Sawston Fun Run 15 May 2011

Sawston Fun Run images available now! View Gallery Wonderful weather in Cambridgeshire today for an excellent and Fun Run through Sawston village.

Volunteer Photographer – Calendar Competition

Cambridgeshire Mencap’s 2011 calendar is now complete and available to buy. All the brilliant and beautiful winning art work was photographed in July.

To support Mencap and the work they do for people with learning difficulties in the Cambridgeshire area the calendars are available to buy from Cambridgeshire Mencap’s website

Cambridgeshire Mencap Calendar 2011 - Local support for people with learning difficulties

Cambridgeshire Mencap Calendar 2011 - Local support for people with learning difficulties

Latest Commission: Photographer in Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Gardens new website is now live. Results from 2 days of intensive photography is displayed throughout the site.

Previous post on the photographer at the garden. Cambridge-university-botanic-garden-photography

Newmarket Triathlon 16 May 2010

Newmarket cycling and Triathlon Club are holding their annual Triathlon ni Newmarket on the 16th May 2010. I will covering the event on behalf of the organisers and the photographs are available from the event archive gallery

Sawston Fun Run Photography 9th May 2010

More race event photography – A Fun run this time, can’t wait to see what people dress up and get up to!! Check back here for updates on image availability or alternatively book mark the gallery page! The Sawston fun is apparently the biggest event of its kind in the UK. (IMAGES AVAILABLE NOW – visit the gallery here)

Organised originally by Sawston Village College the Fun Run has since 2001 been organised by the Sawston and District Rotary Club it has raised over  £319,000 in its 24 year history and attracts over 1100 entrants.

Good Luck and see you there!

Mud & Mayhem Off Road Duathlon – 21 February 2010

I will attending the Go Beyond ‘Mud and Mayhem Off Road Duathlon’ on the 21 February 2010 at Thetford Forest, on behalf of Tri-Athletes World Magazine. Photographing competitors during the event. Images will be available to view online after on my client gallery http://ow.ly/18CDo

Race event site http://ow.ly/18CI7

Cambridgeshire Mencap Photography

My first shoot for the Cambridgeshire Mencap project took place at St.Johns College, Cambridge University. Cambridgeshire Mencap provide a catering & hospitality training course in the college’s kitchens. Students meet for classroom activities and then more hands on work in the college kitchen and canteen. Both environments leave little room room for manoeuvre. Where possible I would choose a background which had either colour or interest, this sometimes meant rearranging and placing objects which were either relevant or added to the perspective and composition, not only in the background but also in the foreground as well. Lighting in working environments is also challenging. The kitchen environment could have been very difficult, with overhead fluorescent lights and stainless steel backgrounds. The kitchen was a busy place and so not somewhere lights could be placed easily, I used both on camera flash bounced and one small light on a stand  placed at a right angle to subjects and slightly behind. The catering course tutor suggested a scenario with a student stirring a large vat of meat stock, this worked well as the student could interact with kitchen staff and both the colour and steam from the boiling vat made a dramatic composition. The students and kitchen staff were very co-operative to my instructions and made the shoot a very enjoyable experience.

Cantellday the designers for the new website and printed material were also present at the shoot to lend a hand and art direct. This was useful and helped with getting the right approach which would hopefully continue throughout the project.

The entire shoot encompassed many different environments and lighting considerations as well as developing trust and hopefully a rapport with the subjects which made for some spontaneity. Allowing a photographer in to your home is not always comfortable, keeping lighting to a minimum and using lights which are mobile  while not requiring an extra pair of hands to set up, was essential. I used throughout Nikon SB800’s with the Nikon SU800 Commander unit and also pocket wizards. At present the SU800 cammander unit is not reliable enough in situations where the environment and subject  changes very quickly and there is a very little control over the direction the shoot will take. Using small flashes triggered remotely with pocket wizards enabled me to position lights anywhere I could place a super clamp or light stand. Typically out of the way of young children but supplementing the existing light. In some cases I relied only on the available light due to requests by Cambridgeshire Mencap service users.

The final printed material produced can be seen below.

Photography Cambridgeshire Mencap Brochures

Photography Cambridgeshire Mencap Brochures

Photography Cambridgeshire Mencap Brochures

Photography Cambridgeshire Mencap Brochures