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Gun Wharf Quay and Spinnaker Tower

Last Friday was a significant day for me. Earlier in the year I had agreed with my business partners that as from the 1st October I would reduce the numbers of days I work each week, from five to four days, electing to take Friday as my day off. The 5th October was therefore the first Friday I didn’t go into work, which left me free to do something completely different to what I would normally do on that day of the week. I decided to head on down to Portsmouth and Gun Wharf Quay in particular, to take a few shots of Spinnaker Tower and its immediate surroundings. It was good fun, I didn’t go inside any of the shops although I was questioned by a security officer who must have assumed I worked for a terrorist organisation! I can’t blame him for questioning me, he was only doing his job. In fact once we got talking he was quite interested and liked some of the shots I had taken.

Here are selection of the images, all taken with the Olympus EM5 and as is usually the case with my workflow, imported into Lightroom and converted into Black and White with Silver Efex Pro2.

Spinnaker Tower – an unusual but symmetrical approach to this very tall structure
12mm f10 1/500 ISO200

Spinnaker Tower

Spinnaker Tower looking across the harbour – a much more traditional approach
12mm f13 1/320 ISO200

Spinnaker Tower across the harbour

A statue near the entrance to the Historic Dockyard with the tower in the background
45mm f3.5 1/4000 ISO200

Spinnaker Tower and sculpture

A Ship’s Head again with the tower in the background
45mm f4 1/4000 ISO200

Ships Head and Spinnaker Tower

The rigging of the ‘Old Warrior’ ship – part of the Historic Dockyard
45mm f4.5 1/3200

The Old Warrior, ships rigging

A view across Portsmouth Harbour
45 f6.3 1/500 ISO200

Portsmouth harbour

The ‘Ship Leopard’ pub now closed down
45mm f4 1/1000 ISO200

Closed down pub in Portsmouth

The pedestrian walkway leading to Gun Wharf Quay and its shops
12mm f13 1/8 ISO200

Entrance to Gun Wharf Quay

A Busker in Gun Wharf, fiddling for a drink perhaps?
78mm f5 1/1000 ISO 200

The Busker

An old dockyard crane in front of No. 1 Apartment Block
67mm f6.3 1/800 ISO200

No 1 Apartment block and crane

Another unusual angle looking up at Spinnaker Tower
12mm f10 1/500 ISO200

Spinnaker Tower

The Characters of the Goodwood Revival Meeting

There are two major elements to the Goodwood Revival Meeting. Firstly the wonderful machinery (the cars, the aircraft and the motor bikes) and secondly the people who attend and frankly make this event what it is today. In the past I have concentrated on the former but this year I decided that I would work harder to capture images of the characters, their outfits and through them the spirit of the event itself.

In an earlier blog entry I made it clear that all my images this year would be in ‘black and white’ and through this medium I think the mood of the event is further enhanced.

With one exception all the photographs have been taken using the Olympus EM5, imported into Lightroom and converted into black and white using Silver Efex Pro.

The Rocker
Olympus EM5 45mm f2 1/1250 ISO 200

The Rocker

The Bike Mechanic
Olympus EM5 12mm f2 1/500 ISO 200

The bike mechanic

The Artist
Olympus EM5 20mm f2.5 1/20 ISO 200

An Artist drawing one of the Silver Arrows

I later found out that the artist in the above photo is Stefan Marjoram. He is both a professional artist and a photographer specialising in motor sport. In my opinion he produces some wonderful work. His photographic work can be found here and his drawings here. He has a specific blog entry for his drawings of The Silver Arrows, which includes the very drawing he is working on in this image.

