Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Bread and Circuses Architecture

It is election time soon, and time for our local authority to swing into bread and circuses ( panem et circenses) mode. 

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

A long neglected monastic complex, Chiostri di San Pietro was opened to the public last Saturday after a long and slow restoration. A new hyper modern conference block has been wedged into a corner of the site. Inside the obligatory multimedia light show was imposed over the Renaissance architecture.

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

The scene reminded me of those Architectural Autocad renderings that I see so often for my work, with lots of more than perfect trees and transparent people drifting though the shiny buildings. I tried to show this vibe in a couple of the shots in this set. 

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia


Putting people in the frame is a bit of a new departure for me when photographing architecture, the big problem is getting passers-by whose attire does not clash with the composition.  

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

My trusty EM5 shined as usual for the task of trying to get some interesting and “clean” architectural shots in an over crowded environment. 

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia

Chiostro San Pietro, Reggio Emilia


I used two bodies with a 12-35 2.8 and a 7-14 2.8 for this little Sunday morning diversion.


Every time I consider abandoning M43 for FF, my M43 set up performs in some way to convince me to stick with it.   
I intrude on a multimedia meal

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Carl Palmer In Bologna


My wife dragged me along to a concert in Bologna given by Carl Palmer.  I was not expecting much, but I was surprised by the loud energetic performance a long way from the dated Prog Rock that I expected. Carl certainly pounded those drums!

It turned out to be an enjoyable ear-splitting concert. 


I also took my camera along and managed to get some shots I liked from the badly placed seats we were given. I guess these side view shots are different to most concert shots. I remember when I shot jazz, I often would shoot from this angle backstage.  


Carl Palmer Drums, Paul Bielatowicz Guitar and Simon Fitzpatrick Bass

Carl Palmer 

Carl Palmer 

Carl Palmer Drums, Paul Bielatowicz Guitar 

Simon Fitzpatrick 

Carl Palmer 

Carl Palmer 

Carl Palmer 

Simon Fitzpatrick

Paul Bielatowicz 

Carl Palmer 

Paul Bielatowicz 

Carl Palmer 

Monday, 9 July 2018

Shadows and Light



In a moment of madness a few days ago I bought myself a rather old and venerable Nikon D700 full frame camera to use with a 28mm PC lens I picked up. It was cheaper than buying an adaptor for my current system! I also bought a rather nice 24-120 zoom for normal photographic use.
I love photographing architecture and I had been aiming to get a PC to get it right in camera without using post processing. I bought the camera to sit behind a lens. But I did not quite expect the other qualities of the D700 to be so marked.

To my surprise, when I started experimenting with this camera, I found it gave me files that had a certain magic that my current M43 system does not have. Lovely creamy files with subtle colour transitions.

I have been suffering a photographic block of late; I really felt I had run out ideas and that I was repeating myself. In a strange sort of way, I was stimulated to explore the magic that I have found with this new camera. 
I think it has also stimulated a new direction in my photography. Even though the D700 has a sort of cult following for its output, I think an up to date Nikon FX is a temptation that will be difficult to resist. The lager sensor does make a difference for some types of photography.

Here is a series of pictures that are just about shadow, light, texture and colour.

They were taken in Reggio Emilia and Sabbioneta near Mantua.

















Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Looking Back To The Future


I had a chance to do some concert photography of two very talented singer songwriters; Paola Tagliaferro and Juri Camisasca recently down in Zoagli in Liguria.

Two quite different artists, Juri belongs to a certain Italian singer songwriter style; profound poetic lyrics born out of a deep personal culture. As well as his own songs he offered us a Gregorian chant in Latin and perhaps uniquely for me, an interesting rendition of a Psalm.

Paola has her roots in the progressive rock of the Seventies contaminated with later musical discoveries such as World Music well mixed to make her music very actual and interesting.  

It has been years since I have seriously tried to photograph a performance and I was surprised that my shooting style returned to me instantly, as if I had never stopped shooting this genre.

With today’s digital cameras the task is far easier than it was with the film cameras I used all those years ago. For the first time I used Face Recognition, which without a glitch took care faultlessly of keeping the subjects in focus; fantastic! The exposure metre tied to the facial recognition gave me perfect exposure on nearly all the frames, no guessing the right exposure any more as one had to do with film. Progress is good sometimes. 
Here are the pictures.











Bread and Circuses Architecture

It is election time soon, and time for our local authority to swing into bread and circuses ( panem et circenses) mode.  Chiostro San ...