Hartlepool held it's annual Heritage festival on June 6th which included a local group called Dawn of Chivalry which recreates the dark ages with Knights of old...very Excalibur!
The village of Greatham located just outside of Hartlepool holds an annual feast which consists a day of fun and games including fancy dress competitions, stalls and live music to name a few and this years event was held on June 22nd.
The full shoot is located in the events section of the site.
How many times have you taken a photograph with your digital camera, examined it on the computer screen
and be happy enough with the photo to decide to have it printed only to be disappointed because the printed photo is nothing like what you saw on screen, the colours are different and the overall photograph is either too dark or too
light, if so you have experienced a case of colour miss-management.
Landscape photographers are always on the move more often ending well off the beaten path so any equipment has to be compact, portable and easy to access, larger items like the camera and lenses are easily accessible but it is the smaller items such as filters the landscape photographers most used accessories that are often hidden away in pockets and are such a pain to constantly change plus because filters are made from either glass or resin are easy to damage so I recently bought a filter pouch to keep my filters safe and sound.
I photographed a birthday party for a one-year-old held in the back of the room of a local pub which also showed movies on a projected screen actually in the room the birthday party was being held in and when I when I arrived there was a movie actually being shown so the light levels in the room were very dim and I learnt that this will be the case throughout the party, also the room was only about 15 ft.² had dark red walls lots of tables and chairs and about 20 guests invited, this was going to be a challenge.
Recently I purchased a Hoya ND400 neutral density filter to try some long exposure daylight photography, I bought a 77mm thread to fit on my 24-105mm F/f L with my Canon 5dmk2 as this is my landscape lens and it had a good focal range for most subjects.
Looks like a typical Saturday night in Hartlepool :-)
There was a zombie walk a short while ago through the town with several dozen of the undead attacking anyone within reach. At the time I was on a photography job so I only had literally a minute to run outside and get a few snaps which was a shame as there were some really good
zombies, some people really made the effort.
The photographs were made with my Canon 5d Mk2 and Canon 85mm F1.8 lens and processed in Lightroom 4.
I had a photo shoot a few days ago with Oliver an 11 month old baby, simple natural shots with no posing just letting Oliver do his thing.
The shoot was indoors with very little equipment, my Canon 5D MK2, Canon 580MK2 speedlite with a Gary Fong lightsphere and two lenses, Canon's 28-105mm F4L and 70-200mm F4L, these two lenses would cover all eventualities and the complete setup was very portable.
Light comes in two categories, good and bad, good light always comes at dawn and dusk called the golden hour and can also be when the skies are cloudy as this diffuses the ambient light acting like a giant soft box, nice for photography.
Bad light comes with those lovely cloudless blue skies, the very time you often see people out with their cameras as sunny means lots of light which equals good light doesn't it? Well usually not but sometimes you have to make the most of what you have, if you are going to be at a particular location at a particular time of the day and not necessarily the best time of day to shoot what do you shoot?
Photographing smoke has always appealed to me, I look at it as a form of art, the intricate swirls of smoke can be very intriguing and often quite beautiful as they dance and twist in the air like some earthly nebulosity.