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Sunsets and Promises

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London Stadium (formerly Olympic Stadium) and the ArcelorMittal Orbit Sunset, 2012.

 

Digging through my archives, I even forgot I had these images of one of my favourite sunsets that I got to witness right after the Olympics ceremonies in London and trust me, in London I hardly get to see many. A friend that I volunteered with during the games had an apartment with this epic view of the stadium and I just had to capture the sun as it set on the horizon.

On this day, I had Khai with me, but he was only two years old. Too young to enjoy the awesomeness of this scene. Now, almost 8, I have made a promise to him that we will get to watch at least one sunrise or sunset together and just be in the moment.

There is something about sunrises and sunsets that gets me all emotional. The fact that the day has ended and a new one is beginning. Gently reminding you to give thanks that you get to live to see another day where many won’t. Correct all the mistakes made and a chance to create new memories. I don’t know exactly what it is, but one thing is certain, I am happy to be in a position to document such moments and just revel in it.

What is your favourite sunrise or sunset moment? Or where would you like to be when you witness one?

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I’d Rather Be…

Today is technically the first day of Spring and after a weekend of being ‘snowed in’…when it snows in the UK, it’s the worst as it doesn’t happen as often…but I digress.

As pretty as the snow is especially to take pictures in, I am not a fan of the cold.

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But now that the weather is warming up, no excuses, but to get out there and photograph right after I have finish editing said photos and videos.

So, if I could be anywhere else other than in front of my computer, I’d rather be outside taking pictures or travelling.

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3 of My Camera Bag Essentials

I recently did a series of videos of my camera bag essentials which I posted on my YouTube channel.

Instead of the usual items like cameras, lenses, flash, etc., I focused my attention on the stuff that as photographers we tend not to mention, yet they form a part of our day to day essentials.

The items mentioned in these videos are things that I carry around in my bag and have proved to be very helpful when I am out an about on a job. I hope you find these videos useful.

#1 – Weather Proof Trousers

These have really come in handy especially when caught out in bad weather during a shoot. As I tend to shoot a few sports matches or events, I have been caught out a few times without any protection especially when in the pitch. These trousers have kept me dry and I love how they don’t take up too much space in my bag. Also, they were quite a bargain having picked them up from Lidl some time back.

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#2 – Lens Cloths

These cloths come in quite handy when you need to clean your lens on a job. The use of clothing is not recommended, but sometimes you get caught out. One thing I didn’t mention in the video is how to clean the cloths, a tip I got from another photographer. You can throw it in the washing machine with clothes that don’t need conditioner like swimming costumes or you can hand wash them using hair shampoo (with no conditioner) to get the grease and gunk off them.

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#3 – Small Bags

This is more of an upcycling tip. When I travel, I get to collect the toiletries bag from the airlines and some are pretty good that I decided to use them as organisers for my cables, memory cards and other bits and bobs as I have been thinking of getting a media organiser. These small bags just work out well and they don’t take up space in my bag and they also fit in my working trouser pockets very well.

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Well, there you have it. Those are my 3 camera bag essentials to make my life on the job that much easier. More videos in the series coming soon. So be sure to subscribe to my channel for updates.

What camera bag essentials or essentials to you have in your life? Care to share some tips.

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Portraits: Lavinia

This session technically was not planned. My circle of friends hardly ever get photographed by me unless we are socialising and I want to change that. So when Lavinia reached out to me to go for a screening of “Kati Kati” at South London Gallery, I took this an opportunity to break that cycle. So after we watched the film and made our way home, we stopped off at Westminster area and then walked towards the South Bank area of London to take a few shots.

If there is anything I learnt from this experience, I AM NOT A FAN OF THE COLD. Lavinia, on the other hand, was a trooper, but we didn’t last long. The cold got the better of us.

Anyway, here are some the images I managed to conjure up in between frozen fingers and a very leaky eye.

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