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The Azaleas in the Isabella – Richmond Park

The Azaleas in the Isabella were glorious for all to see. For those of you not in the UK, we have been subject to a very strict COVID19 lockdown and the whole season was lost during 2020, but in 2021 we were able to visit The Isabella once again to see this wonderful annual spectacle. If you are lucky enough to live in London my advice is to visit the Isabella when you can.

The Beautiful Secret Places within Richmond Park

Finding the secret places to walk in Richmond Park is a rare pleasure… Richmond Park is vast.
Given that it is located in south west London, Richmond Park is constantly amazing to me.
As a photographer I can find images of calm within walking distance of my house and London, one of the largest cities in the world.

Opaline Tulips & Lilacs

A guest brought the tulips and lilacs to the house when she came over at Easter. This was the first time we had received guests, and flowers!, since the COVID19 lockdown has been eased, here in the UK.

Looks like Spring

Spring is now here, and with lockdown, here in the UK, finally coming to an end I can get back to shooting some beautiful images.

Opaline Tulips & Lilacs

Opaline Tulips & Lilacs

A guest brought the tulips and lilacs to the house when she came over at Easter. This was the first time we had received guests, and flowers!, since the COVID19 lockdown has been eased, here in the UK.

Here are the older articles…

“Trash the Dress!”

“Trash the Dress!”

I’ve been looking back at some of my favourite shoots and came across this Caribbean wedding session with James & Catherine Devlin. It was part of a nine day trip to Mustique in the Grenadine Islands, WI, for a resort that caters for luxury weddings as part of their service.

Marianne – 6.6% Proof

Marianne – 6.6% Proof

Here’s a lovely shot of Marianne that I took a little while back for a large biotech client. I knew it was going to be an interesting shoot, as, during the recce for the shoot, the client and I spotted the atrium with the light pendants.

Another misty day in London

Another misty day in London

On days like this it’s easy to forget that I live in London. A walk or a run in Richmond Park is a privilege that I never take for granted. It has been an Eden for our family since the global pandemic began.

A cold mist has descended

A cold mist has descended

Up at the crack of sparrows’ this morning. “The mist has descended over Richmond Park” and according to Joanna. “We must get up there now!”
Well, we were looking for mist, and mist we found…

A Serene Portrait of Buddha

A Serene Portrait of Buddha

This is the buddha in our garden. I found him in Bali and persuaded him to come and sit in our garden. He has been meditating under the Acer tree for many years.

Talon Oak – Richmond Park

Talon Oak – Richmond Park

On our many walks amongst the trees we often stumble across a tree that is slowly returning to the soil. Most of these appear bedraggled and beaten. This tree has been pollarded by the rangers, I suspect for safety reasons.
When viewed from the trail it reminded me of a falcon’s talon, not sad and beaten, but strong, with presence and with purpose.

How slow dare you go?

How slow dare you go?

Shooting at slow shutter speeds is a risky business. After all, who wants blur in a digital image?
Well, back in the day, when I had hair, and I was a fashion assistant, lots of photographers would run a couple of rolls of film at slow speeds. The order of the day was that they would get the shot nailed first, and then, if time allowed, they would take a few risks with a slow shutter speed, or a shallow depth of field.

Subtle colours of an English sky

Subtle colours of an English sky

I’ve always though that, as a nation, we miss the essential beauty that is rendered by our overcast skies.
Jo and I were walking and shooting in Richmond Park this evening and, as is not unusual, the sky was overcast. The sun was setting, giving a muted colour palette as it stretched across the sky.

It’s a RAW deal.

It’s a RAW deal.

#ad #affiliatelinks #earncommission - as an Amazon Associate we may earn from qualifying purchases - more info A whole new world opens up when you shoot RAW Updated: Nov 9, 2020 I know we’ve been here a few times before… I am recovering from an...

UK Lockdown v2.0 – The Final Walk 8.11.20

UK Lockdown v2.0 – The Final Walk 8.11.20

Just before the second Lockdown here in the UK,Jo and I went on a walk around Richmond Park. We realised how difficult it had been for some people to take exercise in beautiful places and that we were so lucky to live near the Richmond Park.

