Monday, 31 August 2015

On top of the bridge.

Recently I was lucky to be invited to go up to the control room of the Crosskeys Bridge in my home town (or is it village?) of Sutton Bridge. 

Now, im sure everyone would automatically think landscape, landscape, landscape;
1) The fens in my opinion doesn't have a lot to offer in the way of spectacular views unless you want to see flat farmland.
2) There wasn't much going on in the sky either as the sun was high and bright which is not what a landscape photographer desires.
3) Im not much of fan of Landscapes anyway.

Instead, some may say, as per usual I focused on the things that others may pass by like the controls etc.

Ok scrap all of the above.

I did like watching the cars come and go down the long straight stretch of the A17 Towards kings Lynn.

I took a couple of shots trying to get a car in the right place to make the most of the distortion on my Wide angle lens.

I suppose the other thing Sutton Bridge is famous for other than the bridge, the clue is in the name after all, is the 337 million pounds power station.

Inside was quite cool, if you like levers, buttons and spinny type wheel things, Oh and don't forget the kettle!

Im not sure ill ever get the chance to go up again but im proud to think or say that ive been up there.
Now id like to go underneath it and see or mechanical parts at work.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Shooting street in the big city; Camden Town.

I love London. I always have since I first visited as a child; going on the tube for the first time was a great experience. I used to visit my brother regularly in my late teenage/early adult years to go out and get...well...smashed.

I love the hustle and bustle, the sights, the people, its a cool place.

On a recent visit I really concentrated on street photography. I went to Camden and of course, there was lots going on; tourists, bored kids, street art and the artists themselves creating their next piece.

In the chaos of the busy of life, 1 person taking photo's of strangers doesn't get noticed like it does in the quieter parts of the country or world like my home town and surrounding locations. The fact is that in the touristy big smoke every other person is carrying a 'big' camera, so my 'little' Fuji helps me blend in that little more.

I really appreciate street art, be it graffiti or stencils. I like the idea that there's a meaning behind the work rather than just tagging a name.

This one guy was painting all day and every now and then I went back to see how he was getting on...he's probably still there.

Down the same street were people hanging out; if that's what you call it, may be a little too much 'party'.

Waiting for people to walk in front of something in particular is both a big waiting game but rewarding when it finally happens. Im still waiting for that show stopping image though that's going to be recognised world wide as a real moment of time, a real stroke of luck/right place right time, uncanny genius. Maybe that wont happen!

In Camden Market there are vintage shops and stalls all over the place. What got me was how much people try to charge for things like old camera's....woah!!!

These 3 boys caught my eye. they sat there for about 10 minutes really bored waiting for someone, I just had to freeze their boredom.

Looking down on the world is great, people don't know your there, in a place like Camden 100's of people pass underneath you (not counting the tube) every minute.

My companions on the trip did wonder why I photographed so many strangers though............maybe not enough selfies for them?

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Lights, CAMERA, action. On set with Dishonoured

To start, I can't believe this is my 80th blog post, what have I been talking about for all this time!?

Occasionally I've been shooting behind the scenes photography of a film being made locally;

Dishonoured (follow link)

Its been good fun to help out where I can.

Recently we went to a 'secret location' in Cambridgeshire and I for one had a great day, creative photography really blossomed.

As always im using the X-Pro 1 a lot, I think my 5D may feel a little left out the majority of the time. The lightweight small nature of the camera and lenses alongside the the quality of the images make it a winner for me. I find it really comfortable in the hand and it suits my shooting style.

On the day I used the lights on set to create silhouettes or as a spot light to pick characters out of the shadows. I took along a Canon Speedlite and combined the ambient light with the flash for a couple of shots using some Yongnuo flash triggers.

Its a shame that some of my best and favourite shots from the day can't be shown yet as they give a way a major part of the plot. These will have to be shown another time.

This guy was sat waiting in the corner

Creative debate

Smoking on the job

Wash the sheets afterwards!

Out of the shadows and into the light

Monday, 20 July 2015

Vintage Wings & Wheels Day 2015

Local airfield; The Fenland Aerodrome hosted a car and plane display recently. Entrance was a decent price and the weather was pretty good (in the afternoon it was anyway, I had a photo shoot in the morning and it rained!!!!!).

There were plenty of visitors on the day and as the afternoon went on and the weather got better im sure more and more arrived.

Muscle cars seemed to be a major flavour of the day as well as some vintage British cars and the odd 'one of a kinds' such as a car that appeared to have been built around a lorry cab chassis? it was massive.

As a child I loved planes and I have to admit when I hear a low flying plane I still run to the window to have a look. The planes on this day were all, what looked like to me, small private pleasure/hobby type planes that people may fly at the weekend. Sounds like a good hobby to me!

