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And the word on the street is

And the word on the street is…….sharing, here’s some images I created on some downtime whilst on location in London, there’s more images uploaded to the portfolio side of the site. Again these were created with a Sony RX100v, and again the architectural detail rears its head, but hang on there’s a street image in here. Are they texting each other asking “where are you” if only this was true! I created a lot more images than these two, and maybe I’ll share some more soon.
I’ve been shooting on location a lot recently Dundee, London, Edinburgh, The Borders and Rugby, sometimes we drive and the rest of the time we take the train so the biggest problem at the moment is how to transport the equipment on these trips, with my crystal ball I can see a post about this soon, maybe!!


I’ve been on my travels again, a short stop in Dundee. If you haven’t guessed already I love an archtectural detail, so following on from the Sunderland posts here’s a few things I spotted in Dundee. I try and pick on compositions that are slightly “off” that’s not saying that Dundee is slightly “off” it probably means I am!

My well worn, trusty Fuji X20 has taken a bit of a back seat lately, these were all created with a Sony RX100v, the extra files size helps when applying some retouching.

Debbie Honeywood

A while ago I was asked to create some images for actress Debbie Honeywood, these would be used for her IMDb page/card. Debbie’s the lead actress in the new Ken Loach film “Sorry we missed you” and if you follow the news from the recent Cannes Film Festival, it’s tipped to be another great Ken Loach film, don’t take my word for it, look it up on the web from the critics that have seen it!

The images needed to be natural with a bit of character, so a simple approach was the plan and also (as usual) to have a bit of laugh. For the gearheads-Nikon D4, 85mm f1.8, a big soft light for inside and a joke book from 1978 for an update to my usual jokes!

At this point I’d usually say good luck with the film, but to be honest, I’m not sure they’ll need that from me!

Debbie Honeywood Debbie Honeywood

Brew Lab

And we’re off, at least three this month, so here’s a set of campaign ads for Brew Lab and a couple of short films.

Here’s a little bit of info from David Whitfield, Creative Director at Infinite, “Brew Lab is an independent company, based in the North East of England, delivering world-leading tuition courses to the brewing industry. We were commissioned to develop an online campaign to promote the Diploma in British Brewing Technology course to an international audience. The response has been really positive with a marked increase in applications in a few short weeks. As ever, it is was a pleasure to work with Michael and again we are indebted to his input and technical know-how. Thanks again Michael. Great work.”

The campaign comprised of a series of interviews with current international students together with still images, across social media targeting key countries, highlighting the key benefits that the Brew Lab course delivers”. With this in mind, clean well lit images were created for the stills because of the lab/hygiene aspect of the company. The short film I felt needed the message from the student, to highlight the experience and knowledge gained from attending the programme. The stills were also shot with a 3:1 ratio for web-banner and google ads, these were created with a 45mm PCE lens, this gives the option of creating a larger image by shifting the lens to the right and the left and combining these extra images in Adobe Lightroom.

Stuff used on this one-photography-Nikon D800e and D4 Lenses-45mmPCE, 50mmGf1.4, 70-200f2.8vr mk1,Lighting-Godox 360’s, LED’s. Video-Sony 6000/6300 lenses-Sigma 30mmf1.4, Nikon D-85f1.8 with metabones adp.


Sunderland’s streets

I carry a camera (not a phone) nearly all the time and I’m drawn to creating images like the ones below created on Sunderland’s streets. Every town and city has images like these, either hidden or right there in front of you. Some might view these and get the impression they’re bleak images, I look at them as a window on the past.

I can remember the “take away” window when it was a place to visit between the pubs shutting and the nightclub queue. Photography is good at this – freezing time. Hopefully for the viewer to enjoy!

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