ICM Reflections, Behind the Scenes

Above and Below

If you follow me on TwitterFacebook or Instagram you will have recently seen me post a dark black and white photo of some blurry trees, if not then here it is.

Above and Below
Above and Below

I entered it into a couple of regular weekly competitions on Twitter, one of which being Fotospeed Print Mondays where a photo from that weekend is chosen to win an A3 print. For those who don’t know Fotospeed they make fantastic papers, so if you print your work do check them out.

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Snow Photos

Winter Forest Abstract

Most people get excited at the prospect of snow round here, especially photographers as it transforms the landscape and opens up lots of different shots which wouldn’t normally work. We only seem to get one day with a decent covering each year recently so you have to make the most of the opportunity!

It wasn’t exactly a blizzard but we woke up this morning to a light dusting, enough that out in the countryside it had settled well, so I set off at 7:30 to catch first light and spend a couple of hours walking round a local spot near Calverton, Nottingham where there’s an area of woodland and the old colliery spoil heap to get some views from.

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New Year’s Resolutions 2016

If you read my last post (here) you would have seen that my first year really trying to get my photography out there started with a New Year’s resolution twelve months ago. Because of how well that turned out I’ve decided to make some more for 2016 and hopefully carry this on, so below are my new resolutions, I’m looking forward to seeing how I get on with these.

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Review of 2015

Stormy Skies Reflected In Scottish Seas

Some of you may know that this year has been my first actually trying to get my photography out there, it’s been a hobby for a good few years now but past sharing on a few sites like Flickr and 500px I hadn’t taken it any further.

A lot has changed in the last year so I thought it was worthy of a quick round up!

Towards the end of 2014 a few people made comments on my photos which gave me the confidence that they might be popular outside family & friends, so I made a New Year’s resolution to try and sell a print to someone I didn’t know.

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Forest Abstracts

In a couple of weeks I’ll be making some photography resolutions for the New Year, one that will definitely be on there is to take my camera out more, take more photos and experiment. More on that in a later post, but for now I’ve started early during a short family walk in a local patch of woodland this morning.

Often I wouldn’t even take my camera on a trip like that or I’d come away without taking any photos I was happy with, so today I made a conscious effort to try something new, to take photos and come away with something that was worth sharing. This led to some fun with longer exposures, panning the camera up through the trees as the shutter was open. I’ve seen these techniques referred to recently as ICM or Intentional Camera Movement but it’s a great way of trying something more abstract.

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Amateur Photographer Christmas Cover Competition

A while back I entered a couple of photos into the Amateur Photographer magazine competition to be on the cover of the Christmas edition.

The magazine came out this week and I didn’t make the cover, but from over 500 entries I made the shortlist of 20 runners up alongside some stunning photos of winter scenes including a few from some very talented photographers I know from Twitter.

My photo is shown in the magazine in a small mockup alongside the other shortlisted shots and you can also read the article online here.

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What Digital Camera Feature

One of my photos is featured in the December issue of What Digital Camera magazine which is out now in shops and digital format online.

This is in the ‘Things to try this month’ section where some other stunning photos are shown with tips on compositions or techniques to try out.

Not my usual landscape photography style, this shot was a chance capture that caught my eye on the walk back from a birdwatching trip so I’m really pleased that it has now been published in two national magazines.

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Shooting Landscapes in Portrait

Composition is a very subjective thing, there are lots of guidelines like the rule of thirds but as clichéd as it sounds these are all there to be broken. One thing I have found as I’ve been learning photography is that I often prefer landscapes shot in portrait orientation which might not be the most obvious or conventional approach.

I think it’s always worth trying when you’re shooting your next landscape, take a portrait version of the same scene and see the difference it makes to the photograph.

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Newborn Photography

So for those who haven’t seen from my social media accounts, I very recently became a dad. With this and a full time job my photography may take a little bit of a back seat for a while, although I will continue to post photos and get out and about with the camera when I can.

Obviously the camera is getting pointed at my beautiful daughter a lot already, I’m so grateful that I am able to capture all these moments and have really enjoyed trying my hand at a different area of photography. Normally I specialise in landscapes, so have never really studied or practised photographing people and all the aspects like posing, finding good backgrounds, lighting…it’s a whole new world that’s unknown to me!

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It’s Not All About the Gear – Photography on a Budget

A while back, before my latest trip to Scotland, I posted a picture on my Instagram showing the camera kit I was packing to take with me. One of the biggest subjects that comes up in photography blogs and magazines is gear, so I wanted to give my take on it as someone who can’t afford to spend a lot.

Obviously great gear doesn’t make for great photos, you still need to have an eye for composition and lighting as well as learning all the technical aspects of photography, but you can’t take those photos without the right equipment to back you up, so it is an important topic to cover.

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