The Pilot and the moustache
Olympus EM5 45mm f2.2 1/1600 ISO 200

The pilot and the moustache

The Kenwood Shop Assistant
Olympus EM5 20mm f4.5 1/80 ISO 200

The waitress

The Car Salesman
Olympus EM5 20mm f1.8 1/125 ISO 200

The car salesman

The Couple
Olympus EM5 20mm f2.5 1/800 ISO 200

The couple

The Cleaner
Olympus EM5 20mm f2 1/800 ISO 200

The cleaner

The Lady and the bike
Olympus EM5 20mm f2.2 1/800 ISO 200

The Lady and the bicycle

The American Biker
Olympus EM5 45mm f2 1/1250 ISO 400

American bikers

The Lady in the bike shed
Olympus EM5 45mm f2 1/640 ISO 200

Lady in the bike shed

The Lady and The ‘Spiv’
Nikon D90 70-300mm @ 116mm f5 1/320 ISO 200

The 'Spiv' and The Lady

‘People and Places’ – Littlehampton Seafront

This is the second post which relates to Jacqui Hurst’s ‘People and Places’ course I attended at West Dean College earlier this summer. In complete contrast to our visit to Glorious Goodwood we spent a day at Littlehampton; a typical and relatively small seaside resort on the south coast.

Whilst a colourful location I stuck to the brief I had imposed on myself at the begining of the course, i.e. choosing monochrome for all of my images. I tried to concentrate on textures, tones and good composition whilst trying to capture the ‘feeling and atmosphere’ of the seafront. Fortunately the weather was dry and bright so there were a fair number of people around. At times though it was overcast, but this helped from a photographic point of view as I did not have extremes of contrast to worry about.

Some of the group felt uncomfortable photographing people. I very enjoyed the experience and the Olympus EM5 certainly allowed me to be a little more discreet. Had I been using a substantial DSLR with a large zoom lens and I am sure I would have felt very different as I went looking for suitable subjects.

Once again the kit lens stayed in the bag and I switched between three primes lenses. 12mm, 20mm and 45mm which equate to 24mm, 40mm and 90mm if using a full frame 35mm sensor.

All the photographs were taken in RAW with an Olympus OMD EM5, imported into Lightroom and converted into black and white using Silver Efex Pro2. I have to say that Silver Efex Pro is a joy to use when converting images to monchrome. The contrast and structure adjustments can really bring the image to life, increasing tonal range and texture. I am still very much learning about black and white but for me there is a certain something about the results which pleases me.

Unusual bench seating along the promenade
Olympus EM5 12mm 1/160 f11 ISO 200

Bench seating along the seafront

Well wrapped up, to see what’s on and where to go
Olympus EM5 45mm 1/400 f8 ISO 200

What's on in Littlehampton

Simple pleasures
Olympus EM5 45mm 1/640 f8 ISO 200

Simple pleasures

Cycling along the promenade
Olympus EM5 20mm 1/500 f8 ISO 200

Cycling along the promendade

An extraordinary piece of design – it is in fact the East Beach Cafe
Olympus EM5 12mm 1/320 f8 ISO 200

East beach cafe

I think the image says it all really.
Olympus EM5 12mm 1/640 f7.1 ISO 200

I can take a ride all by myself

Littlehampton pier – but where are the people?
Olympus EM5 12mm 1/320 f11 ISO 200

Littlehampton pier

“If we hurry I’m sure we’ll catch the train!”
Olympus EM5 45mm 1/400 f7.1 ISO 200

If we hurry I'm sure we can catch the train

Ready and waiting……..
Olympus EM5 20mm 1/320 f8 ISO 200

Ready and waiting

Scooting along the seafront
Olympus EM5 45mm 1/640 f8 ISO 200

A ride along the seafront

All the fun of the fair
Olympus EM5 12mm 1/100 f22 ISO 200

All the fun of the fair

Quite simply … a buggy on the beach
Olympus EM5 20mm 1/640 f8 ISO 200

Buggy on the beach

‘People and Places’ at Glorious Goodwood

The end of July/beginning of August is traditionally the time for one of the most famous race meetings in the country – Glorious Goodwood. Situated on The South Downs the race course enjoys wonderful views of the countryside to the north and to the south, distant views of the sea and even the Isle of Wight on a clear day. I am not a seasoned race goer and definitely not a gambler buts its hard to resist the allure of Glorious Goodwood which attracts the famous, the not so famous and those that are simply there to win some money or have a good day out.

