Martyn Lewis Photography

Yorkshire based photographer - Weddings, Automotive, Landscape, Portrait & Studio Photography

Time flies...

clock June 17, 2016 14:04 by author Martyn
...when you're having sons!


Well, the evidence is here - my time for photography and general shooting has been somewhat limited over the past two years - that doesn't mean that I haven't picked up the camera at all - far from it! Simply, that the blogging and write ups of events and shoots has had to take a back seat to the hard work and dedication of raising a young family.


My last blog entry was as far back as 2014! 18 months!! Where has it gone? Well, looking back through my facebook page you can see that I've actually been rather busy! I've shot a number of weddings and events in that time and I'll share a few of my favourite images from those in a short while. In the mean time, some explanation...


With the arrival of our second son, Finley, we were over joyed to add to our family, a beautiful, healthy, 6 lb bundle of joy - you can probably find the first 'proper picture' of him, nestled in a ski helmet, earlier in this blog! (The post before, perhaps?!). A few months into his little life and everything wasn't as rosy as it could have been. Finley was admitted to hospital with suspected hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) and a bunch of other developmental issues that caused the doctors great concern. Turns out it wasn't hydrocephalus in the end, but there were abnormalities in his brain development, along with low muscle tone - hypotonia, a nystagmus/squint, and poor coordination etc. that meant he would be in and out of hospital, and prodded an poked from then until now. Much too-ing and fro-ing between hospitals, consultants, physios, neurologists and geneticists, and we're still not 100% sure about how he'll progress or turn out in the future - that's all still ongoing. The main thing is, is that he IS making progress - slow progress, but progress never the less, and more importantly, that he's a very happy, relaxed and fun little thing, with a cheeky side and determined attitude. With dedicated private physiotherapy, and help from some one to one care at his nursery, he's trying hard to move independently, and in the last few weeks, at the age of 30 months, made his first 'anger' motivated shuffles of a few cm at a time. His older brother, Oscar, has been brilliant - he's so patient and helpful with Finley and is turning into a fine young boy. We couldn't be more proud.

   

So that's where we are right now... Muddling along day by day with the demands of an eager to move, increasingly frustrated 30 month year old, and a wonderful 4 year old who we unintentionally have to spend less time with than we'd like. Will it ever end? Who knows, but my back certainly hopes so!! Thankfully, with the eager help of my Mum and Dad, Kely and I managed 2 nights away on our own for a mini break trip to Edinburgh recently! We took in the sights and indulged in one of our other passions - parkrun! The first break on our own in 4 years! Much needed, child free bliss!! You've no idea how much we needed that!

     


Updates on some 'actual photography' to follow! Martyn, Kelly, Oscar and Fin. x



It's been a while...

clock October 9, 2014 12:23 by author Martyn

...since my last blog update - Life just seems to be getting in the way a little at the moment!

Following the birth of Finley, my 2nd little boy, we've lead a pretty hectic life - balancing work and family time is always a challenge, and my photography has had to take a little bit of a back seat for a few months. (Well, 2 kids and an engine conversion to the "green machine"!)

In the mean time, while the 5D Mk2 has taken extended periods of rest, I've always had my iPhone with me - always accessible, quick to use, and quite honestly, produces great quality images - even the available editing apps that I've downloaded are fast and simple, and can produce some great results instantaneously.

Those of you who follow me on social media, might have seen a few of them over the past months.  Instagram has become a favourite for capturing the growing moments of my family, along with regular pictures on Facebook too.

Having had lots of time off from the 5D, I downloaded a bunch of images that had been shot over the last few months.  Onto the Macbook, and into iPhoto, they immediately become available, via my photostream, on my iPhone too!  So, when I have a spare five minutes and I'm a way from my Macbook, I choose to edit  the odd shot on the iPhone - here are a few of the boys from the last week or two:

 



Dreaming of Winter Olympic Gold

clock December 30, 2013 18:01 by author Martyn
Dreaming of Winter Olympic Gold by Martyn Lewis on 500px.com


So here he is - the reason my photographic exploits have been so quiet of late! The obligatory shot of Finley entwined in some of my old ski racing equipment - it follows the shot of Oscar I did as a newborn, ensconced in my old race ski boot (See further back in my timeline, April 2012... )

Well, it would be rude not to, wouldn't it?!

The title for this one? "Dreaming of Winter Olympic Victory." (...check out his right hand! V for victory!)

I'm dedicating this one to our British Winter Olympic Competitors: Good Luck at Sochi 2014!


Aston Martin - V8 vantage

clock September 18, 2013 09:00 by author Martyn

A few months ago, I was asked to shoot a V8 Vantage that a friends father bought for himself as a 60th birthday present. We met up in the Yorkshire Dales, in the Buttertubs Pass & Ribblehead area, to shoot off some images of his pride and joy. 

It was a beautiful day - a bit too beautiful, if I'm honest - extremely bright sunshine and barely a cloud in the sky, meant not much in the way of dramatic skies or stunning sunsets, but I was reasonably happy with what I shot...













In the news...

clock September 5, 2013 12:00 by author 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:





About the author

Martyn Lewis grew up in Weardale, Durham, spoilt by the wonderful surroundings of the North Pennines.  He graduated from Newcastle University, before completing an MSc at Durham University in 2001.

 

 

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