Ryan McCartney

A few days ago I received some new kit to play around with. For a while I have been speaking about improving my off-camera flash knowledge, and for a while I have procrastinated. Shooting with natural light has become second nature to me, so it’s time to step out of my comfort zone and (comfortably) introduce flash to my arsenal. Whilst I am far from happy with how this turned out, I’d love to look back on it one year from now and see how much I’ve improved. Let’s do this.

 
 

Build

Last week saw my third jaunt to Belfast, the second of which has been to attend Build. I’ll keep it brief, but Build had quite a profound impact on me this time around. I guess I feel at a transitional period in my career, full of energy towards the projects I’m working on and making positive changes to my business. I’ve also been itching to surround myself with creative people lately, which Build gave me an opportunity to do (especially on Friday when I did a bit of work in the co-working space, Black Box, and was able to show some people what I’ve been working on and garner feedback). I must attend the next, and final, year.…

 
 

November on Buchanan Street

I think this photo pretty much sums up November. It’s wet, people wear poppies, the Christmas lights make an appearance (but have yet to be turned on), and everyone is wearing big, winter jackets. Still, I really like this time of the year. I can’t wait until Friday when the Christmas market arrives at St Enoch square!

 
 

Sunday at Victoria Park

Sunday is a strong contender for my favourite day of the week. I rarely book any work in on a Sunday and use it as an opportunity to be self indulgent. This means playing video games, afternoon cocktails, walking the dog, and generally relaxing as much as I can. Yesterday, Sheryl and I took Ella and Indie to Victoria Park for a stroll in the leaves. I can’t stress it enough, but Autumn really is a photographer’s dream.

 
 

Hello, Autumn

In an attempt to build on my directional skills and practice ‘lifestyle’ photography (bit of a buzzword, but whatever), I enlisted the help of Kay Slater who I had shot with at the beginning of Summer. With this shoot we explored locations I typically haven’t spent much time at. Starting off in the Merchant City at the cathedral, which was unfortunately undergoing renovation and masked in blue tarpaulin (not pretty), and moving into the city centre for a brief stint at George Square. We headed to Kelvingrove Park for a change of scenery and nature shots, followed by some of the quainter streets in the West End. Lots of autumnal colours and dampness!

Glasgow, you’re a cracking wee city.

 
 

Blythswood Ladies

On Wednesday night I tagged along to Next’s event at Blythswood Hotel, held in the £1500 a night penthouse suite. The event was intended for fashion bloggers, promoting Next’s Christmas line, but Miss Linny O invited me knowing that I enjoy a canapé or two and can’t turn down a glass of Prosecco. Oh, and my big sister happened to be there, too. Oh, and there was a terrace with a view of the city.

 
 

An Afternoon Being Tourists

After spending two days in the office, Mark and I broke free to indulge in some tourist activities around London. We only had one day, which I thought would be enough to fit in a few London landmarks, but because the city is so huge we spent most of it commuting from one location to another. Or so it felt.

Whilst my fleeting jaunt around London wasn’t fruitful for photos, it has certainly been an invaluable visit business wise. It looks like I may be returning to the capital a lot more, so there’s hope for her growing on me yet.

 
 

One Week in New York

So there we were, hunners of us, all with cameras and visiting New York City, taking trivial photos of the banal, like a Macy billboard or NYPD car. But that’s what you do when you’re in NYC.

I did it the first time I visited in 2010, but this time was a little more… authentic. Firstly, my friend put me up in her Brooklyn apartment, introduced me to her friends, and took me to haunts I’d have otherwise missed. I got out of Manhattan and visited Williamsburg, Bushwick and other Brooklyn spots (my favourite being Brooklyn Heights). I became familiar with, but failed to master, the New York subway. Gosh, I even saw a woman poop on it.

Highlights included having my morning coffee in a sunny Central Park, a cheeseburger at Roebling Tea Room in Williamsburg, taking in the view at Top of The Rock, a photo walk along the promenade at Brooklyn Heights, meatballs with Jack, a banana shake at Bareburger, a Saturday stroll through the Meatpacking District, getting lost on the NY subway, mac and cheese at The Brooklyn Star, visiting the Foursquare office, and free booze at a nightclub in Manhattan.

One week later and I’ve just arrived home in Glasgow. Holidays are fun, but nothing beats my King size bed, being with Indie, and my general routine (I like my routine).

Without further ado, here’s my week in New York. In photos.

 
 

BRB. In New York.

As if you didn’t already know, considering I haven’t shut up about it since booking my 8 day, New York ‘vacation’ in July. I’m staying with a friend I’ve known for 20 years. My only friendship of any length over, like, 5 years.

Despite having visited New York before, this is turning out to be quite a different vibe as I’m kicking about with people who actually live here, staying in Brooklyn and riding the subway regularly, and going to places a little off the beaten path.

I’m regularly updating Flickr.

 
 

Another Blog About Coffee

The other week I was approached via Flickr regarding purchasing a license for one of my photos. For anybody who uploads original photographs to the internet, there will be many unfortunate instances where you see your photo being used without credit. So, when somebody not only seeks permission to use a photo I’ve taken, but offers to pay me for a license, it makes me feel a certain gratitude towards that person. Therefore, I gave the person in question permission to use the photo for free, provided they linked to my blog. Little did I know that the photo would be used for EightPointNine, a shop offering fresh, personalised, coffee blends. And as a thank you, they sent me my very own blend of coffee. Then I took photos of it.

Get yourself some, too!

 
 
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