Sunday
Jul272014

Royal de Luxe

Let Sleeping Giants Lie

So, the Giants returned.  And Liverpool responded in style.  Big style.  I have never seen so many people in Liverpool for any event as there were this weekend.  It was insane but good natured.  It could have got ugly, but it didn't.  There were issues, for sure, with so many people around wanting a look, that's inevitable, but we did get a look.  And what a look it was.  This seemed to me to be a game changer - it was massive - much, much bigger than 2 years ago.  It was hard work, but it was immensely satisfying.  Liverpool's on a roll anyway just now.  It has just punched a very long way above it's weight.

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Xolo

We Need a Car

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

Royal de Luxe

 

Tuesday
Jul152014

Mono

Mono

Liverpool's newest car builder has a stand at Mann Island for the International Festival for Business showing off their wares.  Apart from the one they built earlier, they're doing a live build of a brand new car.  Cool to see how it progresses.  I was down there taking a few shots when I was invited in to get closer.  Nice one. Perfect for the fish eye.

 

Mono

Mono

Tuesday
Jul082014

The Dazzle Ship & The People Who Made Her

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Carlos Cruz-Diez has created a Dazzle Ship in Liverpool as a part of both the Biennial and in recognition of the centenary of the start of WWI. The idea of the patterns was to confuse the German submarines as to the speed of the ships. No one can prove that it worked, but I'd like to think it helped.

The thing that struck me when taking these shots was that everybody involved loved the idea.  There was a webcam set up so Carlos could see the progress.  The painters were well in to it - they all came from Cammell Laird and they loved the exercise of shifting the pattern along the ship.

The Making of the Dazzle Ship

The Making of the Dazzle Ship

The Making of the Dazzle Ship

The Making of the Dazzle Ship

The Making of the Dazzle Ship

Monday
Jul072014

Shiverpool

Last week I had a really lovely time shooting the crew from Shiverpool.  We started at the Victoria Monument on Derby Square and then meandered our way around the original seven streets of Liverpool.  A genuinely interesting tour with shivers (obv.) and tales of death and pestillence thrown in.  This tour was specially put on for some film and TV types who were location scouting in Liverpool, I'l bet it whetted their appetites for more.  Added bonus was the trip to the roof of the Town Hall.  

Oh, and the couple with the flowers.  They were a side show, deliberately placed to confuse.

 

Shiverpool

Shiverpool

Shaving Accident

Shiverpool

Shiverpool

Shiverpool

Shiverpool

Shiverpool

Shiverpool

Shiverpool

Monday
Oct282013

Nokia Lumia 1020

Man | Head | Bucket

About a month ago I had a review copy of a Nokia Lumia 1020 to test.  Here was, apparently, a phone that had a camera that would appeal to photographers.  41MP don't you know?  That's gonna do it.  Photographers just love big numbers and 41's a pretty big one.  Bigger than your pesky DSLR, that's for sure.  Nice try, Nokia, but it didn't work.  Oh, it's a fine camera, as the shots here demonstrate.  Quick, responsive auto focus and all of that.  Nice control of light, colour and tone.  I always edit in Lightroom, and that's what has happened here.  I was well pleased with the results and for the 2 weeks that I had it I didn't use any other camera.  I think you'll agree that there are some decent photos in this post.  It's a great camera for street shooting and I really appreciated the exposure bracketing function, too, for HDR editing.  Capable and versatile are words that fit this camera well.

But there was also a serious issue with this camera.  41MP, but I'm limited to using jpgs.  This is a camera aimed at photographers.  Where's the RAW file option?  Nope.  There isn't one.  When I talked about the Nokia 920 I said that the lack of RAW files was an issue and so it is with the 1020.  I cannot begin to imagine a camera that is aimed at photograpers and lauded by people like Bailey & Weber not having a RAW function.  It beggars belief, really.

So, I sent it back as requested.  There was no requirement from Nokia for me to do anything else.  I wasn't required, or even asked, to write a review.

And then I see that a light has shone in Nokia's window.  A new version of its camera app can apparently shoot RAW files.  Now, that to me is a game changer.  Too late, unfortunately - I've just got a new iPhone.  But, if it's correct that the Nokia can shoot RAW, then it is well worth looking at.  I'll just have to wait until my contract expires.  Unless they want to send me another one.

Festival Gardens

Saharaa

The Dream

Liverpool Sunset

Mathew Street

Oh Me Oh My