Don's Pages

Monday, 25 March 2013

Dolphin and Lady Fountain; Tower Bridge.

The Dolphin Fountain: Tower Bridge, London.


I'm sorry, someone had just pointed out that I should tell you, that by clicking the images on this page, you can see them super-lard and they'll fill your screen. Hope you enjoy the bigger picture.



It's great to visit the centre of London at night. I parked in Queen Elizabeth Street, which is only a 3 minute walk from Tower Bridge and the parking is free. There was a little drizzly rain, but nothing to worry about. After walking over the bridge, I set up my tripod and proceeded to take some shots. I've heard that the security guards in the hotel next to the fountain can be a bit officious, but I don't they they wanted to get wet as I didn't see any. There were a few other people about taking shots, so I had to wait until they'd finished.


I've been to this fountain on a few occasions, but never at night. I was saddned by the fact that the fountain was turned off, but not daunted. After analysing the scene, wanting to incorporate the Shard in the background and get some reflections in the pool, I took a few shots from various angles (see below) Sometimes, it's not until you get home and look at them on the big screen that you know what you've captured. However, I had the blinkies turned on on the back screen of my Nikon D700 and could see that some of the highlights were blown out, so I adjusted the exposure compensation to -.7 stop, then again to -1. Perfect. I knew I could combine several exposures in Photomaitx later, but wanted to get it right in camera anyway.

Here is the final shot that I was quite please with that night. (See some of the images that I also took below).

How I got this shot: 

It's a HDR image made up of three exposures of one image set in Lightroom. After cleaning up the image, removing a few dust spots etc, I adjusted the exposure settings and exported to Photomatix Pro. I don't like too heavy HDR and all the weird halos that can be produced, so after tinkering around with the settings, I got something that I liked and saved the image as a TIFF file. Then opened it in Photoshop and adjusted the Levels to bring back some punch. HDR can often leave an image a little flat. Then I adjusted the Noise with a filter in PS5, Sharpend with a high pass filtre and overlay mode. Then finally played around with saturation in Lightroom again.

Dolphin and Lady Fountain at Tower Bridge, London, UK.
Camera Nikon D700 with 16-35mm Nikon Lens. ISO100, 30sec exposure, 16mm, f/22.0.




More Shots of the Dolphin and Lady Fountain at Tower Bridge.



You can purchase some of this fine art work by clicking any image you like on the box below or just take a peek at my portfolio. Always appreciated your feedback and comments.

Don's Fine Art Store:


Art Prints

Friday, 22 March 2013

After Dinner Delight

After Dinner Delight: Tiger Prawns in Chilli... 


I thought I'd have a bit of fun with my picture of the day. After getting dinner ready for my wife, and having eaten it in our dining room, I strolled into the kitchen and it was all dark apart from the vent light. This is what dinner looks like after we've finished it.

Menu For Don's 'Tiger Prawn' Dinner Tonight.

Tiger Prawns cooked in sesame oil, chilli and garlic with a touch of smoked paprika. As the prawns don't take very long to cook it's best to begin by frying the chilli and garlic a couple of minutes before to get the flavours into the oil.

Deep fried plantain (cooking bananas).

Salad: thinly sliced courgette and mango, sliced baby tomatoes, with half the juice of a lime, in some yoghurt. Spiced with black pepper and minced garlic,  tossed together.

After it's all prepared, combined together with brown rice cooled in running water. Don't forget to add the oil that the chilli and garlic have been cooking in over the top, this will give the dish a great kick with a wonderful nutty flavour from the sesame oil.

What a delight to prepare and it was sooooo yummy to eat with some Tiger Bread and a glass of red wine...

Now: Here's the mess I left in the kitchen. Who's going to clean all that up?
P.S. Don't look at that Heinz Ketchup, I didn't use that tonight.


Cooking for me is an adventure a journey of discovery. It's the first time we've used mango in a salad.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Tower Bridge Light Trails

Tower Bridge Light Trails.



