manchester city centre photography

November 11th, 2010

I took this yesterday, as part of an ongoing work for a client. It is the New Civil Courts of Justice and the Extension to the People’s History Museum. I like the abstract shapes produced with the fisheye and the lights in the buildings. I recently went in the People’s History Museum for the first time when spending some time with my nephew. Despite him studying double history A-level he did not seem too excited by it and wanted to go to GAME. I on the other hand found it fascinating and dug my heels in staying to watch a demo of trade union banner weaving!

a smile, that is all we need!

September 28th, 2010

Here are the best photos from this afternoon. The basic task appeared to be relatively simple. Get a happy picture of a little girl against a dark background, such that her hair stands out. I turned up with lights and a backdrop but unfortunately the subject was having nothing to do with having her portrait taken. I tried moving to outdoors and using natural light, to no avail. Eventually these shots were obtained by me taking pictures of her parents, then pretending to leave and convincing her that she was going to miss out!

fashion photography, cord, manchester

September 27th, 2010

Here are the results from Sunday’s evening wear fashion photography shoot downstairs in Cord, Manchester. Thanks to all the team for their patience and perseverance, models Alan, Sinead and Chris from Nemesis, Nadia and Tracey and most of all Bryan. Finally I would like to thank the staff of Cord for their hospitality. Lighting was a mix of a gridded profoto beauty dish and a gridded spot as a second light. I am pleased with the way the light fall off keeps the dark surroundings of the bar.

testing the Leica S2

August 25th, 2010


I was recently invited to a Leica demo day at the fabulously accommodating Slaughter House studios in Manchester. Long awaited by fans of the red dot the S2 features a massive 30X45 mm sensor with 37.5 mega pixels.  That is 56% larger than a full frame sensor found in high end slrs. So without getting too technical what does £20,000 pounds worth of Leica camera and glass bring to the party?  Well first the first impression is of the feeling of quality.  The S2 is built like some kind of small tank, everything about it is beautifully engineered.  The controls all seem pretty logical and easily laid out.  Most are activated by four buttons around the lcd on the back.  This gives the S2 a nice uncluttered feel.   The autofocus seemed like it would take some getting used to as there is only one large central sensor, which meant focussing and then locking and moving when the subject was off centre.  Manual focus was very good and should be further enhanced when Leica release focus screens with manual focus aids in the near future. I  really like the smooth focus action of all the lenses and the way you just twist the focus barrel to override the autofocus.  Leica had brought along a 35mm a 70mm and a 180mm lens for test and all were superbly engineered and all produced excellent images.  The big news for me is that Leica is producing a whole range of lenses with built in shutters.  This will give the user the option of the built in focal plane shutter for high speed work or the central lens shutter for higher shutter speeds with flash, which makes the camera incredibly versatile.  Well  enough of the technical details here are a few shots from the day.  The model is mainly the lovely Jamie from Nemesis.  In summary the Leica S2 is a fabulous piece of kit, is it worth the price? That really is up to the end customer, if a high end brand wants images of the utmost quality for its advertising and publicity material then the S2 can definitely deliver and should be considered.  Most of the images have had no post-processing.  The more saturated ones have had Aerture’s cross process filter applied to see the effect it has.

always take a camera with you

July 31st, 2010

New years day 2004 I was walking to clear my hangover on the South Downs above Ditchling in Sussex. It was thick fog but as usual I had a camera with me. The fog dropped and we were left with this great view. I took this shot which went on to feature on the 2005 Countryfile calendar. One of twelve winners from 10,000 entries apparently.