I just took a walk around my local park to test drive my feelings about purchasing either a 35 mm or 50mm Prime Lens. I used my kit lens from my D90 set up, 18-105mm and set the lens alternately from 35 and 50mm between shots.
This was an interesting exercise in composing shots, using my feet to "zoom in" a little closer to my subject as seen in the Rose image.
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I saw an interesting video on Yout Tube earlier today about the composition of shots which I thought was very useful. I thought I would challenge myself to see if I could discover anything interesting about the neighborhood I live in and capture some interesting shots.
I still have my original Canon 35 mm Camera from my days of shooting 35mm film. I have come to appreciate the value of thinking about my shots before pressing the shutter. Digital media can make for "lazy" photography, something I want to avoid. Just like a great piece of magic, the effect begins in the mind first and is then translated through the medium of playing cards, coins or a camera, that's the real magic.
As a new student of photography, most of my previous photographs were taken in "Auto Mode". Since coming out of this basic function, I discovered some photographs that were taken a year ago which I felt where worthy of including on this website. My reasons for doing so were very simple - I came to the realisation that I don't need to travel far to experience some really amazing sights worth of photographing.
One such place was Swanage which is just west of Bournemouth. This coastal town has some amazing sights which you can view by clicking on the image.
Kunming was one of my favourite cities in China. The first thing that struck about this beautiful place was the fact that it was the only city in China where I experienced blue sky.
This may sound really strange but throughout my tour, all of the cities I visited was covered by a blanket of white smog. Kunming was the one city where the weather was absolutely glorious.
The city was dominated by numerous skyscrapers and yet didn't feel as claustrophobic as New York City. I mention New York because Kunming has the same vibrant energy. The traffic was a competition for the next available space on the roads. Every motorist fought for himself, the pedestrians plus people on mopeds all in a hurry to get someplace fast. The images I captured reflects the city in the full flow of life, intention and energy – I loved it.
The weather last Sunday was absolutely beautiful. I decided to go for a camera walk. I met up with my friend Valentino and we took a long walk from Maida Vale up to Primrose Hill, and down into Regent's Park.
I was immediately struck by the beauty of my neighbourhood- the view from the top of Primrose Hill was spectacular. I wasn't the only photographer who felt the same. There were many others who had the same intention as I did. The beauty of London spoke to me and many moments were captured that I felt reflected a truly wonderful afternoon, just walking and appreciating this great city I live in.
This first blog post expresses my deep gratitude for my career as a professional magician. My passion for the craft of magic has opened the doors to many wonderful opportunities to travel to exotic locations around the world.
Last month, I was invited to perform in Beijing. My three week stay in China allowed me the chance to visit some of the most extraordinary places I have ever seen. My trip culminated with a visit to The Great Wall of China.
Nothing prepared me for this extraordinary experience. My only regret is that my skill as a photographer was basic at best. Nevertheless, the photos I took represents the beginning of my desire to become a more competent photographer. When I came home, I looked at the photos I had taken and instinctively knew there was a lot more for me to learn about this fascinating subject. If you'd like to see more of the photos that were taken, click on the image to be taken to my gallery.
I am really excited about my new adventure into the world of photography. I recently enrolled on a series of programs and training seminars which hopefully will expand my education and passion for capturing magical moments, and the humanity of people around the world.
Magician, Lecturer, Speaker.