So, we set off snapping as we went, with the intention of posting a lovely image every day. This Article is the sum total of all of those individual daily articles.

Finding new beauty in a post lockdown world

Finding new beauty in a post lockdown world

Like everyone else during the lockdown, I’ve found myself with a little more time on my hands. Despite the easing of the restrictions here in the UK, we are still not allowed to shoot inside. Starved of any creative collaboration, I’ve been looking through last summer’s beauty shoots to find some new beauty in the shots that have never been used. I’ve forced myself to review what has previously been passed over for another shot.

UK-2020: a dishonest media?

UK-2020: a dishonest media?

For sometime now Jo and I have been watching how the media, here in the UK, has reacted to the Corona virus epidemic. It has not been inspiring. retrospective, compound questions for which we already have the answers… Pathetic, fifth form, attempts to trip up politicians during the daily briefings.

Cropping Cody

Cropping Cody

I’ve lost the plot. It’s been a while since they’ve let me me out. And, even longer since I have shot a single image worth a mention. So I thought I’d go back and look at a shoot with Cody.

Frozen Waves by Eric Gross

Frozen Waves by Eric Gross

Nick Lawrence, a fellow snapper, made me aware of the image below and the following article. Thanks for sending Nick. For those of you with headspace they are quite magical.
I have added the image acknowledging that all copyrights belong to Eric Gross.

Eloise on top of the hill

Eloise on top of the hill

I took this shot of Eloise on the top of Broomfield Hill in Richmond Park. As you can see, it was windy. I saw that as part of its appeal. If my memory serves me well I don’t think Eloise liked the image as she was looking for head shots for her book at the time. I wonder if time may have changed her opinion? I think she looks great.

Loving the threads!

Loving the threads!

According to the Library of Congress: “The Emir of Bukhara, Alim Khan (1880-1944), poses solemnly for his portrait, taken in 1911 shortly after his accession.
As ruler of an autonomous city-state in Islamic Central Asia, the Emir presided over the internal affairs of his emirate as absolute monarch, although since the mid-1800s Bukhara had been a vassal state of the Russian Empire. With the establishment of Soviet power in Bukhara in 1920, the Emir fled to Afghanistan where he died in 1944.”

a stolen moment

a stolen moment

Back in the summer Cody and I set about creating some portraits and head shots for her modelling agency. She is pushing on with more commercial work and needed some new images for their look books.
You may have seen some of them in the beauty section of the website.

“All hail! My Galaxy Trail”

“All hail! My Galaxy Trail”

Today, I have retired my trusty Adidas Galaxy Trailies. These are the third pair of Galaxy trailies that I have been running in since I decided to get fit. Known affectionately as my “v3s”, this pair have faithfully guided and protected me for 963km across 298 runs, without a single slip, through the ever present hazards of Richmond Park and the Thames Path.

Spring “peaks” through in Richmond Park

Spring “peaks” through in Richmond Park

This cyclist has just arrived at the summit of Broomfield Hill. Not a tall hill, but very steep indeed. Only those who are fit undertake “clockwise” circuits of the park, as this formidable challenge can be avoided, by gentler inclines, if you travel anti clockwise.

“The tricks of today are the truths of tomorrow”

“The tricks of today are the truths of tomorrow”

I took this portrait of Romany a while back. At the time I had in mind to create a portrait after Man Ray, an amazing photographer and artist. That was my self imposed brief.
Some of you will be familiar with Man Ray’s collaborations with Lee Miller. She was his oft’ model and muse. Lee Miller herself, was also a fascinating character, and a great photographer, who led an extraordinary life.

Slighted by Parliament

Slighted by Parliament

After six centuries of keeping enemies at bay, an Act of Parliament was passed at Wareham to destroy the castle. Captain Hughes of Lulworth was given the job of demolishing it. His sappers dug deep holes packed with gunpowder to bring the towers and ramparts crashing down, resulting in the yawning gaps and crazy angles we see today

London Compression… Is that the question?

