Picture of the Week
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Milky Way over Macclesfield
A stitched panorama taken in South Park, Macclesfield of the Milky Way arcing over the light pollution of the town. This is one of the shots printed and going to be displayed in the Invasion: Macclesfield exhibition, starting on the 17th June 2016 for Macclesfield's Barnaby Festival.
Macclesfield Planet Fisheye Version
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Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill in the Peak District, U.K.
The area around Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill is one of my favourites in the Peak District with its impressive shaped peaks, secluded valleys teaming with wildlife
St Peter's Church, Scorton, under the stars
Never let it be said that I don't like a challenge - when I saw the sea of beautiful flowers in the graveyard of St Peter's Church, Scorton this afternoon I thought how fantastic and different it would be to have a shot of the scene but at night. To do this, I had to light paint the flowers with an LED torch, refocus and take multiple exposures for the church as it is lit by high intensity floodlights and yet another focus with different exposures for the stars and then blend them all together! I hope you appreciate my efforts?
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This beautiful mountain was the first I ever laid eyes on as a child,visiting my Grandparent's farm. Generations of my family owned the highest farm on it farming sheep enduring some extremely harsh Yorkshire Winters. I was down in the valley about 90minutes before sunset but the skies were already developing. I knew I had to travel light if I was to get up high so just grabbed one wide angle lens and body and set off up the mountain as fast as my legs and lungs would allow. My efforts were rewarded with this amazing view...
The Princess of the Forest
I have loved doing lots of location photo shoots recently with both musicians and models. There's something a lot more exciting for me about working outside and using the landscape and natural features and of course the changing light conditions too. Rachael, my beautiful model here, worked with me to create some wondrous scenes straight out of fairy tales. You wouldn't guess that it was her first time modelling!
If you want to book me for a location shoot for portfolio or commercial work then I offer very competitive rates - please e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Needs a drop more oil
Another fabulous Steam Punk shoot at Anson Engine Museum with model Gemma
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From Rough Twist
My good friend Steve and I had a brilliant photo and video shoot on Friday with the lovely and extremely talented Lucy Zirins, a singer songwriter who has just won "Young Artist of the Year" at the British Blues Awards.
I'm sure we have lots of images to go through and process but this was one of mine that jumped out to share quickly.
I think it must have been fate that Lucy brought her wellies to the shoot!
This was shot on location in Barley, Lancashire, lit with my portable studio lighting.
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Hot-air ballooning over Vang Vieng, Laos
Conventional thinking says that if you're going to take multiple shots to stitch together to make a panorama then you're best to use a sturdy tripod and preferably a panoramic head. Oh well, sometimes convention and rules are there to learn, so you can learn when to break them - this pano was stitched together from 8 shots taken hand held... from a moving hot-air balloon! :)
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Time for reflection
This was always a favorite shot of mine from a mountaineering trip to the Chamonix Valley a few years ago. Two climbing companions and I we were in a rush to start a route called the Traverse of the Aiguilles Crochues having got L'Index chairlift up from the valley.
On the way to the start of the climbing we came across this beautiful lake which had a stunning view back to the Mont Blanc Massif. Despite the rush, I made my companions wait for me to run down to the lake to get the composition I wanted and hence named this "Time for Reflection."
Single exposure taken with a circular polarising filter to fine-tune the amount of reflection and slow down the movement on the lake.
I've reprocessed from the RAW file to take advantage of the best current processing and decided on a slightly wider crop too.
Swans at Daybreak
A real favourite in ever ongoing Swans series of images. This was photographed on the morning after bonfire night. I had actually been up for a couple of hours from sunrise in my local park, South Park before the sun got warm enough to burn away some of the fog and high enough in the sky to clear the bushes to illuminate the lake through the trees with a beautiful Autumnal light. The beams and reflections danced on the water as this pair of swans drifted effortlessly into the pools of light to make such a magnificent scene
Not so much a picture of the week as a picture of the century for me. Apologies my output has become very sporadic over the last 6 months, in large part due to this amazing woman, Nora, my Mum, falling very ill. She wholeheartedly supported all my ventures, no matter how crazy and has been an outright inspiration to me and many others as she battled a rare and incurable blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. Rather than accept the typical life expectancy of 2 or 3 years she rewrote the rule book, never once giving in. She was able to battle it for a quite remarkable 12 years, whilst living life to the full, which showed her amazing determination. Unfortunately her battle was ended by a series of strokes at the end of 2013 and she passed away peacefully at St John's Hospice on the 5th Jan 2014.
A few of her friends have asked for prints of this picture to remember her by and so I am posting it up here. I will be donating all profits of any prints sold to the Hospice who provided amazing treatment during her final days. R.I.P. Mum