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The Easter Bunnies are Coming!

Barolo

Enjoy the Easter break everyone ………..


On the fiddle

Alba

Street Photography taken in Alba, Piemonte, Italy.  Couldn’t pass up the opportunity to snatch a quick shot of this wonderful old character; an archetypal street image. Portrait & Landscape Photography


Studio Portraiture

On days like this, I love my job.

Lee_pp © web


Pet Photography

You can’t beat the beauty of cats’ eyes – mesmerising.

 

Sylvester1


Post Production

Whether you agree or disagree with image enhancement, I believe it is here to stay. I believe it’s down to individual preference.  I feel it can add a smidge of improvement where necessary, however, I also feel it can be over used, (just as someone can have too much plastic surgery) but everyone should have the choice of whether to go under the mouse or go natural!

Here are two before and after examples – which one do you prefer? And tell me why. The results should be interesting.

Marusja 2 beforeMarusja 2 After

 

Lee 40 beforeLee 40 After


Cookie

Irish Terriers are not a breed you come across very often, but I was delighted when I happened upon Cookie and her owner Tracy in the park the other day on what was our third meeting and which lead to me setting up the photo shoot.

I had mistakenly taken Cookie for a Fox Terrier, as their coats and head shape are similar, but the Irish Terrier is bigger than your typical Fox Terrier and has a distinctive red coat. This loyal and spirited terrier is full of attitude and spunk.  They are intelligent and quick to learn if you tap into their willful spirit.  They are great companion and watchdogs, and will dispatch vermin.

The photo shoot was a dream, as Cookie was well trained, obedient and patient; what more could a photographer ask (quote unquote “never work with children or animals”!!!).   Here is a series of my favourite images from the evening.

If you would like your precious pooch to have the full-on portrait treatment please contact me via http://www.lacemarketphotography.co.uk

Thank You!

 

 


Street Photography – Nottingham 11/3/14

Thought I’d set myself a new goal; tackling street photography.  On the face of it it sounds very simple and straight forward doesn’t it?  And I’m sure that it is possible to walk around surreptitiously capturing images unbeknownst to the suspecting public particularly with a lovely long lens.  But unless you happen to be in one of the big cities like London, where tourists with cameras are at every turn, people tend to be a bit suspicious of someone aiming a camera lens at them.  And unaccustomed as I am to approaching complete strangers to ask to take their picture, this is to be my challenge over the coming weeks.  On my first adventure I accompanied my good friend and fellow photographer, Yvonne Lishman – for a bit of moral support and all that!  Here are the results of my endeavours from yesterday.

Wolf of Warser Gate

Wolf of Warser Gate

Tea Break

Tea Break

Take a Break

Tea Break II

Hang Your Hat

Hang Your Hat

Its a dog's Life

Play it for Me

Spring is Here!

Shadowlands

Colour & Contours

Colour & Contours

Footwork

Footwork

Ever feel someone's watching you?


Robin Hood Game & Country Show – Newark, Oct 14 2012

I was in my element yesterday at the Country Show as there were dogs all around, as far as the eye could see.  There were various doggy activities going on; agility, lurcher racing, dock dogs etc, and it seemed that 80% of the public had brought along their four legged friends too, an enjoyable afternoon’s walk.  Here are a few faces and paws that caught my eye.  All pictures taken on my handy lightweight

This is Elmo, an adorable 14 week old chocolate Cockapoo with a lovely white snout. Very cute!

Panasonic Lumix G3.

Elmo in profile

This little white terrier who reminded me of Snowy from Tin Tin, was fascinated by the large inflatable balls and their human occupants.

 

Leap of Faith. A labrador enjoying the challenge of jumping after a ball into the water.

 

 

This is Scout. A five month old Bull Mastiff puppy – Gorgeous. Check out his paws – he’s going to be a big lad.

 

Scout

 


Shake it out!

