New Pages Added…

•April 5, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’ve actually managed to spend some time working on this thing of late… I’ve added new pages for transport and sports photography and generally tidied things up.

Just lately I’ve been using 500px.com for some of my work. I’d highly recommend you take a look at this site. A lot of the work submitted to it is absolutely outstanding… Pay particular attention to the Editors Choice!

I’ve also added some new kit. I now have a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens to mess about with and an EF300mm F4L IS USM for longer range work in poorer light. Both are great to use and hopefully you’ll like what you see from them (once I get some examples posted).

Chester Zoo

•March 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I haven’t been to Chester Zoo for a couple of years and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of improvements they’ve made to the place since my last visit… Since then, I’ve also upgraded a lot of my gear so I had high expectations of getting much higher quality images.

I’m adding a separate page for animal images but the picture below is my favourite from the day. I’ve visited the Jaguar enclosure on three occasions and only ever managed a glimpse of these beautiful cats outside. Fortunately for me, they were a lot more visible on this occasion.

Just click on the thumbnail to see a larger version. If you’re interested in purchasing any of these images, just drop me a message on here and I’ll get back to you with a price.

Family Portraits…

•January 31, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I was reading a post on Facebook this morning from a lady who was looking to have some photographs taken of her child and realised that whilst the vast majority of my portrait work is of adults, I’ve also done some recent work with families… I guess I really should get around to marketing myself properly!

Anyway, here’s a couple of recent ones to whet your appetite… If you’d like some family portraits taken, please feel to get in touch via the contact page on here.

A couple of new bits of kit…

•January 31, 2012 • Leave a Comment

First of all, a belated Happy New Year to you all.

I treated myself to a Fuji X10 for Christmas… What an outstanding little camera it is! I’ve been after something small enough to fit in a pocket and to take with me when I’m in work and after doing a considerable amount of research, the X10 was the most suitable candidate.

So far, it’s been used for just about everything from landscapes right through to staged portraits. In case you think that a little compact camera can’t be used for anything other than snaps, hopefully the image below should make you think twice!

Here’s the info behind the shot…

Canon 580EXII from right through 42in Octabox at 1/8 power on manual
Canon 430EXII from above left through 24in softbox at 1/2 power on manual

Fired with Yong Nuo RF-602 Poverty Wizards

The second new toy was bought for my birthday by Ayesha… I’d been looking at the Canon EF50mm f1.4 for a while but never got around to acquiring one. I was torn between the Canon and Sigma versions and the reviews I read seemed evenly matched. In the end, it was a combination of price and availability that clinched the deal.

Georgina

•December 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a while since I had someone new to shoot but I recently found Georgina on Purestorm… After a few emails and an initial meeting, we organised a shoot to get to know each other. Nearly five hours and a lot of laughs later, I had some cracking shots in the bag and made a new friend in the process… Not a bad afternoon’s work by any standards!

Georgie was great fun to work with and even though it was her first ever shoot, her professionalism and effort paid off big time!

The 'Look'!

Aberystwyth Fireworks

•November 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Funny things fireworks… Beautiful to watch but can be a bit tricky to photograph. A big display with a decent backdrop is always preferable to something plain and boring – like a local football ground! Aberystwyth is a beautiful little town but for some reason, the main display for the place is always held inland! Fortunately, the students and locals know how to throw a decent party!

A crowd of us headed down to South Beach last night ‘cos Aber Sailing Club, the Archery Society and the Dancesport Society had all got together to arrange a display of their own. Various other groups had also bought a large number of fireworks so the whole length of the beach was lit up at one point.

I’ve been looking forward to this…

•October 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

A couple of weeks ago a couple of friends were given the gift of a healthy baby daughter named Ella… Ayesha and I were really looking forward to visiting them to see the new family member but both of us had been suffering from a bout of the ‘flu and didn’t want to pass it on to the little ‘un.

I’d offered to get some pictures of Ella and her parents and so on Sunday night after the Ffotaber thing was done and dusted, we headed off to Clint and Izabela’s. I was worried about little Ella coming into contact with too much light from my strobes so we kept the session short.