- Testing the Fuji GFX 50s
I was recently commissioned to undertake a shoot for multinational company in Sicily. I can't discuss much about it except to say that the agency's requirements were very specific; amongst other things, they needed exceptional sharpness and large files...
- British Airways High Life Magazine
Featuring in British Airways High Life magazine worldwide this month are some photographs taken for a ski food feature. My job was to take some representative images of food high up in the Alps at Ristorante L'Ortiche in the ski resort of Sauze d'Oulx, Italy.
- Fine Art Prints for sale
Prints for sale through Fine Art America/ August 2018 I have now teamed up with Fine Art America to sell prints direct. There are a variety of online framing options (from small to large with matte, frame options etc) as well as printing on various products from phone covers to cushions and more. Prints are […]
- New Website
Lightworks website has been updated. Although similar to the previous one, all the underlying code has been updated providing a better browsing experience whether on PC, tablet or smartphone..
- Alpine Elements
Part of a continuing series exploring weather and seasons in the Italian Alps in monochrome. All images are available as prints.
- Winter Ski
A promotional video produced for the ski resort of Sauze d'Oulx in Piemonte, Italy, to increase tourism and advertise the resort
- Summer Ball Photography
Event Photography from a Summer Ball at the fantastic location of the 18th Century Rockbeare Manor near Exeter for one of the county’s largest employers.
- A Taste of Summer
A short form promotional video produced for the Comune of Sauze d'Oulx in Piemonte, Italy.
Recorded over summer 2015, for release in 2016, the video is part of an ongoing series...
- Jazmine Erta
Part of an ongoing project, this image shows the shoot in progress of gold medal winning snowboarder Jazmine Erta. Jazmine is the Italian World Junior Freeride champion.
- New Getty Stock
New photography stock for Getty Images of Los Angeles (Santa Monica), London and Piedmont in Italy. All images can be licensed from Getty.
- Corporate Portraits
corporate portrait photography for UK business Shot on location with a mobile lighting/studio set-up, these images (a very small selection displayed here) were part of programme to have everyone within the company photographed professionally for email signatures and internal corporate business uses; that is, everyone from ground floor workers to managers and office staff (200+ […]
- Sonic Fireworks
Fireworks And Events Company celebrates 20 years For a number of years I’ve been working with Sonic Fireworks & Events, so much so in fact that they’ve become good friends. On this, their twentieth year in business, it seemed like a good idea to do a little feature on them and, as part of that, […]
- Network Rail – Mental Health
Editorial portraits for Network Rail Editorial photography for a Network Rail story on mental health issues – depression etc. With a story such as this, it’s really important that the photography reflects the storyline. The first ideas were shot in bright sunshine and, to my mind, didn’t work. Thankfully, a while later on, the clouds […]
- Food Photography
Food and restaurant photography The two shots above were shot using daylight and flash. Using a softbox, reflectors and added diffusion the light balance and quality of light was achieved, giving a naturalistic impression. The two below, where there was no natural daylight, took quite a long time to achieve. Ultimately, using reflectors, two strobe […]
- People & Portraits
Wedding photography in Arizona USA A change from commercial photography with a wedding and party that came with some beautiful November weather in Arizona. These are images from pre and post wedding shoots. This opportunity also gave me the chance to try out some new kit – namely the Phottix Odin Speedlight Trigger System combined […]
- Lake Thun, Switzerland
Swiss stock photography produced for Getty Images Dusk settles over Lake Thun, Switzerland One of a series of new stock images produced exclusively for Getty Images. This one is of dusk settling over Lake Thun in Switzerland. The five buoys in the shot make the image for me, looking like marbles on a glass surface. […]
- Fuji X-T1
evaluating the Fuji X-T1 as a lightweight walk around camera IN BRIEF – Great lightweight camera. – Out of camera jpegs superb on the whole. – Really fun to use. – Poor battery life. – Superb viewfinder. – Needs a bit more work though. PREAMBLE With Canon seemingly increasing the price of their cameras exponentially […]