This is a series of shots I took on one of my fabulous Dog Days sessions in 2011 with Abbey, a lovely Golden Labrador.  She loved to fetch from the water and after each retrieval she would shake herself to disperse the excess water from her coat.  I thought this made a great action sequence and put them together in a filmstrip format to demonstrate the movement from start to finish.  Some of the body contortions are really quite dramatic when caught in slow motion.

 

If you are interested in capturing the actions of your beloved dog, give me a call to discuss a Dog Days session and grab the chance of some photography unleashed today.  http://www.lacemarketphotography.co.uk


Outlines in Symmetry

Zoi


Fine Art Nude

Another shot of the lovely Ella Rose taken at Pipewell Hall, Northants in June this year.


Fine Art Nudes

New Ventures lead me on Sunday to an Art Nude Workshop run by the fabulous Trevor & Faye Yerbury.  It took place at Pipewell Hall in Northamptonshire.  This is something I have always wanted to do; working with beautiful models to create images focusing on simplicity, shape and texture using only natural light.  I had the honour of hosting a workshop with the Yerburys last year and I knew I wanted to work with them again; they are so down to earth in their approach to photography, not getting caught up in the technical side of things, just keeping things simple – a real pleasure to spend time with.  Here is a selection of images I managed to capture during the day.  Most of any enhancements were tackled in Lightroom; mainly a few levels adjustments (for those photographers amongst you), plus a few removals of abstract objects like power sockets, in Photoshop.  I hope you enjoy them.

Quiet Beauty

Roman Goddess

Repose

Pretty Ballerina

Inner Reflection

Recliner

Fireside

Solitude

Garden Gazing

Olympian

On Your Marks

Steps

The Ivy


Male Studio Portrait Session

I had the pleasure of shooting with this young man a few weeks ago and couldn’t resist showcasing a few of his images here. He was so photogenic and easy to work with that the hour’s session was over before I knew it, and my job of producing the final selection for him was really hard, as most of his images looked fantastic. Post production required only minimum adjustments; with a little eye brightening and skin softening to perfect his winning look.


Autumn Lifestyle Shoot

Life’s been so crazy lately, but finally I found time to work with one of my models again.  I’d been dying to take advantage of the superb autumn colours, and two weeks ago my lovely Russian friend, Ulya joined me at Wollaton Park to shoot amongst the trees and the bracken.  All the shots were taken within just a 25 metre radius which goes to show the scope your surroundings can provide just by walking a few paces in any given direction.  I wanted to take the opportunity to work simply with just available light using my Nikon D700 and just a 50mm 1.8 lens, and a reflector.  Clothes: model’s own. Pink scarf and fur hat provided by the photographer.


Summer time and the livin’ is easy ………………

In our continually hurried lives it’s easy to take the world around us for granted.  The British summer is a time of abundance in our beautiful countryside and I wanted to capture some of it’s glory by showing a gorgeous girl amidst the stunning fields of gold in the early evening sunlight.  My aim was to portray the warmth of the sun matched by the golden hues of the barley, along with the simple pleasure of just feeling the sun on one’s face.


Pick More Flowers

Another of my ventures into our beautiful English countryside.  Ulya is one of my volunteer models and a couple of weeks ago we spent a great evening making the most of the wonderful summer flora.  I knew the rape field would only be in bloom a few more days and wanted to make the most of the vibrant yellow in conjunction with Ulya’s lovely blonde hair, and her white dress; hats and flower posy supplied by myself,  in keeping with the country girl vibe I had goin’ on.

Our second location was a barley field just five minutes away, where I wanted her to be immersed and surrounded by the ‘fields of gold’….. ooh, I feel a song coming on….


