October 9, 2014 12:23 by 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:
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: