Took a drive out to a place called Pineham which is around the Whitfield and Dover area of Kent. I had driven down earlier in the week to find out where the location was and parking , stuff like that so i had a good idea of what to expect. What i did not expect was just how difficult it would be to get a good well balanced composition, it proved really tricky.Read More
I have really been struggling with a slump in my photography, i had no enthusiasm to get out and found it a real struggle. Tonight i decided i had to get out and shoot, i gathered all my gear, jumped in the car and headed out to capture Sunset at Margate, Kent.
I parked a few streets away and walked down to the seafront and thus avoided any car parking chargesRead More
On Day 5 of our Yorkshire Dales trip we decided to visit Bolton Abbey, it is located just off the A59 in between Skipton and Harrogate, easily accessible from major roads and railways. If you are using a satellite navigation system, please use the post code BD23 6EX. This brings you to Bolton Abbey village for access to Priory Church & ruins and walks to the riverside. Car park charge is £10 per car and includes all occupants of the vehicle.Read More
I have seen some great sunrises the last few days so given a day off i was going to try and capture it, watch my video on my attempt at getting a sunrise at viking bayRead More
Just returned from a ten day break in the Picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos on the Greek island of Crete. We stayed at the Miramare Resort and Spa in a Superior Room with Seaview and Private pool.
But it was not all plain sailing………………Read More
Day three of our trip took us to the rugged seaside town of Ilfracombe on the North Devon coast. Took us a little under an hour to drive here. Got to the car park and the weather was not kind to us. It pretty much rained all day on and off which made getting any usable images a little tricky. The above image is a five shot panorama i took of part of the coastline of Ilfracombe.Read More
Took a trip over to Margate tonight to try and capture the sunset, this turned out to be a bit of a non event really due to a large bank of cloud which blocked the setting sun. So i decided to stroll along to the newly re opened Dreamland Amusement Park . I wanted to capture the new signs on the building along with some light trails to mimic the neon signs around the building. I first tried the Lee Big Stopper a Ten Stop ND filter but this was giving me a two minute exposure time, this was a little to long and just seemed to burn the light trails out. I then turned to my Kood 0.9 3 Stop neutral density filter which gave me this 8 second exposure at ISO 100 F/16.
Love the new look Dreamland, very retro ! I am pleased they have done away with the entry fee and gone back to the free entry and pay per ride or purchase wristband, this was as it was when i was a kid. Sure this will help increase their visitor numbers.
They are also making great improvements all the time including now putting on live bands. I wish them every success in the future , it can only be good for Margate and the wider Thanet area.
The above image of the waterfall on Madeira Walk Ramsgate, was taken on a tripod as the exposure time was 120 seconds at Iso 100 F/8.0. I had a Circular Polariser on with a Lee 0.9 soft grad filter and a Lee 10 stop big stopper. This is what created the movement in the clods and the soft falling water.Read More
Photographing children really is a challenge , a lesson i will bear in mind in future is to be ready and set up before your subjects arrive. I wanted to use a few more lights in my set up but the kids did not want to wait for me to get ready and were getting bored with it all.
I purchased a couple of items such as the basket and a pack of laminate floor to put it on, so pretty low cost shoot really.Read More
This is my first attempt at a time lapse video. I used a Gopro Hero 4 Silver at 2.7 k resolution of 12 mpix wide. Dropped into a 1080p timeline and positioned where i wanted. I wish i had recorded for longer as this was one image every five seconds for about an hour. Next time i will shoot every two seconds for as long as i can.
