Friday, 31 July 2015

Rob and Amanda


Nikon D4 with Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8
Amanda, ready for the ceremony

The wedding of Rob and Amanda took me to the lovely city of York, and the gorgeous wedding venue of Sandburn Hall. Here are just a few images, on what turned out to be a fantastic day for all involved.  

For this portrait of Amanda, I asked her to stand near the window for an image that was free from clutter. Overexposing the selected camera settings by 1 stop, I was able to create a bright, almost dreamy shot. A reflector was used to bounce some light back towards Amanda, and it can clearly be seen as a reflection in her eyes. Nikon D4 with Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8.

Nikon D3s with Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8
Gorgeous bouquet

I love bouquet shots like this, simple but effective. Shot with a Nikon D3s and Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8.

Nikon D4 with Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8
Just married

I tend to stand at the back of the ceremony room during the service. It can sometimes make for tricky lighting conditions, and this one was no different. So as not to let the camera decide what exposure it thinks I need, I tend to shoot this part of the day in manual mode. I wanted to over expose the image slightly, to create a dreamy effect, while the couple were kissing. Nikon D4 with Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8

Nikon D4 with Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8
The lovely couple

When I get the opportunity to spend time with the couple after the ceremony, everyone, including me, is a bit more relaxed. I tend to guide the couple to an area I would like to photograph them, and let the images 'just happen'. A long lens works well in these situations, as the couple feel as though they have space to breathe. Nikon D4 with Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8.

Nikon D4 with Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8
Amanda and the flower girls

I love shots like the one above. While Julian is taking formal shots, I will search out more candid moments. A quick shout of Amanda's name, has resulted in a completely natural, unposed photo. Nikon D4 with Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

On East Fleet

On East Fleet, a digital painting using Topaz Impression
On East Fleet

Taken using the Fuji X100, and converted into a digital painting, using Topaz Impression.

Available as a framed and mounted print, (total size 24''x12'')  from the Saltmarsh and Samphire gallery in Wells-next-the-Sea, priced £75.00.

www.saltmarshandsamphire.co.uk

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Woodhall Spa 40's festival 2015

Just a quick post from me today. Last year I wandered down to the 40's festival, in my home town of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. I had a great time photographing the many characters and activities that could be seen throughout the weekend. I did a couple of blog posts on my time at the festival, which you can view here. Hopefully, they will give you a flavour of this fabulous event.

http://brettgardnerphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/woodhall-spa-40s-festival.html
http://brettgardnerphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/canon-av-1.html

You may also be interested in the official website for the festival, which can be found by clicking the link below.

http://woodhall-spa-40s-festival.com/

This time I went down with the intention of just soaking up the atmosphere, and not really bothering with taking many photographs. However, as always, I did keep a camera by my side, 'just in case', and I'm rather pleased that I did, as I took two images that I quite like.

The first is of a typical woodland scene from the event, where many re-enactors camp out in the woods for the weekend, dressed in full military costume. I love stumbling across such scenes like this, and try and take candid images where possible. The Fuji X-T1 is excellent in such situations, as you can adjust the exposure 'to taste', using the incredible EVF. The camera was coupled with my Fujinon 35mm F1.4, a cracking, sharp lens. 

Home guard, Fuji X-T1 with Fujinon 35mm F1.4
Home Guard

The second image was taken on Sunday, when we were treated to a magnificent display from three of the BBMF's  fighter aircraft. Two Hurricanes and one Spitfire entertained the large crowd, which had been completely brought to a halt by the plane's low level antics. I had my trusty, old, Nikon D200 coupled with my Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8, and managed to fire off a couple of images as one of the Hurricanes banked in for another low pass. I would have preferred slightly more prop blur, but for a grab shot, I'm pretty pleased. I particularly love the way the light catches the Hurricane's right side. As I moved the camera up to my eye, I dialed in +1 stop of exposure compensation, otherwise the image would have been horribly underexposed, and the plane silhouetted. 

Hawker Hurricane, from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Hawker Hurricane PZ865 (MK IIc), 'The Last of the Many', from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The two day festival is a great day out for all the family, with much to see and do. Why not pop along next July, (dates to be confirmed) I'm sure it will be another fabulous event.