A Grim North

Musings from a northerner living in the deep south…

Posts Tagged ‘50mm’

Manchester Cycle Chic

Posted by Alan on March 29, 2011

Mr Orange

Manchester, cycle chic?

Last week Manchester joined the growing number of cities with a website dedicated to cycle chic – people riding bikes, dressed for their destination, not clad in Lycra as per the cyclist stereotype.  The original idea started in Copenhagen and there are now worldwide sites, including a Gambia cycle chic! Having spend a few minutes as resident paparazzi in Piccadilly Gardens at the weekend, I felt it was only appropriate to share…!

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2010 – the end is nigh

Posted by Alan on December 31, 2010

So this is it? Another year draws to a close and a fresh one starts. 2010 has been a mixed year for me – looking back it seems almost as if I was stood still in a whirlwind (apologies for the blatant hyperbole).  Quite a lot of stuff happened – some of it seems so much further away in time than reality! This blog is almost 2 years old now and is a little more diverse than it was on day one.  Important events? Well, probably changing jobs slightly in April and rediscovering cycling as a useful form of transit just after the Cycle Hire scheme went live, the latter resulting in some reduction in mass so that I am no longer classified as obese by BMI – hurrah!

Highlights? There’s a few, which means it’s time for a python-esque list…

Resolutions? Maybe not.

However, 2011 will probably be a massive year of change.  The cuts are coming – who knows whether what role there will be for me at work this time next year, so it’s probably a good year to be motivated and get stuff done.  That said, having become an irregular cyclist in 2010 I do plan to become a regular cyclist and see if I can get my mass down < 75kg before the summer solstice. I’m going to have a second crack at the Bogle on foot and actually train (a bit). Much more photography to be done – I’ve vaguely learned what the buttons and numbers mean and how to use them. Next step, figure out how to point it at things in a more interesting way and figure out the best way of presenting the results.

Oxo Tower

My favourite shot of 2010 - The Oxo Tower & South Bank at night

So, time to raise a glass and get on with it…!

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No time to call

Posted by Alan on November 22, 2010

No time to call, originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

This time I had the camera setup properly for panning, in ‘Tv’ mode (shutter speed priority) – basically allowing me to play with the shutter speed and let the camera figure out the rest.

The location is Ludgate Circus where New Bridge St / Farringdon Road converges with Fleet St / Ludgate Hill, looking towards Fleet St. It’s a busy cycle thoroughfare giving me plenty of opportunities to practice within 5 minutes stood on the pedestrian crossing.

Slowly, this part of London is ceasing to be a mystery to me. It’s amazing how small the city actually is once you start to learn your way around!

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Oxo Tower

Posted by Alan on November 21, 2010

Oxo Tower, originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

Before I went for cocktails at Cafe Kick yesterday, I aimlessly wandered EC1 with my SLR looking for things to shoot.

I’m rather pleased with this one, taken using Blackfriars Bridge as a tripod…

The full set is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/grimnorth/sets/72157625438184008/with/5195519338/ but I’ll be picking out a few more to show off during the course of this week.

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Living on the edge

Posted by Alan on November 21, 2010

Last night we were out celebrating Emerson getting a little bit older. As I’d been out in town playing with the SLR (+fixed prime lens), I still had it with me resulting in some more unusual photos from a night out.

This is Emerson with a Pearfect Martini.

Some of the other photos in the set are by Emerson and Roosh.

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Hayward Brothers

Posted by Alan on October 17, 2010

Hayward Brothers, originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

I like Victorians. Would any other society really have a propensity to try make the most banal items of street furniture vaguely attractive.

Seen on the floor just off Paddington St, Marylebone.

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Contraflow

Posted by Alan on October 11, 2010

Contraflow, originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

The tunnel under the Barbican. Murky, natural light has little place here.

A midst the occasional black cab, a jogger takes a stroll to answer a phone call.

Just keep going.

Contraflow…

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This is England. 2010.

Posted by Alan on October 10, 2010

This is England. 2010., originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

Today London offered up a fine sunny day. I couldn’t stay in an finish off the BCS work I was meant to – we just don’t get enough sunny days, in October!

So I headed into the city, picked up a BorisBike with my 50mm fixed focal length lens to practise using it.

Full shoot at http://www.flickr.com/photos/grimnorth/sets/72157625133533144/ I’ll be posting my favourites individually as blog posts in due course…

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