Digital Camera Magazine Shootout feature

Quick blog update to try and keep things fresh here while I’m working on my ‘Super top secret project’ which is easily the best, most exciting thing I’ve ever worked on. I’ve been having such a hard time trying to keep it a secret, but it will be ready to show you soon!

Anyway, recently I was invited by Digital Camera Magazine to join them for a day out shooting urban photography down on London's South Bank. The idea was to join them and another London based photographer for a 'Shootout' to see how we would interpret their challenges on the day with the results being used for a 6 page feature in the magazine. Both flattered and excited at the invite I jumped at the opportunity to have some of my work printed in the UK's top selling photography magazine!

Why do they all need such big cameras?! And why is my hair so terrible. It's not usually that terrible!

Why do they all need such big cameras?! And why is my hair so terrible. It's not usually that terrible!

"Creative Technologist Leon was determined to explore his urban environment, despite the rain, the wind and a stinking cold. He also loves meeting and hanging out with photography nerds." I'm appreciative of both being asked for my thoughts on the day and their honest portrayal of them in the final feature.

That's right, homies. Shot of the day! Not so keen on their re-edit of my photo. See below.

That's right, homies. Shot of the day! Not so keen on their re-edit of my photo. See below.

"Leon's bold and arresting framing..." No fucking around. Also, some serious photographer stance going down in the bottom corner.

"Leon's bold and arresting framing..." No fucking around. Also, some serious photographer stance going down in the bottom corner.

Most interesting about the day was that we had no idea what the subject, theme or location we were shooting was going to be. Arriving for a photography shootout blind with no way to prepare was a really interesting challenge. The one stipulation I gave myself was that I refused to shoot an obvious iconic building or capture a photograph that a tourist would have taken. So no Tower Bridge, Shard, St Pauls, Millennium Bridge, etc. I wouldn't have been able to live with myself if my printed photos were of boring tourist hotspots. Considering the time restraints and how little we knew of the locations I'm really happy with the photographs I managed to capture, which I've posted below.

It was a great experience that has resulted in me having a pretty rad magazine feature to put in my "cool shit that's happened" scrapbook. I seriously hope to have more opportunities like this! I don't really have any more interesting words to say so below I'm going to share the other images I captured on the day including the two printed in the magazine, with their original edits(!)

Oh, and for those of you interested I shoot on either an Olympus OMD E-M10, usually with a 17mm prime or an iPhone 6S. Next time, y'all...

Their "shot of the day" - I actually prefer my edit. It's warmer with far less contrast and grime.

Their "shot of the day" - I actually prefer my edit. It's warmer with far less contrast and grime.

My other printed shot. Dope, huh.

My other printed shot. Dope, huh.

This was my personal favourite from the day. Such a shame the railings appear to be poking her in both the eyes and mouth. Street photography, huh.

This was my personal favourite from the day. Such a shame the railings appear to be poking her in both the eyes and mouth. Street photography, huh.

That shadow contrast, though! Seriously!!

That shadow contrast, though! Seriously!!