Bokehlicious Manhattan…

SLR cameras are great for super sharp images if that is your style, but I remember when I first got my first Digital SLR and that feeling that you could do so much more than straight shots, you could take creative control over your camera. That’s when it started happening for me, I just love soft images and I love abstract or intimate landscapes. I’ve just returned from a week long solo trip to New York and I am going to begin by showing you some images of the Manhattan skyline shot from the East River. I think with Bokeh there is a magic half hour that is just after the sun sets, before it gets too dark and the effect dissipates. I love abstract images, your brain tells you the information you need for identification and the bokeh just draws you into the most important part of the image, the light, millions of tiny lights. I tried this out on larger landscapes from height, but it doesn’t work so well.

Manhattan Skyline

Empire State Building and the skyline

Manhattan Skyline

Brooklyn Bridge

Manhattan Skyline

Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Skyline

Seaport area

Manhattan Skyline

Manhattan Bridge

Last light on Rue de Rivoli

Bokeh love as the sun sets on Paris…

Just returned from a wonderful long weekend in Paris, weather was mixed it could be beaming sunshine for hours and then there would be a fantastic thunder and lightning storm for half an hour. I don’t have a set plan on these trips, but in my mind I have an idea of what I want to shoot, but as always, the unexpected shots are always the best. I have walked the length of Paris this weekend, armed with the Nikon D610 and my new Fujifilm X100s. The square shots are taken on the Fuji. Here are a collection of shots just as it was beginning to get dark – I make no apologies for the Bokeh shots. I love them.

Sunset on the Champs Elysees.

Sunset on the Champs Elysees.

Rue Rivoli

Rue Rivoli

Junction on the Rue de Rivoli

Junction on the Rue de Rivoli

Sunset on the Champs Elysees

Sunset on the Champs Elysees

Metro Station

Metro Station

Lens Flare on the Champs Elysees

Lens Flare on the Champs Elysees

Last light on Rue de Rivoli

Last light on Rue de Rivoli

 

Murmuration

Last weekend in Blackpool a group of us noticed the starlings flocking on the pier along the beach. So the next evening at about 3.30pm,  Jan my friend and I walked up to the Central pier and set up our cameras.  We were too close for the wonderful shapes but the starlings swooped around us – It was amazing.  It was very eerie, the sky looked like there was black ash falling and I got two good shots.

Murmuration - f5.6 1/500 105mm ISO1000

Starlings