Antony Topham Photography: Blog https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Antony Topham Photography (Antony Topham Photography) Sun, 28 Feb 2021 16:22:00 GMT Sun, 28 Feb 2021 16:22:00 GMT https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u27737524-o376073123-50.jpg Antony Topham Photography: Blog https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog 90 120 Reflecting - A surreal start to the year https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2021/2/reflecting The wedding of my cousin, 12/9/92, with the family

The start to this year was a sad one, as we said goodbye to my uncle.......just seven weeks later we found ourselves saying goodbye to my aunt. Losing anyone that is part of your family is always hard, but to lose two people so close together is utterly surreal, and almost unbearable to those who are closest to them.

My dad (right), with his brothers, Derek & Brian, and their parents, late 30s at a guess, just before the start of WWII

You may wonder why I am starting with this on this blog.....since December, when my uncle passed away, my cousins messaged us all via messenger to tell us the sad news that they had lost their much-loved dad. What then followed via messenger was a sharing of old photographs, in the form of prints, digitally scanned for sharing via messenger. This got me thinking about the importance of photography in everyone's life....

Dad's wedding, 27/7/68, with Derek and Brian

Photography creates moments in time, memories of yesteryear. In years gone by, it would be a film camera, that would then be developed, and prints created, that would be around for the rest of time. The negatives remain the backup of those images, and if stored correctly, would able to be used time and time again to recreate prints at any size.

Today, we find ourselves creating memories in digital format, the majority of images are created from the trusty phone camera. I myself have 28,000 images on my phone, stored via iCloud, as the phone would never cope memory-wise in storing them physically. I'm sure if I went through them meticulously I could delete a great many, but I am loathed to as each one is a memory of that moment, that for some reason meant something to me. On the odd occasion that I scroll back through the files, I see an image that invokes a memory, either good or perhaps not so good, but memories nonetheless. The only issue with digital photography is that the files can become corrupt, and we then lose the image forever. As a suggestion, creating printed albums can preserve the memories as a hard copy that can be enjoyed with a glass of wine. My friend Michael, reviews the images over the last year and creates just such an album of memories. He has quite a collection to look back on.... also ensuring there are multiple backups, to prevent the loss of photos is highly advised, as devices can be so easily lost.

My aunts' wedding, 1963

Anyone born post-2000 will predominantly be using digital media, with digital photography. When we cleared out my parent's house, we found hundreds of photographs, of times, gone by, of our childhood. When we looked through them, my brothers and I certainly smiled as we all remembered them well. The photographs my cousins shared with us were from as early as the late '30s, and the prints were still very clear. There is something very special (for me) about holding an old photo and just studying it, wondering about the time that it was taken, how life was back then, compared to what life is like today.

My brother Dominics' christening, with my cousins and Gran, 1973

Life is very busy for all of us, for whatever reason, and time seems to be flying by at a great rate of knots. Everyone should be free in taking photos all of the time, to capture those memories, as we never know when there will be 'that last picture of them'. I had suggested to my cousins that I take a photo of them with their mum, at the funeral of their dad, it didn't happen for one reason or the other, little did we know on that day, that my aunt would no longer be with us at the beginning of February.

As you can see, I have shared quite a variety of age-old images in this blog. I believe that photography is essential in peoples' lives, if only to capture memories, that can be reflected upon. After all, once we are no longer here, they are the only thing that will bear witness to the story of our individual life.

Sister-in-laws having a great time, sometime in the '90s

There is always something worth capturing, as seen in the image above, a great time being had by all I would imagine and a great catch-up for the family members in question. So to conclude, don't be shy of clicking away, capturing moments, as we never know when it will be the last photo of someone close to us, and whilst time doesn't take the pain away, it does, along with photographs help us to cope with the loss.

Clevedon Pier, 23/2/2021

I took this image of Clevedon pier after the funeral of my aunt on the 23rd February '21, which would have also been the 80th birthday of mum. The day was very windy, but refreshing, and I was the best-dressed photographer on the beach, still being in my suit. A memory created to remember, a sad time, but one of a celebration of life.

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(Antony Topham Photography) https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2021/2/reflecting Sun, 28 Feb 2021 16:08:11 GMT
Motion Blur https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2021/1/motion-blur The fun thing about photography is that you can create pretty much any sort of image, without the need to do it in post-processing. I went out last Sunday to a local village at Odstock, to see the water flow at great speed. It has a small dip which creates fast-flowing water. This post is all about motion blur and how it can be achieved with a camera or an iPhone (I am not familiar with other phone types, but I'm sure they can also achieve motion blur)......

