Week 21

Settings: f/6.3, 1/200 second, ISO 100, 49mm

Set up. A wander around Green Lane, the old home of Stand Athletic FC.

Opinion. When I lived at my previous house, I used to drive past an unused football ground on an almost daily basis. I often thought about stopping to take some black & white images of the overgrown pitch, the crumbling stands & the rundown changing rooms. Well yesterday, I finally got around to doing just that (fortunately the further passage of time had only increased the amount of weeds & dereliction).

Goal post

I did a bit of research beforehand & discovered this ground is called Green Lane, the old home of Stand Athletic FC. Having moved here from Whitefield in 2000 & signing a seven year lease, they only stayed for a couple of years apparently before returning to their original home due to financial problems. From what I can gather, they were quite accomplished on the pitch if not entirely as successful off it.

Main stand
Main stand

I shot the pictures hand held in AV mode & had decided to make the trip on this particular day due to the cloudy sky (thinking the clouds would create more interest in the images once converted to black & white). Once back home, I adjusted the “hue/saturation” levels to give the pictures a touch of colourization before adding a little sharpening (the main photo has a couple of areas of dodge & burn too).


Week 20

Settings: f/7.1, 1/200 second, ISO 400, 55mm

Set up. Outdoor concert.

Opinion. I initially thought the exposure on this image would be quite troublesome. It was a bright sunny day but the nearby trees meant the stage was in complete shade. However, it came out better than I thought. Yes the compositional side of things could be better (the drummer has a microphone stand in his eye!) but it was hard to find a good angle from within the crowd & only having a standard 18-55mm zoom I found myself jostling with the dancers at the front in an attempt to get a good shot.

Week 19

Settings: f/3.5, 1/400 second, ISO 100, 21mm

Set up. The Lost Carnival.

Opinion. I took this photograph during a recent visit to a carnival. The sun was setting as you can see from the long shadows & although not quite the “golden hour” I liked the colour of light at this time. I was quite happy with the composition (using the “rule of thirds” idea with space for the bubbles to drift into). I did think of cropping the photo in a little more to concentrate on the girl but decided against this as in it’s current state it looks like a carnival. Once you loose the ice cream van & other stall in the back it could have been taken anywhere.

Week 18

Settings: f/7.1, 1/160 second, ISO 100, 32mm

Set up. Watching a game.

Opinion. I think this image captures the mood quite well. A concerned coach watching over his team in the field. The coach in question is my brother-in-law & the stance with arms folded across his chest helps convey his agitation (they were already loosing at the time & you can just make out the runner at third base which isn’t helping his nerves!). I had taken several photos trying to avoid getting the lens flare but in the end, I actually think it adds to the overall appeal of the image.

Week 17

Settings: f/2.0, 1/1000 second, ISO 100, 50mm prime

Set up. Sat at a cafe on the streets of Lisbon, people watching.

Opinion. While not strictly speaking street photography as such, I do like this candid photo of my friend Ben on the phone to his girlfriend while we were away recently. I know it’s not as crisp as it might be (possibly down to using too wide an aperture) but I like the fact I’ve caught him in mid-laugh & the way the background is really out of focus.