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Welcome to my Property Photography Blog.

Here I will keep you updated on my photographic journey and items of interest and importance.
Trade stand at the Floral Fringe Fair, 19/20th May 2012
03rd June 2012 - 0 comments
This year was the first year of the Floral Fringe Fair, a wildlife/garden and art show held at Bignor Park, Bignor, West Sussex. I took a stand there selling my work as prints, canvasses and greetings cards.

The two-day event was hard work, but great fun and was very rewarding not only in terms of sales and orders, but also in terms of making new friends and contacts. I have a new client signing up for tutorial work and some Arundel residents looking to find a space for me to exhibit at the Arundel Gallery Trail. www.arundelgallerytrail.co.uk

Gearing up! - The company branding excercise continues
10th May 2012 - 2 comments
With my stand at the forthcoming Floral Fringe Fair at Bignor Park, Pulborough, West Sussex https://www.facebook.com/FloralFringeFair and my increasing commercial work, I have decided to brand myself up!

Coming soon - Jackets, polo-shirts and baseball caps...Get your orders in now!...



Residential Photography Commission - Estate agency photography
10th May 2012 - 0 comments
I was recently commissioned by Guy Leonard & Co estate agents to photograph one of the properties that was just coming to their books.

I carried out my initial walk around, during which I assess not only the style of the property, but also the style of the owners, to gain a feel of what they would like shown or emphasized in the photography.

It was clear that the vendors, who had redeveloped the property, were keen on visual arts and crisp styling and it was also clear that there were going to be some tricky lighting conditions to deal with.












The tonal range in some of the rooms was beyond the reach of a digital camera sensor's ability to record, which meant some creative solutions were needed. In the absence of multiple flash units or moveable lighting systems, I had to use multiple exposure blending to record all of the detail from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights. This technique involves taking multiple frames (in the case of the hallway below, six) fixed on a tripod with the same focus and aperture and then blending them together in Photoshop.

The end result?

One happy vendor, one happy estate agent and one happy photographer who has secured the position of professional photographer for the estate agency!
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta Download
02nd May 2012 - 0 comments
This has been out for a wee while now, but the download window is ending in the next 24 hours. Download it while you can and let me know what you think.

http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/photoshopcs6.html
Event Photography - Brighton Marathon 2012
15th April 2012 - 0 comments
I was very privileged to have been selected to officially photograph the runners and winners of this year's Brighton Marathon.





It was a long day which involved getting up at 6 in the morning to ensure that I got to Brighton and the finish line for 9am. After that time, I would not have been able to meet the organisers and gain access to the shooting area.

After approximately 7 hours of shooting, standing, walking and talking, my eyes were boggling, my feet were killing me and I am sure I was taking on more water than the runners themselves.

I did think it a little selfish to be complaining of sore feet and a parched throat, when faced with people who had just run 26 odd miles though!



It was a great day and was a departure from my usual style of photography; the vibe was brilliant, as was the sheer diversity of emotions in the runners. Some were ecstatic, some were crying, others looked like extras from 'Dawn of the dead', some definitely did not want their photos taken, others thought it was the best idea ever and it was these guys that I took so much enjoyment from.

Well done to all who took part, to the organisers, medal guys, water people, shiny-blanket handy-outy people and not forgetting the first aiders who did such a brilliant job on the day.
Time-Lapse Journey into an Abandoned Asylum Created with 35,000 Photos
12th April 2012 - 0 comments
One for all my fellow Urbexers!

Washington Times video producer Drew Geraci created this amazing time-lapse video of an asylum that was abandoned decades ago. They used a combination of traditional HDR, tone-mapping, and time-lapse techniques. Every single frame was a still photo, and they snapped 35,000 of them with two Canon 5D Mark II DSLRs over 7 months to complete the project.

"Opened in the early 1920s, the Asylum closed down and was abandoned decades ago. Rooms remain untouched – left as they were when the last of the employees departed. These buildings stand as a testament to the horrors and miss treatment that patients had to endure during the time of its operation.

Our 7 month journey into the Asylum led us on many adventures; from dodging security vehicles, ghostly figures and even a meth head. This is no place for the faint of heart. Asbestos blanketed every room we entered like new winter snow, so shooting was sometimes difficult."

http://vimeo.com/40005142
New funky company logo
12th April 2012 - 0 comments
I now have a fantastic new logo and text designed by Rebecca Smeeth of http://www.rebeccasmeeth.com

Commercial Photography Commission - Hotel, West Sussex
11th April 2012 - 0 comments
I am very pleased to have just been commissioned to photograph a local hotel that is re-opening under new management. It is a hotel of local historical interest with many design features specific to its designer. External and internal photograph are called for, paying particular attention to the design, feel and mood of not only the building itself, but of the owners interpretation of it too.

More detail and photographs coming soon.
Blue Lines - Urban architecture photograph
08th April 2012 - 2 comments
On Friday, my girlfriend and I went up to visit family in London and I decided to take my camera along with me. I deliberated (as always) about how much gear to carry about and in the end decided to travel light. My comb, my toothbrush and my 28-80ml.

I had not taken any photos until the point that we were leaving the flat to start the journey home and I grabbed this shot as the others were waiting impatiently in the lift. It was a grab shot, one that was almost out of desperation that I had carried my camera with me and not taken any shots and it is turning into one of my favourite photographs!



