Just a quick update post to point you in the direction of my other blog. I photographed the lovely Brooklinde in the High Street Arcade a few weeks ago and used my Canon 60D, my Panasonic G5 and took a few shots with the Sony RX1. I haven’t been using my 60D that much recently, but with all the jewellery I wanted to use my 60mm macro lens to get some great close-ups. The wide angle lens I have is […]
Quite simply, these are some of my favourite portraits that I’ve ever taken. I met the lovely Violet Noir via the magic of Twitter. I was reviewing the excellent Sony RX1 and wanted to see what I could do with it portrait-wise, so I put out a request on Twitter for anybody with a spare hour or two to volunteer. I couldn’t quite believe my luck when someone with blue/purple hair replied – I love people with unusual looks. I […]
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I’m perhaps a little bit odd, but if you saw my post from Barry Island a few weeks ago, you’ll know that I prefer the beach in winter. Lovely and quiet, and you can wear a coat and not get hot… I like it. So, a few weeks ago when I needed to test the Olympus PEN E-PM2 (aka PEN Mini), I headed straight for Penarth. My good weather luck followed me and it was a beautiful day. For those […]
Just a very quick post to guide you over to my other blog where I’ve been running some Christmas specials. I’ve photographed two shops, Hubbard’s Cupboard, a beautiful vintage shop in the High Street Arcade, and the Royal Christmas Emporium, a pop-up shop in the Royal Arcade. The other post concentrates on the gorgeous lights throughout all of the arcades. There’s no need for lots of words in this post… just head over to the Cardiff Arcades Project and you’ll […]
I’m really pretty fortunate to live almost opposite the Castle (I can see it from my window). As a resident of Cardiff I get free access so I’ve actually lost count of the amount of times I’ve visited the Castle. It’s also a pretty handy photography location, and if I’m stumped for anywhere else (or I just don’t fancy a lengthy trip) having something as fantastic as this on my doorstep is a dream. For you see, I bloody love […]
I’ve never really appreciated how close I am to Barry Island before – but one Wednesday, the sun miraculously came out for the perfect winter day. I love beaches in the winter, they’re less busy, you’re not sweating and there’s no chance of getting a beach ball in the face. True, you can’t really go swimming, but as I’m usually busy photographing, that doesn’t bother me. I was reviewing the stunning new Fujifilm X-E1, one of my favourite new cameras […]
I’ve done a new post on my other blog, the Cardiff Arcades Project about a great new restaurant/cafe that has opened in the Wyndham Arcade. Bill’s is a small chain, with the latest addition in Cardiff being open for just a few weeks now. These were shot with my Panasonic G5 and an Olympus PEN E-PL5. I’m beginning to use my DSLR on fewer and fewer occasions, especially when a CSC is more than adequate for what I’m photographing. So […]
By the time I had fallen in love with photography, the digital revolution was already well under way. Sure I had used the odd film compact camera when I was very young, but the first time I got my own camera was roughly 2002, and it was a digital offering. I think it had something AMAZING like two megapixels! So, I’m not one of these photographers that spent hours developing photos in a lab, as much as I’d like to […]
Autumn is, quite rightly, the favourite season of many photographers – and I think I’m no different. I’m really fortunate to live just a couple of minutes walk away from the magnificent Bute Park which looks quite frankly resplendent at this time of year. Somehow, last year, I managed to miss most of the autumnal goodness, so this year I’ve been going much more frequently to try and catch the best moments.
I have already written about my experiences of shooting the Tenovus “Worn by You, Loved by Us” earlier in the year, but I wanted to upload some shots in honour of the fact that the campaign has been nominated for a few CIPR awards, including best use of photography or design! Update: I’m thrilled to say that the campaign won three awards at the CIPR awards, including two silvers and one gold for Best Use of Photography or Design! Although […]
Just a quick post to direct you to the latest post on the Cardiff Arcades Project, which I shot a couple of weeks ago. These photos are from Hubbard’s Cupboard, a new vintage shop which opened up just over a month ago and can be found in the High Street Arcade. I shot the majority of the photos of the Nikon D600, which is a great addition to the full-frame line-up. Being smaller than other cameras of its type, I […]
We haven’t had a particularly good summer in the UK, but there were odd days of delicious sunshine. And on one of those days, by some miracle, I happened to be out shooting to review a camera. I’d never been to Oxford before, but my love for old architecture meant I knew I’d like it. I’m really happy to report that I wasn’t wrong in the slightest, and I spent a few hours merrily wandering around with no real plan […]
Iceland is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, so when the opportunity came up earlier in the year to visit the country to test the new Sony Alpha 99, I couldn’t quite believe my luck. We visited in mid-September, where I naively believed it wouldn’t be *that* cold. I couldn’t have really have been more wrong, and was very grateful for the thick winter coats provided to us after I’d only packed a light jacket (the fool). On one of […]
What do you do when two of the best cameras currently on the market come into the office at the same time? Obviously, you take them both out for a head to head shoot. This session pitched the Canon 5D Mark III against the Nikon D800. Both firmly in the semi-pro category (whatever that is), they both retail for roughly the same price and are both lusted after by different groups of people. I photographed my beautiful friend Liz yet […]
I shot these photos a few weeks back of one of my favourite Cardiff places to have a mooch around on a Saturday afternoon. If you’re not familiar with Jacob’s market, you’re really missing out and you should pay it a visit the next time you’re in the city centre. If you’re anything like me you will have seen it thousands of times out of the window of the train before your first venture in there. There are loads, and […]
Please indulge my soppy side for one short blogpost… my crazy little hamster died this week and I realised I had so many photos of him that I could probably him into enter the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most photographed hamster. I found I have over 600 on my phone alone… which I guess is quite a lot All of these were taken on my iPhone(s) and are usually of him sleeping or eating something… it was […]
It’s fair to say that this summer has been a bit of a washout, weather-wise. So, a few weeks ago when yet another grey and gloomy day was threatening to thwart my photographic plans I decided to go with the mood instead. I was shooting with a Sony NEX-F3, which is one of the company’s compact system cameras. It’s a fun little camera to use, and one of its Picture Effects is called High Contrast Mono. Sometimes, I like to […]
This year has been a fantastic year for new cameras, and the Sony RX100 has easily been one of my favourite (so far). It’s a nifty little compact camera featuring a larger than average sensor (one inch). I only had my hands on it for a few days, so on the last day I had it, I decided to take it for a quick spin around Bath for some street/architecture/slightly unusual photography.
