I started off 2018 with a few more trips to Norway, when the weather was still cold with snow covering the higher areas. I used my Fuji X-Pro1 with 18mm, 35mm and 56mm collection of prime lenses, as they are easy to pack in my carry-on baggage and provide fantastic image quality.
Traditional grass roof homes at the edge of a Fjord in Alesund.
Alesund harbour at night. It is amazing how much light in the sky there still is in the evening, captured with a camera long exposure, which has also smoothed out the water.
The mountains around Alesund. Shot whilst waiting for my colleagues to finish skiing in the area.
An aerial view of the harbour from Aksla viewpoint in Alesund
Residential properties are dotted around the base of many mountains in Norway, the glow of orange light giving away their position.
Industrial buildings on the edge of the water in very cold conditions.
Aksla viewpoint after a gentle dusting of snow the night before.
Residential and commercial properties at the waters edge in winter.
Alesund harbour lighthouse at night with a long exposure.
Alesund fisheries museum in the harbour, with the yellow building of Aspoy School in the background.
Local Norwegians depend on ferries for their day to day transportation.
A residential area against a backdrop of a wooded area signalling the start of a lovel walk back to the centre of Alesund.
A walk through the woods can be slippery in Winter without the right walking gear.
A view of the mountains through the trees. there are great viewpoints along the walk back to town.
Even though the snow and ice in town has disappeared, the slightly higher ground on the scenic walk showed the difference in ground temperature.
The statue Mot Havet (Seaward) in Alesund town centre overlooking the docks.
This large cruise ship appeared on the Saturday morning, providing activity for an otherwise very quiet weekend for Alesund.
Snow capped mountains lit by the morning sun.
Alesund at dusk, with the gorgeous blue light.
Alesund harbour at dusk.
I spent a few days in London recently and used some of the time taking in some street photography with my Fuji X-Pro1 and 18mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses.
I find street photography in London easier than some other places because there are so many visuals to work with, there are lots of other photographers (tourists) around and everyone is so busy going from A to B that you do not look out of place and can get on with taking photographs without apprehension. The weather was fantastic with the start of summer, and I used my morning and evening walks to take advantage of the fantastic light.
1. Street seller at Westminster Bridge. Prime spot and unbeatable footfall for the tourist market.
2. Cranes standing to attention across the River Thames. London is constantly changing, as much of a living and breathing city as the people who occupy it.
3. Trafalgar Square, looking at St Martin-in-the-Fields church. I sat my Fuji X-Pro1 on a mini-tripod with a 3 stop ND filter for a long exposure to capture the movement within the scene.
4. Nelson’s Columns, Trafalger Square. Watching the comings and goings since 1843.
5. Earl Haig Memorial, Whitehall. A bronze statue in silhouette.
6. Protesters opposite Downing Street. The dog is taking a great interest in something.
7. Westminster Bridge with the Houses of Parliament. Red and blue is the order of the day.
8. Makeshift memorial for the victims of the recent terrorist activities on the bridge.
9. Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament is a popular location for foreign bride wedding photography.
10. The remains of the evening sunlight falling onto a building in shadow.
11. A waiter outside a cafe at Trafalger Square.
12. Nelson’s Column in silhouette. Everything is standing to attention.
13. Muriel at Southbank. Lovely colours in the sunlight.
14. A morning walk on the south side of the River Thames. Walking is so much better than using the tube when you have a camera and the weather is sunny and warm.
15. Red and black are a great combination at the National Theatre.
16. Wooden pier with a backdrop of St Paul’s Cathedral and the modern world.
17. There are over 100,000 hotel rooms in Greater London.
18. Under the bridge in the morning light.
19. The Tate Modern Gallery, Bankside.
20. The Millenium Bridge, which started off as being affectionately known as ‘The Wobbly Bridge’. It was closed for two years whilst the issue was fixed.
21. The Millenium Bridge, with St Paul’s in the background. The bridge provides easy access for commuters travelling between Bankside and the City of London.
22. The Shard, 95 storeys in total and 310 metres to the tip.
23. Morning commute through the ancient streets of London.
24. Morning trains passing through Southwark.
25. Commuters in reflection
26. Heathrow is not far away.
27. I love the sharp anglesand straight lines that modern hi-rise office buildings can provide.
28. Statue near to London City Hall
29. The Shard sandwiched between two office blocks.
30. Construction on the North side of the Thames. The Gherkin is in the mix.
31. A commuter walking towards Tower Bridge. Tower of London in the background.
32. Sunlight reflecting off a modern building.
33. The Shard backlit by the sun.
34. Pedestrians passing through developed office and shopping areas in Southwark.
35. Red is the colour in Piccadilly Circus.
36. Victoria Memorial, The Mall.
37. Bronze statue in silhouette, Victoria Memorial, the Mall.
38. Buckingham Palace in the evening. The Mall was closed off the traffic for military parade practises in preparation for the Queens Birthday celebrations – Trooping of the Colour.
39. Union Jack and the London Eye at dusk.
40. Relaxing on The Mall with no traffic.
41. Practising for Trooping of the Colour down The Mall. British tradition in all its splendor.
42. Trafalger Square at dusk.
43. You are spoilt for choice for nightime entertainment.
44. Big Ben poking up above the treeline at dusk.
45. The London Underground, a city all by itself.
46. A 30 second exposure brings life to a nightscene.
47. The night time lights start to appear on the banks of the Thames.
48. The London Eye in all its glory.
49. Lights a plenty in the evening.
50. An old ship commandered as a drinking venue on the waters of the Thames.
I had the great pleasure of photographing Sharon Tembo in the studio recently in preparation for the releasen of her debut single ‘Running’.
Sharon is great fun to work with and we captured a fantastic set of images from the shoot. We worked through a variety of backgrounds and lighting setups in the studio to give Sharon a great set of images to choose from.
Wishing Sharon the very best to succeed in her career path.
A recent commission for a family portrait photoshoot in the client’s home proved to me how versatile a couple of Bowens lights and a grey paper background can be. Space was tight, which meant positioning of lights was limited, but a gridded beauty dish and strip box for fill allowed me to control the lighting sufficiently well to maintain contrast and produce my favourite style of portraiture.
Shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm and 56mm lens. Lit with Bowens Gemini 500R monolights.
I spent a recent Sunday in a studio with a selection of themed sets. This American set was one of my favourites, and I tried out a two light setup with a gridded beauty dish as the main light and a gridded reflector as a secondary light on the back wall, with Charlotte as my model. Lit with Bowens Gemini lights and shot with a Fuji X-Pro1 with XF35mm lens.
My second photoshoot with the X-Pro1 was with local model Beth through Model Mayhem. First try out with the fantastic Fuji 35mm F1.4 lens, along with the wider Fuji 18mm F2.
We shot in the same area as my first street shoot of 2014, but using different buildings as backdrops. Even though the photo shoot was mid afternoon with bright sunshine, the use of off camera flash enabled us to create a night time look in some of the images for a dramatic effect.
The use of natural light and off camera flash on a 2 hour street shoot enables the set of images to include a mix of moody and dramatic images along with bright and sunny examples.
A street shoot is great fun for model and photographer, and is a great option for an editorial piece for a blog or magazine.