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The Dairy Maid’s Hat

This was taken onb one of the Elizabethan re-enactment weekends at Kentwell Hall, Suffolk. In the dairy parlour, people were making butter and cheese. I took some photographs of course but the straw hat hanging on the peg along with some paddles used to stir the curd caught my eye. A little post-processing was employed to bring out more texture and to make the image more sketch-like.

The Aviator

This is a composite (character placed in different background). The subject was actually a steampunk character taken at the Weekend at the Asylum in Lincoln 2014. It was taken in the castle grounds but the background was somewhat cluttered. As he looked like an old time aviator, I dropped in a shot of a Bleriot aircraft taken at a recreation of the English Channel crossing a couple of years earlier. I toned down the background a little to maximise attention on the foreground character.

Beggar at Essaouira

While walking in Rue Touahen close to the sea wall in the old town of Essaouira, I came across this beggar who wanted some money. It is normally difficult to photograph people in Morocco but as he wanted something from me I thought I would have something in exchange. I indicated to my camera and he nodded. I took a shot and gave him some money. He can be satisfied that he didn’t beg from me but that he had earned some money.

After the Guests Have Gone

This was an Olympus ‘Big Shoot’ event with Damian McGillicuddy. Damian wanted to create a somewhat chaotic scene with a bride and light it with both warm and cold lights. He use two Yongnuo battery flash guns with gels over them and triggered by a wireless transmitter on the camera. Damian is a very creative photographer and pulls together both model and locations to create some different images.

The Lady with the Pink Hat

It was a wet day and a few people were sheltering in the entrance of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. I noticed this lady with the bright pink hat sitting just behind the pillars and thought that the contrast of the bright hat with the somewhat drab stonework might make an interesting contrast. She didn’t notice me – she was too engrossed in her mobile ‘phone to observe the people around her.

Reflections of Christina

Christina was the model from another Olympus workshop held in September 2015. The workshop was run by Cleveland Aaron and the emphasis was on Fashion in the Street. It was at the Olympus Image Space help at the Bermondsey Art Project in Bermondsey Street and so a group of us wandered down the street looking for suitable locations. I found some glass windows on a corner shop and attempted to get reflections in the glass.

Looking for the Summer

This was taken on an Olympus workshop called “Fashion Portraits in the Studio” and run by Rob Pugh and Gavin Hoey in February 2016. This shot was taken in the morning session and showed what may be achieved with simple lighting. This was a single flash head fired through some sackcloth that was held up by two volunteers. The model was Amber Tutton.

The Himalayas in the Summer

As with the Alps and most other mountain ranges, the snow will melt on the lower slopes in the warmth of the summer sun exposing the rocks beneath it. The Himalayas present the greatest peaks on planet Earth and are the result of the collision of the Indian tectonic plate with the Eurasian Plate. The summer months expose wonderful strata and colour in the rocks though the tallest peaks will still have snow on them. This photograph was taken in the Ladakh region of northern India.

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