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Paddy the New Forest Pony
Built like a brick wall.
It’s a mans world (but don’t let yourself get outnumbered)
Turning for the last sequence
Singing his heart out
Vincent the Hungarian Vizsla
Annie and Harry
Pine trees at dawn
Lilly the ginger Dalmation
If only we could bottle sunsets!
Highcliffe at dawn
Photo of the week.
When it rains we sometimes don’t get out with the camera especially if you are going through a wimpy phase like me at the moment. So I took the opportunity to revisit some old ideas. There are a number of images like this I want to create but this is still a new area for me. I started with a portrait of the lovely Emma and a photo of some typically dodgy paint work from the Dordogne. Multiple cloning to prepare the starting image, around 6 layers, several liquefying processes and 4 hours later, this is the result of my self inflicted homework. “Now you see me. Now you don’t!” or should it be called “Chameleon”?
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Before Christmas I had the great pleasure of working with Zoe Davison. Zoe is a young international Modern Pentathlete representing Great Britain in various age groups with huge potential and huge ambition. Not only does she look great in front of the camera but Zoe is very enthusiastic about trying unusual concepts. Combine this with the superb props and locations that Modern Pentathlon can provide and I’m really looking forward to many great images in the future.
I’ve been playing a bit with my editing. It’s early stages for me with this kind of imagery so my ideas are only just developing. The photo of Amber originated from an underwater image taken in a swimming pool. The wings are taken from a dragonfly and the fly agaric is the fairy toadstool before adding a few extra editing effects.
Today I wasn’t keen on going for a run. It was raining and my injured Achilles still didn’t feel great but my daughters Viszla Vincent needed to go out and my wife Jo insisted. Rather glumly I went but half way round I accidentally scared up a Short Eared Owl. These are pretty rare anyway but even rarer for this part of the New Forest. This was the first one I had seen in this location in the 35 years of living here. Half an hour later, armed with my favourite wildlife kit, with the sun starting to break through I found him again. I hope he stays for the winter but I don’t think this habitat will give him enough food so I expect he will move on.
But before you go, many thanks for brightening up a rainy day.
When you are lucky enough to find a Fallow Buck with the right background make sure you control the exposure. This is probably my favourite of my recent wildlife photos. The antlers are nearly full grown at this time of year but they still have their velvety layer of live tissue covering them.
#fallowbuck #antlers #velevetantlers #wildlife #deer #newforest
Do I like rainy days? Not really but I do get a chance to play and learn, experimenting with new editing techniques. This one I like. It’s an old photo from a shoot with Emma Appleton-Smith where we were working on levitation photos. Bless Emma, on a freezing cold day she climbed through a step ladder in the middle of a huge puddle in the New Forest. I took my photos and then removed the step ladder in post processing. We had a pretty good image but now adding this surreal fantasy effect I think it is even better.
#levitation #fantasy #water #floating #Photoshop #model
As part of my wedding package I offer a free photo shoot just to make sure we are all relaxed with working together and on this occasion it turned into a bit of Family Fun. I hadn’t met Koralee before but she was a little star. Kirsty and Nigel’s wedding is going to be great fun. Really looking forward to it.
You can see more about the wedding packages I offer on my dedicated wedding website here.
My lovely wife Joanne wanted to design and make a corset and dress from paper. Then she included a wig made of paper and these are some of the results. There were so many striking images from this shoot it was well worth the effort. Emma Appleton-Smith really suited the look and as always was such a pleasure to work with. I’m seriously looking forward to Joanne’s next project.