London Compression… Is that the question?

The reason I chose to post this image is not so much about its inherent aesthetic or claimed quality, but as a point of interest regarding image compression*. For those of you not familiar with the concept of image compression it goes something like this… Longer lenses compress images; standard lenses, not so much, and wide angle lenses don’t compress at all.

Who posts pictures of dogs?

Who posts pictures of dogs?

This came as a complete surprise to me. I saw the dog at the last second. I was only looking to get the shot through the trees! I pressed the shutter and here it is.

Like most dogs we see in the park he is overjoyed and loving life.
If dogs could speak he would be shouting “This is the best day of my life!”.

Isis meandering

Isis meandering

Here’s a peaceful shot of the dusk descending over the river isis at Richmond, as it meanders down towards the coast. This is a much celebrated Arcadian landscape, that just keeps on asking to be captured and shared time and again.

“Let’s get it straight!”

“Let’s get it straight!”

Back in the day I had the privilege to work with some great photographers. Also, I spent quite a few years working for British Rail, initially as an assistant to Paul K Childs, and after a year or two, as an architectural photographer, recording listed buildings for the architects’ department in Croydon. It was a real joy to see these railway structures around the United Kingdom. More about that another day…

Happy New Year! Happy New Decade!

Happy New Year! Happy New Decade!

Happy New Year to y’all! I wish you all a wonderful year, and indeed, decade ahead!
I thought I’d get the year kicked off with one of my favourite views of the southern UK. Snapped on my iPhone, so no creative retouching, Just grading…

After the storm

After the storm

We chose to walk along the Thames path to Teddington Lock to discover that the river was very much in flood after the storm. It was a glorious winter’s day, and the image below gives no indication of the flow under the surface.

What have the Romans ever done for us?

What have the Romans ever done for us?

So winter is most definitely here. All of the leaves are now on the ground and most of the Oak trees in the park are now bare. So nothing to see then?
This Sunday, Jo and I happened upon this beautiful bare tree. It’s reddy bark was glowing in the midday sun. It stands alone amid a copse of Oak.

What a difference a week makes

What a difference a week makes

#ad #affiliatelinks #earncommission - as an Amazon Associate we may earn from qualifying purchases - more info White Lodge - The London Ballet School - Richmond Park Updated: Feb 15, 2020 Winter has arrived. The Oaks have shed their leaves. Last...

Genesis – The first roll of film

Genesis – The first roll of film

Recently, I was tidying out some old records and I came across a folder of negs and prints.

Those of you that know me will know that I file everything, and have difficulty throwing things away. This began when I started “collecting” when I was around 10.

“fools rush in where angels fear to tread”

“fools rush in where angels fear to tread”

Recently, I upgraded to the Adobe Creative Suite 2020 during the installation process I was asked if I wanted to keep the existing version as well as installing the 2020 version. “No why bother?” was my trusting comment. “I’ll save space, and avoid bloatware.” So I duly uninstall CC 2019.

Don’t do that…

Me and my yellow chopper

Me and my yellow chopper

Before adulthood, before higher education, before Jenny, Jayne and Joanna. Before Grace and Eliot. Before art and Renoir, Dali, Warhol, Basquiat, Titian and falling into an adolescent unrequited love with my art teacher. Before sculpture and Giacometti, Hepworth, Moore and Gormley. Before music and Bolan, Bowie, the Floyd, John Foxx, Joy Division, New Order, Chicane, Ferry Corsten, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Van Morrison, Górecki, Allegri’s Misserie. Before Literature and Amis, Hitchens, Tolkien, Acker, Swift, Blake, Owen and the others, before Chaucer and Sam Harris…

Making the most of Autumn

Making the most of Autumn

Here’s a video I shot today during our Sunday constitutional. The wood is opposite “Two Storm” wood on top of Saywer’s Hill in Richmond Park. Jo and I decided not to take cameras as the weather was slate grey when we left the house, so this was shot, hand held, on a mobile phone.