After taking the previous shot of the Dolphin and Lady fountain with Tower Bridge in the background, when going back over the bridge to my car I envisiaged a great shot with light-trails heading towards the arches on the bridge. I like the way this one turned out on the computer screen. It's funny how you never really know what you've got until you get back home and look at it full screen.



Tower Bridge Light-Trails by Don Davis Photography 2013.
30 seconds, f/16.0, ISO 100, 16mm.
Camera Nikon D700. Lens 16-35mm Nikon. 
You can purchase this work here at Don's Fine Art 

Tower Bridge:

London's Tower Bridge (which was built 1886–1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London and is probably one of the most painted and photographed bridges in the world. Contrary to popular belief, the song "London Bridge is Falling Down" has nothing to do with Tower Bridge, they are completely different bridges. Tower bridge opens and closes to allow ships to pass underneath and up the Thames.
The bridge consists of two towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge's present colour scheme dates from 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen Elizabeth II's silver jubilee. Originally it was painted a mid greenish-blue colour.

The History of Tower Bridge:

In the second half of the 19th century, increased commercial development in the East End of London led to a requirement for a new river crossing downstream of London Bridge. A traditional fixed bridge could not be built because it would cut off access by tall-masted ships to the port facilities in the Pool of London, between London Bridge and the Tower of London.
A Special Bridge or Subway Committee was formed in 1876, chaired by Sir Albert Joseph Altman, to find a solution to the river crossing problem. It opened the design of the crossing to public competition. Over 50 designs were submitted, including one from civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette. The evaluation of the designs was surrounded by controversy, and it was not until 1884 that a design submitted by Sir Horace Jones, the City Architect (who was also one of the judges), was approved.
Jones' engineer, Sir John Wolfe Barry, devised the idea of a bascule bridge with two towers built on piers. The central span was split into two equal bascules or leaves, which could be raised to allow river traffic to pass. The two side-spans were suspension bridges, with the suspension rods anchored both at the abutments and through rods contained within the bridge's upper walkways.

Don's Photography Website: Click Here.

Don's Fine Art Website: Click Here.

Art Prints





Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Tower Bridge at Night

Tower Bridge at Night.


The Dolphin and Lady Fountain.

I've taken a quite a few shots of Tower Bridge from the Southbank of the Thames before at night, so I thought I'd be adventurous and travel over the bridge and capture the dolphin and lady fountain. I've a few more shots of the bridge on this blog.



I never tire of visiting London's iconic landmarks, but as this is probably the most photographed and painted bridge in the world, getting something unique is never going to be easy. If you do a Google search for Tower Bridge you'll see a few more shots that I've taken, but there a millions. I'm quite surprised that I come so high in the rankings on Google, because there are many more works that far surpass mine. Thanks so much for everyone visiting and sharing this on G+, Facebook and Twitter. Keep sharing my friends.

Tower Bridge:

London's Tower Bridge (which was built 1886–1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London and is probably one of the most painted and photographed bridges in the world. Contrary to popular belief, the song "London Bridge is Falling Down" has nothing to do with Tower Bridge, they are completely different bridges. Tower bridge opens and closes to allow ships to pass underneath and up the Thames.
The bridge consists of two towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge's present colour scheme dates from 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen Elizabeth II's silver jubilee. Originally it was painted a mid greenish-blue colour.

The History of Tower Bridge:

In the second half of the 19th century, increased commercial development in the East End of London led to a requirement for a new river crossing downstream of London Bridge. A traditional fixed bridge could not be built because it would cut off access by tall-masted ships to the port facilities in the Pool of London, between London Bridge and the Tower of London.
A Special Bridge or Subway Committee was formed in 1876, chaired by Sir Albert Joseph Altman, to find a solution to the river crossing problem. It opened the design of the crossing to public competition. Over 50 designs were submitted, including one from civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette. The evaluation of the designs was surrounded by controversy, and it was not until 1884 that a design submitted by Sir Horace Jones, the City Architect (who was also one of the judges), was approved.
Jones' engineer, Sir John Wolfe Barry, devised the idea of a bascule bridge with two towers built on piers. The central span was split into two equal bascules or leaves, which could be raised to allow river traffic to pass. The two side-spans were suspension bridges, with the suspension rods anchored both at the abutments and through rods contained within the bridge's upper walkways.








