New Lighting Kit

Following my recent attendance at a studio workshop using continuous lighting (see post) I have decided to add the Interfit Kit to my ever-growing arsenal of photographic accessories.

I haven’t had the opportunity to use it as yet but watch this space as I venture into unknown territory.

Foldable LED Light Box

I have been debating the purchase of a light box for some time to better accomplish product, still life and macro photography. I finally took the plunge and bought the PixaPro Foldable LED Light Box.

The unit is easy to erect and fold away, and having the built in LED panel extremely convenient to use, particularly as the lighting is dimmable.
Early trials are very promising and I’m looking forward to getting more creative with a variety of subjects.

Continuous Lighting Portrait Workshop

I recently enjoyed another studio workshop day organised by Tony Bramley of The Light Academy, this time to try out the continuous studio lighting kit from Interfit (see HERE).
I must say that the continuous lights make it so much easier to set up the various lighting effects on the model, in this case the delightful Amy, a stylish grunge chick.
A very rewarding day during which I learnt a lot about an unfamiliar genre. I’m seriously considering purchasing the kit.

Leica Fotopark Closes

Sad to see the online gallery Leica Fotopark closing as it reinvents itself into we not what as yet. Former users have been recommended to use the curated galleries of Leica Fotografie International (LFI) and I’m delighted that having made the transition the image below has been chosen by the site editors to appear in the ‘Leica Master Shots’ gallery.
It has been a good start to the year as another of my images was published in the Leica Society Magazine this quarter.

A New Departure

Under pressure from colleagues to join them on wildlife shoots I have now invested in a Sigma 150-600 Sport lens for my Nikons. It’s a heavy beast but very well built, so should hopefully take a few knocks out there in the wild.
I was quite impressed with the results from my first outing, but not with the lack of wildlife. This was my best, and only shot.

Website Relaunched

The original plan was to confine the imagery on this site to monochrome and to post colour images to an alternative site, but this has proved too unwieldy and so today I have relaunched the site with an all new colour section, which I hope you will enjoy.
As with the original site, it will be updated periodically with new images, so please call in again to browse the galleries.

Lyon, France

In early November I was fortunate to spend a few days in the beautiful city of Lyon in France, travelling from the UK by rail.
It was a great experience despite some indifferent weather that limited my photography.
It is certainly on my list to pay a return visit and to extensively photograph the amazing architecture which ranged from the ancient Old Town, now a World Heritage Site to the ultra modern as typified by the Musee du Confluences pictured below.
I can thoroughly recommend it as a destination.

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

 

Brutalism

I enjoyed a brilliant day out in London exploring Brutalist Architecture with professional photographer and guide Tony Bramley of Light Academy Training ( lightacademy.co.uk ). We visited some great locations including Barbican Centre, Western Rise Development, The Brunswick Centre and SOAS Building London University. The harsh bright sunlight proved ideal for architectural photography providing us with plenty of deep shadows and bright highlights.

I’m looking forward to another outing with colleagues to further explore the genre.

You can see more of my shots 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.