Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rain or Shine Havaiana's hit London!

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RAIN or SHINE?

On April, 14th, Havaianas hosted the very first festival of the year…right in the centre of London! The RAIN OR SHINE indoor festival took place in the Ultra Lounge of Selfridges (Oxford Street, London, UK) to celebrate the global launch of the new Rain Boots range!

I accompany this announcement with some of my pictures of London, in the spirit of this fun happening!
Surprising? Not really considering that it’s Always Summer with Havaianas ;)
Guests enjoyed Brazilian cocktails by Sagatiba but also traditional British brews while sampling a mixture of the best Brazilian and British festival foods including Tacos, Fajitas, Mini Fish n'Chips & Burgers.
Musical artist Jamie Woon wowed the guests with music from his recently launched album ‘Mirrorwriting’ and Daisy Lowe got the party going spinning tunes from the DJ booth. 
 
Dance artists ‘Brazilian Fantasy’ took to the floor and created dance frenzy toward the end of the night when all of the guests really ‘gave it some rain boots!’
Among the British and International famous guests: Daisy Lowe- Bombay Bicycle Club – Clara Paget –  Jade Parfit  –  Harry Treadaway – Kate Moross – Laura Whitmore – Nat Weller – Jamie Woon – Tolula Adeyemi – Misty Miller – Luke Evans – Is Tropical – Lara Bohinc – Leo Gregory – Mary Charteris - Clare Maguire – Jameela Jamil – Lara Bohinc– Laura Jackson.

The Rain Boots collection is composed of 8 colours (2 unisex and 6 feminine): Green, Black/Yellow, Pink/Light Blue, Purple/Pink, Grey/Pink, Turquoise/White, Always Summer and Elegance. They cost between 45 and 50 pounds, depending on the colours. For the time being, they are only available at Selfridges and on www.selfridges.com
Very soon, you’ll be able to get them on www.havaianas-store.co.uk so we recommend you to enter your email on that page in order to be the first to know about their availability.
 What about you? RAIN or SHINE?

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

A tale of two Leica's

Last weekend, I had a very pleasant tasting of Portuguese wines at Vagabond Wines in Fulham when I got chatting to another customer who was from Denmark and turned out to be a Cognitive Neuroscientist and we of course ended chatting about photography as I spied he had a Leica D-Lux 4. Finding out that I was a photographer, he asked that I take a few snaps of him with it and later having sent to me jpgs back from Denmark I was blown away by the results. What I liked about this camera, was the really intelligent face recgnition focusing software, the good LCD screen, easy controls and quiet shutter and the astounding quality of the resulting jpgs.
You can see two of the pictures here and all five that I took, each interpreted twice in a slideshow. Jon Wegener is a partner in Cogency a consultancy the works to improve organisational judgement and decision making.
This morning I went as usual to my 6.30 to 8.30am BNI Notting Hill networking breakfast and took along my Leica M9 with Noctilux F1.0 50mm and Elmarit F2.8 135mm lenses to take pictures for a new website we will be developing.







Using only available light whilst members networked and took part in the 18 step agenda, the two lenses worked their magic, whilst the unobtrusiveness of the camera and its near silent shutter meant i photographed everyone as they were. With both lenses working fully open the bokeh and quality of light was wonderful to behold.
You can see more of the pictures in a slideshow

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Northbank Restaurant with Business Junction and surroundings

 Last Thursday I went to the Northbank Restaurant, tucked under the Millennium Bridge for a networking lunch with Business Junction and took my still quite new Leica M9, this time with a 15mm Voigtlander F4 lens along for the ride.
I photographed some views of the bridge, us being warmly welcomed by Tracey Howes of Northbank Restaurant, for what proved to be an absolutely delicious lunch with some great wine and a good bunch of people to network with. I left with one request to quote for a photoshoot in the City and at least four new contacts who might lead to new business for me or prove useful as referrals to colleagues who might need their services.
On the way back to the tube station I photographed a lad practising jumps on his skateboard, and shot two moody views of a bridge over upper Thames Street. More of these pictures can be seen in a slideshow.

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