Silver Studded Blue

I spent a day in north Shropshire recently photographing the Silver Studded Blue butterfly. The site was at Prees Heath which is managed by the Butterfly Trust and is the northernmost location where this rarity can be found. There are a couple of roosting areas here which need carefully searching out. The day started at…

Dance at Velocity Studios

I attended a studio workshop led by Nicola Selby on the subject of dance photography; this was held at Velocity Studios in Coppull near Chorley, Lancashire. The intention was to gain some knowledge of how to capture this genre of photography and to grasp some of the key learning points. There were four dancers in…

Venice at the Vyne

The Vyne is a 16th-century country house outside Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England and was built for Lord Sandys, King Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain. The photos which were taken inside the Vyne were taken using just the natural light from the windows plus some reflectors to bounce the light back and fill in some…

Anna Karenina at the Vyne

Anna Karenina (Анна Каренина) is the lead character in the novel of the same name by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy and is the tragic story of a married aristocrat/socialite. The central plot is her life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky and is based in the late 19th century Russian high-society. The costume and…

Zara Watson at Salford Quays

On a wet Friday night a small group of photographers worked with the energetic north-east model Zara Watson in the Salford Quays area of Manchester. Our objective was to put into practice some techniques for balancing ambient light with off-camera flash. This was certainly a challenge at times because of the rapidly changing natural light…