Spring is here, time to spend some time outside in beautiful Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
Hyde Park is one of the biggest parks in London. I am including Kensington Gardens in this article because when you are actually walking in the park there is very little division between the two. There is a huge variety of things to see and do in the park. There is even a riding school (Hyde Park Stables) that does lessons and rides through the park. You can also rent paddle boats for going around the Serpentine and there is also the famous Speakers’ Corner where you can listen to people speak about anything they feel like.
My favourite walk is to go along the Serpentine and then on into Kensington Gardens. There is quite a variety of waterbirds in the Serpentine although my perennial favourites are always the swans. In Kensington Gardens there is the Serpentine Gallery and the famous statue of Peter Pan. As the weather gets better, expect to see more and more people flocking to London’s parks.
If you take a left out of Regent St, down a windy lane, past a wise old man with long fingernails, over a wooden bridge and through a giant metal gate you'll find a very magical place. Yep, it's the Winter Wonderland Festival in Hyde Park! It's free to get in and it is the perfect place to get some awesome Petzval shots!
The Northern Hemisphere has started to warm up in preparation for spring and streets, parks, and ramps are ready for some adrenaline-packed adventures. It's a good time to bring out your camera and show off your skateboarding stunts for the chance to win prizes from The Berrics.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
Back in the summer we lent film maker Robert Sanderson a petzval lens to shoot some videos for us. He decided to take inspiration in his back garden and managed to capture some wonderful footage of his cat. Click here to watch this adorable video.
Larissa Lily is a UK based photographer and writer who agreed to share some of her Petzval shots with us and explain a bit about her love for film photography. She took it on a recent trip to Kew Gardens. Take a look at the results right here..
I went to Shinjuku Park in order to celebrate spring and enjoy the Japanese tradition of "hanami," which means the "contemplation of cherry blossoms." I tried to capture the beauty of cherry trees with my Lubitel 166B loaded with an expired roll of Agfa Portrait 160 film. I obtained a sepia effect on my photos, and I felt as if I just traveled through old Japan.
Time and again, art has and continues to influence artists even outside of this discipline. In this list are five movies which, whether partially or in full, have been inspired by paintings from some of the most influential artists in history.