Street photography in York | Fuji X-T1 street photography | candid street photography
street photography in York

I’ve been dabbling in the Fuji X series mirrorless camera system and, having just picked up the Fuji X-T1, I thought I trial it on some street photography in York. Street photography is not something I’ve had a lot of experience with, I’ve often taken the odd candid shot of an unsuspecting subject using a long focal length lens, but for true street photography, the art is to get in close using a normal or wide=angle focal length to capture candid portraits and street scenes. The thing is though, I find it scary! I do my utmost to get the shot without being spotted but it’s disconcerting when your subject, a totally unknown stranger, looks straight at you as you press the shutter. I’m guessing you need nerves of steel and just brazen it out, but it’s funny how photographers have become Pariahs and seen as something subrvetive or worse!

These are my offerings from a timid shoot in York, all taken with the Fuji X-T1 and the 18-55mm IOS lens. To be honest, the Fuji X-T1 is not all that the hype would have you believe – it’s certainly not a DSLR killer as many would have you think. For me, the focus is too slow despite it being claimed by Fuji as “the world’s fastest AF”  To be honest, my D4 would have woken up, focussed and taken half a dozen shots in the time it takes for the Fuji to wake up. Often I missed a shot as the camera was slow at coming to life but once there, it does lock on. Fuji for some strange reason, have recessed the AF buttons and they are very fiddly to get to, especially for me as I am very much left-eye dominant when using a camera, so my face and nose cover the focus buttons and with the added fiddlliness of them being recessed, it’s hard to quickly change AF without taking my face away from the view finder. I think I will post more on my thoughts on the Fuji in another post, but for now, have a look at what I took. All were shot in Fuji RAW (.RAF) and processed in LR5. One thing is for sure, Henri Cartier-Bresson can rest easy in his grave for now :¬)

street photography in York
candid street photography
candid street photography
street photography in York
candid street photography
street photography in York
street photography in York

 commercial photographer Wakefield | Wakefield commercial photographer 
commercial photographer Wakefield

commercial photographer Wakefield: Today was the first meeting of the autumn for the cathedral choir and, as always, at the first meeting all the members of the choir are gathered together so it is an ideal opportunity to get the annual photographs taken. I was first commissioned to do the photographs last year and the choir master was so happy with the results he commissioned me again this year. They’ve had some pretty disappointing results in the past from other photographers, mainly due to using inadequate lighting resulting in poorly exposed images. The cathedral is huge and a speedlight on top of the camera is not going to cut the mustard in terms of getting an even exposure across such a large group! I used a couple of 500w monoblocs running from a large battery pack to get a lot of light into the images at a low ISO resulting in crisp bright shots with a lot of detail.

Wakefield commercial photographer
commercial photographer Wakefield
commercial photographer Wakefield

After doing a combination of shots of the whole choir and the different sections, we shot some individual portraits for those that wanted them, including this year, shots of the choir boys and girls with their parents. I chose to shoot the individual shots in the choir stalls as I really like the carved wooden pews and the altar candles. This brings some inherent problems of capturing the ambient background light while at the same time lighting the subject but by understanding how to control both ambient and flash together by dragging the shutter, it’s possible to create some lovely portraits. The individual portraits were all taken with the awesome 70-200mm lens, handheld at 1/10 of a second :¬)

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Cannon Hall wedding photographer: Chris & Faye

wedding photographer Cannon Hall

I was pleased when Faye rang to book me as her Cannon Hall wedding photographer but after a few minutes chatting I realised I was already booked on the day of her wedding and so was unable to help. I’d met Faye previously when she was a bridesmaid at Joanne and Vineesh’s wedding at Ripley Castle a couple of years ago and I really didn’t want to let her down so I passed her on to my friend in York, Fortunately, Ian was available and after meeting up with him, Faye an Chris booked him for their wedding. I thought that was the end of the story until, just a few month’s ago, the wedding I had booked was cancelled suddenly leaving me with a free date after all. I suggested to Ian that I go along as his second shooter for the day to which he agreed and so it was I turned up for one of the wettest weddings I’ve done this year!

