Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Jem's Glassware


Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/7.1 @ 135 mm, 1/200, ISO 100
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/8 @ 135 mm, 1/200, ISO 100
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/7.1 @ 135 mm, 1/200, ISO 100,

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Icon in tiny Cyprus Church

Here is a shot of Icons from a tiny church we found in Cyprus

FUJIFILM X-Pro1, f/1.2 @ 56 mm, 1/60, ISO 1000, No Flash
This is what the church looked liked form the outside:
I was surprised to find candles alight in the far end of the church - it looked deserted initially.

It must have once had very ornate paintings on many of the interior surfaces - here is a little of what remains:


Monday, 3 November 2014

Cypriot Cat

Taken @ f/1.2 for a super-thin depth of filed. Processed in LR and Silver Efex.
FUJIFILM X-Pro1, f/1.2 @ 56 mm, 1/550, ISO 400, No Flash

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Sunset Sculpture

3-shot handheld on the Fuji X-E1 with the 35mm f/1.4. Combined in HDR Efex.

Location is the coast at Paphos.

FUJIFILM X-E1, f/5.6 @ 35 mm, ISO 200, No Flash

Parents in Cyprus

Just back from a lovely week in Cyprus. Here's a quick portrait of my parents with the fantastic Fuji 56mm f/1.2 on an X-Pro 1. Was shot wide open to blur the background.

FUJIFILM X-Pro1, f/1.2 @ 56 mm, 1/1700, ISO 200, No Flash

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Aberystwyth coastal sunset

Taken tonight with the Lee 10-stopper on a Fuji X-E1 with the 18-55 zoom.
I accidentally left the OIS on, but it doesn't seem to have impact too badly on the sharpness. In fact-given the rough winds, it may even have helped!
FUJIFILM X-E1, f/16 @ 18 mm, 30s, ISO 200, No Flash

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Jade on seamless white

Here's a seamless white background shot.
To get this I had a Hilite with vinyl floor. Two lights into the Hilite measuring f/16 off the background, two lights hitting the join between the vinyl and the Hilite @ f/11 and the key light was f/8. Worked reasonably well - perhaps the floor lights were a tad strong as I got a little 'wrap' on her lower legs.
I sampled the colour for the lettering from Jade's collar.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/8 @ 85 mm, 1/200, ISO 100,

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Jade - headshot

Lit with a single @Lencarta 30cm white beauty dish above camera left (only just out of shot). Processed in Silver Efex, CS & Lightroom

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/8 @ 85 mm, 1/200, ISO 100

Monday, 13 October 2014

Jade - Window light effect & behind the scenes

@Lencarta - first try using the EP mark II!

Impressed with new triggers that allow remote control power adjustment.

Had a fun shoot with Jade today.

In this shot I tried to imitate the light from a large window by using a Lastolite Hilite as the key light and a reflector to model left.

This is the result:

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/8 @ 85 mm, 1/200, ISO 100

And here is the set-up:

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Wrapped up in phones

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/1.2 @ 50 mm, 1/100, ISO 400, No Flash
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/1.2 @ 50 mm, 1/100, ISO 800, No Flash

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Photographing glass do you go about photographing something that is both transparent and highly reflective?

This is what I tried. I used a little table top collapsible studio thingy with a grey background draped at an angle - held there by the weight of the glass.

I need the glass itself to not be lit directly otherwise the edges would have disappeared. Instead I used a snoot pointing at the background and the subject was lit from behind. The glass edges now appear slightly darker than the background rather than just reflecting the light.

Canon EOS 70D, f/8 @ 135 mm, 1/250, ISO 100, No Flash

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Clyde at night

This is the first blog post I've done entirely on the iPad - transfer from camera using Eye-Fi app, edited in Photoshop Go, uploaded with Zenfolio app and posted with blogger App!

Not 100% sure it isn't too saturated.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Rainbow in the sunset

Taken near Ayat Sur Sioule, France.

Blend of 3 exposures.

