New – Floral Print Summer Dresses 

Over the last few months I have been developing a range of apparel featuring my photographic prints. It has been a steep learning curve for me deciding which photographs lend themselves best to clothing. I am loving the results and my floral images have worked particularly well.

My photos can be purchased on a range of products, but today I thought I would share my range of  floral a-line summer dresses. These dresses include printed photographs of daisies, carnations, gerbera daisy, tulip and periwinkle flowers.

Having developed this range I am now able to officially launch my floral dress collection. It can be viewed and items can be purchased from my Redbubble Shop.  I hope you love them as much as I do!

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My thoughts on Master of Photography 2017.

As I write this we are 3 episodes into the second series of master of photography on Sky Arts. I loved the first series so was really looking forward to the new one.

I have to say so far I have not been disappointed! The format has changed slightly, with more emphasis on technique and the process the contestants go through to achieve their assignment.

They have removed the part where the contestants pick their equipment, and this seems mainly down to the sponsorship deal with Leica. That’s fine by me as most of us don’t have a room full of equipment to choose from before we go out on a shoot. So, you might ask,  why does that matter what equipment I have compared to the contestants? For me that is why the show works so well. As they go on assignment you put yourself in their shoes. What would I do? what story would I tell? Then as they present their images to the judges, I become a judge in my mind deciding who I would pick and why.

Photography is an art form, and like all art it is very subjective. Last season I found the judges critique a little harsh, however, this season I understand where they are coming from. I’m not sure whether they have eased up or whether I’ve opened my mind to criticism more. Either way, so far I have mainly agreed with their comments.

OK here I should add **SPOILER ALERT** please do not read on if you intend to watch the series without knowing the winners from each episode!

Week one saw an amazing image by Molly Keane grab the attention of the judges. I had to agree whole heartedly with this decision. The theme was travel and they  contestants had to encapsulate the feel of Sicily. Molly captured a portrait of a sicilian painter sat next to the chariots he was painting. The image worked so well capturing a sense of the country and was beautifully composed.

In week two the contestants had to capture “rush hour” in Hamburg. There were a number of images that caught my eye – managing to get a real sense of rush hour, particularly as they were thrown by the lack of commuters as they arrived. The one that was the judges favourite was by Max Brucker and I did agree that his image evoked a certain mood. I also really liked the image by Sonja Thoms which showed a man in silhouette running up some steps, which on this occasion was not in agreement with the judges!

Week three saw them introduced to Clive Owen where they were expected to produce a cover photo which truly revealed the personality of the superstar. It was an interesting episode where I found the judges to be even more critical than usual. There was some criticism on the over reliance of post production on the image that Sonja Thoms produced. I did agree it was not as strong as some of the other contestants, but to pull her up over the use of post production seemed a little odd to me, when all the images have benefited from the use of post. The winning image this week was again produced by Max Brucker who is showing himself to be a favourite at this early stage. It was a very striking image that I could imaging on the cover of a magazine, and probably the only one to truly meet this brief.

At this stage I think there are three strong contenders for the prize. For me the most interesting and original images are being produced by Molly Keane, Max Brucker and Olympe Tits. I look forwards to seeing what the rest of the episodes reveal.

If you have missed the series so far, I highly recommend that you catch up with the previous episodes here. It is compulsive viewing.

Shameless self promotion!

Over the course of this year I have been adding more of my photographs for sale in my shop. These images can be purchased on many different products from greetings cards, clothing to mobile phone skins. Sales from this site have been building up slowly – as you would expect from a new business and I have been really pleased.

This week I have had 2 items sold in my Redbubble shop! I am so excited, this is a first for me – two sales in a week!

The item purchased this weekend was a T-shirt featuring my kissing pigeons. So this is another first as I have never sold a T-shirt featuring my photography before. So I’m even more excited about that!

T-shirt showing courting pigeons
Screen shot from my Redbubble shop of my kissing pigeon t-shirt.

 

Introducing my pet dinosaurs

This week I made another sale on my Redbubble site, and it reminded me of a project that I have neglected for a while! I have some “pet” plasticine dinosaurs which I love to put into scenes and photograph.

I spent some time recreating famous photographs and works of art. I thought I would revisited them and share a couple of these images with you today.

Plasticine dinosaurs recreating "l'enfant" by Spencer Rowell
Plasticine dinosaurs recreating “l’enfant” by Spencer Rowell

 

Dinosaur recreating "The Scream" by Edvard Munch
Dinosaur recreating “The Scream” by Edvard Munch

I love making these set ups as they are fun and silly! It can take hours to shape the plasticine and give the dinosaurs convincing expressions. In some cases the backdrops can take just a long to make it look convincing.

I have so many ideas of adventures these little guys could get up to – I just need more hours in the day!

If you like what you see, you can view more here.

Red Rose Day

Today is Red Rose Day – a day to appreciate and enjoy this colourful flower.

Red rose
Manipulated Red Rose. (Technical info: focal length 100mm, 1/640 at f/2.8 ISO 200)

It is funny really because I believe that this day was set to show the roses in the height of bloom, and yet the rose bush in my back garden has only just come into flower. It would normally flower quite early in the year, so it is quite late to be finally seeing our roses!

I won’t complain though -it may have only been in flower for a week, bit it is looking lovely!

A month in photographs

This month I have seen some lovely views, admired some stunning flowers and met some beautiful animals. Here is my pick of the month in photographs:

If you enjoy looking at my photographs why not take a look at the variety of photographic products available in my shop.

The Magnificent Kestrel

While out on my deer searching adventure the other day I took a little detour. I have already explained that I was not have much luck with road closures and parking, so I didn’t spend long at the deer park.

My detour took me to an area of heathland about 2 miles south of Petworth. Apparently this area is special for its breeding crickets – and although I heard many crickets I did not see any!

Enjoying my walk abound the sandy heath, something caught my eye flying in the distance. Now I couldn’t really make out what I was looking at but by its size I could tell it was some sort of bird of prey.

I grabbed the camera and started tracking it across the sky. I wasn’t holding out much hope of getting a good photograph, as I have never been quick enough for them in the past!

While following this bird, to my surprise it started to fly towards me, I managed to contain my excitement and was really pleased with the result. My favourite of the photographs I captured was this one of the Kestrel flying past me.

Kestrel in flight.
Kestrel in flight