That Dead Leaf Again…

So, day three of playing with a dead leaf.

(Even a cat wouldn’t play with a leaf as long as this). Today I set up the light tent, and put the leaf in it. I lit the tent with a Rotolight Neo, and used the Fujifilm X-T30. I had three objectives:
  1. To see the effect when I used the LensBaby lens,
  2. To create shadows by bringing the Rotolight down from the top of the tent tone side of the tent. (Left, so I could hold it by hand, and use the camera in my right hand)
  3. To mount the Rotolight on the camera hotshoe.

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Happy Christmas!

Christmas Eve and I’m still working…

Two commercial photoshoots today, first one was at at 8.30am in an HGV Yard, and needless to say – in the miserable, foggy wet, yucky semi darkness. I needed an ISO of 6400 on the Fujifilm X-T3 to get anything near what the client wanted.
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Fujifilm X-T3, F=34mm, f/11 @ 1/60th sec on ISO6400
Strange how all the romantic notions of being a photographer vanish when you’re standing in a puddle!
However, whatever way you spend Christmas Day, HAVE A HAPPY, BLESSED AND SAFE DAY.  Enjoy your food, your family and your photography, and hope that Santa brings you a Hasselblad!

Black and White Without the Noir!

Black and White Without the Noir!

I love Black and White, the images have a timeless quality about them, and the lack of colour seems to make the mind work harder to interpret the image, a provocative  gestalt.  But does it work in the studio, under studio flash lighting?  It does for adults, – but what about for kids?  And does studio monochrome always have to be so noir?

Scarlett visted the studio this evening with her mum and her little sister to make some lovely photographs and memories, and among them was this little black and white portrait.

So, does this image work for you?

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Fujifilm X-T2 F = 24mm f/8 @ 1/125th Sec on ISO 200 under studio flash, W/B = 5600K

It works for me!

Belfast Christmas Market 2019

Time for my annual visit to the Belfast Christmas Market, clustered around the veritable ‘Dome of Delight’ itself, Belfast’s historic City Hall.  This year again, it was the evening when I visited.  I took the Fujifilm X-T30, small enough to be unobtrusive and powerful enough to make eye-watering images. I had the ISO at 3200 throughout the evening. Despite the fantastic X-T30, the market was so busy it was difficult to make any decent images, but here’s a few…

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Musicians At Play ~ Dakota Dave

If you’re interested in a personal photography project have a read at this from Valerie Jardin – see how she’s approaching her subject and how she states the aims of the project. There’s a lot to learn here. Follow her blog to see how her project progresses.

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I met Dakota Dave Hull this morning in his studio. It was another snowy day in Minneapolis and I was so happy to get out and work on this project again. I was greeted by his dog, an adorable Cavalier King Charles by the name of Kobi, who knew instantly that I was a dog lover.

I would describe Dave’s space as a recording studio/guitar museum. I don’t know much about guitars but I could tell that there were some very special ones lined up. Dave immediately chose one and started playing, then switched to a different one, and another one. All more beautiful than the other: Classic, resonator…

From a photographic standpoint, this was a very challenging shoot. No soft window light this time, but multidirectional spotlights creating strong shadows and bright highlights. But isn’t the point of this project to keep me on my toes by adding the…

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Canvas Print Offer

We have a small quantity of blank canvasses, suitable for 16×10 inch canvas prints – the slightly panoramic shape makes them idal for small family groups or children.   They are made with “260gsm Exhibtion Polyester Matte Canvas with a bright white, smooth matte surface and tight weave pattern producing pin sharp images both in colour and black & white.  The tight weave makes this canvas ideal for stretching over wooden frames and suitable for both photographic and fine art prints, either reproductions or originals.  This Canvas is water resistant with superb results.”

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‘Elf & Safety!

Panic set in at our Dundonald studio today, when this wee man came in for his photoshoot and just as he arrived the fire alarm went off! We thought it was an ‘Elf & Safety Inspection!’ But it wasn’t – it was Rueben, in for his second ‘Baby’s First Year’ photoshoot. He had a ball with the studio snowballs!

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Fujifilm X-T2, professional mirrorless camera, F=40mm, f/6.4 @ 1/125th sec, on ISO200, under studio lighting (flash)

Burning Waste for Heat

Following all the political controversy about the ‘Renewable Heat Incentive’ and the sudden proliferation of wood burners in deserted outhouses and barns, one bold company in the manufacturing industry has decided to recycle all its own waste wood shavings, by installing a furnace to provide the heat for their factory.  In the interests of investigative photo-journalism, I took a look into it, and here’s what I found…

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Belfast Commercial and Family Photographer