Category: Photography

January Print of the Month

Happy New Year!

Mono image of model Micshkan Scott in a rock opening, from a location shoot at Guys Cliffe at Guys Cliffe House,.
January 2020 print of the month

My pick for the January 2020 Print of the Month is entitled: Mischkan in the rock opening.

For this print of the month I chose to work up an image from a location shoot with the model Mischkah Scott. Who is now based in Trondheim, Norway. Misckah is an experienced and creative model and is fun to work with.

The image was shot on location in Warwickshire area. The area had some interesting openings to work with. Mischkah was able to get into this particual opening and make a great figure shape. The soft tones of her skin against the roughness of the surrounding rock, were a feature that I particulary liked in this shot

If the print interests you, and you would like to purchase a copy of this Print please contact me via my contact page.  Printed on Fotospeed paper and is available in an A3 or A4 sized print.

My best wishes to all for a productive and peaceful 2020.


Highlights of 2019

As we reach the end of year it is time to put some highlights of 2019 from my photography year together.

In January I worked with Stephanie Dubois a uk based freelance model. Stephaine had been on my list of models I want to work with for a while. So it was good to get to work with her.

Highlights of 2019 images:

Studio Session with Stephanie Dubois at The Natural light Studio, on January 2019.
Studio Session with Stephanie Dubois at The Natural light Studio, on January 2019.

January also gave me a chance to shoot some Ski racing in the Ski resort of Tignes. The European Alpine skiing cup was taking place the week we were there. Unfortuately the final parallel slalom races took place in heavy snow. So not easy conditions for the racers or photograhers.

colour image of dual slalom competitor racing for the line
Images from the Ski trip to Tignes, at Tignes resort, on January 2019.
Model: Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR 1/500 sec @ f-8 / ISO 200

I also got a visit to the Black country living museum in Dudley which gave the chance for a few location portraits using natural light.

colour image from the black country musumn of the motor cycle shop gaffer- highlights of 2019
Images shot during a visit to the Black country museum on March 23 2019.
Fuji GFX 50S Lens: GF110mmF2 R LM WR 1/60 sec @ f-2.8 / ISO 500
colour image from the black country museum of the general store assistant- highlights of 2019
Images shot during a Visit to the Black country museum on March 23 2019.
Fuji GFX 50S Lens: GF45mmF2.8 R WR 1/8 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 800

Walters wardrode productions, opened it doors with two events which I attended. One in April and the other in early October, both of which were great. Good models and high class fashion designer outfits to shoot in fantastic locations.

Walters Wardrobe images:

colour image from a fashion shoot at western park featuring the designs of Dress designer bowen-dryden
Images from a Walter’s Wardrobe location shoot at Weston Park on April 302019. Photo: Richard Spurdens Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe
Fuji :GFX 50S Lens: GF110mmF2 R LM WR 1/60 sec @ f-2.8 / ISO 100
Images from a Walter’s Wardrobe location shoot at Prestwold Hall October 2019.
Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe Camera Fuji GFX 50S, Lens: GF45mmF2.8 R WR 1/60 sec @ f-2.8 / ISO 3200

Electric Dreams

Another fashion shoot but with a very different look and styling was the Electric Dreams themed shoot – Styled by Ivory Flame. Featuring designers Yummy Gummy Latex, MUA Gemma Howell and hair by Even Huang

colour image from electic dreams model wears a clear plasticmack and shor using neon lights - highlights 2019
Images from the Electric Dreams themed shoot at Hacienda Studio, on March 2019. Designers: Yummy Gummy Latex, MUA: Gemma Howell, Hair: Evan Huang, Creative designer:Ivory Flame. Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF10-24mmF4 R OIS 1/30 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 400
colour image from electic dreams model wears a orange plastic skirt and red top and shor using neon lights - highlights 2019
Images from the Electric Dreams themed shoot at Hacienda Studio, on March 112019. Designers: Yummy Gummy Latex, MUA: Gemma Howell, Hair: Evan Huang, Creative designer:Ivory Flame.
Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR 1/60 sec @ f-3.6 / ISO 400

A new model to work with this year was Jessica Talyor we had an enjoyable shoot in April.

colour image of model Jessica taylor wearing a black lace body, looking back to the camera over her shoulder
Images shot at Silkwood Studios featuring the Model Jessica Taylor on April 2019.
Fuji GFX 50S Lens: GF110mmF2 R LM WR 1/125 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 100

I also found two other Aerialist to work with Fanny Müller who is a dancer as well as an Aerialist. Allegra who is a trapeze artist and instructor. I created some great and different images with both of them.

