Category: Photography

LOP CV Photo Challenge – Week 3

LOP CV Photo Challenge – Week 3

Now, I been so excited about my week 3 subject, that’s its only Monday and I’ve done it.

Week 3 is Water

With the help of my 8yr old Son, his first time behind the camera, we created this image from a few shots.

I then took these photos with my Son dropping the tomato. We made quite a mess, but it was great fun and we plan to do some more.



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

You can also view all my images from my challenge here, with link to the social media feeds too.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 1

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 1

So, last week I set a challenge to try and keep the boredom away while everyone is in lockdown. They challenge was to take a photo (or 2) on the topic of Games. Thank you to everyone who took part. You can find peoples entries on social media using the hashtag #lopcvphotochallenge

These were my photos




I will be setting a new challenge every Sunday, so keep you eyes peeled.

Coronavirus Weekly Photography Challenge

Coronavirus Weekly Photography Challenge


Challenges
Wk 1 : Games | Wk 2 : Old Things | Wk 3 : Water


Orignial 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.

Cosplay – Clown to Harley Quinn pt.1

Cosplay – Clown to Harley Quinn pt.1

Recently I got to shoot something quite topical. With the release of the new Harley Quinn film, I had the chance to do a shoot along that sort of style.

However, that is not how the hoot started out. We began with some cat eyes, stripes and a lovely colourful corset

Then with some clown styled clothes we created some poses that we thought would make some clown styled images!

Clowns like to play with balloons, however, as anyone who’s tried to photograph some balloons can tell you, it’s not that easy! Especially when they are old and pop when you touch them!

However, with some perseverance we got another shots to create this photo.

I created an interesting background and produced a circus feel photo.

I noticed that the styling of the clothes looked very ‘Betelgeuse like’ so I processed an image to give that effect.

She also had a very scary looking bunny!

With a slight addition of another striped piece of clothing and a hat I created a very eye bending image with a checkered background. I really like the effect of this photo.

Now came the idea to make this into a Harley Quinn shoot, which I will write about in part 2 of this post.

Snow on Dartmoor

Snow on Dartmoor

Where I live, I have the best of both worlds, halfway between the coast and the moors. This does mean though that when we got snow on the moors I have to make sure I can get there and get back!

So, when it snowed for the second time recently, I gave it a fews days until I knew the roads around Dartmoor were passable and with a few hours to spare I headed to one of my nearest Dartmoor walking areas, Belstone.

I only have to walk to the end of my road where I live to see Dartmoor in the distance, so I knew there was plenty of snow to still photograph. On the road into Belstone I could still see the big drifts along the edges. Parking up in the village car park and walking the 500m or so to get to the moors, builds the excitement of seeing the snow cap hills just beyond.

The pathway opens out and gives you a good view of the north end of Cosdon Hill.

Entering on Belstone Common, we were amongst the sheep again eating the grass between the patchy snow.

The path here is a bit of a gully and was non existent, as it had been filled with snow, upto 3ft in places!

You had a choice, follow the tops of the path, or on the path at the edge of the drift and hope you could easy cross it when that edge disappeared!

I wanted to get to the views of Steeperton Tor and Irishman’s wall, but was pushed for time and there were so many good views to photograph.

As you get closer, you a teased with the view of Steeperton Tor in the distance.

But, I made it in time. It’s always are great view!

And it deserves a panorama image!

Having reached my target with just enough time to spare I turned around to get one more panorama, Irishman’s Wall and Belstone Tor.

Backtracking along the path to the edge of the common I was met by more sheep!

The rest of the trip was a gently downhill walk back to the car.

This is quite a straight forward walk of about 3 miles from the car park to the wall and back without much incline change.
My walks are difficult to judge in time as I’m constantly stopping to take photos or have kids in tow. But this was 2 hours from start to finish.

Photo Restoration

Photo Restoration

Old photos are amazing memories. Most of us have an old box of photos that we occassionally get and out flick through. Sadly though over time these photos can fade, or have got damaged, either with a tear, scratch or worse.

Old photos are amazing memories. Most of us have an old box of photos that we occassionally get and out flick through. Sadly though over time these photos can fade, or have got damaged, either with a tear, scratch or worse.

