Lancashire Automotive Photography – Vintage Cars Hit Leyland
Winters coming and the weather is getting a bit more un predictable. For this reason the show seasons over which means I have to grab every opportunity I can to get out there and photograph cars (or anything else for that matter). This time my cousin had told me of a small display of vintage cars in Leyland at Worden park where I had been earlier in the year for the Un-phased Show.
I headed off one Sunday to go have a look it was only a small event with a handful of cars but the quality was good and attention to detail and hard work gone into the preservation of the cars made up for the small amount of cars.
The cars ranged from little minis which are still on the road today to big rare Mercedes 350’s the likes Adolf Hitler used to own. This was the makings for some interesting images. As the cars of yesteryear are always that bit different of the cars of today as design and materials are massively different due to safety and cost issues of todays market.
Where else would you find wooden spokes on a car? or belts holding the bonnet down? The whole look of the cars are unique to the times they were produced the big box like shape of the old Austin’s to the silique lines of an MG Midget also the technology vastly differs like crank handles for instance what was the means of starting the car 70+ years ago would never be dreamed of in today’s world and probably if you showed a kid of today a crank handle they wouldn’t have a clue what it was for and wouldn’t believe them if you told them.
I might not photograph or pay attention to the older cars in my photography but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them I found the day a breath of fresh air looking round the cars, Looking how different the cars were back then. Unlike now how advanced the technology has come from good old mechanical problem solving ways back then. To the 1000’s of sensors I have on my 5 series BMW that seem to do nothing apart from bring up warning lights and flash at me when something as simple as a cd skips.
Overall I saw the day as an education on how far we have come in the car world with technology and design rather than a day for photographing. Not that its bad thing as the cars on show were really looked after and couldn’t fault the time and work that had gone into the preservation and restoration of the cars on show. Hopefully I will get myself to some more events like this in the future possibly a few hill climbs events or the super car Sunday that runs through the summer at mitten hall.Leave a reply
This time it was Event photography Burnley was the location and an opportunity all came about when I was sat on Facebook one day and a friend of mine had spotted a post on the Burnley buy and sell Facebook page. A women was asking if there was any photographers willing to give their time to photograph a charity event they had planned.
As it was back when I was starting up I decided to give it a go and put my name forward as it was for a good cause with it being a cancer charity which is a cause very close to my heart due to losing family members recently and through the years.
The night came and I met Jackie and her husband which were the organizers of the charity event. The event was to be a Halloween party in Burnley. When I walked in all the room was all decorated with the orange and green streamers and balloons with vampire faces on which all looked great I have to say.
As far as equipment wise It was back in the day when I was starting up so all I had for shooting in low light was my faithful 50mm F1.8mm and a Nikon SB-600 flash the event started well with a steady stream of people coming through the doors and I walked around the room grabbing pictures of the people in their fancy dress costumes and I have to say everyone put so much effort into the pictures which made shooting the party all that more enjoyable.
As the night progressed more people came through the doors from vampires to banana man all types of characters had been thought of which was al topped off by a nice warm friendly atmosphere at the party. when time come and it was the fancy dress competition first the kids then the adults everyone had clearly put a lot of work into the costumes which made judging a lot more harder for the judges for sure.
Overall I enjoyed the whole photography experience I have to take my hat off and commend Jackie and her husband as a lot of hard work had gone into the event it was clear to see and from what It was enjoyed by all with nothing negative to say by anyone. Jackie has since kindly asked me to photograph another red carpet themed event for her next year for the same charity and because of the success of the one last year I can’t wait to do the next.Leave a reply
Aviation Photography – Southport Air show
Time for something a bit different. I had always seen people going to air shows on my Facebook and never really took any notice as normally they are on weekends when I am away at a car show or I have a photo-shoot booked for that day. However with show season now over and Southport was holding ita annual air show quite late on in the year I decided to have a look over
Not knowing much about the show or what I would need I just packed the bag with my:
- Nikon D7100
- Sigam 18-70mm f2.8
- Nikon 35mm f1.8
- Nikon 80-210mm f2.8
I set off from Preston for the 20 mile trip to Southport at 11 am knowing its only a short drive thought I would have plenty of time to get there for the red arrows display at 12 pm how wrong was I when I hit the A59 I was met with a barrage of traffic meaning what was a 30 min drive turned into a 2 hour drive meaning I missed quite a bit of the show to start with. However from the traffic jam I did get to see the red arrows but did make me think that my 200mm lens would not be cut out for such distance.
