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A Little Help Please

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A Little Help Please

Probably some of the best conditions I've seen in the area for quite sometime. An absolute job to be out with the camera. Now I could do with your help please. Read on for more. 

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Taking a Different View

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Taking a Different View

One single image can rarely tell the story of your day and indeed the story of the main subject you are looking to photography. This is why I love to shoot a number of accompanying images which complement the main image or images from the day. Indeed sometimes those images, like my recent visit to Houghton Mill, become some of my favourites. 

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A Misty Morning at Burwell Fen

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A Misty Morning at Burwell Fen

A shoot from a few weeks back while down at Burwell Fen. I absolutely love the Fens when the conditions are such. It really does add some mystery and moodiness to the place. Add to that the braying of the Konik Ponies across the wide open spaces, the Ghost of the Fens (the Barn Owl) silently drifting low over the reed beds and the feeling of solitude as you look out and realise that you may be the only person for miles around. Perfection. All images shot on the Fuji XE2 with the Samyang 12mm. Processing in Silver FX Pro 2 with a custom built filter, aptly named A Misty Burwell Morning.

A Frame within a Frame

On Reflection

The Path Forward

A Morning Stroll

The Lone Figure

One Man and his Dog

Hope you enjoyed my little stroll around Burwell Fen. Don't let seemingly unfavourable weather stop you from venturing outside. I feel it's at times like these the Fens really do show their wonderful character.

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Why The Long Face?

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Why The Long Face?

Spent a good few hours down at Burwell fen [dawn and sunset] yesterday. Such different conditions, with a heavy fog engulfing the place in the morning, and a beautiful tranquil sunset bathing everything in rich golden light by evening. One of the things I love about Burwell Fen are the Konik Ponies, especially on atmospheric misty mornings. Their calls sweeping across the vast openness, adding a sense of wildness to the place. Konik Ponies of Burwell Fen

They are pretty friendly and despite getting sneezed on a few times it was wonderful to spend 30 minutes with them as they had wandered over to the fence to check me out.

Why the Long Face

They are the perfect subject for some Fisheye fun [Shot on the Samyang Fisheye 8mm] although the one above came a little too close which helped with the distortion of the face. It was shortly after this image was taken I got a little wet (and green). I think one was perhaps getting a little too excited about the conditions. 

Checking Me Out

All images shot on the Fuji XE2 - the top one with the Toy-Camera (in camera) setting. The other two are pretty much direct out of camera jpg shots.

Booming Bitterns, Cuckoos Calling, Barn Owls hunting silently though the mist. What a fantastic tonic for the soul.

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Cambridge Half Marathon [2015]

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Cambridge Half Marathon [2015]

My wife was running the Cambridge Half Marathon this past weekend in, well Cambridge of course :) I had a day free (no football) so came down to town to watch. I myself am just starting to find my running mojo again and it was nice to feel the warmth of the sun on my face while watching the runners flood past - most, at least in the first few miles, with huge smiles on their faces. I can certainly relate to that - running does make me smile uncontrollably. Model Runners

I had the Fuji XE2 slung around my neck (where it normally is) combined with the Samyang 8mm Fisheye - a really fun combination, especially when you are in a bit of a creative mood/fun mood. I also love how you can get folks into your shot (like the guy with the horn below) without him actually realising - I also love the expression of the runner as he passes the noise of the horn ... almost .. 'if I wasn't running mate, I'd stick that horn where the sun don't shine'.

HORNS

The winning male runner was in under 1.07 with the winning female completing the race in under 1.15. I'm always in awe of the folks at the top of their game, and these two certainly were.

2015 Cambridge Half Marathon

A really enjoyable morning - my wife also knocked over 5 minutes of her time from last year, so she was also very pleased with her efforts.

All photos taken with the Fuji XE2 + Samyang 8mm Fisheye ... then some LR5 presets applied.

Sorry I've been a bit quiet on the blog over recent weeks. Still trying to make time for blog related activities with plenty of time now spent over in Ireland (where I write this update from) with my mum and dad. Football season is entering the squeaky bum phase over the coming few months so I really need to think about writing Part 2 of my "Life as a Sports Photographer" post .... Oh and the photos showed up from the first two rounds of #HolgaOnTheMove ... really need to get those scanned in also ..... Phew.. lots to come over the next few weeks. 

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A New Day

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A New Day

I'm always thankful when I see the first moments of light of a new day, and never more so than at the moment. The darkness of night is, as I'm sure many can testify, the toughest of times when met with challenges. While dad came through the operation on Wednesday night the road ahead is going to be a very long and I'm sure at times very difficult one.

As a family both immediate and extended we will stay strong and be there for both dad and of course mum, who as many of you know does not keep in the best health herself.

Your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time are very much appreciated.

A New Day

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Pink Dawn

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Pink Dawn

For the past few mornings dawn, or rather pre-dawn, as been a-wash with pink hues. I just love pre-dawn light, especially on cold winter's mornings. Of course it would be nice to get an even colder spell but you need to work with what you are given. Pink Dawn

Handheld single shot. Exposed for the highlights and then recovered the shadows. Very impresed with ability of the Fuji XE2 to do this. More frosty mornings like this hopefuilly before Winter leaves us this year. I was shooting hand-held as I was actually welding the 400mm lens for some wildlife stuff. I'm currently looking for a way to attach the Fuji onto my Gitzo tripod so that I can, when needed, do some proper landscape work, even when out with the wildlife kit. Advice most welcome :)

Technical Details

  • Fuji XE2 + Samyang 12mm (18mm equiv)
  • ISO 400
  • 1/60th second

This is taken on Burwell Fen, in Cambridgeshire. See a higher resolution of the image here.

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