Category Archives: photography

(almost) total eclipse of the sun…

Blimey, it’s not like me to be current on this blog but when an eclipse of the sun conveniently appears through your living room window it would seem churlish not to act upon it. Isn’t it weird how elemental it all got, the sudden fading of light and it got so/even colder and is it just me or did everything go a bit quiet?? Anyway not having any fancy filters or glasses or anything, i was glad when the clouds rolled in as it meant i could actually look at this marvelous thing…

IMG_7231…no it’s not the moon, it’s the eclipse of the sun as viewed from the southside of Edinburgh at 10.26am (i think we got an eclipse of round about a max 94%).

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young photographers #2: more action poses…

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…More fantastic action shots from my young photography class (see previous post here):

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As I have said before in this blog, apart from the fact that it’s always going to be useful to know how to take a decent photograph, if this skill is combined with Photoshop abilities it can be the start to a vocational career for these kids.

young photographers #1: action poses…

DSCN0359i took this shot of Bhavani Prasad, but all the images in the slide show were taken by my students.

Admittedly it’s not always easy to manage a class of extremely excited children who have been given a camera for the first time. However I wanted all age groups I taught to have the opportunity to take photography lessons so this year i brought three extra “kid proof” cameras with me. A lot can be learned through photography; composition, how light works, movement and how it affects a photograph, team work, cooperation, patience and perseverance…

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I also think that the responsibility and trust that comes with handing over a piece of equipment to manage and use themselves proved to be a valuable lesson and also a boost to their self esteem.

Will post plenty more as so many great photos were taken

i’m crushing your head…

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I have been doing photography classes with my kids…it means that they take a LOT of pictures of me, most of which i delete, but i like this one…10 out of 10 for creativity!

ps did anyone get the “kids in the hall” reference in the titile of this post?

serendipity and the requested portrait…

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This boy asked me to take his portrait at twilight in a nearby village from the orphanage, where am staying, i wasn’t going to as i was keen to walk back before dark (there is very little lighting and snakes etc like to come out in the cool of the evening). Lucky i did though, i was on a longish exposure when a motorbike drove behind him at the EXACT right moment…sometimes when the shutter clicks on your camera, you know you’ve got a got shot…Hurray for happy accidents!