Cucumber splash commercial photography


From an early age I think most parents have told their children not to play with their food… I’m glad I’m old enough to break the rules..

Setting the home studio up I had a ‘play’ day where I was testing the limits of my flash duration on my studio lights for future projects.  Throwing objects into a tank of water was a great way of testing the flashes to see if i could freeze the motion of both the falling object and the splashes that they created.  It was lots of fun but not without its’ problems.

If anybody wants to know how to shoot these type of images please drop me a line.

Heres one of my favourites.

…i now just need to find out where I put the goldfish…

Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II. 1/160s @ f10 at ISO640.

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All about Malvern front cover and article


After writing an article on ‘Where to watch Wildlife on the Malvern Hills’ for the All About Malvern Oct/Nov issue it was a nice surprise when it came through my letter box to see the team had used my Ring Ouzel image as the front cover.  The web version is now online and can be viewed at: http://issuu.com/allaboutmagazines/docs/malvern/1 
where you can view and enjoy my article on page 18 and of course my front cover! 🙂

Fossil photography


Hi all.
Its been a long time since I posted on here last as its been an absolutely mad June with work. 
I wish it was fossil photography of the extinct kind; I’ve been trying to increase my knowledge and experience with product photography and photoshop skills that accompany this process. I’ve been playing in the studio today and used my Fossil watch to see what sort of glossy magazine style images I could achieve. I was extremely pleased with this result and I hope you would agree.
Details: Canon 1D MK4, Sigma 150mm f2.8 lens mounted on a Gitzo GT3541XLS tripod. 2x Interfit StellarX 600W lights and various reflectors and stands. Post processing with Adobe Photoshop CS3.

Bees, butterflies and rooks.


I’ve always had difficulty with photographing bees but spending any time with any subject will always pay dividends. Sitting next to a Hebe bush for two hours in the neighbours garden photographing the comings and goings of all the insects was amazing.  The amount of insects that were present was varied from really small aphid type species, to hoverflies and to the huge bumblebees.  I created around 600 images of the various species and was very pleased with some of the results.  I’m still going through them, but here are two that have already been processed.    The top one is of a Buff-tailed Bumblebee and the second is a honeybee.  Finding out the species of these bees was a learning curve as didnt realise that there were around 250 species of bee in the UK!! I must read more on these especially as they are in decline and some are even threatened with extinction.  I found out about these species on the Bumbleebee Conservation Trust website which can be found here: http://www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk/

The next two images were all taken from a local private site that I have access to.  Its an amazing site, with a rich flora and fauna.  I wanted to get some attractive images for cards and calendars so concentrated on this.  The ladybird on a young orchid spike, and the Common Blue butterfly on an ear of grass I thought were particularly suitable. 

Spending all afternoon till sunset at this site enabled me to get images of the local rookery coming into roost.  Although the number of birds at this roost are quite low, it still made for some nice images. A perfect end to the day.

As always, all of my images are for sale, so please contact me if you are interested.

First Newsletter!


Hi all

Just to let everyone know I have produced my first company newsletter.  Woohoo! It outlines what I have been photographing in the past few weeks and also what I am up to at present and what I’m planning for the coming weeks.  If anybody wants to be placed on the mailing list or know any friends or colleagues who would like to receive the newsletter then please contact me or send them my details.

Thanks

Ian