Friday, 25 September 2009

Project 52 ... 36

This is Bill.

D200, Tamron 17 -50, f2.8, SB800 shoot thro' camera left,
Vivitar 285 gridspot camera right
Its hard to believe that this is the 36th portrait I have taken on this journey! I feel I am on the home straight. I have known Bill for a little over a year or so and I am happy to be able to call him a friend. Retired, he is a pillar of the community and well liked by everyone. I took this shot just before he and his lovely wife, Anne, were off on holiday.

The set up was a simple linear one that I find so quick and easy.

Thanks Bill for letting me take this shot.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

The Barbican

When I first came to London in 1985 we used to go to concerts at the Barbican. I was impressed and amazed by the architecture of the buildings (the concerts weren't bad either...) But I always went back just to walk through the high rise elegance.


D200, Tamron 17 - 50 f2.8
No doubt I shall go back there again and again.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Project 52 ... 35

Meet Matt,

D200, Tamron 17 - 50 f2.8, SB800 shoot thro' to camera left, Vivitar 285 behind and gridspot
I first met Matt some years ago when he tried to get me involved in the Catenian Association. At first I wan't buying, but I came around (after a bit of subtle selling...) and have met some fantastic people along the way, some of whom I have photographed here.

I photographed Matt with his daughter, Morag, see here, a wonderful girl going to devote her life to mathematics... To shoot Matt I used the same set up as Morag, simple and easy.

Thanks again Matt, for badgering me!

Monday, 14 September 2009


Bridge at Stratford Upon Avon

I recently spent a weekend in Stratford and indulged myself in an early morning walk when no one was about. This reflection of a wonderful stone bridge caught my eye.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Project 52 ... 34

This is Morag.
D200, Tamron 17 - 50, f2.8, SB800, shoot thro', Vivitar 285 gridspot for hairlight
Morag is a beautiful young lady with a bright future in ... Maths and Philosophy! Great subjects! She starts her university course this month, rather her than me! To mark the occasion we took a series of shots one Saturday morning of Morag and her Mother and Father. This can only be a difficult but very exciting time for both Morag and her parents.
For this shot we had an SB800 in a shoot through umbrella to camera right, Morag in the middle and a Vivitar 285 to camera left and behind Morag giving a hairlight separation, and a nice bit of flare... This linear approach works very well and is very quick to set up.
I want to thank Morag and her parents for being great people to photograph; we had a great laugh taking the shots. Morag, I wish you all the success and hope you enjoy university life! Oh, and don't forget... never divide by zero.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Project 52 ... 33

Say hello to Ria...
D200, Tamron 17 - 50 f2.8, SB800 shoot thro' camera right, Vivitar 285 to rear

Ria joined our office for the summer to help out on our ever increasing workload... A great young lady who became a valuable member of the team. We shall miss her when she goes back to university.

She is seen here holding a wake board, not something you use after a funeral, but part of the extreme sports set and it has these strange boots fixed to it (no high heels...)! I am always amazed to see these surfers throw themselves around on boards that barely float and dice with the waves! Amazing!

The shot was taken with an SB800 in a shoot through umbrella, partially blocked to form the main light and a gridded Vivitar 285 to give the hair light. Thanks Ria for being such and  extreme sport...