So - I had a small sheet of glass that I decided to take for a walk in the woods (as you do).
I'm not sure you can call these double exposures, as the double exposure effect was captured in a single shot shooting though a sheet of glass that was at the same time reflecting and refracting the immediate environment around it.
As a first test I think in principle it has some potential. Just depends how often I can be bothered to carry round a small sheet of glass I suppose :)
Ive been thinking about posting more theme based posts via my blog. The plan would be to post my fave shot from a recently visited location.
I suspect these blog posts will be made up of the occasional shot i'm happy with, a load of "nearly" shots and a bunch of experiments. As such I see these are more of an ongoing record than an actual portfolio. But ultimately it will be nice to see how things progress.
These shots taken on the same evening at Wells beach and the woodland just off the beach. The light was pretty flat, it rained, I got wet, but at least there was some texture in the sky and nice reflections on the ground.
Slightly influenced by a recent talk by Mark Littlejohn, I decided for leave the tripod at home, grab one lens and go take the dog (and my son) for a walk. Not that ive not done such a thing before, it's just something I don't seem to do often enough. Blame lack of time or something.
Anyway, fun was had by all.
I was fortunate enough and extremely surprised to be asked to write a little opinion peace for Outdoor Photographer. For those who dont know OP is pretty much the de facto landscape and wildlife photography magazine in the UK, and to my knowledge there is no other equivalent publication. So to be asked to contribute to an issue was an opportunity I wasn't likely to turn down!
This is my 1st writen published peace, and as such probably took me way longer to write than it should have. And there also the added pressure of knowing that many, perhaps all of my favourite photographers would end up reading it...So no pressure there then and sorry in advance if I disappoint anyone!
But anyway, if you have a copy I'm on page 58. The peace itself is about focusing on the details and finding interesting compositions in subjects that often get overlooked. And.... if you dont have a copy go grab one, you can even skip over my peace and look at all the other amazing content, not least Dylan Nardinis wonderful work over on page 64.
Well, I'm happy to say that I've won Wex Mondays this year. Apparently that makes me some kind of award winning photographer...?
I found the whole thing quite surreal if I'm honest. Like the year before (where I came 2nd), this year kinda crept up on me. I had no expectations, no master plan except simply submitting images and keeping my fingers and toes crossed in the hope of getting a weekly win. Then, without me really thinking about it too much, I found myself in amongst the top 3, and thats when things got a little tense!
For the rest of the year most of the top 3 remained mostly unchanged. I hovered around 1st and 2nd on the leaderboard, and on the last week it was pretty much neck and neck. Waiting for the announcement of the weekly placing was pretty tortuous (thanks Wex!) but I managed to keep my mind on other things being busy with work that day. When the final placements were released by Wex I was lucky enough to have gained some additional points that allowed me to take 1st place overall that year by 40 points.
Competition was tough, with Mark Horton coming in at 2nd place overall - Week in, week out he produced some of the best macro shots I had ever seen, and occasionally threw in a cool landscape shot just to keep us all on our toes!
3rd place went to (the frighteningly consistent) Lee Acaster (2014 winner) who, much like Mark was one of the stand out photographers this year.
I've included links to both Mark and Lee's sites below, as well as links to some other photographers that I really like, if you have the time please check them out.
When the competition was over I was awarded a nice trophy (yay!), £1,500 in vouchers (double yay!). And to top the year off the lovely guys at Wex Photographic arranged a exhibition of all 50 weekly winning images at the Forum in Norwich.
The exhibition was great fun, though it was very strange being the centre of attention. Not sure I remember much of it, but I think I had a good time! It was certainly a highlight to meet and chat with some other photographers I had only known from Twitter.
So there we go. "Wex Photographer of the year 2015".
Some of my shots from the year.
A few shots from the exhibition. Taken a few days after the opening night. Apologies for the little boy in red. That's my son, Tom...who was so impressed with the quality of everyone's images he spent most of the time rolling around on the floor in shock!
Some related links:
Each week tons of photographers would submit one shot with the hope of some exposure and/or a 2nd or 1st place win. At the end of the year the points are counted and some nice prizes are given out to the overall winner and the runner up.
That's the explanation out of the way :)
I started taking part in Wexmondays from the very start. I was simply happy to be involved and I enjoyed the friendly competition it brought, it was also great as a way to meet other photographers online (and later in person). And as more people joined each Monday started to become a mini event where photographers would congratulate each other, comment on the images, talk gear and locations and generically have a good natter.
Then Tuesday would roll round, anticipation would build and that weeks winner and runner up would be announced.
I found the taking part quite addictive at first, and on occasions where I came 1st or 2nd it was a nice boost to the confidence and showed that on some level I could compete with some super talented people. And like all ongoing competitions it was a great motivator that encouraged me to get out and take photos.
As the weeks rolled on I was quite content going though the motions of submitting something and simply taking part, but without really thinking about it I was slowly moving up the leaderboard. Before I knew it I was 5th, then 4th, then 3rd.
From 3rd place my main competition came from Justin Minns (and exceptional photographer from Suffolk - click the link,), who had been in 2nd place for a while.. But towards the end of the competition (thanks for a great deal of luck and circumstance!) I first drew with him and finally over took him to take 2nd place a couple of weeks before the competition ended.
It really could have done either way, and at the end of the year when all points where counted I had beaten Justin by only 20 points.
The winner of 1st place went to Lee Acaster, who week on week pretty much nailed it! I don't think he ever submitted a weak image. And to my knowledge Lee only missed one week - and that was because he had been awarded British Wildlife Photograph of the Year 2014 and simply didn't have the time that week - Which is a pretty good excuse if you ask me :)
When the competition came to an end all weekly 1st place winners got an invite to the Wex exhibition at the Forum in Norwich (where they used on of my shots to promote it). The opening night was a good laugh - having a bit of a drink and meet quite a few people I only knew from Twitter.
And obviously all the shots looked amazing!
You can read Wex Photographic blog post on the winners here, And see all mine and Lees winning images
Well, my 1st post....
I doubt very much Ill keep on top of a blog, but while the options there it might as well be used when I can find the time.
So, I have a website. Will anyone look at it? Who knows.
But ultimatly, if you like the work, and want to drop me a line (on twitter or email) please do :)