Archives for category: Photography

About Alexandra Business Park Alexandra Business Park is Sunderland’s largest commercial site. Located on the banks of the River Wear in Pallion, it comprises more than 600,000ft² of office and industrial accommodation on 96 acres of land.  Now flagged for demolition the site is to be gradually vacated once the leases of the current tenants expire.  Along with the Newcastle Photo Walk group, I had the opportunity to drop along and these are the images from the (wet) day.


A day out at the coast found us in Amble, Northumberland.  I’d love to go back a little better equipped (tripod and other lenses) but while there with my family I at least had my telephoto.  Few snaps later and a bit of processing here we go:

Visited Seaham Hall in County Durham this weekend.  Bit of a treat for my wife and I.  But I wanted to experiment some with light for portrait shots.  Some using light from a window in a darkened room.  Some with flash but using the exposure compensation on the flash to change its strength, then also some using the room lighting.  I’m enjoying portrait shooting at the moment, just need more willing participants! Still an awful lot to learn but this really will come with practice and experimenting.  Here’s some of the results anyway.

Few shots from a recent walk by the Quayside.

Well, what started as a potential visit to the air show became chilling out near Marsden Rock away from the crowds.  Good place to go if you want your head clearing.  Bit moody some of these, maybe it’s my mood tonight while processing!


While it wasn’t my intention, I’ve become more interested in portrait photography as I have other types.  My interest started really in landscape I think a good landscape image can stir many emotions.  Though I also think it’s as much being there and taking the shot as it is the shot itself.  Anyway, I’m finding the same with portraiture.  Capturing a mood in an image is a very satisfying thing.  I took a workshop recently to learn more about this and it was very interesting, in particular the little tips I picked up.  As ever, it’s mostly about light and how it hits the subject.

Half of the day I spent with a studio set up.  Not as complicated as I expected.  Then afterwards using outdoor light and a buildings natural light.  So, these images below are a selection from these.  The first two were shot using a corridor down lighter with the model looking up at it.  I played with the white balance on one to get the moody effect.  Then we have the studio shot and I’ve cropped right in for a rather pleasing full frame shot followed by another studio indoor image.

Thought Id take a few snaps today but just hand holding the camera (no tripod).  Set the camera to f/11 for max deptth of field and also used the flash to try and assist with the harsh shadows from the sun.  I just used on board flash rather than the speedlight.  More for ease / lazyness really.  the main objective was to see how decent I could get the shots in this rather haphazard method.  When operating in such a small dof, slight sway when kneeling throws the focus all over the place.  Still, some interesting shots but as ever they always leave me wanting to get closer still.

Yes ok, it yet another post with yet more flowers.  I’ve had these in pots at the front of our house and I’ve been meaning to get outside side to capture them.  Of course I do what any person of sound mind with a hayfever afflication does and waits until one of the hottest days of the year.  I was uncomfortable and hot.  For that reason I didnt spend as much time on these as I had planned.  But here they are anyway.