Archive for February, 2010

Architectural Photography

One of my favourite genres within photography is Architectural work. I’ve dabbled a bit and have always found it challenging but rewarding. New buildings are popping up all the time, some of them are highly designed, colourful and asking to be photographed. I’m always looking out for interesting architectural photography and recently came across the work of Michael Wolf. His images are amazing and I thought I’d showcase a few here. The buildings he photographs are not modern but the size of the buildings are incredible and I love the graphic, symmetrical quality of these images.

To shake or not to shake ?

The football world and half of the country ( estimate ! ) were watching on Saturday to see if Wayne Bridge accepted “love rat” and former best friend’s hand in an apology. John Terry who offered his hand, was ignored by Bridge and can you blame him. John Terry, after his recent affair with Bridge’s ex-girlfriend was publicly humiliated in front of the TV cameras and the watching world. I was watching the drama unfold in my local bookmakers when one gentleman suggested that instead of shaking hands, Bridge would be better doing a Vinnie ! The comment brought smiles to all that had heard it and it shows just how powerful a great photograph is. When we’ve all forgotten about the Chelsea players and their infidelities, the image of Vinnie and Gazza will live on for years.

John Terry and Wayne Bridge (Pic:AFP/Getty Images)

Doing a Vinnie !! Count yourself lucky Mr Terry !

Paul Gascoigne, playing for Newcastle, is grabbed by Wimbledon's Vinnie Jones

Carnival 2010 – The Big Picture – Boston.com

Here are some remarkable images from Carnival’s around the world. The recent Rio carnival features heavily. Enjoy

Carnival 2010 – The Big Picture – Boston.com

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What’s in Ashley Cole’s pants ?

Everyone at my work who has seen the Ashley Cole text pictures, have remarked about the unusual shape within his pants. What could it be ? Looks slightly deformed or unusual. A horizontal bulge instead of a vertical one ! Hanging sideways instead of down.

I think I have the answer…

Experimental photography

When you are supplying stock agencies or editorial clients, you get very little creative license. Alamy, who I supply, prefer standard stock imagery as opposed to artistic or creative images. It can stifle the artist within you unless you dedicate time to being creative. Some stock agencies notably Millennium welcome “off the wall” images and I’ll be looking to supply to them soon. The Getty Flickr collection is equally diverse and is showing signs of real variety and a unique market position. I like to experiment with photography and hope to develop an artistic style as well as the conventional style that currently runs though my work. I think I’ve just got bored with taking standard pictures. I want some excitement and to produce something very different.

I scanned a couple of images today and played with reversing them, changing the colours, contrasts and much more. let me know what you think !

They are certainly different !

Valentine’s Day

February the 14th is Valentines day, so I thought I’d post a few images which have been taken with lovers in mind. I’ve had these placed with stock agencies for the last couple of years but none of them has sold. No-one loves them enough ! Alas. Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful Valentines Day.

Hasselblad H4D 40 and H4D 50 Launch at The Pro Centre, London.

On Wednesday the 10th of February, Hasselblad launched their new range of cameras at 50 locations worldwide. I attended the launch at The Procentre, one of London’s largest rental companies and was immediately impressed with the new range of cameras. The launch was very well attended and everything was laid on to have an enjoyable and informative session. The build quality of the cameras was everything you would expect from Hasselblad. There were no noticeable differences between the H4D 40 and the H4D 50 and they both handled equally as well. The main new feature of the cameras was the True Focus button which is situated near the shutter button. Hasselblad’s revolutionary “True Focus” has made the camera much easier to handle and the focusing was as fast as a top of the range DSLR but obviously the picture quality is twice as impressive due to the sensor being twice the size. I love working with the large files that medium format digital provides. The ability to crop into an image, without rendering your file too small for stock library submission, is a major plus point. I’ve done most of my stock work on a Nikon D2X but I’m unable to crop satisfactory, due to stock submission guidelines and image quality. Serious stock shooters will be looking towards medium format digital in increasing numbers I believe.

Below are some of the example’s of images I took at the launch. A couple of the images have been cropped heavily and all have been slightly tweaked in the Phocus software that Hasselblad provided. Phocus has also improved and is becoming one of my favorite pieces of software. You very rarely need to use Photoshop now, which is testament to how good Phocus has become.

This still life was with the H4D 50

This was with the H4D 40.

The following set of images were of the model, Zoe Cornwall, who was excellent to work with. It must be very daunting for a model to perform at an event where there are so many photographers but Zoe was at ease immediately and proved to be a fantastic model for the day.

All the model shots were on the Hasselblad H4D 40. The H4D 50 was in great demand elsewhere !

Hasselblad will be staging further “hands on days” in the future and I’d advise all photographers to have a play with these great cameras.