Celebrating five years of MiniClick with talks and party!

MiniClick is celebrating it’s 5th year on 12th September with a series of talks and a party. I will be speaking alongside some of my favourite MiniClick speakers like: Peter Dench, Ewen SpencerAlex BamfordAntonio Olmos and Murray Ballard. The talks will take place between 12pm-6pm at the Unitarian Church on New Road and then the party will be at a venue which is yet to be announced. More details on the MiniClick website and their social media.

view from the maternity ward

View from the county hosptial

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MSK graffiti crew cover 100 meters of the Brighton i360’s hoarding

A group of graffiti artists from the MSK crew were invited to cover 100 meters of hoarding along the sea facing part of the Brighton i360 site last Sunday (9th August). I went along to document the process, last year there was a smaller event where I met four of the artists that were painting on Sunday. This time round 14 artists were painting all day: 192, Aroe, Alert, Aups, Avk, Gary, Jiroe, Morf, Msk, Owed, Rebus, Rench, Twesh, Vodka, Warg and Yesb. Usually when I’m shooting for i360 I am in trousers with hi-vis and hard hat, it was nice to be shooting in the sunshine with my shorts, baseball cap and Birkenstocks on.

Graffiti artist Aroe

Aroe tribute peace to recently deceased rapper Sean Price

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TriggerTrap’s Crowd Sourced 2015 EarthLapse Time-lapse

Last month TriggerTrap realised EarthLapse a crowd sourced time-lapse composed of time-lapse movies from 45 photographers shot 12 different countries. The idea was simple TriggerTrap asked people to capture a time-lapse of their location on the 22nd April (Earth Day) and then they would edit submitted movies together to create a snap shot of that day. I sent two clips in, one of Brighton Swimming Club and one from London with an unfortunately stationery London Eye which they did not use. Check out the full movie and my clips below.

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Revelations Experiments in Photography at the Science Museum’s Media Space

Revelations Experiments in Photography is a photographic exhibition focusing on Scientific photography and how Science has influenced photography. The exhibition is split into three sections: Once Invisible, The New Vision and After the Future.

Revelations Experiments in Photography Media Space Science Museum

The room ‘Once Invisible’ showcases the work of early pioneering scientific photographers which includes the first photograph of a solar eclipse and the first X Ray images. The more I learn about the history of early photography the more I find myself amazed at what could be achieved in a short time after the first permanent photographic image was captured in 1826. A lot of the images depict subjects that would of never been seen before the invention of photography weather that’s because they focused something really small, used long exposures or visualised the invisible like magnetic fields. Auguste Adolphe Bertsch’s image of a honey bee louse magnified 300 times really caught my eye, it’s a pin sharp picture of insect so small that it lives on a honey bee and it was taken in 1875.

Auguste Adolphe Bertsch Honey Bee louse

Auguste Adolphe Bertsch – Honey Bee louse magnified 300 times taken in 1875

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Pictures and Time-lapse of Brighton i360’s foundation pouring

This weekend was the first phase of the Brighton i360 foundation pour. A total of 2500 tonnes of concrete was poured into the foundations over 12 hours starting at 6am on Saturday morning. On average a cement truck was coming on site every 5 minutes to one of 3 pumps. The pumps can put the concrete anywhere in the foundation. There was a small group of men for each pump using vibrators to remove air from the concrete and to make it level. I was on site taking pictures and I also shot a time-lapse of the pour.

I’ve been working for the Brighton i360 for almost a year now. I’ve previously posted pictures from my visit to Cif in Holland where the tower is being made and I also posted posted the first 8 month of a time-lapse which is documenting the entire build.

Old west pier and foundation of the Brighton i360

Old west pier and foundation of the Brighton i360. Click on image to view it larger

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New Lomography Petzval 58mm lens announced: hands on review

Lomography has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the manufacturing of their new Petzval 58mm lens. The Petzval lens is based on a 170 year old design and it produces a super soft bokeh (blur) effect. The lens is totally manual which means you have to set the pace of your of photography a little slower and in the digital instant age that’s always a good thing. The 58mm Petzval is compatible with Nikon and Canon DSLR mounts as well as some Sony, Olympus and a few other mirrorless cameras.

portrait take on the lomography petzval 58mm

Portrait of Dave Sawyers taken with the prototype 58mm Petzval lens. Click image to enlarge.

lomography 58mm petzval lens

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Simon Cooke’s record breaking coldest charity channel swim

Simon Cooke is about to embark on an incredible record breaking journey. Next week he will be on standby to swim the English channel earlier than anyone has done before, this will mean his swim will be colder than any cross channel swim before him around 11-12 °C (51.8-53.6 °F). He is a fellow member of Brighton Swimming club and has been in training for over a year doing 6 hour sea water training sessions, in comparison at this time of year (May) I swim for 20-30 minutes before I get really cold. He is raising money for a local Charity Amaze Charity which gives information, advice and support to parents of children with disabilities in Brighton & Hove. You can donate to his simon cooke fundraising page.

Simon Cooke with his ample body fat that will protect in the cold water.

Simon Cooke with his ample body fat that will protect in the cold water.

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Time-lapse workshop at the Snap photography festival

A few days ago I taught a time-lapse workshop at the Snap photo festival. Usually for this type of event I would of ran a workshop based around film, lomo or something along those lines. As Snap was in deepest rural Wales film development was not going to be an option.

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Time-lapses workshop with a little help from TriggerTrap

One of my digital loves is time-lapse and I’m also currently in the middle of a commission to shoot a two year time-lapse so I decided my workshop would be based around that. Unless the people in my workshop had cameras with a built in Intervalometer (the thing that triggers the camera repeatedly) they where going to need one. Luckily TriggerTrap were kind enough to lend me a whole bunch for their smart phone triggers. TriggerTrap is more than just a Intervalometer, with the aid of their dongle it turns any iOS / Android device into sophisticated camera trigger, it’s not just for time-lapses you can also use it to trigger your camera with sound and movement amongst other things, check out the full range of features on their website. Continue reading

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