Playing with sparklers and slow shutter speeds
Thrilled to have my photography featured on The High Line Blog. New York in Autumn was incredible. I can’t believe it was almost a whole year ago…
During our recent holiday in Mallorca, we visited this exhibition of Picasso ceramics at Sóller. I love how they wouldn’t look out of place were they on sale somewhere like Anthropologie today, being so functional and vibrant. I could imagine them in my own home. Wishful thinking!
So the last weekend in April is historically fine and bright. Hence thinking it would be a good idea to go camping in Wales…. Well if we can smile through 48 hours under canvas in the wettest, coldest April on record, then I reckon there’s no camping challenge too great for us.
Our house featured in the Winter 2011 Ikea Live magazine. There’s a lot of Swedish homeware under this roof.
Two of my best friends got married while we were in New York. It was a great excuse to practice with my new lens.
One of the best experiences of our trip to New York was walking the High Line from 30th St right down into the Meatpacking District.
I’ve been a fan of Tracy Morter for a while, initially becoming aware of her when her husband Jon requested my permission to use my illustration as one of the mastheads of the #savebbc6music campaign. Then latterly for the Rage Against The Machine Christmas number one brouhaha. I keenly follow her photography on Flickr and she has a shiny new blog and website showcasing her work.
Back in the summer, Tracy was kind enough to reply to my email asking for her advice on which lens I should buy when I was asked to take photos for Spotify at the Big Chill. After further consideration I ended up going with her suggestion of investing in a good prime rather than a zoom and I haven’t looked back.
I’m busy recommending her to my friends who all seem to be planning weddings all of a sudden, so hopefully if one of them decides to book Tracy I can
annoy the hell out of her by picking her brains while she’s working tell her in person that she’s an inspiration.
Image © Tracy Morter
My first photo in print editorial for July’s Cooler magazine.
…A 50mm f/1.8 lens that is a cheap way to start playing with wide aperture. Perfect for capturing the kind of shots I love to take, naturalistic, low light still life and portraits. I had the perfect excuse to try it out this weekend at the Featherdown Farm in Herefordshire where we celebrated Phil’s 30th birthday.
Every week on my photography course we are set specific projects. This week it was posing people for portraiture. We were set this assignment last term too and I found it one of the most difficult as its much harder than it looks to capture people in a relaxed, natural pose when they feel anything other than that. Here are my efforts on a weekend mountain bike ride with a very long suffering Mr. Phirefly…
I’ve enrolled in a photography class at my local AE College. I’m not sure if its for me, as I primarily wanted to learn step-by-step how to use my digital SLR, and this course has more of a creative, compositional leaning to the teaching. I’m trying to extract from it what I think will be useful though, and its good in that it gives me the discipline to take the camera off of its automatic setting and try and take better photos every week.
This is one of my favourite images I’ve made on manual settings on the course so far…
I’m back from my holidays and full of inspiration. Last night I enrolled on a photography course at college and I got chatting to the tutor about what it is that I like to photograph. Generally I like to take photos which document my life, and the people and places in it. More specifically though, I love taking photos at the seaside. Probably because I just love the seaside full stop.
On my course, I will be doing a photography project every week so I decided to get organised on Flickr so I would have a place to keep all my projects. I thought I’d start by going through all my old photos and collecting together the seaside shots. It was only then that I realised just how many seaside photos I’ve taken over the years!