Motion blur comes as a result of slowing the shutter speed down, to blur a moving image to create an effect, for example, a flowing river can have a frozen, misty look when the shutter speed is slowed right down to get the required look. You are able to create all sorts of images, such as light trails (I will cover this in a later blog), cloud movement, or if you pan, you can give the element of high speed. For now, though, we will look at slowing down water and moving vehicles......

Misty Water Nikon D500, f/22, ISO 50, 2 sec, 16mm

 

This image was created with the Nikon D500. It was mounted on a tripod and I used my 16 - 85mm lens. I also had a variable polarising filter on, allowing me to darken the scene a bit more.

So to create this look, Set the camera up on a tripod and compose the image as normal, set it up so you have everything you want in the scene. I was intending to photograph this scene on Sunday and was even more elated to find that it had snowed, which allowed for an even more wintery feel to the scene (I was expecting frost at the time). I have live view on my camera, so used this to help me compose the image I was looking for. I adjusted the filter so it darkened down the view through the lens more. This allowed me to shoot at more of a slower speed, which enabled me to slow the water down enough to create a milky look.

Once I had set the view up, I went on to set the settings to shoot the scene. I used manual mode, the lowest ISO I could get, a mid-range aperture setting, and a shutter speed of 2 seconds to start with. From here on it was all down to trial and error in getting the image I was looking for. I took around 30 images, all in RAW for maximum information. As you can see from the settings under the image, I ended up using an aperture setting of f/22. I wouldn't usually use a setting of this size, however, due to the amount of light around, It was the only setting I could adjust sufficiently to allow for a 2-second shutter speed, without overexposing the image. I then processed the image in Photoshop express. ND filters are a good extra to have as they reduce the light by stopping down the amount getting through to the sensor......

The following image, below, was taken at Baker Street underground station. I used the iPhone XS Max, and the third party app, ProCam, under the slow shutter setting. This still allowed me to shoot by manually setting the parameters, and the slow shutter setting allowed for long exposure photography, which couldn't be done under the normal Photo setting of the app.....It does sound complicated, but once you see the options on the app, it will become perfectly clear... I used the timer to ensure the camera was as still as possible when the image was taken. You can either use the earphones as a trigger or get a remote control compatible with the phone. Either way, try not to touch the equipment otherwise you will create further blurring that you potentially don't want.

iPhone XS Max, ProCam app, f/1.8, ISO 4, 2 sec, 4.25mm

 

And for the third image, this was a completely different approach. This image was taken with the normal iPhone camera and app, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, in 'live' mode, which takes a second of motion, that can be played back. As a result of this, Apple has included various processing modes that can create 'effects' from the moving image. This image was created using the Long Exposure setting, which in turn created the image below. Be warned though, when using this process, there is an element of cropping automatically done by the phone, so when taking the image in this way, ensure you capture plenty of the scene to allow for any cropping that may automatically be done.

As you can see from the settings, a tripod was not needed for this image.

iPhone 11 Pro Max, f/2.4, ISO 25, 1/122 sec, 1.54mm

 

So, to conclude, motion blur can be achieved by using any type of camera. I have shared two types of cameras that can achieve this, using 3 different methods. If you want to achieve an even softer look to the water or train then you simply slow the shutter speed even more, but you must remember to balance the other settings out, otherwise, you will find that you overexpose the image, and be unable to 'rescue' it satisfactorily in post-processing.

 

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(Antony Topham Photography) https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2021/1/motion-blur Sun, 31 Jan 2021 13:54:05 GMT
Camera equipment - what I use https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2021/1/camera-equipment

Choosing what camera equipment you want to use is no easy task. In todays society the phone camera seems to outweigh any dedicated camera for photography as preferred choice for recording a moment in time. Whilst phone cameras have come on leaps and bounds, (with the latest Samsung phone camera having a 108 mp capacity for an image, for instance), but, in my personal opinion, it still can’t beat a dedicated camera to take a better quality image.

My primary kit consists of a Nikon D500, Nikon f/1.8 50mm prime lens, Nikon 16 - 85mm zoom, Nikon 18 - 200mm zoom and 120 - 400mm Sigma zoom. I have a Neewer TTL (through the lens metering) flash, a remote trigger and various filters for the lens I have, and finally a trusty tripod for the all important low light photography.

