I thought I’d write about this as I’ve taken things into my own hands… Just for fun I did a Google image search for my Bluebells picture and low and behold, PAGES of search results of various websites using my image without my consent! What do I do?? Well, I’ve left it last time I googled it but this time I’ve found a lot more than I bargained for: my copyright notice and signature has actually been removed and THAT’S the image which is spreading like a wildfire!!! You can have a look at them all here I wouldn’t mind so much if my signature was still in place but no! What would you do? Replies in comments below are most welcome and appreciated! I’d like to find the culprit but I doubt I will… So the best one I found was a game called “The Flower seeker” where the first slide of the game uses my bluebells image as a background, albeit with somewhat muted tones…so I can now call it ‘my game’! If you are interested what my original image was like, you will find it on my Flickr page Read more!
Once again, we’ve been waiting for better/warmer weather for another outdoor shoot….this April and May have been so unpredictable, every time you plan a shoot, the weather changes again! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE outdoor shoots, there’s something so natural and beautiful about it all… Perhaps it’s because it just makes people happy, puts a smile on everyone’s faces! So here are a few images of that shoot. All taken with my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens. And thanks Pat for the ‘in action’ shot below and for immortalising me as well for once. I am usually behind the camera for a reason… as I seemed to have spent most of that evening lying on my tummy! 🙂 Read more!
Had a fab opportunity to visit this amazing place last week. At first I wasn’t convinced about travelling an hour to see some ‘random’ sculpture park BUT I couldn’t have been more wrong!!! This place was incredible! The pieces of sculpture were scattered around this small piece of ancient woodland, every piece of sculpture looked like part of the landscape, making this place look totally surreal! I would TOTALLY recommend this place!!! Oh and if you are a photographer, forget the 2 hours they recommend to get around and double that! I could have spent 2 days in there…! I used my Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM again for all these shots, mainly at 1.2 as I love the look of it (shallow depth of field) so much!!! Read more!
Four photoshoots with kids within 24 hours is no mean feat, especially with a dodgy back (sciatica)…but I wasn’t going to miss it for another year, come what may!!! I’m still recovering btw! 🙂 Will have my second physiotherapy session tonight, I am hoping to recover 100% very soon but I’m told it’s a long process… It is what it is, self-inflicted wounds so I am not after your sympathy – I deserve every bit of it LOL! Read more!
We happened to get to the park right at the height of the bloom, which was awesome!! However, weather could have been a bit better…at least it wasn’t raining – another place to visit again one day! 🙂 Read more!
NEW SERVICE! The double exposure idea has been around for a long time, I remember doing it accidentally with film cameras when I forgot to wind it forward…the outcome could be great or disastrous! These days, with digital its much easier to judge the outcome as I can look at the results instantly and decide whether to take another one or not. What I love about double exposure is creating that magic which always has that element of surprise to it. You can never quite predict the outcome. And whilst it is magical and much more creative way for me as a photographer to create something unique, it’s also much more fun for the client! With multiple exposure photography you can choose your favourite subjects and items, people, family, pets, friends etc etc etc. to overlay people’s portraits or to include those into the final collage. You may want to include your lost family member or a pet or someone who lives abroad and cannot attend an event. You can now add them seamlessly as though they were there in the first place! Sounds good? If so, maybe you have a bunch of photos in your draw somewhere waiting to be turned […] Read more!
I’d been waiting for a frosty morning for a while now. The weather forecast predicted about -5C so I was up at 5am (before the birds!)… I had Pat, a camera club buddy with me to help me get up and navigate to all the beautiful spots! We drove around the countryside in the middle of nowhere, got out of the car here and there to take some shots but I think we found a cracker with this place! All the elements seemed to have come together here…as the sun was getting higher in the sky, it started melting the frost creating the fabulous veil of mist… We soon realised we’d spent most of the time trying to find the best spots to photograph so we ran out of time as the sun got too high (you only really have 30-45 minutes just before and after sunrise to catch the best light!) so we found a pub/hotel and had a lovely breakfast before spending more time finding places worth photographing in a frosty morning, one of which was of course Henley which we passed on our way back… So here’s a few of that morning, hope you like them 🙂 PS. Feel free […] Read more!
