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.