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Category archive: Digital photographers

Sunday November 22 2015

Two more additions to the Bald Blokes Taking Photos collection.  On the left, a Bald Bloke photos Big Ben, in 2006:


On the right, in 2010, a Bald Bloke photos the Wheel, above, with Big Ben in the background.

Wednesday November 18 2015

Today I finally managed to get back to Kings Cross, and I even got there before it was dark.  But I couldn’t choose only a few pictures from that to show you, so maybe tomorrow with rather more than a few.

So meanwhile, a quota couple quota photoing their quota shadows, in the quota year of 2007:


This happened on the south bank of the Thames, between Westminster Bridge and the Wheel.  These pictures make me fell smug and superior, on account of how much more complex and multi-layered my pictures were compared to theirs.

More remembered sunshine.  It’s been grey and grim for so long now it seems like for ever.

Tuesday November 17 2015

So there I was, in the bath I think it was, listening to the cricket in Dubai, and Agnew mentioned what sounded like a rather interesting photo, of a very tall cricketer called Mohammad Irfan, being interviewed.  The particular fun being that Irfan is very tall, and both the interviewer and the cameraman are standing on boxes:

Agnew mentioned that he had seen this photo on Twitter, and that was enough of a clue for me to find it (scroll down to Nov 15 until you get to the bit where it says: “Love this pic of Irfan being interviewed") very quickly:


Bonus: another photographer in the shot.

More and more, the world is following me, in no longer wanted to exclude other photographers from its photos, but instead to include other photographers.

Monday November 16 2015

A few months ago, when the sun was shining and I was in the habit of leaving my home and wandering about in London, I took what i thought at the time was a photo of a bald bloke taking a photo:


I cropped half the guy’s face out of this photo, to make him non-machine-recognisable.

But looking at this photo again, I realise that the real mystery is what the guy has on his left wrist:


As so often, my camera saw more than I did.

When I started googling, to try to find out more about that device, I was pretty confident that I would soon learn.  But, I couldn’t find anything called that that looked like that.  Presumably it is some sort of Androidy iPhoney Watchy Thingy.  But I was unable to go beyond that vague presumption.


Wednesday October 28 2015

So I had gathered together a little clutch of photos of photoers that I took in 2007, about a dozen of them, and I was going to shove them up here, and call them something like: Photos of photoers taken in 2007.  But then I noticed that five of them - five - were all taken on 18/07/2007.  In English: on July18th 2007.  And apparently all within the space of a few dozen minutes.

So I dug up the original directory I’d got (quite a while back) those five pictures from, and here are (insert how many (it’ll be a lot (42))) of them, all taken between 6pm and 7.30pm, from outside Westminster Abbey to Westminster Bridge:

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And note this.  These were only those pictures which did not feature computer-identifiable faces.  There were that many again that were just as nice, but with clearly recognisable faces.  By that I mean both eyes and the nose and mouth all simultaneously visible.

And there you were thinking I had got bored with showing you photos of photoers.  Well, I have got a bit bored with taking such pictures, and have been taking rather fewer of such snaps lately, although maybe my interest in snapping snappers may reignite.  I don’t know.  But I now have a huge archive of such photos, and as the cameras in them get more and more obsolete, and as fashions begin to change, these pictures become ever more enjoyable with the passing of time, like good wine or so everyone says.

Normally I don’t go on about what sort of camera I used for a picture or for a bunch of pictures, but I must say I am impressed with what my Canon PowerShot S5 IS was doing, with its x12 zoom, all those years ago.  This camera has of course been discontinued, but as of today, you could get a “used - good” one, not boxed but in good condition, for fifty quid.

Tuesday October 06 2015

August 15th of this year was a good photography day for me.  I did particularly well on the Blokes photoing front, although I’m not sure if all the male humans here pictured are actually Blokes.  Bottom Middle and Bottom Right definitely.  But Top Middle and Top Right are probably what you’d call Guys.  Bottom Left might well be a Gent, if we looked at his face, and the face of his lady.  And as for Top Left, well, you decide.

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Once again, I have confined myself to subjects whose faces are not visible.  Apart from the subject Top Left.  That Top Left one was taken in one of my favourite Strange London Places, which is the little market space, off to the left of the trains (as you look towards the trains) in the concourse of Charing Cross Station.  From it, you can then walk along the side of the street towards the river, but at about second floor level, looking down on the street, until you arrive at the down-stream half of the new Hungerford Footbridges, which are on both sides of the old Hungerford railway bridge.  It’s one of my favourite little London walks.

The two definite Blokes are both photoing Big Ben, I think.  The Bloke holding a “selfie stick” is, I believe, not actually using it as a selfie stick.  I’m pretty sure he is photoing what’s in front of him rather than himself.  Big Ben, in other words.  Could he be far-sghted?

The fountain, being photoed by a Guy, is the one outside the Royal Festival Hall.  The other Guy is photoing that Citroen DS23 that has already been shown here.

The bald Gent photo is not technically very good. But he too is photoing Big Ben, as you can see on his screen, which is what makes the photo non-banal.

Nobody ever comments on my photo-collections-of-photoers postings.  Which makes me suspect that I am the only one here who really likes them.  But, that’s all it takes for a posting here to be a posting.