This all sounds quite 'flash' as the camera I have is classed as a professional camera, by Nikon. I started off with a Nikon D40x, back in 2007, and have progressed through varying models. I stuck with Nikon, because for me, it was ease of use, plus as I had bought a couple of lenses, it meant it was easier to stick with the brand, rather than spending even more on replacing lenses as well. The D40x was an entry level model, it took good shots, but under todays scrupulous eyes, it would certainly have struggled to keep up. Most entry level cameras today, are far more advanced, and will take fantastic images, even more so if you have a full understanding of how the camera works.

The best advice that I can give on buying photographic equipment is to think about what you want to do with your photography. If it's just simple snapshots of the family, then a compact or bridge camera will be good enough. If you wish to progress to more prominent photography, looking for quality in the photo then a high end bridge camera or a DSLR would be better, especially if you are looking to print the final image. As far as what brand to get, then do the research. It's very much down to personel choice, what it is that you want to do etc, ease of use and how it feels when its in your hand (weight etc). Read the reviews of the brands and their various models. Ensure that the negative reviews are also read, as this can have a direct decison on your choice. Go to a camera shop, take advice from the people who work there, and ask to see a camera, so you can get an isea of what its like. Compare all the lens that you are looking to use, as again this can impact your decision. For example, if you want to do sports or wildlife photography then you will need a lens that is fast and will capture the subject as sharp as is possible. Third party lens can be just as good as brand ones, and quite often perform better for a fraction of the cost.

I now shoot away from the auto setting of the camera, which is usually found on entry level camaeras. Professional camera don't have this function. Majority of the time I use Aperture priority, which means I set the aperture, and the camera will set the shutter speed....If the shutter speed is too low, then I will adjust the ISO to allow the shutter speerd to be increased (more about these functions in a later blog). As time progresses, then shooting in manual, ie setting the shutter speed, aperture and ISO individually, to create the image, is by far the best way forward, as you have complete control of the end result. As you become more proficient with your camera, it wil be easy to set up in an instant and whilst on the go.

I always shoot in RAW when using the DSLR, as this gives me the biggest file with as much data as possible captured. It meand that i have no loss of quality when I do post processing, whereas if I shot in JPEG, then the quality of the image would become pixalated as i processed it and the file size would also decrease. I will post more about RAW in a later post......

Below is a recent image, taken in London, just after the release of the first lockdown. It was taken using the DSLR.

St Pauls Cathedral from Millenium Bridge July '20

Nikon D500, f/6.3, ISO 2000, 1/8000sec, 18mm

 

When I am out and about, my iPhone is my goto camera, it is what I use a lot of the time, unless I am out speciffically for the day doing photography. I have the iPhone 11 pro max, and I use a third party app called Camera M. Using this app allows me to shoot in RAW, which, as already stated, is my preferred file capture as I can then procees the image as to how I want to with no loss of quality. I have been an avid apple user since 2007, but I know there is much debate on the cameras in all the new smart phones, as each developer is ever improving the camera side of it. It is still down to the understanding of how to use the camera effectively to recreate the image that you have seen.

Below is an image that I took using the iPhone, on the same day as the one above. As you can see from both images, there isn't much in it as far as detail and quality goes, but that is very much down to my understanding of both pieces of equipment, and the patience to get the photo that I am looking for.

Rest assured though, the scene you see may look amazing to see in plain sight, but its not always easy to capture what you see with any type of camera, as our eyes and our cameras see things completely diffently. Its all about the composing........

 

Tower Bridge and The Tower of London July '20

iPhone 11 Pro Max (Back camera) f/2.4, ISO 20, 1/1295 sec, 1.54mm

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(Antony Topham Photography) camera DSLR iPhone Lens London Nikon RAW https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2021/1/camera-equipment Sun, 24 Jan 2021 14:30:00 GMT
Composition - How to compose an image https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2021/1/composition Frosty morningTaken between Orcheston and Tilshead, on a cold, frosty, foggy morning.....The fog lifted for a few moments,

This year, I have chosen to share my photographic journey, explaining how I go about creating images, sharing some of my knowledge, (but by no means am I an expert), but I do feel that sharing at any level is vital to everyones learning in whatever hobby/profession they're in.......

 

For my first post I am starting with composition, and how to create an athsetically pleasing image......

 

Anyone can take a photo, that's my belief, as we all see things that pleases our eye, and wish that we could take a picture of it so that we can look at it later on, and in times to come. The secret to capturing a good photo (yes, we can all do it) is to look at the scene that has captured our eye, absorb it, frame it and then capture it on the camera. Thats the bare crux of it.....there is a little more to it, so read on to find out more....

