Your mission should you wish to accept it is to discover and explore Street Art! The hidden world of colour, graphics and urban art! Some people call this graffiti but London is awash of colourful fantastic art and artworks. The ever changing world of street art. There is some serious talent in this city!
Cartoons, animals, people, all sorts from Banksy to Dscreet! Most of this stuff will eventually disappear as newer art is formed over existing art or walls/ buildings disappear. So you have to be quick!
Chances are most people have gone to the London South Bank and walked past the skate park located under Queen Elizabeth Hall but there are other areas of London which are much much better for street art!
We will be starting from Whitechapel Gallery and meandering through the side streets of the East End heading towards Old Street / Brick Lane, Shoreditch area to capture some of this amazing talent located in London!
Keep your eyes well peeled back for this stuff.. It’s everywhere but its not always easy to spot! On the ground, on walls, pavements, on doors, lamp posts, some small in size, others gigantic! Many high up at the top of buildings! Could l suggest that we do try and keep our eye wide open and if anyone spots a piece which l dont spot is to point it out to the group, as l said, this stuff changes daily and new stuff can be applied at any point, at any time.
Some of the art work is extremely big in size! So wide angle lens of anything that can capture the side of a house in a single area would be good! I would suggest 18mm if you have that lens or something wider! Some streets are narrow and you simply cant stand far enough back to capture it in a single shot. If you have a fish eye lens then it could be worth your time bringing that along. Other art work is minute in size, size of an ant! So you kinda have to either stand real close to it or have some kinda of zoom lens. Anybody wanting to use mobile phone cameras or compacts, this will be absolutely fine. I discovered that you can get quite a wide angle view from mobile from camera as well as zooming in quite close.
Aperture F3.5-F5.6. (this is just a suggestion)
Shutter speed - You need to ideally set your camera on shutter priority or manual. This mission will be weather dependant and depends if the wall on which the art work is on is in shade or bright sunlight. So l'm going to suggest around 1/60th to 1/250th, it may be fast it may be slower. Very hit and miss. The slower the shutter the more chance of getting motion blur happening and chance of people walking past art work which always makes a photo look interesting. For the extremely big pieces of street art i.e. the ones as big as a house, try taking a shot with no one walking past and then try taking a shot with someone walking past (with motion blur).
ISO settings - You can experiment with this one..brickwork is quite rough and you may want to try playing with a fast ISO to give it a even more 'grainy effect'. So something in the[masked] region as a starting point, it could be quite nice. Alternative you can stay down at the low ISO range of 100 or give it that silky look.
Meeting point outside the Whitechapel Gallery.
Date of this mission to be confirmed...l'm waiting to see if there is anything exciting on the London Open House before l set any date for this one. I should know by the end of this week / weekend. Will keep everyone posted on the London Open House event!
Pub to be confirmed as well.
Cost £2 per person!