KAMINO

I was offered the chance to come and take some photographs at a local bands practice session, as I had said I was wanting to expand my music photography portfolio. This is just a few of the images from the session.

Band Members, Colin Lynch, Geoff Rose, Micky Pearson, Peter Atherton, Neil Nattris

http://www.sdbphotography.co.uk

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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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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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Night Of Music

A while back while on on a photography course at college, we were asked to photograph the bands and the solo artists at their evening showcase, this is just one or two from the evening.

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Compact

Having torn a muscle in my shoulder after slipping on rocks when out with the DSLR, things became a little difficult mainly holding my camera and carrying my camera bag getting it on and off was a bit painful to say the least. So the Walking Talking Group run from Chatterbox Cafe in St Johns Chapel, was starting up again. I enjoyed going last time it was on and it is a good way of discovering little used public footpaths for getting new images, so how could I go and take photos as carrying the big camera was out for a time so in comes the Nikon Coolpix 12 pixels compact camera. It felt quite strange carrying a small compact in my pocket and not a big camera bag and tripod you sort of get used to carrying the big camera and setting up using filters to graduate a sky checking your settings manually focusing looking through the view finder. Not with the compact point and shoot or is it, when you explore the functions of the point and shoot they are not as basic as you think with all there different modes from scene to landscape to macro, or close up, and many more. Different resolutions and one I found invaluable exposure compensation which is good for bright days which we had quite a few on our walks, I have to say I am impressed with the quality of the images from such a small camera, the only thing I found a problem was the focusing sometimes it could hunt a few times and the image was not always sharp where with the big camera I could manual focus, but that is the difference between several hundred pounds and not. So my shoulder is better now so will be going back to my DSLR, but the compact will travel with me as well as it can be a handy tool for catching those quick shots in a way I feel it has helped me get a fresh look on my photography as I had got so used to being able to set everything myself and have total control where with the compact you have certain control over certain things but sometimes you have to think a little more creativly.

So these are one or two image taken with the compact, and then worked on in Photoshop for the B&W and the colour images I adjusted which is no different to what I would do with My DSLR the only difference I would shoot in RAW with my DSLR.

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The Day Was Misty

The day was grey as the fine drops of misty rain fell, finding some shelter down by Blackling Hole Waterfall in Hamsterley Forest as the roar of the water comes crashing over the top to foam and and dance at the bottom before flowing away down stream gentle and calm.

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Saxon Church In Autumn Escomb

Escomb is situated two miles west of Bishop Auckland in the Wear Valley. The church was built around 675 AD with stone probably from the Roman Fort at Binchester. It was originally thought that the church was an offshoot of one of the local monasteries eg Whitby or Hartlepool but this is only one of several possibilities as there are no known records for the period.

I have wanted to visit the church at Escomb in Bishop Auckland for sometime now, it is only fifteen minutes from where I live give or take a few minutes but something else always came up so I saved a slot on Monday morning to go and visit the church. To gain access to the grounds of the church you have to go to a house where the keys are hanging outside to let yourself into the grounds and into the church, unfortunately I did not have time to photograph inside the church as a group of school children were expected at any time so I will be going back in the very near future to take some internal image.

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Getting Down And Dirty

Now that can conjure up all kinds of thoughts in the mind a title like that. But unfortunately it was just me getting down on the forest floor in amongst the broken branches and dirt and mud to get some close up images of the fungi growing on the forest floor, for a couple of years I have been wanting to photograph the fungi but have always left it to late with doing other projects or have been to early so this year I promised myself I would get there in time, I do not own a Macro lens yet but in the future maybe so all images were taken with the Sigma 17-50, 2.8 lens.

I will have to explore some other parts of the forest to capture some photographs of the other types that grow in Hamsterely forest, but that will be for another day and another story.

http://www.penninephotography.com/

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