Birthday Photo shoot

A few thing have happened in the last couple of weeks and I haven’t had the time to deal with them properly as I have been really busy.
No it wasn’t my Birthday and I didn’t miss it mines not to the end of July. I gave up smoking a whole year ago last week, which was a monumental achievement for me a heavy smoker since the age of 12 – 13. When I gave up I was smoking in region of 40 a day and didn’t really have the worries of a bad cough or anything like that. I had 8 years earlier promised myself I would quit when my daughter Erin was born but I put it of and of until a Sunday morning on the 19th June I had just came in from a all night shoot in London and was going to bed when I just said that’s it when I get up I will be a non smoker so I did with the help of quite a few packets of Polo’s you know the mints with the hole.
I went went out on the Monday and bought myself this 50mm 1.4 and so its this lens birthday this week so I gave it a photo shoot last night with a couple of flashes I quite like the shot hope you do too.

My favorite Lens

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Thames Path

Well I’m in the process of doing a set of self portraits for the Guardian Camera Club monthly theme. I have taken hundreds of selfies over my time and for this I want to do something different. Something that catches the soul of who are am and what I’m about as a photographer. I thought when the theme was announced that this was going to be one of the easier monthly themes but its not as I find myself struggling to get six shots that flow with the theme. Think it may be time to get the violin out and see what I can come up with.

Here is a Black and White that I took on a trip up the city the other day I found this in a little dry dock past Vauxhall Bridge.Image

 
London Photographer

BUCS VISA OUTDOOR ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012

Thought I would post a few of the images I took inside the Olympic Stadium on Saturday night. It Hosted the BUCS VISA OUTDOOR ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS my first time at a Athletics Meeting and must say I was quite impressed.

Eildh Childs

Jack Green on his way to victory

Isobel Pooley on her way to wining the Women’s High Jump

Tom Parsons

On your Marks Get Set Go

Half Term Blues

Had a great half term with Erin this week, but like most good things they come to an end so I handed her back to her mum yesterday as I have to prep up for a small business course I’m on next week.

We had a good time we messed about with a couple of photo shoots, she went on an own a pony day at the Docklands riding School, and we went to Richmond park to see the Deer but alas we saw no deer and found out that they were culling them which upset Erin.

So here’s  just a few shots we took during a half term ramblings.

A shot in my home made studio

This shot is pretty much out of the camera I used whats called clamshell lighting two shoot through umbrellas one high one low shooting up and down and my camera shooting between them.

 

dreamy

Topaz edit

 

This is the same shot  which I edited in Photoshop and Topaz labs to give it a dreamy fill to it. I only got Topaz labs recently and like it a lot I can see me using it quite a bit.

 

peace

Hair flick

Again from the same shoot with Erin we done some hair flicks. This part Erin enjoyed the most as she just couldn’t stop giggling. just a few local adjustments on this one.

 

1st prize

 

This is a shot of Erin and her new favourite horse Dolly. She went for the Docklands Riding School own a pony day. Where the children learn how to look after a pony. They have to muck the stables out, brush the horses and they get to have fun too. Erin got first place in the obstacle course race, which she just can’t stop telling everyone about.

bouncing

 

This shot is as we were leaving Richmond Park in the evening I threw up a flash on a stand about 45 degrees as Erin bounced on the limb of the tree. At this point she had forgotten all about the deer that we did not see and how the deer were being culled through the month.

 

 

Back

Sorry been away for a bit and didn’t fancy posting. I was back home in Ireland for my Aunty Margaret  funeral.

Since being back not done much photography so just started to get back doing a bit. Took a trip to Richmond Park for the Deer rut. Every where you went there were herds of photographers. The night before though the rut was mentioned on BBC’ Autumn Watch.

Well I managed to get some nice shots with my cheapo lens had to get in a bit close during the rutting which had my moving backwards a few times as they got a little to close.

Well Hope you like my shots.

Richmond Park

Visited Richmond Park yesterday for the first time in my life, Had a couple of hours to spare in the afternoon so was close by. The London Flickr Meet up group has an outing planned here for October so I thought I check it out. It is a place I will visit quite regular from now on. I will love shooting early in the morning and late at night and perhaps do a 24 hr shoot here if I can.

Well here Just a few of the shots of the Deer that I got. The Park has both Red and Fallow Deer.

A bit early for the rutting season this was just a little play around between the two stags.

If you get a chance to visit the park do it is a massive 1000 hectares of open space the largest in London apparently. I would need a good moth here to get the best of it. for each season. I’m looking forward to getting acquainted with this space and the wildlife it contains

Slan

Martin