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New Camo & Spring Bird Photography

New Camo & Spring Bird Photography

In lockdown earlier this year, I spent some time taking photos in the garden. I’d set up some netting and was shooting from underneath it to capture some great photos.

As spring has now arrived, I wanted to try and get a different angle on the birds and set up some ground feeding areas beneath my blossoming apple. Now, to get close I had to rethink my camouflage and decided to start creating my own gear for my lens, camera and eventually tripod.

So having made my first couple of pieces, I started putting it to the test.

Wearing a green fleece, I blended in too. The birds were quite happy to land a few metres in front of my on the lawn.


It wasn’t long before they also started landing in the tree.


I’m not saying my new covers are magic, but they seem to work well enough for the birds to be comfortable with the camera being disguised enough to come down and feed.

I need to finish making the camera cover, then I plan to create a tripod cover.


I think I need to make a ground cushion/kneeling cushion as its quite uncomfortable sitting on the ground for hours.


It will be very similar to the bean bag support I’ve made.

I am hoping to make these to sell them. When I’ve done this I’ll give an update and how you can buy them.

Old Photo Restoration

Old Photo Restoration

I’ve been doing a lot of photo editing recently. Changing and blurring background in Portraits as well as some creative edits. I’ll post some examples soon, however I wanted to talk about old photos.

Everyone has old photos, just sitting in a box. I have, I’m sure you have somewhere. When you look at these photos, they contain great past memories, but they just sit in the box, or out on display fading. A lot of these photos are also showing their age with scratches and marks.

I can help bring these photos back to their original state.

Here is an example of a photo that I have restored.

Contact me for more information on how you can get your photos restored.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 14 – Abstract

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 14 – Abstract

How is everyone getting on the my CV Photo Challenges during lockdown? Please do post them to Social Media using the hashtag below, I enjoy seeing them and reply to every post.

Right, week 14 is… Abstract.

Lets get creative and make some abstract photos, then show me what you’ve taken via the challenge tag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 13 – Toys

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 13 – Toys

This week I’m ahead of the game. I chose a new topic last night. Toys. Then photographed a sample image this morning for you! (If you wanted to know, it took 3 hours to create!)

So raid the attic search your kids toy boxes, build a lego set and get ready for the toy challenge!


Then show me all your creations and toy photos you’ve taken via the challenge tag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 9 – Light

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 9 – Light

Where do the weeks go?… Another week, another challenge.

This time it’s all about light. Show me what you can do with light. Get creative, get inspired, let’s see some interesting ideas on using light in your photos.

You could create some patterns.

Add some flare

Or some colour.

Have fun and remember to use the hashtag #lopcvphotochallenge in any social media platform.

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 8 – Patterns

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 8 – Patterns

Week 8! Are we ready!?

This week is going to be about patterns. These can be man or womanmade patterns, or patterns in nature. Let’s see what sort of patterns we can find.

I don’t have any examples except this one, which I happened to take this week during the ‘In the Garden’ challenge. Planned? I don’t think so!

I’m really looking forward to see what patterns can be found, both indoors and outdoor (within the rules of lockdown of course!)

Happy shooting and remember to use the hashtag #lopcvphotochallenge in any social media platform.

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 5 – Macro

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 5 – Macro

This week I’ve gone for something a little more out of my comfort zone. Macro.

Although I have shoot Macro, I have a Love Hate relationship with it. I find myself getting mixed results, so normally don’t do too much of it.

However, I know you can get great images and very creative ones too!

So, try shooting everyday items that you might use, or raid the kitchen, there are lots of interesting item there!

Hopefully the sunny weather will be back and we can get in the garden,

and start chasing insects again, and getting 100s of blurred photos! But hopefully, get the odd Wow shot too!

Let’s see your creativity and I hope to just improve some of my macro work.

Happy shooting and remember to use the hashtag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 4 – Bottles & Cans

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 4 – Bottles & Cans

Wow, week 4 already of my Covid19 Photo Challenge. I hope it is keeping you busy and testing your photography skills.

So, this week is Bottles and Cans. How you choose to photograph them is up to you.

I’ve made a start on Bottles and even incorporated some of my Water Challenge photos into them as well.

I then tried a different way of photographing bottles. Learning something new.

And tried a similar method on a clear bottle with white background.

Now, I’ve photographed some Cans

and I couldn’t resist adding in some water!

I had great fun working on all of these, now it’s your turn.

Happy shooting and remember to use the hashtag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge – Week 2

LOP CV Photo Challenge – Week 2

I posted about Week 2 on Social Media, but forgot a blog post, I just added it to the main post..

Week 2 was Old Things Thank you again to everyone who took part. Here were my photos.




You can find peoples entries on social media using the hashtag #lopcvphotochallenge

Coronavirus Weekly Photography Challenge

Coronavirus Weekly Photography Challenge


Challenges
Wk 1 : Games | Wk 2 : Old Things | Wk 3 : Water | Wk 4 : Bottles and Cans | Wk 5 : Macro


Original Post
This has been quite a strange year so far with the Coronavirus. Now as it continues to spread, it is affecting everybody’s daily lives. Here in the UK, we are now being told to social distance ourselves and also self isolate.

There has never been anything like this in living human history. People are used to being indoors, on computers and watching TV, but now we HAVE to do this and stay indoors to survive.

Ultimately, this will effect our mental health, we need to try and keep positive, keep fit, keep busy and find more interesting things to do indoors so we don’t have cabin fever.

To this end, I am going to start a weekly photography challenge. Something you can do on your own or with your kids and parents, then share the results online with your friends and the world using my challenge hashtag (for twitter & instagram) and I will also create a tweet & a post to my facebook page where photos can also be added using
#lopcvphotochallenge

I will try and make the challenges varied and differing skill levels. It will all be based around things in the house, but you may need to get creative and even make things.

To start things off, the first week is Games. How you interrupt this is up to you. It can a collection of games, people playing games, a single game etc…

You can now start posting to my facebook post relating to Week 1, or reply to my Twitter post & also use the hashtag, or post on your instagram feed with #lopcvphotochallenge.

Using the hashtag allows you to see anyones submission across all the weeks.