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
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.
If you’d like to see a few more then have a look here at more kitesurfing photos. Thanks
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.
I was fortunate to be able to photograph Mark Cox this weekend whilst he took part in the annual Fritton Lake Triathon Festival, a two day event in Norfolk. Mark took part in the Triathlon Sprint distance on Saturday, and the Triathlon Olympic distance on the Sunday, finishing 16th overall from over 200 entrants. Pretty incredible considering he still carries a recent injury! It’s truly staggering how much discipline, dedication & training you need to be able to be compete at this level. Here’s a few photographs from the Fritton Lake Triathlon Festival 2012:
The topic of today’s post by Chase Jarvis – ‘The Un-Moment: Why Gritty Beats Glossy & the Deceit of Perfection‘ – Pretty thought provoking, and certainly got me thinking. It’s easy to fall into the realm of over glossing and focusing on the super sharp, or even being scared of actually showing the photographs that mean something. So here we are, a set of photographs dragged up from the archives from many years ago, whilst travelling through Qatar in the Middle East. An incredible country and I hope to go back one day. I can still smell the fragrant spices of the souk, the feel of the fabrics and the blistering heat of the desert sands. It’s so long ago it feels like a dream. I love these photos.
A set of incredible and emotional photographs stood out for me in this months British Journal of Photography. I had not seen the work of Laura Stevens before, a 35 year old photographer from the UK currently living in Paris.
Her body of work ‘Us Alone’ came from her recent move to Paris where upon she suddenly found herself depending on her partner and feeling that she had gone from being an “independent person to being a dependent one” living in a totally unfamiliar place. Starting in early 2010, Laura would visit other couples in Paris and question them about their relationships, then “I would construct the scene and the situation I wanted to portray”. The photographs are all long exposure, lit using a continuous lighting source to create tension and emotion in each scene.
“the things that you don’t always see, or want to see”
This collection of striking photographs are a result of looking more deeply into the ‘behind closed doors’ of relationships of couples, to show other emotional parts of relationships and highlighting “the things that you don’t always see, or want to see”. “I wanted to create a sort of suspended dramatised moment; to make it quite theatrical. I wanted to take this ordinary moment and enhance it” The photographs look incredible natural, each couple perfectly showing a vague hint of emotion, combined with the partner creates a feeling of tension, and almost sadness.
The lighting on the image above almost makes me think of being underwater, like the scene has been lit with reflective light from the surface of moving water.
I love the added detail in this photograph, the dying flowers in the background together with the pronounced saxophone really help to create the back story in your mind.
I thoroughly recommend spending the time having a good look through the entire series, as well as the other collections on Laura’s website, I love it.
Laura Stevens website: www.laurastevens.co.uk
Laura on twitter: @laurastevens_uk
British Journal of Photography www.bjp-online.com
British Journal of Photography on Twitter @1854
Towards the last stages of our world ‘tour’, we ended up in the Perhentian islands which are located off the East coast of Malaysia. We had planned to stay just a week but ended up staying almost a month… clean, cheap and friendly accommodation twinned with a cafe on the beach with WiFi meant I could catch up with some work in total comfort. It was almost non stop beautiful weather here for the first 2 weeks, but then a large storm hit, devastating the beach and sweeping pretty much half of it away… which was kind of exciting / scary as we were only sleeping a few metres away from the beach edge…
An amazing day exploring the caves and the coastline by canoe around the island of Koh Yao Noi island (Thailand). The only way into this secluded bay was by taking advantage of the low tide, allowing us to slip through a low cave whilst lying back in the canoe. Out of the darkness came this incredible little hidden lake (well, maybe lake is a little excessive, bigger than a pond but smaller than a lake..!), you can see the tide marks around the edge. The light was amazing, and the high sided limestone cliffs around us echoed out incredible noises from the birds and monkeys – it was like something out of a film.
Photo taken on the Lumix LX5 – I didn’t have a waterproof case for the 5Dk2 at the time…!
Looking back of some of my photographs from Thailand these two stand out purely on the cloud formations. There was a bit of a rainstorm later on in the day but nothing as big as the clouds would have liked you to believe. A beautiful view to wake up to everyday, not bad at all. I wish we we back there now!
I’ve totally become obsessed with portrait photography in the last few months and I have another set of portraits to show you this week, of dance teacher, actor and model Reanne. Very chilled and fun photoshoot, Reanne was super relaxed in front of the camera and very easy to photograph, and I’m really pleased with the final set of images. If you would be interested in some portrait photography please get in touch. Portraits taken on location in Norwich, Norfolk, UK.
A recent portrait photo shoot, great fun as ever and came away with a few great shots. A serious rugby player and the emphasis of the shot couldn’t help to be highlighting the gun show. I couldn’t help trying to get that hero / comic book style colouring and lighting, and think we got what we were looking for. Matt randomly just happened to bring the best shirt he could of for the shoot, it works so well – captain America style!
For the lighting techies: 22″ gridded beauty dish as main light close/high, gridded head side left, and snooted/gridded flash directly behind head for tight rim light.