Category Archives: stock photography

Contract with Robert Harding Picture Library

19th April 2016 – I am delighted to have received the contract today to shoot images for Robert Harding Picture Library. They have a collection of high quality imagery and video covering a diverse range of subjects such as destinations, travel & tourism, people, cultures, wildlife, nature, landscapes, archaeology, architecture and the environment. Robert Harding are one of the top libraries for this type of imagery.

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Wide and wacky

Father and daughter pre-Christmas day yesterday so off to Birmingham with the 8mm Samyang (12mm in English money) nailed on the front of the X-T1 for some different views around the Bullring.

The bridge from the car park to Selfridges building in Birmingham.
The bridge from the car park to Selfridges building in Birmingham.

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Damp days and photography

So you wanted to go out and take some landscape pictures but it’s raining? So what! You have heard the saying “There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes” well if you’re a photographer it’s still true just add “and something to keep the rain off the lens.” If you have top flight gear that’s weatherproof a lens hood may be all you need, if the camera and lens are not rain-proof then you either need to be VERY careful or take along an assistant and an umbrella.

I prefer to work alone, no one to help admittedly but no one to distract either. Truth to tell I am a loner by nature I suppose. So if setting up a camera while holding an umbrella is more than my two arms can accommodate then I need to find some other way of keeping the rain off so I head for the woods. The odd drop of rain will penetrate for sure but I no longer need to fight against direct rain landing on the front of the lens so it is easier to work and with grey skies the light inside a wood is much less contrasty and control of both highlights and shadows is easier. It’s win, win!

An ancient oak in Charnwood Forest.
An ancient oak in Charnwood Forest.
Start moss growing in Swithland woods a Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Star moss growing in Swithland woods a Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
The roots of an ancient oak tree cling around rocks on stony ground.
The roots of an ancient oak tree cling around rocks on stony ground – a panorama of seven frames which really needs to be seen much larger than this web page allows to appreciate the detail.

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Going to seed

Work and other things have kept me from doing what I like best, going out with my camera and making pictures; but earlier in the week, while walking the dog, I spotted some thistle heads going to seed and thought how lovely they looked so yesterday I went back.

Armed with my Canon 5DMk3 and a 180mm macro lens I spent a most enjoyable hour or so in a field hat is part of the growing Nation Forest here in Leicestershire. Conditions for this type of photography were pretty much perfect; bright overcast and very little wind. What little wind there was was just enough to spoil one or two pictures which I had to re-shoot but any more and the job would not have been possible. Continue reading Going to seed

Iris

Feeling withdrawal symptoms due to not using my camera for ages and since it is horrid outside I set to with a vase full of Iris and Pussy willow stems in a makeshift home studio. Have to say yet again the Fuji X-T1 and lenses have come through, so easy to use and such good results.

These were all taken in natural light coming through a north facing patio door with a Lastolight white background using a tripod and cable release, the first eight using the XF 18-135 lens and the last two my XC 50-230 zoom.

Iris and pussy Willow flowers. Iris and pussy Willow flowers. Iris and pussy Willow flowers. Iris and pussy Willow flowers. Iris and pussy Willow flowers. Iris and pussy Willow flowers. Iris and pussy Willow flowers. Iris and pussy Willow flowers. Iris and pussy Willow flowers. Iris and pussy Willow flowers.

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I’ve done the unthinkable – what I said I would never do!

For years I said I would not sign up to one of the micro-stock sites but after a number of sales through Alamy realising as little as £2.00 for me (plus some realising over £100.00 I have finally concluded that there is no longer any real difference and yesterday I signed up to iStock (part of Getty.) Continue reading I’ve done the unthinkable – what I said I would never do!