So, we have seen a view, one that has caught our eye, and we think that it would look good to capture.......

The first thing to do, is to take a good look at what you are seeing, frame it in your minds eye, move around if you have to, figure out how the light is falling, what the shadows are doing, how does the scene speak to you. Use the rule of thirds to help set the scene and flow of the image, and fill the frame.... Once you have satisfied how you see it and want to capture it, use the camera to record it.....

That bit sounds easy enough, however, the second part to capturing a good image is to know your camera inside out, and how to use it properly. This doesn't just apply to DSLR cameras, but to all cameras right down to the phone camera. Vast majority of images in the world are now taken on the phone, and may people just point and shoot hoping to capture that scene that looks amazing in front of them.....

 

The Rule of thirds......

The rule of thirds refers to the placement of key elements of the image on or near imaginary lines that divide the image frame into equal thirds, both horizontally and vertically. By placing important elements of the scene around these lines, and in particular where they intersect, rather than in the middle of the frame, allows it to add an instant visual interest and balance to the image you want to create.

The image shown here, of a cold frosty morning, is a good example of the rule of thirds. The horizon sits in the middle, with the road drawing the viewer through the image. The sky covers the top half of the image, with the moon in the top left corner. As you follow the road through, the barn can be seen to the right third of the image with the trees on the left third of the image. The horizon here is the fog against the sky, which is straight, as the hills are undulating across the image. The aim is to make the horizon straight, which is the furthest point of the image, that meets, ie sky and land/sea, allowing the rest of the image to flow in its natural way. The horizon can be corrected in post production, but you are able to buy a bubble spirit level that fits into the hotshoe that will aid the setting of the horizon when on the tripod, or, if you have a DSLR camera, it has its own digital level to help.

One of the challenges when taking an image, is to choose what will be the main subject in the image. Seeing a beautiful sunlit image is one thing, recreating it so that it makes people stop and look to admire it is another. This image has sunlight casting across the fields... if it were just the fields, then the image might not have the same impact, but because the barn and the trees are there, with the sunlight hitting just as the fog lifted for a minute, highlights the landscape more prominently. The car just passing the barn also indicates that it is not quite light enough to see properly.

Framing and setting the camera up.......

This image was taken on New years eve '20. It was -4c, and there was plenty of fog around. It was approx 07:50 in the morning. I had taken quite a few images, and had to walk around the fields, looking for a good view point. The moon was out which immediately caught my attention. I had an idea as to what was in the fields as I knew the area well, but wasn't sure how i could put it together. The best way for this I found was to set the camera up on the tripod, (which I would have to do as I was using a slow shutter speed), and then to use live view to help frame what I was seeing. The screen also has a grid for the rule of thirds to be applied. This made it considersbly easier to find the look I wanted of the landscape that I was seeing. The only problem was the amount of fog around. It was a lot of playing around with shutter speed and aperture, I left the ISO on 50, as i was using a triopd. I then proceeded to take the images, saving them as RAW files, so I could post process them at home, and get the image I was looking for. I was very fortunate that the sun was allowed through, lifting the fog for a few moments, allowing me to capture this shot.The fog very quickly fell once more, obscuring this view again.

This image was taken with a Nikon D500, 50mm, f/13, 1/10 sec, ISO 50.

 

Conclusion........

Taking photograghs has its ups and downs, a proficient photographer will take their time, eyes searching the view in front of them, before finding something to take, and then spend time setting up the equipment. The secret to their success is patience, understanding of the scene and their camera equipment. The important thing to remember is how to use your camera, as this is what you are using to record your image. If you get that right you are 75% their for getting a good image, the other 25% is down to what you see and how you want to capture it.

I have been out on photoshoots many times, taken vast amounts of shots, got home, and been very dissappointed with them....It happens to every photographer, it's a learning curve for us all, even to the most experienced of photographers. What drives me though to continue, is the passion and enjoyment I have for photography and the release it gives me in times of struggle, that I get mentally.

What I have wriiten does not just apply to landscape photography, it applies to all genre of photograhy, as the desired results are all the same, an asthetically pleasing image for all to look at.

Please feel free to comment or ask questions about any of what I have written.

