… I hope..!
My Dad was self employed. As was his dad. And his dad. So surely I should be able to keep a website updated, even if I’m not making any money off it. It’s in my blood to keep myself in the spotlight if you like… Obviously my brain didn’t read the script.
I have been out taking pictures and I would love to share some of them with you. I take pictures constantly, pretty much, and have been to one wedding here in Leicestershire, one big longboarding event on the south coast and a few children’s birthday parties in the time that I have not written anything on here!
I did the longboarding shoot for a new magazine, Thrill, which will be out around November time, so I will wait till after then to put those up as thats just polite, really. And no-one really wants to see children running round a leisure centre and a farm, so the wedding of two of my good friends is up here instead. It was a bit different to the last wedding I was at, due to the cream tea’s served on the steam train as we whistled along to the evening do. Very original, and nicely pulled off!
Feel free to give them a nice look and as always you can give me an email to speak to me, I’m always around to pick my emails up.
Peace & love
So the weekend before last, I was at a good friends wedding, in Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire. Now, I won’t lie to you, the reader, so I wasn’t the ‘official’ wedding photographer, so these are purely because I like taking pictures and I seem to have developed a good knack of standing in the right place at the right time with a camera handy!
Now they are back from Bulgaria, I have asked Mr & Mrs Shuter if I can use these photo’s and they have agreed, along with the one of the yummy cake the bride’s sister made. I was banking on them saying yes, but I am please they did. It was an ace day, the weather held, just about, which was lovely and everyone had a brilliant day. If my wedding day was anything to go by, I’m sure they were glad someone was taking pictures, because there was that much happening, you get that exhausted and promptly forget all of your wedding!
I do have some more wedding pictures coming soon, after the one I attended this weekend in Market Bosworth, Leicesterhire, but again, I’ll wait till they get back from Iceland and Venice (their honeymoon) and ask them. Give me a chance to get out and take some of our amazing wet summer.
Talking of summer, I’m going on holiday next week, to Devon. It better brighten up, I’m in a tent!
Mike & Lauren’s Wedding.
So last week I had a wedding to go to and an Olympic Festival to shoot for a church near my home in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The Olympic Torch was passing through the town of Tamworth and they were having a celebration. with lots of facing and music and a full days activities all planned out!
Getting a seat on the hill to take a good shot of the torch was very hard! Security kept pushing me back and small children were trying to use me to get closer to the path where the torch was coming down but the big security guard was having none of it! I got only one clear shot, but I get the feeling it will stay with me for a while. Seemed quite momentous, very special.
The day after that was a blaze of face-painting and cake selling, while looking round the massive site full of other activities, like judo and rumba to name a couple! Was all in all a really good day out! The gallery full of pictures is here!
I’ve finished the photo’s from the first wedding of the year, and I’m showing the newlyweds them tomorrow maybe, so if they let me they should be online by the middle of the week! *fingers crossed*
Peace & love
Olympic Festival, Tamworth
My Kentmere 400 film has been developed, little Monsieurs and Mademoiselles!
Ive put the best 16 pictures of the film in the new gallery which can be found here!
Hope you enjoy looking at these, but be prepared for more! I’ve been at a wedding last weekend and I’m just waiting to ask the newlyweds (They’re in Bulgaria at the moment!), if I can use a few photo’s to put up on here, I’m sure they won’t mind but I like to ask!
Also, I went to Tamworth to see the Olympic Torch and have a fun day in the castle grounds with family and friends. As soon as they are edited and filtered out they will be on here, hopefully by the middle of next week!
Peace & love
(This is my wife, left, and a good friend of ours, Clare, on the right, giggling about something.)
Good morrow, my little unicorns. How are we all?
I’ve been busy taking photo’s for the last while, as it’s what I enjoy doing. I’m really enjoying my Nikon EM 35mm film camera, I got some expensive black and white film for it, to get some lovely crisp shots, mainly of portraits of people I met, but nowhere in Leicester or Hinckley will process it! The only place that would be able to do it is the Cecil Jacob’s shop in Leicester, but sadly because they are in administration,they can’t send it away and get it done for me… I’ll miss that shop…
I’m going to a wedding in Leicestershire on Saturday, so I will be taking my digital Nikon there and snapping away. I’ll put some of the better ones up on here, if I’m allowed!
