Camera: Sony A7II Software: Lightroom & Photoshop Lens Used: Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Other: PolarPro Polarizing Filter
So the weather was warm and the sun glowing bright so thought that it could be a good opportunity to test out a new location and see a great sunset and hopefully get a good picture of it.
I grabbed my camera gear, jumped in the car and headed for the hill which was about 20 mins from where I live. Climbed to the top making my way through the fields and dodging the stingers.
Finally i settled for a composition that I could test focus stacking on, it wasn’t the best composition but the testing it would do just fine. I made sure that there was subject in the front, hills filling in the middle and come detail in the background.
I decided to also exposure bracket the images and focus stack which meant as I was using the Sony A7II was a manual job adding a little bit more complexity to something that was already new to me.
Regarding the sunset, well this was the best it got as shortly after this the sun dissipated behind the cloud bank that you can see just above the horizon and with the gnats flying in the droves above my head I decided to call it and head home.
When I got back I spent some time refreshing the steps to take, watching some videos on YouTube and then I gave it a go and below was the final image that I come up with.
Please let me know what you think, what I could do better next time, and generally criticise the image as it will help me improve next time.
Camera: Sony A7 II Software: Lightroom Lens Used: Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS
Ok, so a few weeks back when the weather was amazing and I didn’t have to think twice about dipping my feet in the sea, I popped down to Southsea or to be precise South Parade Pier.
A month or so ago there was a new Helter Skelter installed on the Pier, which really gave the Pier a lift and looking jam packed with new rides and fun for the family. If you lived around the area you would know how close this pier was to being closed for good and sent to Davey Jones locker, but thanks to a dedicated group of people the pier was saved and brought right back to life again.
Anyway, recently I have not had a lot of time to get out and about recently with a full calendar and work taking over all my time but I grabbed the opportunity on the middle of the day (Not the best time!) to have a go at getting the shot of the pier using a bit of long exposure which i think always looks good at this location.
Thinking back over the last few week it is hard to think that the temperatures hit an all-time high as I look out the window at the gusts of wind and rain pouring down. Still the weather might make for some shots so we will see 🙂
Camera: Sony A7 II Software: Lightroom Lens Used: Sony Zeiss 16-35 mm F4 Settings: ISO 50 / 20mm / F22 / 6.0 Secs
Ok, this shipwreck can be found as you are leaving Portsmouth on the main road out on the left-hand side within Tipner Lake. It has been there for many years now and if you ever visit Portsmouth you have probably passed it without even noticing it. However, to walk to the Shipwreck is a little harder as there is no safe and legal place to park that is close by so you must have a little bit of a walk to get there, but it is very much worth it.
The closest place to park would be Port Solent, if you’re not sure where that is then you might need to google that one. The you need to follow the path around the big mound that is behind the Paulsgrove Recycling center and then follow that until you are almost coming up under the motorway. Although I would highly recommend that if you are unsure as to how to get there safely then you sign up to one of the many photo walks (That are free) which will guide you there, or you just drop me a message and I can either arrange to guide you or give you instructions on how to get there.
However, once you have walked through all the overgrown mess and walked around the crash barriers, climb rocks and get yourself into a good position you are then greeted with great sense of calmness and tranquility. Even though you are a stone throw from the M275 leaving Portsmouth it is strangely very quiet. Then when you are all set just sit and take in the view and enjoy your time there, for a great picture the best times would be sunset, so you will have to be patient and make sure that you get to the location with plenty of time.
The photo that I took was done with a Grad Filter and an ND filter then it was taken as a long exposure giving the sea that smooth look. Over all I was very pleased with the composition of this image and the colors that come from the sunset.
Let me know what you think of the photo and if you have ever been to this location before.
Camera: Sony A7 II Software: Lightroom Lens Used: Sigma 70-200 F2.8
So I guess first I should explain the title before I begin, for some time now it has been on the cards that Dunsfold Airshow will come to an end because of the land (Airfield) that the airshow is hosted on has been earmarked to build homes on for some time. This weekend was officially the last time the airshow will be on before the building of new homes begins. For me this is a very sad day for a number of reasons, first of all it was one of the last airshow around the hampshire area, and secondly it was probably the best airshow for younger kids.
For more information on the Airshow check out the Wings and Wheels website here
Despite it being a sad day for all aviation enthusiasts the organizers put on a terrific display which started with a bang.
This was a strong start to the event as you can see from the photos so far, although from a photography standpoint the conditions where a little bit tricky at times with the light changing frequently when the sun either shows its face through the clouds or the sky changing from white to black.
Also, the when you look at what has been on display there was plenty of changing through the shutter to have motion blur on the blades to freezing the jets in place.
Next, we move back onto some more fast jets and the fans favourites the Red Arrows.
The Finale to the display was the flypast of the Hurricane which has a rich history with Dunsfold.
Finally, thank you to everyone who helped organize the Dunsfold Wings and Wheels over the last 15 years. You did so amazingly well and brought a lot of joy to many families over the years. The display will be very much missed.
