I thought I’d post a couple of photos from two very different magazine shoots recently. These are black and white versions of shots that I submitted for the magazine features but I still like these monochrome versions.
The first shoot took place at The Cartford Inn, one the best ‘gastro-pubs’ in Lancashire. The ambiance, the staff and the food are all top notch. The photos I’ve included are of the award winning chefs but I was also photographing the food and restaurant areas for the magazine feature.
The second magazine feature was about the RejuvaMed skin clinic in Chorley. Here I was photographing Dr Grant McKeating and his team. The skin clinic employs some hi-tech methods but it’s all about the people here.
You can view more of my photos from these shoots in the latest issues of Live Preston and Live Ribble Valley magazines. Check them out – they are producing some really good quality magazines.
We made our second visit of the year to St Ives in Cornwall last week and as always it proved to be a rich source of picture taking opportunities. In this blog post I thought I’d post a few photographs taken on a single day of our visit, when I decided to shoot in black and white.
It was a day of sunshine and stormy skies which helped add a bit of drama to some of the shots.
For all these shots I used the in-camera Acros film simulation which is set through the menus on the Fuji X-T2. I could have shot raw files and converted them later but I decided to shoot Across jpegs. The different film simulations is one of the great features of this camera.
I know black and white is not everyone’s cup of tea, so if you want to see colour images of St Ives, my photos from our previous visit are here
Anyway, here are a few photos from my black and white day…
It’s always a great day when we see the grandchildren and on Easter Monday we had the pleasure of spending some time with Alexander, who was experiencing his first visit to Avenham Park in Preston.
Avenham Park is the traditional gathering place on an Easter Monday as scores of Children arrive to roll their easter eggs down the grassy slopes of the park.
Alexander is a bit young for chocolate yet but he enjoyed throwing the easter egg and taking in the atmosphere. He also had a good run around, oh to have his energy! After an hour or so he’d seen enough and it was back to our house for another play and a rest. Here are a five black and white pictures from the visit.
It was good to see people enjoying a Victorian Fair in the centre of Preston this weekend at the newly restored Winckley Square gardens. Plenty of people had taken the time to dress up and music played as people browsed the craft and food stalls.
It was a great photo opportunity and local photographer’s were out in force. I had packed my trusty Fuji X-T2 with a couple of lenses and had decided to shoot in black and white. It just seemed more appropriate for a Victorian themed event and I do like a bit of monochrome especially when it has the lovely tones of the Fuji Acros Film Simulation.
Here are the pictures. Click on ant pictures to enter slide show view so you can view the pictures larger.
It’s amazing to see how much they develop in a year. Little Alexander is now one year old and he’s has his own distinct character and personality. He’s also up and walking which is great to see but it does mean that his mum and dad need to be on full alert. Nothing around the house is safe from prying eyes, and hands.
Here are a few black and white snaps taken on his birthday weekend.
Our eldest grandson is just over seven months old and it’s always a joy to see him. He has grown up so much in just a few months – his development is truly amazing.
For these informal portrait shots I used my Fuji X-T1 together with the 50-140mm f2.8 lens. This is such a great combination for this type of work and it’s a set up I probably use more than any other for commercial portraits too.
One of the things Fuji cameras are known for is the quality of their jpegs and the great film simulations available in-camera. These photographs however, were all converted to black and white in post production but I’m really looking forward to trying out the black and white Acros film simulation which will be available on the Fuji X-T2.