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An excellent day with Chris Exner

An excellent day with Chris Exner

Last week I had an excellent day with Chris Exner.

He needed various PR and professional shots for his up and coming 2022 projects.

We set about producing some lovely images that he could use across various media. Some business like and others adding a little more drama to the lighting.

The day whizzed by and we produced a variety of wonderful shots that you can see in the Chris’ folio on the website

The pleasure of simple snaps

The pleasure of simple snaps

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.

Green and pleasant land

Green and pleasant land

The River Taw on Dartmoor, Devon, as it passes through Sticklepath.
After 17 months of strict lockdown here in the UK I have finally ventured out on a trip to Devon. I was mainly walking the beacons and Dartmoor itself, blowing away the many cobwebs that have gathered in my head, but I decided to snatch some images whilst walking. The weather was changeable but interesting.

The Azaleas in the Isabella – Richmond Park

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

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.
I can walk across vast swathes of grasslands all the way to Putney, enjoying the seasonal chirping of Skylarks nesting amongst the tall dry grasslands, or through natural Oak and chestnut woods, through lush valleys and densely wooded hills…

Looks like Spring

Looks like Spring

Last winter was the, longest I’ve ever experienced… and you may be feeling this too.

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. Meanwhile, here’s a lovely, previously unused image of Cody, taken in Richmond Park, London, UK. As usual, her easy way and relaxed pose looks effortless as always. We shot this on a warm summer day back in 2019. Whilst processing this image it dawned on me that it is a good example of why using a higher megapixel camera is preferable, if you are shooting portraits

The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

Whilst wandering through Richmond Park I happened upon this view, on the slopes above the polo field, by Ham Gate.

The yellow light was bathing the naked oaks and last year’s ferns. The remnants of the fallen oak in the foreground resembles a magnetic termite mound I had once seen in the red centre of Australia. Its fractured spires reaching the the sky. Jo and I have become adept at finding new places to visit in Richmond Park, as the pandemic recedes, we often find ourselves on the road not taken.

It reminded me of Frost’s words:

Ant Hill Sunset

Ant Hill Sunset

A billion yellow meadow ants in Richmond Park were witness to a wonderful sunset this evening. The golden hour was very golden indeed! The bare oak branches stretched out to feel the warm rays of the sun, as it set over a pleasant and calm England. It’s late February and Spring races ever closer.