A glowing tree stands tall above some bracken in a woodland near Cliffe Marshes

A Woodland Walk

A Walk in the Woods

 

I thought I would take myself out for a walk to a nearby woodland.  Now it’s quite hard to spot any sort of composition in a forest, mainly because of all the branches and leaves going off in all directions throughout the scene.  The leaves and other foliage seemed bright like a luminescence that I haven’t seen before.  It looked like everything had a dose of saturation from photoshop although this was before any photos were taken.  Luckily, as I was coming to the point in the walk where I was about to turn around, a glow that caught my eye in amongst the very green leaves.  I realised it was light bouncing off the stripped bark of the tree below which made it stand out amongst the surrounding foliage.

 

Setting up

So the next thing was to set up my tripod in the dense bracken underfoot.  All was well until I mounted my camera –  the added weight made one of the legs slowly sink into the earth!  After re-jigging the tripod and a composition set up that I was pleased with, I set about taking the shot.  1/8sec f18 IS0 400.  It was very windy so the slow shutter speed picked out movement in some of the leaves.  I tried a shot with a faster shutter speed but was happier with the first effort.

Back Home

Back at base, in the editing programme lightroom, I found the foliage still far too bright so I toned it down a little bit.  All that was left to do was add a vignette and do some selective dodging and burning on the tree.

I titled this the ‘Bracken Beacon’ on Instagram which I think was quite apt for the glow that this old tree was giving off on that windy day on my woodland walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A glowing tree stands tall above some bracken in a woodland near Cliffe Marshes

A tree glowing in a Woodland near Cliffe Marshes in Kent.

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Calendar

 

A3 2020 Calendar

A calendar is a very personal thing, which makes choosing the images to go into my 2020 Calendar quite a challenge. When I have spoken to people about calendars I normally get a very mixed reaction from liking wildlife, landscapes, fluffy things, flying things. I Can sense some people now trying not to make eye contact and say “run”, “he is trying to sell another bloody calendar”.

 

Variety

So with this calendar in mind, I tried to get a mixture of the furry and the fluffy, Just look at June and December, Bees are fluffy too, check August. I don’t recommend stroking one though. There is a bit of blurb on the calendar explaining a little bit about each image. There is also some info on image use.

Some studio work is also in the calendar with some cosmetic stock related images and a bottle of ice-cold beer.Calendar showing wire binding

 

Quality

It is very important for me trying to brand myself that I get the best quality for a fair price. This Calendar printing company by far met my expectations in terms of printing and producing a product that I could add my name too. They even managed to get the early May bank holiday (VE Day) in the right place and I didn’t know it was changing.

The 2020 calendars come pre-packed in poly bags. Customers know that they are getting a product straight from the printers. As a result, these Calendars are hot off the press.

My Calendars are wire bound so you can fold over or just rip off to reveal the next month to see whether you have a nice holiday coming up that month or how long until payday. Enough of my calendar habits.

Delivery Options

Although I’d love to hand-deliver every calendar (and boy do I need the exercise) it’s simply not possible. For that reason, there is a flat rate postage and package delivery charge for this item for UK wide delivery. You can, of course, choose to place an order and collect from me. I may throw in a cup of tea and a biscuit. Oh, the selling tactics are shameless.Back of Anrew beck photography 2020 calendar

Cost of this locally produced quality product.

What we’ve got to pay for it? Doh. Yep and its great value at only £8.99 which represents good value for and A3 sized beast as this is. At this size, it shows each image off at its best. This gives you more room to add notes etc like paydays and holidays.

If you have started to make eye contact and have been sold then please click here to be taken to the Calendar more info page.

There is a golden ticket inside one of them. The finder gets a tour around my special photo factory. Stop it. No, they don’t, but I may still throw in the cup of tea and biscuit. Reluctantly I can’t send tea and biscuits through the post. Royal Mail frowns upon such actions.Detailed shot of calendar

Summary

So to sum up, a quality locally produced A3, wire bound, calender with quality images. Something for everyone male, female and a good stocking filler for Christmas.

If you would like one, please click below. Thank you.

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calendar page showing dates and a fox photograph

Andrew Beck photography calendar page showing dates and an image of a stunt horse rider

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Event Photography

Event Photography

What to expect from me when I photograph your event

There are many genres of photography I like to shoot but I particularly like event photography. It is great to see people having fun and to capture those key moments which can be very rewarding. There are a few hurdles to overcome with this type of photography.

Venues are very important as there is usually a lack of light which makes focusing awkward at times but luckily can be overcome.   Modern Speedlite flashguns throw out an optical grid to help the focusing sensor lock-on to a face, thus keeping the amount of properly focused images (keepers) to a maximum.Three women having fun using props in a natural pose at an event

As always I try to strike a balance of the type of images I take at each event.  My preferred style is a natural one, taking people enjoying themselves without them realising that I am even in the room.  I appreciate that some clients would like posed shots of themselves with friends and family on special occasions and then I try to put the subjects at ease by asking them to do something a bit different to the usual pose and smile.  Sometimes a silly interaction can make a more interesting image.

I like to throw in some black and white images too. Black and white images can cut out the distraction of colour and give more power to the actions within a scene which, in turn, lets the emotion of the image come shining through.

A black and white image showing people in a natural pose without the distraction of colourA black and white image focuses on the emotion of a proud father and daughter have a hug.

Ambient light v Flash for Event Photography

Ambient light, the light in the room usually dictated by the disco or band lighting, can give a more natural picture. Always good for the dancing shots especially when the alcohol kicks in or as seen here when the band are in action. The last thing you want to do is destroy the atmosphere of the concert lighting with a big white flash.

Varied colours from the lights of a Rock concert

 

Two women pose for the camera at a private functionFlash comes into its own when you want to overpower the uneven colour or dark areas you would normally get with just using ambient light ie group shots and photos of couples. There is another method that can be used creatively which is known as shutter drag, whereby there is a  mixture of the two for some unusual creative effects.

Two women smile at the camera while a third woman interacts by pointing at the camera.

Event Photography Details

I always like to get details of an event whether it be of the hard-working staff behind the bar, a decorated room or a birthday cake. A lot of time, money and preparation by the hosts deserves to be recorded for future posterity.  The details of a birthday cake

 

More Information about Event Photography

For more information on my event photography, portfolio and price please click here.

 

 

a Black and White image of bar staff hard at work at an event.