image of the month

march rough tor

Taken on a blustery spring afternoon, this image shows the vast expanse that is Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. The summit on the left hand side is Rough Tor. Although it doesn't look too far when you set off, I can assure you that when you're carrying a heavy camera bag and tripod it becomes quite an arduous climb.

I deliberately edited this image to be heavy, dark and full of contrast to accentuate the billowing clouds.

february soho coffee bar

Taken in 2020 just before the first Lockdown. I went up to Soho for an organised photo walk organised by Tony Bramley. The purpose of the evening was to capture the Neons of Soho shooting hand held with lens pretty much wide open. It was a really enjoyable few hours and this image captures the mood of the evening.

january the girl with the purple hair

Whilst in Prague 2-3 years ago we visited the John Lennon Wall where this very attractive young lady asked me if I'd take a photo of her and her friend on her phone for them, which I gladly obliged.

 

In return I asked if I could take her photo and here is the result. I really wish I'd asked for her name as the image is titled The Girl With The Purple Hair and not something more suitable like Katya.

Either way, this image has done well for me when I used to complete in camera club competitions.

december the gift

Going back to the summer of 2018 I was lucky enough to get photographer passes for The Cambridge Rock Festival, The Cornwall Folk Festival and Resonate at the Islington O2. 

It was at the Cambridge Rock Festival that I discovered London based Prog act. The Gift. Pictured is frontman Mike Morton whoI had the pleasure of meeting at the Islington O2 where he had asked me to cover the event he had organised. 

november concrete & glass

Taken on a photographic day out at The Barbican in London. This image satisfies my passion for Brutalist Architecture.

 

I had intended to put together a online virtual exhibition of architectural images, but sadly it didn't materialise this year. Perhaps I can revisit the idea in the new year.

There are more images taken on this trip to London on my latest images page.

october 'the cigarette'

This image is a few years old now and was taken at my very first 'nude' model shoot at The Windmill Art Studio, Linton near Cambridge.

Ana, the model, was Russian and a delight to work with. She was very helpful in settling my nerves and we achieved some great images.

This particular image has done well for me in club competitions and was part of my successful CPAGB award which I gained at Maidstone in Kent.

september jackdaw

The Jackdaw was sat observing the situation in The Castle Park, Colchester.

 

I had gone there armed with my trusty 150-500mm Zoom lens to take photo's of the many Squirrels that can be found there foraging for food.

On a photographic level I enjoy how the long lens and wide aperture have isolated the bird from its surroundings.

august on the beach

The Tractor had finished its days work on the beach at Marazion in Cornwall.

 

The sun was setting and the light had dispersed into a lovely pastel shade of orange.

Personally, I like the peace and stillness it represents as it stands glowing proudly after it's days toil.

july ballerina daydream

This composite image was conceived with the help of Robert Farrow who supplied the Isis Wings and model Ayla at her home studio in Ipswich.

A really simple lighting set up of one 24" Soft box and a Silver Reflector and taking a variety of images to create the composition I was looking for.

 

I used Photoshop to resize the images, altering the opacity, and using layers play around with the composition until I was happy with it.

Another image that has done well for me in club competitions.

june a house for essex

Grayson Perry's, A House For Essex really is something straight out of Hansel & Gretel. It is situated at Wrabness which is just a few miles from Harwich, Essex. 

For this image I used a infra red filter to slow things right down and add some movement to the windswept tree and grass. The infra red effect adds a surreal quality to this most unusual building.

It has done rather well for me as I won an award for it in a competition for images taken in Essex and is also my best seller. It never fails to invoke conversation when I am at fairs and exhibitions. 

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