I have many childhood memories of shivering in one Cornish town or another on a English ‘summer’ holiday. Earlier in the year I went with my mum and sisters for a long weekend in and around Charlestown in Cornwall.
These quaint small towns feel untouched by modern life, the boats still slowly sail out to see, and no-one seems to be in a rush. A good pint of ale in a pub with a warm fire was just what I needed after the excitment of New Years…
I was able to walk around the sea walls completely on my own in the howling gale.
A burned out former nightclub eagerly awaits so kind of massive re-generation project. I rather like it disapearing back into nature myself. I have traveled all over the world, but have seen a tiny fraction of Britain, I really need to rectify that at some point.
I recently went to the Red Bull air race at Ascot race course, my first time seeing air racing. I wasn’t initially convinced I would enjoy it, but it is a really interesting sport to watch, I would definitely recommend going if you get the chance.
The course was quite expansive, which meant it could be a little hard to see what was going on in the far distance behind the trees, however this meant you did get quite a cool perspective of the planes coming out from behind the trees into the air again.
The day was interspersed with other shows such as the chinook display.
The Breitling wing walkers were also in attendance.
Overview of the grand stand at Ascot
One of the things I really enjoy about taking photos is the interesting locations you (sometimes) get to shoot at. I was asked to take some portraits for Merlin Entertainment on location at the London Eye, and it doesn’t get much better than that!
Each rotation takes about 25 minutes so I had to get setup, pose the group in various different configurations, and get group and individual photos all in that time. Added to that the desired background, the Houses Of Parliament would only be in shot for a fraction of that time…
From a technical perspective I knew that I would not really have time to set up a lot of lights inside the capsule, so I used on camera flash and a large foldaway silver reflector to illuminate the subjects against the background, this helped to separate them from the background.
Big thanks to Lauren for sorting this out!
Jeff Beck is one of my guitar heroes, so it was a pleasure to see him play in Oxford, he is one of those players who performs at least as well as he records and only recording what he is interested in… I would love to have seen him at a venue as small as Ronnie Scotts’s in Soho as he did so in 2008, yet it was still intimate at the New Theatre, Oxford despite the large stage size, almost adding to the feeling, no fancy stage backdrops, just two Marshall stack amps.