My reason for going this year was as part of a ‘People and Places’ photography course I was attending at West Dean College which is just down the road from Goodwood. I would thoroughly recommend West Dean College to anyone interested in an arts or crafts course held in a beautiful house set in quite superb grounds. The course was being run by Jacqui Hurst and in addition to myself there were five other participants. I will say more about Jacqui and the course in a forthcoming post.
At the outset of the week I set myself the objective of ‘seeing’ in black and white. We had to produce a portfolio of work by the end of the course, so however good some of the images might appear in colour the final selection would all have to be in monochrome. At Glorious Goodwood I wanted to capture the atmosphere of the place and its people, and whilst we were not in the ‘posh’ Richmond or Gordon Enclosures, the Lennox Enclosure would provide just as many photo opportunities.
I should just mention that a couple of weeks before attending the course I made the decision to buy the Olympus OMD EM5 with the 12mm to 50mm kit lens. The body and lens are weather sealed and having enjoyed the E-PL3 so much together with the three prime lens (12mm, 20mm and 45mm) I couldn’t wait to see how this new camera performed. Being on a photography course for a week was the ideal opportunity to find out. I can tell you now, I was not disappointed, to the contrary the results are quite fantastic and I am now wondering when the Nikon D90 DSLR will get its next airing?
Here are a selection of the images taken at Goodwood. They were all taken with the OMD and one of the prime lenses. Shot in RAW, imported into Lightroom with minor adjustments before converting to black and white in Silver Efex Pro2; a dedicated B&W plugin by Nik Software
Racing to the line
Olympus OMD 20mm f8 1/500 ISO 200
Racing for the line

Required reading for the day – The Racing Post
Olympus OMD 45mm f1.8 1/2000 ISO200
The Racing Post

Watching the race
Olympus OMD 45mm f1.8 1/1600 ISO200
Cheering them on

A family day out……could that be the winner of the next race?
Olympus OMD 45mm f3.2 1/2500 ISO400
Family outing to the races

Lining up to place a bet…..I’m happy with those odds
Olympus OMD 45 f3.2 1/640 ISO200
The odds are looking good

Typical headgear at Goodwood
Olympus OMD 45mm f3.2 1/1600 ISO200

Losing her shoe and losing her balance

Olympus OMD 45mm f4.5 1/200 ISO200
Losing her balance and her shoe!

Fingers or fork?

Olympus OMD 45mm f1.8 1/2000 ISO200
Fork or fingers?
Candid portrait
Olympus OMD 45mm f1.8 at f1.8 1/160 ISO 400

Candid portrait

A day out at the races – fun for all the family!
Olympus OMD 45mm f4.5 1/800 ISO200
A day out at the races

Entertainment from a steel band 
Olympus OMD 20mm f8 1/125 ISO200
Caribbean band playing the drums

A band called Squinty McGinty play feet tapping music in the beer tent
Olympus OMD 45mm f1.8 1/160 ISO400
Guitarist of Squinty McGinty

……and Goodwood wouldn’t be the same without a Rolls Royce in the car park.
Olympus OMD 45mm f7.1 1/200 ISO400

Festival of Speed – The People

This is the second post relating to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s been a busy summer so it has taken me a while to complete this entry and there may still be one more to come!

This event is wonderful for its cars but also for the people who drive them or indeed simply spectate. Hopefully these images give a flavour of ‘the people’ at Goodwood.

Its twenty years since the Festival of Speed came to Goodwood, courtesy of the Earl of March. It’s grown and grown, year on year, but one person who has regularly been invited but never come, made his debut appearance on this occasion – Alain Prost or ‘The ‘Professor’, the great Formula One champion of days gone by.

Alain Prost and the Earl of March
Olympus E PL3 45mm f2.5 1/400 ISO 200


Rally Driver
Olympus E PL3 45mm f4.5 1/100 ISO 200


My turn soon……
Olympus E PL3 45mm f 2.0 1/320 ISO 20


No power steering……or silencers!
Olympus E PL3 45mm f2.0 1/320 ISO 200


It’s behind you!
Nikon D90 35mm f8.0 1/250 ISO 200


Father and son
Nikon D90 35mm f6.3 1/250 ISO 200


Having a break
Nikon D90 35mm f4.5 1/250 ISO 200


Penelope Pitsop
Nikon D90 35mm f8.0 1/320 ISO 200

Penelope Pitstop

Top Gear – not so popular these days?
Nikon D90 125mm f5.0 1/500 ISO 200

Top Gear stand