Christmas photo

I tried for two weeks to set up the perfect Christmas photo.  I positioned the nativity scene in front of the candle Christmas bridge, tried a bokeh shot with the kids in front of the tree (this didn’t work as Jessica can’t keep still long enough for the long shutter speed) and finally tried a macro shot of baubles.  Nothing came out half way decent so wasn’t sure what else to try until I saw a technique that had some cool effects.  Basically you set up the camera on a tripod, turn the dial to ‘S’ and have a 5 to 10 second shutter speed.  While the lens is open you then zoom in or zoom out creating lights trails from the tree lights.

This photo isn’t the best shot I have taken but it just seemed to really sum up my Christmas. It’s bright, its loud, its happy and just a little chaotic.



Head shots – you decide

So I am now a commissioned photographer. 🙂

Leoni is off to stage school and needs some head shots doing before she can apply.  Just before Christmas she asked if I would be able to take some for her and obviously I said I give it go.  I had a bit of a google around to make sure I had some idea of what to do and even made a DIY beauty dish (found the ‘how to’ page here).  Unfortunately it didn’t get me the right results.  Not sure if I was using it incorrectly or if i’d built it wrong but just kept getting a line across the photos.  Anyway above  are the results and I think they came out OK for my first attempt at ‘studio photography’.

A big thank you to my amazing model, Leoni Hulme, I hope they help you on your way to stardom 🙂

The photos in this gallery are the ones Leoni chose as well as a few I liked to.  Obviously one of these needs to go in my 101 photo challenge, but can’t decide which one.  Please help me decide and like the photo you think is best.  Thank you


Colour - Violet

“Cold blows the wind against the hill, And cold upon the plain; I sit me by the bank, until The violets come again.” – Richard Garnett



Obvious Paint Flake

Can’t have a photo challenge without having a photo of flaking paint.  This one counts as my colour – blue.

Colour - Blue



Wikipedia says: In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈbkɛ//ˈbk/ boh-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈbkə/ boh-kəJapanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.  Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.

Basically its a way to make lights pretty on photos 🙂

To get the heart shapes just took a circle of card with a heart cut.  Thanks to for showing me how.

These examples were taken either in my house or on another work resi, this time in Edinburgh and its Winter Wonderland.


One of these definitely makes it into my 101 and bokeh may make another appearance at some point.


Chosen by you

For the 101 challenge I thought each season would be a good muse for photos.  When October came along it was the turn of Autumn and I took 1 or 2 (more like 102) photos of trees, leaves, more leaves, bare sticks, yet more leaves and seed pods.  I was able to narrow it down to 4 shots, for 1 I tried a sepia effect to see how it would come out.  I still couldn’t decide on which of the 5 photos should make the 101 so I put it to my Facebook friends.

These are the 5 shots:

All apart from the butterfly were taken a Burrs Country park in Bury, well worth a visit if you get chance.

And the winner is…

Season - Autumn

Thank you to everyone who helped


Lonely, ever so lonely

In my last post I mentioned that I was down in London to take young people to the House of Commons.  Obviously there is no point taking young people out of Oldham, down to the big smoke, without a little sight seeing.  After our delicious meal in China Town, Soho we had a gentle stroll down to Covent Garden to see how they had set it up for Christmas.

This photo was honestly a point a shoot of the decorations in the covered area of the garden but I just love the way it came out.  I would also like to thank my boss, Ms Jodie Barber, for modelling on the bench.  She looks very lonely sat on her own but I think it was more to do with the shock of having to pay £12 to use the toilets.  They didn’t charge for the loo just the coffees we had to buy before she could use them 🙂

Anyway as Jodie looks so lonely that is how it will be entered into my 101 photos.