Saturday, 16 March 2013

New chandelier

Don's New Chandelier.



We've just put up our new chandelier and now that my daughter her husband and my two lovely granddaughters have moved out, we're getting lonely and want to begin entertaining friends again in our lovely home. 

This is the new chandelier my wife just bought to grace the table in the middle of the room, once I've set the table I'll show you some more and send out the invitations for a lovely Scottish treat. 



london skyline framed prints

You Can view more works by Don.
Don Davis Photography. Don is a fine art and portrait photographer, based in London. To view portraiture, visit don's website at Fine Art England or Fine Art America. Redbubble or 500px.

You can get some fine art prints of this work from Here.

Visit Don's Fine Art England Store.

Art Prints

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters & A Poem.


uk prints
from Cuckmere Haven. (Read the poem "The White Sea Cliffs" below.

</
There's nothing more refreshing that taking a long walk along the cliffs at Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters. I'm always fascinated by the south coastal region of Englan, with it's white cliffs, the milky sea and the always changing sky.

This is a view from Cuckmere Haven of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs.



Poem: The White Sea Cliffs: By Don Davis 2013.


The white sea cliffs,
Seven of beauty,
calm, solid against the storm.
Peaceful, where once war raged,
Restful amidst yearlong worn,
Cracked, crumbled, tumbled down stone,
reveals beneath a white new form.
Oh Cliff, so pure, so majestic,
to you I come to moan.
I find in you solidity,
reminds me of the Lord above,
I know He holds you, now, forever,
Seven of beauty, He’s on the throne.

Every time I visit these awesome and majestic cliffs, something within me stirs. A reminder that though we go through life, we get beaten, cracks appear, bits fall off, and the storms rage, but there is One who cares, One who loves, One who holds the Universe in the palm of His hands. He's the Lord above, the Living Lord, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Don Davis Photography. Don is a fine art and portrait photographer, based in London. To view portraiture, visit don's website at Fine Art England or Fine Art America. Redbubble or 500px.

You can get some fine art prints of this work from Here.

Visit Don's Fine Art England Store.

Art Prints

Monday, 11 March 2013

Mother's Day Tulips

Mother's Day Tulips.

One a Day 2013.

It's always great when Mother's Day comes around. My wife Julie gets flowers, chocolates and little presents and I get to munch (just to help her of course) and take great pictures of fresh flowers. Here are just two examples of the many that I've taken from yesterday's offerings. Hope you all had a wonderful celebration of Mothering Sunday.

Where Does Mother's Day Come From?

I've heard that in times gone by when people who were in service (bondage, slavery) in the UK, once a year they could go home to their towns and villages to visit their mothers. Don't know if this is true, but that's what I heard or read somewhere.





You can purchase these fine art works at my store

Don's Fine Art England


Art Prints

Speed Bump Hump

Don's Got the Hump with Speed Bumps. 

Do you ever get annoyed with those nasty speed bumps?
They drive me crazy. I know this doesn't have much to do with Photography, but I've just got to vent sometimes... does anyone else get annoyed by speed bumps?

Thousands of years ago some nice Romans came to the UK and developed a stunning road network with straight roads, that are still here today. However, we are in danger in the UK of winding the clock back and reverting to holes and bumps that the Romans flattened because they knew a flat road meant a smooth ride.

My car has been damaged so many times since coming to live in London, not by vandals, not by crashes or accidents, but by the road network itself. It's cost me thousands of pounds in garage repair bills. Now I've got the HUMP with Speed Bumps.

Speed Bumps / Sleeping Policemen / Traffic Calming.

Call them what you will, but they are horrible. They are even worse when they get damages and cracks, some have deep holes that your car just plunges into. Every time I go over them, you'll here me curse or think horrible thoughts about those who put them on our wonderful smooth British roads.

Don't get me wrong: 

I know that children and vulnerable people need to be protected from speeding motorists. I'm not advocating a complete removal, but I would like them removed from every back street in the UK. Instead, I'd like to see more policing and much higher and tougher fines and sentences for people who speed in their cars, especially around neighbourhoods. I'd like to see other forms of traffic calming other than speed bumps for the following reasons.

