To provide an idea of how Brian and Dave work together at EOS Network, and to show our different styles of photography, we decided to do a photo walk in London. So that was the location set, how about some ground rules?
Only five items of equipment for each photographer
This was the hardest choice of the day for both of us. The ‘rules’ said we counted a camera with batteries & memory cards as one item, lens was one item, tripod, monopod or gorilla pod was one item. A flashgun was one item, but you could accessorise it without penalty so radio triggers or off-camera cords were not counted as a piece of kit. A few well chosen, some would say sneaky, accessories were in both our bags but not counted as one of the five items; filters, extension tubes, even a 1.4x extender. The details of which equipment we both selected and why is coming in another post.
Each of us needed to produce five pictures from the day
A wide open brief to start with, and one that would give each of us a chance to shoot the images that caught our attention. The five images we each produced will be shown soon in another post.
With ‘London’ agreed as a location we decided at the last minute to head to the tube station. Fortunately the weather was smiling upon us and though it was windy the sun shone and the temperature was warm for early February. We got on the tube and headed east to Aldgate at the other end of the Metropolitan line. From Aldgate station we headed towards Spitalfields hoping to find some inspiration, but in fact both of us walked round the market seeing little that caused us to open our camera bags. Though I’m sure another photographer could have produced all five images there.
Walking on we moved along Bishopsgate and over London Bridge then in to Borough Market. With the day moving on we stopped for lunch at Pizza Express by the Bankside Pier. We managed to run a quick twitter competition and gave away a book as a prize for the first of the followers to correctly identify where we were. Congratulations to Martin Beddall for identifying our location so quickly.
Refreshed and ready for some more pictures, since both of us were sure we didn’t have five shots yet, we moved along towards the Millennium Bridge. Dave had an idea that there were some pictures to be had around the Millennium Bridge and they would suit the five items of kit he was carrying. So we spent quite some time capturing pictures. Brian was less interested in the landscape and went over the bridge in search of something different. With the light failing and the wind getting up we left our walk at Mansion House tube station and headed home with enough pictures in the bag.
In the future we will extend these ad-hoc photo walks and invite EOS Network readers to join us, keep watching the blog and EOS Network twitter feed for more information.