The moral of the story is: Always have your camera with you, always look for the shot and no matter what the circumstances, always take the shot.
Free photography ebook by Rosh Sillars
01st April 2012 - 0 comments
Please visit my 'Download' page to pick up a copy of Rosh Sillars' new book 'One hour photographer'.

The book covers all of the important points from the basics of photography to marketing, including Social Media and SEO.

Please let me know what you thought about it and whether you found it useful.

Thanks

Ross
Photoshop v's Lightroom
28th March 2012 - 0 comments
Having recently tried 'Lightroom' and messed up my filing, what do you guys use? My situation was undoubtedly 'user error', but having used 'Photoshop' for so long, I found it hard to get used to the new interface.

Lots of people use 'LR' on its own, and lots of people use it in conjunction with 'PS'. I would appreciate your thoughts on this.

Is it an ease of use decision? Is it a financial decision?
Photograph published in 'Sussex Life' magazine April edition
27th March 2012 - 0 comments
I have been lucky enough to have been selected for publication in the 'Sussex Life' magazine's 'Beautiful Sussex' section where the editor hand picks photos for publication. Read below for the story behind the image.



Every year St Mary’s church in Pulborough erects this simple yet beautiful star at Christmas. Looking out of my bedroom window one evening as the sun was setting, the amazing hues of the sky created a stunning backdrop for the steeple, so I quickly grabbed my camera and tripod and opened the window to shoot. To make the most of the available light and foreground detail, I took three separate exposures for the highlights, mid-tones and shadows, combining them in Photoshop to get this image. Because the clouds were moving, each frame captured a slightly different cloud formation which resulted in this lovely creamy looking sky.
Latest Photograph - 'Misty Trees', Pulborough
16th March 2012 - 0 comments
My latest picture is one that I have had in mind for some time. In an adjacent road to where I live is a line of Norwegian Maples that have a stunning form. I knew there was a photo to be had, but I needed the right conditions to prevail to be able to shoot it.

I woke yesterday to another morning of fog. I had been out once before, but the fog was not thick enough for my needs. (remember: there is always someone out there who is loving the ‘rubbish’ weather!) The area is very residential and I needed the fog to screen out the surrounding houses and cars. I had, in my head envisioned the trees cloaked with fog to make more of their structure so it was a double win.

The photograph was composed to show the line of trees disappearing through the image coming to a point with the converging lines of the bank just beyond the trees and the edge of the road.

The initial edit was to reduce the prominence of the foreground, to add a toning layer and to sharpen the dominant tree with a selective High Pass Filter.

Looking at it again, I thought it would suit a bit texture so I overlayed the image with several texture layers, adjusting the opacity to suit.

Floral Fringe Fair 2012 - Wildlife Garden Show at Bignor Park
13th March 2012 - 0 comments
I am very pleased to announce that I will be selling my work at this year's Floral Fringe Fair https://www.facebook.com/pages/Floral-Fringe-Fair/208893135844287 to be held at Bignor Park in West Sussex on the 19th-20th May.

This is a countryside/nature orientated fair with specialist nurseries, contemporary crafts, wildlife stalls, local food producers, butterfly and bee plants, honey, bar, baskets, sausage sizzle, vintage collectables, bug hunt, moth trap, bat and bird boxes, hedgehog houses, books, ceramics, woodland products, vegetable plants and vegetables and much much more.

Do come along and say Hi if you are in the county!
Garden Photography
07th March 2012 - 0 comments
This is an area of great interest to me, as I love photography and I love gardening. My two passions merge nicely when I take photographs of the progress of my gardens at home.

There are many benefits to this:- good photographic material from the comfort of my own home, memories, etc etc, but an unexpected one came in the other day when I was able to submit my garden (photos of) for a book being written on front gardens by leading garden-journalist Annie Gatti.

I supplied her with pictures of before, during and after (is there ever an after?) and although she is working on the shortlist now, she may well use it as a case study in the book!

Watch this space!...
Kenya 2012
13th January 2012 - 0 comments
Just returned from an amazing couple of weeks spent in Kenya journeying from Mombasa through Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks, up to and around Nairobi.

Stay tuned for the pictures...
Exhibition of the National Open Art Competition 2011
12th November 2011 - 0 comments
The image 'Final resting place' has gone through the second round of judging and has been selected to be shown in the exhibition of the National Open Art Competition which runs from the 9th - 29th December 2011 at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, West Sussex.

Update to National Open Art Competition
12th October 2011 - 0 comments
'Final resting place' has been shortlisted for judging at Goodwood racecourse on November 10th.

This appears to be a real Marmite picture; I love it but a lot of you don't!

If I get through this stage, then it will be shown at the exhibition at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester in December and prizes will be awarded at the private view!...

National Open Art Competion
09th September 2011 - 0 comments
I have entered four of my works into this national art competion with digital judging on October 12th...

Potters Manor - Urbex debut
04th September 2011 - 0 comments
After much research and planning, I took off yesterday to photograph 'Potters Manor House' in East Sussex before it is sold and gets pulled down. This was only my second such urbex mission and I was a bit jumpy as I parked up, climbed over the fence and worked my way through the bushes to what I was hoping was the house. As I rounded one big clump of shrubbery the house loomed into view and I was filled with excitement and dread in equal measure.



Approaching the very derelict house and ultimately climbing in through an open/broken window into what was a large living room, I realised with some degree of concern, that nobody actually knew where I was.....

Once safely inside and with a slightly slower heart rate, I began to shoot. For more of the images from the day click Here

My inspiration for this visit was the work by an amazing photographer called 'Miss Aniela'.