A Spitfire had a scheduled flypast; which I had to run to my car to get my DSLR and 70-200mm lens in order to shoot before it was too late, it very nearly was, if I had not run I would of missed it coming over.

On to the photos

Saturday, 11 July 2015

The Bridge Hotel before its gone

Ive been major busy recently; weddings, baby's, newspapers, portraiture.

A family friend visited Wednesday and im going to be helping him with images for his website. I had a little play with a little lighting set up used for product photography, real cool, I cant wait to play with it again.

While Mark was here he left me his camera to play with; a Canon Powershot G10. In simple terms its a point and shoot camera. In more depth its a camera for enthusiasts who want to take control of the exposure settings but don't want a 'big' camera.  I looked at a similar model before I got into my Fuji cameras.

It's almost fits in the pocket, well it does as long as you have big pockets. Defo not one for skinny jeans.

The Bridge Hotel is getting demolished soon, I heard it was supposed to be a few weekends ago, that might of just been talk??? Anyway its covered in notices of demolition so I guess its really happening. Having a small camera and itching to shoot/get out of the house and enjoy the fleeting summer evening I got on my bike and took some shots of the outside. After all, ive got plenty of shots of the inside from previous explores.

Once you figure the buttons on the G10 its simple to use and fits in hand nicely, ive enjoyed using it. The image quality is not bad, could be better, I shouldn't compare image quality against a full frame Canon and a Fuji X camera its not in the same league, images do look a little noisy. Shooting at ISO 400 is rather surprisingly noisy. I don't think id like to even try ISO 800. However the smaller point and shoot nature of the camera prompted me to shoot at different angles, which again I enjoyed doing and allowed me to play with foregrounds and backgrounds in my usual tilted style.


Without a doubt my favourite image from the evening. Old phone boxes feature in everyone's memories and really are a British symbol. The layer after layer of red paint on the oldest phone boxes give them real texture. I like the play with depth and scale here; there is a large river in between the foreground and background

Friday, 29 May 2015

He just want's to go fast

It's been a while since ive written a blog post.

Ive been busy recently shooting different things for different people and ive done a couple of jobs for a local paper too, so things keep on ticking over.

Ive also spent a fair stack of money on gear recently too that should start to pop up in posts soon.

So, it was a couple of weeks ago, I was leaving my work car park when I finally noticed a snail travelling accross my windscreen. I know, I know, I should of stopped and got the little guy off but all I could think of was the Turbo film about the snail who wanted to go fast, so I took him along for the ride home.

I took it slow and I found the limits of what he could hold onto.

I have to admit I thought it was hilarious!

Good times!

I thought id take advantage of the 90mm Tamron Macro lens I have sitting gathering dust in my study. Macro is not really my thing as I hate messing around with tripods, I find it all takes too long for my liking.

So this shot was taken hand held and the focus is not quite right but what can you do.

The lens is safely back in its hiding place ready for another outing perhaps in a few months.

And Turbo; he's either living the dream after his 'live fast die young' experience or well I don't know how long a common snail lives for, maybe he died young?


Saturday, 2 May 2015

The streets and sights of GT Yarmouth in April. Sorry Laura i didn't take any photos for the album

1st ill start by apologising to the wife;

Im sorry that I forgot to take pictures of our weekend and that I only photographed people sitting on benches.

We had a weekend away in a caravan which we have been doing for the past 5-6 years, its usually a good spring time break a couple of months before the summer holiday. We have some great memories via photographs in albums of previous weekends but not this year as I seriously didn't think about taking photos of our weekend, I just took photos of what was around me.


The typical clientele of sea side resorts is interesting at best, I don't know whether Yarmouth is any worse than others but if you fancy going out at night in your tracksuit and trainers then give Gt Yarmouth Tourist Board a ring and they'll hook you up quicker you can say "brand new Nike Air Max".

On the other hand I have fond memories of Yarmouth from family holidays when I was a child and teenager, my favourite was when I come in at 7am one morning as I had been out with friends at the age of about 14. I think my mum thought it was funny.

The typical clientele and the establishments present in Yarmouth can make for some great street photography; colourful 'tat' shops, fairgrounds, arcades, closed shops, decay, a timewarp!

A slave to fashion
 Seriously who buys and wears these clothes?


This guy was manning a small Art gallery down a very narrow alley, the gallery had art work on the wall, I mean the actual wall not on a canvas hanging on the wall. I asked if I could take his picture.

Parkers Donkey World; a tale of young love

Deckchairs and sea sides

The only photo of Laura from the whole weekend, OOPS!

The height of matching his and hers fashion

People watching

"dad's waiting outside"


Family interest
Keep shooting street!!!

Although im now off to shoot a Flower Festival for a newspaper.....everyday is different.