Archive for Personal Work
I love to get ettes. They don’t always present themselves nicely, sometimes you have to work at them and other times they just don’t happen. But when they do, when it works, when it leaves you with a bit of chill…they are something spectacular. A departure from reality and a way to look at things from a different perspective. So here is a collection of some of my favourite silhouette shots from 2010 including images from such spectacular venues such as Luton Hoo, Nutfield Priory, Rhinefield House, Cain Manor and Painshill Park.
Inside the marquee (a very grand marquee at that) in Painshill Park, Surrey
A couple from Luton Hoo…in fact, this is from Darren’s collection. At first I thought it was a mirror image but its not
More from Luton Hoo
The sun sets at Nutfield Priory near Redhill
The Father of the Bride checks his tie at home before setting off for Cambridge Cottage, Kew Gardens
Tithe Barn…a silhouette with a twist
Liz makes her way to get into her dress before setting off for Clandon Park
Natalie getting ready before Temple Church and a reception at The Delfina, London
The amazing suite at Buxted Park
Sharyn has a few minutes to pass at Langrish House Hotel before the festivities begin at Tithe Barn
Sian at home before the big day at Battlers Green Farm
Andrea at the Mercure in Farnham before setting off to the church and eventually The Walled Garden at Cowdray
Andrea and Matt at the Walled Garden, Cowdray in Midhurst
Lucie and Matt at Avington Park near Winchester
Belen gets a silhouette and a reflection at Rhinefield House
Vicki at The Bridge Inn, Wetherby
More of Vicki
Vicki (same as above) and Jo had another celebration back in Surrey for Jo’s parents many friends
Emma in Tel Aviv, Israel
Michael in the highest room at Cain Manor
Natalie descends her parents stairs before heading to Tithe Barn, Hampshire
David and Emma in Pembrokeshire, Wales
The final part of my epic 40th birthday month finally drew to a close this past weekend with a trip for Nicola and I to Budapest in Hungary. It was the first time I had been to Central Europe and I was delighted to see the architecture and lifestyle I had expected. I would certainly recommend you take a trip there if you can. The Hungarian people aren’t the most outwardly friendly folks…and they really need to get a smoking ban…but its an amazing place to visit.
I decided to take two cameras. First was my iPhone. With Camtastic installed its a pretty hot little camera considering its size. The second was my Panasonic GF-1 with a 20mm (40mm) fixed focal length lens. Basically, its a point and shoot on acid. A tremendous little gem of the camera world and I’m a proud owner. With that in mind…here are a few shots from the weekend…all taken with the GF-1.
From the Fisherman’s Bastion looking back across to Pest
From The Citadel…I had just seen the WWII Bunker museum so the old time look is important here :)
My favourite location….St Stephen’s Basilica. The first place we found, entirely by accident, but a place we both fell in love with.
Inside St Stephen’s
Here’s where the 20mm (40mm effective) starts to bug me
You might think its a double exposure…but no, the good folks of Hungary directionally light their busts in Roosevelt Square. Thank you kindly!
Point and click my arse! The Chain Bridge looking back to Buda with the Buda Castle lit in all is glory
Inside Mattias Church in the Castle District
St Matthews…what was wicked was this was the backdrop for a small string orchestra which we went to see on Saturday night
A statue in front of the Buda Palace
Light reflects from the water under a bridge
She will probably hate this image…I, on the other hand, love the honesty in her look
The Parliament building
Not your local council office
Just a few pics of the kids from a few weeks ago. I shot these in JPG so the colours are bit ‘strong’ — well, the colour ones are.
It was, in fact, her decision, to put Mr Potato Head’s glasses on ‘baby’
Baby and iPad…an unstoppable duo!
Hands off ‘Baby’ .. Grandad
She has the X-Factor
If you are wondering why I don’t get as much of Evan these days…its because he keeps playing ‘hard to get’
A few weeks back my great photographer friend Duncan and I took a few hours out to go shoot some personal images. The light at 14:00 promised much but then failed to deliver. However we still made every effort to come up with something. In this instance I tried to use some different processing techniques. Whether I ever use them again is anyones guess…but learning is never a bad thing.
If you haven’t seen The Social Network you might find that a bit upfront. The reason I mention it is that I used it a few times in my first speaking engagement yesterday for the East Midlands Master Photographers Association. In a comic way I need to add. In any event, I promised that I would post some of the images from the 25 minute practical session. Too many times I’ve been to ‘seminars’ that you never saw the finished work. It really bugged me. I don’t want to be the same type of speaker.
So here you go!
Actually…HE’S the CEO :) (The quick and dirty one light)
The Not So Quick but Still Dirty Three Light
1 light Lovers (shame about the power lines)
Fortunately I don’t have to do dance shots in what is effectively a corridor!
Number one…I’ve yet to see an English mountain and number two this has nothing to do with England and everything to do with Jerusalem. As in Israel. During our trip to shoot Emma and Effi’s Tel Aviv wedding Nicola and I took a day to travel out to Jerusalem to see the Holy City. In some ways its like nothing you’ve seen before. So much history and meaning. Walking in places that, until then, were only the places talked about to you. To see them in the flesh is breathaking. Of course they are literally thousands of visitors to the Old City. Jews, Christians, Catholics, Orthodox (Greek, Russian, Armenian) and probably a few Atheists in there as well. So in other ways it feels like a full blown tourist attraction. No sign of mouse ears or blokes dressed up in character suits thankfully. We did a blitz tour. 3 1/2 hours, just us and a tour guide. We went with the expectation of taking the free tour and ended up on a private tour burning through £70. The odds are it was totally worth it. That’s what I keep telling myself. He knew his stuff, spoke 5 languages (even American) and knew when enough was enough.
I’ve never been a travel photographer. But here are a few things (more later in the week) that I captured.
The Wailing Wall (or Western Wall)
The structure bottom right is Jesus’ tomb where he was laid after being crucified. I couldn’t understand this as I was always taught that he was placed in a tomb, a rock rolled in front. This tomb was in the side of hill or rock face. It was explained to me by the guide that Jerusalem has been destroyed several times and each time things were built on top of other things. Hence the placement.