I found this shot sitting in my archives, it was taken last year at Goodwood. The 'Goodwood festival of speed' is an annual hill climb held a Goodwood park and features sports cars from multiple generations and genres.
Sitting in front of the stately home, this amazing structure, constructed from girders with Landrovers mounted on them was a sight to behold, it has a really surreal quality to it, an angular monolith.
I'm taking a break from the Moroccan series as we've had some amazing weather over the past days and I've been out shooting quite a bit. It's been an unusually cold winter here in South England and the last few days have seen extreme hoarfrosts, beautiful white crystals covering everything. It is truly beautiful.
Today's shot was taken last week on our trip to Morocco. We stopped off in a small mountain village near to Asila and amongst the hussle and bustle of the market town I found this beaten up old Mercedes, at least that's what I think it is - the badge is missing.
I just love it's beaten up old texture and grime, it really caught my eye. This shot was taken using my new Nikkor lens - 24-70mm f/2.8, and i'm really pleased with the quality it produces, particularly the depth of field.
I'll be posting more shots of the textures, places and people of Morocco over the coming days.
I don't post or process many HDRI's , but this one I like. The barns lined up perfectly and with a very bright sky I wanted to capture all the detail. The HDR generation was done in Photomatix Pro with 3 exposures.
I've been preparing some prints for an upcoming exhibition, details here , and stumbled across this shot, which has be prepared and ready to post since last year.
It was taken on our trip to the Czech Republic , just before Christmas last year. I'm not sure why I skipped over posting it, but it jumped out at me , so I'm putting it up now :-)
What I particularly like about the lamppost is it's perfectly straight, but the cap is tipped to the side, it's a lamppost with style!
I went to the Goodwood festival of speed today, as I'm building my porfolio of motorsport images. I got some pleasing shots of the cars, and on the way back spotted this wonderful corn field.
Wow, it's been a long time since I posted. Needless to say I'm feeling like lightflows has been neglected a little in the past few weeks.
The reason for my lack of posting is that i've been setting up another site for another photographic passion of mine , motorsport. I didn't really want to mix that photography with the style of lightflows, so I've split off into a seperate site. If you're interested my other pictures can be seen over at Formula 1 Photography
This shot was taken on the South Coast of the UK earlier this year and is in the boat yard in Christchurch when the tide was out.
This is another of the Wander gesellen' or 'Wandering Apprentice' we met at the recent party in Austria. I can't remember this fellows name, but he was a friendly guy and I think that comes through in this photo.
I'm off to the British Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend and am hiring the Nikon 200-400 VR which should be a bit of fun!
This is Dirk, he is one of the many 'Wander gesellen' or 'Wandering Apprentice' we met at the recent party in Austria. He was a very nice guy and intriguing character.
Germany, Austria and Switzerland have a very old tradition of travelling apprentices which has seen an increase in popularity over the last few decades. They are mostly traditional trades and we met carpenters, metal workers , Piano makers and book binders. They wear a traditional costume for working which looks something like the Amish may where.
On embarking their journey, the apprentice , once qualified to a certain level, leaves their home town and travels around Europe or the World working at jobs and improving their skills. They are not allowed to return to within 50km of their home for 3 years.
We were at the homecoming party of one of the other 'Wander gesellen' and it was an amazing site to see.
I've been trying to practice taking action shots in preparation for the Formula 1 races i'm going to later in the year. I've also been trying to improve my knowledge of exposure and have been metering manually.
Neither of which were as successful as I wanted in this shot, because it came out a bit over exposed and blurry! :-) That's said I still like the movement conveyed and action frozen in the shot. If I had of exposed a little under, I would've got the water a lot crisper.
The dog was having great fun chasing sticks into the water and i've got a couple more pics of him that I may post in the next couple of days.
This is the widest photo I have ever posted on Lightflows and is one that I've been meaning to put up for a while. It was taken at lake Wanaka in New Zealand and for me is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
The stitch is made from 5 separate exposures, that I put together in Photoshop , normally I use PT Gui, but PS worked great on this sequence. Apart from the lense flare ,which shows a nasty thumb print :-( I'm reasonably happy with this one.
If you have the bandwidth and want to see a larger version , it is here.
One more shot from the Morocco street scenes. I don't have masses to say about this one. I probably have one more shot to post from the series and then onto something new.
I've been adding ( a long overdue) feature to the site, so it is now possible to purchase prints. I will gradually be updating and adding some new galleries.
Lastly , I hope the British summer kicks in soon, it's been raining everyday for a week and I'd like to go out and get some new shots!
