2014 has been a wirlwind year. My duaghter Eleanor was born in May and she is a beautiful joy to spend time with. Between power naps and nappy changes the last year has proven especially busy with lots of travel both abroad and in the UK. Photoshoot trips to regions of the UK I would not otherwise have visited and journeys further afield to Barcelona. I have been privileged to meet some amazing healthcare staff and see them at work. It’s been a pleasure to continue to collaborate with my long standing clients, producing creative work for annual reports, websites, marketing and advertising. I am looking forward to producing and developing more creative output in 2015.
I have also upgraded and added new equipment to my kit. The Nikon D810 and D800 currently the only DSLR 35mm cameras capable of producing 36 megapixel files, the largest digital image files available from a camera in this class. In conjunction with this I have upgraded my computer and storage in order to maintain an efficient workflow that can handle the larger files sizes produced by the D800 cameras.
Below is a small sample of photography completed during 2014.
At the beginning of August 2009 I was asked by Cambridgeshire Community Police’s marketing department to photograph portraits for their forthcoming Ad campaign to highlight public awareness and vigilance in the community. All the portraits were taken over the course of a day and were taken of various members of public posed looking at camera from ice cream vendors, community police officers to park wardens and students. The setups were straight forward and all except one used available light. Images and resulting ads are below.
At the begining of the summer of 2009 I was asked by the marketing and communications team of Cambridgeshire Mencap to undertake photography for a new website and to update existing library images. The work involved visiting many of the homes, services and activities of the service users over a period of just under 3 months. With the aim of the photography to capture creative natural and fun images of volunteers, activities and service users.
Work is now complete on the new Cambridgeshire Mencap website and the site is now live. Cambridgeshire Mencap is a charity based in Cambridge, UK and supports local people with learning disabilities. Their important work encompasses supported living, access to community activites and training. They also support parents and carers providing them with information, advice on relevant issues and backup when they need a rest. Undertaking photography work for Mencap was a real joy and great learning experience for me, and gave me a better insight into the lives of those with learning disabilities and the conditions associated with having a learning disability. As well as the parents and people who support and care for them.
Image below of one the huge coal burning furnaces at the Museum was lit using x3 Nikon SB800’s. 2 were placed close to the right and left of the furnace, behind walls. Angled up and zoomed slightly for a narrow throw of light. The 3rd light was placed out of frame through a doorway camera left, this light was again zoomed for a slightly narrow beam of light and aimed down towards the cobbled floor, children and wall opposite. The exposure was around 1/30s to expose for the daylight entering through windows high above. Part 1
Coal Burning furnace at Museum of Technology
The museum is a real gem for a photographer as there lots of character details and shapes.
This simple shot used a single SB800 flash placed low and behind the spanners and a long exposure to capture some ambient daylight on the front of the spanners.
New images for the Cambridge Museum of Technology. No specific brief for these images. The room used at the museum was full of old radios and television sets, unfortunately none were working. The children had fun though despite the lack of interaction in the exhibits. I asked them to pose and they really got on with finding ways to look intersted. I used x2 Nikon SB800’s without modification placed on stands on camera right to provide side and backlight while filling shadows from window behind the exhibits. The use of off camera flash helped also to separate the subjects from the background. I also used 1 SB800 fired into the window side wall to help lift the ambient light. See lighting diagram below, handrawn! More example lighting set ups in Part 2
Children enjoying exhibits at Cambridge Museum of Technology
Every year Cambridge District Council’s Sport Development in conjunction with Living Sport host a sports day for children with disability. I volunteered to take photographs of the event. It was great fun!!! As a photographer based in Cambridge I hope to have more opportunities like this!
Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue service training day – All images where taken for the CAMSAR website and other publicity to illustrate the service in action and their methods of search and rescue . It was a very wet start to the day with continual rain. As I would be working outdoors for the entire shoot I made the protection of the camera and lens a priority by using waterproof bags and covers. The use of waterproof covers for camera and lens can make creating well composed images a real challenge as the lens can fog and the cover obscure the viewfinder or lens. Everyone was in good humour and seemed not to mind being outside in the continual rain. Much of the day was spent following the various training activities culminating in one of the team groups finding a volunteer missing person. I documented the event as it happened and also set up and posed a few key images.
Search & Rescue Team Briefing
Rescue Team Leaders Check Map
Trained volunteer search technicians are assisted by a central control room providing up to date information from the local constabulary and GPS radio tracking technology.
Cambridge Search and Rescue Incident Control Room
Volunteers undergo training to track a persons movements.
Search Technicians examining foot prints
Lighting for the two person portraits below was provided by off camera flash and the ambient daylight. Two flashes were placed behind and to the right/left of the subject and one overhead of camera position with softbox. Sunlight provided intermittent overhead backlight.
2 month Cambridge Mencap photography commission close to completion. Results and insights posted here soon. Currently completing final images for the new Cambridge Mencap marketing campaign with new leaflets and website.
Lots of portraits taken over two days for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital’s new nursing recruitment brochure. Great job, loads of fun meeting some very nice people. The brief was quite open with guidance to take approachable, happy portraits with neutral backgrounds. I chose to shoot with available light where possible and fill shadows evenly.
Cover Portrait Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital Nursing Recruitment Brochure