Autumn Colours in London

Autumn Colours in London

London nevers ceases to amaze me. I shot this bucolic autumn view in Richmond Park, South West London. The park is 800 metres from our house in Kingston upon Thames.
For those of you who are not familiar with the park, there is a plantation in the centre named “The Isabella”. This name appears on maps as early as 1771.

it’s the little details that count…

it’s the little details that count…

“When I travel I am always looking for shots that encapsulate where we are without shouting from the top of the mountain. It’s easy to point the camera at important works of art and architecture, but I like to see where we are by looking at the little details.”

Changing Weather

Changing Weather

This shot sums up the current weather in South West London. Changing by the minute. Stormy day, with sun peaking through.

Stormy Mushroom

Stormy Mushroom

All of a sudden there are massive mushrooms everywhere. This bad boy could be seen from the road. it’s got a 25cm diameter and would make a big bowl of mushroom soup assuming it doesn’t kill you.

More from Jo in Richmond Park…

More from Jo in Richmond Park…

This chap was not happy about us approaching. I’ve since read up about Red Deer to find out that they are in fact Britain’s largest Mammal. At this time of year they are pumped full of testosterone and take no prisoners!

A Sublime Mustique Afternoon

A Sublime Mustique Afternoon

As the weather take a turn towards autumn here in the UK I thought i’d post this lovely warm image for y’all.

The golden afternoon light was bathing the swimming pool at Firefly Mustique and this was a simple snap.

Don’t go near the deer…

Don’t go near the deer…

This weekend Jo and I went for a walk through the centre of the park and happened upon various stags, protecting groups of hinds. As it is rutting season, we are extra cautious, as are most others, as we walk across the grasslands and and through the woods.

15 years of Parkrun

15 years of Parkrun

Today is the 15th anniversary of the Parkrun. By coincidence, I just completed my 15th 5k Parkrun. (No cheeky, that’s not 1 per year, over 15 years. That’s 15 over the last 18 weeks!).
As it’s free to run they ask for volunteers to help, and this help includes being a photographer.

Afternoon surprise!

Afternoon surprise!

Jo and I were taking an autumn stroll in Richmond Park this afternoon. It was very changeable weather, with the afternoon sun in and out, and the rain stopping and starting. We happened upon this delightful trio of huge mushrooms. I’m not a specialist, so I can’t tell you what variety they are, but they were about 30cm high.

Dolly Beach at sunset

Dolly Beach at sunset

Dolly Beach has always been the bridesmaid and never the bride. There are so many spectacular beaches on Mustique that it rarely gets a look in. Earlier in the year we lucky enough to be on Mustique. On this particular evening Jo and I were walking along Dolly Beach, as the sun was setting, and captured this calm view of an almost cloudless still, evening.

Catch me if you can!

Catch me if you can!

ust in case you guys missed this image. Here’s an image of an Antillean crested hummingbird (Orthorhyncus cristatus)

New image from Richmond Park

New image from Richmond Park

I thought you might like to see a snap from our walk in the park last Sunday. The early autumn has just started to turn the leaves brown as the sun peeked through the branches and the young deer were feeding in the shade of the oak.

Portrait – with or without the blind? – a point for discussion

Portrait – with or without the blind? – a point for discussion

There’s four hours retouching in adding the venetian blind effect. Despite what I read and view online, it’s a complex technique, and very difficult to pull off a “photo realistic” blind at high resolution, to a given brief. I’m happy with the finished result, as far as the retouching goes, but I began to question it’s very effect on the shot… Has the original intent of taking a beauty slot been hijacked by the blind? With or without the blind?

I am minimising my social media footprint

I am minimising my social media footprint

So, I’ve started a blog… So what?
I want to try to put down some thoughts and ideas that may help others. I have now been shooting for a while and have picked up some valuable experience along with lots of tips and tricks. Those of you that know me, know that I may have an opinion or two, on the subject of photography 😉

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