Get Rid of Speed Bumps:

I'd love to see the removal of all Speed Bumps from our roads. 

Why? Because Speed Bumps;
  •  Cause Damage to Cars regularly (When they do Councils should pay for repairs).
  • Cause Pollution. (We all want a cleaner environment right? Well, cars need to slow down and their rev their engines to get up to speed again for speed bumps. That creates even more pollution in our natural world and your neighbourhoods.) 
  • Cause Danger to Patients in Ambulances. Imagine if you've damaged your back or have a suspected broken neck, you've been put in a neck brace and your on your way to hospital. Every Para-medic knows they need to be so careful with people in this condition as one slight jerk in the wrong direction could result in life-long paralysis. Then the ambulance has to negotiate the damned road bumps on the way to hospital. Ahhhh! poor patients. 
  • Cause Noise Pollution: Cars continually slowing down and revving up again. You'll see scar marks on many speed bumps, they are too high and many cars make lots of noise going over them and hitting the bottom.
  • Cause Danger of Accidents:(see image below) People having to avoid cracked and pot-holed speed bumps are forced into the direction of on-coming traffic. Cyclists avoiding them veer into the pathway of cars, that's happened to me on many occasions. 
  • Cause Driver Blindness: at night when cars go over speed bumps their dipped head-lights shine into the eyes of on-coming motorists causing temporary blindness. I hate that...
  • Cause Danger from Damaged Cars. Over time these speed bumps cost motorists money in petrol, brake pad repairs / replacement, damages to undersides of cars, wheels being thrown out of alignment means tyre replacement, wheel bearing repairs, etc etc etc. Not everyone can afford this so they don't get done as often as they should. 
  • Cause False Security: They are meant to slow cars down, but the people that need to be slowed down by them don't. They are just a cheap way of traffic violation enforcement that doesn't work. Young men in mean machines love these bumps when they've stolen a car for a joy ride. 
  • I'll be adding to this list....


Damaged Speed Bumps: Are DANGEROUS.

All over London you'll see Speed Bumps and Sleeping Policemen that are not maintained at all. Some have been in these dreadful conditions for years. Obviously speed bumps are costing us too much to install and maintain properly. This causes further damage to cars and increases noise pollution. It's also very DANGEROUS, because motorists and cyclists sometimes have to swerve to avoid the pot holes on. I'm sure many accidents have occurred because of this. Does anyone know of any? 

Vent over: I'll return to my beloved Photography now. 
We should start a campaign like the residents in Derby who petitioned their Town Council and after a long battle had all their speed bumps removed. It can be done, it should be done, it makes sense for so many reasons; financial, safety, comfort and would make so many annoyed people happy again. Oh how I'd love to see speed bumps removed.


Pot Holes are another annoyance, they've damaged my car too.

Back to Photography.

You can get your hands on Don's Fine Art at Fine Art England

Art Prints

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Circles of Confidence

Circles of Confidence


Captured at a wedding in London.
When photographing a wedding it's good to get as many simple detail shots as possible. I took this one whilst the Groom and Best Man were sitting waiting upon the Bride to arrive. They were quite nervous, so having a little bit of fun helped them to relax and enabled me to get some great shots.

Circles of Confidence. Everyone wants their marriage to last forever and when two people are madly in love, who can blame them. Putting a ring on another person's finger enables them to know that you are committed to them as long as you are husband and wife, or as they say in the Church service "Till death us do part". Wearing a wedding ring tells everyone that you have someone very special in your life and that you are committed to that person forever.

These two little circles of gold symbolise much more than human commitment; a circle has no beginning or end; just like God and when we give ourselves in His presence to another person, you can be sure of His unending love for you, your partner and your marriage. Wear your circle of God with pride and honour.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Moody A L I N A

Moody A L I N A.



It's been great fun working on some of the images from last Saturday's shoot with Alina. I thought this one deserved some moody treatment because of her expression and pose.
(If you click the images, you can see them much larger).



