Capturing Mr Butt.

Lifestyle portrait of Mr Butt window cleaner.
Can’t remember the exact year I shot this but I do remember running home in excitement like a big girl to grab a 5×4 camera to do the shot.
I had wanted to photograph this lovely chap for a while and I finally had seized the opportunity.
I set up the large format camera hastily (well as hastily as you can with a 5×4) in front of what I felt was a perfect backdrop for colours.
Captured in Burnham On Sea circa 1993


Classic Scootering with Sony

Ive never been a gear head in fact I’m only on my second main (I did have a backup) DSLR since I went digital back in 2005.
The fact my Canon 1DS Mk2 was not replaced despite 15 years of shooting was mainly because there was simply no need.
It was still working fine (and still is) and did everything I needed at the time.
Eventually though I decided video capabilities as well as some nifty advances in imaging technology were needed.
After some careful thought a new purchase was made in the shape of a Canon 5d Mk4.
I did obviously consider all the options that were on the market but this is the only time I really get caught up in the whole camera specs comparison stuff.
I did make a further purchase shortly after however a Sony RX100 Mk2 followed by a Mk3 a few months after.
As a keen Scooterist I wanted something compact to place in my toolbox or pocket that would shoot Raw images to capture travel images.

Although the Canon is my main work horse Ive found this camera an incredible addition to my camera bag especially while wanting to travel light and requiring more than my iPhone.

 

Sony RX100 On Lambretta Scooter

 

Isle Of Wight Scooter Rally. Image captured with Sony RX100

 

 

Costa Del Sol Spain

Captured with the RX 100 while riding the coast in the Costa Del Sol

 

 


A Passion For Colour

I started out like many photographers of a certain age shooting, developing and printing Black & White Images.

Even though I can fully appreciate the beauty of monochrome my real passion has always been for colour work inspired by many
of my favourite 80’s advertising photography heroes like John Claridge, Duncan Sim and Peter Lavery (google em kids).

So this is a rare occasion when I decided the subject worked far better in B&W.


Venice, Hard To Top

Have you ever been to a place and had such a great trip you kind of don’t want to go back because you don’t feel you can top that perfect first visit?
That’s where I’m at when it comes to Venice.
I visited a week before Christmas to capture some travel lifestyle images so no doubt a little festive mood helped set the tone. On that note Venice is incredible at Christmas as the whole place is like a huge Santas grotto with lights and more importantly very few tourists.
The weather was also a great gift as it was very cold but clear providing beautiful low winter sunlight.
I came away with some incredible images from the trip which in Venice is hard not too and the feeling that returning could not get any better.
Having said all that’s it’s not to say I won’t as I would love to take my kids there and perhaps shoot some motion work this time.

 


Somerset Uncovered, Village Cricket.

Another Time-Lapse video from my project Somerset Uncovered.
I had been wanting to test out a new bit of equipment on location to aid my shooting Time-Lapse videos and the perfect opportunity arrived this week.
With a beautiful evening forecast that looked like delivering a stunning sunset this would be perfect test conditions.
My son was playing a Cricket match at the village cricket club which is situated in beautiful surroundings.
I wanted to capture the setting sun and the match within my composition so I arrived and located the perfect spot.
Not really being a follower of Cricket and the rules I asked how long was left and told the home team were now starting to bat so could be a while..perfect !
I had only shot for about 10 minutes when suddenly everyone shook hands and disappeared. Apparently they won the game with just a few runs so nobody else was required to bat so they all buggered off home!.
Not too worry I decided to keep shooting as my hunch at a fantastic sunset still looked promising so I stayed another 50 minutes and was glad I did as the sky was incredible.


Somerset Uncovered Burrow Hill

Burrow Hill is a location I know very well and I’ve photographed here many times including from the air.
On this occasion I wanted to re visit for my video project Somerset Uncovered.
We have recently had a spell of very settled warm weather but clear blue skies are not what was required for this shoot.
A few days ago my careful watch on the weather forecast promised another hot day but with cloud moving in later in the evening which sounded perfect for the shoot.
I already knew where the sun would be positioned for my composition so it was just a case of planning my timings.
One of the things I dislike about Time-lapse is that some objects like to much foreground foliage can move rather quickly.This can not only be distracting but also ruin the tranquility and graceful pace of the skies and light that sometimes dances across the landscape.
Therefore careful composition to avoid these elements or clever post production is required. Unlike shooting stills and retouching in Photoshop this can be a lot more trickier when working with moving elements but I do love a challenge!


Venice Beach Patrol 1992

The last few days I’ve been busy in my archives digging out all my old car work that I shot when I ehh shot cars for a living ! These are destined for an online library to be available to license.

Within the keyword search popped up this trannie scan from my travels in the states way back in 1992.

Unfortunately the lab back here in the UK actually cocked up the processing leaving many rolls with major colour and tonal issues.Thankfully decades after capture with digital technology and the correct know how some are now repairable.