Year Two (97) – Off to the Zoo

At the Zoo - tigers playing

Marwell Zoo, August, a hot sunny day and a photographic challenge – not only were the animals hiding from the sunshine … when they were outside there was harsh shadows to deal with, lots of people bustling around and a real restriction in the ability to get the shot I wanted.

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Year Two (96) – Fun at the Park

Moors Valley Photoshoot

A bright sunny day and a trip to the park to capture some memories of a family having fun, it was a great day – lots of challenges, freezing the moment, capturing the dynamic range of the shots, capturing fun – focusing on my subjects and trying to exclude the other people there… and looking at how I can capture a unique view of the occasion.

Hanging Around

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Year Two (95) – Fields of Yellow

In close - ISO200, F3.5, 1/1250 sec

I have notice on my wonder thought facebook some of my friends showing photos of sunflowers and thought I would capture some too… and add some sunshine…

In close - ISO200, F3.5, 1/1250 sec
In close – ISO200, F3.5, 1/1250 sec

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Year Two (94) – Studio Children

A digital file scaled for your facebook page header of three cute brothers!

I love working with flash rather than studio lights as I think it is so much more portable… but you can create the studio high key look really well… but there are some tricks to getting the eye contact that you need to make the image work.

Robberts Family 03
Having fun in the “Peek A Boo” basket and listening for the squeak!

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Year Two (93) – Fun at the park

I love the swing!

I love just capturing the moment … using the camera to capture families having fun, enjoy themselves and their children in a natural way… to me these are the shots that tell the story, that capture the moment, the enjoyment and the story…

Some favorite moments from a Family Picnic Styled Photoshoot.

Slides are fun at Moors Valley with mum.
Slides are fun at Moors Valley with mum.

The interaction between mum and child is what makes this image special, bright sunlight always a challenge, but you can see the love and care in the way the mum is supporting the little girl. Continue reading

Year Two (91) – Testwood Lakes and a glimpse at the past

Dragonfly - ISO800, F9, 1/800 sec - 300 mm zoom

Hubby suggested going for a walk… 13km later after a lovely walk and a chat, I was pleased to being able to view some lovely photos all taken on my 24-300mm lens. – it was a lovely walk incorporating the River Test and Testwood Lakes wildlife reserve.

The river test - F10, 35mm, 1/250 sec at 35mm
The river test – F10, 35mm, 1/250 sec at 35mm

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Year Two (90) – Location Photography

All the fun of the Farm.

I love being on location and taking amazing photos … this time I got to tag along on a visit to a local activity farm with the mission of capturing the toddler meeting the animals and enjoying himself.

All the fun of the Farm.
F6.3, 1/160 – ISO5000

I was trying to shoot without distracting other visitors and without including them in the shot – a tricky challenge during the school holidays so with my 24-70mm lens I was able to get nice and close to my subject, and knowing the ISO capabilities of the camera I was about to push the ISO to capture bright shots within the cow barn.

All the fun of the Farm.
F5.6, 1/800sec ISO400.

Changing light conditions, from inside the barn to outside in the play park, now with an over cast sky, the challenge was to use the nature light to create highlights in his eyes and capture his happy grin.

All the fun of the Farm.
F5.6, 1/1250 sec, ISO400

Here I got down low and moved in close, using the wide angle end of the lens shooting at 26mm and I love it … the three tractors, the wall framing the shot and the sense of scale it gives you – my client looks huge, he looks like he is having a great time and the play space looks really big… in reality as as adult it was much smaller… but this is my clients view and for him it would have been a big place to explore! The power of three plays a part here today – with the other tractors adding to the story of the image … is he inviting someone else to play too?

All the fun of the Farm.
F4.5, 1/200sec, ISO100

Photographing on location is all about finding the moment, learning to work the camera quickly and getting the shot … here we were on the trailer behind the tractor when it stopped and the cows walked closed by .. my client watched the first cow with the back of his head pointing to me, then turned as it went past … the natural catchlights, the highland cattle in shot and the distance farmer fill in the picture…  he is definitely taking it all in.

And some highlights of the day – the animals, the play equipment, the curiosity, the fun and the adventure … and memories and moments for a family to treasure. None of these images were taken with flash, the backgrounds were carefully shot to avoid as much distraction as possible … you would not believe the farm was packed with visitors…  and the camera worked up to make light available when there wasn’t necessarily much.

All the fun of the Farm.
All the fun of the Farm.

The rest of the images from this photoshoot can be viewed here: Location Photos – Fun on the Farm!

Year Two (89) – Donkey Derby


It is great fun being the official photographer at the very first Donkey Derby of my home town, the challenge is to create a wonderful album of memories that celebrate the event, show off the crowds, capture people enjoying themselves, celebrate the winning moments and of course make you wish to be there next time… Continue reading

Year Two – July

Where is time going… the months are just whizzing past… 19months after starting my photography blog, and I think things are clicking into place! Continue reading