So, this was my first attempt at a fashion shoot which took place at the Lloyds Amphitheatre in Bristol. It was the middle of the afternoon so I found a place with plenty of open shade. We wanted to use the water features but there were so many children playing in them that we had no chance! Part of being a photographer is making the best use of the space that is available to you, this only comes with practice for most of us. Those with crazy artistic minds probably have an upper hand! Using the natural light and a pop of fill flash, I had an image that I knew where I wanted to go with. The RAW file was developed in Lightroom and finished off in Photoshop. Talking of photo editing, I am tempted to have a play with Darktable and Affinity Photo.
This shot was taken at Kings Weston House in Bristol. Kings Weston House is a grade 1 listed building and was completer in 1917 and was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and was the home of Edward Southwell. During World War 1 the house was converted to a hospital. In 1935 the house was bought by the Bristol Municipal Charities and leased to the education authorities to be used a s a school. It went on to be Bristol Technical College of Architecture which later went on to be Bath University School for Architecture. During the following years the house was used for a verity of functions including a police training centre. The house is now used for conferences, weddings and private events, there is also a cafe which is open to the public and lovely walks around the surrounding estate.
Dating back to 1766 the Clifton Observatory, which sits on top of the Avon Gorge, gives fantastic views of the suspension bridge and the surrounding ares. The observatory was originally a windmill that was used to grind corn but was later adapted to grind snuff; the Observatory then became known as Snuff Mill.
In 1777 the mill caught fire, this was caused by the sails being left to turn during a gale and the equipment overheating. The mill was then left derelict for about 50 years until a Bristol based artist, William West, rented it for his studio in 1828. William West was responsible for transforming the building into what we see today, he installed a large telescope on top of the mill turning into an observatory. In 1829 the telescope was replaced by convex lens and sloping mirror which is known as the camera obscura; this still works today. Light travels through the lens and is reflected vertically down by the mirror onto a table which gives a true image of the surrounding area.
William west also built a cave below the observatory which leads to a viewing platform in the cliff face about 250 feet above the base of the Gorge. The cave, known as Giant’s cave was opened to the public in 1837 and is still accessible today.
This is a photo taken from a recent photo walk with Frui and professional photographer Jimmy Watkins, www.jimmyimage.co.uk. There was a group of six of us and we met at Zero Degrees; our first stop was at the top of a multi-story car park which gave a great view towards the city centre. After some coaching and a few shots it was on to our next location which was at the bottom of Park Street where there were plenty of images to be had if you looked for them. It was a great experience and an enjoyable evening spending time with other photographers.
I wanted to have a practice balancing flash and ambient light so I thought I would try and make a photo of an old neglected shed at the top of my garden. The aim was to get a good exposure for the light outside of the shed and add flash for the inside exposure. I was thinking black and white before I took the shot as I wanted to make use of the textures. After converting to mono in Photoshop I found that the ivy had got lost so the idea of a colour pop sprang to mind. I rarely do colour pop but I thought it worked well in this image.
What are your thoughts? Do you like colour pop photos, is this something you already do or does it have the same effect on you as over cooked HDR has on me (I’m not a big fan!)?
It feels like the wet weekends are never ending at the moment in Bristol UK so I thought I would use it to my advantage. This is a shot on one of the walkways that leads into Cabot Circus, a shopping mall in the city. Some of it is under cover so that helps with not getting the camera wet!!! I liked how the colours form the signs and shop window reflected on the wet paving. This shot was hand held, ISO 6400, f/8 and SS 1/200.
I decided to take a walk along the docks on a nice cloudy evening. The original plan was to go the Lloyds Bank Amphitheatre to take some black and white photos. When arrived, there were too many skate boarders and other people milling around so I decided to take a walk along the opposite bank. Toward the end of the docks, near the SS Great Britain, is a fairly new development of apartments with lots of glass. This is where I ended up and I liked the cool colours in the glass contrasting with the warm colours of the setting sun reflecting off of the brooding clouds.