The good news is, with computers, these days it doesn’t have to be the case. I can scan your old photos and digitally restore them to their former glory. Although not all can be recovered, that vast majority can be and you can then enjoy these memories again, this time on your computer or other device.

Your photos are scanned to a high resolution and then digitally edited to restore the missing detail, or correct the faded colour, or even remove strains or replace missing parts.

Once your original photo is scanned, it isn’t touched in anyway and you always have that as the original memory.

It’s is great when you have a wonderful photo of a family member from the past, capturing one instance in their life and even better if that photo is restored to its former glory

Please feel free to contact me for a non obligation quote

Digitising Slides, from the Red Box!

Digitising Slides, from the Red Box!

As a kid I grew up with motorsport in my blood. My Granddad was an F1 mechanic as was my Dad. I’ve listened to the stories, we have photo albums of F1 cars & mechanics and of course seen photos of both Dad & Granddad in books.

When I was younger, we had (and still do) a red box of slides. Many of them were of me as a baby, but in this box is another red box and this was the interesting one.

I used to like as a kid looking through the smaller red box, in there were slides of a Cooper F1 that had been in a crash and was being rebuilt, there was a Can-Am Lola showing it being built and doing a test run and 2 Surtees TS5 cars.

So, what better job could I have then digitising these slides. I’ve spent the afternoon, going through the slides and photographing them, then processing them on the Mac to create digital images.

Here are some examples.



As you can see, these have kept their character, but are now digital for easier use.

The Red Box, will still have it memories, but the photos are not out for easy viewing!

So, if you know of anyone who has slides and would like them turned into digital images, please contact me for a cost.

HSCC Grand Prix at Brands Hatch

HSCC Grand Prix at Brands Hatch

I find myself in a lucky position. My Dad is an ex-formula 1 mechanic and over the past few years he has made connections again with some of his old mechanic friends.

This means that he occasionally gets to go to interesting events and I get to tag along!

A few weeks ago I was at Williams, admiring their F1 Museum collection!

Yesterday, we got a day out at the HSCC Historic Superprix, with full paddock access and grandstand tickets. Very nice.

So, it was time to dig out the old big lens and go and try and shoot something fast!

We started in the paddock, so time to get some great close ups and listen to some real noise from the 50s! The Coopers, which was my Dad team were there, along with a few Lotus, and a wonderful Ferrari, that was once driven by Phil Hill and many other cars.

Then it was out on track and time to see if I could still photograph something quicker than a fast moving toddler.

Where we were standing there was a good view of Paddock Hill Bend at the end of the start straight, which meant I got some nice photos of the first corner. Luckily no accidents, but we did have a couple of spinners.

Then I got close to the fence and tried my panning skills. I wanted to be as close to the fence as possible, to help remove the fence pattern that could appear in the photos. With the act of panning, this also helped and I got some great closeup fast moving action shoots.

I’ve also processed the photos in an old style, some in black and white, and some with a old photo effect to add to the mood of the event.

You can view more photos from the day on my Motorsport Gallery

What do you do with your Photos?

What do you do with your Photos?

Everyone these days take 1000s of photos. Gone are the days of film when you just took 24 or 36 photos. With digital cameras and smartphones, you can take 24 photos just like that!

So, what do you do with them?

Do you share them on Facebook, post them to Instagram, or use an app to get them printed?

Whether you take them on your digital camera, or smartphone, the problem of what to do with the images still exists.




Memories are important, so that makes these photos important. Taking a photo and capturing the memory is one thing, leaving that photo on your computer or phone, never to be seen again is another.

I personally have around 75,000 photos that I have taken, excluding photos for customers, but I don’t have 75,000 printed photos. However, I have made photo books, canvases, framed prints and collages, used photos as backdrops on my phone and mac, created digital slideshows of places I’ve been, all in an attempt to make the photos I’ve taken easily accessible and to be seen every day.



So, it’s worth thinking about. We all love photos, love looking back at old family photos, old holiday photos, photo from our grand parents and so on, for our Kids it will be very much a digital photo album, but it’s important not to just rely on our digital devices for our memories. Print! Print big, put lovely canvases on the walls and create photo book of your memories.