Back to Basics

Most of my recent blog posts have been about experimental types of photography: long exposures, Lego macros etc. I love getting outside my comfort zone. It forces my to constantly re-evaluate my photography and push my boundaries. However, sometimes it's nice to go back to what you know. For me 'what I know' is portraiture. 

This week I had the opportunity to do a Mother's Day family portrait shoot. I had a fantastic time and am extremely pleased with the results. I was going for a natural, low key look to the shots which I think worked well. 

Long Exposure

I've recently been experimenting with long exposures. It's something I've always wanted to get into. It's possible to get some really interesting effects using this technique. For example, it's possible to make a crowded street appear complete empty and devoid of people. 

I've only just started using the technique but am already pleased with the shots that are being produced. Below is an image from earlier today.


Stunning Sunsets!

This last week has given us some stunning sunsets - I just couldn't resist capturing them with my camera. However, this wasn't as straight forward as I had hoped! 

It all began on Tuesday evening as I drove past Stewartby Lake. The sky was a gorgeous red / orange but I didn't have my camera with me. So I did what most people would do - I reached for my phone! I didn't have high hopes for the result as it's unfair to shoot a phone camera straight into the sun. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the result:

Sure the dynamic range isn't great, but I'm happy with the overall mood / feeling in the shot. I promised myself that I would bring my camera on Wednesday. I kept my promise but forgot my memory card! Arghhhh - so frustrating! I resolved to try again on Thursday.

Thursday morning and I looked out the window to see clouds... lots of clouds! The British weather was determined to foil my plans. However, I didn't lose faith. I took my camera (and memory card!) in hope that the skies would clear. Luckily for me, that's exactly what happened. Everything lined up and these are the resultant photos:


Mountain Biking in the Woods!

I recently spent an enjoyable morning photographing mountain bikers / free riders in the woods. This is quite something, considering I had no idea what free riding was! They were a great bunch who were really friendly and were happy to have their photos taken. I got really close to the action and there were a couple of 'close shaves', but that added to the excitement. It was a real adrenaline rush!

This was my first time shooting sports... and I liked it! I will definitely be returning when I get the opportunity. Until then, here are some shots from the day. Enjoy :-)