Saturday 25 June 2016

How do I keep my photography fresh?

I see a consistency to my pictures, but I want to have as much experience of different situations and environments as possible. So I try different styles and locations. Each bring their own challenges. My other posts have documented my progress. Look for the links on the right hand side of this blog. I don't often have people to photograph, but as you may have read before. I do cycle nearly every weekend and try to produce a pictorial log.

I typically ride to one of half a dozen destinations. The struggle for me is taking an interesting, new picture of a place I may have been to many many times before.

I find the differing amount and quality of light available throughout the year and the changeable weather adds some much needed variety.

I ride early in the morning. So I get a lot of sunrises. It can make for some dramatic sky's.

A church I cycle to regularly was being refurbished. It presented a great opportunity for something different. A bit of an urban feel, to a country church location. And a rare selfie.

The early morning light can be very beautiful.

My favourite image. A subway in black and white.

And then there is the weather.

And finally the famous people I visit.

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Saturday 18 June 2016

Here's to cycling.

As spring passes into Summer my weekend rides get more pleasant. There's slightly less chance of getting caught in the rain. And the landscape changes. The fields are green and trees are once again fully clothed.

I see more cyclists as well. They have moved away for the turbo trainers. I know it's not so inviting, leaving the house when there is frost on the ground, or the wind is howling. But I really think riding all year round makes you appreciate the good weather when it does make an appearance.

Here are pictures of some of the colder rides. Around Christmas time there is always home made cake. A great reward for year round cycling.

And the spring arrives. Still plenty of rain. But at least it isn't quite so cold.

Then Summer arrives. 

And the best bit - chilling out with mates. At a pub. A cold beer and good laughs. It doesn't get better than that.

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Sunday 12 June 2016

Hever Castle

When I first visited Hever Castle I saw what an interesting place it was. And what a great place for photography. I just needed to arrange it.

I asked Cheryl if she would like to pay a visit. It was quite a long time before our schedules allowed. But I'm glad we persevered. The weather in the week up to the shoot was very unpredictable. Everything was crossed that the one day of the week I needed to be good, would be.

And it was. A little too good to be honest. More cloud cover would have been ideal. It just meant that I had to look for interesting shaded areas or choose the right angle. Cheryl was brilliant. We had discussed the style I wanted, she had looked at the location online. We just seemed to click straight away. And we knew what the other was thinking. So the time flew by with great shot after great shot.

As I have said the direct sun was a little harsh. But with the right aperture and shutter speed and some fill in flash. The non shaded areas produced some great shots.

But when we found some shaded areas, especially with some back light. Wow, those are the ones that really stand out. Right at the end there was a tunnel made from, roses and other plants. I'm not good at recognising plants. The dappled light was beautiful.

Here is the full set of my favourites.

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