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Printing Images

Having just spent the last two days preparing and printing images for an couple of upcoming exhibitions, I thought I would do a short blog post on why I enjoy seeing the final image in print form. It’s alright seeing the image on the computer screen but you can’t beat seeing the final printed image…

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2018 review of the year

As the final few days of this year are upon us I thought it was worth taking a bit of time to put together a 2018 review of my year in photography.

A few highlights for the 2018 review of the year were a trip to Rome to join the Fashion Artwise team at a location shoot; a trip toSouthern Ireland to visit the Dingle peninsula; a visit to the Island of Crete to work with Zoi Morgan and her Sirens of Crete event and meeting Rankin.

Also finally getting the chance to work with Ivory Flame, Elle Rose and Nicole Rayner together at a location shoot.

Image from the Fashion Artwise event.

Image of ana wearing the white bridal dress designed by Franco Ciambella
Ana wearing the white bridal dress designed by Franco Ciambella Natural light.

Dingle

Beal Ban beach Dingle Peninsula
Sirens of Crete 2018 Model Zoi, Styling by Zoi Morgan Photo: Richard Spurdens

Studio wise, my studio lease came to an end in October. Trying to find a new studio is a job for next year. But for this 2018 review of the year I have had a productive time in the studio. I have also done quite a number of location shoots too, which offers a different challenge to working in the controlled enviroment of a studio. I have enjoyed the challenges of working on location and learnt a few things too.

There have been chances to work with a number of new creatives again this year and I have enjoyed working with them and together we have created some great images, and also had good fun playing with different light approaches.

New Dancers

New Dancers this year have included: Ayla Rose and Geraldine Bell.
I have also worked with a number of others from previous years including: Elle Beth and Gem as a duo pair, Ivory Flame, Ella Rose and Nicole Rayner and Em Theresa, Pippa Doll and Nicky Philips.

a colour image of dancer alya rose with bent legs and leaning back on her left arm with her right reaching up towards the light
Dancer Ayla Rose at the Loft Studio, Single overhead gridded Octa box light
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF50mm f/1.8 II 1/125 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 100

I have continued to enter a few of the uk photo exhibitions focusing on supporting exhibitions running print sections and have gained a number of acceptances into these exhibitions. I’ve also picked up a few awards as well. I was also invited to be a judge at this years PAGB Inter Club Projected Digital Image Championship, which was enjoyable.

I have also supported Walters Wardrobe (Jen Brook) and her couture themed shoots at some great locations. This year I only managed to do two of these great events. The first was a shoot at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, (Still I Rise), which featured the designer: Joanne Fleming , with styling by Jen Brook, and MUA: Shara Gray and Livvy Morewood. The models were: Bethany Bennett, Liv Free, Stefanie Nieuwenhuyse, and Ceci Zhang,

Single flash unit to the lhs Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe
Natural light image from the Belvoir Castle Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe

The second event was (In Bloom) This was with Designer: Rosie Red Corsetry and Couture, with styling by Jen Brook, and Headpiece: CC Millinery Creations Set Desing by Donna Graham, MUA: Sophie Battersby, Olivia Morewood, Rebecca Cordell, Sophie’s MUA/hair assistant: Rachael Doig. The Models for this event included: Lauren Rose McGee, Jaye Hicks, Olivia Harriet, and Leela Tikadar

Images from a Walter’s Wardrobe location shoot at Ragley Hall Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe
Images from a Walter’s Wardrobe location shoot at Ragley Hall Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe

Plinth Shapes (NSFW)

Plinth shapes is a set of images that I have put together to demonstrate how you can use a simple prop to create strong Artistic Nude images. These were all lit with a single studio light fitted with a large soft box.

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More Dragon Boat racing

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For the forth year the Bradford Dragon boat festival was held on the river Aire at Roberts Park Saltair. It is the only three day festival for Dragon boat racing in the country.  I have covered it of the last few years.  as it is a good opportunity to get some different type of sports action images. It can give you some good colourful images too.

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Elle Beth and Gem duo shoot (NSFW)

Here are the results of a recent duo shoot with the models Elle Beth and Gemma H. They were all shot at my studio space using studio lighting. I have worked with both of these models in the past  but not together.  So when a chance came up to do a duo shoot with them. I thought it would be different and worth arranging for them to visit. Images I had seen of them working as a duo showed they had a good understanding of posing together.

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Walter’s Wardrode October event

The final Walter’s Wardrode event of 2018 took place in a great location in the heart of Warwickshire. As usual with the Walter’s Wardrobe events it had a styled theme which for the event was theme around In-Bloom. 