Yerbury Boudoir Workshop

Spent the most wonderful day on Monday at my studio in Nottingham with Trevor & Faye Yerbury.  I feel it is important to continue my personal development in the photographic industry and with this in mind always try to attend various seminars and workshops every year; I’m a firm believer in ‘you never stop learning’. I have always wanted to attend one of the famous Yerbury workshops (www.yerburystudio.com)and along with two of my colleagues and friends (Cathy & Yvonne), we were able to organise a small, intimate get-together.  We all gained lots of new insight and fresh ideas for this exciting and rewarding genre of photography.  With fresh eyes my studio quickly turned into a Parisian loft apartment scenario and with the lovely Rebecca Amy to model for us, we all came away with some wonderful atmospheric images.  Here is my selection from the day …..

Turning the tables on us


Wild In the Country

These are my favourite images from a shoot I did last week with the lovely Andrea.  The shoot took place out in the wonderful countryside of The Vale of Belvoir; taking advantage of some locations I know and the excellent weather.  The evening turned a little more eventful than I’d anticipated however, as I drove off the farm track onto the quiet country lane access to my barn location,  I got pulled over by an unmarked police car!!! ….. Unflustered,  I put on my sweetest smile and explained what we were doing – turned out he was attached to East Midlands airport security and patrolling the flight path areas.   Having established that we were no terrorist threat we were free to go……….


Ethereal Nymph

Last weekend I joined Crash Taylor on his second venture into cinematography, and along with sourcing the wonderful location, took all the behind the scenes stills photography, more of which can be seen on my Facebook page.  These are a selection of the images I took of our model/actress, Leonie, in-between takes.


Enrique – Euphoria Tour

What a night!  Went to see Enrique at the LG Arena last night – truly awesome concert.  This man knows how to interact with his audience.  Spectacular!  Took my compact camera to see what results I could get, having never photographed a concert before.  Here’s a few examples ….


Location Shoot on the Streets of Nottingham

Regular viewers will know that from time to time I do ‘test’ shoots with aspiring models.  Last week was another such occasion when I got together with some friends for a location shoot with the lovely Elizabeth.  Sneinton Market is not an area of Nottingham you might immediately think of to photograph, but it does provide a great variety of backdrops, and all within about a 50 feet radius.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Elizabeth again, who coped admirably with the cold conditions and never once complained.  I’d also like to thank her two friends who came along to do hair and makeup and offer their support – they were great fun and a joy to meet.  And so here are my favourite images from the afternoon to which I’ve just added creative borders for that finishing touch.

 


Watch the Birdie!

On a late autumn walk in WollatonPark I found myself following these two twitchers.  This shot amuses me as they stand at the edge of the tree canopy both with binoculars raised, having spotted something !!!

 

On the lookout ..........


Half a dozen bicycles

This is a shot I took whilst on a day trip to London, late November last year.  I was walking from the Natural History Museum to the V&A when I spotted these bicycles.  I was drawn to the scene partly because of the light,  and the autumn leaves strewn across the pavement, but mostly because of the mix of bicycles ie. I loved that there were some old fashioned ones with baskets on the front, hinting back to a bygone era.

I shot from a normal standing position at about a 45 degree angle; this perspective gives the impression of depth to the photo, drawing the eye in towards the lone figure down the street.  This was shot on F4 at 1/250, ISO 80.  In Photoshop I simply enhanced some of the colours just a tad, and added the film rebate border to finish off.


To escape the manic madness that is Christmas time in Britain we instead spent a ‘chilled out’ yule in New England. Have camera – will travel! Here is a selection of my favourite images from our visit.

Festive Mailbox

Phonebooth

Winter Woodland

Seagull Decoy

Surfin' USA - Brrrh!

Lunch Break

Village Bandstand

Candyman

Dock on the Bay

Bird's Paradise

Beachcombing

Breakers

Check Your Mirrors

Winter Warmers

After the Storm

Warning

Wave watching

Does this apply to Stag parties?

Windchimes

Snowladen

Local Speciality

Small Eskimos Live Here!

More Seafood anyone?

The cutest sign I ever did see

Boston Aerial View

Snow Bench

Ahh - so cute!

Mailman

Stop!

Posh Paws!

Free snow - Shovel all you want!

Treat time

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