My main niche areas within photography have always been shooting locations and people.
Over the years I’ve shot people from all kind of backgrounds,heads of industry,tv celebrities,scientists and quite a few too many leggy models to count 🙂
However a couple of years ago I started shooting less people and more landscapes/locations without any signs of life in them (apart from several shoots with prestige cars and drivers).
I’m not sure if this was completely intentional but I do feel i may have been a little burn’t out shooting people and needed a break from it for a while.
Anyway in the last few months I have had a longing to get social once again and start to invite people back into my compositions.
This shoot below was of my 8yr old son Gabriel who started playing football last year (football is another big passion in my life) and has done incredibly well in such a short space of time. For this image I decided to capture him in his Yeovil Town training kit against a suitable backdrop using a 45mm focal length lens and a low viewpoint to give him power and presence in the frame.
Several days previously I was in Turkey shooting at dawn in a rustic boatyard.
On the beach I spotted this man called Asur sitting down smoking a cigarette and enjoying the incredible dawn light.
I approached him and asked (in my best Turkish Brummie Somerset accent !) if I may photograph him which he was most agreeable to.
Although it was to be a photograph of him I also wanted the beautiful location to play a major part in the shot which is often a difficult balance to pull off.
I decided on a 55mm focal length and positioned him slightly off centre on the tracks that deliver the boats from the boat yard into the sea.
A Vacation Photographer 6 Miles Up Over The Alps
I’m writing this post from the Aegean Coast In Turkey where we have a home. I never fail to get inspired by flying and the unique perspective it gives along with spectacular cloud formations. The light changes very quickly at 500 mph so just when you put your camera down there is another shot to be had. This image along with many others was shot with my very basic and challenging iPhone 4…not the camera professional vacation photographer would normally use but great fun !
I learn’t my photography by spending a many a misty dawn shooting landscapes on the Somerset levels and 20 odd years on I can still be found wandering the wetlands with my camera.
Although I have explored just about every corner of this area of Somerset it still inspires me to go out and look for new locations and shooting opportunities and I’m rarely dissapointed.
This image titled Moored Between The Reeds was shot on Shapwick Heath which is a RSPB (Royal Society For Protection Of Birds) area.
As often is the case with my work it’s been..ehh Tweaked shall we say to fit my interpretaion of the place as I see it rather than a straight record of the location as it existed.
- Moored Between The Reeds, Shapwick Heath Somerset
Today I finally applied the last finishing touches to my latest image creation Praha “44”
I’ve been working on some new ideas for my book (Portfolio) and decided to produce an image that inspired me several years ago.
In 2006 I went to Prague to shoot some images and 360 HDR Spheres for some CGI images of Trucks that I was collbortating on with CGI Artist Andrew Jackson.
One morning while there I found myself wandering the streets in the dark (Pre Dawn) around the Charles Bridge shooting some of the beautiful buildings and cobbled streets.
While studying the scene below (steps leading down from the bridge) in the slighly damp eerie dark of that particular November morning I could easily envisage a scene from the occupied era of Prague in front of me.
I decided it could at some point make a great backdrop to a composit image complete with a German Officer.
I’m extremely pleased with the final image and it could not be any closer to my original vision all those years ago.
As with all composit images planning was the formula to the final sucess.
- Praha “44”
The Lighting setup was pretty simple in terms of equipment used but needed lots of attention to get the look to fit in with the background street lighting while also allowing enough detail in the very dark fabric of the German Officers uniform.
A stunning photography location, the Gumbet Windmills
I travel to Turkey quite a lot and I’m fortunate to have a home there from which to explore the many areas of historical interest and is a fabulous photography location.
On this particular trip, I left my friends to enjoy an evening meal together and borrowed my Turkish friend’s car to travel & capture the Windmills in the beautiful evening light.
The Windmills are located on a headland high above the bays of Gumbet and Bodrum and give a wonderful view over the sea and mountains. I’d been told about this location many times by Turkish friends but unfortunately, on arrival, I found it a little disappointing compared to the vision that I had built up in my mind.
I decided that seeing I was not being commissioned to capture scenery photography and to shoot a faithful representation of the place that I would stay true to my own vision (as I often do) of this beautiful location by moving a few elements around and clean the place up a little with some highend retouching.
My main disappointment at the location was the fact that the stunning view behind the windmills was not clearly visible so I decided to rectify this by raising the sea & mountains.
This was accomplished by capturing the precise images I needed than in post cleaning out a couple of the more derelict windmills so that the view could be seen behind.
This image was also made into an image retouching training Video called “Moving Mountains”
Creative Post Production The Making Of “The Last Harvest”
This image was inspired by my strange fascination with Maize fields which are abundant in the Somerset countryside from late summer to early autumn.
Of course, the idea developed in my imagination into something more than just photographing a field full of crops into the final image shown here.
The most difficult part of this image to perfect was the masking and transitions of the Maize heads onto the background.
After several but not perfect attempts I managed to come up with an unlikely solution to the problem which fulfilled my severe obsession for fine details in my images.
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