These portraits were taken what seems like an age ago – when this big blanket of blue stuff hung in the sky and it was actually warm. Remember those crazy days of May when it was actually hot for a brief window of time? Ah to get that back again… Hopefully these will be an omen of an improvement in weather to come, and if not, hopefully they can distract for a moment anyway. I took these shots of Elena […]
I recently reviewed the Nikon D3200, a new entry-level DSLR. As part of my test, I shot some portraits of Sarah at Gwdihw, a local bar which has a pretty cool interior. I used a pretty basic set-up to capture these (as always), using only the kit lens and a 50mm f/1.8 lens for all of the shots. This year I’ve been lucky enough to use the camera at the very top of Nikon’s range (the D4) and this, almost […]
These are some of my favourite photos from this year, and feature my ever-patient and ever-photographed friend Liz, who’s back with her beautiful red hair (remember her from Penarth?) Last week, I had the privilege of getting my hands on a new camera before it was even announced, the Sony RX100 (click this link to read my review on TechRadar… it’s the highest score I’ve ever given a camera by the way).
I thought it would be nice to take a quick break from the barrage of portraits I’ve been blogging lately and show a few of the pictures I took in St Fagans a few weeks ago when I was testing the Sony a37. For those not in the know, it’s the museum of Welsh life, and also includes St Fagans Castle (which looked more like a big house to me from the outside – there was a wedding going on […]
I’ve been meaning to blog these portraits of the gorgeous Rachel for some time. Shot originally for We Are Cardiff, lovely Rachel has now been swept away to work at the Edinburgh festival so her story is, for now at least, on hold. It seemed criminal not to show these photos though, being as she looked so god darned lovely. The location is Cafe Citta, a wonderful little restaurant in the city-centre of Cardiff. The owners were more than accommodating […]
This month I’m proud to say that my Cardiff Arcades Project work appears in one of my favourite magazines (one I actually subscribe to, woot!), Mollie Makes. For those of you not familiar with this publication, it’s a craft and vintage magazine aimed at young women which was launched just over a year ago produced by Future Publishing (which is handily where I work, but in another department…) I’ve been wanting to get my photos and words about the Cardiff […]
Just a quick post to guide you to my other website where I’ve posted a new set of images taken for the Cardiff Arcades Project. This a set of portraits of Lucy, the owner of a local record shop, Catapult Vinyl. She’s been a great supporter of the project and is always a friendly face in the arcades. For camera buffs, I used a Nikon D800 to capture these images, which performed really well on the day. For more information, […]
A few weeks ago, I was privileged to be asked to shoot a campaign for Tenovus Cancer, a charity based here in Cardiff. It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything on this scale, and I absolutely loved the experience.
In my latest post for my ongoing photography project about the Cardiff Arcades I’ve shared some images I shot with a Nikon D4 and 8mm fisheye lens. The result is some ultra wide shots that give a pretty unique perspective on the beautiful architecture to be found. Here are just a very small selection of my favourites, but head over to the Cardiff Arcades Project to view the rest!
This month I’m extremely fortunate and proud to have three international news stand magazines on sale at once all featuring my recent portrait photography. In Digital Camera, I helped review the Nikon D800, so a photo of my regular model (teehee) Liz appears as part of that. I haven’t blogged this set of photos yet – they were taken in Barry Island and it’s on my ever-expanding to-do list. Meanwhile, in N-Photo, two portraits – another of Liz and one […]
This was one of my favourite portrait shoots of recent times, not only because Elena is such a joy to photograph, but also because the location was my old University building – the Bute Building (part of Cardiff University). Elena is studying the same postgraduate diploma that I took what seems like a lifetime ago (it is in fact three years ago that I finished), so it was quite odd being back in the building again. It was a Bank […]
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the fantastic City Surf shop for my personal work, the Cardiff Arcades Project. It’s a great shop with really friendly owners, who let me wander around the shop for a long time taking more pictures than is really ever necessary – it was yet another one of those places where I every time I turn around I see something else which I want to photograph… and also forget whether I […]