We met up with some friends and went to find some beer! Sorry for the lower quality shots, thee were shot on my iPhone and mostly after a lot of beer! You’re not allowed to take bags in so I didn’t bother with my actual camera
It snowed heavily overnight and the temperature got to about -2 degrees. We decided to go for a walk up the castle mount and on our way back we walked past the market square. I loved how the orange lights contrasted with the rest of the weather. Overcast and entering the blue hour of sunset made for a great image.
The snow has pretty much all melted now and I’m not sure we are expecting any more, but one day of snow on the weekend brought smiles all round!
This Christmas, instead of tucking into an array of food and cocktails (starting at 8am) Candice and I will be hopping in a car and driving to Scotland. We both have the time off work, Candice is finally in the UK visa in hand (well purse at least), and we figured why not visit one of the most beautiful places on earth?
First stop: Glasgow for the night, just passing through here on our way to Torridon. I cannot wait. After Torridon, we will drive south towards Fort William for two nights. Just outside of Fort William is the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Known to most of us as “That bridge from harry potter”, I can;t wait to try and get an image out of this area. Looking up at the train times, it may even be possible to get an image of the Jacobite steam train passing overhead, we will have to see.
After Torridon we continue to head east to Comrie. NYE (or Hogmanay in this part of the world) the small village of Comrie holds a fire festival (Flambeaux). Thought to date back to pagan times, this fire festival welcomes in the new year through the burning of torches.
This trip is going to be a great experience and I cannot wait to take lots of images to share with you all.
As you can see, a long way to travel over 7 days, but we will do it. I’ll try to update as I go but I’m not promising anything here!
Have you been to Scotland? Is there anything we simply MUST see/do? Please comment below!
It is that time of year again. Christmas lights go up, the temperature plummets (this side of the world at least) and local communities gather for street festivals. Our newly adopted community is no different. Mill Road in Cambridge closes off for one day of the year to host a massive street party with lots of bands, food and a fire truck pull by the firefighters.
This weekend I visited London again. I know there seems to be a theme of constantly visiting the one city but it really has many opportunities for different images. I had originally planned to get an image of Buckingham Palace at sunset. Buckingham Palace is crawling with people, it is absolutely heaving with tourists. Unfortunately, I stupidly left my cable release at home and so couldn’t take an exposure longer than 30 seconds. This meant that no matter what I did, and barring some heavy post-production which I really didn’t want to do, there would always be some tourists lurking in the image. I really wasn’t that happy with the image I did get, and the sky just didn’t light up with colour that was being promised by the interesting cloud an hour before. I stayed through the blue hour and ended with an image I am sort of happy with and will share next.
On my way back to the tube station I happened to walk through St James’ park. It was by pure chance as I had originally intended to go back via Trafalgar square, but not having my cable release I would end with the same tourist issue. As I rounded the corner and walked over the bridge I caught a glimpse of the top of the London Eye. Such a beautiful and iconic sight.
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Apologies for the non-travel related pictures for the last few posts. It has taken me a while to get around to editing and posting some images. I last travelled to Australia in August, to visit the family and also to graduate (woo hoo I’m now technically a Dr).
As a little backstory, I was born and spent my childhood years in the UK, my parents moved to Queensland when I was 16, and I moved to Melbourne when I was 24. This meant that after graduating in Melbourne I flew up to beautiful Queensland to visit my parents (and brothers).
They live in a small township called the Glasshouse Mountains, which if you’re ever travelling in that part of the world you should DEFINITELY visit. It is also next to Australia zoo, so if you’re into your touristy zoo and want to see a croc…you should probably go there too. A bit on the pricey side though.
Anyway, back to the mountains. I first took Candice to visit my parents years ago and we always intended to hike the Beerburrum track, but never managed to fit it in. Ok so it was mostly my laziness and it being too bloody hot or humid but still, we never actually hiked. This last time, however, I promised Candice I would stop being lazy and do it, but that we had to wait for sunset. After taking the 45-minute odd hike up we waited for about an hour and a half. Annoyingly about 2 minutes ahead of us were some French Instagram backpackers. How do I know they were instagrammers? Well, that would be the hour and a half they waited, then the 5 minutes of the sunset that they ignored to take a photo of one of them with a hoody on, looking forlornly in the opposite direction. The million photos that they took of the one guy “modelling” and then buggering off without a second glance at the sunset. I’m sure they have a huge following and are encouraged to continue being generally pretentious asshats but what annoyed me more was their general lack of respect and disregard for the environment by leaving their empty plastic water bottles on the ground as well as their joint butts.
Having taken the image we waited a little longer, picked up after asshat and asshat’s girlfriend (who had left as soon as the sun dipped below the horizon) and we started the walk back down.
All in all it was a great evening and the Qld slogan really came true for us that night. Beautiful one minute, Perfect the next.
It’s been a while since I’ve been motivated to take any images. Partly due to some things going on outside of photography that has stopped me, mostly mental, and also because I just haven’t been anywhere. Well ok that’s not true, I did make a trip back home to a Melbourne and I have a few from there I will post up soon….when I find the memory card. Quick pro tip….keep your memory cards safe!
Post though I wanted to share so,etching that I found my self enjoying immensely, and am determined to do lots more of.
Taking old photos that were shot in black and white and bringing them into the colour world. As a scientist in my day job I chose two important scientists to start, and I think will make it a bit of a passion piece. Please be aware that these images were NOT taken by me, but I did colourise them.
Please let me know what you think in the comments. The first is Nikolai Tesla and the second is Rosalind Franklin.
Back with the light testing, but this time for the low key portrait.
The set up here was a soft box at almost 90 degrees to the model with the camera straight on. The first portrait has a grid to help control the light more, the second two are softbox sans grid.
Due to my incredibly small flat, it wasn’t possible to get low key AND a back light without some serious photoshopping (middle image DID have a hair light). What I do like about it though is that the back light does help to separate me from the black background. Unlike the last which actually looks a little sinister, helped by the lack of separation light.