Since participating in the workshop back in June I struggled to find time to put the skills I learnt to practice in the weeks following it but I returned from my recent summer holiday ready to make some of my own photobooks.Read More
I had been trying to get on one of Joe Wright's bookmaking workshops for the best part of 18 months when he announced a two day workshop in Swindon... a 700 mile round trip but one I signed up to immediately.Read More
I am delighted to be exhibiting at Paisley Art Institute's 130th Annual Exhibition for the very first time.
I have two pieces of work in the exhibition and from reviewing the catalogue I think they might be the only photographs featured.
If you're passing the Paisley Museum and Art Gallery feel free to pop in and take a look. The show runs until Sunday 24 June.
In the hunt for bluebells yesterday I ended up at Portobello Beach (again) for a short time waiting for a country park to open.
Arriving after sunrise the sun was quite high and particularly bright which left me shooting away from the sun as much as possible.
I spent my time shooting the tide coming in set against markers and groynes along the beach and the hills in the distance. I particularly like the movement in the water in this image with a marker in the distance.
I have a number of shots similar to this, each producing a different pattern in the water as a result of varying shutter speeds and locations along the beach. This is something I can happily spend time shooting and will try to publish some more shots in due course.
Nikon D800 | Sigma 35mm F1.4 | ISO 100 | F11 | 1.3s
Another weekend and yet another trip to the east coast for what turned out to be a better sunrise than I expected.
I returned to the well known Zig Zag breakwater at St Monan's which you'll only find if you peer over the top of the harbour wall. When we arrived there was heavy cloud cover where the sun was due to rise and I had accepted I was likely to be shooting long exposures potentially for mono conversion.
However, the cloud began to break up and the sun eventually made an appearance, providing nice light on the side of the pier but also a little colour in the sky for a short period of time.
There are a couple of different compositions I took which I think will work better as black and white images... I'll try to share them soon.
Nikon D800 | Nikon 20mm F1.8 | ISO 100 | F8 | 10s
I have recently been looking back at the images I shot during a holiday to Iceland in February 2016. To date I have only processed and shared four images but I felt I should finish more work from that trip.
The images below are those which I have been working on recently and have made me think what I would shoot if I returned now.
In the two years since I visited I feel my photography has developed and (I hope it) has improved. Were I to have the opportunity to return to these locations I believe I would approach each location differently and create alternative shots to the ones below.
All taken with a Nikon D610 and Sigma 35mm F1.4 lens.
It was an early rise this morning to get over to North Berwick for some coastal photography today.
North Berwick is a location I've been to before but one that offers different options depending on the conditions, particularly the tide.
This is a fairly long exposure of 286s (nearly 5 minutes) and was achieved using a 13 stop ND filter with a polariser also used to help with the reflection.
Nikon D800 | Nikon 70-200mm F4 at 80mm | ISO 100 | F8 | 286s
At the start of March, Glasgow, like much of the UK, was subjected to heavy snow storms which transformed the City Centre.
More often than not when there are heavy snowfalls I am stuck in Glasgow, where there has been no snow, wishing I was elsewhere with my camera. However, on this occasion I was able to take advantage of the situation and get some photographs.
Below is a selection of photographs taken during February and March when snow came to town. All photographs were taken using my iPhone and edited using Snapseed.
A couple of weeks ago the UK was struck by the Beast from the East and I captured this shot at the entrance to Glasgow Green as I made my way home.
It is quite amazing how City Centre locations are transformed by the snow and afford me the opportunity to capture moments like these.
I didn't hang around for too long though, battling against the wind and the snow, my camera and lens were continuously getting wet... no matter how many times I tried to dry them.
Nikon D800 | Sigma 35mm F1.4 | ISO 100 | F8 | 1/80s
A couple of weekends ago I finally got round to heading east for a morning at Belhaven Bay just outside Dunbar. I've seen a number of photographs from this location in the past and it's somewhere I've wanted to shoot for sometime.
Unfortunately the tide was not quite as high as I would have liked and so it becomes a case of making the most of the conditions and this shot was a 3 minute exposure using a 13 stop ND filter.
Whilst it's not the shot I really want from the location, I am pleased with how it has turned out, and I am now familiar with the location for when I return in the future.
Nikon D800 | Sigma 35mm F1.4 | ISO 100 | F8 | 181s
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of a day off work and it happened to coincide with a small flurry of snow overnight.
Unfortunately we weren't able to venture far from home but I did manage to venture out with the camera to a new location, from a photographic perspective, and get a couple of shots before the thaw cleared the snow away.
I really enjoy tree and woodland photography and indeed have a number of photobooks which are full of beautiful shots from different parts of the UK. However, it is not something I do a lot of nor is it something I feel I am particularly good at.. especially when I see the standard of work others are producing.
I know the only way I am going to improve is to shoot them more and learn from the process and I've often thought about doing a workshop around trees/woodlands, something I will try to arrange for later this year.
All shots taken on a Nikon D800 with the Nikon 70-200mm F4 lens.
It's that time of year when we look back at our work over the past 12 months and think about what we achieved. For me the highlight was the experience of visiting locations to photograph that for a number of years now had been on my bucketlist.
High on the list for a photography trip and after a significant amount of planning I arranged a week long trip to Lofoten for 12 members of my local camera club in January 2017. Given it's popularity with photographers there is a lot of information readily available when planning potential locations. Of the main locations few, if any, are off the beaten track, but for a first visit with a large group there were enough to keep us busy for the week.
