Another year flies by, and another 10,000 images taken/sorted/deleted. With daylight at a premium this time of year I like to spend some time reflecting on the previous 12 months work and start to plan new projects for the coming year. First thing to address was my camera body, the Nikon D610 had shot nearly 68,000 images over the past 5 years I felt it was a good time to change. I had the chance to try out a few camera bodies at a recent Nikon workshop with Joe McNally, the mirrorless system looks superb but I felt a D850 would better suit my needs, and after the first few shoots it certainly doesn’t disappoint. I also parted with a couple of redundant lenses and my old Bronica film bodies will be going the same way, as gorgeous as they are I just don’t know when I’ll use them again. Looking ahead, I’m updating and adding to the studio images, I continue to shoot around London and will be updating the gallery shortly. I also plan to visit parts of Essex that have alluded me up until now. A busy year ahead.
Lovely afternoon spent at Huntingdon race course
Lethargy kicked during the summer months, roll on the winter sunrises/sunsets
Saturdays morning stalking the runners !!!
Most Saturdays you can find me helping out at the local Park Run in Hockley
bought an Olympus OMD EM 10 III, looking forward to giving that a good run out.
Took a trip to Newton Abbot race course recently whilst on 'tour'
catching up with recent images for the photo of the month club.
A thoroughly enjoyable photography year draws to a close. Plenty to do in 2018
The recent upgrade from Lightroom saw me pulling my hair out, lots of website compatible issues ! nearly sorted. A number of 'tweaks' added to the site, including a buy functionality.
7th August 2017
Recent updates to the flora gallery using flypaper textures as backgrounds. Still volunteering and taking photographs at the local park run.
5th May 2017
For the past few Saturdays I have been volunteering at the local Parkrun, and initiative to get adults and children out running 5km, every Saturday morning at 9am.
1st May 2017
some recent images from a shoot at a World War II reenactment day
1st March 2017
Catching up with the past two months challenges, motion blur and HDR, here are the results
13th January 2017
A belated Happy New Year to all. One year after the re-launch and I am still thoroughly enjoying my photography, the new year brings new opportunities one I am particularly excited about is David Hobby and his Lighting 103 course, I have followed ( stalked ) David for a number of years and I am a great fan of the ‘Strobist’ style, I would recommend any newbies ( or oldbies ) who wish to learn off camera flash to start here in room 101 and follow David's comprehensive tutorials.
Continuing on from the interesting monthly photography projects The London Lumminists have come up with another set of themes, the first six as follows
Jan - Motion Blur
Feb - HDR
Mar -Self Portrait
Apr - High Key
May - Long Exposure
June - Black & White
One of my 2017 photography goals is to explore Essex and create a comprehensive portfolio of images across the County, starting this weekend ! Look out for fresher images from around this great County.
The Scotland gallery will be updated shortly to include a number of images from my recent trip to the Isle of Skye with Jon Gibbs. Jon runs workshops around Scotland as well as his home county of Norfolk. The weather was dramatic, changeable and made for some challenging photographic conditions, however a thoroughly enjoyable few days to an amazing part of the British Isles.
Another month fly's by. Updates to Flora and a couple of new images in London. I have sold my Sigma 10-20 will purchase a new wide angle ahead of the Skye trip. September theme was 'Angles' these I shot on a recent trip to Liverpool. Further work to be done in the London gallery during October.
July and August subjects have been shot and showcased!, images uploaded shortly, odd one out !
I am contemplating adding a ‘Travel’ gallery, may take a little time shifting through holiday snaps but worth considering !
3 months until my trip to the photographers playground on the Isle of Skye, really looking forward to that, not wishing the time away too much, before then I will be out in the local area shooting the changing of the seasons from summer to autumn and ( hopefully ) it’s drama filled skies.
A few more images added to the Flora and Studio galleries. June's image subject was " opposites attract " I went for this
New Flora gallery added, click here to view
images for the 'Up and Under'
A number of new images added to the website in the past couple of weeks, also working on a Flowers gallery that should be launched in the coming months. May's Photo Challenge was "Up and Under" I'll add the photo shortly.
really looking forward to the Isle of Skye photography trip planned for November with Jon Gibbs
I have decided to use Photodeck to host the new website. Work continues behind the scenes to get it up to speed.
Spending time in the studio ( garage ) shooting glasses, splashes and anything I can capture to freeze motion using speedlights.
This month has been a photographic epiphany. A full on obsession back in the world of image taking. It started with “ I would like a new website” to “ I would like a new portfolio” I was still using PhotoshopCS3, I have now converted to PSCC and have taken a subscription to Lynda.com to realise its full potential. What a learning curve. April’s image of the month was courtesy of Lanzarotte.
On holiday in Lanzarotte I became obsessed with finding an image I had seen on the internet, I was using google street map to find it, eventually one of my lads found it ! March 'Tipsy' image.
Ok, whoever came up with that title…. Really struggled with this one. Here is the image
50ish shades of Grey, ok not too bad a theme….. I opted for a B&W image, more important than the image was the actual process of getting out and shooting.
I was talking to a good friend of mine, Chris Shepherd, the conversation swayed onto the familiar subject of photography and the usual excuses of why I wasn’t taking photographs. It had been a while since I embraced the art form ( February 2012 ) I still enjoyed taking casual photos on holiday but nothing outside of that where I would consider worthy of great or interesting work. I came up with my usual excuse of having no time as I juggle family, work and, my other hobby, cycling commitments. “we need a project” The challenge was set, one themed image every month. Not too much to ask for, just one image. Between us we came up with this
January – 50ish shades of Grey
February - The tranquillity of Solitude
March - Tipsy
April - The long and winding road
May - Up and Under
June - Opposites Attract