Thursday, 31 December 2009

In bath, for new year

Originally uploaded by Scotty "H"
Sorry, the should read in Bath, or even more accurately in a Clarks shoe shop which is the sort of thing one does when it's a) chucking it down outside and b) Shirley has to take back a pair of shoes.

Both a) and b) seem to happen a lot.

Later we hope to go to the baths in Bath. I strongly suspect that I will not be able to take my camera.

I've posted a few pics to Flickr (follow the link in the pic) caught out in the rain but the weather is looking good for the first few days of the next decade so Scott the photographer should see some extensive photo action on the streets.

All the best for 2010 to anyone reading this!

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Happy Christmas!

Originally uploaded by Scotty "H"
My Christmas image this year is one that I capture back in February when the snows hit my home town village in Surrey, here in the UK. It sold on Alamy a few weeks ago and was used double spread by a German magazine.

Best wishes to everyone.


Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Edward Davey MP; saving money on postage?

I moved house in October, out of Kingston where Edward Davey was my MP, into Worcester Park (haven't a clue, but probably a Tory).

My post is redirected. I received a letter from the Post Office stating that there's a letter waiting for me with underpaid postage. Thinking it might be something important I duly paid £1.30 to receive.... a letter from Edward Davey. It had no postage at all on the envelope - but what was more interesting is the statement inside stating "Printed and delivered at no cost to the taxpayer".

Quite right about no cost to the taxpayer - I paid to have this junk mail delivered! And £1 over the odds. I went to his website on 1 December and wrote the nice balanced email....

I have just received your letter "produced and delivered at no cost to taxpayers". But this was after having to pay the Post Office £1.30 to find out who had sent me, my wife and daughter a letter with insufficient postage applied.
So should I have received it for free? Have the Post Office got this wrong?
I look forward to hearing from you

Surprise! I've still to get a reply.....

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Terror photographers use mobile phones - video evidence emerges!

Further to my suggestion a couple of posts ago that terrorists do not carry around cameras with large lenses on tripods to carry out 'hostile reconnaissance' but are far more likely to use a mobile phone, it's good to see that the police already know this and have just published footage of a 'suspected terror cell' in action. I just hope that the same footage will now be used in police training.

See BBC article on terror cell photographers in action.

Aside from the size of the camera I would also suggest that the longer a photographer loiters with a camera in a location fiddling knobs, aligning tripod legs and generally doing things that seem a complete waste of time the more likely the person is likely to be a photographer. A terrorist would be someone who moves into position, whips out the camera phone, takes a quick shot and then moves off.

Hopefully such points are made in training because to the extent they are not, or not acted on in the field, it means that police (and just as worryingly) security people are getting distracted and simply missing the correct targets. One day it may cost lives.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

The Hope and Anchor, Islington

Had a night out last night to see the band Kismetik, led by Gerard who I know through friends. It took me back to the late seventies and early eighties when I remember seeing Doctor Feelgood here in a memorable packed gig.

I was trying out my Canon G11 while my chum and fellow photographer David Luckins was trying out a nice new 50mm f1.8 on his Sony DSLR. I've loaded his and my best images to Flickr. Follow the link behind the image to see the gig photos on Flickr.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Christ Church, Greyfriars, London

Went out shooting on the streets today. I could not resist taking photos of this magnificent church (by Wren) but this ugly bank building was in the way.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Panic on the streets of London

Just got myself a little Canon G11 and I'm going to hit the streets of London tomorrow to test it out. It's going to be nice not having to lug the heavy DSLR gear around but will it produce images that will be acceptable to the various image libraries to which I contribute photos?

We'll find out.

But many of the images I get will fit firmly in the 'arty street photography' category and because I will not have a 'big camera' I'm unlikely to attract anybody's attention.

The Guardian are picking up a story today of the photographer Grant Smith being descended upon by no less than seven police officers in four vehicles after daring to take pictures of a church that happened to be adjacent to the London offices of Bank of America / Merrill Lynch. The story also has been dealt with in the online edition of the British Journal of Photography, here and here.

What never ceases to amaze me is that IF terrorists wanted images of this American bank then would they not choose to get them surreptitiously using LITTLE cameras or more likely MOBILE PHONES knowing that security staff incredibly only seem to pick on people with BIG cameras.

In fact they really need not even visit the street at all when there are already hundreds of photos of Bank of America London on sites like Flickr and Alamy!

So what really is in the head of the security people? It was the bank's security who called the police, wasting their time when the police could have been pursuing bank robbers or real terrorists even. My feeling is that security people are bored and want to push their weight around. And from his own account of events, Grant Smith was having none of that.