What with global pandemics, lockdowns and real life, it’s a rare opportunity to just potter and take some simple snaps. That opportunity came my way recently when Jo and I had what has been a rare moment of respite, and like many other we retreated the a bucolic idyll, in our case Devon, specifically Dartmoor. The images below were snapped as we went. You have to remmber that Jo cannot pass a single tree or plant without shooting it so when I say we were walking what I mean is I had so much time to consider and compose that it may have well been a paid shoot.
Katja – A New Start in 2022.
A lovely new folio of Katja
Katja is about to embark on her journey as a model.
I have asked her permission and does not mind me mentioning that she has been on the planet for around five decades.
She is embarking on a career as a commercial model, and has already attracted the attention of a couple of agencies.
They’ll be more images shot by us, as we further our collaboration in the spring, when the weather improves, here in the UK.
Earlier Articles are listed below…
One of the most iconic portraits of all time is 30 years old. If you are not familiar with the image you should look closely at the pale blue dot, in the shaft of light, on the right hand side of the image.
Below is the beautiful view from Richmond Hill that JMW Turner painted in 1809.
He was inspired by the words of James Thomson. The extract below is taken from Castle of Indolence 1748
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.
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!”.
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.
Most Kingston locals will know that Bentall’s has been the local department store for over a hundred years. This is the original façade, and a familiar view to many of us.
Too late to televise the revolution?
First, a little background: 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…
I also worked with Paul Biddle on his complex and beautiful still life work. In both cases I was trained to use complex 5×4 plate camera systems like Sinar amongst others.
On the 29 June 2007 some bloke, claiming to be the headmaster of the school, and working for a computer company in Cupertino, changed the world by launching the iPhone… apparently.
Happy New Year! and a happy New Decade 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…
For whom the bell tolls… – Forget the “Should I shoot RAW or JPG” debate.
It seems as though this stupid argument is now moot.
There’s a new file format on the block, it’s called HEIF/HEIC…
HEIF is an acronym for High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF), also known as High Efficiency Image Coding (HEIC).
If you are an iPhone user, you may already be using it, and you just didn’t realise.
Apple has been an early adopter of the format. It is implemented as the default file format for the camera on the iPhone. They have also implemented file converters so that when it’s shared around apps and to other platforms the file is automatically re-saved to JPG. So pretty much, a pointless implementation (for the time being anyway).
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