Today I went to Birmingham for a street photography session hosted by Jessops, Fujifilm and award winning wedding photographer Kevin Mullins. It was an informative session with Kevin talking about his methods for shooting both street photography and weddings. He also went over his post production process after a practical demonstration/shooting session outside. Thanks to both Kevin and Liz from Fuji for answering all of my questions and giving me the chance to try out the new 16-55mm 2.8 zoom lens (which I don't think I'm going to buy just yet, as handy as it may be, I think I prefer using my primes).
None of the below images are from the session, as I only shot one image then that I kinda liked. These were all taken beforehand while I killed some time and actually ended up killing too much time, as I got the start time wrong and was late! Anyway, while a little less grand in scale than some of the architecture featured in the last post, here's a few shots from a wander round Birmingham city centre.
Well here they are, photos from a trip I've wanted to make for a very long time. While I had every intention of making this a "photography" trip, taking my time wandering the streets, composing carefully, looking for unique shots that haven't already been done a millions times over by the endless sea of tourists that descend on the city every day, it turned out to be the complete opposite. It was tiring and hectic, and photography was very much at the bottom of the list of things to do. Which may have been for the best as you can just end up viewing everything through a viewfinder and not actually experience anything while you're there. The simple pleasure of spending the whole time looking up and around, taking in the views and magnificent architecture, and experiencing all the city had to offer was worth a few lost photo opportunities.
I've decided to forgo the advice listed by most photographers/bloggers about whittling down sets to the absolute very best photos, with clear, recurring themes. Instead consider this a slightly upgraded, snapshots-album, peppered with random shots that I can't help but like and want to share, with the tenuous link of all being shot in New York. Maybe you'll like them too.
As always if you can view them on a bigger screen, desktop/laptop/tablet, please do (click the image for a larger, sharper version). I promise it's worth it! Enjoy.