Southbank Centre Photowalk

Last Tuesday I went with my City & Guilds Level 2 class at Morley college to the Southbank Centre to produce photo essays of the area. I was mostly looking for students to help, here are the images to took though.

Woods & Ancient Woods - Lewes Railway Land

I finally got out with my large format last week, it was great to get back into using it and hopefully there will be plenty more to come.

I visited Lewes Railway Land, Lewes, an area of land near the train tracks and by the river, quite a large area very close to the the town. 

Print Sales - Woods & Ancient Woods

Prints from different projects are now available to buy via the Printspace's Hub

This project is ongoing and hope to add to it very soon!

Images from this set are 12x10 inch prints with a 1 inch white border using the Hahnemühle Pearl paper

https://art.tt/wsj

Print Sales - Night Project

Prints from different projects are now available to buy via the Printspace's Hub 

Here are some images from a project that i completed during my Degree that I am still rather proud of!

Click the link below!

https://art.tt/wss

Green Park to Oxford Street Walk

I had a day off yesterday and went to London to see the Alec Soth show, (more on that later) i took some photos along the way though and here are some of them!

Panoramic Images!

Last Night my City & Guilds Level 3 class and I went out to produce night time landscape and architecture shots, with the specific goal to produce a panoramic image. 

Here is mine photographed in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth park looking towards the sports complex which is all floodlit at night.

Below is how it was edited and merged in Adobe Lightroom CC 

Recent iPhone images from my Kent cycle tour

Its the always to hand camera, multi-talented and ready, and takes some darn good photos!

Most times I end up using my 'proper' camera too but sometimes not, I have got into a thing of shooting square too, I like the format and its different way of composing which is a nice change!

Tyres!

Last week I enjoyed cycling along the Wey Navigation, travelling home from Surrey to Brighton, taking photos along the way. 

Sand, mud, and stones being put in the way of me which was fun to cycle until I got a puncture. In the end I had two punctures and my standby spare tube also bust, no not much fun!

At the weekend i ordered a Schwalbe Marathon Mondial tyre for the rear that was getting all the problems. The Tyre arrived today and it's huge! well its not quite a fat bike but it looks pretty chunky compared to the Continental tyre that still on the front wheel (I will replace soon i am sure!)

I am hoping for less punctures from now on!!!

Along the Wey Navigation

Along the Wey Navigation

My New Schwalbe Marathon Mondial Tyre!

My New Schwalbe Marathon Mondial Tyre!

Pictures of my bike!

Had my new bike for a bit now, done a few miles, here are some pictures!

By the sea in Hove, a lazy sunny day during my holiday

By the sea in Hove, a lazy sunny day during my holiday

Cycling with my nephew in Bushy park

Cycling with my nephew in Bushy park

Waiting for the train at Hove to go to London then cycle round Kent

Waiting for the train at Hove to go to London then cycle round Kent

On top of a rather steep hill near hastings

On top of a rather steep hill near hastings

More to come!!!

Birds by the sea

I was by the beach in Hove and found the sky so beautiful, with the birds flying past and their murmurations above. 

Images from Berwick To Hove cycle

Last week I caught a train and cycled from Berwick back to Hove, passing through Lullington, Seaford, Newhaven to Saltdean then along the under cliff walk to Brighton.

It was a great day weather wise, especially as it poured down the next day. 

Berwick

Berwick

The River Ouse

The River Ouse

Seaford

Seaford

Seaford

Seaford

Newhaven

Newhaven

Newhaven

Newhaven

Telscombe

Telscombe

Saltdean

Saltdean

Saltdean

Saltdean

Near Brighton Marina

Near Brighton Marina

Tea at The Meeting Place Cafe, Hove

Tea at The Meeting Place Cafe, Hove

September Teaching at Morley College

The summer holiday has now begun and a little time to rewind, work on my own photography, and then plan for the next academic year. I am teaching the Level 2 & 3 City and Guilds courses that run all year. I am also teaching courses that either progress through the year from beginners to advanced or like the Lightroom and Photoshop class repeat each term. 