Another one in a mini-series from the archives. This was shot on Boxing Day 2006 , again in Morocco. And as I mentioned in the last post, unfortunately, this sort of scene is common place too.
We travel to Morocco every other year as Idoya my fiancée has family there, although pre-warned , I was really shocked the first time I went there and saw the poverty first hand.
Another shot from West Witterings, our local beach. It was super windy this day and there was a lot of sand blowing around, some got in the lense too :-( so i didn't hang around for long.
This is one of the shots I liked from the session and is a bit of a change for me. Normally I go for a super contrasty sky and will usually shoot with a ND grad, this time the sky is blown out , and I quite like the result, it has a more graphic, stripped down feel.
We're in the West Country for a few days and weather permitting, there should be some nice shots to be had :-)
This is the last of the shots from the foggy series I had shot in February, seems like a while ago as Spring is now definitely in the air. These are some of the other shots from this series. here and here & hereI have some great news! Tomorrow is my last day as an employee, after nearly nine years in my day job, I am leaving to run Lightflows as company and it feels great! Through this site and from contacts i've made from it, I will be pursuing my career as a photographer and (part time) web designer :-D
What this all means is that the site will be updated far more regularly and the new features i've been planning are going to be added. I will also be displaying some of my work in a few exhibitions over the summer, more news on this to follow.
I was in Wales at the weekend to shoot a downhill mountain bike race. At the top they had chopped the whole forest down, in an industrial style, the ground ripped up and the tree extracted, literally.
An interesting place , definitely. Perched in the wasteland over-looking the Severn estuary.
Very unexpectedly and pleasantly surprising, we had a reasonable amount of snow at the weekend! Probably the most i've seen in the South of England for 10 years and in April too!
Idoya and I popped out pretty early before everyone had chance to disturb the pristine white covering and got first tracks at the local hill :-)
I've got a bunch of pictures that i'd like to post, the first being the burnt common again, featured in other entries on the site. I tried to frame this one a similarly as possible to the others, but found it difficult to find my bearings in the flat light.
The forestry commission has actually started to chop down the bracken now , as can be seen by the stumps that pepper the landscape. There are still some interesting shots to be had though.
One from before Christmas in the Czech capital. It's not supposed to be perfectly straight either, I like the organic nature of the cobbles and wanted to compose it a bit off centre-ish.
This is one of my lunch time shots, where I get out in the West End of London and see what I can capture on my break.
Although quite dark, and with a moonlit quality, this was actually taken in broad daylight as the EXIF data shows. The window frame was a very lovely emerald green colour, which initially caught my eye, but overall I felt the shot and textures worked better as a black and white, I hope you like it.
This shot has a bit of a story attached to it. It was taken on location in New Zealand whilst filming a movie that has just come out, 10 000BC. As always on film sets, we were up at the crack of dawn, and got to see so many sunrises and sunsets in different weather conditions... it was a privilege.Anyway, without giving too much away about the film, this picture was taken in a canyon that the mammoths, which feature in the film, run through. The company I work for put the mammoths into the location as a Visual effect.
As the sun was breaking through the fog , these amazing shadows of the ridge appeared through the mist, it was quite incredible to see.
Apologies for the sporadic posting, I've been super busy with one thing or another , but got out and shot new material today. I aiming to get back to posting everyday again in the next week. Thanks to everyone who's been stopping by in the last few days, I'll try to visit your sites and give some feedback tomorrow :-)
I'm feeling like posting some abstract-ish subjects and have been trying something a little experimental recently, this shot was taken at a seminar I attended today. The room I was in, awash with sunlight, made a perfect shooting opportunity, and this gentlements head, smooth , set against the suede, caught my attention. I'm drawn to the textures.
Lastly, i'm going to start posting my images a little bigger, as I figure in this day in age , most people have 1000 pixel plus monitors. I will probably code the page to display the smaller resolution, but until then, let me know if you have problems viewing the images at this size, or if you have to scroll excessively.
O.k. :-) Back to posting once a day!
Hello again, i'm back, apologies for not posting the last few days , I've been busy with work and house stuff! Anyway, as it's late , I'll keep it short tonight.
This is one of the shots I took last week in the fog of which I'd been promising to post. So here it is.
Thanks to everyone on the feedback on the last picture,I know that style is not to everyones taste, but I enjoy the experimentation, it's good to hear different reactions.
