The cult of faux film

I shoot film for three reasons: firstly  – I like the look of it, secondly –  I like the zen aspect of working with manual cameras. Thirdly – old tech is cool, I play guitar through a two knob valve amp for the same reason. However film is long-winded, expensive and there are times when it’s […]

March Portrait: Adventures in Softboxes

At the beginning of the year I set myself two goals, the first was “To be happier”, and that is going quite well; The trick is  caring less about irrelevant things. The second was to produce a portrait every month for a the whole year. The only rule is that they have to be real […]

Waiting for the Summer

The lake in Danson Park is a favourite spot for local walkers and we often take Dylan up there for a stroll in the fresh air. The grounds are quite pleasant, laid out by Nathaniel Richmond, assistant to Capability Brown. The tea rooms are fantastic and offer the best Darjeeling i have tasted in a long time. […]

Feb Portrait: Dylan again

It’s only month two of my 12 portraits in 12 months project  and I have already come close to failure. People seem happy enough to let me snap away at social gatherings but finding a victim to sit in front of me for an hour is a touch more troublesome. This months model is a […]

Baby Photography, babies in plant pots and “ghost mothers”

Those are Dylan’s feet, he must have been days old when I took that photo. It has been fantastically popular with family and friends and fairly popular with the internet as a whole. I like it a lot, it’s “baby” without being “horribly cute”.  It also reminds me of the hours my wife and I […]


Another image from a walk. On the left hand side of the image you can just make out the weeping willow that appears in Solitude. The workflow here was my usual d3100 -> Lightroom 4 -> Topaz B&W Effects

Small stream in winter

This was a digital shot taken on the d3100 while on a family stroll. I am finding fallen leaves an absolute pain in the backside to deal with, miles of reflective things wiping all texture and colour out of an image. Topaz B&W effects was used here to get some grain into the image, and a […]

Techniques : Strobist (on a budget)

I made my first stab at this fashionable strobist methodology. As ever I am on a budget.   Equipment used: D3100 camera Kit Lens (18-55 VR) Yongnuo YN-467 II flash Yongnuo RF-602 triggers Rusks – to placate Dylan Dylan Hunter Weetman, (ie the Son) Everything apart from the triggers was already part of my kit […]