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Japfest 2015

Japfest 2015

on Jul 23, 2015 in Photos | 0 comments

Japfest is always one of my favourite meets of the year. It’s been going for over 10 years now, always has a fantastic turn out and it helps that its at my local circuit. Here are a few photos of the on track action and some of the gems hidden away on the club...

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Ooohh… Aahh!

Ooohh… Aahh!

on Dec 16, 2014 in Photos | 0 comments

This month the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol saw its 150th Birthday. What better way to celebrate than trying to blow it up with a truck load of...

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Gymkhana Grid 2014 – France

Gymkhana Grid 2014 – France

on Jul 29, 2014 in Photos, Videos | 0 comments

This year I am lucky enough to be touring Europe with a group of drivers taking part in Ken Block‘s Gymkhana Grid European Gauntlet. Here’s the video I shot of the teams adventure. And here is a short photo essay from race...

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I say, I say, I say…

I say, I say, I say…

on Jul 22, 2014 in Photos | 0 comments

Every year the Bristol Comedy Garden pitches its massive tent in Queen’s Square and I’m always lucky enough to be there working for the great team that run the event. This year was the best yet. Here are a few of my photographs from the 5 nights of fantastic comedy. You’ll recognise some of the acts from TV and the ones you don’t, you soon will!   Thank you and good...

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Photo of the Week – Hayley and the Corvette

Photo of the Week – Hayley and the Corvette

on Jul 18, 2014 in Photo of the Week | 0 comments

I seem to have a thing for barns in Peterborough!  As part of the Hot Rod & American Custom Car show, Hayley was hanging out in an empty barn with a 50’s pinup outfit and matching Corvette. This was taken with a Canon 24-70mm lens with my back to the open door of the barn. Diffused afternoon sun was being bounced in but in general the barn was pretty gloomy – a great chance to pop up some lights. There are two lights in this scene. An Elinchrom Quadra in a 28″ Westcott Apollo softbox and a bare hot shoe flash behind Hayley to separate her from the background to give the hint of the sun possibly setting out of frame behind her. 1. The lovely Hayley Sams 2. A classic Corvette 3. An Elinchrom Quadra head in a Westcott Apollo 28″ softbox 4. The Quadra pack on a very low power setting 5. Canon 580EXII speedlight with a slight warming gel atop a Manfrotto Nano stand and trigger with a Skyport. 6. Shoes, models own 7. Bloke with the camera   Big thanks to Darren Skidmore for the BTS shot. Don’t get hung up on the gear though, this could have easily been shot with a couple of used speedlights and a cheap shoot through umbrella. I positioned myself so the kicker light was hidden behind Hayley’s head to give her a rim light. If I moved too far, the light crept into shot making the backlit effect over the top. But with the right framing and some final tweaks in Lightroom (including bumping the saturation up a little and warming the image overall to add to the sunset illusion) it looked like this: Looking back at the shot a few weeks later, I noticed the overly bright windscreen and the shadow cast by the rear view mirror. It looked too contrived. I could live with the slight reflection of the softbox at the bottom left of the windscreen but the light blasting in from behind  bugged me. So into Photoshop I went. Luckily, at one point I took a shot where I’d set the rear flash not to fire. Using Photoshop’s fantastic panorama tool I was able to very quickly align the two photos and just...

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Bristol Comedy Garden 2014 Day 1

Bristol Comedy Garden 2014 Day 1

on Jul 3, 2014 in Photos | 0 comments

Once again this year I’m working with the team at Bristol Comedy Garden. The event got off to a great start last night with this lot. I plan to post a few images each day of the festival so keep an eye out.  

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