Mollie Makes Magazine
Nice coverage for Mollie Makes of Shevie Moyles work down in Cornwall...
17 04 13
Wow, its all gone mad now! off to Cornwall for a hotel shoot tomorrow, back to Bath for a hotel shoot on tuesday, then to East Sussex for two days shoots for magazines, then back to Bristol to prepare for four days in Italy... see you on the other side...
20 03 13
Ongoing work with Chateau Impney in Worcestershire see here... and many other jobs too.. Homes and Gardens shoot last week in Devon, and some rather smart new architectural clients based in London this coming week... watch this space!
17 01 13
Well, the year's turned and I'm mooching around in the office trying to reorganise/springclean and generally do nothing! It was a good year (2012) and you can read a review here... At the moment its snowing here in Bristol, so any excuse to discuss 'not snowing' weather would be gratefully received!
15 7 12
Well its 'here we go again' time!... off to Cornwall again shooting for 25BH magazine, then straight back and up the M4 to shoot for a day with Esti Barnes of 'Top Floor Rugs' in London on wednesday. Then another shoot for Route One in the next couple of weeks, and a final shoot for the wonderful National Trust at Powis Castle Gardens ... Blimey...
Tag Archives: gardening
A motley bunch indeed… is this, in Chelsea Flower Show’s centenary year, a record of the most revered and influential garden photographers or just a bunch of reprobates with annoying tripods and camera bags?… pictured here are some revered legends of the garden photography world… Jerry Harpur (with next generation Marcus too), Andrew Lawson, Clive Nichols, Jonny Buckley, Andrea Jones, Derek St Romaine, Gary Rogers, Vivian Russell, Clive Boursnell… considering the amount of money they’ve all made from their myriad books and publications, you’d think they’d be a little less scruffy wouldn’t you?! (apart from Jerry who has made an effort)… and you know what? considering I’m supposed to be a photographer, its a bit embarrassing, but when viewed full size, this picture is slightly out of focus!! don’t tell anyone…
Beautiful light yesterday morning for flower photography at Westonbirt Arboretum… a great way to start the weekend, fresh air, (loud!) birdsong and a riot of colour from the Rhododendrons, Magnolias and windflowers… enchanting place…
Thanks Devon Life for a nice front cover, march 2013… lovely Magnolias, easy to shoot really… you just need blue sky and a great Magnolia in full bloom… the garden photographer’s season starts with a bang!
It’s freezing here in the office and I’ve got my long-johns on, but Ive just been editing pics from a recent autumnal shoot at Bristol University Botanic Gardens, and the warmth of the colours is helping keep the frost out of this room! Its going to be a while before we see these colours again in the gardens of England, but one of the joys of this job is reminding yourself what you did earlier in the year!
I usually have a compact camera to carry around with me, and until now, this has quite often been one of the Canon ‘G’ series models. However, after my G11 broke last month I decided to try a new model and have gone with Fuji X100. Still trying it out at the moment, but I already have a long list of ‘Pros’ and one or two ‘Cons’…Firstly, I have to say that the quality of the files is amazing. The Fuji has a larger sensor than the earlier Canons (although the new Canon G1X has a larger one too), and this is reflected in the smooth digital files that seem to have very little noise. I am not (in the slightest!) a technical boffin, but I can say that the files also seem to require less work in Lightroom (I shoot RAW always)… they come out of the camera with fantastically accurate exposure/contrast/colour etc. Its a lovely camera to use, and is pleasingly like a Leica/Contax in the way it looks and handles (I know the way it looks shouldn’t be important, but my Leica M3 was my favourite ever camera!). The focusing is accurate on Auto, but the manual is a bit fiddly, and there is a very good ‘macro’ setting that is easy to use. There are a couple of problems with the ergonomics, most obvious being that the exposure compensation dial is VERY easy to accidently move off ’0′ which means that I have inadvertently shot a few images at minus or plus compensation… I will try and post again once I have tested the camera further, but here are a couple of samples from the first few days…
here are a few of the autumn pics I am just sending off to my agents at GapPhotos… most photogenic time of the year?? I would say so… Garden Photography doesn’t get better now… no ridiculously early starts, and all that lovely mist and atmosphere!
Wow. It’s all I can say. Rosemoor in North Devon is a favourite garden for me anyway, but I have been shooting it now for a year for the R.H.S and this last visit was to tie up loose ends and get some late summer shots… the hot garden was putting on an unforgettable show… Kniphofia, Heleniums, Crocosmias and Asters, all the warmth that late summer can summon. It really took my breath away and made me realise how much I love photographing in the garden…
Have just returned from a lovely shoot at Copped Hall in Essex where I was shooting for Burgon and Ball, a famous old name in garden products. They make shears (in the olden days they started off as a sheep shearing tool maker!), watering cans, planters, trugs, labels etc etc. We spent the day with James Crebbin-Bailey of ‘Topiary Arts’, a Chelsea Gold medal winner, photographing the making, trimming and sculpting of topiary for the garden. Copped Hall is a fascinating old walled garden and house to the North of London where James keeps his young plants and the garden made a picturesque backdrop for a garden product shoot. I’m hoping to get my hands on some of Burgon and Ball’s product range next year to do some stock photography…. if you haven’t already spotted it in your garden centre, it’s well worth a look!…..
wonderful Hampton Court… somehow a refreshing splash when compared to Chelsea?
Been at Chelsea all day and have come back with another huge selection of images that need to be edited… gardens that cought my eye were The Daily Telegraphs by Cleve West (best in show?), Diarmuid Gavin’s, The RNIB garden, The RBC New Wild Garden and the B and Q garden. The question on everyone’s lips has been ‘but is it really gardening’?… personally, I love my allotment and getting my hands dirty… it would be a bit annoying if you left your wheelbarrow a hundred foot up in the air !