For week three I was sketching, mainly my new Lomps characters (head over to www.lomps.co.uk if you’d like to know who Lomps is). If you are on Facebook, you can find Lomps there too: www.facebook.com/Lomps. Day 15 “Mummy look, I’m all grown up!” Click on the images to view larger pictures To be frank, I needed (and I still do!) to take time to create new Lomps characters as I was getting so desperate to get them out of my head and heart to the actual paper so that others could see them too! It might sound a bit weird but I’ve developed quite a deep bond with him over the years since he was first born around 2006! I’ve wanted to get to know him more ever since and this time has enabled me this valuable session where I can see him and his friends develop to real characters rather than just a fiction in my head. So welcome to my journey of discovery – Lomps and his friends! Day 16 “Lomps character Lizette, the Afghan Hound” Wow, what a beautiful specimen of dogs that breed is! I totally fell in love with it as I was drawing her! I already have a finished picture […] Read more!
As the week 2 began, the days were getting longer! YEEEY! And with this happy bit of trivia, I was be introducing more colour to my images! For week 2 I was posting snowy scenes in the absence of it in the UK! PS. All the original images used can be found here Day 8 “Sheep in the snow” Click on the images to view larger pictures I’d like to say that my inspiration for this picture came from the Christmas Carol “While shepherd watched their flocks by night…” but that was not the case! I simply stumbled across this folder called ‘My walks’ and these were the first images in the folder! I’ve been waiting for a chance to edit these misty sheep pictures I took a few years ago! I used 20 layers to make this image up, mainly consisting of various slightly coloured misty patches, hue and saturation layer masks, pale yellow light areas in the sky and the Nik collection light leaks. That’s it! The jury is out on whether I needed to leave that post on the left hand side or not… See the pictures I’ve used in this image Day 9 “Walk on the beach” For this image once again, I […] Read more!
I’ve been considering doing my 365 challenge for quite a long time now and finally I felt the right time has come! So here goes… The theme I chose for the very first week is something I love very much: wet plate look/technique. For all the below images I’ve used the help of Google’s Nik Collection Analog Efex pro 2, to achieve this old ‘weathered’ look. It also occurred to me afterwards that it’s the perfect look for the time of year: dark, somber, sad etc. From the next week days are going to get longer, hence I decided to introduce more colour (hope, happiness etc.) into my images. Stay tuned and wish me luck! 🙂 PS. All the original images used can be found here Day 1 “2 worlds held together by a piece of string” Click on the images to view larger pictures A page from my visual diary. Original drawing from 9 March 2010. Somewhat prophetic illustration as just a few months later I got divorced… The picture illustrates how sometimes people drift apart and all that’s left is something very small, until that’s broken as well, there’s nothing left for those two to hang on as a couple. I’ve […] Read more!
OK, I’ll make a start at describing this 2 week ‘holiday’ as ‘the two weeks from hell’. Maybe a bit strong but with all that was going on (which I am not going to go into), I don’t think I am not exaggerating too much… However, the moments with my camera, on my own, in the middle of nowhere, hunting down and capturing the beauty of Estonian nature…those were the moments which I am delighted to share with you here. Trip out to countryside with mother Tallinn Hmmm, all these images made me realise just how much of an outdoorsy I am. As per usual, there are many more pictures of this trip, however somehow, I don’t think you’d appreciate seeing hundreds of them here!? Read more!
So, this is the fourth and final installment of my trip to Belgium to photograph bluebells, see where it ended up…!? This series of photographs are just captures of this fabulous place and event. I haven’t tried to prettify the images too much, a simple suitable crop and levels for each, is about all I’ve done to these, so enjoy! Read more!
Part three of this series from Belgium. As it was raining at Hallerbos, we decided to drive north to see if we can find some tulip fields instead (as it’s the right time of the year!). I really didn’t fancy getting soaked photographing bluebells as after all I managed to get some good shots the day before…so off we were! On our way to Lisse, we came across some people wearing yellow jackets, managing thousands of cars and coaches in the area. Came out, some roads were going to be closed very shortly due to it being the opening day of the annual Flower festival! How lucky were we?!?!? Perhaps I should do a separate blog entry on all the decorated cars at Noordvijk? I think I might, so watch this space. But now, a few colourful pictures of Lisse… Read more!
