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.
The animals were more active by the end of the day but photographically there were some huge challenges to overcome… Continue reading →
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.
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.
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…
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 →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The rest of the images from this photoshoot can be viewed here: Location Photos – Fun on the Farm!
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 →