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After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter. I’m disabled after developing motor neurone disease, but I’m determined that won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens.

Click on the links in the menus for my “about” story and more pictures, and please visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

This was shot on an Olympus OMD EM5 ii and Panasonic 15mm f1.7 lens.

© Miles Pilling, all rights reserved

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One of a series of photos that I shot on a Ricoh GR at the Hay Festival. The really tiny compact camera and being on a mobility scooter seemed to make me invisible – a recipe for great candid photos!

The photographs on “Scooter Shooter” are nearly all shot from the mobility scooter I use because of disability caused by motor neurone disease (known as ALS in the US). A few have been taken while I’m propped up on crutches. 

Click on the links in the menus for my “about” story and more pictures, and please visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

© Miles Pilling, all rights reserved

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© Miles Pilling

The photographs on my website, Scooter Shooter, are all shot from the mobility scooter I use because of disability caused by motor neurone disease (known as ALS in the US).

This was shot on an Olympus OMD EM1, 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens @ 26mm, iso 200, 1/1000, f7

Click on the menu links for my “about” story and many more pictures. Do visit again soon, the site is regularly updated.

My other site, Mindful Photos, contains photography that I’ve tried to approach mindfully and explores how slowing down because of illness has, in some ways, been a blessing that’s rekindled my “beginners eye” for life.

You can find it at http://www.mindfulphotos.org

Caught in the glare 1

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© Miles Pilling

Shot on an Olympus OMD EM1, 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens @ 24mm, iso 400, 1/500, f5.6

Click on the drop down menu (top right of the page) for links to my “about” story and for many more pictures. Do visit again soon, the site is regularly updated.

The photographs on my website, Scooter Shooter, are all shot from the mobility scooter I use because of disability caused by motor neurone disease (known as ALS in the US). They are street photographs of moments that catch my attention and are nearly all candid.

My other site, Mindful Photos, contains photography that I’ve tried to approach mindfully and explores how slowing down because of illness has, in some ways, been a blessing that’s rekindled my “beginners eye” for life.

You can find it at http://www.mindfulphotos.org

Pass me that blackberry

© Miles Pilling

Shot with an Olympus EM5ii, 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens @12mm, iso 100, 1/1000,f6.3

Click on the drop down menu (top right of the page) for links to my “about” story and for many more pictures. Do visit again soon, the site is regularly updated.

The photographs on my website, Scooter Shooter, are all shot from the mobility scooter I use because of disability caused by motor neurone disease (known as ALS in the US). They are street photographs of moments that catch my attention and are nearly all candid.

My other site, Mindful Photos, contains photography that I’ve tried to approach mindfully and explores how slowing down because of illness has, in some ways, been a blessing that’s rekindled my “beginners eye” for life.

You can find it at http://www.mindfulphotos.org

 

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© Miles Pilling

Taken on a Sony A7 with a 35mm f2.8 at 1/500th, f8, iso 100.

Like the “Frozen Pigeon” picture from a couple of posts ago, this was a photo from the Sony A7’s only outing with me. I ended up sending the camera back because the build quality made it feel like a toy compared to my Olympus OMD cameras.

Click on the drop down menu (top right of the page) for links to my “about” story and more pictures. Do visit again soon, the site is regularly updated.

 

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© Miles Pilling

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter. I’m disabled after developing motor neurone disease, but I’m determined that won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens.

Click on the links in the menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

 This candid was taken on an Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8  lens 1/1000 sec, f7 at iso 200 

Thanks for looking.

Miles.

Frozen pigeon

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In the small Cathedral City where I live, I often see people feeding pigeons and seagulls in the city centre. The birds are viewed by many as a nuisance and there have been schemes such as poisoning the eggs and introducing birds of prey to cut down their numbers. However, a small group with kind intentions like to make sure they have enough to eat.

By the time I’d got my scooter into position to photograph this kindly lady her bag was just about empty, I’d noticed a pigeon from the corner of my eye hoping for some last tasty bird seed morsel and as it flew into shot I pressed the shutter. The camera was on single shot mode. I really did time it just right!

As the bag says – “frozen” for posterity.

– After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take most of my pictures from a mobility scooter. I’m disabled after developing motor neurone disease, but I’m determined it won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens.

Please click on the pages in the site menus for some background info’ on the Scooter Shooter project. There are also more pictures that are in light-box galleries, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated. Thanks for your interest :)

This picture was taken with a Sony A7 and Zeiss 35mm f2.8 prime lens – 1/500th sec. at f8.

Words and images © Miles Pilling

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson

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I was interested in the morning light falling through a side window onto the landscape painting on the wall in the pub when a fellow mobility scooter user happened to pass through the frame. To me it adds poignancy to the photo. There’s an ironic disconnection between the two people in the shot – they are unaware of each other but we are aware of them and seconds after I pressed the shutter they moved into each others view.

The sunlit picture of rolling hills hanging on the wall in the pub at a slight angle and in a rather shabby picture frame seems like a distant fantasy. To me there is a sense of symbolism in the photo, much of which came together spontaneously as I took the photograph.