 

 

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(Antony Topham Photography) composition dslr framing horizon. landscape learning nikon photography rule of thirds https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2021/1/composition Sun, 17 Jan 2021 16:43:53 GMT
The start of my journey in 2019 https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/1/2019 The end to 2018 was, for me, a truly great one. As I reflect on all my achievements throughout the year, my journey in photography, and how I have used it as therapy, has proved amazing. I have ventured on so many different genres, wedding, landscape, wildlife to name but a few. All of these genres require different techniques, and it is these techniques that I have learnt, and that are helping me to progress with the next step in my photoographic journey, a distinction with the Royal Photographic Society.

I have met many new friends along the way in photography, and every photographer has made me feel very welcome. Everyday is a school day, and we all seem to 'bounce' off each other, talking techniques, discussing viewpoints, and how to achieve the desired effect. This whole year for me was one of incredible learning, a completed course with the Open University, a multitude of photo walks, a wedding, which I was asked to do just 3 weeks before the day itself. This proved to be a fantastic experience, as I had little time to prepare, but pulled it off very well, a wedding workshop, an art nude workshop, a personal portrait shoot for a good friend and finally a maternity shoot to the parents of my now godson.

Many people have enjoyed what I have produced, and numerous comments given to me, mostly positive, some a little critical, but none negative. If there is one thing that I have learnt is that no one can ever put you down for your photography, as it is what is created by your minds eye, they may not like what you have taken, but they cannot say you are 'rubbish' at what you do, unlike much of the society we live in today, where we seem to be constantly battling for 'recognition that we are doing a good job' if only to stop us getting removed from a position we hold at our place of work......

As a result of this, it is this which has given me the most positivity in the year, and I have freely spoken about it to many people, without, hopefully, numbing their mind too much.

I have also successfully sold a number of images to friends and colleagues, something that, before this journey started, I could have only ever dreamnt of. Needless to say, I was a little concerned at how they would come out in print, but to my absolute joy they came out as they should have, and everyone was very happy with them.

This coming year is filled again with numerous challenges for me, mostly photography based, including weddings, but a few other bits that I'd like to do as well.....

The photography challenges for me this year are to complete a photo walk at least once a month (which will be for a day), to create my portfolio for my LRPS Distinction (and to put myself forward for it), to attend workshops on various genre with the RPS, to further improve my knowledge and skills in my own style and technique....I am also a volunteer within the Southern Region of the RPS, which is allowing me to pull from all the resources that are available from them......

My Portfolio on this site is a culmination of what I have taken over the last year, and has shown my progress with it all....Please have a look, and enjoy, and should anyone want a print, then please let me know, and I will be only too happy to help. Price is very much down to size of the image and the format that it is to be in, ie print, framed print or canvas.

So much more to talk about, but I will save that for my next post in the coming weeks.... I hope that you all continue to enjoy my work, and if you wish to leave comments or even contact me, then please do not hessitate to do so through my website or even via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Many thanks to you all, Happy & Prosperous 2019 to you all

A Funnel of LightA cool misty morning in Dorset

 

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(Antony Topham Photography) https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/1/2019 Thu, 03 Jan 2019 13:14:24 GMT
What a journey this year is for me......... https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/what-a-journey-this-year-is-for-me As September is fast drawing to a close (a week of it left), I find myself reflecting on the last 9 months of 2018. It has truly been an incredible journey, and very much continues to be. I have completed and passed the OU photography course (in conjunction with the RPS), attended 2 workshops, one wedding workshop, the other art nude, and increased my knowledge on a great deal. I have photographed a wedding, and the couple were delighted with the results, and I must admit, that although I was very nervous, the whole experience was amazing. I have another wedding lined up next year, and people already asking me about them too. Peolpe have bought prints from me, and I have just completed a photo shoot in the Antrobus Hotel for their website, and as a result of this they are putting me down as their choice of wedding photographer.....who knows what will happen from this.....

So very much has happened to me this year, and continues to happen, new experiences, new friends, and so much support from all those around me. I am thoroughly enjoying my photography, and for me it is helping me through life and all that it throws at me......

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(Antony Topham Photography) https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/what-a-journey-this-year-is-for-me Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:59:17 GMT
A cold winters day walk https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/a-cold-winters-day-walk A cold winters day walk with my two sons, Paul and Ben, and Ben's girlfriend Lauren, at Moors Valley Country Park, made for a lovely day out. I was there first, and got caught in a sudden snow shower. My first thought when it happened was 'bang goes my day of phototgraphy'. Even though it was snowing, it wasn't settling. I had managed to get to cover at the main station in the country park, along with several other astounded families. After approx 15 mins, it stopped, and brightened up very nicely, with passing clouds, though it remained very cool, with a chilling wind, this in turn made it perfect in capturing images around the park.

