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Cambridge Folk Festival image. I like the colours, lighting effects and the detail recorded in the accordion.

The Protest Singer

Taken at the Cambridge Pink Festival. I don’t know who the singer is – I just happened to be in the vicinity of the stage and saw how expressive she was so took a few shots.

Helen Webb in Concert

Actually, this isn’t a concert at all. I had photographed Helen Webb giving a live performance some weeks earlier and she invited me to an open mic event she was hosting where I got this shot. The difficulty with such shots are usually the stage lighting casting shadows and the singer being too close to the microphone and obscuring some or all of the mouth. Here, I was lucky – there is separation between the mic and her face and the shadow from the mic falls across her chin rather than her mouth. I still wish it wasn’t there though…

Salsa Celtica Saxophonist

I find images of groups on stage to be quite cluttered and messy. They seldom work well. I try to home in on individual band members. I was pleased with the shot of the saxophonist and like the complementary rim lighting on his hair.

The Singing DJ

I just happened to be at a party with a live band and a DJ. The DJ doubled as the lead singer. I took a few snaps for fun but was amused by the interesting expression that I had managed to capture.

Sharon Shannon

The Cambridge Folk Festival provides many opportunities for stage photography. The only limiting factor is getting close enough to the stage and having a fast long lens to fill the frame. Image stabilisation also helps as the light levels are low and shutter speeds tend to be low. Tripods are out of the question and even using a monopod in a crowd can be quite tricky.

Trees on Loch Assynt

Some trees seem to struggle to survive in this rather bleak and exposed part of Scotland. These trees seem to be doing better than some others.

The Road to Ben Stack

After travelling round the north west corner of Scotland and heading back to our overnight base at Scourie, I looked in the rear view mirror and saw some wonderful evening light on Ben Stack. I pulled over as soon as I could to take this shot. Ben Stack looks a bit like the mountain used in the opening sequence of Paramount films.
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Olive Grove in Renoir’s Garden

These are the olive trees found in Renoir’s garden at Les Collettes in Cagnes sur Mer near Nice in France. The estate, with its picturesque farmhouse, its groves of olive and orange trees, and the views it afforded of the hilly countryside, provided the artist with inspiration for his later landscapes. This image has been softened and looks quite painterly when printed on a textured watercolour paper.

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