Well, as the title says, I am chuffed to bits to have achieved the Licentiate of The Royal Photographic Society!!! 🙂 And this was the email I received yesterday: “I am delighted to inform you that your Licentiate recommendation has now been ratified by Council. Please find the attached LRPS Emblems which you are entitled to use on stationery, business cards and websites. The Royal Photographic Society’s Distinctions are recognised as measures of achievement throughout the world and you should be recognised and congratulated on your work.” My panel images: Read more!
So this second installment from the trip to photograph bluebells, will cover our little journey to Bruges on our way back home. I was really hoping for a better weather but what we consider bad weather, I’ve learnt, can sometimes turn out to be the opposite! When walking around the city, I soon realised that the grey and moody sky actually complemented the colour of the architecture and lifted the buildings! A simple blue sky would have actually looked quite ‘touristy’ and ordinary, taking away from those more subtle grays and the browns which in my opinion actually adds more mood to the images and equalises the image as a whole. So here are a few pictures… And as per usual, this is just a little collection of the best images from this 2 hour excursion around Bruges, I won’t bore you with the rest, as there are many, many more… Part III (Lisse/Tulip fields) coming soon… Read more!
I just felt the need to share a few photos with you from my recent visit to Hallerbos, Belgium. It was a very last minute trip where I came across this image of Hallerbos bluebell forest on the web somewhere (on a Tuesday). It inspired me so much that I ended up booking the trip on the same day for the same weekend! Somehow I just knew I’ve got to get there, with or without a budget for it! But before I booked the trip, I read up about it on their website which stated that there were more and more bluebells opening up each day, so I wasn’t sure whether just two days are going to be enough for me to catch the flowers at their peak…risky! However, I’ve found that most things in this life are more or less risky, so what have I got to lose? A couple of hundred quid and a weekend, that’s all…! So I went for it…and I cannot tell you just how glad I am I did! Well, the images below will explain why 🙂 I have taken literally hundreds of images at this magical forest but to edit and upload them all here would literally take years, so I’ll […] Read more!
On 30th December 2014, I visited a delightful place called Spurn Point where I had 3.5 hours of wonderful time with me, my camera, the sea and the sunset! I took over 400 photos which I will not upload here, only a few of the best maybe… But the real reason for this post is to share a little preset with you which worked wonders for me! Below is an image which I discarded to start off with and then I decided to spend a few minutes to go through my camera RAW presets and one of them worked wonders! Well, I do realise not everyone prefers duotoned images but that’s just me…So, delighted with the result I decided to share this nugget with you! (scroll down for a download link) My original discarded image looked like this: And my one-click-wonder turned it into this: I have zipped this preset for you and you can download it for free: In case you are not familiar with installing presets, you might find this link helpful. And that’s it folks, short but sweet… 🙂 Enjoy some images from that wonderful evening below: […] Read more!
As you might have guessed from the title, I have recently joined the Royal Photographic Society. For some reason I’ve never entered any proper photographic print competitions, so I figured it’s about time I did… So for the next few months I will be spending some time on carefully selecting a body of images which would stand up to the scrutiny of the RPS judges! To make the progress a bit easier for myself, I have also joined WEBCC (Wokingham and East Berkshire Camera Club) to gain some practice and valuable insight into judging criteria. If all goes well (and I don’t get distracted by a lot of work) I will be trying for LRPS distinction very soon but before that I need to take part in an assessment day which will help me understand what the judges are looking for in images etc. So wish me luck! 🙂 Read more!
Date: Satuday, 31 May 2014 Place: West Green House and gardens I have found a paradise, I thought…it can’t get any better than this!!! Well, could have been bit more sunny but I think I’ve managed to fix that by photoshopping the sun in the pictures… To view the unedited versions of all these images, and get a bit more insight of how I’ve achieved the finished results please have a look at the ‘Afternoon in Paradise’ page. Read more!
Today I am happy to announce that 12 of my new images have been approved by Getty images and are now available I have been asked “What criteria did you have to match to become a contributor on Getty Images?” My answer is this: I think I was in the right place at the right time! Getty Images approached me about a year ago to submit a few images I displayed on Flickr. I have moved on from there and I am contributing straight from Getty Images now but every image will still go through QC process to make sure every image is for for purpose etc. Read more!