I don’t normally go around taking pictures of cheerleaders, but today the University of Bristol hosted an Olympic-themed street party to celebrate¬†Universities¬†Week and to showcase some sporting talent. I thought the whole event was a bit lame – no real sports displays, just a few people playing a variety of sports messing about in theContinue reading “Cheerleaders”

Hannah’s new glasses

Last time Hannah got some new glasses, I photographed them on the table. This time, she was kind enough to let me take her picture wearing them. While the flashes were set up, I asked her to point the camera at me (it’s about time I had a new profile picture!). I wasn’t planning toContinue reading “Hannah’s new glasses”

Flash in a chimney

I realised recently that I hardly use any flash in my photography. I’d like to improve my skills with artificial lighting and the only way is by practice. Trouble is, I’m not really interested in portraiture, which is the most common use for strobes. Today I was inspired after seeing some pictures of night landscapesContinue reading “Flash in a chimney”

Stanton Drew stone circles

Today I went to see the stone circles at Stanton Drew. It’s kind of a poor man’s Stonehenge, but it was very quiet even on a bank holiday, due to its obscurity. There was just one man sitting in a deckchair, painting a watercolour, but I was able to hide him behind one of theContinue reading “Stanton Drew stone circles”

My first (successful) roundograph

For ages, I’ve wanted to make a decent roundograph. I’ve tried on a couple of occasions in the past, but the result has always been pretty bad. On this occasion, I appear to have succeeded in making a decent planet. I will definitely revisit this, and endeavour to find a more interesting landscape than aContinue reading “My first (successful) roundograph”

Night shots

Recently I read about taking exposures at night, lasting perhaps ten minutes, and using nothing but ambient moonlight or the general glow of the night sky. It’s supposed to give a strange feel to photographs – they appear to be lit as brightly as in the day, but something is “wrong” with them. I decidedContinue reading “Night shots”