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In the swing

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A couple of new golf shots to show here, players driving from the 7th tee at Rotherham golf club

James Driving

John Driving


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August 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm

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Derwent in the mist

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During a recent visit to the north of England I happened accross this view over Derwent reservoir. I was a bit pushed for time but couldn’t resist the urge to get the camera out for this view. I simply stopped the car, opened the window, composed the shot and then drove on. I completely ballsed up the white balance in camera, but fortunately shot in raw so it didn’t matter a jot (wb was set to tungsten post wedding). A lesson there to anyone taking this up, shoot raw, when you screw up it doesn’t matter.

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August 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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The wedding: Portraits

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A few more shots here from Kate and Craigs wedding. This time, the guests. I tried to take a few “portrait” shots, isolating either one person or occasionally a number of people in the crowd.

To start us off, here is one of my gran, framed by people in the foreground
Gran Framed

Next, my cousin, the brides brother

And to finish, a couple of photos of people who I don’t know, but who stood out on the day for being photogenic

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August 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm

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Kate and Craigs Wedding

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Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of Kate and Craig. Kate is my cousin, Craig I admit I don’t know at all having only met him twice, on both occasions briefly. Perfect opportunity to take along my camera and see if I could get some shots.

On arriving it was obvious there were going to be issues. For starters the light was awful, overcast and dark. What i really needed was a camera with great ISO performance or some very fast glass. I had neither, still using the sigma 18-200 3.5-6.5 that I borrowed and my 400D. Still, summising that a noisy image beats a blurred image I cranked the ISO and went to work.

Below is a selection of my favourite images of the day, in this first instance all involving either the bride or groom. A couple aren’t quite as tack sharp as I would have liked simply due to the necessity of the cranked ISO and subsequent noise reduction, but I am really pleased with the composition.

First up, the Bride and her Father (Uncle Kev) arrive at the Church.
Kate and Kev

Next, the bride and groom (this one is sharp, reduced ISO as I was using flash)
Bride and Groom

The Bride with a huge smile
The Bride

And finally, the happy couple
Man and Wife

This shoot was a real challenge. The lighting was terrible so a close eye on shutter speed was essential. One lesson learned, get fast glass for a wedding, something with a massive aperture would be ideal. In hindsight a nifty fifty would have been perfect, the prime lens being a bit restrictive with regards to composition (unless you’re the official wedding tog and can move to where you need to be), but would have let me use a much lower ISO without compromising shutter speed.

The full set can be found at My Flickr

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August 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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Kite Surfing

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First, a quick note. This is the first time I’ve linked to images on flickr so things may not go smoothly. If images fail to display at an time please leave me a comment with details. There should be three images below.

On a recent visit to southport I went out for a drive in hope of finding something interesting to photograph. Having failed in the town I decided to get a decent shot of the sea, hoping for a nice pier etc. What I found was completely unexpected. Driving down past pontins at Southport there is a beach that you can drive onto and then along for about a mile, and at one end is a kite surfing club. With a mates borrowed 18-200 I felt equipped to get some nice shots.

The only downside, the sun was out to sea meaning the colours were pretty crap and washed out. The solution, wait until the surfers lined up with the sun and catch them in silhouette in the reflection. Here are the best of the day.

Kite Surfing 1

Kite Surfing 2

Kite Surfing 3

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August 10, 2010 at 9:41 am

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