Shoot: In Bloom 
Models: Lauren Rose McGee, Jaye Hicks, Olivia Harriet, Leela Tikadar.
Dress Designer: Rosie Red Corsetry and Couture and Bowen-Dryden.
Styling: Jen Brook
Creative set Design: Donna Graham.
Lighting: Available light and Elinchrom Quadra lights
MUA: Livvy Morewood and Sarah Grey.
Headpieces: CC Millnery Creations.

I have being luck enough to attend a few Walter’s wardrobe events in the past few years. The first one was at an old mill complex near Chorley, you can see the images here

Below are a selection of some of the images I shot at the event. They were shot at various location in and outside the venue. Some were shot using natural light others a balance of flash and natural light.

A few Images

Image featuring model Jaye Hicks, at walter's wardrobe event
0.1 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM 1/80 sec @ f-4 / ISO 320
Image featuring model Jaye Hicks, at walter's wardrobe event
0.2 Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/125 sec @ f-4 / ISO 200
Image showing model Jaye Hicks jumping the floral moon
0.3 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM 1/125 sec @ f-6.3 / ISO 100

These first three image feature the model: Jaye Hicks wearing Designer: Bowen-Dryden outfit, Stylist: Jen Brook,  MUA: Sarah Gray, Headpiece: CC Millinery Creations, Set Design: Donna Graham, Production: Walter’s Wardrobe Events

Image showing model Olivia Harriet and the floral umbrella
0.4 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/200 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 100
Image showing the floral head dress and floral mushrooms
0.5 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM 1/60 sec @ f-6.3 / ISO 400

Designer: Bowen-Dryden, Stylist: Jen Brook, Model: Olivia Harriet, MUA: Livvy Morewood, Headpiece: CC Millinery Creations, Set Design: Donna Graham, Production: Walter’s Wardrobe Events

Image of model Lauran Rose McGee in the garden at the walter's wardrobe event
0.6 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/125 sec @ f-11 / ISO 100
natural light head shot of model Lauran Rose McGee at the walter's wardrobe event
0.7 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/80 sec @ f-4.5 / ISO 100

Designer: Bowen-Dryden, Stylist: Jen Brook, Model: Lauren Rose McGee, MUA: Livvy Morewood, Headpiece: CC Millinery Creations, Set Design: Donna Graham, Production: Walter’s Wardrobe Events

Image featureing the model Leela Tikadar at the walter's wardrobe event
0.8 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/125 sec @ f-8 / ISO 100

Designer: Rosie Red Corestry and Couturee, Stylist: Jen Brook, Model: Leela Tikadar MUA: Sarah Grey, Headpiece: CC Millinery Creations, Set Design: Donna Graham, Production: Walter’s Wardrobe Events

image showing the four models from the walter's wardrobe event
0.8 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/250 sec @ f-8 / ISO 100
Image showing the four models from the walter's wardrobe event and jen brook and Donna graham photo bombing them
0.9 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/2500 sec @ f-2.8 / ISO 100

Like the timing of the last one featuring a photo bomb by Jen and Donna for the final shot of the day.


Light patterns (NSFW)

From time to time you find a location which has good natural light through out the day. Which on the right day can give you changing light patterns on the walls and floor which can help you create unique images.

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Nicky Phillips – (NSFW)

Having just arranged another shoot with the model Nicky Phillips. I realized that I had some images from the my last shoot with Nicky that had not made it on to one of the portfolio pages.  So decided to share them in this post. They featured some natural light head shots, and finish with images shot using the studio lighting.

I have also added a few edgy black and white fashion images which were shot in black and white. Which suited the white jeans and black jactet.

The images below are the Natural light headshots, just using the window light coming in from the righthand side.

Studio Session with Nicky Philips at Arden House Studio. Photo: Richard Spurdens
Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM ISO 100 ,1/60sec @ F 2.8
Studio Session with Nicky Philips at Arden House Studio. Photo: Richard Spurdens
Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM ISO 100 ,1/60sec @ F 2.8
Studio Session with Nicky Philips at Arden House Studio. Photo: Richard Spurdens
Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM ISO 100 ,1/60sec @ F 2.8

The following image was set up and shot using the studio lights, I also chose to tone it in Photoshop.

Studio Session with Nicky Philips at Arden House Studio. Photo: Richard Spurdens
Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM ISO 100 ,1/125sec @ F 6.3

The last three images are black and white fashion.

Studio Session with Nicky Philips at Arden House Studio. Photo: Richard Spurdens
Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM ISO 100 ,1/125sec @ F 6.3
Studio Session with Nicky Philips at Arden House Studio. Photo: Richard Spurdens
Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM ISO 100 ,1/125sec @ F 6.3
Studio Session with Nicky Philips at Arden House Studio. Photo: Richard Spurdens
Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM ISO 100 ,1/125sec @ F 6.3

So looking forward to working with Nicky again later this month.


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