Thursday, 18 December 2014

The old chicken sheds

The chicken sheds
The chicken sheds

I've often walked round these old chicken sheds on the edge of Woodhall Spa, they're just a few minutes walk from my house. I love the way nature is now reclaiming the site, small birch trees are starting to grow at a pretty rapid rate, and brambles creep inside the decaying and broken sheds. It's now such a peaceful place filled with melancholy. Walking around the site during a cold mid winter's day, I'm full of mixed emotions, as is often the case whenever I explore these derelict sites.

The Fuji X-T1 was made for this type of photographic adventure. Small, light and incredibly capable, it works flawlessly in the most difficult of lighting situations.  

Cold, misty fields
Cold, misty fields

Vibrant sunset, Fuji X-T1
Vibrant sunset

Fiery, orange, last light
Fiery, orange, last light



Saturday, 13 December 2014

Pretty Panache

These images are taken from a photo shoot a while back, for bridal company 'Pretty Panache' who are based in Lincoln, U.K. The brief was to capture detail shots of the wedding dresses, veils and accessories. It was a great day's shoot, and one which proved to be very successful, both for me and my shooting partner Julian, as well as "Pretty Panache", who continue to use our images for publicity and marketing, to this day.  

It was a lovely, warm summer's day, but this in itself, caused a few problems. The light was very harsh, causing dark shadows and tending to give unflattering results. We decided to move the models into the shade, and using a reflector, bounce light back towards them. The ambient light in the shade was far more even, and gave a beautiful, softer look to both models. The angled reflector 'lifted' the light and provided gorgeous catchlights to the models eyes, which is most apparent in the first image below.     








Tuesday, 9 December 2014