Posts by tag: gnpc

Southend Street Shoot

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 21st April 2013

I went to Southend-on-Sea today to make the most of the sunny weather, meeting up with some friends from GNPC for a street shoot. We wandered about along the promenade for a few hours enjoying the sunshine – at last it feels like Spring! A shelter along the Prom made it for Day #1938; I also chose a biker for my Mono post today. Here are some more favourites:

Circus Reflections

Circus Reflections

Pincer Movement

Pincer Movement

Alien Skin

Alien Skin

And here are the rest from the day:

Chelmsford Photowalk #38

Posted by Caz on Monday, 27th February 2012

We didn’t get to do a walk in January, and I thought I might be on my own this month, but in the end I was able to combine CFDPW38 with the GNPC Special Interest Group‘s trip to see Point to Point racing at Marks Tey yesterday.

The course is great for access – as long as you are sensible and stay out of the horses’ way, you’re pretty much allowed where you like. This meant some great vantage points to catch the races in progress.

I took along my 100-400mm EF f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM lens for some shots. It’s a monster, but I use it all too infrequently and thought it would be a great opportunity to get the best out of it. The sun was in and out all afternoon – when it shone, the light was glorious. This shot nearly made it for Day #1518:

Flying Over Fence Two

Flying Over Fence Two

Here are the rest of the collection:

GNPC Photowalk – London

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 31st July 2011
WILL

WILL

We had a very long and tiring day out in London with GNPC today. Starting off in St. Katharine’s

Dock, our assignment was to find something which represented the docks but eliminated the clutter. My favourite shot from the morning was this one of WILL [see left]. I enjoyed the walk there, as I haven’t been for many years. Then we headed off along the Thames Path on the north bank to Trafalgar Square, where we were able to grab some lunch amid the chaos of the tourists.

Eros And The Blue Sky

Eros And The Blue Sky

Next stop was Piccadilly Circus where the brief was to find something iconic to take, whilst still trying to be original. That’s quite difficult at such a well-photographed location. My offering was a simple view of Eros with the blue sky and a con trail behind him [see right]

We escaped the early afternoon heat by visiting the Royal Academy to see their Eyewitness exhibition (Hungarian photography of the 20th Century). It was a mixed bag, I thought – some images were really inspiring, others were rather dull. Sometimes from the same photographer! Ah well, I guess art is very subjective.  We also enjoyed a drink or ice cream in the courtyard, during which time I took my image for Day #1308.

Smoke Break - Camden

Smoke Break - Camden

Our final stop on the itinerary was a trip to Camden Market. Suggested subjects were three candid images from the streets and three strangers. The place was absolutely heaving on a Sunday afternoon (we should have known) and to be honest I found it so busy it was overwhelming. I hate crowded places at the best of times, and didn’t really feel my creativity was helped by such circumstances.

I did manage a few candid shots, including these two guys smoking (shot from the hip). But I drew a blank on the strangers, I just could not get into the right frame of mind to approach people.

Six Round Windows

Six Round Windows

So I decided to leave the others to have more fun and set off to Docklands for a quieter evening! I had some dinner at Canary Wharf and then hopped on the tube to North Greenwich to see the Ravensbourne College building next to the O2 – a striking bit of architecture which I’ve been eager to photograph since I first saw pictures of it a few weeks ago. It was a nice relaxed way to end with. Here are my other images from the day:

GNPC Photowalk – Back To Heybridge

Posted by Caz on Friday, 29th July 2011
At on his boat

At on his boat

GNPC organised a trip to Heybridge Basin last night and it was very well attended. We went last summer, and decided to return again. There was some interesting light just as we arrived, and it then clouded over for a bit (time to grab some dinner at the local pub). eventually the sun poked through once more before finally setting for the evening.

I was very pleased to be able to add another stranger to my project – At is from Holland [see above] and had sailed over from the Hook! You can see his portrait and full story on my Strangers Blog.

I was also testing out the Canon 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM lens which a friend had lent me for a few days. It’s very good for getting everything in when you’re working in a confined space. I’m impressed and am investigating getting one for myself!

Here is a selection of my other images from the evening:

War And Peace

Posted by Caz on Monday, 25th July 2011
Thoughtful Soldier

Thoughtful Soldier

On Friday I enjoyed a day out to the 2011 War And Peace show at Paddock Wood with some friends from the GNPC. It’s apparently Europe’s largest gathering of vintage military vehicles and there are also plenty of people there in costume for the re-enactment sessions and living history displays. There was loads to see, and I was pleased to be able to photograph another 10 strangers for my project.

Although I chose Three Star GI as my picture of the day (something which I felt best represented the whole day), I was also very pleased with this candid portrait of a German soldier, which nearly pipped the other one. Here is my full selection of images from the day: