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I’ve moved to pixelgreat.com

Pretty much as it says above really- I’ve eventually got round to setting up a self hosted WordPress site at www.pixelgreat.com , so if you’re interested in any more of my musings please head there from now on.

I aim for the blog to be about photography , how my OCD affects it and general art based stuff really. Hope to see you there!

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Blue Light District 

Another shot from over the Christmas period, this time in a street off Carnaby Street in London. I liked the bright boue of the bulbs against the sky.
Again shot with my iPhone, I’ve darkened the sky a bit in Photoshop, increased the vibrance and taken out any distracting street signs.

London calling

Eventually got round to uploading my shots from over Christmas…! Again I went to the King’s Cross area of London over the Christmas break ( I took some shots last year here). King’s Cross was, it’s safe to say, not the nicest of areas 20 years ago. I’d just moved to London and every time I came back from visiting family I’d have to run the gauntlet to get to the Tube. The place wasn’t terrifying or anything, just not….desirable, shall we say.

Now it’s unrecognisable. It’s been gentrified and businesses are moving in ( even’s Google’s UK head office) and with that has come a lot of street art as well as a lot of opportunities for people watching. I love wandering around and seeing what catches my eye, especially as there’s so many shapes from all the new architecture that’s sprung up.The area stretches from behind King’s Cross and St Pancras train stations, both huge stations as St Pancras runs the Eurostar services, and beyond Regent’s Canal to the old train yards behind, they’re all restaurants now. There’s loads of flats/ apartments there now, I’d buy there if I could afford it!

I’ve posted a few shots below, once I get round to cleaning the rest up I’ll post more.

Enjoy.

I shot the last one through glass so there’s a bit of a selfportrait going on there as well…

 

 

Twilight

I just shot this with my iPhone a couple of weeks back while out on a walk. I’m really impressed with the iPhone camera to be honest, I’ve always had “entry market” phones before, to put it politely, and I’d had enough of them going wrong so I coughed up for this 6S that I have now, and the camera is a big bonus!

It had been a lovely sunny winter’s day and the sun was going down behind the hill that I was on. I liked the colours in the sky and that’s what made me dig my phone out.

No editing- only the bodge job of me removing a tree that I didn’t like from the bottom right corner. I’ve got Elements 12 and very little knowledge of editing so the results are plain to see!

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Woodwork

Another couple of shots from my trip to St Albans Cathedral. One thing that always gets me about these places is while everyone gawps at the vast spaces inside, fewer people look at the details- the stonework, the detailing on the pews etc.

I came across a bench with some amazing scrolling woodwork on the ends . I don’t know how old it was, but bearing in mind that I walked past a “poor box” later on ( these are where people would give alms to the destitute) that dated from the 1600’s,it could have been hundreds of years old.

It was pretty dark in there so I whacked the ISO up to 1600, with an f-stop of 2.8 and handheld (as neither tripods or flash are allowed) at 1/6 sec. I’m amazed I managed to get it in focus at that speed to be honest!

As I was leaving by the south transcept door,I wanted to get a shot of that as well. Again handheld by increasing the ISO to max ( 1600 on my Canon 550d) and a exposure time of 1/4 sec. There is some blur on this I’ll be honest but I thought I’d add it anyway!

Enjoy.

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Contemplation

I thought this picture was appropriate at this time of year. It’s from within St Albans Cathedral, which was built in the 11th century , after St Alban who lived in Roman St Albans in the 3rd century.

It’s a beautiful old building, set in an a very picturesque market town. (I posted some pictures from the St Albans conservation area a few months back, and it really is an olde-worlde English look). What made it more attractive the day I went was to escape from the Christmas shopping crowds; there was a marked difference between the streets outside and within the cathedral.

This is an image of the Lady Chapel, on the eastern side of the cathedral. The nave was busy as there was a carol service about to start, but I particularly liked this one, it seems the best fit today. Some time out from consumerism and five minutes to think.

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Blue Monday

Well it’s Tuesday actually but I thought I’d shoehorn a New Order reference in thereto link to more abstract shots that are…..based on the colour blue!

The second one should probably give you a clue as to what I was shooting. I’ve also realised that I never actually talk about what I’ve done or how I did it- this is normally because I’m just experimenting and seeing what happens in terms of how the shots come out.

I’ve always been interested in macro but can’t stretch to a macro lens in terms of cost, so I bought some close up filters for £20 a while back. I keep them just to use on my kit lens, and this time I went the whole hog and stacked all 4 on the lens- a+10,+4,+2 and a +1. That creates a pretty shallow depth of field! It did give me some interesting shots though.

I used a table lamp to sidelight it on my kitchen table, with some blue card underneath it so that I could try and keep the colour constant. Then I used my limited Photoshop knowledge to increase the saturation and tint a bit.

Let me know what you think! ( And also what you think it is!)

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