Street Photography At Farnborough Airshow

A street photo of a member of the public taken at Farnborough Airshow

For those of you who know me, you will understand that I struggle with street photography. It’s my least favourite genre, but as a photographer it’s important to push myself.

Here are a few photos from the previous couple of days. Click on any photo to see a full size image.

A street photo taken at Woking train station.
One of the station staff at Woking train Station.
A street photo taken at Woking train station.
A street photo of two passengers at Woking train station, taken as a reflection upon mirrored glass.
Street photo taken at Woking train station.
A street photo of two passengers sitting on a bench at Woking train station.
Street photo of a man on a bus.
A street photo taken on the Farnborough Airshow shuttle bus from Farnborough main train station.
This is a street photo of a member of the public taken at Farnborough Airshow.
Street photo of a member of the public with two people walking by, taken at Farnborough Airshow.
A street photo of three members of the public taken at Farnborough Airshow.
Street photo of three members of the public sitting under umbrellas at Farnborough Airshow.
A street photo of a member of the public taken at Farnborough Airshow
A street photo of a woman eating an ice cream, juxtaposed with an ice-cream van, taken at Farnborough Airshow.
Street photo of a man taking a photo of aircraft at Farnborough Airshow.
A street photo of a member of the public taking a photo of aircraft, taken at Farnborough Airshow.
A street photo of two men looking towards the camera.
Street photo of two men looking at an Antalov from the Ukrainian Airforce, although it looks as if they are looking at the camera.

Photos Of The Red Arrows And A Few Other Static Aircraft From The Farnborough Airshow

cofUSAF F15 Eagle

oznorUSAF Eagle engines with a combined total of 44,000 lbs of thrust

oznorThe Red Arrows Aerobatics Display Team

Always a crowd pleaser. Here there are a full compliment of 10 Red Arrows. The 10th is a reserve aircraft encase one of the 9 fails it’s pre flight test, there is also a reserve pilot. Currently the Red Arrows are only completing fly pasts rather than aerobatics following an accident that they had over the past couple of years, and the tragic Shoreham air disaster in 2015. A Hawker Hunter crashed into a road during its display, with the tragic loss of life of 11 people.


Gannet’s – Puffin – Guillemot – Lightening Quick Auto Focus On Olympus OMD EM 1 MK ii

A Guillemot in flight, with a Gannet flying in the opposite direction


I went to RSPB Bempton Cliff’s (North Yorkshire) at the weekend, specifically to photograph Gannet’s, to hopefully see Puffling’s and to try out the auto-focus pn the OMD EM 1 MK ii. It was a very enjoyable day out for me, it can’t be bad when I can do two of my favourite things at the same time.

The auto focus on the Olympus OMD EM 1 MK ii is phenomenal. I mean that it’s so good that there aren’t the correct words to express how impressed I am. It uses both contrast and phase detection points, and it’s almost instantaneous. I was shooting in Continuous Auto-Focus (C-AF). Here’s the impressive bit, continuous auto-focus on somethings as small as a Puffin (28cm from tip of beak to tip of tail feather), three-quarters the way down a 300ft cliff (225ft below me), at least that far out to sea, and flying at roughly 45mph (they can go up to 60mph). That my friends, in my opinion, is f/’k”ng amazing.

This is a photo of a Puffin taken at RSPB Bempton Cliff's
(Please click on the photo for a full size image) The Atlantic Puffin is a member of the Auk family of birds, and is considered to be a vulnerable species with a declining population.

All of the photo’s accompanying this post are as shot. I’ve taken them into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to add metadata and to resize them for this post. I haven’t even cropped them. Once I am back from my travel’s I look forward to developing a few more, I have some shots that I can’t wait to show you. There are some that I am so impressed with that I will add them to Adobe Stock. All were taken on the Olympus OMD EM1 MK ii, manual, C-AF, 15fps on the Mzuiko 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 ii.

Here are a few taster photos In the mean time, and I look forward to developing the rest after my holiday.

This is a photo of two Gannets, taken at RSPB Bempton during July 2018.
(Please click on the photo for a full size image) The most beautiful part of a Gannet is its eye. A piercing blue eye, that is framed by such a delicate yellow head.
The bonding ritual of a pair of Gannet['s, watched over by two other Gannets.
(Please click on photo for a full size image) Gannet’s mate for life, and once they have a roost they will return to the exact same nest year after year. They have a bonding ritual in which they will preen each other and then perform a dance with their beaks, rubbing them against each other. These must be a newly formed couple. The dark streaks of the bird on the right mean that it is not mature enough for breeding and is probably around 2 years old, at least they will have two years bonding in preparation for mating.
A photo of a Gannet riding the thermals at RSPB Bempton Cliffs
(Please click on the photo for a full size image) A gannet riding the thermals at the top of RSPB Bempton Cliff’s in North Yorkshire. There is a large breeding colony here. RSPB Bempton Cliff’s is an accessible site that has gravel paths wide enough for wheel chair users, and each viewing platform has a space for visitors with disabilities.
A photo in which the main subject are three Gannets which are riding the thermals from the base of the cliff and up to the top.
(Please click on the photo for a full size image) This is a small roost of juvenile, non-breeding Gannets, and is set slightly away from the main breeding colony. It is an important place for bonding and developing the social and defensive skills required for breeding. The social skills include protecting your space from other birds who are looking to pinch your prime real estate for their nest. The birds circle around from the foot of these cliffs, riding the thermals until they reach the top.
A Guillemot in flight, with a Gannet also in the photo.
(Please click on the photo for a full size image) The Common Guillemot is a sea-bird whose numbers are on the increase, and is thereby classified as being of the least concern. How good it is to celebrate a bird population that is healthy and increasing. The Guillemot can fly up to 50mph, can fly as far as 200 miles on a trip to find food, and they can also dive to a depth of 100 meters. This Guillemot is flying in the opposite direction as a Gannet.

