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Sculptural Form of Trees

Photographing Sculptural Forms

Today in the park I came across a grand tree which is tall in stature reaching up towards the sky.  The tree was so tall I had to tilt my head right back to admire its stretch.  The top of the tree trunk was broken, perhaps a storm or lightning strike.  I look up and admire, seeing all the branches stretching towards the light.  I love the textures of the trunk, quite gnarled in places.  This tree has been here for a long time and stands silently watching life as it passes by.  The branches and trunk are sculptural in form.  I still stop, looking up enjoying what I see. Continue reading »

The Colours of Autumn

Photographing the Colours of Autumn

It was one of those days when you first head out the light is filtered and just right for getting the best colours of autumn. Arriving at the location the light changed and suddenly everything is dull and flat. Not to be put off I frame a few shots always looking up at the sky. Cloud is dense and the chance of the sun filtering through seemed for another day. I didn’t want to miss this day of photography though, as the trees still have leaves and I want to capture the colours of autumn. Continue reading »

Autumn Mist

Misty Days of Autumn

Autumn Mist

Misty Days of Autumn

On looking out of my window this morning I see fog and very little else.  Ah…this will be a great day to photograph the Autumn mist in my local park.  I check the forecast and there are a good few hours of mist.  Great this will let me have a concentrated morning’s shoot with no worries.  Towards mid-day the fog will lift and lingering misty conditions will remain.  I imagine the atmosphere of my shots as I head out. Continue reading »

Remembrance Day

Every Man Remembrance Statue in Trafalgar Square

Remembrance Sunday

Red Poppies Drop Softly on the Every Man Remembrance Statue

Remembrance Sunday falls on the 2nd Sunday of the month, the Sunday nearest to Armistice Day 11th November.  It is a time of remembrance and commemoration to the contribution of service men/women and civilians in the first 2 World Wars and later conflicts.  Red poppies have become a metaphor for Remembrance Sunday. Continue reading »

Selfies and Street Photography

Always Time for a Selfie

Selfie in the Park

Selfies and Street Photography

As smart phones became smarter, individuals became preoccupied with taking selfies on their phones, then uploading the selfie to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter etc.  Photographing people taking selfies has now become part of street photography.  Continue reading »

The Shard in Autumn

Autumn in the City

The Shard

The Shard in Autumn

The Shard looks great today, bathed in the fresh and airy light of Autumn. Cool, crisp colours are in the air!

Making my way to London to capture Autumn light in the City I find that I cannot resist yet another shot of the Shard. Continue reading »

Falun Dafa

Peaceful Contemplation in Trafalgar Square

Falun Dafa in Trafalgar Square

Peaceful Contemplation in Trafalgar Square

On a wet day in August I head out to London to photograph the rain.  Rain always creates amazing reflections as pavements are illuminated with light.  Never be afraid of the rain as it is just another photo opportunity!  I make my way into Central London to take a look at Trafalgar Square.  Wow – it is wet and as the rain pours I discover gentle contemplation in the centre of Trafalgar Square.  Falun Dafa followers are sitting quietly, eyes closed as the rain falls on them.  Continue reading »

Street Photography Tips from Lou Smith

London Street Photography

Street Photography in London

Street Photography Tips

I head out to capture interesting street photography. I am often asked how this is done as novice photographers want to photograph street action as it unfolds, but are often concerned about how to go about it.  Here are a few of my best Street Photography Tips. Continue reading »

Still Life Photography

Still Life Photography

Colourfull Still Life Photography

Today I decided to shoot some great still life photography – outdoors of course. I choose not to set up a still life subject but to find it already arranged!

Shops are great places to find arrangements of still life objects. In this china shop I found a colourful arrangement. This is a great way to shoot still life Continue reading »

Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography

Portrait of Ron

June is a favourite month, warm, sunny and flowers are in bloom.  We head out to discover landscaped gardens on a warm June day.  The sweet scent of summer is everywhere and the flowers pop with colour.  We sit and rest awhile, just enjoying our escape from the busy city life of London.  We are the only people in the gardens and it is amazing Continue reading »