Friday September 25 2015

Yes, because that was when I took this photo:


One of the ways I have got (I think) better as a photographer is that I have gradually identified more classes of object or circumstance to be worth photoing.

This often starts with me just photoing something, because, what the hell, I like it, or it’s fun, or it’s interesting, or it’s odd, or it’s getting more common, or nobody else is noticing it and talking about it, or whatever and I just photo it, without even telling myself why, in conscious words.

Later, often much later, the conscious, verbalised thinking starts.  Perhaps because, as in this case, someone else starts talking about it. Guido having a go at that Labour politician was what got my conscious brain into gear on the subject of White Vans.  And I then decide to get more systematic about photoing whatever it is.

Mobile Pet Foods is still going, and if that link doesn’t convince you, then note the date on the latest piece of customer feedback here.  (That this feedback may be fake doesn’t alter the fact that the dates are recent.)

There is, of course, a cat angle to this.

Sunday September 06 2015

Indeed.  An Asian couple, photoed this afternoon, in Green Park.


The hooded guy crouching in the middle of my shot was the official photographer.  The photographer standing on the right was an interloper.  As was I of course.  Sorry about all the muck on my lens.  Photoing into the sun will do that.  Personally I think that can actually add to the sunny feeling of things.

Next, my definite favourite shot of this photo-session.  The guy running off stage right, has just thrown the white thing into the air and is trying to get out of the picture:


And here is one more, for luck, taken moments later:


Sometimes leaves are okay.


Sometimes, even rather pretty.

I wish them well.

Green Park wedding photos
Photoing down by the river
iPhone with added fish eye lens
Photoing and communicating the devastation of Tianjin
Digital photography ballet
Two photographers photoing me
May 2005 was my first big month for photoing photoers
Photographers by the river
A smartphone wearing sunglasses
Out and about with GD1 (4): On the survival of professional photography
A man taking a Selfie before it was A Thing (and me taking a picture of him)
Lots of photos of the camera man
The weather is too good
Smart face on smartphone
Real Photographer - shame about the adverts
Shard - Guys - Tate Modern - Blackfriars Bridge - photoed during Magic Hour
Hungerford Footbridges photographers
A photographer and an advert
What are those things on her hands?
Snohetta does zig zag roofs for competitive cities
Photoing the old London model
Bad taste
Yet more photographers
Bean drops snow on tourist
Photoing the photoers on Westminster Bridge
At the top of the Monument - in 2012 and in 2007
Is 2007 old enough?
Shadow photography (again)
Anish Kapoor photoed next to his big shiny balls
Photographers - photographers with hats (one of the hats being rather scary)
Smartphones and tablets at the Charlie Hebdo demo
Hand done photos
A photographer from the I Just Like It directory
Some photographers last November
Cameras photoing the Wheel (in 2007)
A link and a photo of a photographer
Photoing at the ASI party
The Poppies (4): Bald Blokes photoing them
Looking down through the see-through Tower Bridge walkway – but what about looking up through it?
The Poppies (3): People taking selfies
The Poppies (2): The crowds
Shard shots
Why I am a point-and-shoot photographer rather than a Real Photographer
My chance to ride a bus almost as old as me
In which I quotulate from a photo of a Canadian train
Godot nearly ready
Bald bloke taking a photo
Two guys on Westminster Bridge photoing ice creams in front of the Houses of Parliament
Big cat advertises guide dogs
Bag ladies
The man who photoed the CDs in Gramex this afternoon
Photographers in Tate Ancient
Out and about in the sunshine
Xxxx-ie outside Xxxx-ridges
Cat photo and cat news
Quota selfie from 2006
ASI Boat Trip 7: Other photographers
Photoing with a mobile with a gap in the lid
Photographer photoing photographer photoing Big Ben
Hartley waterlily
A Real Photographer does a shadow selfie
Moving picture
Looking good for the telephone box smartphone
Photographing while on a skateboard
Ten years ago today
Another photographer photo from the archives
Sam Bowman on Bleeding Heart Libertarianism
Photographers in the spring
Remembering another Christian name (and flagging up another talk)
Colour photography
ME Hotel Radio Rooftop Bar
The text of my talk for Christian Michel last night
Digital photography as telepathy
Taking photos with Big Flat Things
Confirmation that map use has seriously declined
Digital photographers holding maps
Polish girls in Moscow doing a selfie
Sidwell (and me) on selfies
Wedding photography - old and new
Here are two photos I took earlier
Photoing each other - and photoing stuff in the canal
Google Nexus 4 wedding photography!
Cassette iPhone photographer
Phablet news
Google Nexus 4 photos
Pictures of LLFF2013
More March 5th photographers (and more spaces between pictures)
Wandering about afterwards
Digital photographers outside Westminster Abbey
An earlier tablet photographer
More photographers photographed
Halloween flash!
Piccadilly Halloween
Patrick Crozier has just arranged for accessing ancient comments here to be much easier
More digital photographers
Celebrity photoshoot?
Usain Bolt takes photos of photographers!
The top of the Shard
Bomber Command Memorial pictures
A camera in each hand
Snaps (in Paris and London - and of the Millennium Footbridge)
Photographers at Eros and Art in the tube