September 18, 2013 09:00 by Martyn
September 5, 2013 12:00 by Martyn
Just catching up on some updates here - I realise I've been a bit slack on the blog recently!
First up, I'd like ot mention the power of social media! On August the 12th, I ventured out into the darkness of the moorland above Scammonden reservoir, not far from where the M62 reaches its highest point on it's journey between the Urban sprawl of Leeds-Bradford and Manchester. The aim was to capture som eof the Perseid metoer shower on camera. It was reputedly going to be one of the 'busiest' Perseid showers for a number of years, with peak meteor rates of around 100 per hour. In reality, above the glow of the surrounding cities, I counted more like 20 per hour- most of which were typically out of frame! As the cloud rolled in and out, conditions were far from perfect. In a brief break, I spotted the Milky way, clearly visible overhead, and so I thought I'd capitalise on th eopportunity and capture that, instead. I shot a 3 shot vertical panorama, with the band of stars and space dust clearly visible to the naked eye, right above me. I also managed to get a single meteor in frame too! Bonus!
Happy, and starting to feel a little tired, I returned home and the next mornign, quickly post processed the RAW images I'd shot, and posted a single image to my facebook, 500px and Flickr pages. In doing so, my twitter feed is automatically updated with an "I've just uploaded a new image" type of thing, and it was from there, that the BBC Look North program contacted me to see if they could feature my shot on their evening news program. they also shared it on their facbook page, and I received many comments and likes as a result. I was very happy.
Here's a screen shot from the popular social media feed, and a copy of the original image, below:
September 4, 2013 12:30 by Martyn
I had the pleasure of being asked to shoot a good friends wedding up on the Isle of Skye a few months ago - as you'll probably be able to tell from my blog, I'm a huge fan of the Western Isles, and jumped at the chance to capture their wedding. It was actually the Bride and Groom, Martin and Becs, who introduced me to the wonders of Skye, a number of years ago. Since then, we've visited without fail every year! Sometimes, we've managed two or three trips up there in a single year! It's a truly special place.
Their wedding took place at the Sligachan Hotel - a place where many a Cuilin adventure have both begun and ended. With the wedding outside(!), the Scottish weather was very forgiving and other than a brisk breeze it was a perfect setting at the foot of the Cuilin Mountains. The bridge on which they got married, dates from the 1820's - possibly even earlier, but thankfully is no longer used for anything other than foot traffic - it provided the perfect setting for a truly fantastic wedding day. Here are a few of my favourite shots from the day:
Popped out with the Snap-On LED torch the other night… Sat the Canon on a tripod, hooked up the wireless remote, and commenced shooting the rear of my Exige. The night after, I stole the keys to the Dad-in-Laws Elise and did a 'secret shoot' of a 3/4 view for a bit of a surprise for him.
Back home - I say back home… One of the shots was shot on the driveway, just outside the back door! - a bit of deft photoshop editing later, and I ended up with 2 images I was really happy with. What do you think?
Here are a couple of image composites of the 2 shoots - Each shot is made up from approximately 20 individual photos, selectively masked and balanced to make up one single image.
Each image is shot over 10 seconds, and the 'light trails' you can see around the car, are the paths that the torch took over the curves of the vehicle, to highlight individual contours and features...
Here also, is a bonus video showing the number of layers and individual images used to create the Lotus Elise image:
February 28, 2013 13:00 by Martyn
I've been fortunate once again, to have one of my automotive shots chosen as the "Picture of the Month", over on TheLotusForums.com.
This will be my third successful PoTM with TLF, with the image being offered for download as the monthly desktop wallpaper for all TLF's members to use, in a variety of resolutions.
Previous winners of mine include September 2011's 'Bug's Eye View' of Andy Swifts wonderful series one Lotus Exige, and also a dynamic shot of a Lotus Elan, at Brands Hatch, making it as August 2012's chosen image. I'm in good company too it seems - other selected images include offerings from noted photgraphers such as EVO Magazine's, Dean Smith with his mid-flight Exige V6 shot. Andrew Whyte with a shot of a 'light painted' Evora, and Nick Williams with a shot of Pinkie's infamous beautiful matt black 2010 Lotus Exige.
The Lotus forums is an excellent resource for all things Lotus related, with a wealth of news and information within, along with a bustling forum community with a global reach.
Here's to many more PoTM's! I've a feeling an upcoming shoot with a new Lotus V6 Exige, might just end up being a contender!