Image showing a dancer on pointe, wearing a red dress and holding a red balloon is it seems to pull her to the sky
Dancer and Aerialist Fanny Muller
image from my Red Balloon project

Allegra on the trapeze

colour image of trapeze artist and model allegra

It is good to look back at the highlight of the year and the 2018 highlights can be found here.


December Print of the Month

Decembers print of the month

My pick for the December 2019 Print of the Month is entitled: The trio at the fire exit.

For this December print of the month I chose to work up an image from a location shoot with the three of the top UK Artistic Nude figure models Ivory Flame, Ella Rose and Nicole Rayner.

The image created on location in Lancashire. The location an old mill had this metal stair platform that appeared to go no where. This structure situated in front of the window looked interesting. On the wall behind was a steel ladder and the Fire Escape sign.

The window provided some great natural light for the models to work within. I asked each one to create their own pose using the steel stair way and ladder at the back. This was one that I liked the shapes they had created.

If the print interests you, and you would like to purchase a copy of this Print please contact me via my contact page.  

Printed on Fotospeed paper and is available in an A3 or A4 sized print.

Please note:  As this is December and we have the Christmas holidays in the month if you want the image before the start of the holidays, please order in the next few days. Orders placed after December 10th may not arrive until after the Christmas holiday.


The Berlin Wall and its Wall Art – a few of my favourite images of those murals.

It was 30 years ago since the fall of the Berlin Wall on Saturday the 9th November. The news coverage reminded me that during a visit to Berlin we had gone to visit the remaining bits of the Berlin Wall. The Wall which for many years was a symbol of division has now become the world’s largest open-air gallery, featuring 105 murals by artists from across the globe. So here are a few images from my visit to see the iconic structure and the art murals that still adorn it

The street view of the long section of the Wall and its murals

this image shows the street view of the berlin wall and its art
Fuji: X-T2 Lens: Touit 2.8/12

The Wall art murals were mainly painted in the 1990, although a number of them have been repainted as a result of either the work being damaged by vandalism or deterioration due to weather.

‘The Kiss’ painted by Dmitri Vrubel depicts the famous embrace between the then Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honecker Fuij: X-T2 Lens: Touit 2.8/12

‘The Kiss’ is such a mural and was repainted in March 2009.

At this section of the wall, you can step into what would have been known as no mans land between two sections of the wall. The River Spree flows behind the left hand section showed here. Then the major wall with the murals is at the right hand side of the image.

Fuji Model: X-T2 Lens: Touit 2.8/12

So here are a few of my favourite Wall art panels:

Painted by Birgit Kinder and is of a Trabant car breaking though the wall.
Fuji Model:X-T2 Lens: Touit 2.8/12
This image speaks for itself. Fuij: X-T2 Lens: Touit 2.8/12
This mural, entitled The Wall Jumper painted by Gabriel Heimler
Fuji: X-T2 Lens: Touit 2.8/12
It happened in November painted by Kani Alavi depicts the sea of faces that appeared at the first opening of the wall that famous day in November Fuji : X-T2 Lens: Touit 2.8/12
Tolerance painted by Mary Mackey Fuji: X-T2 Lens: Touit 2.8/12
Fuji: X-T2 Lens: Touit 2.8/12

I have featured just a few of the 150 plus iconic murals that can be viewed at the open air gallery. I would certainly recommend anyone visiting the city to take your camera and capture your own images of what is left of the Berlin Wall, and its art work.


November Print of the Month

november print of the month is a monochrome figure study of the model elle beth in a sandstone rock opening itled rough and smooth

My pick for the November 2019 Print of the Month is entitled: Rough and Smooth.

For this November print of the Month I chose to work up an image from a location shoot with the model Elle Beth. This was shot at a location in Warwickshire.

I have chosen the title as the model was making her strong figure shapes in a sandstone rock opening. The sand stone had lots of rough textures and the shape of the opening enabled Elle to reach to the roof and make a strong shape which also allowed her full long fair to come into play. I have tried to maintain the sandstone textures and contrast that roughness with the smoothness of the models skin.

I have worked with Elle Beth a number of times over the past few years and she is a top full time model, and can do fashion looks as well as Artistic Nude studies. Her tall frame and toned feminine figure together with her long full hair and English rose skin suited well to working in this location.

If the print interests you, and you would like to purchase this Print please contact me via my contact page.  It is available in an A3 or A4 version and is printed on Fotospeed paper.

Please watch my blog for the next Print-of-the-Month announcement, which will be in early December.


October Print of the month

Photo of the month – Back curves

I have been busy printing over recent days and today I have decided to start a print of the month post. The idea being that I will share with you one of my prints that I have created in that given month.

