Stoked to hear that I’ve just been awarded a Merit and a Bronze Award in the BIPP Southwest Regional awards. The BIPP (or the British Institute of Professional Photographers) is one of the most prestigious photography organisations in the UK, and these highly competetive awards attract entries from across the region. Below a selection of images from my entry.
The juggernaut of the Tour of Britain hit Bristol today, with Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish amongst the big names taking part. I was working on another contract in the city but managed to get out for 5 minutes as the peloton came past. I used the 70-200 f2.8L to compress the perspective and show how tightly packed the peloton are, mounted on a Canon 7D which has great autofocus modes to lock on and track the bunch as they came hurtling past. Here’s Mark Cavendish pushing hard at the top of a climb up the A38, on the way into the stage finish in the centre of Bristol.
I try not to be too much of a gushing Dad on this blog, but this week has been a big week – my eldest boy Max started school at our local Isbourne Valley! He’s been super excited for weeks now – going to bed in his school jumper, wearing his school baseball cap at the dinner table, and asking “How many sleeps until I can go to school Daddy?” We went along to an open morning last week and I got chatting to the Head Teacher – before I knew it I had offered to do the school photos! I’m excited to be able to contribute to my local community in this way – there are a lot of awful school photos, and I believe I can bring something special to the table. I’m planning on using clamshell lighting, a common beauty lighting technique, to put some real sparkle in their eyes and really give them some zing. Here’s my test shot of Max…
Well done Libby Clegg on a fantastic Paralympic gold medal in Glasgow last night. Here’s one of my shots of Libby at the 2012 London Paralympic Games to celebrate her recent victory! The blind and partially sighted runners run with a guide runner who paces and ensures they stay in lane. The athlete must cross the line before the guide, or they will be disqualified – and this is the first year that guides will receive medals as well as the athletes.
What a great start to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, with Brit Alistair Brownlee beating his brother Jonny to triathlon gold, and Jodie Stimpson taking the ladies tri title. We’ve had a hatful of medals since day one and what an inspiration the athletes are! Unfortunately I’m not in Glasgow this year to shoot the games, other commitments and my new photography courses have taken priority. But I’m reminded of the amazing experience I had shooting the Paralympics in London in 2012. One of the highlights was a rare visit to the underwater viewing windows where I captured this shot from behind 2″ thick perspex. Autofocus doesn’t work through the perspex, there’s loads of distortion, and chromatic aberration or “fringing” in the colours provide a real test of skill and kit!
Thanks to my graphic designer Matt Siller for all his hard work in getting my new website up to date. It’s now accessible from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, so please have a look and tell me what you think! I’m still in the process of migrating all of my blog posts over from the old site, so thanks for your patience. In the meantime, I’d welcome any comments on the new layout.
I’ve been using some of the down time, while I recover from my illness, to put together a set of course notes for a Beginners Guide to dSLR Photography. I’m aiming to put together a comprehensive course to take the beginner to a level where they can get out of auto mode, and start shooting aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual mode. I’ll be sharing some of my own tips and tricks, and those I’ve picked up from some of the world class photographers I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside. Everything from composition to colour, exposure metering, ISO, aperture and shutter speed, lens choice, and the most important element of any photograph, LIGHT. I’ll be sharing a few snippets from my course notes on this blog, so keep a lookout, I’d love to hear your feedback. below a sneak peak…
Sincere thanks to all those who have offered so much support following my illness in January. Just a week after I set up my exhibition at KPMG in London, I took ill. I was in a coma for four days and intensive care for almost two weeks, the result of a serious blood infection. I’m on the road to recovery now, but won’t be doing much else until I’m fit and well again. Thanks for all the get well soon messages.