Posted in Portrait Photography
at 14:00 on 29/02/2008
I've just moved house so it's been a couple of weeks since I've been able to share any pictures on my blog. This selection is from Jackie & Steve's engagement portrait session - Jackie was a student at Newnham College, Cambridge, so we arranged to do the shoot in the college gardens.
Posted in Making Pictures
at 20:15 on 13/02/2008
The first image in my Making Pictures series is something you don't often see on my blog - a landscape photograph. I'm one of nature's people photographers, in that I'm drawn towards images that show personalities and relationships, but I'm also fascinated by landscape photography. Photographing landscapes is a very different discipline to photographing people, but it's something I enjoy whenever I have the time to lug my tripod somewhere quiet.
The main image here was taken in 2004, but it's one that I often come back to because it has many of the qualities that I enjoy in a picture. The bold yet cool colours immediately grab you even though they are almost monochromatic and - although the bold line of hills in the centre slashes across the image - there's a still and quiet quality that makes it easy to lose yourself in the picture.
The image was taken in the North West Highlands, near Ullapool, and is the last of a series of pictures that I took from the same spot at sunset. The series shows just how much the light can change in a short space of time. The second image here was taken just twenty minutes earlier and is full of fire as the sun dips towards the horizon. With the sun gone, the colour temperature plummeted and the light went through a series of greys before taking on a rich blue. There's no digital trickery here - the colour is more-or-less exactly as it would appear on daylight-balanced slide film.
Technically, the shot is fairly straightforward: my Canon EOS 1D MkII and a 16-35mm lens mounted on a sturdy tripod, the shutter set to 10 seconds to blur the any ripples in the loch. The only additional touch was the use of one of Lee Filters' neutral density graduated filters to balance the exposure between the loch and the sky.
Posted in Making Pictures
at 19:40 on 13/02/2008
Up until now, my blog has concentrated on showing my latest work (with the exception of my ongoing series on choosing a wedding photographer). In the spirit of sharing and giving back to the internet, I'm going to start digging into my archives to pick out some of my favourite images.
I hope it won't be too much like primary school "show and tell" sessions, but the idea is to talk a bit about how and why I took a particular image. Perhaps "how and why" is actually the wrong way of looking at it, because the "why" is often more important than the "how". I certainly hope that the series will appeal to everyone who enjoys looking at and discussing images and not just photographers.
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Posted in Commercial and PR
at 15:59 on 04/02/2008
It's been five years since I graduated from Selwyn College, so it was great to be invited back to update the library of student and staff photos that are used for the college prospectus and alumni publications. There's a lot going on in any college - from studying and day-to-day student life through to sports, amateur dramatics and the college choir - so we only scratched the surface on the first day of photography. Here are a few of my favourite images.