The first print for the month which for October 2019 is titled, “Back Curves” and is part of my ‘Other view series’ to be published in the near future.

It features the UK model – Ivory Flame and is from a studio session with the her. I have worked with Ivory Flame many times over the last few years and always enjoy working with her as we always seem to create great images. If you are looking for a great Artistic Nude model, to work with I can recommend her as one to work with.

The image was inspired by the work of Horst P. Horst among others and the idea was to try and show the beauty of the back curves and shapes

I have worked with Holly many times over the last few years and alway enjoy working with her as we alway seem to make great images.

If the print interests you, and you would like to purchase this Print please contact me via my contact page.  It is available in an A3 version and is printed on Fotospeed paper.

Watch this blog for the next Print-of-the-Month announcement in early November.


Elle Beth – harness top (NSFW)

monochrome image of model elle beth wearing a simple black leather harness and posing towards the camera with a relaxed look with her arm resting on the arm of the chair and on her forward knee
monochrome image of model elle beth wearing a simple black leather harness and posing on a low captains chair- holding her long hair up towards the ceiling and making a strong figure shape
monochrome image of model elle beth wearing a simple black leather harness and posing on a modern metal chair holding her long hair in one hand and the other resting on her knee looking towards the camera
monochrome image of model elle beth wearing a simple black leather harness and posing across the edge of a chair with hands on her head and hips to create a strong figure shape

I have worked with model Elle Beth a number of times over the last few years. Elle Beth is a top full time model with lots experience and is good to work with as she is tall and also athletic and works hard to produce great images.

The location for the shoot was the Natural light studio at Weedon Bec. This studio has some great natural light, but also good studio lights if required,

The planning for this shoot was to do several different sets. Some using the natural light others using the studio lights. The location also has some long aerial silks, which we used for the first set. These certainly gave Elle a workout hanging and posing using them.

To give Elle a rest from the athletic posing she had been doing. We decided to use a simple leather harness top that Elle Beth had recently purchase as prop for somthing a bit different to the other sets. I want to create a bit of edgy tension in the shots so I have kept them monochrome.

The shots were all lit with a three-light set up. Starting with a large overhead softbox and then adding two gridded strip softboxes. These were set to each side of the model but slightly behind her to provide a rim light the her figure shape.

Slightly less symmetry in this one. A more relaxed feel and yet still with an edgy feel as Elle again engages with the viewer.

Elle Beth Symmetry

I liked the symmetry in this front on image there is also I feel a really feeling of tension in the image. This coming from Elle pose and look directly into the lens of the camera. Almost if the subject is awaiting permission to do something.

monochrome image of model elle beth wearing a simple black leather harness she is placed on the left hand side of the frame and looking directly towards the camera this image is about a simple symetry


London views with my Fuji XT-2

A recent trip into London to visit a couple of exhibitions that had interested me gave an opportunity to capture some London views with my Fuji XT-2. There is always interesting Architectural buildings to get shot of and a few street photography opportunities too. London was busy in the usual tourist spots but if you got a few streets away for these areas then there were very few people and some interesting spots to take a view images. Here one of “One Blackfriars” also known as “The Vase” due its shape. It has an alternative name too “The Tummy.” You can see why it has that name from this view.

London views with my Fuji XT-2 – Architecture

a street view towards the vase high rise tower in monochrome london views with my fuji xt-2
Model:Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/300 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 200

Lots of build work still going on, and this view was made by the row of red lights on the black hoardings. They seem to lead you round together with the other red barrier and yellow lines.

image showing building lines and barries sweeping round by a building back london views with my fuji xt-2
Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/180 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 200

London views – Street opportunities

Obviously the areas busy with the tourist gave some good street photography options. Like this one with the two individuals sat on two stone benches almost mirroring each other as they engage with their phones.

colour image of two people sat on a stone bench one at each end - both engaged with their phones. london views with my fuji xt-2
Model: Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/200 sec @ f-3.6 / ISO 200

The three you lads each with a different make of a backpack walking with purpose down the street caught my eye.

a b/w images of three young lads all with different back packs - shot to feature the back packs. london views with my fuji xt-2
Model:Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/480 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 200

Shop windows always give a different view of the street, this one using a hairdressers interior and with the the window reflections gave a good interior exterior view.

shop window reflections of the street outside, london views with my fuji xt-2
Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/180 sec @ f-2.8 / ISO 200

These three spotted in Trafalgar square seemed to be in a discussion, but the shadows and space between was seem interesting as was the look on the guys faces at the edge of the image.

