Since embarking on this adventure with my camera, I have begun to see London through a brand-new set of eyes. The eyes I am referring to is the internal vision of the mind. This ability to see through thoughts and feeling is the access to creativity.
I have said previously that the best camera in the world exist right between my ears - my "Brain". My mind, thoughts and eyes are now working together in a way I never could have imagined since learning the craft of image creation.
The ability to see the "shot" before the camera reaches my eye is magical.
The famous photographer Jay Maisel is quoted to have said,"when I go out and shoot, I go out "empty", no agenda, I let the shot come to me". This is an amazing feeling, this experience of emptiness, no attachment to the outcome and yet committed to the process.
The following shots came to me today - it was a long walk and I ended up at my final stop, Tower Bridge, where I caught The Blue Hour of the day and the famous sculpture, "The Lady and the Dolphin".
I hope you enjoy this collection.x
Photography is such a demanding subject, there is so much to learn from a technical point of view. When it comes to post processing, it can get even more demanding learning the in and out of Lightroom and Photoshop.
This time last year I was intimidated by the notion of shooting RAW, I knew what it meant, however, I had no idea what you could do with a raw negative in digital format. My friend Umbreen Hafeez said to me on a recent shoot, "I had no idea what shooting raw meant, however I knew intuitively I could do something interesting with it". This simple conversation inspired me to dig a little deeper into the possibilities of what shooting raw could mean for my photography.
I have to say, shooting raw has now become a habit, simply because, it is the best way of preserving my images and creating real art with them. I have never shot and developed Raw Film Negatives, I can only imagine what that process must have felt like to photographers of old - seeing an image appear on photographic paper has to be one of the most magical experiences for a photographer.
In my day job as a magician, I can relate to this in as much as having in my mind an image of the desired effect, and bringing that effect to life with a deck of cards or a handful of coins, it is truly wonderful.
Since I've been shooting Raw it has been amazing to see how much detail in a digital image gets captured and then revealed in the post processing procedure. I have been absolutely blown away by how much information gets captured by my tiny sensor and a DX sensor at that when shooting Raw. This is the closet I can get to processing film on photograph Raw mode and with a little post processing added a little extra PUNCH to the final image.
I think it's safe to say I'll be shooting Raw from now on, that is not to say that JPEGs don't have their place, no, as I learned from Bryan Peterson, my JPEGs will be generated from a Raw Digital Negative – now that's magic.