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Available Light Model Photography

Having enjoyed my time out in London with Tony Bramley of Light Academy Training I enrolled on another course, this time photographing the delightful model Sarah-Louise at the Harwich Redoubt.

Model photography is definitely out of my comfort zone but with Tony’s excellent advice and the ever patient Sarah-Louise enjoyed a very interesting and rewarding day. Whether my photographs are of any value is another matter but you are welcome to view the fruits of my labour HERE.

Incidentally Sarah-Louise is a popular vocalist from Colchester frequently performing as a Madonna Tribute. You can visit her website HERE


Pin Mill Barge Race

We decided to try our luck again with the Pin Mill Barge Race, shooting this time from Landguard Fort Felixstowe. Not a good idea as it turned out as the outgoing channel was just too far away. A quick trip around to Harwich and a walk along the long stone breakwater proved a much better location except that the wind had dropped and all the barges were becalmed at sea. The above shot taken with a 450mm equivalent lens was the closest they came before we packed up and went for a well deserved meal. You can’t win them all I suppose.

Harwich Revisited

I spent an interesting afternoon with a colleague wandering around the streets of the historic and nearby port of Harwich recently. Here are a few of my more successful shots.



A giant step back in time …

.. well it is for me. After many years happily embracing digital photography I have begun to yearn for what in my eyes is the more characterful look of my old film images. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with digital imagery. One can achieve amazing results and its convenience is unquestionable, but on occasions those results can be just too clinical for the subject matter. No amount of digital filtration or chicanery can successfully replicate the look of film.

I have therefore taken the ‘bold’ step of purchasing a Leica M6TTL to supplement my digital cameras. Time will tell if that is a rash move or inspirational.

A completely wet process is not possible for me but I will be processing my own film before scanning and editing and printing with my existing setup.

Interesting times ahead.

Alresford Camera Club

I’ve been a member of Alresford Camera Club near Colchester in Essex for a few years now and over that time the club has tended to keep a fairly low profile. Pleasingly that is now changing starting with the launch of a new website, with which I am pleased to be involved.

Take a look at the new site HERE and if you live locally and have an interest in photography at any level, why not come along and join in the fun. Full details of the meeting times and dates are on the website.

Highwoods scouting trip

I took the chance whilst in Colchester recently to scout Highwoods Country Park in Colchester for a possible future photographic shoot. What a great place to while away a few hours, with a lake, pond, streams, woodland and open grassed areas all of which are home to a wide range of flora and forna. I shall definitely be back.


The main entrance and car park is off Turner Road in Colchester near the General Hospital with very reasonable parking charges. The interesting visitor centre is also situated by the main entrance, as are the toilets.

Thoroughly recommended.

Madeira Wasted


I’m just back from a thoroughly enjoyable holiday in Madeira. Yes I have a few hundred shots from my weeks stay but they are just holiday snaps. Don’t you just hate the budget airlines that restrict the kit that you can take along? Of course, I’m not mentioning friends and family that give one the hurry up!