- Network Rail Portraits
Environmental portraiture of rail workers Environmental portraiture for a Network Rail story on their specialised workers and teams that have helped rebuild Dawlish. Portraits follow with the printed article shown below. For commercial and editorial portraiture and general photography in Devon get in touch
- Happy Sauze
The launch of Sauze d’Oulx Happy Video Shot over five days in late April 2014 in the Italian alpine resort of Sauze d’Oulx as part of Pharrell Williams partnership with the United Nations International Day of Happiness 2014. The video production involved over 100 people co-ordinated by co-producer, Jill Couzens, along with hotels, passes, venues […]
- Dawlish Mail
Shooting for Network Rail in the wake of the Winter storms Daily Mail coverage of the re-opening of the railway line at Dawlish, Devon Shooting hand-held at dusk (it was actually almost dark) with a telephoto lens trying to avoid the spring tidal surge (threatening to engulf you and the equipment any moment) while persuading […]
- Happy Sauze Video
alpine hapiness courtesy of Pharrell Williams There’s been an outbreak of alpine happiness in the Italian ski resort of Sauze d’Oulx as we’ve been shooting the resort’s Happy video to help promote it in social media along with, of course, supporting the UN International Day of Happiness. The video production team has included producer, Jill […]
- LG Accenture Adverts
Lightworks Photography Images used in advertising LG Electronics advert Accenture advert Two new adverts using my photography that I thought were worthy of note. Above, LG Electronics using this image to sell their new 21:9 wide screen tv and, below, Accenture using this conceptual still life image to indicate something special, something ahead of the […]
- Italy Commercial Photography
Photography commissions in Italy A selection of images from previous photography commissions undertaken in Italy. Commissioned photographic work, both editorial and commercial photography and video, is undertaken in Italy from the high Alps to Sicily (or Piemonte to Puglia), in addition to commercial photography in Devon, the South West of England and UK generally. The […]
- The Printer’s Art
Traditional monochrome selenium-toned silver print of Venice using Record Rapid paper. The art of producing prints is alive and kicking - if only just.
- A Year of Instagram
** This post was originally published in 2014 and is now out of date! ** Every New Year the newspapers and magazines are full of reviews, looking back over the year and forward to 2013. Breaking the mould, it seemed like a good opportunity reflect on a few years in March, not January, with the […]
- Westward Ho!
shooting video at Westward Ho Devon A test desaturated yellow colour grade using a still from the shoot Shooting a video can be tough, especially when the sun is out and the temperatures finally creep up to 16C. This is a still from one of the longer term video projects I’m currently engaged with. Today’s […]
- New Getty Stock
Getty Images tomato stock pictures Time for some new stock photographs available now from Getty Images. The theme of this post is tomatoes – lots of ’em and all grown by me as well! The tastiest was the small plum tomato called Rosada (an F1 hybrid) described as “an elongated baby plum with superb flavour”. […]
- PL & DE BookCovers
- Exmoor Beast 2
Version 2 of this video is in colour and has a couple of clips from the riders talking about the sportive/challenge. This was the original cut, more-or-less, but due to time constraints this version had to be put on ice temporarily.
- Restoration Man
We recently shot stills for Jackie & Neil's Fisherman's Church episode of Restoration Man on Channel 4 with George Clarke. The shoot in Brixham, Devon, involved producing a variety of work for the client
- Exmoor Beast Video
One of the toughest sportives of the season, The Exmoor Beast (starting in the Devon town of Tiverton), takes riders up both the pleasantly rolling <em>and</em> leg-burning hills of Exmoor in Somerset. Beautiful scenery is thrown in for free as is the obligatory dose of unpredictable and sometimes seemingly vindictive West Country autumnal weather.
- Beauty of Barolo
Dusting the Alps behind, the first high alpine snows of autumn contrast with a Langhe hill town and vineyards near Barolo at the beginning of the vendemmia (grape harvest).