And what an incredible location to visit and photograph. Standing on the vast sandy beaches, looking at the rugged mountains that rise out of the ground with their snow capped peaks. With so many locations in such close proximity to each other and coupled with good sunrise and sunset times during winter, it is easy to see why this is such a popular location. Throw in the aurora and it doesn't get much better.
Unfortunately, even in January you aren't guaranteed snow and we only had one day where we experienced a reasonable amount of snowfall. We had difficult conditions to work with, the best light of the week coming as we checked in for our flight home, but you just have to work with what you're dealt.
That said it doesn't detract from what was an excellent trip but I do feel as though I have unfinished business in Lofoten and will definitely be looking to return in the future.
A country my wife and I had talked about visiting many times in recent years and we eventually settled on a week long trip in April. Access around the Faroes is pretty easy and we based ourselves in Torshavn for the week, something which worked well.
Whilst this was not a photography specific trip, all of the gear came along and my camera was in and out of the back all day. As it was a holiday, sunrises and sunsets were not on the agenda and so I was photographing during the day in whatever conditions I was presented with.
I loved photographing the Faroes - standing on the rocks as waterfalls plummet into the ocean and waves crash against the cliffs and rocks around you. It is unforgettable and I would return in a heartbeat... hopefully to get some better light! It is incredibly rugged landscape and coastline that just goes on and on. Some of the islands are just a long continuous mountain range with a variety of tunnels taking you from one end to the other.
It was also very refreshing to be somewhere with so few tourists. Compared to Iceland, which is over run with coach trips where ever you turn, we did not come across a single coach trip and bumped into the same half dozen tourists where ever we went.
North Coast 500
Our summer holiday where the camera gear came along for the ride. Whilst I had been to parts of the NC500 before to photograph, this journey would see us travel the full route over 10 days in a campervan with a new location every sunset, and sunrise.
The route was planned very much with the thought of standing on some of Britain's finest beaches watching the sun disappear below the horizon knowing that only a few hours later I would be back for the first light of a new day.
We were treated to glorious conditions during the day but mornings in particular were mixed and I shot more sunsets that I did sunrises. However conditions during the day were far more important than a nice sunrise as this was our summer holiday. Personally I can't think of anywhere better to be when it's 25/26 degrees, clear blue skies and glorious sunshine.
Over the course of the trip we visited Applecross, Mellon Udrigle, Achmelvich, Clatchtoll, Pollin, Sandwoodbay, Durness, Dunnet, Duncansby Stacks and Brora to name but just a few locations, some were new to me and but others were wonderful to revisit at a time of year I wouldn't normally go to photograph.
This trip not a trip we had considered let along planned until we returned from the NC500. From our first discussion about potentially going back to Japan it took us less than two weeks to get it booked. We had a full on itinerary planned, as anyone who followed the trip on social media will know, but I was able to squeeze in a single days photography out in the Hokkaido countryside.
Wow. Wow. Wow.
I am a big fan of Michael Kenna and Bruce Percy and own a number of Kenna's Japan publications, quite often spending hours looking at the minimalist images he has shot over the years. Even if I never had the chance to revisit Hokkaido I will remember each and every location that we visited during the day.
Conditions were good, there had been fresh snow overnight (and more fell the day) and we didn't have clear blue skies. At times it was hard work and I was up to my waist in snow a couple of times but it was a thrill standing in the freezing conditions, admiring and taking in the scenes that I have looked at so many times in books. Every time we arrived at a new location I could feel the adrenaline kicking in.
Fear only set in when I got back home, transferred the images to my computer and the thought of them being out of focus went through my head.
Whilst Hokkaido was a dream experience for me, if you don't like minimalist photography it is probably not the place for you.
The photographs above were all taken using my phone. Processing images is not something I am particularly quick (or prompt) at undertaking. It is something that I plan to work on in 2018... along with everything else.
This morning I made what is likely to be my final outing this year to try and photograph some autumn colour.
I have managed to get out an shoot several times this autumn but the weather hasn't really helped in producing the colours of recent years with warm and at times very windy conditions.
The Trossachs, and in particular Loch Ard and Loch Chon, where this shot was taken, were my destinations this morning but many of the trees were devoid of leaves and colour.
I will shortly post a wider selection of some of my autumn shots from this years outings.
Nikon D610 | Nikon 70-200mm F4 at 185mm | ISO 200 | F8 | 1/6s
It has been a while since I last posted a photograph as I have taken a bit of a summer break.
However, I have started working again on some images (I've a bit of a backlog!) and this one comes from our trip to the Faroe Islands back in April.
It was taken out at Lake Sorvagsvatn on the island of Vagar. It is a good 90 minute walk depending on ground conditions and while there was a group of photographers shooting the lake, I ventured out towards the edge of the land overlooking the Atlantic ocean to capture this.
Nikon D610 | Nikon 20mm F1.8 | ISO 200 | F10 | 20s
Earlier this year I visited the Faroe Islands and this series of photographs were taken at Eidi, a village located on the north-west tip of Eysturoy.
The coastline at Eidi is simply stunning and somewhere I could happily spend hour after hour photographing the waves battering off the rocky coastline with waterfall dropping into the ocean in the background.
I have shots from each location taken with varying shutter speeds to capture the water in different forms and patterns but I feel that these shots represent the location for me.
All photographs taken on a Nikon D610 and ISO 200 and I have provided specific lens and camera settings under each image. All images taken using a Gitzo tripod and with Formatt Hitech filters.
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