There's a reason I like to carry my camera with me, and today justified it perfectly. Sitting in the peace gardens enjoying a spot of dinner from the international food market, a couple appeared from the Town Hall registry office and wandered into the peace gardens. A band were playing on a stage near the fountain and the newlyweds approached them. They decided on a whim to have their first dance on the peace gardens in full view of the watching crowd. They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and when random things like this happen, having it with me is great!
Of course, the problem with this picture is that you can't actually see the band. It's the strongest picture, though, and captures the couple wonderfully. Here's the runner up that includes the band.
I was recently asked if I could help out providing an image for a magazine article about stress management. For reasons as yet undiscovered the requested image would be of the USS Enterprise flying through a storm in space. Unfortunately I didn't have a lot of time (just a couple of hours), but I did have a very nice model of the Enterprise D I could use to build the image around. Thinking fast, I rigged up a rather slapdash rig consisting of a black reflector backdrop, an umbrella and stand from which dangled the model by a thread, and a couple of strobes. One light above, diffused, to provide the key light, and another, reflected and lower power, to fill some of the very dark shadows. It ended up all looking something like this: Using a fast shutter, f/16 and cunning flash positioning I managed to keep the background black and give the model suitably textured lighting so it didn't have that flat, uniform, shadowless appearance of, well, a model. The narrow aperture obv