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter or propped up using a crutch as a monopod. I’m disabled after developing motor neurone disease, but I’m determined that won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens. I hope you enjoy my photos too.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my background and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

This candid was taken on an Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 lens at f5, 1/320, iso 320

“more where these come from….”

more where these come from

© Miles Pilling

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter. I’m disabled after developing motor neurone disease, but I’m determined that won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

 This candid was taken on an Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8  lens at 1/60, f5.6 and iso 2500 (It was very much a grab it and get away shot! I do hope the dogs are OK.)

Miles :)

“I’m telling you”

 

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© Miles Pilling

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter. I’m disabled after developing motor neurone disease, but I’m determined that won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

 This candid was taken on an Olympus OMD EM1 with 17mm 1.8 lens at 1/160, f5.6 and iso 1600 (these dark grey days have been pushing up the iso!)

Miles :)

The “posh” bag lady

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Carrying a Harrods bag so conspicuously seemed to say something about this lady’s personality. I took a shot of her talking to a group of friends. Ironically that photo was ruined by a supermarket plastic bag jutting into the frame – so as soon as she said goodbye and began to move away I “bagged” this picture😉

This blog is a record of some of the photographs I have taken since being diagnosed with a type of motor neurone disease called PLS (MND is known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US).

I’m disabled, but am determined MND won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens. So, after years of wearing out my shoes walking with heavy cameras, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter using lightweight mirrorless cameras.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my personal story and lots more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

This image was taken on 4 wheels with an Olympus OMD EM5 ii and a 17mm f1.8 lens – 400th sec, f5, iso 1000. I’ve begun to experiment with a 34mm equivalent prime and zooming with my wheels – much as I used to with my feet – instead of relying on a conspicuous zoom lens. I hope you like the results:)

Duck, pigeon!

duck, pigeon!

© Miles Pilling

I was moving down a street fairly close behind this lady when she suddenly ducked to avoid a pigeon that flew up from the ground. It was a spontaneous moment that I managed to capture just because I happened to have my camera in my hand!

This blog is a record of some of the photographs I have taken since being diagnosed with a type of motor neurone disease (known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US).

I’m disabled, but am determined MND won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens. So, after years of wearing out my shoes walking with heavy cameras, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter with small Olympus micro four third kit.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

The photo was taken on 4 wheels with an Olympus OMD EM5 ii and a 17mm f1.8 lens – 500th sec, f4.5, iso 400 (it’s been very dark and gloomy here!). I’ve begun to experiment with a 34mm equivalent prime and zooming with my wheels – much as I used to with my feet – instead of relying on a conspicuous zoom lens. I hope you like the results:)

Bag for life

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© Miles Pilling

It’s just become law in England that you have to pay for disposable plastic bags from shops, so now it’s common to see people encumbered with many “bags for life” – quite often more than we actually need!

This blog is a record of some of the photographs I have taken since being diagnosed with a type of motor neurone disease (known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US).

I’m disabled, but am determined MND won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens. So, after years of wearing out my shoes walking with heavy cameras, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter with small Olympus micro four third kit.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

This image was taken on 4 wheels with an Olympus OMD EM5 ii and a 17mm f1.8 lens – 400th sec, f4.5, iso 2500 (it’s been very dark and gloomy here!). I’ve begun to experiment with a 34mm equivalent prime and zooming with my wheels – much as I used to with my feet – instead of relying on a conspicuous zoom lens. 

Flare for hair

flare for hair

© Miles Pilling

This blog is a record of some of the photographs I have taken since being diagnosed with a type of motor neurone disease (known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US).

I’m disabled, but am determined MND won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens. So, after years of wearing out my shoes walking with heavy cameras, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter with small Olympus micro four third kit.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

This image was taken on 4 wheels with an Olympus OMD EM5 ii and a 17mm f1.8 lens – 200th sec, f6.3, iso 100. I have started experimenting with a 34mm equivalent prime and zooming with my wheels – much as I used to with my feet – instead of relying on a conspicuous zoom lens. I hope you like the results:)

Super dry

super dry

© Miles Pilling

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter. I’m disabled after developing motor neurone disease, but I’m determined that won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

 This was taken on an Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40 f2.8 lens

Miles :)

Self composed

High Street portrait

© Miles Pilling

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter. I’m disabled after developing motor neurone disease, but I’m determined that won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

 This candid was taken on an Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40 f2.8 lens

Miles :)

Stonewalled

Stonewalled

© Miles Pilling

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take street photos from a mobility scooter as I’m disabled since developing motor neurone disease.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

 This was taken on an Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40 f2.8 lens

Miles :)

Wind swept

wind swept

© Miles Pilling

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter. I’m disabled after developing motor neurone disease, but I’m determined that won’t stop me from enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

 This was taken on an Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40 f2.8 lens

Miles :)

Shuttered

Shuttered

© Miles Pilling

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take street photos from a mobility scooter as I’m disabled since developing motor neurone disease.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

 This was taken on an Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40 f2.8 lens

Miles :)