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

Neglect!

Having set this blog up in 2016 it was soon neglected. I didn't get out with the camera half as much as I would have liked so had nothing to write. This is all going to change in 2017.

My photography related New Years Resolutions are as follows:

  1. Dedicate one day a week to getting out with the camera and practice my photography skills. The only way to improve as a photographer is to get out there and shoot. Trial and error is the only way to learn. Even if you head out with the camera and return without at least one good shot its all experience.
  2. Last Christmas I decided that I was going to work on a book. Sadly, that never happened and I didn't get out enough to capture the necessary images. This year will be different, I am already planning the locations I want to shoot and working on the best times of year to shoot them. I will keep you all updated as this project takes shape throughout the year via my blog.

I ended the year by capturing a few frosty scenes in the areas local to me but will be venturing further afield in the New Year.

Happy New Year to you all and I wish you all health and happiness for 2017!

   Frosted Hedgerow

   Frosted Hedgerow

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.

Bluebells Everywhere!

On Wednesday evening I headed off with my dad to meet a friend of his, a fellow photographer, that would lead us to a fantastic wood that flows with bluebells. 

For now the location will not be revealed but it was a good drive to get there. As the bluebells only flower for a couple of weeks the location had to be checked out before we set off. The report came back that the bluebells were in flower and we headed off. 

Once we eventually arrived at the wood we were not disappointed, the wood was covered in a blanket of blue, an amazing sight. The wood itself is on a west facing hillside and runs for a good couple of miles. Sadly the evening was overcast and although we hoped that the sun would break through the cloud it never quite made it. Still, we managed to capture a few nice shots and its a location that will now be marked to revisit next year.

The wood is surrounded by farmland and a couple of cows visited us while shooting in the wood. They were very inquisitive and one of them took an interest in my tripod. Luckily I had my camera with me when this particular cow came across for a look at the tripod and proceeded to push it over. The cows both had calves in the next field and they were keenly watching through the fence. I managed to capture a few shots of them but they were quite nervous. 

All in all a great evening and it was a good opportunity to get out with the camera. I will definitely be returning next year and hopefully at a time when I can capture the setting sun batching the hillside with its warm evening light.

Bluebell Wood.jpg