So what have I been up to recently you ask? Well I doubt you really are asking but seeing as you are here I might as well tell you anyway. Spending some time on a beach would be the reply, but a beach in central London. Not true I hear you say? But I am not lying, there is a great little beach down at Royal Victoria Docks near where I am based at present which is not only great to go and relax on and gather ones thoughts but also has some great areas around it for some photos.
What am I blabbering on about now? well to some who follow me on twitter (yes its @ryandinhamphoto if you do not do so) you will already be up to speed with the beach updates and some of the ice cream ones too, however this month saw me shooting something different for a change, found from simply going for a run in some bloody nice weather.
Around the docks there is a real mixture of textures and random items to use as props, and one of them is a giant crane – well several cranes to be honest with you. These cranes were used back when the docks were live loading and unloading various boats cargo and thankfully have been left by the dockside for people like me to play with. Now I have wanted to use a crane for ages, I believe it was the ones down at Battersea power station I really wanted to gain access to, however that site is about £1500+ vat for a couple of hours and well beyond my personal budget here sadly, but these ones are FREE!!!!
Ok so that’s enough waffling about cranes and beaches and probably about time I actually talk about photos. For some time I had been chatting to my good friend Sabina about putting a shoot together, as to be brutally honest my portfolio is very heavy on the photos of men (hot sweaty men in dark venues to be exact according to some) and I like to show that I am diverse. Thankfully in the UK we are having such good weather and both Sabina and I had a day where we could not only catch up but also wander about my newly found locations in order to simply have a bit of fun with my camera. All in all it was nice to not be on a deadline, no rush, no worrying about packing my lighting down out of a venue, no DJs turning up late and shortening the time I had with them… bla bla bla you get the point….
The photos - all taken on my trusty 1DX and 50 1.2 set up (yes there is a trend here of late with this) with Sabina messing about in front of buildings, climbing on cranes and standing on bridges. Processing – A new lightroom preset I am working from for a slightly different look and my now new found love of black and white.