The Final Result

Black & White Version.


Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Sunglasses A L I N A.

I forgot to post today.

A Busy Day.

Here's one for 6th March 2013. I forgot to post. So just keeping up with my pics from Saturday's shoot with  A L I N A.

SUNGLASSES add something, I think :-)


It's great to be with so many other people who are all learning at the same time, there's a buzz in the air and we pick up on what others are doing. I was watching one of the other group members and thinking, that's really a good way to communicate with the model. Learning studio photography can be fun.



More Images from Saturday's Shoot.

Please click they's take you to another page on this blog. Don't forget to click the images to see them much larger too.





Don's Fine Art Website (Discount Code: STVPTZ

Art Prints

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

PhaseOne Addictive

PhaseOne Medium Format Digital Cameras.

Imagine getting your grubby little paws on one of these beauties? 
They cost more than a small house or flat here in London, but would it be worth it for the image quality?

They tell us these awesome cameras are addictive, I'm sure they are :-)



The Phase One Digital Camera System.

Check out the video on youtube below.







WOW! Now for some more.






PhaseOne Press Release Below.

Copenhagen, March 4, 2013 — Phase One, the world’s leader in open-platform, medium format camera systems and solutions, today announced the Phase One IQ2 series: three new full-frame 645 format digital camera backs with high-speed wireless connectivity and 13 f-stops of dynamic range, plus new options to meet specific photographic goals. Building on the IQ digital back platform, the first choice of many of the world’s leading photographers, the technical advances in the Phase One IQ280, IQ260 and IQ260 Achromatic go beyond delivering ultra-high megapixel resolution to introduce greater mobility and workflow flexibility for professional photographers.
“Instead of trying to make our wireless connection a replacement for a wired file transfer, as others have done, our solution focuses on helping get the right image capture -- whether that means perfecting composition or focus, or simply easing the challenges of capturing a hard-to-reach image from a remote location,” said Jan H. Christiansen, marketing director, Phase One.
All IQ2 camera backs feature full-frame 645 format sensors designed collaboratively by Phase One and Teledyne Dalsa to deliver the world’s best image quality. In addition, Phase One IQ2 camera backs deliver a full 13 f-stops of dynamic range, which combined with meticulous calibration and careful hardware and software optimization ensures that the image quality is matched by no other camera.
-- The 80 megapixel IQ280 puts Wi-Fi in a new perspective, enabling remote image capture and viewing of huge 80 megapixel images on an iPad running Phase One’s Capture Pilot App. It represents the pinnacle of image quality. With an ISO as low as 35, no other camera or digital back can get better silk-like images.
-- The 60 megapixel IQ260 offers unparalleled capture versatility, with exposure ranges from 1/10000s to one hour with virtually noise-free images. The 60 megapixel sensor at the heart of the IQ260 is a unique 645 format full-frame device found only in this digital back. It offers the widest exposure range opportunities on the market coupled with phenomenal image quality. And both the IQ280 and IQ260 capture raw images at 16-bit color depth per channel, enabling reproduction of scenes with ultra-smooth transitions.
-- The Phase One IQ260 Achromatic is a dedicated image capture device designed to deliver the highest-quality pure black and white images. It fully shares the IQ2 series’ “unplugged” assets. At the core of this system is a 60-megapixel sensor with no color filter array mounted, which means that no interpolation is necessary. Each and every pixel of the sensor is focused purely on capturing the finest details of an image. This digital back comes with no mounted IR cut-off filter, and the IQ260 Achromatic is capable of capturing image in three light spectrums: infrared, visible and ultraviolet -- permitting photographers to experiment with a wide range of their choice of filters to create unique images for artistic and scientific purposes.
Capture Made Easy
All IQ2 backs include built-in accelerometers, whose input helps align images perfectly at the moment of capture. An intuitive virtual horizon offers a precise visual indication of an image’s roll and pitch; that data is automatically stored with the images and can be automatically corrected in Capture One software after import.

Alina Surdu

Alina Surdu.


Alina Surdu: One a Day 2013.

I really like how Alina has turned out in B&W. More images from shoot linked below.