Camera: Sony A7 II Software: Lightroom Location: Between Clarence Pier & the Square Tower Portsmouth
Not much to say to be honest, it was the home coming of HMS Queen Elizabeth after a bit of a refit in Scotland. Although this isn’t the first or even the second time it has now sailed into Portsmouth it is still amazing the crowds that this ship brings as it sails into Portsmouth. For me it was also a good opportunity to try a different composition of the massive ship and also allow me to try and home in on my lightroom editing and come up with a color pallet that is more me.
So the first steps for me was to try and get the White Balance and the exposure correct, due to the fact that i was using a polarizing filter it actually tinted the images slightly blue (Was also using manual White Balance) After this I pulled back pretty much all of the colors making the images almost Black and White, I then began to put back the colors of aqua, blue until i was happy with the tone. I thought that there were some good red\orange tones that would be good to pop out and shoe a bit so i brought the color of those up a bit. This brought me closer to the image that you can see below.
For the next images for me I used the same techniques but it was more about the composition for the image.
Camera: Sony A7 II Software: Lightroom Location: Goodwood Aerodrome, Chichester Link: Goodwood Aerodrome Open Day
So a few weeks back I noticed an event posted by Goodwood Aerodrome for a Fly In for both pilots and the public, being a keen aviation fan this was something that I had to take a look at so I popped along with the Family.
The weather was great with clear skies and sun beaming down most of the day. There was a great turnout by both aircraft and the public visitors with loads to see. I had a great time sharing my thoughts with likeminded enthusiasts and just generally dreamt of being in the skies.
There was a whole range of aircraft on show from the standard Cessna’s to Microlight, from old classic aircraft to modern propeller-based aircraft.
Overall it was a brilliant day and I really hope that Goodwood Aerodrome bring this back as an annual event, if they do, I will be adding this as a permanent fixture in my calendar.
Camera: Sony A7 II Software: Lightroom Location: Isle of Wight, Hampshire
Time for a little trip across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and the first item that was packed was the camera as I had planned to try and spend some time capturing some images and more importantly to me understand the camera and improve my photography further.
Day 1 and the First stop on this little adventure was in Cowes, this was a place that I have wanted to visit for many years. I was not disappointed as there was plenty to see and the weather was pretty good also. The thing is though I was so caught up in all the shops and some of the scenery that I didn’t really get the camera out to much however I believe that you have to enjoy where you are and take in your surroundings before picking up the camera and hiding behind the lens. I am sure there will be many photographers that would be shaking their heads at the thought of this. However that being said I did eventually get the camera out and managed to snap this image of the Royal Pontoon.
Day 2 was the trip that anyone has to undertake if they visit the island was the Needles. It was a slightly overcast and blustery day, but the sun did try and break through a few times. As I pulled up in the car park this time i jumped out and grabbed the camera and had some kind of idea as to what pictures i wanted to take. I headed straight over to the viewing point and started snapping away. Again I know mistake number 1, going to the tourist points to take photos, but it had to be done with the tight schedule that i have and have in mind that it’s not about getting something that is ultimately something really new or something that no one has seen before it was about me getting used to settings on the camera and getting better at taking photos, not only that but getting better with the post processing which means all i need is some good content to work from. So, with this in mind the tourist spots suited me just fine and this was some the images that i managed to produce from this day from the tourist view point.
Moving down the side of the cliffs and taking the long winding stepped path down to Alum Bay I stopped and managed to get a slightly different vantage point and got what is a similar Photo from the ones above.
Day 3 well this one was spent visiting some museums and being very cultured for the day and maybe a little bit of touring around the island for a drink or two. There isn’t much to talk about or show as I didn’t really take any photos and took the day off for carrying the camera and the tonne of equipment.
Day 4 This day will be known as ‘The day of long exposure on the Isle of Wight’ for no other reason that all the photos that I took on this day was long exposure. This is a skill and a technique that I particularly like as you can get some very artistic effects from doing this but it’s a technique that I am still trying to get better at and understand the settings etc that i need to use depending on the circumstances. I started this day by driving to Ventnor, and it was when I pulled up in the car where it was clear Long Exposure would be choice of the day. The weather wasn’t the best, the wind was up, and it was very overcast but because of the wind and the location of Ventnor it made more some really good movement in the waves.
Moving around the beach a little (and getting my feet wet while looking down at the stones looking for fossils) I took these long exposure shots.
Next, I took a drive around to Shanklin to the beautiful Shanklin Chine, this place is full of amazing sounds and lots of nature.
Shanklin Chine is a tree lined gorge which has a rich amount of nature and history running right through it. Visit through the day and you will have a rich sound of birds and have a great view of the waterfall that and river that runs right through it. At night it comes to life with a great light show (Which i was sad to miss as its not open until 24th May)
Below are a few images of the long exposure one’s that I took. I didn’t really spend too much time doing other shots because i wanted to walk\sit and enjoy my time there.
Moving down to the beach just below the Chine I had the opportunity to try a shot at a photo that I have seen other do many times before, especially living on the coast. I thought that i would see how I would do at performing a long exposure shot at a sea breaker(s). Below are the results, please let me know what you think in the comments.
If you made it till the end, thank you so much for spending your time to read my story so far. I hope that you have enjoyed what you have read and hope to bring more soon.