The youth of today… (7/25)

The youth of today..
The youth of today...

My young friend Jemima, ‘socialising’ in the pub.

Advent Calendar Pic-A-Day 7/25
50mm 1.4, natural (phone) light :)



Advent Calendar Pic-A-Day 6/25
An experiment in deliberate defocussing..
Handheld, 100mm Macro + 25mm Extension Tube



Bit of a frustrating day of not a lot of time/inspiration today but I was sorting out my gear box and thought I’d dig out the Macro lens and find something on my desk. As it’s the 5th this seemed appropriate

100mm Macro, plus a 25mm extension tube. LED ring-light. Hand-held

Share the Love (4/25)

Advent Calendar Pic-A-Day #4/25

Share the Love...

iPhone 4S with Camera+

A Miracle on Silver St… (3/25)

A Miracle on Silver St…

Advent Calendar Pic-a-Day, Day 3/25

A Miracle on Silver St...

One of the exquisite decorations my lovely friend Charlie has on a tree in her Christmas Shop ‘A Miracle on Silver St’ in Dursley..


Advent Calendar, 2nd Dec

‘Blossom’, aka how to keep your model happy during a cold afternoon shoot in the forest..


Dope Awards… I won!

A couple of weeks ago I received a mail to say that one of my photos had been nominated for an award, it was this photo of Arleta Andreasik.
I accepted the nomination and sent them a few technical details about the shot etc. and thought nothing more of it until this morning, when I received another mail to say we’d won, so yay!

Advent Calendar, 1st December


To keep in the spirit of ‘The best camera is the one you have with you’ I thought I’d start with an iPhone shot.

I did actually take it yesterday at Westonbirt, but I did so specifically for this project.

Taken on my iPhone 4S and processed on the phone in Camera+
No external editing other than adding my watermark on export from Lightroom to Flickr.

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The Advent Calendar Challenge

If you’ve never tried a ‘pic a day’ type challenge, here’s an ideal way to get started before you try a whole ‘365’..

Over on my forum we’re planning to do a little ‘Advent Calendar’ project to take a photo each day through December.

It’s really simple to get involved, all you need to do is take, and post one picture each day!  Starting Thursday 1st December, take at least one photo every day. It doesn’t matter what you shoot on, so no excuses because you’ve not got an SLR with you. Compact or camera phone is fine. Just try to find one interesting photo each day. Subject, composition and timing are the most important things. Make a thread on the forum in this projects section and call it something like ‘Rich’s Advent Calendar’ then post up your best photo from each day right up till xmas. Try to stick to one you’ve actually taken that day unless you’re *really* stuck as the whole point is to get you looking for potential shots and taking more photos so no digging through the archives!

RIP Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs Hero Pic

Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

– Steve Jobs