It was a wonderful learning experience working with a model and learning to communicate what we wanted to achieve. Thanks so much Alina for being patient with us all.

More images to click from this shoot with Alina.



Don's Sale is still on for a limited period.
Sale Code: STVPTZ Click below.
  Art Prints

Monday, 4 March 2013

Alina Portrait

Alina Portrait



One a Day 2013.
Alina was our model for Saturday's Shoot.



Purchase This Pic at Don's Fine Art America
Here.


Art Prints

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Model Alina

Model Alina.

Don's Photography Blog: One a Day.


Fashion Shoot with Model Alina Surdu.

We had a fantastic time learning all about studio photography with some wonderful people in East London. The Model for the day was Alina Surdu, we had a MUA on hand to touch up and apply for the day. What a wonderful way to spend a cold Saturday in a warm studio environment.

Studio Work: 

When we arrived the studio was just an empty community hall. We chatted, had coffee / tea and biscuits and met the model and make up artist. Then we discussed what we may try and achieve from the shoot.

Then it was down to business as we unpacked the light stands, background, umbrellas, lights, etc. We tried different lighting set-ups and were encouraged, by Richard Dawson (our group host) to set-up and position the lights ourselves, which was a steep learning curve for most people in the group. We tried various ways to trigger the lights, and using both studio flash and speedlights to see the various effects produced. We tried soft boxes and umbrellas and also switched from black to white backgrounds. All basic stuff, but it was great to get behind the reasons why photographers make the choices they do. Also to do it ourselves rather than have it all set up beforehand was a brilliant way to build our understanding.

We also had some fine instruction on metering with different light meters. How to colour balance in camera and then the shoot began.

Model / Photographer Communication: What fun we had trying to communicate with the amazing model, Alina Surdu. Richard explained that communication is vital, so we needed to learn to build a rapport with the model and encourage her into the poses that we were after. That was fun and hard, for few of us had done that before in this kind of situation. The model was nervous because it was her first shoot since having a child and one of our members said, "I'm nervous too, I've never done this before". That's a wonderful confession and admission. It is quite a strange feeling when shooting a stranger and trying to take photographs of them. People photography is a personal thing and reveals the inner being, so to try and capture the essence of a person and do them justice is an awesome responsibility and privilege.

As the shoot progressed, we laughed, joked and really did begin to find friendship with each other and the model and MUA, as a result we all came away with some amazing shots of Alina.

My Steep Learning Curve: What I learned was much more than imagined when I set out yesterday morning. Not just the practical aspects of setting up a studio and arranging the lights, but real communication. I'll certainly be more confident next time, but I've learned that we do need to have some clear ideas of what we want to achieve and be able and ready to communicate it to our models in a way that is fun, enjoyable and treats them as real human beings rather than objects. They are not just a mannequin with amazing looks, models are real people, with real feelings, real lives and amazing attributes.




I'll be posting more pictures as they are developed. Hope you enjoy this first one.
More Images of Alina from Saturday's Photo Shoot.




Saturday, 2 March 2013

Scottish Piper

Scottish Piper on Westminster Bridge.

One a Day 2013.
As I was shooting on Westminster Bridge in London, I spotted a familiar face, it was the Scottish Piper who plays there all the time. I've seen him many times and had a chat with him in St Stephen's Tavern by Big Ben (a great trad English pub BTW). In this candid capture of him, taken from across the other side of the bridge, I used my Nikon D700 and 70-200mm Nikon f/2.8 lens.


Friday, 1 March 2013

Westminster Light: One a Day 2013.

Westminster Light

Westminster Light on Westminster Bridge. With the now iconic London Eye in the background. The only adjustments to this image were to boost saturation in the greens to make the glass stand out more. Using a wide aperture on  the zoom allowed for a narrow field of focus.


Standing on the opposite side of the road on Westminster Bridge, I was able to use my 70-200mm Nikon f/2.8 zoom to good effect. As the sun was shining I could use a fast shutter speed to freeze action and handhold without much effort. I got quite a few good candid captures from here.

Google+ Badge

There was an error in this gadget