colour image shot in trafalgar square of a family looking like they are in discussion about what to do next but each has a space between them so it look like a dispute. london views with my fuji xt-2
Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/640 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 200

Not sure what the young lady in the purple was looking at but the lady in blue was taking a picture of something whilst the young man with the ice-cream to be looking on.

colour image of three young people one looking over a fence and the other taking a photo on her phone whilst the you lad is look on holding his icecream. london views with my fuji xt-2
Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/250 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 200

Crossing the Hungerford foot bridge there is an art installation on the railway bridge support that was worth a shot.

as you cross the hungerford footbridge there is some interesting art instalation on the supporting pillar for the railway bridge, london views with my fuji xt-2
Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/60 sec @ f-11 / ISO 250

London views – Tate Modern.

One of the locations I like to visit is Tate Modern, there are always good image making opportunities and this sequence is from that location

The Embankment galleries

Another exhibition space that I often visit is Somerset house and it South wing where the Embankment galleries are situated. This month it was featuring the World Illustration Awards exhibition – showcasing all 200 entries shortlisted for this year’s awards, together with the winners.

inside views from exhibition of the world illustration award exhibitiion at somerset house, london views with my fuji xt-2
Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/60 sec @ f-2 / ISO 320

Well worth a visit to see the some interesting and amazing illustration work. This area for comments caught my eye.

inside views from exhibition of the world illustration award exhibitiion at somerset house, london views with my fuji xt-2
Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/105 sec @ f-2 / ISO 200

Location shoot with Nicole Rayner (NSFW)

Working on location in an old Mill and exploring the floors to find a good location to create some fine Art Nude images. You find a floor with a closed steel door. It’s colour that matches the surrounding brick work. The door also has and some interesting graffiti. The natural light is coming in from the left hand side windows so giving a good directional light. I felt this would be a good location to create some fine art nude images with model

Nicole (Nicole Rayner) Nicole is a great artistic nude model. You just have to shoot there. So here are four fine art nude images shot at this location. The first set of images are with Nicole up close to the door. Using a portrait framing alows the floor boards to be part of the lead in to the figure shapes she is making against the door.

Images

artistic nude model nicole rayner posing against a red steel door in an old mill location
1/60 sec @ f-3.2 / ISO 200

Going to a landscape format gave the wider view and I decided I liked the piller in the framing of the images I also wanted to positioned Nicole so that the message on the door could be read and again that became part of the image.

artistic nude model nicole rayner posing against a red steel door in an old mill location
1/60 sec @ f-3.2 / ISO 200
artistic nude model nicole rayner posing against a red steel door in an old mill location
Bring Nicole forward away from the door gave a more 3D effect to the pose she was making
artistic nude model nicole rayner posing against a red steel door in an old mill location
Bring Nicole forward away from the door also brought the graffitte into play more

Model: Nicole Rayner
Photographer: Richard Spurdens
Lighting: Natural light
Camera: Canon 5D MkIV fitted with 70-200 f2.8 lens


Ella Rose muse – NSFW.

Here are a few images from a location shoot with the model Ella Rose muse. The location was an old Mill, in which we had access to a few of the empty floors.

Old mill building are filled with history not only in the terms of what was made there. But also of the people and machinery that once worked and ran in these building. A chance to work with the Artistic nude model Ella Rose Muse inside this location dosn’t often come alone. As Ella Rose is from Oxfordshire and dosn’t get up north that often. So when it did it I grabed it.

Model: Ella Rose Muse
Photographer: Richard Spurdens
Lighting: Elinchrom Ranger Quadra and natural light
Camera: Canon 5D MkIV fitted with 70-200 f2.8 lens

The first area we worked in didn’t have very much natural light. I had brought along my Elinchrom Ranger Quadra which I fitted with a soft box. To provide some directional light and also set it up to overpower the low ambient light of the location. This helped to hid the background area which was slightly messy.

First floor location images

This area of the mill didn’t have much natural light so a single studio strobe provided the light source for this set of images
A landscape view of this area gave a different feel to the area – again lit with a single studio strobe fitted with a soft box
Ella Rose seated this time working her posing against the support pillar

The next set of images where shot on one of the upper floors. Which did have some better natural light to work with.

Upper floor images

The upper floor of the mill had some good natural light and the old heavy fire door seemed a good back drop for Ella to pose against
The area of the mill had some good natural light and I liked the receding patterns of the windows and pillars in this area.
A tighter crop for this shot of Ella Rose against the heavy fire door – Ella skin tones stand out well in the natural light.
Again a tighter crop for this shot of Ella Rose against the heavy fire door – Ella skin tones stand out well in the natural light.

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