The Concept of Expression: Thomas Rodrigues

The next model I have picked to photograph for my photography series is my close friend, Thomas Rodrigues.

This photo-set is very brief as I wanted to capture some hidden emotions in this small photo-set that I felt were and were not obvious at first but would be on the second glance.

Thomas is a natural in front of the camera as he was confident, calm and collective and wasn’t afraid to express himself freely.


All of these photos were so good that I edited them in-house with Instagram’s Inkwell filter to Black & White. These photos are just as good in colour as they are in Black & White and I was impressed with the final result of this photo-set.

This photo-set, for me, is a remarkable improvement in the photography skills I currently have, as I’ve always intended on improving on my work every time I produce a photo-set.

Photography isn’t just about improving on what you already know, rather it’s the hunger and passion to produce the work and the attention you pay to every small detail of a photograph that really matters.

It’s not just all in the details, it’s all in the passion and whether you have a keen eye to do photography.

For me, I can say I have a keen eye in my own photography work as I produce the photography work, and I oversee the work I produce, as my photography work is me showing all of you what I can do, and the photography work that I produce myself is my own signature, as this is the work I want you to see; the reality instead of the expectation.

Also, mental health is something close to my heart, and with these photos, especially the photo-sets I produce, I intend for my work to raise awareness and give hope that you can always be yourself, you can always express yourself freely and always be open in a world that expects otherwise and there’s absolutely no shame in being open with everyone.

The captions I use on the photo-sets I produce I have made myself as I intend to explore real emotions, but also capture hidden emotions that aren’t visible at first glance but will become visible on the second or third glance.

If you feel there are any improvements I could make for next time, please comment below what you feel I could improve on for the future photo-sets I intend to produce.

Alex Smithson

DSLR Used: Nikon D3300

Lens Used: 18 – 55 mm NIKKOR Lens

London is Beautiful…As Always!

London is always beautiful where the scenery comes into motion and today was no different.

Please see below the original, unedited photograph, including the edited version.

I felt this photo stood out more unedited and edited because it has a mixture of both, though I wanted to make sure the photo would pop and show some details that may have not been noticeable before but will be noticeable now.

Original Version

Edited Version

Did you travel up to London today or in the last few weeks?

I would love to hear your responses below.

Alex Smithson

The Shard By Dusk!

After a long and tiring journey on Thursday, I couldn’t resist capturing a photograph of The Shard By Dusk whilst I waited for my last train to arrive to get me home.

Original Photo

Edited Black & White Version

Did you get caught in the rainfall on the way home from your daily commute?

I would love to hear your responses. Please feel free to comment below.

Alex Smithson

Date of Photograph Produced: Thursday 6th September 2018

The Sky’s the Limit for London!

The sky was most certainly the limit for London on Thursday morning, bearing in mind I was on a long journey, and it was a wonderful sight to see London looking peaceful first thing in the morning.

Original Photo

Edited Photo

Were you in London in the early hours of Thursday morning?

If so, was it tranquil and peaceful for you, or was it busy and packed for you where you were?

I would love to hear your responses. Please feel free to comment below.

Alex Smithson

Date of Photograph Produced: Thursday 6th September 2018

Nature’s Early Autumnal Blossom!

Nature blossomed early ahead of the Autumn season that’s due to arrive soon.

Is nature showing her autumnal blossom early for you where you are?

I would love to hear your responses. Please tell me in the comments below.

Alex Smithson

Date of Photograph Produced: Thursday 6th September 2018

Nature’s Glow!

Nature’s glow shines through ahead of the Autumnal cold weather that is due to arrive soon.

Is nature glowing where you are?

Got any flowers blossoming that give off nature’s glow?

I would love to know and if you’ve published any photography work on nature, please leave a link below for me to see if nature is glowing for you as I would love to see how nature has blossomed for you where you are.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to September!

Welcome to September! Time has flown much faster this year than I initially anticipated, but as we head into Autumn very soon, the autumn/winter jackets will be coming out as soon as the temperatures start to dip below 10°.

It’s quite shocking when you think about how quick this year has flown, though to be fair, because I’ve been working full-time in my apprenticeship, the time was bound to fly quicker than it did when I was at college.

Over the next few weeks, I will be a lot busier with work and getting stuff done for my full-time apprenticeship so I may publish less frequently compared to how often I’ve published recently, though I will try to find some time, if I can, to publish the odd article here and there.

Are you prepared for Autumn? I’m ready to go, though the heating will be going back on as soon as it gets colder.

Until then, welcome to September!

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: August 2018

August went a lot faster than I initially anticipated, though to be fair, I’ve been quite busy and haven’t published as much which is understandable.

I shall take a quick look back at the articles/reviews/photo moments published over the course of this month.

1.8.2018 – The time sure flew much faster this year, making it impossible to keep up with the element of time nowadays. As the extreme heatwave was expected to last until the end of August, it was safe to say the UK would expect to have some potential thunderstorms in sight, though the sunscreen would still be in use until the Autumnal weather would arrive.

2.8.2018 – Nature released her droplets of goodness in a bid to keep you going and hydrated even during the best and worst of heatwaves.

3.8.2018 – Mother Nature was bleeding crimson because of the extreme heatwave.

10.8.2018 – Forking Hell! It sure was a forking thunderbolt! What a forking liberty!

15.8.2018 – After a successful which saw the infamous blue hedgehog return to Green Hill Zone on the 15th August 2017, Sonic Mania got the physical release treatment with the definitive retail release, Sonic Mania Plus.

16.8.2018 – The Queen of Pop, Madonna, celebrated an iconic landmark as she turned 60, but following the birthday celebrations, the world mourned the passing of the undisputed and legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Aretha Franklin was and always will be a Natural Woman who defined what it means to be the Queen of Soul.

19.8.2018 – I captured nature in the Midst of Summer in style by using the app, A Color Story, to bring out the colour in the photo and to also make the photo pop.

30.8.2018 – Monday 27th August was rippling pink and it was quite the vibrant day indeed.

Thank you so much for a great month, and before I end this monthly roundup to close August on a high note, I feel it’s right that we remember the undisputed and legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha, who deserves all the R.E.S.P.E.C.T and found out what it really meant to feel like a Natural Woman.

Again, thank you so much, everyone, and I shall see you all in September!

Alex Smithson


Forking Hell!

It sure was a forking thunderbolt!

What a forking liberty!

Did you witness the forking thunderbolt?

I want to hear how the storm made you feel after the intense heatwave. Please tell me in the comments below.

Alex Smithson