My interest in all things art based have been with me since a child. At school art lessons would get you using all kind of drawing and painting mediums, but as I got to doing my GCSE and AS level art I heavily focused on acrylic paint, photography, computer editing and screen printing. After this my technology based university course put pay to most of my creative outlets for many years. More recently I’ve ended up back having a number of creative hobbies that have turning into paying jobs, alongside DJing I’ve been doing a lot of graphic design work, and as probably evident form this blog, photography!
“I’ve set my self a challenge to try out a new art medium every month”
Yesterday I found myself missing the hands on art mediums where you put something on paper… or canvas, or a car, or whatever! I found myself wanting to drag myself away from my keyboard, mouse, stylus, and camera, and get my hands dirty again. So I’ve set my self a challenge to try out a new art medium every month, or to revisit one from the past.
I hope to try this every month, but sometimes I’m sure I’ll be too busy… lets see.
First up – for April I’ve picked Charcoal. I’ll write a post on this when I’m done with Charcoal, and also when/(if) I’ve made any worthwhile progress I’ll post up my creations on Instagram.
This was my first every trip to Africa, so was very excited. So much so I’d managed to not totally check out all the settings on my X-T1, and the night before at my brothers wedding, after a few to many shandys I’d managed to switch from my usual RAW+jpeg mode to jpeg only. I only realised this after I got back and had copied over the photos to my computer. Not only was it my first ever time not shooting RAW, I also had no idea I was doing so. I ended up using a mix of iPhone and X-T1, both shooting straight to jpeg.
Anyway, I started off my trip in the old town of Marrakech, the Medina, staying in a traditional Riad.
iPhone 6s | f/2.2 1/17 | ISO 250
iPhone 6s | f/2.2 1/17 | ISO 250
The Marrakech museum is a beautiful building on it’s own without the art, well worth a visit.
My first time to Montreal, and I really liked the City and its residents. A fun friendly city with lots of charm and a fantastic night life, which was my main reason for going. I got to experience a totally amazing set by Ben Klock at the fantastic night club Stereo. I timed it right as this turned out to be one of my highlights when it comes to events, and I’m told one of the best nights Stereo have seen.
Now I did take my camera, but a few days of rain meant it didn’t come out too often. (Mainly me being lazy!) But did get some fun shots on the nicer days. (I did miss getting any shots of the snow!)
Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm 1/100 | f11 | ISO 200 | Monochrome film
I really liked how downtown had grown up around the old buildings and churches, creating some really interesting vistas with really contrasting materials and designs.
This is the first time I got to take my X-T1 out on my Travels, because I’ve not been travelling since I got it! I originally bought it to be my travel camera, but it has already become my go to camera for everything, and I’m on the verge of putting my 7D on eBay.
I only had 3 days and my plan was to do as little as possible, so days 1 & 2 were spent on the beach, and my camera in it’s bag. Day 3 I spent exploring, and headed up through old town up to the chateau.
A couple of weekends ago I went down to Eastbourne (for the first time ever) with the family for the Airshow, which gave me the opportunity for another day of photography well outside of my comfort zone. I’m really enjoying doing this now, as it is making me think harder about my shots. Anything that makes you do some extra thinking about photography is always a good thing!
The most suitable lens for my Fujifilm X-T1 I have for this is the XF 18-135mm lens (giving me a 216mm equivalent at the long end) so I wasn’t planning on getting any close-ups.
Also this was my first outing with the v4 firmware for the X-T1, so was looking forward to a real world testing of the new autofocus system.
I don’t think I got any amazing shots, and don’t think I’m going to become an obsessive aeroplane photographer 🙂 …but here are some of the ones I like….
So to the Airshow… this takes place over Eastbourne beach, which gives the whole thing a rather unique feel.
Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm \\ 135mm 1/500 | f9 | ISO 200 | Pro Nag. Hi
I believe that was a Vulcan bomber, amazing thing to watch the huge thing glide so gently though the sky, making a huge amount of noise!