During a recent holiday in Thailand we found the Happy Snapper Bar which was a great music venue in Khao Lak. There we saw Koy Ya performing. She had long orange hair, tattoos and wore a short tartan mini skirt and black crochet crop top. Jo decided to ask her if she wanted to do a photo shoot with me. Koy Ya said yes and we set one up. I had no studio equipment with me so we worked with the light from the bar and some pretty pathetic illumination from a couple of smart phones. With the pool table in the bar there was a photo I wanted to try. This is the result (after a little bit of tinkering on the computer) and on Monday it won “Action” photo of the year at Southampton Camera club. I really liked this photo but when you are so closely involved in the setting up and production of something like this you have a lot of emotion attached to it which can affect your judgement so it’s great when you find other people like it too.
Thank you Koy Ya.
Here are a few more photos from the shoot. If you like your music and you are ever in Khao Lak be sure to find Koy Ya and The Happy Snapper Bar. You will love it.
Yesterday I had the great privilege of getting up close to two wonderful red deer stags here in the New Forest National Park. If you know how to behave around them and allow them to come to you, you will get beautiful views. Both these stags walked straight towards me until they were so close they didn’t fit in the lens any more. The rutting season is just getting going so these stags are wandering round looking for females. To illustrate how dangerous the fighting can be, take a close look at the big stag in the first photo and you will see he is blind in his left eye.
A walk with Vincent is always fun. Get the camera ready and plan what you are going to do and you get some great action photos. I love the ears and I love the eyes!
Celebrating National Cupcake Week.
Any excuse to dig out some old favourites. Loved doing this project with Jo and Emma. Jo designed and made a corset out of paper cupcake cases. Then we added a skirt made out of paper strips and a wig made out of plaited paper. Add a few white accessories and Emma looked great.
When I enter the camera club (Southampton Camera Club) competitions I like to try to keep a broad range of work in my entries. These 2 photos did pretty well both gaining me a Seal of Merit. Very different to each other but I quite like the fact that they were taken in almost the same place. I enjoy my wildlife photography but for me the emphasis is still more on the photography than the wildlife so I often go down to Pennington Marshes when the light is very good. On this occasion Alastair, who is one of our better runners at my running club (New Forest Runners) was out on an early morning run and he provided the perfect “point of interest” subject matter for the beautiful golden light that morning. The spoonbill is a rare bird for this country but is now getting more common especially here in the South of England. They are not brilliant flyers and can have awkward, almost clumsy landings and that can provide good photo opportunities.
Both the red deer and the fallow deer’s antlers are nearly full grown now but they are still covered in that lovely soft velvet that provides blood and nutrients to the growing bone. It’s a great time to get out early and photograph them especially around dawn when the light is beautiful.