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.


Burton Pynsent Monument

Continuing on with my Somerset Uncovered Time Lapse Video project I took a trip to a location close to my home.
As is often the case we can travel hundreds of miles yet don’t get around to those places that are closest to home.
The Burton Pynsent Monument is one such place Ive mean’t to visit for a long time.
Located at Curry Rivel it was built in 1767 and is a grade 1 listed building.
As spectacular as the tower itself are the amazing views across the South Somerset landscape.


Stills Based Motion A Perfect Fit.

Many years ago (circa 2008) I had my own photography training site and community where I would video, present and film photoshoots and the post production work to form an A-Z of a complete shoot.

After a few years I decided to close the site and concentrate solely on assignment work once again. For a while I felt I had in some ways wasted several years of my time and energy but as I have since learn’t nothing goes to waste.
Some of the things that I would have never had photographed in my day to day professional life or techniques used in post production have since proved of huge benefit to me.

The biggest benefit though was the skills I had to develop in capturing video as the tutorials on the site were all video base content.
Over the years these skills have enabled me to not only increase my earnings but led me to explore other motion based stills work.
At heart my first love will always be still photography but more and more I can see the big benefit to clients to be able to offer motion work alongside capturing stills and even repurposing stills into 2.5 d Parallax movies to provide even more content within their budgets.

Another area Ive been commissioned to work in is blending video with stills which is often referred to as Cinegraphs.
This campaign was shown on digital billboards at airports all over the U.S.A and here in the U.K

More recently Ive been shooting some video combined with Time-Lapse work which I feel is a perfect fit to my photographic style.

Stills based motion offers an engaging alternative to purely shooting video although as with all things requires a learning curve to get the best from it.

Other samples of stills based work such as stop motion can be viewed Here