Category: Photography

A Wet Walk around Belstone

A Wet Walk around Belstone

A couple of days ago, my Son and I decided to head out with the cameras and visit Dartmoor again.

Its the first time I’ve been in over a year, maybe 2 years, so it was nice to get out exploring again.

We went search of the Nine Maidens, which took me a while to find, but we have amazing view whilst searching.

and then the rain came!

So, a slight change of plan and after a hot chocolate, the sun came out a bit and we explored again, this time in Belstone Cleave. Another Dartmoor 365 square for me!

The cleave was really interesting and I need to revisit next time, but we both came back with lots on interesting photos.

I’ve drawn out the route we took, slightly erratic, but that’s the fun!

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 11 – Food

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 11 – Food

I don’t know if you had the same issues, but I found last weeks challenge a bit tricky, trying to find interesting Red things! So this week is a little easier. Food! Just make sure you don’t eat it both photographing it

This image I photographed this week, wk 10, as my Wife wanted to open the Olive Oil!

I know we did in the Kitchen and Bottles and Cans challenges, for which some of us might have photographed food, but at least a direct food challenges allows us to open those cans or bottles!
So show me all your interesting food challenge photos this week via the challenge tag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

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 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

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 | 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.

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.