going from A to B. Alot of it comes down to right place, right time, so I think Ive just got to carry on taking as many photos as possible and one day I might take that amazing photo! not sure about my writing skills though, i think thats a lost cause.

Anyway heres my snaps enjoy.

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– not sure what he needs the umbrella for, but be probably had a good reason –
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– she is in full toga part mood –
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– this guys a legend –

B094 – my first photoshoot

The whole point of this posting three new photos a day, is really to try out different techniques and just figure out what i enjoy taking photos of. so the other day Amy and me went to the park in the afternoon when the sun was low and tried out taking photos of someone just standing there and see how it played out. to be honest Im pretty happy with the results.

normally I only edit in Lightroom, but for these photos decided to start off in LR but then export to photoshop and see if I could get a different look and improve the stills. Photoshop is one of those programs that people spend years learning and I have experience with it, but now want to understand more about the software, and the best way todo that is to practise every day.

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– trying to use the sun to add something else to these photos –
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– she’s a bit out of focus but I think it works –
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– you cant go wrong in black and white –

B089 – the new cocktail bar on Bethnal Green Road.

right lets start by saying im no cocktail expert or even really a cocktail drinker, i like a beer, but when I saw the new cocktail bar on Bethnal Green Road the Coupette, i thought I should give it a review. before it was a cocktail bar this place was a proper east end pub, full of locals that had been drinking there since beer was invited, the pub even had a sign out side that read “No Travellers allow in this pub”, but added great character and a down to earth feel. it was just something that set Bethnal Green apart from its neighbour SHOREDITCH a now expensive trendy extension of Liverpool Street.

well Charrlotte and myself went into this trendy new bar Coupette and give it a try and see if it was something to rave about, it wasnt our cup of tea. I dont like to slag someone off or put down something that the owner has put a lot of work into but it just feels like shoreditch is taking over this weird and wonderful street of bethnal green. where the homeless issue is quite literally a big problem, the road is also filled with cheap £1 shops and a cash converter, it has a community sprite which is rare for a zone 2 part of london, but its what set Bethnal Green apart, and an expensive cocktail bar really isn’t doing anything apart from dispersing a community and popular local business which seemed to survive the Shoreditch effect till now.

Anyway enough of the ranting heres our views of the bar.

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Josh – 7/10 – the bar has an old feel but has used new  furniture, which doesnt fit the vibe, they also sit you down like your going to eat, but then you don’t. I did like the menu’s they were really cool, but again the lighting didn’t help, it was that funny yellow tint.

Charlotte – 6/10 – its like they have spent a lot of time on the front of the bar and then ran out of money as they got to the back, it lacks an atmosphere and seems very portentous, which bethnal green definitely is not.

Coupette: 2 cocktails  – £20.25 including service charge (£9 each)

 

And again we arent anyone who could give you an educated assessment on the cocktails (mine was good, it had chocolate in it) we are just two people who love bethnal green road and enjoy a drink, and dont want to see all the great local people of this area have to leave. We started talking to some other people in a bar down the road after charlotte noticed they where in the coupette, they were locals and said they felt underdress in the cocktail bar, “it was full of suits, which is not what bethnal green is about” . to finish it just feels like another rich vs poor battle was one by an ex-Savoy Cocktail maker and a local pub was lost.

Heres some pictures of the bar.

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– The entrance –
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– it was earlish and still a new Establishment,  so you cant expect it to be rammed 
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-the actual bar was pretty cool –

 

 

 

B031 – Burrito and a beer

No meal, no recipe will ever beat a simple burrito and a beer and the only place todo this in London is in that weird car park place on Shoreditch high street. I didn’t take a photo of my burrito and beer because I forgot.

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– FreeBird Burritos –
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– I just like this photo –
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– this was in a cocktail bar toilets –

B029 – Hackney Half Marathon

working at the hackney half yesterday was a good old summer event, I had alot of fun see some old chums and watching the runners pass that finish line. it was abit of an early start and meant I had to wake up at 4 in the morning on bank holiday sunday, but lucky anders left his bike at mine so I meant i got to ride there at stupid o clock in the morning.

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– so close but still so far –
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– thats a fast time –
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– this is from my cycle around 5 in the morning, it was weird victoria park being this empty –

B018 – A BEER ON BETHNAL GREEN ROAd

top three places to have a beer on bethnal green road, enough said. have a pop down and see for yourself.

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–  No 1. cheap and the best place to watch the footie and have a good chit chat and on Thursday’s sing some Karaoke (cash only)
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– No 2. for the late night beer, always a good laugh and some times a random guy is sat in the corner playing the guitar  –  
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– no 3. The pay day location, a bit more pricey but they serve a drink with 7 different rums which is always a good idea – 

 

 

B011 – BRICK LANE

Last night on my way home I decided to stop off on Brick lane and take some snaps of the Graffiti. Lubna ( you know who you are) gave me the idea to get up close and take some photos using macro, so I did.

Heres some of the snaps!

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– Great Eastern Street –
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– Great Eastern Street
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– Sclater Street –