January 2017 Highlights…

The highlights from January…

  • I am starting a 52 week challenge set by 2 Lil Owls photography studio as I admire there use of textures …. I would like to experiment with them more this year… the blog post will grow during the year… but will not be revealed to the end of the year
  • I am doing a themed post on the theme Green
  • I am once again following “A year with my camera” with Emma, I think she is great for beginners and it is nice to be reminded of the basics.
  • Product photography for a local company whose photographer let them down.
  • Wheelchair friendly portaits
  • A photoshoot at a local college
  • A photoshoot with a 14 day old baby
  • Teaching modelling techniques and being a model
  • Hearing Gav Hoey talk at Highcliffe Camera Club – third or fourth time I have heard him talk, and I love seeing how he takes an image and develops it live – this time round I was amazed at how easy it all seemed – which shows I have come along way.. still discovered something new though!

Year Two – December

I am done… for now…

My journey is not complete, but my view has changed, two years ago I started the blog to develop my photography, learn new skills and share my journey …  now my photography, marketing and design business have taken off, my photography skills are opening up doors to new opportunities and my view point and influences are changing…

I may still share occasional posts, but more often that not I am being involved in commercial work and assignments, so it is best to follow my facebook page – www.facebook.com/RenoufDesign and that is where my focus will be … thanks for sharing my journey….

Highlights from December include:

  • My 2016 theme project on the colour yellow
  • Photographing Christmas
  • More portraits
  • Designs and marketing

 

 

Year Two – My Collection – Yellow

My collection of Yellow

My year with yellow… the story behind my yellow collection can be found here. It has been an ongoing project and a journey into themed photography as part of  #AYearWithMyCamera challenge, there is a chance you have seen some of the photos before as I have added them to my “my yellow collection” but some of them may be completely new – all were taken with the concept that they would include yellow …

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My collection of Yellow
The Golden Sun - this moment was amazing and only lasted for a second or two...
The Golden Sun – this moment was amazing and only lasted for a second or two…
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6 / 366 Coffee lens shot glass and biscuits. Still live image
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A yellow cricket photographed during a studio session.
Coldplace live at Mrkyps
ColdPlay – Live Gig
Getting closer
Getting closer – tree frog and daffodils
Sunset at Highcliffe
Sunset at Highcliffe
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Studio lighting – Yellow flowers with softbox overhead
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Directed off camera flash on my dining table
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Marmite – mmm
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Just the flowers
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A Little Egret with fish in the evening sun
ISO100, F2.8, 1/160 - increased the exposure
ISO100, F2.8, 1/160 – Berberis Darminii – increased the exposure
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Yellow Gorse in Flower a short walk from home – April 2016
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Abstract – Oil and Water
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Furzey Gardens and some yellow flowers – underexposed to darken the background.
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Summer Leaves
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A walk along the beach capturing all things yellow!
Garden Birds - ISO3200, F5.6, 1/1250sec
Garden Birds – ISO3200, F5.6, 1/1250sec
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ISO100, F1.8, 1/8000sec – Yellow Buttercups
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More flowers – this time welcoming people to my home town.

Sticking to the flower theme, sunflowers in August.

In close - ISO200, F3.5, 1/1250 sec
In close – ISO200, F3.5, 1/1250 sec
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Joint Exercise with Lymington Coastguard, Lymington RNLI and the Fire Service – waiting in yellow!
Yellow Smoke - ISO100, F14, 1/160sec
Yellow Smoke – ISO100, F14, 1/160sec
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One of my father in laws first cameras, taken with a high iso for the room light.
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Combined image of flower and frost!
Christmas Lights in Southampton
Christmas Lights in Southampton

In 2017 I will be creating another collection inspired by the Pantone Colour of the year for 2017!

Wow!

The Royal Photographic Society Distinctions

Today I received my copy of the Royal Photographic Society Digital Imaging Group, Projected Image Competition magazine in the post and sat down to look at the images, well I will admit I sat at the table and moaned, I looked at the poor presentation of the winning images – the top two images were printed so that they went across the fold of the page and key elements of the photos were hidden in the fold – as the photographer I would have been gutted – as a graphic designer, I cringed that someone could get it soo wrong and if only they changed the page layout so the photo was showcased on one side and the text on the other…. Continue reading

Year Two – November

Time is going to fast… but I have had an amazing month, the blog is going to have to slow down next year … but I am now loving my photography more and more…. highlights this month include:

  • Puppies
  • Portrait Shoots
  • Weddings and meeting one of the UK’s leading Wedding photographers
  • Autumn Landscapes
  • Remembrance parade with my facebook page going nut with over 5,000 views.
  • Photography moments with friends
  • Invites to Canon Professional Events
  • Night event photography

 

Year Two (138) – Floral Design

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Something a little different, today I liked at design from a different perspective that of a florist, and to get a greater understanding into what makes a beautiful arrangement, in this case a Christmas wreath, and captured some images of my finished attempt. Continue reading

Year Two (137) – Night time Gigs & Christmas Lights

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Low light, live music, crowds, flash, and it all narrow down to great evenings capturing amazing moments in the build up to Christmas and the challenge of realising how important it is to get the settings right in camera and to have the right equipment for the job in hand. Continue reading

Year Two (136) -Lens flare and back lighting

Lens flare

I had the opportunity to photography Rachel and Caine doing a Duet, I had more control over my lighting but not the location, they were in a corner, relatively close to a white painted wall with kitchen units nearby.

The photos on the whole are too high key for my taste, I would have liked more space between them and the wall to achieve a darker background, but the Duet could not be moved. With my off camera flash I choose to position it behind the singer and angle it straight into my lens to get some lens flare… I also softened the contrast in the end photo to create a dreamy look.

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Lens flare

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Year Two (135) – Band Lighting

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Watching a live gig is an amazing experience, you can see the talent of the musicians, enjoy their music, appreciate the work that goes into creating the set and the lighting that makes the ambience of the event so special.  The skill for the photographer as an event like this is to be in the right location to get the shots, to work with the lighting and to shot images understanding high ISO, back lighting, positioning and more… as you cant use flash photography in those situations.

Recently I got to photograph a band in a studio environment, I had ideas to use gel lighting to create an atmospheric background and was hoping to create some unique looks but it was impossible… Continue reading