It’s all in the detail…

How does one capture the essence of a place?
Here is a second taster of my Insight City Guide to London… Borough market, Kew, Ham House, Hogarth house, Chelsea Physic Garden, Westminster Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, Hampton Court and Chiswick House. I just laugh at the three elderly ladies in Chelsea Physic Garden with the busk of a man’s head amongst the flowers. I often am trying to get low and shoot through layers to create atmosphere. Trying to remember to look for all the angles; the graphic shot from above, or the low down close up where you can almost smell those cakes! Feel free to write to me at the foot of any of my blogs.

Beyond my commissions I teach a few short courses at Morley College, London. Why not come along to one of my ‘Street Photography’ courses? Two Saturday workshop 21 & 28 Sept 2013, and better still a 6 week program, working to themes within Street photography,  3 hrs a week from 4 November 2013.

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

Insight City Guides, London

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Chelsea Flower Show 2012

A great day had at the Chelsea Flower Show press day yesterday. The light may have been a bit flat and dull until late in the day but still the glowing plant and flower combinations were amazing. Also a great opportunity to catch up with lots of familiar faces that I have know from my time as a freelance Art Editor on Gardens’ World magazine and others very talented freelance writers. Many now doing some very interesting blogs.

I did spot the odd famous face but most of time I had my eye looking down the lens at a flower or two. Enjoyed a refreshing complimentary cocktail at The Caravan Clubs garden… very nice , very strong! Waited about an hour before sipping a champaign at the David Austin Stand. Could not go the whole day without a little indulgence.

Here are a few of my images taken on the day:

Chelsea Flower Show 2012… here I come!

Yippee! Another year I have the great honor to be going to the RHS Chelsea Flower show. Hopefully lots of good pictures to be taken for placing with my picture library client, GAP Photos. Last year was great weather, for a change. So let’s hope it will be a dry day this coming Monday.

Here are a few images I took last year

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Travel photography workshop – Morley College, London

Just three days to go for my Travel Photography Workshop,  Morley college London. One day shooting, one day classroom reviewing of image, example book publisher picture lists, contracts, tips and advice from professional commissioned photography who has worked for Rough Guides, TimeOut City Guides, Conde Nast Traveller and Thames & Hudson City guides …
http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/1466-travel_photography_weekend

Travel Photography course at Morley College

Check out my two travel photography workshop that starts in less than a week. Enroll by wednesday 21 March to be sure of a place:
http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/1466-travel_photography_weekend

This two-day workshop covers three important aspects to becoming a successful travel photographer: The planning, capturing and crafting of your images. This encompasses choosing equipment, getting to know your camera, composition, evaluating the light, and mastering your techniques. Know the importance of research to identify when is the best time to go etc. The first day is photographing out on location. We will meet at the main door of the Tate Modern. The tutor will set briefs that reflect commissioned travel picture requests. Whilst photographing the tutor will give students tips and guidance, and 1-to-1 support with camera skills. Day two is classroom based covering the points mentioned above plus demonstrations on editing skills and use of Adobe Lightroom to review and edit your images. The Tutor shares her Top 10 Tips about being a Travel Photographer.

What you will learn on this course.

You will:

  • explore and learn about the photographic techniques of Travel photography
  • gain insight and practise of how to capture a ‘sense of a place’.
  • learn photo editing skills; what makes the picture special.
  • be able to use Adobe Lightroom’s basic skills for editing and work flow.
  • learn how to plan and research travel photography trips.
  • learn how a travel photo library works, and identify what images sell.

With discussions on:

  • Compositional skills
  • 10 top tips for a travel photographer.

I look forward to meeting some great new enthusiastic Photographers!!!

Checking out my children’s photography

Looking through children’s images that I have been taking since 2007, and found these gorgeous little models. All lovely to work with. Would be great to see them printed and mounted large scale.

The scent of Flowers

With thanks to Adela, we had fun photographing together amongst the flowers and plants in her Dorset garden. She was a little star.

Road trip to Somerset

I recently returned from another road trip to Somerset, visiting the Salisbury Plains, Long Leat Safari Park, Glastonbury, Exmoor chasing Sheep, with a quick dash back to Bath’s antique shops. Yet again privileged to photograph wonderful locations, and the car only broke down once! Here I have added some more images to share with friends.

Chelsea Flower Show May 2011