The blog is back!

Its been a long time since I found the time to write a blog post but things are going to change. Work commitments have meant that the photography has taken a back seat but now I'm back on it and the photography is going to be getting more of my time.

Last night Scarborough saw the arrival of over 100 Honda Goldwings here to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a fantastic cause.

To capture this image I positioned myself on the Spa Bridge which overlooks the seafront. For this type of image a tripod is essential as long exposures are involved. As the light levels fall exposure times increase. This means that this type of image is produced without the need for any additional filters. 

If anyone has any questions relating to this image then please feel free to contact me.

The Goldwing Parade 2017 – all in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The Goldwing Parade 2017 – all in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Technical information

Shot with the Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: 24-70mm 2.8L
Focal length: 32mm
Aperture: f/16
Shutter Speed: 15 seconds
ISO: 100

The Challenge of Weather!

The main challenge that faces a landscape photographer is the weather. The key ingredient with all photography is light and that can come from many different sources. 

On a clear sunny day the sun provides a hard light that produces harsh shadows and lots of contrast. This can make for great black and white image but does not suit all types of photography. A cloudy day can provide soft light that wraps around your subject. The best light can usually be found around sunrise and sunset. This is the time we get soft light and fantastic colour in our images.

Whatever the weather, the fun of photography is working with what we have available and trying to create beautiful images. This is not something that is always possible and there are many times that I don't even get my camera out of the bag. Learning all the different techniques involved with photography means you have more options to try.

This shot was taken on a wet, overcast, windy day and options were limited. In the end I decided that the shot I wanted to capture was of the waves flowing over the steps leading down to the beach. I could have used a fast shutter speed and frozen the action but by using a longer exposure I could capture the movement and hopefully produce a more dramatic shot. This technique involves the use of filters, a technique that many photographers don't use. For many photographers they feel that they can recreate any effect using Photoshop. Sadly, this is not the case and the only way to achieve this type of shot is to use more traditional photographic techniques.