The rain poured down for much of the day and it really was wet to the extent we’d given up all hope of getting outside for the photographs. However, as the ceremony finished we had a window of around 30minutes where the rain stopped or at least eased off enough for us to get out. We quickly did the bridal party shots just in case, then headed back for confetti and group shots before heading back to the gardens for the bride and groom shoot. Talk about rushing! As the heaven’s opened again, we got Chris and Faye into the car and off to the reception at Cawthorne village hall. The hall was decorated beautifully and there was a cream tea waiting for the guests to keep them occupied before the wedding breakfast at 2pm. In the end, we did ok as things could have been a great deal worse had the rain not stopped! Here are just a few from the day.

cannon hall wedding photographer
cannon hall wedding photographer
cannon hall wedding photographer
cannon hall wedding photographer
cannon hall wedding photographer
cannon hall wedding photographer
wedding photographer Cannon Hall
wedding photographer Cannon Hall
wedding photographer Cannon Hall
wedding photographer Cannon Hall

Wakefield fashion and glamour photographer | fashion photographer Wakefield | glamour photographer Wakefield

wakefield fashion and glamour photographer

Wakefield fashion and glamour photographer: I was delighted to have a return visit from Louise today for a second shoot. This time round she wanted to try some swimsuit and lingerie as she is currently in training to enter fitness competitions and wants to compete in the swimsuit section. It’s the first time she’s modeled this style but we had a good time and got some great images. I’m still editing the images and have been a bit behind with various things over the past few weeks but here are a few and I will likely post more as I edit.

To book me as your Wakefield fashion and glamour photographer, just call the studio on 019242 229800 for a chat.

wakefield fashion and glamour photographer
wakefield fashion and glamour photographer
wakefield fashion and glamour photographer
wakefield fashion and glamour photographer
wakefield fashion and glamour photographer

 

commercial photographer West Yorkshire | Wakefield commercial photographer

commercial photographer West Yorkshire: Today I was back on site with Beaumont Legal to shoot some more headshots covering around 30 new staff members and also to shoot some PR images of the directors. The shoot was done at J41 business park where they have recently acquired a new office to house the rapidly expanding workforce. The brief was to shoot the directors outside the office as a group of four and also as individuals and also to create some profile shots of Paul Mason who has been with the firm for 25 years. As well as portraits of Paul, we were to create some images of him in his role as training officer in the large new training suite on the first floor.  Here is a few of the images I created for their marketing guys.

To book me as your commercial photographer West Yorkshire just call the studio on 01924 229800 or for more information visit my commercial website here

 

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commercial photographer West Yorkshire
Leeds commercial photographer
commercial photographer West Yorkshire
commercial photographer West Yorkshire
Wakefield commercial photographer
Wakefield commercial photographer

model portfolio photographer West Yorkshire | Wakefield fashion photographer  | Leeds fashion photographer

fashion photographer Leeds

modelling portfolio photographer West Yorkshire: Omar was looking to update his portfolio and after searching around, chose to come over to Wakefield for the shoot. We did a whole series of sets from evening wear to underwear, mostly shot on a neutral backdrop for a classic look. We did do a couple of sets in front of the French windows and I created some beautiful evening sunshine to go with the casual gear using a couple of 800w redheads. For the neutral background I used a white sweep and dropped the light off it to give ma a 20% grey which I really like for fashion shoots.

To book me for your modelling portfolio update, just call the studio on 01924 229800 for a chat.

modelling portfolio photographer West Yorkshire
modelling portfolio West Yorkshire
model portfolio photographer West Yorkshire
Fashion photographer Wakefield
Fashion photographer Wakefield
Fashion photographer Wakefield
fashion photographer Leeds
fashion photographer Leeds