London 2014 was a great weekend, lots of fun, a great crowd, great model, food and a good mix of shooting and learning. Max Coomber, Colin Polson, Jane Pinel, John Knight, Caroline Knight, Corey Rive, Stuart Mauger and Katalin Kallo (model) joined us for an exciting away weekend!
We arrived in London on Saturday morning and made our way to the Hotel at Waterloo. After meeting our Model Katalin and Corey Rive who was kind enough to offer to help out we went to our first location, the skate park on the south bank, it’s a great venue with a grungy feel and more graffiti than you can shake a stick at!! We started with some natural light pictures to give a narrow depth of field and the coloured background out of focus. Next we underexposed the daylight and used a flash light to pick out Katalin and give a fashion look.
Next stop was Westminster, some hard light used to overpower the direct light from the mid day sun. It’s great to have a powerful light, it makes all the difference and gives a high end edgy fashion look. It’s great to have sun too, I think I caught the sun a bit
Next stop was the Millennium Bridge, it was a very busy day and we used some hard light to get a similar hard edge look to Westminster but also tried some long exposures. Due to the bright light we had to use a 10 stop filter (provided by Jane) to shorten our shutter speed.
The final stop of Saturday was St James’s Park. The sun was low in the sky and we finished off the way we started, natural light and a reflector. We went through all the lighting setups needed to take some great pictures on the day. After sundown we headed out to the South Bank to take some pictures of Big Ben and the Millennium Wheel lit up. There were a lot of photographers out, it’s a popular spot for some classic London nocturnal views. We made it to Covent garden for a very late dinner and a drink, day one was fantastic.
Day two concentrated on street photography, it’s a great way of using your eyes to look for interesting compositions and capturing some of the atmosphere and character of the streets. Homeless people (who I’m sure make a few pounds from us photographers) and people going about their daily business. We found all sorts including someone dressed as a wolf, skaters and people having a break at work.
The weekend was punctuated with a good few stops for coffee and cake, it’s crucial to pace the trip to get the best out of it and have regular reviews.
Have a good look at everyone’s pictures and see what a great time everyone had.
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