Finally I got to the air show well close enough to capture some images. Due to half the day having gone by stuck in traffic I thought it would be best to just sit outside the air show rather than in it as the show was over the beach so easy enough to get the same images without paying an entrance fee.
The afternoon went on managing to catch shows from both planes and helicopters form different generations both military and stunt planes were putting on a show, with a lot of things I didn’t even think was possible for planes and helicopters alike.
Come 3 pm and the show stopper arrived the two remaining flying Lancaster bombers accompanied by 2 spitfires flew over making multiple passes over the beach thundering along with the massive quad engines quickly I snapped away to try and get different images of the pair as the flew overhead.
Next was the euro fighter and this thing was loud I like loud noises as I spend most of my days at race tracks but the noise made by the euro fighter far surpassed anything I had heard before when the afterburner’s kicked in and glowed red this was followed by a massive roar. I also noticed when the Eurofighter was flying in the clouds you could see the trail round the wings where it was braking through the air which was going to make for interesting pictures.
As the afternoon went on I tried different techniques to try and capture the right images. I normally promote myself on my panning skills as I feel I carry this off very well showing an essence of speed in my pictures while keeping images sharp. Well this became more difficult with planes as the props of the planes were spinning fast while moving so I wanted to catch them as a blur but keep the plane sharp but the plane wasn’t traveling fast enough to warrant a slow shutter speed as my lens wasn’t as close as I needed but I made do with what I had and soldered away as after all this was more of a day at trying my hand at a new type of photography and expanding the skills I already had.
So how did the day go? well I wouldn’t say it went to bad I learnt that if I am to do more of this type of photography I would need a bigger lenses or even a X2 tele convertor also that if I am going to go to another air show in Southport I should give myself more time to get there so I don’t miss as much of the show as I did. I feel from the day I got some good images for my first time carrying out aviation photography and my knowledge of panning and shutter speeds from my motorsport photography helped. I will no doubt have another stab at this photography in the future and expand on the techniques I tired as I found it a good challenge.
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Colne Photographer Damien Roseby: The Man Behind The Camera
Damien Roseby a colne photographer has been practising photography for over 10 years. It all started when he studied art with photography at college, where he learnt to produce images using a film camera. Damien taught himself how to use a DSLR, and now works purely digitally. Having experience in graphics as well as art and photography has given Damien a wide spectrum of skills, which he applies to his photography and post production techniques. Damien immerses himself in learning new techniques, as well as improving his current technique, and looking for new challenges and inspiration for his own work.
Over the past few years Damien has really developed his own style; particularly through his automotive photography, which could be likened to work by Tim Wallace, who is a big inspiration to Damien, along with John Zhang. Damien spends a lot of time traveling around the country from his home in Lancashire, to various motorsport shows and events, covering all areas, as well as privately arranged single car shoots. His hard work has paid off recently as he has been featured in various automotive magazines and websites, getting Bonafide Images’ name out into the eye of the public. Although Damien specialises in automotive photography, he also undertakes portraiture of many different varieties, themed portrait shoots, model portfolio building, fashion, and urban editorial. His main influences within portraiture are Mark Seliger, David LaChapelle and Annie Leibovitz. These great photographers have helped shape Damien’s attitude and style regarding portrait images. Damien aims to create work which is of a very high standard. He believes that quality work is work which has been created truthfully, in-camera, using the correct settings and making the most of available light and tools. He dislikes using artificial, clinical looking lighting and falsified imagery which has been manipulated excessively in post production. Damien is very happy to turn his hand towards any field of photography, as he is always interested in progressing as a photographer, trying out new styles and taking on challenges within photography.Leave a reply