Two new things to test this week, plus I’ve made some changes to the website and upgraded to a new Slideshow routine to fix a Media upload bug and allow some minification of JS and CSS.
Sounds like double dutch? Don’t worry – just enjoy these images 🙂
There, that worked a treat. I’m a happy bunny – need to write some reviews now!
I met up with Sam and Ian at Delamere Forest for a quick shoot on Saturday evening, just in time for a torrential downpour which we had to sit out in the cafe. Unfortunately, we’d timed the shoot for the last hour before sunset and this combined with the earlier setting of the sun as we lost it behind Kelsall Hill gave us very limited time for anything! Delamere is quite a walk as well, so we only picked up 2 locations where we had any natural light and one location on the walk back. That turned in to an epic too, as none of us knew where we were going and we ended up trekking around in the dark for nearly an hour on the way back to the car park…
Oh well, we had fun and there are a few really nice pics to show for it 🙂 Thanks guys, really enjoyed this one!
The first shot was just after the storm as the sky was clearing to the left and the setting sun reflected off the clouds to the right creating this odd colour shift across the image. I’ve actually toned the orange down a little as it looked so unnatural!
Final shot of the night in complete darkness. We found this clearing as we headed back to the car park and it would have been ideal if we’d got there 40 minutes earlier. To get any colour from the sky I shot this at 1/3rd of a second and relied on the flash to freeze the couple – you can see the movement in the trees from hand holding at that low speed.
I’ve been experimenting again… Using our youngest as a model I ventured out in to the jungle (garden) one sunny evening as the sun was dropping behind Hope Mountain. We’ve replaced the Sigma 50mm with the Canon 50L and I wanted to see how much better it is in a strongly backlit situation – about the only scenario where the Sigma was lacking a little.
Sure enough the contrast is waaay better and it holds the colours fantastically well.
I also wanted to shoot a little darker and use that contrast to create a moodier portrait in the golden light – it worked pretty well!
I’ve got round to editing the two panorama photographs I did in Rome! Quite pleased with them as tbh I didn’t give them much thought or effort and just had to take the opportunity while I was there – no waiting for nice light or getting up early for these… They’ve come out okay though 🙂
This first image is a 6 shot panorama with the Sigma 50mm from Villa Borghese looking down over Piazza del Popolo. The two spires to the left are the symmetrical churches of Santa Maria di Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli and the one in the background is the one on top of the Vatican.
This one should be obvious and is the Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peters Square) and the Basilica di San Pietro at the Vatican City. It’s 7 or 8 shots (can’t remember off the top of my head!), but to do this place justice you need to see it for yourself.
That’s it! Jase
We had a weekend off at the beginning of June and it was my 40th in May, so we had a long weekend without the kids in Rome! It was fab, but we must have walked 25 miles over 4 days… It’s a bit too stunning and too much to take in to just hold a camera up to your face all day, but I did of course take a bunch of photographs (we even found an Italian wedding shoot or two going on around the Colisseum…).
Here are a few pictures, apologies for the series of ceiling shots towards the end, but if you’ve seen them for real you will understand how incredible they are! Someone must have had a right crick in their neck painting them – I get fed up doing the lounge white. 😉
The Colisseum (as if you didn’t know)
The Museum of Modern Art, interesting to look around but in all honesty most of it is just weird shit that your kids could have done. The old stuff at the start is more interesting, but the wonky bed, melted tyres and a shovel in a glass case are just stupid and a corridor full of pictures of lines – utter tosh. My opinion of course 🙂
Looking down from the Spanish steps – a nicer view than looking up!
Obligatory tourist shot of the Trevi Fountain.
Looking tired after all that walking – need a gelato!!
As you can tell from the Berghaus coats, it was a little damp (but boy was the cloud cover a life saver!).
Over to the Vatican and in to the Basilica
Got there nice and early to get these shots as the sun hit the front of the building. Could have been perfectly central if I’d waited 5 more minutes, but good enough!
Castel Sant Angelo
One of the fountains at Piazza Navona
Entrance (well exit to be totally accurate) of the Vatican Museums – 7km of exhibits, take your hiking boots… Don’t bother with a 2 hour guided tour, it took us about 5 hours to meander our way through and we skipped some parts. There are only so many 2000 year old pots you need to see 🙂
Someone’s bath tub…
Warning – ceilings follow…
Yay – the exit! Amazing place to be fair, well worth a visit.
There’s a couple of panorama’s to follow, but that’s it for now!
We visited a new wedding venue last weekend – Millers of Netley in Dorrington, Shropshire. We seem to be getting a few more Shropshire weddings of late and talking to some of the other vendors I’ve realised how many incredible Shropshire wedding venues there are. Albright Hussey, Weston Park and Rowton Castle all look incredible (definitely get in touch if you are getting married in one of these) and we’ve already shot at Iscoyd Park (although I think strictly that is still in Wrexham) and Soulton Hall. We’ll certainly make more effort to get to some of these fine places.
This wedding started at Ludlow Castle before going on to Millers and this is a shot from early evening when the light was just beautiful. Definitely one of my favourites so far this year – processed with a variation on Porta film with an added dose of magic. 😉
Canon 5d MkII, 35L and a little off camera flash to make the couple pop.
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This image I took at a recent Wrexham wedding is a nice example of what you can create with a little ingenuity and creativity in surroundings which may not at first glance be optimal! This was taken in the car park at Brymbo Cricket Club on a rain soaked day in April. There are good spots everywhere if you look hard enough. 🙂
I noticed the large puddles towards the back of the car park when I had a quick scout around on arrival. They were reflecting the sky which looked quite dramatic due to the recent rain and I decided to try to use the brightening sky to pick out the couple by framing them within the darker background of the tree. The mounds of snow and nice shape of the tree led me to an outline of an idea which the couple fortunately ran with (although I think there were wondering what on earth I was playing at…).
I set up my softbox to the left of the frame and metered just below ambient at max sync speed. That’s 1/200 on the Canon 5d Mk II and in this case f7.1 at ISO200 gave me 2/3rds of a stop below. f7.1 gave me a little room for error with focusing and some detail in the sky. I set the flash power manually, probably about 1/2 power although I never made a note and once happy balanced myself on the edge of the kerb holding the camera out as close to the puddle as I could.
Here’s how it looked from behind.
I tried a couple of angles until I got what I wanted and wrapped it up. This is the final result with a slight crop and a lamppost removed in Photoshop.
Yes I was wet and dirty afterwards, but it was worth it.