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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Full Moon Friday

Last week on Friday, as I made my way home from Uni, I saw the moon and I was enamoured.

I just couldn’t wait to get home and try and capture it in its full glory (pun intended).

After looking and failing to find my tripod release plate (pretty useless without it), I just made due with the window sill, using a very unstable joby tripod, my very heavy 7D with 70-300mm lens at the end of it and an intervalometer I just acquired. Did I mention that it was cold and windy?

Well…after struggling to balance the equipment, I got my final shot. It’s not brilliant, but I am pretty pleased with myself.

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Canon 7D with Sigma APO 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO lens.
Exposure: 1/4 at f/5.6 (ISO 100) Focal length: 300mm
Post production: Lightroom 4 (from RAW)

The fast moving clouds gives it some oohhmmff! Don’t you think?

Aayan in the Snow

I have to admit, as cold as it was, I somehow managed to walk to my pal’s place and took the opportunity of the ‘white stuff’ to photograph her son. Good thing that they only lived 20mins walk from my house (they have since moved).

So, with my camera ready…..snapping the snow covered landscape en-route to her house, I managed to get there with myself and kit in one piece. Walking on ice/snow it not for the weak. One needs special shoes, clothing and walking skills.

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Snow covered street near where I live…

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Snow covered church on my friend’s street….

All in all, after much convincing for them to leave the house, I set up the location just outside her door. Snow has got to be the best natural reflector ever. You don’t need to do much to get the light under the model’s chin, eyes, etc. Shame about it being cold and dealing with a child……I would have loved to continue to take more pictures.

Here are some of the shots taken on the day…..

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All smiles as Aayan steps out in the snow for the first time…

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Aayan’s mum takes a picture of us fooling around as he refused to walk in the snow…

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The boy has had enough of the white stuff…

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I went ahead and ordered 8 x 12 prints for them via @LoxleyColour and they loved them.

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Photo of the 8 x 12 prints for the client

A Foto A Week – Wk 4

Disclaimer: This pic is actually a week late. So I will upload two photos this week. Just playing catch-up.

One thing I don’t like about England is the grey skies. It has been a while since I saw a sunset. Just love the warm fuzzy feeling they give you.

Bring on Spring and the Summer months!