FUJIFILM X-Pro1, f/2.8 @ 14 mm, ISO 400, No Flash

Monday, 18 August 2014

Sidmouth Beach

Blend of three exposures - each one using the Lee 10-stop ND filter.

FUJIFILM X-Pro1, f/8 @ 14 mm, ISO 200, No Flash
3 exposures - 8, 15 and 30 seconds.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Wind farm at sunset

I posted this ages ago, but it didn't publish for some reason!
FUJIFILM X-E1, f/6.4 @ 200 mm, 1/1900, ISO 200, No Flash

Long exposure bridge

Wow - almost a month since my last post - many apologies.

I had a crazy week where I photographed three weddings around a holiday and then had four days to process all the shots before heading to France for over a week!

Anyway - I've not got a few shots to share and will start with this one:

I wanted to get a thin depth of field but also blur the water with a long exposure. To achieve this I stacked a Lee 'Big Stopper' with my friend Bob's Lee 6-stop Neutral Density to allow a 30 second exposure at f/2.

Below is a shot of me taking the shot, kindly provided by Bob! You can visit his website here:
(The Infrared galleries include some shots of the same location)

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/2 @ 50 mm, 30s, ISO 100, No Flash

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Relaxing at Sywell

There was strong contrast in this scene so I blended three exposures 1-stop apart in Photomatix. This produced a very striking colour image, but I preferred the gentler tones in this Efex conversion.
FUJIFILM X-Pro1, f/4 @ 35 mmISO 200, No Flash

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Carew Castle

This was a series of three shots at 1 stop gaps blended in Photomatix. Each was taken with a Lee 10-stop filter to smooth the surface of the water.

FUJIFILM X-Pro1, f/16 @ 23 mmISO 200, No Flash

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Maternity shoot

Spent the early afternoon today photographing a lovely couple expecting their first child!

This first shot was taken at the end of a set where I had lit from the front with a 70cm silver beauty dish and side lit with gridded strip boxes. To give a more introspective feel I switched off the strips and raised the beauty dish and pointed it downwards.

Toned in Silver Efex.

Canon EOS 70D, f/11 @ 35 mm, 1/125, ISO 100
In this this second shot I used strip box from the left - this lifts the hair from the background and rim-lights body. Added glamour glow and a little overall softening in Color Efex.
Canon EOS 70D, f/11 @ 40 mm, 1/125, ISO 100

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Andy in thought

Processed in Analog Efex 2 to give a film-like feel. I added a 'light leak' which gives a gentle feeling of haze without killing the contrast.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/11 @ 50 mm, 1/100, ISO 100

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Andy in profile

Andy was looking into the middle of a silver brolly to provide the wrapped lighting.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/13 @ 50 mm, 1/100, ISO 100, No Flash

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Why the long face?

Wide open  on the 23mm f.1.4 - focus is on the eye. This is a super-sharp lens!

FUJIFILM X-E1, f/1.4 @ 23 mm, 1/210, ISO 800, No Flash

Monday, 30 June 2014

Behind the mask

3-shot HDR processed in Photomatix and then tweaked in Analog Efex
FUJIFILM X-Pro1, f/4 @ 57.8 mmISO 200, No Flash

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

A summer portrait

I was really pleased with this portrait of a young lady which I took at a wedding this weekend.

I used the Canon 135L wide open to get strong separation from the background. I used a 580EXII in High Speed Sync mode to fill in the shadows and give the eyes a sparkle. The sun provided a rim-light.

Canon 1DsIII, 135mm f/2L @ f/2, 1/2000, ISO 100

Monday, 23 June 2014

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Ann and Kev

I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Ann and Kev today - all a little last minute as their original photographer was unable to attend!

For enquiries on booking me for weddings, please contact Pho2u.

This was shot with the Canon 135L f/2 wide open to give good separation from the background. I added a slight vignette in LR.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, f/2 @ 135 mm, 1/1250, ISO 100, Flash