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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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Hand a chance to photograph some Fallow Bucks in the New Forest national Park this week. One or two of them were starting to drop their antlers but most still had them. There were a couple of lovely White Bucks that were very obliging. I’ve picked these photos because I love the way their eyes are catching the afternoon light.
This photo is from a shoot with Louise Rogers. I decided to use it as a competition entry at the camera club and wanted to focus on her muscle definition and her veins which is why I cropped it the way I did. I rather cheekily called it “The Weaker Sex” and that is one reason why I deliberately kept in the lipstick and enhanced the light falling on the nail varnish. The flash of blond hair helped too. These touches would have been lost if I went down the route of monochrome so I kept the colour image. It’s almost impossible to predict how a judge will react to a photo like this in a club competition so a felt pleasantly surprised when it was awarded 10/10 and a Seal of Merit.
I have a couple more body building shoots lined up soon but this time it will be men. When you get subjects that through disciplined training and years of dedication become extraordinary you have a great opportunity for very striking photos. It’s something that I truly respect which is why I like this genre. Watch this space.
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.
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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.
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