My little girl and her lollie

Beautiful girl enjoying her ice lollie
Beautiful girl enjoying her ice lollie

I guess I’ve been a bit reluctant to post pictures of my kids, lots of people do that. I used to only take photos of ‘stuff’, but more and more I love people. People are amazing. Of course my own kids come at the top of the list of favourite people. Children are wonderful people that never cease to amaze you.

I know I’m biased, but I think my children are beautiful, gorgeous. And they have such character! How you could ever fit the amount of character into such a small person as my youngest I have no idea!

This photo was taken at a ‘Party in the Park’ at the weekend. We seem to be having summer at last, in September! It was really hot (For England) so some sort of iced refreshment was very welcome – although it could also look like some kind of strange instrument she’s playing!

I have a cheap Sigma 70-300mm lens, used to take this. It takes okay photos providing you don’t use it ‘wide open’ (Wide open = Large aperture = small f number = shallow depth of field ) and that you do use a fast shutter to stop motion blur from moving around (It doesn’t have image stabilisation). Despite it’s short comings I love being able to take photos of people unaware of me. Never let the quality of equipment stop you from taking photos – you can still end up with some real gems.

I was tempted to try and vignette this photo, but interestingly I found that it kind of already has a white vignette. The darker patches in the middle draw your eye in from the bright edges just as effectively as the usual darker edges.

I think this photo looks like summer, even if it is mid-September!

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Roadmap

Finally got this old video up on YouTube. If I were to redo it now, or even just re-edit and colour correct etc., it would look quite different. But you have to learn!

See below the video for a bit more info…



The script was mostly written by Richard Gamble, I then visualised that and planned all the shots etc. I operated the camera (A Sony PD150 or 170 can’t remember which) on the day whilst Rich directed the ‘talent’ – Richard Jones. The little boy is my lovely son Levi – he has a funny walk at the end, it was freezing and windy! Rich and I then edited together – lots of hours, but I really really enjoyed working on it with Rich. I then did some colouring and the titles etc.

I also wrote the first couple of chords for the music, but my good friend Dave Palmer did the rest – the video was no where near as good without the music, he did a good job. Dave was also the soundman on the day.

Another friend, Paul France, helped out with lots of bits and pieces on the filming day – helpers are essential with stuff like this.

I learnt a lot doing this; that I love working with others; that we need each other; that creating videos is hard work, but also incredibly fulfilling and fun! I love doing photography, commercial videos, graphics and design. But if anyone would like to work hard and be fulfilled creating some stuff for fun, please let me know!

A young cinematographer: Ryan E Walters always signs off ‘Until next time, get out there and shoot.’ That is exactly how Roadmap occurred and led me into media for work. If you’re creative in any way, get out there and do it!

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Two Aged Objects

Two for the price of one on this subject;

Tractor Tyre Closeup
Tractor Tyre Closeup
Stark Old Tree
Stark Old Tree

I love beautiful objects; flowers, trees, water, glass. In fact I plan to do a series of photos and videos involving some beautiful things. But I’ve also been thinking about other interesting and odd objects. The two images above certainly aren’t beautiful in the traditional sense, but I do think they’re interesting.

The tractor tyre could almost look rivers and valleys, or something alien. The old tree was the only dead among many perfectly green trees, it stood out, and because of the angle I had to take the photo at, it was quite stark against a bright sky.

I’m going to look out for more abstract, aged, everyday things and see what images I come up with. Challenge yourself to look at things differently.

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Gift from a friend

Colourful metal cross pendant
Colourful metal cross pendant

My 3 oldest kids got one of these each from a friend that had just come back from the US. They were very impressed and have worn them constantly until they had to go to school (Jewellery not allowed).

I really like the body shape and in particular the coloured wire wound round it – each pendant had different coloured wires.

This image is slightly cropped to a 16:9 shape; your regular widescreen. I like shallow depth of field, but in macro photography I find it can be a bit much – and to deepen the dof you have to use a really small aperture and therefore bright light (and if you narrow the aperture too far you actually end up getting more blur because of the diffraction effect – more on that another time). I think this image works as the focus is in the correct place.

The background also plays a big part in this kind of photo – Chookooloonks gets some great dark backgrounds like this one: bonus shot: colourful moment

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