This is the first of the shots I'm posting from our visit to the coast last weekend. We visited Beachy Head , which is one of the highest coastal cliffs in the U.K. For that reason it is a notorious suicide spot, and was immortalized on film in Quadrophenia , the mod movie from the 70's. It is never the less a place of staggering beauty, the cliffs roll , ripple and undulate along the coast in quite an amazing way.
Anyway with the history lesson out of the way :-) This is one of the many trees that pop up along the coast and I'm assuming that it's shaped like this due the high winds that run along the coast, the trees all seemed to face the same way, so that's the basis of my assumption. Maybe some bright horticulturist will be along and can put me right!
Lastly, I agonized over the crop for this one, and eventually settled on the post, although I felt that less negative space to the left of frame was preferable, I also tried a square crop. I really couldn't choose, Idoya chose this one, which I was leaning toward anyway, so this is the one.
I have some shots from the beach to post, but am going to take a break from those for a coupkle of days.
This snapshot is from last week , i've been getting out at lunchtimes and taking a few shots around town. I saw this chap at the British Museum. I've got some other London shots in the coming days and then back to the beach for a couple more.Yesterday's EXIF data will be up shortly. Lastly thanks for all the comments and support and particulary a special thankyou or gracias! to 'El Jefe' from Rodadura for linking to Lightlflows from his site, many thanks :-)
Following on from yesterday's post, where Rose spotted some buildings in the background, I decided to post another shot from the lake side with one of the cabins in view.
According to the locals , the lake is a popular fishing spot and these are , what i consider to be , quite luxurious cabins for overnight fishing trips, hence the title of the post. I guess it gets pretty cold up around these parts, so maybe a tent wouldn't suffice.The lake is littered with smallish buildings and outdoor toilets, which make for stark constrasting subject matter and interesting compositions, as in this post.
Lastly,this B&W was processed in DXO and then a bit of Photoshop, I'm thinking of posting a desaturated colour version of this one in the next few days. Thanks to everyone who commented on the last one and well spotted Rose!
Evening all. Well, no forest shots again i'm afraid, I seem to be coming down with some sort of bug/cold, so have been taking it easy the past few evening's and resting up for work.I had hoped to get some new material for the site, but the weather has be atrocious in the South East, if not most of the country the past few days.
Instead i'm posting some material from the archives, back to New Zealand and Poolburn reservoir. This shot is one of my personal favorite B&W's, I have a colour version hanging in my living room and just love the tranquility of this place, hence the title. This shot was taken in the same session as this one which is also another personal favorite.
Hopefully i will have a bit more energy in the next few days and some shots with some colour to post too!
Thanks to everyone who has commented in the last few days.
I don't have much to say about this shot right now as it's the end of a long day and i can think of much to say, except that i like the rays of light. I'll post an update tomorrow, after a good nights sleep :-)
This is the next in the series of Prague photos that i'm going to be posting. This shot was taken in one of the many squares that inhabit Prague's old town. One thing i particularly like about the city, is the attention to detail everywhere, most of the streets and pavements are covered in these small cobbles, an amazing feet of work, they add a lovely texture and richness to the city.
This shot was taken with my new 50mm prime , which is a f1.8, and i'm enjoying the tigher DOF that i have available now.
This is the first of a series of pictures that i'm going to be posting of Prague.We were there a couple of weeks ago doing some Christmas shopping and it really is a beautiful city and i shot a lot of pictures. I've been hunting around trying to find something festive to post, but nothing has jumped out as of yet, so instead i'm putting this up, a moody B&W of the run down station in Prague center.
This old style bike caught my attention whilst walking through the market street and lanes in Ciudadela, Menorca.
It's only with hindsight that i wish i'd tilted the camera up to include the lamp and less of the floor, but i guess that's the way it goes sometimes, maybe i'll shoot it again if we ever go back there.
These rivets are part of a large victoria railway bridge that i like to photograph often. It's such a big, chunky structure will plenty of opportunities to shoot at different times of the day, as the light play across it and creates a variety of shapes and textures.
Taken shortly after this shot, again in the street of Ciudadela in Menorca. I am pretty happy with the B&W conversion which initially took place in Aperture, which i then refined in Photoshop afterwards.
On most days i work in the West End of London, the area provides is a great place to walk around and take shots at lunchtime.
This light was in a stairwell and i liked the texture of the concrete and glass. B&W conversion was done in Aperture.
This is another shot of the reservoir at Poolburn reservoir in New Zealand, i don't have much else to say about it that I haven't mentioned in the other posts about this location, apart from i like the stillness and symetry of the reflections.