- Cosworth Group
Products and people for Adaero precision instruments We recently had the great pleasure to undertake some technical photography for precision component manufacturer, Adaero, part of the Cosworth group. A separate page has been created to show of some of Adaero’s beautiful products (from medical to aerospace by way of a hundred other industries) in finer […]
- Cassini’s Voyage
NASA images from the edge of the solar system While busy with commercial work – a separate post to come soon – I thought it of note to post this incredible image. Taken by the Cassini space probe (which happens to be near* Saturn) of Saturn’s rings and the Earth in the distance (annotated). What […]
- Budleigh Spring
You either love it or you hate it. 6x6 (square) photographs force you to look at the shapes, the graphic lines created and how they interact with the frame. The symmetry (or asymmetry) and composition are vital aspects of this
- Exmouth Winter
Exmouth Winter Days video An experimental video motivated by being drawn to a seaside resort in off-season. What storyline? Initially it was shoot and see what happens. A creative exercise. As time drew on, I realised the weather (variable to say the least) was the narrative – the rain driving me away from the town […]
Shooting stock photography is always made easier by years of (sometimes hard-learned) experience in the market and knowledge of those market trends. It's always a delight to see when one of those stock photography shoots pays off. Normally, for perhaps bro
- Local Politicians
Part of a local community project involving councillors and activists in Crediton, Devon. While all images were originally in colour, they were photographed with the intention of producing a final monochrome image. The intention being to focus solely on the people involved, reducing any colour distractions from the images while, in a small way, paying homage some
- Exeter University
These images, shot for Exeter University, show the exterior of the University's Forum - a new £48 million centrepiece at the heart of the Streatham Campus. The flowing, arching design by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
- Tour of Britain
Congratulations to JTL, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (above far right in his 2011 Rapha Condor Sharp colours), for his success in the Tour of Britain 2012, the first British rider to win in 19 years.
The chance to follow in the tracks of the cycling greats including this year's Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is not one many cyclists would turn down. The opportunity to tackle the Col du Tourmalet
Since photography began, images have been manipulated to show what the photographer or client intended whether that be by choice of film and lighting, by negative (or positive) processing technique, or colouring, burning and dodging prints amongst others.
- Exmouth Festival
Sand Sculpture on Exmouth beach, Devon, England, during the seaside town's annual festival held during Spring/Early Summer. The low and gentle sculpting light aided by Fuji Velvia 35mm film helping to bring the images (and sand creations) to life.
- Andalucian Elements
Elements of Spain. This was originally part of a commissioned shoot in Andalucia, Spain, focusing on property people and lifestyle. In these images Ronda, Tarifa, Conil de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera, Grazalema and the white town of Casares.
- Bowerman’s Nose
Bowerman's Nose is one of the classic rock formations on Dartmoor, Devon, England. This distinctive granite outcrop has the profile
- Frommer’s AZ
It is often difficult to know where your stock images have been used due to the restrictions on contacting buyers by some stock agencies. Thanks to GIS (Google Image Search) and Tineye not only has this been made easier, it also throws up some image infringements (generally where people or companies believe that “anything on […]
- Life in LO-FI
** This post was originally published in 2012 and is now out of date! ** Adding an ability to shoot some images quickly and of enough quality for social media uses (Facebook, Google+) is useful in providing clients more “bang for their buck”. This shoot, for Ski Famille was in the ski resorts of Les […]
- Spring Serpent
This image of the Temple of Kukulcan at Spring equinox, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico, is now on display at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore as part of their "All Things Round" exhibition
- Andalucian Elements
Elements of Spain. This was originally part of a commissioned shoot in Andalucia, Spain, focusing on property people and lifestyle. In these images Ronda, Tarifa and the white town of Casa
- Tar Barrels
November the 5th is generally, in Britain, associated with Guy Fawkes and fireworks. In a corner of Devon in the South west of England, the town of Ottery St. Mary has its own celebrations of carrying flaming tar barrels through the streets. No-one knows the exact origins of the tradition but it draws people, TV crews and more from all over the world
The World Travel Market takes place at Excel in Docklands, London, in the week beginning the 7th of November. Already with a couple of meetings planned,
- Ski Carving Cup
Ski carving cup being held high-up on the slopes of the Via Lattea (Milky Way) above Sauze d'Oulx, Italy, with a view of the snaking A32 autostrada towards Bardonecchia and France.
- Dolomite Autumn
Lush green pasture offset against colourful autumn foliage as the days shorten and the first frosts appear. That special time as the leaves turn and cattle are brought down from their summer pastures. Waiting....wait
Aster (Michaelmas Daisy) novae-angliae 'Lou Williams'. Michaelmas, the feast of Saint Michael, occurs on the 29th of September which is when these are usually in flower - thus the name. Michaelmas
- Ski Brochures II
Autumn always brings new ski brochures. As a photographer it is always nice to see how images you have taken for a brochure are used.
- Ski brochures I
Autumn always brings new ski brochures. As a photographer it is always nice to see how images you have taken for a brochure are used. Below are a couple of pages from the new Ski Famille brochure 2011-12...