It should be a good year as the courses I am running I have taught many times before and so its a nice case of refining things each year and enjoying helping the students progress and learn the technical and creative side of photography.

Courses: 

(for dates and times and further info click on the url)

DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINNERS

This course is for complete beginners who own a Digital SLR and want to learn some of its functions. Students will learn how to operate their cameras in manual mode, make correct exposures and understand aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/4867-digital_slr_photography_beginners

You can continue your studies after this course with an intermediate and advanced level!

CITY & GUILDS PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 2

City and Guilds Photography Level 2 is ideal if you have some knowledge and skills in photography and you’re interested in developing your skills further. You will work to gain confidence with your camera and experiment with different camera techniques and image editing. You will produce two assignments to complete units 206 and 211. Students require their own camera with manual settings.

http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/4291-city_guilds_photography_level_2

CITY & GUILDS PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 3

City & Guilds Photography Level 3 is ideal if you have extensive photography experience and you want to take your skills to the next level, perhaps to advance in a photography career. You will learn to produce work to a professional standard, producing highly technical images and image editing workflow. You will produce two assignments to complete units 305 & 211.

http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/4292-city_guilds_photography_level_3/22856

IMAGE EDITING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS – ADOBE LIGHTROOM & PHOTOSHOP

With Adobe offering the Photography plan subscription for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop this course is an introduction to getting the best out of both of these programs, making use of the best aspects of the two programs, from the speed of the non-destructive image editing workflow Lightroom offers to the destructive manipulating that Photoshop offers. 

This course is for non-professional and professional photographers who wish to edit and manage their photos in a fast and intuitive way. You will learn how to use Lightroom to edit and perfect your images, organise them and share them. You will also learn when to take your images to Photoshop to use the tools it has to offer. 

http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/5676-image_editing_for_photographers_adobe_lightroom_photoshop/22852

New Bike - Surly Long Haul Trucker

So... I have had my new bike for a couple of weeks now and it seems about time to make a post added to the internet another review singing the Praises of the Surly Long Haul Trucker!

I collected from Mosquito Bikes near Angel Tube and cycled through London to the college, it felt good straight away. I have used it to cycle through London from Victoria to the college every day I was teaching and then last week some longer rides commuting to college. I was staying last week at family in Surrey and so I cycled to London via the Thames towpath and Richmond park, some nice relaxed cycling before central London.

Back to the bike though, with all the cycling last week etc it's been really good to get fully acquainted with the new bike, and well its great!

My bike before the LHT was a Kona Dew Deluxe with 700c wheels which had served me well as a commuter bike for many years, I had been adapting it to make it better for longer trips, but still keeping my eye on the LHT as the bike i'd love. The trouble is I could never transform my Kona into a LHT. We went on a long surrey to Shoreham tow path ride and when we were riding we tried each others bikes, Pete with a full suspension, it was like riding on air. Doug had another Kona but one with 26in wheels and i really noticed the difference and that was a point recently i thought ok rather than keep trying to turn my Dew into a tourer get a proper tourer!

The LHT is super comfy for riding distances, the height of the bars is perfect, nicely upright and relaxed, the chunky 26in tires are great to use after using 700c for ages, running them on a lower pressure through tow paths and gravel etc I am not feeling so achy after rides as I did with the Dew!

3 water bottle cages is great for super thirsty long summer rides, I have got used to changing gears using the bar end shifters, and the brake positions and well generally riding with drop bars.  The gears are great, they are not going to help me go super fast on a flat, but they are so great going up hill as there are some really low gears, I am thinking next year on the London to Brighton I think I may make it all the way up the Beacon!

Its a great bike! 

Waiting for the train

Waiting for the train

Garden photoshoot

Garden photoshoot

Loaded up on the train

Loaded up on the train