So there is two new galleries up on today, one full of shots off my 35mm film Nikon off my colour film, and another full of some of the lovely architecture I’ve seen around on my travels, but taken with my dSLR.
Peace & love
Hello, chaps & chapesses.
I’ve not been really looking after this little site of late, which is remise of me, I know, and all I can say is I will do better in future, i really like taking photo’s and I really like sharing them with you in this medium, allows people to enjoy photo’s, and that is my main aim. I sit here, in my little house in Hinckley, Leicestershire and shoot my images of joy and just want people to like them. Enjoy them. Makes life a tiny bit happier, I’d like to think.
Well, I’ve not been idle in the time I’ve not been updating, I’ve been exploring other forms of photography. My friend Jack dug out his mums old Olympus OM10, 35mm film camera and the pictures he was creating (his Tumblr site is here) were brilliant in my eyes and I really liked the retro feel. So I went out and found an Nikon EM with a f1.8, 50mm prime lens, all old school and manual, to take my own fun shots. I looked upon it as improving my photography skills in manual mode and not relying on my Nikon D3100 doing half the work for me.
It has worked. I’m so much more confident now with my digital, and yet I’ve rediscovered the love of taking a perfect photo on film. Win-win situation to me!
There is a new gallery, here, with 10 new film pictures in, which will change regularly as I get newer films developed!
NEW PICTURES UP IN THE NATURE GALLERY!
In moving all my pictures over from the old Aperture library I had, to my new filling system of the infinitely better Lightroom software from Adobe, I have unearthed some gems from a different era! Well, last summer anyway.
Boosting the colours on the sunflower, to bring out the yellow was really simple, as was the exposure and contrast levels on the tree-lined horizon of North West Leicestershire. The ladybird and butterfly pics are literally unedited, as i think they carry there own weight in being able to look good and stand out.
As always, these are available to purchase and I’m just an email away.
Peace & Love
The joys of a new piece of editing software are high in my bloodstream right now. I’ve had Adobe Lightroom for a few days now, verging on a week and it is amazing. It’s so fast it’s untrue, and the power of the editing side is phenomenal.
I was toying with the idea of a Lightroom for a while, but I had Aperture on my beaten up old Macbook and it worked quite well, was a tad sluggish but I put that down to a 4 year old machine rather that the software. I now realise that Aperture was a massive strain on my laptop and was not letting me develop my photos in the ways I wanted to, the menu system and the way things were organised in a tabbing sort of system were not slipshod as it’s still a brilliant piece of kit, but they did seem rushed and not very well thought out now I had a chance to compare and contrast. Lightroom doesn’t base the whole thing in its own library, it prefers to just use the pictures folder, therefore freeing up processor to edit the images faster and to a higher standard, not spending time going through its own mental system and taking it’s time, a la Aperture. And for a MacBook with not too much power to spare, this makes a large difference!
The other major thing is the quality of the edits. The noise reduction in particular is fantastic compared to the same feature in Aperture, and is complimented by swathes of other wonderful features and a smoother work flow overall.
As you can see from this picture I’m just in the middle of a new batch of shots, hopefully going live tomorrow?
Peace & love
I have recently come back from visiting family in Australia. This was a life changing experience for me in a number of different ways, mainly ones that show me the importance of family (especially ones I never thought I had) and how to take a lovely picture of a kangaroo!
I will upload some of my favourites to a new gallery over the next day, and I’ll add to them over the weekend after I’ve sorted the filing system on my MacBook!
These pictures are mainly landscapes and skies, with a few family shots in there too.
Peace & love
This is my little corner of the internet, all set up to showcase my photos. All the photos you can see were taken by me and I thought you’d like too see them. As i take more and more of them I’ll be adding the best one to the site to give you an idea of what I’m doing and how my skills are improving.
I’m also here to shoot for you. I can do anything, or at least try. I’ve got experience at weddings, sporting events and music festivals, and can also shoot in an urban environment, with some ace post production included. Again, as I get more pictures, especially of the post production wizardry, I’ll post them up.
Again, this is just me so it will all be personal and as quick as I can manage. I’m only putting this, just incase, by a small miracle, it starts to get busy.
Peace & love,