Whenever I’m on location on a photo shoot, I’m conscious of time. Time ticking by as car owners, assistants and other members of the party have to stand and wait while I do my thing with the camera. For me, I hate the feeling that people are waiting around, getting bored, cold, hungry, especially at [...]
We have an obsession with the weather in the UK. After the usual formalities, it’s the first thing British conversation moves onto. And this last twelve months or so, we’ve had a lot to talk about, much of it not good. If you’re a location car photographer, it’s a big problem as the logistics and [...]
Anyone with an interest in DSLR film making will be familiar with Vincent LaForet. He’s the man that broke the whole Canon 5D Mk2 on the world and showed how that incredible little camera can create movies that work with the greats. He tweeted yesterday wbout another ‘game changer’ he’d been working with and if [...]
I thought you might like to hear about about this interesting Porsche 964 Carrera 2 I’ve just photographed and written about for Total 911 magazine. You can read the full feature in the latest issue, so I won’t go into many details on the car’s story but if you buy a copy, I hope you’ll [...]
OK, so it’s humble pie time. In fact, not just a slice, better just pass me the whole thing over… This is a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago now, but a chance Twitter exchange with Ben Rose and Richard Aucock reminded me of it, so it’s made a re-appearance. I’d be [...]
I learned to drive when I was eight years old. My first driving experience was on a faded blue Ford tractor on my uncle’s farm in Yorkshire. With a hand throttle beside the steering wheel, no power assistance to either the steering or the pedals, I had to brace myself by pulling on the steering [...]
As a writer and a photographer with clients in the publishing industry, you might imagine that paper and magazines are my love. You are quite right, indeed, I still enjoy the first time I open a freshly printed magazine or book, inhaling that unique smell of glossy printed paper, the slight resistance from the page [...]
Bentley Motors have a fascinating website running right now called Mulsanne Visionaries. It features interviews with a diverse range of people whose vision impacts our world in different ways. This short movie featuring Chinese architect Wang Shu shows that China is perhaps beginning to think less about the next big building project and more about [...]
For some time now, people have been telling me how my archive of images should be online. After more than ten years as a photographer and writer, the archive is a significant size. However, one of the saving graces of embarking upon such a task is that I commenced professional photography just as digital was [...]
I’ve written before about how aerial photography can show things from the air that cannot be seen from the ground. On a shoot over County Durham recently, I was reminded again how the ebb and flow of architectural style through the years can sometimes leave some significant marks behind. Bishop Auckland is a fairly small [...]
When I gave my initial thoughts on the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise, I mentioned that it’s compact dimensions and multitude of storage options should make it a very good aerial photographers bag. Well after my first flight using it, I can confirm my thoughts. The rear seat area of a Robinson R44 is always [...]
Wetherby Bridge, over the River Wharfe, is a location I’ve driven past many times over the years. Indeed one of my favourite fish n chip takeaways is just a stones throw from the bridge. Locals will know which one I mean. But until recently, I’d never shot aerial photography of Wetherby. Passing overhead en-route to [...]
Using photography from the air, you reveal things about the makeup of the land that you cannot see from the ground. This is the first of a series of aerial images showing ‘targets of opportunity’ or pictures that drop into place as we’re flying to the assignment. This golf course in Yorkshire was shot almost [...]
A strange thing happened around a month ago close to where I live. An old property, buried deep in overgrown bushes, dilapidated fencing and huge trees, began to emerge. This particular property has been out of sight to passers by for as long as I can remember and though it was obvious someone lived there, [...]
I always struggled to write a biography page for my website. Mine has had multiple incarnations over the years and in truth, until recently, it wasn’t something I paid a great deal of attention to. With more and more new business arriving via my website and social media channels, I knew I needed something short [...]
Crikey, You Travel Light…. The above comment from Mark Mullen, sales manager at Specialist Cars Malton when we were on a photo shoot just last month wasn’t the first time I’ve heard that. For sure, I can be a gear Magpie with the best of them and indeed, I have many Magic Arms, Super Clamps, [...]
I can recall the early days of car based sat nav systems, back in the 1990′s. Tiny screens built into the DIN sized slots of the then traditional car stereo opening, a rather stern voice with more in common with Stephen Hawking giving the guidance. The novelty of those systems soon wore off once you [...]
A good friend of mine once said to me, “I’ll talk to anyone for five minutes. You never know who you’re going to meet and where it will lead. After five minutes, I can always excuse myself.” He was a very successful businessman with the attention span of a five year old, but his comment [...]
I wrote back in February about the Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo that I tracked down and created a feature on. The car was very well known in the 1980′s but them seemed to vanish. The story covers the cars colourful life from it’s beginnings to the present owner today.
Regular readers of the blog will be fully aware that I’m a big fan of digital publishing. Not that I don’t enjoy a good printed magazine. Indeed I still think there’s nothing better than sitting down with a glass of red wine, opening the crisp, new pages and getting that fresh print aroma and you [...]
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