Winter trip to Snowdonia.Read More
I have been planning a trip to the lakes for some time now, especially wanting to explore the North West part of the district, in and around Buttermerere and Borrowdale. Also making a specific date at the end of October to catch theautumn in full swing.Read More
This is Temple Quay Footbridge near Bristol Temple Meads Train Station,Bristol UK
This is a re-visit cityscape photograph, but with my Canon 5dsr 50 megapixel camera. I wanted to see what the finished photograph would look like,and to be honest I wasn't quite happy with the original shot and composition a couple of years ago shot with my trusty 5dmk2. The lens that I used for this as in the previous shot is the Canon TS-e 17mm tilt and shift, a more than competent piece of glass. This photograph is three separate shots of varying exposures,then blended together to give a more balanced and dynamic finish, A flat HDR so to speak. A this is especially useful when using filters cannot achieve what you require,for a more complete exposure in a difficult position. The resulting final edit Tiff is nearly 1.5gb!! The only real post processing that I did was colour temp,sharpening and noise reduction,and fill light, in Lightroom, and in Photoshop I removed debris and a small tweak in curves,and high pass sharpening. Overall I am very happy with the result. Albeit a slight softening on the edges but nothing to get anxious about. the 5Dsr is a very capable camera, and the new sensor is more than capable at capturing all the details. Coupled with 17mm lens,I love the results that I am getting.
Photographing waterfalls is both a challenge and also very rewarding.Read More
Be aware this article comes with a injury warning. As I write this blog I find myself in recovery from a dislocated shoulder that I got when I was out in the Brecon Beacons photographing waterfalls of all things. After years of extreme sports (BMX, mountain biking, skateboarding, motorbiking and general tomfoolery) I started my journey with photography many years ago as I loved it and also I thought would stop me breaking bones and sustaining general injury's. Also my body was saying that enough was enough.
So two weeks ago I was on my way to photograph Sgwd Ddwliin in the the Brecon Beacons, Wales, but I stopped at the waterfalls beneath it. Whilst walking away from a shot that I was not completely happy with, I was not in a dangerous or stupid situation. I slipped on a rock and ended wedged upside down, under water in a water hole strapped to my backpack and unable to breathe. After a quick assessment that I had no broken bonesbut also came to the conclusion that i had the inability to breathe underwater, I extracted myself from my bag stood up and realised that my shoulder was at a funny angle. I saw my bag was still underwater, it is a Lowpro Vertex 300 AW so I was happy to leave it for the moment, Thanks Lowpro for a great bag!
As I was there early in the morning and was the only person around for miles ,I decided that my options where limited, so drawing on my experiences I put my shoulder back into place after two goes. One thing that I do not intend to repeat thank you very much. Then slowly picking my bag up I made the long trek back to my car.
So nearly two weeks later what do I take from this, well I was well dressed with all the correct clothing, which in a way protected me a bit more even though I was immersed underwater. Secondly no matter how much you plan or look or try to be careful accidents do happen and you should prepare for the unexpected. The downside to this is I was in a valley with no phone reception, miles from anyone or anywhere, so if it had been more serious (which it damn well nearly was) I was totally stuffed. The things that weighed in my favour was my past experience of finding myself in the middle of nowhere and having to put things right. So I have the knowledge and the ability to make quick assessments and decisions (and I do hate this phrase) to dig deep and do the things that needed to be done and get back home,quickly and safely.
Things are slowly getting better,but it will be a slow process, I have missed going out for the last two weeks. My camera and my lenses are all fine thanks to my bag.
On the plus side my calendar is at the printers, tests photographs have gone to other printers for assessment and my website is looking good and all other small jobs that needed doing are all up to date.
It is official Autumn or fall, is finally upon us. With the ever changing colours that surround us,it is the time that the weather takes a turn from summer sunshine (and showers) to the wintry feel of cooler air and misty mornings.
This time of year is one of the best for photographers,bringing so much together and setting many challenges. I love shooting when the mist has descended,it adds an ethereal and calming element to my work. But caution has also to be applied as incomming low cloud can at low level totally envelop you and block out any visual main parts to your composition.
But when it all comes together it can add a bit of suspense,adding dynamics that allow the viewer to wander what lies beyond. Shots can become more simple yet also make you think more about what you are trying to convey to your audience.
So for the next few weeks of intense colour and random weather i say bring it on!
All up and running with my new website and I must say that I am very impressed and happy that I have a new platform to showcase my photography. later on there will be some photographs for sale but just for now this is going to be a portfolio site.
So welcome to my site and I hope you enjoy my work,as time goes on I shall be tweaking this site and allowing you to keep up with what I am up to.