Shetland

May 31, 2013 § 5 Comments


I was very fortunate to be working up in Shetland this past week thanks to Martin Summers. And equally blessed to have bonded with the locals Chris and Laura to show me their Stunning island. Shetland is north of mainland Scotland and in between Iceland and Norway.

I caught the ferry from the harbour in Aberdeen and proceeded the 12hr sea trip to Lerwick, Shetland.

Ferry leaving Aberdeen.

Ferry leaving Aberdeen.

As I was leaving the mainland, the wind gathered force. Giving me one very sickening journey but a well worth trip.

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A storm is brewing

A storm is brewing

When I arrived at Lerwick in Shetland, it took a few hours to shake off my wobbly legs, which was a new phenomenon that I have never experienced before. Where the ground feels like it is moving and you feel drunk. The sharp winds where fun to deal with and provided some great photo opportunities.

High winds in Lerwick

High winds in Lerwick

The seals managed to make an appearence

Shetland Seals

Shetland Seals

Over the next few days the weather settled and even became very sunny and warm. And the trip to St Ninians Beach, was like a vision of paradise, with it’s world famous Tombolo layout. The largest in the UK

St Ninians Beach

St Ninians Beach

St Ninians Beach

St Ninians Beach

St Ninians Beach

St Ninians Beach

A trip to Shetland would not be complete until you see the world famous Shetland ponies.

Shetland Pony

Shetland Pony

I would highly recommend a visit to these Stunning Islands of Shetland. Rich in history with it’s 2500BC Broch’s and Viking traditions. Rich in wildlife with Seals, Dolphins, Puffins, Shetland Ponies and much much more.  The air quality is so good, the richness of the light is unique. The Scenery feels rugged and remote and truly soul touching.

Puffin in Shetland

Puffin in Shetland

Paris

March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment


This week I returned to my photographic roots to the photogenic City of Paris, where I have spent the last week capturing some Paris spirit.

I was looking at my old film negatives from Paris 2002, and comparing them to the type of photos I have taken this week. It is refreshing to see an improvement on all aspects of my photography, such as lighting, better composition, creativity and being more daring in the street photography side.

My initial Street Photography started in Paris back in 2008, so it was good to shoot some street again there, as well as the touristy photos. When packing my camera gear, I decided to only take 1 camera and 2 lenses (35mm F1.4 & 17-40mm L F4), to keep it light and simple. My favourite lens that I am using at the moment is the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM on my full frame camera.

Below are some of the photographs I captured and I will be sending off to the lab to be printed today, as I am a strong advocate of printing your photos and not having them just stored up on a disc or on chip.

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