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Week 8+1

Posted in Picture of the week, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2011 by brettvanort

Yes, I went hipstamatic this week.  Was out and about during the royal wedding and heard the sound of fighter jets coming nearby.  I managed to get the phone out quick enough to capture this one.  At first I thought not much of it, but the more I looked at the photo I thought it strange that a military flyover coincided with the royal wedding.  Then I realized that beyond the tree in the foreground this exact scene could have been played out over the skies of Libya at that very moment.  With the plethora of imagery coming out of conflict zones on iPhones now that Damon Winter’s work has been validated by POYI awards, I felt this image blurred the lines even more.

So you choose: Sky over Central London or Sky over Libya.

51º 13' 34" N 0º 06' 45" W

Week 32

Posted in Picture of the week with tags , , , , , , on October 17, 2010 by brettvanort

Again, because of film processing/scanning delays this post’s shot was taken weeks ago.

The Pope visited London a few weeks ago.  I had the day off and thought it would be fun to go out with the 5×4 and capture his Pope-mobile in action.  I opted for the crest of Lambeth Bridge so I could get some nice background.  I was struck by the lack of people that were out to see him.  My wife said that this Pope was no John Paul, so people wouldn’t come out in the hordes they used to.  I set up about 90 minutes prior to the declared time for his passing over the bridge.  I was surrounded by photographers, mostly freelance guys with Nikons and Canons.  I got quite a few inquiries about why I was there with a large format film camera, and to be honest I really didn’t have an answer why I was there.  I ended up saying I felt like burning a £5 note in 1/125th of a second.  However, now that I’m looking at the results I don’t feel it was a waste.  I’m not overwhelmed by the results but it gave me a kernel of an idea…have to see if and when it sprouts.

51º 29' 40" N 0º 7' 23" W

Bike Polo

Posted in Work with tags , , , on August 1, 2009 by brettvanort

Another NY Times article.  This was pretty fun to shoot actually.  I’ve never seen drunk guys (and a few girls) be so coordinated.  There were a few times that mallets got caught in the spokes but for the most part the play was all in fun and they watched out for everyone.  The Bike Polo Euros are going on this weekend.  May stop by to have a look tomorrow.

WHACK!!!

WHACK!!!

I do have to say (quietly) that the crop of the second picture in the article…not very good.  Here’s what it’s supposed to look like:

Better?

Better?

Tower Hill

Posted in London Dawn, Personal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2009 by brettvanort

I figured last night that if we are lucky we live to see about 29,000 days (close to 80 years).  I’ve got around 17,000 to go if I’m lucky.  A finite thought but I had it after spending the day at the beach and having the space and time to think.

As I got home at around 10:30pm I used the thought to convince myself to wake up after only about 4 hours sleep.  It took me around an hour to power down so by the time I closed my eyes it was close to midnight.

I really didn’t want to get up and I really didn’t want to go all the way to Tower Hill but I somehow dragged myself out of bed and shiver by ass off waiting for the bus at 4:15.  Once I get off the bus everything switches on though.  Even without coffee or breakfast I’m good to go for a couple hours and what I get to see keeps me going.

5:13 AM

5:13 AM

Lights on the bridge or lights off?  I can’t decide.

5:18 AM

5:18 AM

It’s getting lighter later now.  I don’t really know how much longer I can pursue this as I only have about 30 minutes to work with now until the City starts to pulse, buzz and hum.  By 5:45 cars and trucks are virtually everywhere and by 6:15 forget about it, there are pedestrians everywhere and the London that I own for myself for about an hour is gone.  Given up to everyone else to use.

5:39 AM

5:39 AM

I’ll keep at it.  At least until I head to Bosnia and Kosovo.  Looks like I’ll be headed there around mid-August.  Then back here for a few days until I leave for Hopi Nation and other things August 28.

Animals

Posted in Personal with tags , , , on July 26, 2009 by brettvanort

I moved into this place in February.  One of the selling points for me was the view.  Here it is in all its splendor and glory.

Puffy clouds don't exsist in LA.

Puffy clouds don't exsist in LA.

Now, the four smoke stacks are the Battersea Power Station in the distance.  If you enjoy Pink Floyd, like I do, you will note that if it wasn’t for the band this could very well be just another view.  But my listening to Pink Floyd enhanced many evenings.  And when I went flat hunting in London and saw this I thought, “this is one of London’s version of the Hollywood sign.”  Of course there are many iconic images in this city from 20 St. Mary Axe (the gerkin) to Parlaiment and Buckingham Palace but for reasons known (Floyd) and unknown (drug use + Floyd) this one sticks out the most to me.  So I’m more than happy that this is what I can look out to almost every day.

When and if it starts to look like this:

AKKKK!

AKKKK!

I will have to move!

I was up until 1:30 am last night so I didn’t go out this morning.  I still have to have fun every now and then, right?

Waterloo

Posted in London Dawn, Personal with tags , , , , , on July 25, 2009 by brettvanort

I’ve started to reserve the commter centers, major train stations, busy tube stops etc, for the weekends.  I hope that they won’t be so busy.  As this is my first full weekend back from my getaway I’ll be going out both days.  Today was Waterloo.  I’m probably more familiar with the inside of this one than most as my wife’s two cousins live in different towns serviced by Southwest Trains.  The inside was not familiar without the amount of people though.

5:06 AM

5:06 AM

Of course I couldn’t get a shot without ANY people.  It was impossible inside but this was the best I could do.  Outside was a bit easier although I really had to wait.

5:35 AM

5:35 AM

The light got better and better and I believe I have a better shot on film as I reserved those few moments when there was no one around for the film camera.  As it grew more and more light more people started showing up.  Everyone that had a happy snappy took a shot of their own as they walked past.  The sunrise was great today.

Roundabout

5:53 AM

Tomorrow it’s King’s Cross.

Covent Garden

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2009 by brettvanort

Not the greatest sunrise today.  No low clouds to catch the light early and bounce it back and light up the sky pink.  But there were a few low clouds to break up the pool of light forming in the East.  Shot the market from the front so it was backlit first.  There is about a ten minute window to get this shot with the dynamic range my digial has.  Film of course there is more and with a little burning in the darkroom I imagine you have about 30 minutes.

Front backlit

4:59 AM

A graduated ND filter would make all the difference, but I don’t have that kind of cash for a mattebox and filter (think I would go with an ND.06, thanks to working with Mr. Mackenzie).

5:10 AM

5:10 AM

Here’s the reverse and of course it was easier to work with but not as exciting.  The trash is kind of distracting but what are you going to do.  Seems that everyone is paying attention to the sign painted on the road.  Oh, but I kid!!!

5:06 AM

5:06 AM

Inside the market, where it is usually jammed with tourists.

5:19 AM

5:19 AM

Ok, fine.  Yes I did take a picture of the phones.  Just like a tourist would.  But five of them?  I mean when was the last time all five were used simultaneously?  THAT would make a good photograph…hmmmmm.

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