Archive for April, 2008

12th April 2008

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Slate pots, in progress.

Good slate is so enjoyable to work with. Making these pots today gave me a really sense of connection with the past. Maybe it’s because slate can’t be worked without slowing down and being patient. Slate is unforgiving to any modern-day rushing around; it won’t hesitate to break with one over-zealous impact.

11th April 2008

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Mr and Mrs Carson, Ali, Peckforton Castle.

I learned today that the more you champagne you drink at a wedding the worse your photography gets. These two were after one only glass.

10th April 2008

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

River Dee, Chester

On the way back from borrowing a lens this evening (thanks Jim), this amazing rainbow appeared in the sky. As I crossed the river, I couldn’t pass by without a shot.

9th April 2008

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

My little pal Cydney

8th April 2008

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

This chap lives on my street. He is a real talent on a bike and rarely rides these local park dirt jumps any more – they just ain’t big enough for him.

It seems like shooting this sort of thing is a lesson in keeping it simple; sun near straight on, fast shutter speed, wide angle lens to show the landing/context, getting in very low and close (i.e. lying in the mud in this case), then just shooting loads. On the ‘cool sports’ theme, I love the work of photographer [Ryan Allan] who has shot some amazing skate, bike and surf images, but all shot in an natural, earthy style. Inspiring.

7th April 2008

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Bacon and Eggs

Brunch, tarted-up for the camera. I am not too sure about the chives though – Attack of the Killer Green Ants?

6th April 2008

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Canadian Cove Stiffee Bike & Goodbye lens

The guts of my ‘pub’ lens were sprawled alarmingly over the bottom a bag this morning – it didn’t survive the party the night before. I thought perhaps that a good whack back in place might have sorted it, but if you click on the larger version of this image, the lens may not be quite right? Time for a new pub lens. Canon make [these] light-weight plastic, almost disposable, 50mm pub lenses with really good optics and a street price a fraction of the cost of a proper lens. That’s why they are safe to take in the pub.

6th April 2008

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Tom and the talented Mr Owen

I remember reading somewhere that little dudes, like the talented Mr Owen here, have very dark doughy eyes when photographed. Lightening the ‘catch-light’, or reflection, in his eyes during post-processing just lifts that otherwise black hole feel to his eyes.

5th April 2008

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Day of the outdoor clothing catalogue shots

We were the lucky ones today. With a hill forecast of heavy snow looming, we enjoyed sunny sledging sessions on survival bags, map cases, friend’s heads.

4th April 2008

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Oak Smoked Garlic, hand-fired pots.

This smoked garlic smells like those carefree days from childhood, where a box of matches borrowed from the kitchen draw led to secret bonfires in the woods, sheepishly returning home trying to hide the smell of smokey clothing from prying noses. I have no idea how to cook with garlic that smells like post-bonfire clothing.