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...
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A perfect day for the ‘President’s Match’ at East Prawle; there was sun, there were fours galore and there was a barbeque… everything seems well with the world when watching village cricket from the boundary…
“Personally, I have always looked upon cricket as organised loafing”. (William Temple)
The weather has been particularly bead of late, so I haven’t been able to shoot a lot of outdoor stuff. So the garden photography has been in short supply. However, the interiors are still looking lovely, and the muted colours and tones that you get in this light are surprisingly nice. I’m not saying I prefer it (!) but there are advantages to the summer that isn’t a summer!
Just did these pics for Sawdays of a fabulous treehouse hidden high in an Oak tree in Somerset… it’s got underfloor heating, a huge bed and a copper bath! a real wow house, built by Bower House it’s beautifully put together and available for rent through Canopy and Stars.
Fingals is a thoroughly ‘bonkers’ place tucked away in a valley near Dittisham, Devon. I spent a couple of days there doing some photography and had a ‘whale’ of a time… Owned by Richard and Sheila Johnstone it’s one of Alastair Sawday’s favourite places, packed with art, eccentricity and fun…go there!
At last, winter is officially dead… I visited East Lambrook Manor in Somerset today (and nearby Avon Bulbs… more from them tomorrow…) and was overjoyed , not just to feel the sun on my back, but to see thousands of different snowdrops in flower. I’m not a Galanthophile (lover of the Galanthus genus, AKA snowdrops), but there IS something about the tiny flowers and the fact that they really do mean the end of winter… Here are three of the many different types I shot today… enjoy! (thanks to newish owner Mike Werkmeister at East Lambrook)
Yesterday I bought a new Canon s95 compact camera to replace the Olympus EP1 that I’d had since last year. I have a full range of ‘proper’ Canon kit for my main work (interiors, gardens, hotels, lifestyle work for editorial and commercial clients) but I am rarely without a smaller compact camera to get those unplanned ‘extras’ that seem to sell so well with my agents. Great for snaps of friends and family too. I never really got on with the Olympus… various reasons, but what it came down to was the fact that I felt it wasn’t quite as ‘pocketable’ as I required.
The Olympus was a bit too big, especially with the cute little viewfinder which slips into the hot-shoe… not comfortable in the the jeans pockets!. It produced good digital files, but not any better than the Canon G10 I used to have. The EP1 is not in the same group of cameras as this Canon (its has interchangeable lenses and uses a bigger sensor for a start), but I’m comparing them for the purpose of this quick review. So, onto Ebay it went, and a week later I am proud possessor of canon’s new compact, the S95. This is a quick ‘first impression’ of the camera, not a detailed breakdown, and whilst I include a couple of shots taken on the first day of having it, I can’t pretend to know enough about lens testing and the scientific side of things to make it an exhaustive test.
It’s smart and neat looking with a nice ‘brushed’ finish that is good for the grip, and the screen is huge, filling virtually the whole of the back of the camera. And the screen is very bright and contrasty, which helps in bright light. The camera is nice and weighty, and feels solid. Its also very small… ideal for what I need (especially in comparison to the Olympus) and the lens fold back into the chunky front ring. If I have a small gripe, its ‘smallness’ can be a little fiddly… the top dials are very small and were difficult on a cold day.
Otherwise the controls are all easy to get to, either through the menu system, which is very familiar to Canon users, or through the adjustment ring around the lens. The default mode for this ring is to adjust aperture, but this can also be set to any of a number of different modes… ISO, exposure compensation, manual focus etc. Its a really nice touch and in contrast to the top plate dial, is chunky and easy to grip.
I took the camera out for a quick road-trip (down to our famous local landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge) and the results were good. I shot RAW as usual, and used Lightroom to process the resultant pics. As I say, I’m not here to do a scientific test, but I’ve used enough cameras to see that the results are really positive. There was a little bit of ‘fringeing’ at the edges on a couple of backlit subjects, right at the edge (easy to sort out with Lightroom), but apart from that, the images were sharp and contrasty, with good detail. I used a nifty piece of software (PTGui) to stitch some of the images together to do this panorama, and then used a ‘Black and White’ preset in Lightroom to make this image.
I have yet to try any of the ‘auto’ settings (I do a lot of snapping, friends, family, parties etc), and I haven’t tried the flash yet, but will post some results when I do. So far, I’m very impressed and look forward to some better weather (its raining today!) so that I can try out the macro features down on my allotment!
There is a lot more info here, from the best camera review site, DPReview…
Daffodils and vegetables for sale at East Prawle, South Devon…