- Tour of Britain
The Tour of Britain cycling hell-for-leather through the leafy Devon lanes near Crediton on September the 15th 2011. On the right of the two Vacansoleil riders, in the Rapha Condor Sharp black jersey, is local boy Jonathon Tiernan Locke who took the King of the Mountains jersey for his
- Lake Como Autumn
Sometimes getting the shot is about waiting - very often for the right light. In this instance it was waiting for someone who was sat here in a bright red coat to move. While having people
The Passion Flower (Passiflora) is so called because it symbolised Christ's suffering on the cross - that was according to Jacomo Bosio, a scholar who lived in Rome in 1609. The
- Summer Pasture
Scenes of summer pasture with inquisitive cows high-up in the Dolomites (Alto Adige) Italy. There are some secret places you phot
- Taliesin West AZ
Frank Lloyd Wright in Scottsdale, AZ Considered one of the most import and influential architects of the twentieth century, Frank Lloyd Wright built this house, Taliesin West, in the Arizona desert near Scottsdale and used it as his winter home and studio complex from 1937 until his death in 1959. Built as a ‘bold new […]
- Exilles C19th Festival
Better known for its fort where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned, every year the small mountain town of Exilles, Piemonte, Italy, celebrates its heritage with a nineteenth century festival and market where t...
- Genoa Aquarium
Watching them, watching us, watching them. Built for Expo 92, the Aquarium of Genoa is an educational, scientific and cultural centre. Its mission is to educate
- Costa de la Luz
Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) at Conil de la Frontera, Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain, showing the bay and lighthouse at sunset. The Battle of Trafalgar took place in these waters with Nelson
- Umbrian Elements I
Summer late afternoon casts a long shadow over a wrought iron lamp in Piazza del Popolo, Orvieto, Umbria.
- Umbria Jazz
Italian summer concerts are something special - a mix of great world-renown performers, laid-back atmosphere and summer sun. Umbria Jazz, set in the ancient stone capital city of Perugia, has grown from a small gathering to a twice yearly w
- The Passion
Procession Votive de la Passion, Roquebrune, France. This Passion Play began life in 1467 as a mark of thanks for the ending of the plague that had ravaged the region. Inhabitants of the village (Roquebrune-Cap-Martin) which sits in the hills between Menton and Monte-Ca
- 120 Minutes
120 minutes in possibly my favourite Provençal coastal town, Antibes, Cote d'Azur, France, shooting the people, life, flavour and activity on a hot July morning. Part of the fun of this was the challenge, 120 min
- 60 Minutes
60 minutes (of bicycles and benches) on the Promenade des Anglaise, Nice, Cote d'Azur, France, shootin
- Phoenix Luminaria
Every Christmas the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, lines the paths of its desert garden with thousands of luminaria
- Santa Monica Dusk
Getting your work into print is always fun – especially when Atlantic Records decides to licence one of your stock images for a CD cover. This image was shot in Santa Monica in 1997 on medium format using Fuji Velvia and a Lee 0.6 soft grad ND filter. The low cloud really helped enhance the […]
- Gehry’s Los Angeles
Visitors to Los Angeles often go to Santa Monica, Hollywood and Universal Studios but by doing so miss the stunning architecture and life of Downtown LA which is more akin to New York than California. Frank Gehry seems to evoke either love or hate as an architect. For me the response is “simply amazing”. These […]
- Aerial Photography
This is a sample of aerial work in the Exeter area of Devon showing the Cathedral of St Peter, terraced houses in rows, typical Devon farmland with farm house and patchwork fields, Exeter City Football Club ground, the City of Exeter with the River Exe winding through it and, finally, a rural shot showing a […]
- Mills & Bartelski in Courchevel
Heather Mills and Konrad Bartelski were guests at the Flexiski Hotel launch. Both very interesting people. Konrad, working for ESPN now, loves his photography and has produced some great imagery in the mountains. Heather meanwhile is training to be in the GB winter paralympic team and loves skiing – fast! The Feeling played at the […]
- Flexiski Courchevel
Images for this twin hotel launch (Le Chapteau and Hotel Saint Louis) were needed during the launch week for immediate web use as were the PR editorial images of the invited celebrities. In addition, images were needed for brochure and direct mail use at the end of the shoot. Interiors and exteriors were required along […]