Not To Little And Not To Much

f my wanders around the forest, I had walked this path many a time and just happened to glance to my right this one time to see this small amount of water cascading over the edge, so decided I would come back when the conditions were right for capturing it. Thing with waterfalls is they are either a small trickle due to lack of water or a massive torrent due to heavy amounts of rain. So I have been watching how much rain we have been having lately, so it rained last night again so I thought there would be a good chance that it would be flowing nicely, not a   torrent but a nice steady flow that would make for a good composition and a pleasing image, and I was not disappointed. I visited another waterfall in the forest that is quite well hidden which I have photographed before which was only a small trickle last time and this was flowing nicely as well. Only down side was I found out I had a split in my Muck Boots Wellies so ended up with a very wet foot, but a small price to pay for getting the image.

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Newly discovered Waterfall wide angle shot.
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Cascading down the rock face
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Photographed again 

By The Seaside

There is something about being by the shoreline line that I find really magical and inspirational, I don’t know whether it comes from growing up next to the seaside. And now living in the countryside I appreciate the coastal scenery more now, something I probably took for granted when I lived there. I really love the early morning before any footprints arrive on the beach the sand being washed clean by the incoming and outgoing tide to start a fresh day. The sound of the waves as they roll up the beach and roll back out again having a sort of magical sound that helps me concentrate and find my inner creativity.

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Dawning Light

It was July the weather was warm and the nights were long, being a photographer capturing the early morning light is one of the great things I like to do, but have never really caught a stunning sunrise they have always whimpered out from a promising start to heavy cloud destroying any chance of great colours. The evenings sunsets had been an abundance of colour so I decided to get up at 3am and drive through to South Shields and be set up ready for the breaking dawn light at just before 4am and catch the dawn through to sunrise, even if the early morning colours didn’t show I was sure I could capture some nice early morning images at the beach, even if it came to doing long exposures of the waves gently lapping onto the shore. I have had so many promising mornings in the past which have not gone to plan, but mother nature won’t be told when to give you the the skies you want. The early mornings can be hard when that alarm goes off, but the need to capture a sunrise and the way it fuels your passion and drive, gets you to pull yourself out of your bed for you know one day you will capture that dawn and sunrise that will make you go wow. And this was that morning after getting their and setting up, I could see the light starting to appear and the colours slowly starting to arrive in the clouds as the first rays of dawn light woke the early morning, starting with mainly reds and turning to pinks and other colours as we venture from dawn to sunrise as the sun started it’s lazy early morning climb from behind the pier wall to eventually take all the wondrous colour from the sky to leave a sky of clear bright light only to be witnessed by those who were about at this time of morning. So this is why my passion and dedication to get up early in the morning watching mother nature reward me with the sunrise I had been chasing for so long.

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Autumn Colours

It was Autumn the trees sing in all colors, and a perfect time to get a good image of High Force waterfall, from above as we had been having quite a bit of rain so I knew the thunderous High Force would be exploding over the top making for a magnificent view. So an early start was required to get there before the sun became to high and and effected the light. It is not a long walk but it can be a difficult walk when you have medical conditions so I always allow extra time for more stops on the route to rest. But I have to say it was worth the walk, as when i viewed High Force from above all the fatigue and tiredness disappeared and was replaced by excitement at the wonderous autumn colors and and the power of the water coming over the fall.

High Force -005 I was also inspired by Light, a new camera technology that just hit the market and their #VantagePoint project.

Flash, Camera, Pose

Just received my Pixapro Lumi 400 800Ws studio flash kit, to use at home and in other places. So decided to test it out on my oldest son theses are just a few of the images taken with the flashes.

I was also inspired by Light, a new camera technology that just hit the market. and their #VantagePoint project.

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Photographer Shooting The Photographer

An Iconic landmark that is the Angel of The North, standing tall looking out over the valley, I had wanted to photograph the Angel for quite a while, but had never really put it as a priority. We have been getting some lovely sunrises on the October mornings, so decided I would get prepared the night before pack my camera and tripod ready to set off in the morning.” We had been getting some lovely sunrises on the October mornings, so decided I would get prepared the night before pack my camera and tripod ready to set off in the morning.”in the morning. I like to get to places with plenty of time to get set up and wander around, so I can check out different angles and shooting positions, as the alarm clock stirs me awake at 5am knowing that I would be there around about 6am or a bit earlier, I  arrive looking at the sky thinking to myself that maybe the sky is not going to be as nice as it has been the last few days, but one always hopes as the cloud cover was quite heavy but it could break to give that lovely morning warm glow. So I set up shoot a few images of the Angel from different angles, looking hoping for the sky but it becomes clear that today is not the day for the warm colors of a sunrise. I had been there for a couple of hours as time just goes so fast when you are engrossed in a passion such as photography, I notice this group of people wandering over towards the Angel, and notice that one of the group has a camera in her hand as I stand and watch her move around the Angel I can sense she is looking for a good angle to get a photograph. I have the camera set up and I just stand there and wait and hope, she is going to take a picture, but I also hope she stands long enough for me to capture her taking the image, as I was shooting on  very low shutter speed for the time of the morning. So the sunrise might not have appeared, but I had the fortune to capture this image of a young woman seeking her own version of the perfect shot. I became the photographer shooting the photographer.

I was also inspired by Light, a new camera technology that just hit the market and their #VantagePoint project.

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Photographer Shooting The Photographer

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Sigma SD 1 Merrill, 17-50mm Lens

ISO 100

F22

 

SCONES & EGGS

Sometimes keeping the image simple can work, letting the subject speak for itself, in a way that the photograph draws the eye into the subject. Sometimes simple clean images work well for certain subjects.  

 

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Homemade Fruit Scones
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Eggs In The Basket

First Studio Shoot

So I have done my first studio shoot, which I did at the studio of Chris Ord of North Corner Studio, with the help of Chris with lighting set ups and advice. These are just some of the images from that shoot.

Many thanks to Charlotte the model for her patience

The images were shot with a Sigma SD1 Merrill and 17-50 Lens and the NIkon D3200 with the 50mm 1.8 Prime Lens.

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First Model Shoot

So I did my first fashion and model shoot with xtraordinary photography run by Chris Ord, I am moving away from landscape photography as I am finding carrying all the gear needed across hills and other places is getting to much and having an adverse effect on my medical conditions. So after a long think of what area I would enjoy as much as I did with landscapes I settled on portrait and fashion, I wouldn’t say I was a person who has great confidence and able to approach people easily, but portrait photography I have done in the past I have really enjoyed and thought I need to step out my comfort zone and go after this as a new challenge and a way of moving my photography forward so a new chapter begins and once again I have managed to stop my medical conditions dictating to me how I live my life. A special thanks to the models, for their patience, the ladies who did the make up and hair, and a big thank you to Chris and Alexander Ord for all the help and advice with the photography on the day 

    
    
    
    
 

Vintage

Like a fine wine these vintage cars just get better with age, with so many new cars looking the same nowadays these vintage beauties have a style that will last forever.