I love the coast so shooting every UK pleasure pier is no hardship at all. What's more, it gives me a reason to visit places I've never been to before.
I've visited 28 piers to date (the start of 2017) and got pictures I am pleased with from many of them. Although I try to spend a tidal cycle at each pier, you don't always get good light or weather so another trip is needed.
Also, some piers are much easier to photograph than others. The two at Great Yarmouth are challenging and so too is Gravesend Town and Harwich Ha'penny. The challenge, of course, is why this project is fun - and there is much more of that to come. Here's a few of my pier shots so far, just to give a flavour of the project.
I was inspired to do the DLR project for two reasons. One, I read and really enjoyed Walk the lines by Mark Mason where the author walked the entire length of the London Underground (obviously overground) and passed every station. Two, London is reasonably accessible for me and I can get on location in an hour or so.
The shooting brief was simple: to visit every DLR station (45 in total) and take pictures. These could be on the train, of its users, of the trains, of the stations and the areas around the stations. The potential for pictures is huge and I just wanted one from every station.
I haven't set a time limit on the project, but at this point I have been to every station at least once. Getting a good shot at some stations is easier than others - some stations are proving a real challenge (struggle!) so I am persevering.
Here is a selection of some shots I am happy with at the moment but not the final selection or treatment.
In terms of gear used, shots have been taken on a variety of cameras mostly Fujifilm X-series but also Nikon, Olympus OMD and Pentax K1.
I love infrared photography and had been a massive fan of Kodak's High Speed Infrared film for a great many years. Now I use an infrared converted Nikon D700 (conversion by Advanced Camera Services) and of course life with it is so much more convenient compared with film days - not necessarily better. but definitely more convenient.
Here's a selection of images done with the D700 and a Nikon 24-120mm lens recently at Nunhead Cemetery in south east London.
These shots are from two days photographing around the Shard in London. The aim was simple - each picture had to include the Shard somewhere in the frame.
I used a Nikon D800 with 16-35mm, 24-120mm, 70-300mm lenses for the first shoot and for the second shoot I supplemented the Nikon kit with a Fujifilm X-E1 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses. I really enjoyed using the Fujifilm (once I got used to it) and the A3 prints I made on Permajet FB Royal paper looked superb.
In processing I used the new Dx0 FilmPack 4 with the Photo 70's preset as a starting point and then experimenting from there. I saved the preset and used it on all the pictures, although it is true that each image was tweaked a little.
This selection of pictures was taken at a recent Canon press event held at at London's Aldwych station, a Tube station that opened in 1907 and was last used in 1994. It is often used as a film set and is certainly an amazing location for photography.
Most of the pictures here were taken with a Nikon D3s and 14-24mm f/2.8 Nikon lens. Most shots were done handheld using an ISO of 1600. but a few were shot with a Feisol travel tripod using an ISO of 400.
Post production was done in Lightroom 4 with a couple HDR-ed in PhotoMatix.
I went to Donna Nook a few years ago and spent the weekend getting absolutely frozen but the seals made for great subjects despite the bitter wind and heavy snow. It was so cold that my lens was covered in ice and my fingers suffered from frost bite.
I recently revisited the images, this time with my monochromatic head on. These are the results. I was satisfied with the original colour images, but I am really pleased with what I got by going black & white and opting for the square format. I must go again soon.
I came back from a Kenyan safari very happy with my pictures. I recall making a big pile of colour prints. It was a little while later that I revisited the Raw files and converted the images but this time into monochrome. I used Nik Software's Silver eFex Pro and emulated a fast film for grainy images.
I've been to Hong Kong six times, before and after the handover to of the colony to China. It's a photographer's paradise and there is so much to shoot. My last visit in November 2010 with Welshot Imaging, I came back with over 8000 Raw files.
Shanghai is the only other city I have been to and that was wonderful for pictures too.