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Nostalgia

July 30, 2009

Liz and I spent a nostalgic (for me – not for her!) afternoon at Mudeford Beach in Dorset when we were on holiday. My family used to stay in a holiday camp near there when we went on our summer holidays. We would rent a beachhut in Mudeford and spent a lot of time down there…anyway here are some pics I took when we were there. As usual here is a slideshow with a few extra pictures….

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Commoners

July 24, 2009

Liz and I visited the New Forest recently. My family and I used to go there when we were kids and it was exactly as I remembered it.

It is kind a unique place (at least in the UK). The landscape is shaped by the fact that commoners are allowed to let Horses, Donkeys and Cattle graze there and roam freely. Horses have the right of way on the roads so its not unusual for them to be standing in the middle of the road.

Here are the same pictures as a slideshow… they look better big and also I will add more when I finally get round to more scanning.

Indian Summer

September 25, 2008

Finally a sunny day in Edinburgh…

Diversity Delivers Exhibition

September 2, 2008

Yesterday I had an exhibition of a few of my pictures (along with 2 other photographers). It was part of the Launch of Diversity Delivers which is an initiative by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Apointments in Scotland ( http://www.publicappointments.org/ ) aimed at enhancing equal opportunities in Scotland’s ministerial public appointments process. The venue was the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the high street which I think is a rather cool building.

I chose ‘people’ pictures where possible, mostly my attempts at street photography. I thought it went pretty well and was impressed by the other 2 photographers work.

Here are the pictures I had on show …. ( and here as a slideshow )

Early Summer

May 8, 2008

We are having great weather for a change. I took these on a walk with Rob near his and Claire’s new place in East Lothian….

I do like to be beside the seaside…

April 4, 2008

Every time I hear that song I think of the time my Dad shattered the silence in a big posh hotel in Cyprus by playing it with gusto on the big white grand piano in the austere reception area 🙂

Anyway these were all taken on Easter weekend on a trip down the coast with Rob. We didn’t stay too long cos it was freezing. Also I somehow lost my panoramic camera when we were there which is a pain. I have another and it only cost me 2 quid in the first place so its no big deal really but I do miss it!

My First Wedding

March 19, 2008

I photographed my first wedding recently. I think I did a pretty good job but I definitely think it was a learning experience so I thought I would just put down some of the things I would do differently if I had a time machine:

  • Follow the bride. I had intended to do this but I made the mistake of assuming I knew where she would be arriving….this meant I was not there when she arrived at the church and I missed some shots. I am still kicking myself about this because a few quick questions at the right time could have sorted this out.
  • Look for moments. The shots from the day that I am most keen on are ‘moments’ rather than stagy posed shots. I did get some but I think if I do it again I will be much more on my toes for these. In general I think its a great idea to shot as much casually as I can – this is where my strength lies I think.
  • Shoot as much as you can. Don’t be shy to shoot away…you only get one chance so better to take some extra shots than not enough. As it turned out I think I ended up with enough good shots but I can think of some that I saw but missed and there must have been a load more I didn’t even see.
  • Use your creativity. I think I was quite focused on documenting the event and thats good but I think I could have used my creativity a bit more.
  • Trust your photographic instincts. When the ceremony was over and it was time to do the ‘formal’ pictures the light inside the church was wonderful.
    My first instinct was to do the formal portraits and group shots inside but I decided to go outside. What I got was fine but I cant help thinking that posing them inside would have been better. I think the main reason I did this was just that there were so many people milling about inside but I could have worked round this / moved people away from where I wanted to use.
  • Spend more time with just the couple. I don’t think I spent enough time with just the couple – I think I should have tried more shots with them and also tried to take a mixture of formal and more impromptu ones while I had them alone.
  • Pay attention to what going on around you when you are doing the formal shots. I spotted these while lining up the group / formal shots but these are the only 2 like this. I am sure there must have been dozens of moments like them. Having your 35mm camera to hand while using my Bronica is a good idea.
  • Find way to have your film to hand – I was constantly searching my pockets for film!
  • Learn to use a flash! I would have liked to shoot at the reception too but it was far too dark for anything but 3200 speed film and even then only in some places and its very grainy and I think less suited to wedding photography. I have been putting off learning about flashes but if I want to do any more of this I just have to bite the bullet and learn a little bit about lighting.
  • Get more of the kids. It occurred to me a couple of times during the day to get some good ones of the kids but I never quite got round to it.
  • Be in the right place at the right time.

    Easier said than done I know but I think if I had asked more questions about the running order I could have planned my movements a bit better.
  • Shoot the parents.  Well, take some photographs of them anyway 😉
    I had actually thought of this before hand and intended to get at least one good impromptu portrait of each of the four parent but I forgot somewhere along the line…
  • Em, I knew I should have written this sooner … can think of the rest of what was running through my head the day after right now! I am sure it will come to me and I will come back to this…

Bronica returns…

February 1, 2008

I finally have my Bronica back in working action, hopefully for good this time. To test it out I got my friend Alex to sit for some portraits (and he took one of me too). We didnt think it out much but I like the results we got even although it was kind of crap lighting conditions and so I used 3200 film.

I would love to do more portraits so if anyone I know in real life would like to sit for me then there is tea/cake and/or beer in it for you, plus I could make prints of any that you like…

Anyway here are a few we took the other night

Zoe

November 17, 2007

My niece Zoe demonstrating the use of her mobile phone.

Lochs & Light

October 10, 2007

I have had the chance to do a bit of landscape photography over the last month or so – first on a trip up north with my friend Rob and then last weekend on a trip to Oban with my family.

Anyway, this is the dock side on Loch Awe next to the world famous tea train. Well okay maybe not world famous but it is a Tea Train. A stationary train that serves tea, why has no one thought of it before? They also have a completely knackered old bench sitting outside that is covered is moss and just generally a bit manky. The sign says ‘this bench is for use be customers of the tea train only’. Only is bold and underlined if I remember rightly.

Loch Awe

And this is Ben Lomond taken from the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond.

Both shot with my Bronica s2a on velvia.