Canon Pro Day – New Forest

I hate early mornings, I really am rubbish at getting up, but photography is about challenges and opportunities to learn so when I was invited along to work with Andy Farerr and David Clapp to learn more about photographing the New Forest, colour management and to experiment with a tilt shift lens for the first time, I had to give it a go… arriving at 3.30am and lectures before a drive through the forest for sunrise… was really out of my comfort zone.

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Midday photoshoot

I recently got to work with an amazing model to create some portfolio images for her –  we decide to meet in the New Forest and at the worst time of day possible – midday in June, when the weather was lovely and sunny.  For me though there was a fantastic opportunity to practice to overcome the lighting conditions to create a variety of images.

Most shots were taken on a 70-200 lens,  with off camera flash either the AD200, the AD360 with the help of a softbox or #Magmods .

Lizzy in the New Forest 37
Country girl in the New Forest National Park.

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Year Two (119) – A Highland Cow

One walk in the New Forest on an autumn morning, and a variety of lighting opportunities and a variety of backgrounds as I captured the free roaming highland cattle. I have my 28-300mm lens, an off camera flash which I use for the first time with wildlife and my 5D mark iii.

These are the highlights….

Highland cows in the distance … using the zoom lens to focus in on the cow walking across the New Forest in the early morning sunshine.

A Cow in the distance - ISO800, F5.6, 1/1600sec - 300mm focal length.
A Cow in the distance – ISO800, F5.6, 1/1600sec – 300mm focal length.

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Year Two (115) – Morning Dew

It is October and the weather is on the change, I love mornings where the grass is covered in dew and the light is sparkling like tiny jewels… I love simple colours of the images, the bokeh that you can capture through the refracted light.

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Year Two (113) – London

Trying to get a different view of London is always a challenge and this time I found a view that was new to me…. and during this visit I only really had time for a short walk on the South Bank.

The sky started off grey and uninspiring, I tried looking for patterns and although I loved the pattern of the underside of the bridge near Black Friars, I did not line it up right and to bring back the detail I had to rely on HDR…

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Year Two (95) – Fields of Yellow

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 (64) – Still Smiling in Wales

I have a clever husband – he managed to rig me up a slow warming dry box in the awning of the tent, I removed the media and batteries from my Canon 5D mark III and left my camera there hoping it would somehow magic itself back to life and the Error20 – mechanical failure would disappear.

We left it there, we climbed a mountian, zipped down another and I sadly accepted that my camera would have to wait till I was home to fix it … and then I tried it again. It worked – no error message … so an evening stroll to see if I was fixed!

Evening stroll and finally a view

We finally had a view across the hills, the landscape is very different from the landscape at home and it was great to be able to hear the familiar “click” of my shutter. Continue reading

Year Two (62) – Wet Wales

A few days away with my Border Collie, 2 of the teens and hubby camping with the challenge of doing the World’s Highest Zip Wire, walking up Wales’ tallest mountain and of course creating some photos and memories to treasure.

Corwen Station in Wales - A quick leg stretch and a steam train!
Corwen Station in Wales – A quick leg stretch and a steam train!

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Year Two (61) – On the Solent

A spur of the moment trip to the Island by bike and the only option was the Canon G7X – it is not my big camera, it does not have a huge lens, it only has an LED screen so it is a bit like guess work …  but it does take photos in Raw  and it was small enough for me to manage on my bike.

My plan was to take some images from the ferry and then on the island as we cycled to our destination…

Leaving Lymington Harbour

The harbour was great – with all the boats lined up there was some great leading lines, and I got some foreground interest – with the sailing yacht … I would have liked to shoot lower but the limitations of the ferry meant I couldn’t.

Looking towards the other Ferry

The view towards the other ferry from the middle of the Solent – splitting the Horizon in the middle shouldn’t work… but the due to the height I was at, I had no choice with the ferry splitting the horizon so I made the image match.

A different view of Hurst – Canon G7X

A different view of Hurst Castle – this time from the ferry….

We made it to the Island and my fellow cyclist took off – he whizzed ahead … I managed one grab shot – I loved the leading line on the fence, the sea – but I could not really compose the shot as I was cycling like mad to try and catch up – I never did! Camera was then in my bag, as I needed 2 hands… but there is no way I could have even tried this shot with my Dslr – so for today’s images the Canon G7x was perfect! I need to use it more often!

A day trip on the Island – by bike – G7X