Hello again, the last few months have been pretty busy, all kinds of photography including one of my favourite shoots this year photographing a new private jet company, as well as thoroughly enjoying teaching a one to one photography lessons here in Norwich.
I thought I’d share a few aerial photographs from some trips up into the sky. I’ve upgraded my little quadcopter for something a lot bigger. We still have proper rigs for lifting real sized cameras and video cameras, but these shots are all just from my little hexacopter in my spare time. So much fun, another reason to get outside. As usual, if you want to see the whole gallery of aerial photographs have a look here, but bear in mind there are all just from the lowly gopro, nothing fancy!
Aerial Photo of Wymondham, Norfolk, England
Aerial Photo of Wymondham in the snow. Norfolk, England
Aerial Photo of Norwich, Norfolk, England
East Hanney, Oxfordshire, England
A few minutes before the start of the Whitlingham Triathon in Norfolk, getting some water in the wetsuit and getting in the zone. Incredible athletes to watch.
This plant, the Solanum quitoense (Naranjilla) always fascinates me when I see it in the polytunnel. Incredible colour and evil spines, it was just asking to be popped from below with a flash. View more botanical stock photography & images here.
Scared of bats? I hope not.. as stuck in the cave entrance we were faced with rather a few of the little blighters!
Goa Lawah – The Bat Cave, Bali, Indonesia – South East Asia
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The delightful Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ from my botanical archive, pretty!
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Images of Bali from my travel photography archive.
The Decorated dragon bridge in the Monkey Forest Temple, in Ubud, Bali – South East Asia.
This turned out to be one the top viewed images in my travel archive for the whole of 2012. Thanks for viewing!
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The underwater ruins of Kbal Spean Temple, from my Cambodia travel photography archive.
“The site consists of a series of stone carvings in sandstone formations carved in the river bed and banks. It is commonly known as the “Valley of a 1000 Lingas” or “The River of a Thousand Lingas”. The motifs for stone carvings are mainly myriads of lingams (phallic symbol of Hindu god Shiva), depicted as neatly arranged bumps that cover the surface of a sandstone bed rock, and lingam-yoni designs.” Read more about Kbal Spean here on wiki
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Whilst driving through the Pyrenees one morning we just had to stop to take in this amazing view. Up in the clouds and crisp air.
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I’ve been rather consumed recently building a remote controlled rig to get a camera in the sky to see what I can capture… I’ve always been a little bit obsessed but never really got my act together. So here we are, day one, image set one. May it all be up from here! Photographs taken from a remote UAV quadcopter and a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. [View more of my aerial photographs of Norfolk here]
Looking towards Wymondham Abbey from the air..
That’s me in the field below bottom left..
It’s still early days, but I’m gradually getting used to it, it’s a slow process and a steep learning curve (well, for me anyway!) Hopefully will get a few more images over the next week.
Sorry for the somewhat overdue blog post, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in interesting projects over the last couple of months, and only just settled down to stop and think.
I just thought I’d share with you a new set of portraits of BBC Radio & Gardening expert Will Giles, as he needed some up to date portraits. Plant & cat obsessive, as anyone that knows him will testify! Photographed in his new & massive poly tunnel, the background is genuinely the huge leaves of the exotic plants in situ, nothing added here – in the heart of Norwich!
If you’re interested in getting your own portrait taken, please get in contact.
I could have photographed these kiteboarders all day long, they were incredible to watch, especially when they were pulling super high jumps with ridiculous ease! I took the plunge the next day and booked a few lessons – I must say it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever done, I totally recommend it if you ever get the chance. Kiteboarding Bonaire was a totally professional and laid back kiteboarding school run by Roan Jaspars from a converted bus on the beach. Perfect. Thanks go out to my ever patient and encouraging instructor Thomas!
Massive, massive airs. Mental.
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Over the next few blog posts I’ll be showing you some of my favourite photographs from around the small but interesting island of Bonaire, The Dutch Antilles in the southern Caribbean – not far from the coast of Venezuela in South America. These massive salt pans are an incredible pink colour due to the high concentration of Halophilic bacteria that thrive in super salty conditions.
A number of African slaves, together with Indians & convicts harvested solar salt around Bonaire for the Dutch West India Company from 1636- these images show the incredibly grim slave living quarters, the tiny huts too short to even stand up in. The bright orange obelisk, one of many, was used to guide the trading ships towards the land to pick up the salt. From 1997, Cargill Salt is now one of the biggest industrial salt producers in the world, with most of the salt ending up in water softeners. [More info]
A couple of interesting shots came from having a leisurely wander through a busy local carnival last weekend. I’m used to shooting from the hip with my Canon 5Dmk2, and wanted to take the opportunity to get up to speed with my Fuji X100, gradually working out the framing and focus without looking through the viewfinder.
These two photographs caught my eye, I saw these loud kids walking towards us, it looked like they had been fighting with each other – interesting body language between the three boys in the first shot, and the second shot really shows the emotion of the other boy as he walks past my lens. I’m still loving the x100, totally wonderful to use.
Last weekend featured another early morning start to photograph the Whitlingham Triathlon 2012, another incredible set of amazing triathletes including Mark Cox who I have photographed before. Fortunate weather for it, and some interesting and rather sketchy antics shooting out the car tailgate with Greg Hackett of Spindle Productions.
We were fortunate enough to have the Olympic Torch Relay pass through my home town of Norwich last week, it incredible to see quite how much local support we had here, thousands of people braved the weather and headed to the streets to wave flags as they passed by.