New York

Back from a long weekend to New York with Charlie.  Although her 40th birthday present, she was good enough to allow me to get some pictures of the Guggenheim, New museum, Whitney and Met Breuer and MoM ... all amazing spaces but my favourite has to be the Whitney.

Armed with my 10 - 22mm wider angle and 18 -200mm managed to cover all my needs although I am so glad I bought my wider angle ... great for exteriors in tight location and of course the interiors.  My mono pod was also a god send and helped me avoid shoot at around 3000 ISO.

V&A

Today my wife Charlie gave a presentation at the V&A for the Design Festival 2017.  This gave me another opportunity to photograph the V&A extension again (Amanda Levete of AL_A architects) with my new Canon 10-22 mm and circular polarising filter.

Conclusion - ground level perspective is not as good as getting higher up. Same conclusion as the Tate Modern extension.  Also feel that night time shots maybe better or certainly at dusk. 

Tate Modern

Took kids to Tate Modern yesterday to see Giacometti exhibition and an opportunity to take some photos with my new 10-22mm lens that I bought after visiting the Design museum last time.  Lovely lens and one that I can see myself using a lot, especially inside. 

Spent time loading all pictures into Lightroom, which I will do some post production at a later date, but for the mean time just loading the jpegs onto web site to get something on here. Learnt important lesson today ... even though imported pictures into Lightroom, you still need to keep the source files on the computer in the same place that you imported them from !!

Design Museum of London

With a few hours this weekend I decided to go back to one of my favourite places, the Design Museum, to put into practice some of the things I had learnt. Weather was beautiful, so planned to get some outside and interior shots using Canon 80d and EFS 17-55 2.8mm lens.

So first to the outside shots.  Having walked all around the building, along High St Kensington and then up to Holland Park, the first thing I noticed was there was no view point where I could get a shot of the arching roof.  Given I have seen shots of the roof, I figure this can only be seen from on the top of of one of the nearby offices or flats. So really left with only some relative boring shots of the exterior, usually obscured by trees.

Going inside was a much better experience.  As the light was low decided to use the mono pod from my tripod with no hassle from from the staff.  On the contrary, a staff member even came up to ask if I had dropped my spare battery ... which I had.

Managed to get some great shots over the next two hours remembering to change the White Balance to Tungsten (which I had forgotten to do last time).  There was one shot that I really wanted that I had seen on the internet, a great perspective from the first floor corner.  It didn't matter where I stood or how far back I stood, I just couldn't get it all in.  Lesson number two ... my 17-55mm just wasn't wide enough, especially as I was shooting on an APS-C sensor giving me and effective 27mm maximum aperture.

After getting home, did some research and decided that I needed the 10-22mm lens giving me an effective maximum aperture of 16mm, which Im sure will be enough to get the whole of the design museum in frame.  Now ordered it on ebay for less than half price.  

Guess another trip to the Design Museum now on the cards to get those two last shots.  Also will shoot at f4 to maximise light and increase shutter speed now I know that DOF increases at short focal length so all should be in focus.

Day 1

From an idea that started back in April 2017 on a Gold Coast beach in Australia, I feel it's time to formally start this project in earnest.  The website is up and running, a huge amount of time spent reading about and learning the art of photography and architecture.

I have replace our starter camera kit with a Canon 80D along with three lenses which include Canon 17-55 mm,  Canon 70-300 mm L IS and finally a general purpose lens for travelling, Canon 18-200 mm.

A lot of the  learning of the theoretical aspects of photography has been done using the web and amazing books by Scott Kelby, thank you Christopher for recommending, as well as the Canon 80D manual !!  I do of course recognise that there is no substitution for actually getting out there and taking photos.  Although a lot of this has been done, with many photos deleted its time to time putting into practice.