Photo of the week 1

Sunday Stills 1

Four cockatoos sitting in a tree
Gangster Cockatoos

Taken in Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia.

I was fooling with the clouds – trying to get more texture, when I clicked on a preset filter. It changed the mood immediately and made me think of the Saprono’s. My cheeky cockatoos had suddenly become gangsters!

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.  ISO 125 78mm f4.0 1/3200s

Edited in Lightroom with Splendid Day filter from Digital Photography School download

Photographers at work

When I travel I like to develop a theme (and often a sub-theme) for my photos so that I can have a  unifying element in the photo books I make. It is an underlying thread that doesn’t direct my flow but,  if I see it and it catches my eye; I will take the shot. For example when I went to France for my 50th birthday I took photos of house numbers from 1 – 50. The 50 was the last page of the book. (BTW I missed number 26 and had to get one from the interwebs)  In Italy a couple of years before that I took, photos of doors. When I was in America in 2012,  I took photos on a red, white and blue theme. Incidentally, I only took red white and blue clothes with me so in selfies I would fit the theme. (I know I know….what can I say!)

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On my recent trip to New York I decided to take photos of photographers, professional and otherwise; taking photos. I had some fun, met some people when they caught me out and got a few good shots. Here are a few of the results.

I took the series above in Freeman Alley in the Bowery District. I went there to take some street graffiti pictures but found these fellows posing. I started chatting to the photographer and we had a bit of a laugh. You can find his work at @iamjustiniano on Instagram.

This series is on the Pebble Beach at DUMBO in Brooklyn. The engagement shoot was gate crashed by a photography tour who had set up for the sunset behind Brooklyn Bridge.

The photographer wanted her to hold that big wrench in a particular way and she just wasn’t getting it!

I am guessing these ones in fashionable SOHO were for Instagram.

Assorted selfies.

These final ones below aren’t great photos in their own right and were in the reject pile but these people were all taking photos of a red tail falcon which was eating a pigeon in a tree. It turned into a little community for a few minutes with people sharing their shots.

I nearly always take photos of myself in reflections like this one. If I pass a mirror I can’t resist! A reflection and a mirror? Heaven!

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al la Vivian Maier!