Look forward to trying more in the coming weeks
Just back from our Holiday and now settled back in at home. So today in a bid to help burn off the calories gained while we were away we decided to head out for a walk. We drove out to the public car park by The Devils Kneading Trough and walked part of the North Downs Way.Read More
Took a trip down to the seafront last night and tried to recreate a shot i had previously taken during sunset. The problem with the original shot was that there was no detail in the shadow areas along the seafront and the harbour arm. The original shot was taken with a single exposure shot in RAW and processed in lightroom and photoshop.Read More
Just got back from a short five day break on Dartmoor National Park. We have been to Dartmoor on a few occasions but never stayed in Dartmoor itself. We stayed in a cottage just of B3212 near Darcombe. We arrived at around 14:00 hrs and were greeted by the owner who allowed us in an hour early. Lovely lady , very friendly and down to earth. She showed us in and then left us to it. There was all the tea making facilities all laid out on the table along with cup cakes and fresh cut flowers, very nice welcome. Once we had a short rest, we then unpacked and got ourselves settled in. Due to it being later in the year than we normally visit the light was already starting to fade, so we decided to just wander around the ten acres of land we were in.Read More
This years holiday was to Santa Ponsa in Mallorca. This is our fourth time to this resort and the third time staying in the same hotel, the H10 Playas De Mallorca , formerly the Hesperia. The hotel is a basic three star hotel which is conveniently situated on the beach front at Santa Ponsa. The hotel is clean and the staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are very basic and to be honest really need some modernisation if they intend to continue attracting repeat visitors. This is not meant to be a review of the hotel , you can find out all you need to know online with a little bit of research.Read More
Read more about our day out and see more of my images from the day, don't forget to like and if you click on a image it will open in a bigger version. Please feel free to share the link,like and commentRead More
Many photographers want to be able to make money from their images but its a difficult subject to research as not everyone will be honest and open with their charges. In my experience, when i set up my website and started my blog i started to get the odd company and magazine asking if they can use one of my images and how much would i charge. For me when this started to happen i was just delighted that someone liked my image enough to want to purchase it and use it in some form or other. This is where it starts to get tricky. My first question is what will the image be used for, although most of the time i find they tend to add this information when they make the initial contact. Is it for a magazine a website or both ? Starting out i had no idea what my images were worth, so i picked a figure from the air that i thought was not going to scare them off! However i soon realized that i was under valuing my images and myself. One of the best pieces of advise i got was to actually ask what their budget is. You may well find that they have a budget in mind far higher than you were initially going to charge. If they are not forth coming with this information then you need a way to price your work at a level that is considered to be the industry standard. This way you are not going to under sell yourself. A lot of companies can be put off by being to cheap. So how do you do this ? Well i found a great website that gives you up to date fees that Freelance Photographers are currently charging for a wide variety of services. The figures they give are just a ball park figure and is not meant to be set in stone but gives you a starting point to be able to negotiate a fee that is acceptable to both parties and you know you are not charging far to little or indeed far to much !!
Oh the link !!
Freelance Fee Guide , its a great resource for fees and if you have a dig around the site you will find a hole host of information like copyright and usage rights, well worth bookmarking and referring to as and when you need it. Hope you find that as useful as i have.
I recently purchased some black acrylic, as i wanted to try some commercial photography type images, boy is it harder than you think ! I struggled to get the look i was after at first and trying to control the lights was a bit of a game at first but through trial and error really i found a set up i was happy with.
The acrylic was placed on a black and decker workmate i set up a softbox to camera right, which is a lastolite 24 x 24 inch box. It has two layers of diffusion and i placed a grid to the front of that which really helped with the direction of light. I initially tried without the grid but i was getting spill on the background and did not have a flag i could use in the space i was in so the grid really helped.
I placed the background light on a small table top tripod and angled it up and also added a grid. Took several test shots to get the spot where i wanted it, but thats the trouble with speedlites, no modeling light !
I then added a silver reflector to camera left to bounce some light back into the shot.
If you have ever tried this type of shot yourself you will know how difficult it is to get everything right especially the liquid itself. If you were to take the shot as is the liquid would be very dark as the lights are not angled and directed into the bottle as such so a trick i picked up from Karl Taylor Photography was to cut some card the shape of the bottle and stand it behind at a slight angle so as to catch some of the key light and bounce it back through the bottle. This is probably the most important part of this shot as without it the bottle just doesn't come alive.
I actually cheated a little by having the camera locked down on a tripod and just placing a white card behind the bottle and taking both images as layers into photoshop cc and using a layer mask to blend them together, same result just without the cutting out of the card !
I still think the image needs another element like a glass half full with some ice cubes in, may have to look at some acrylic ice cubes for this type of image but over all i was happy with the result, any hints tips or constructive critique is always welcome, please feel free to comment.
- Canon 5Dmk iii
- Canon 24 - 105mm F/4.0 L USM IS
- ISO 400
- 1/125 sec
- Softbox camera right with speedlite at 1/2 power
- Gridded speedlite on background at 1/64th power
- Silver reflector Camera Left