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Thursday, 24 February 2011

The Deep Dark Subway

After a nightmare with the weather, Kate and I finally got together for a long awaited shoot. We decided to do a night shoot down a local subway. Sadly Andover lacks graffiti, so white walls it was.

The main aim was to create wide angle and close up portraits of an urban nature. I went equipped with my 14-24mm 2.8 for the wides and my 50mm 1.8 lens for the close ups. 

As you have probably guessed by now, my style is becoming more apparent, and am totally loving urban portraits. The dirtier, more run-down looking the better!

With the subtle use of one single SB-900 to light my subject i was well away. The shadows on the face creating a somewhat thought provoking image.


Saturday, 19 February 2011

Fight Night

After a busy week, here are a selection of images from the Army Major Units Quarter Finals Boxing. The fight was between 26 Royal Engineers & 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

I arrived early and set up some of my own lights, as with boxing it's very dark, and images can often be very common, so it's a good idea to pop some flash in every so often.

Boxing is a very hard sport to photograph. It's fast, unpredictable and your space to move can often be very restrictive. You will find the referee gets in your way more than you would care, proving tricky when you see a good shot missed within that split second.

The main thing you need for getting boxing right, is your camera handling. You need to set your exposure and focus that suits you best & stick with it. Boxing doesn't allow you time to mess about with your camera, you just have to get in their and shoot, but without getting smacked in the face by bouncing ropes!

Hope you enjoy

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Boxing Portraits

Here are a selection of portraits I took at a boxing rehearsal yesterday. The fight happens tonight between the Royal Engineers and the Fusiliers, so watch this space for the "fight night" images sometime soon.

I used off camera flash for the whole set. I then processed them in Photoshop, and saved this set as B&W just for a bit of a change from seeing all those red gloves that people associate with boxing.

Overall, quite happy with the result.