Assignment Three Feedback

This is a stage photo exploring the destructive effects of gambling

I spoke with my tutor, Jayne Taylor, on Friday afternoon, and she provided me with feedback the staged photo that I produced for assignment three. Once I get the formal written feedback I will add that to a separate post.

  • Good attention to the elements within the photo
  • Elements work well together
  • There are no elements there that don’t need to be there
  • Partial view of the bottle works well
  • Shadow from the bottle going to the D-day text is good, as is the pen above the advert going back into the picture
  • The coloured advert is strong as is the bankruptcy papers
  • The research is good


Jayne was really clear that she liked the work that I produced and that it was good enough as it is. We went on to discuss ways that I could have done things differently such as, using a slightly wider angle to include some of the bench, and also had a beer mat and possibly a betting slip. We also discussed the possibility of having made this route indoors using a tripod and lighting. To ensure that the lighting would be correct for this setup it would be worth exploring the lighting in several pubs and being aware of the white balance and temperature of that light. This could then be reproduced at home and would give more of a feel of being inside a pub. With regards to lighting Jayne suggested that I take a look at “The Blues” by Mitre Trabrizian to see how lighting changes both ambience and connotation wedding photography. It’s also advantageous to be aware of the lighting in film and TV production because this is more obvious in its nature and the fact

Moving Forwards

  • Research other photographers in relation to eating disorders
  • Read Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes, and also image music text
  • Continue reading Photography: A Critical Introduction by Liz Wells, treat each chapter as if it were a lecture, and make notes as you go along
  • Send contact sheets to Jayne via email


It’s All About Me When It Comes To My Emotions – Responding Not Reacting

It’s been a challenging week for me on many levels’. I felt hurt and frustrated by a friend’s behaviour and, have had a professional organisation failed to keep their commitment, and two professionals involved in my care are leaving their posts.

I find it very difficult to be authentic and express my emotions in response to somebody’s behaviour. However, I had to say something this week so that O could remain true to myself and protect my self esteem. My friend’s behaviour isn’t the issue, it’s my feelings that I need to focus on. It doesn’t matter how you behave, that’s your choice and your right, so if I feel upset or hurt in response to your behaviour that’s my responsibility. My telling you how I feel doesn’t mean that you have to change your behaviour. As your behaviour is your responsibility you can choose whether to act differently, or continue to behave as you are. This means that you can remain true to yourself.

Self-portrait in which I photographed myself as a reflection in a mirror.
(Please click on photo for a full size image) I am slowly becoming comfortable with displaying self portraits, but I still need to cover my face.

So this week I took responsibility for my emotions and spoke to my friend about how I was feeling with regards to our friendship. I did this in a manner that owned my feelings and didn’t blame her for my emotional reaction. In order to do this I needed to give myself a couple of days to allow my emotions to calm down and so that I could prepare what I wanted to say without it being an attack on her. It would have been so easy to react but that would have been damaging to both her and myself (There have been recent news stories about students trying to get their lecturers sacked because they have differences of opinion. This behaviour is completely inappropriate because it apportions blame rather than taking responsibility for your thoughts and feelings, it’s also very arrogant and self righteous).

With a professional organisation letting me down my approach is firmer, more descriptive and without emotional content. They have provided me with some software called Dragon Nuance, which is voice to text software, and am using this to write this blog today. They are currently training me how to use and make the most of this technique. I had an appointment with them which they failed to keep. I’m very pleased that in both instances I have been able to respond, to take responsibility for my thoughts and feelings without resorting to criticism or blaming them for how I feel.

(Please click on photo for a larger image) Macro photography is my mindfulness. It is something that I enjoy immensely and it also calms me down.

My eating disorder therapist has been off work for several months,. We had an appointment this week, during which she informed me that she is changing role in two weeks and I won’t have a therapist until the new person is in post. On top of this, the junior psychiatrist that I have been working with whilst my therapist has been off sick, is moving onto a new rotation in two weeks and I’ll have to get used to a new doctor. My care coordinator is also changing. I feel quite vulnerable with having these three changes at the same time.

Acceptance is the answer, and the only way of responding to these changes I don’t like and that I feel unsafe with. So my response is to allow my vulnerability to be as it is, and to discuss this with my friends as often as I need to.

By Thursday afternoon my thoughts were along the lines of “what else is going to go wrong today?”. So I wrote a gratitude list and made a note of all the things that had happened during the day which I felt grateful for, I spoke with a friend, and my mood and thoughts improved. Making some macro photography also helped to keep me focused straight after my psychiatric appointment.

(Please click on the photo for a full size image) Macro photography is my mindfulness. It is something that I enjoy enormously, and it also calms me down.

One Is Too Many And A Thousand Never Enough

A layered photo which combines several different photos of food. This is a sociology photo which is about binge eating disorder, which is an eating disorder.
(Please click on the photo for a full size image) Binge eating disorder is an eating disorder and serious mental illness. It can have major psychological consequences and cause serious health complications. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. If you think that you, or someone you care about may have an eating disorder then please seek help from your doctor. There are many eating disorder charities throughout the world. In the UK please see BEAT eating disorders or Men get eating disorders too for advice and support. Help is available and recovery is possible.