We walked round the play trail to start with, talking and looking round at the scenery. As we did, I found myself seeing scenes that I hadn't noticed before, or perhaps it was that my eye was now improving as far as composing goes. This to me felt great, and filled me with more confidence as i walked round.

I took around 120 photos, some duplicates, but overall tried to get the 'shot' right the first time, with all the correct settings. To my amazement, when reviewing the images later, they seemed to have come out just as I had composed them. Some minimal prcessing gave me 22 images that I felt were good, and replicated my day out with my camera.

Reflecting on my walk with my sons, I found that it was very relaxing, as always, and as a result, my 'eye' was completelyrelaxed, thus allowing me to see nature without even trying. Depending on the upcoming course directives, I may well be able to use these photos, and get some CC to help me ever improve my style.

Who knows, maybe by the end of the year I can think about doing an exhibition.......but lets not run before I can walk....;-)

 

A cool winters day

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(Antony Topham Photography) https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/a-cold-winters-day-walk Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:19:00 GMT
January 28th, 2018 - Pensive https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/january-28th-2018---pensive As January comes to and end, I have noticed how the evenings are slowly starting to draw out, taking us in the direction of spring, and the start of new life. As I progrees along my journey with photography, I have noticed vast improvements to my own images, over the last 12 months, moreso on how I use my settings, manual everything, rather than auto/semi-auto, in particular to how I use manual focus now, over autofocus. As a result of this the images have become clearer, and sharper. I am learning to use Lightroom over Photohop, as this seems to be the preferred program to many photogrphers and is one that I will be taught fully with by the OU later in March. I am also finding that I critique my own images even harder, looking for ways to perfect them.

I went to Swanage on the 25th January, to take some more photos, this time in calmer weather. Apart from a short sharp hailstorm, that lasted around 20 mins or so, the weather was lovely. I walked along the beach, gatthering my thoughts and generally loking around at how I could take photos. There were a few people walking their dogs, and generally chilling out nicely. The picture below I caught and particulary like as it is a reflection of my own journey at the moment, one of looking to the horizon, and walking towards what I want to achieve this year.

As February arrives, and the days get longer, I'm looking forward to more photography days out, visiting different places to get my take on the area, and then on to the course at the beginning of March. Each day that I am taking photographs, gives me a renewd energy and focus for life, and moving forward.

 

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(Antony Topham Photography) https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/january-28th-2018---pensive Sun, 28 Jan 2018 14:34:59 GMT
The Journey Continues..... https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/the-journey-continues These last 2 weeks have been quiet in terms of photography, just 2 trips out on my days off. The first was down to Swanage on the day of Storm Eleanor, in the hope of catching some dramatic waves. Unfortunately. while the wind was still extremely strong, it was blowing out to sea. Still, no mater, as I still managed to capture some reasonably good shots.

This meet was with a group of photographers, one, the organizer, being a professional photographer. We met at the stone pier around 07:45, and watched the sea to ascertain what was happening. Alas though, no big crashing waves, due to the wind blowing out to sea. We managed a few shots though, and the cloud broke to give us a nice sunrise. 

Around 08:30, we decided to go to the main pier, which was in the process of opening to the public. Here I gained a few good shots of the pier, in somewhat blustery conditions. My fellow photographers also managed several shots, which I believe they were happy with. At around 09:30 we all headed to a local café for a well earned coffee.

The second of my photography trips was yesterday, 14/01/2018, down to the Severn crossing and then onto Clifton Bridge. The conditions this time were significally calmer than in storm Eleanor. Here I spent from 12:30 - 17:40 walking and taking quite a few photos of the Servern crossing and of Clifton Bridge. The sky was overcast, and didn't contain much detail, but I did manage to create some good images nonetheless. I also managed a night shot of Clifton Suspension Bridge, which I was relatively pleased about, though by this time, I was absolutely freezing, and decided to head to the warmer climbs of the car, and head on back, in a somewhat busy time for Bristil, being the end of the weekend.

I found both the shoots very calming, and positive, as I melded in with nature and it surroundings, watching people hustle and bustle past me, going about their daily business.

The photos can be found in the Portfolio section of my website.....

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(Antony Topham Photography) https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/the-journey-continues Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:14:19 GMT
Happy New Year 2018 https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/happy-new-year-2018 As 2018 arrived, I was asleep, due to a flu bug, I awoke in the early hours of the morning to a feeling of (re)new(ed) energy towards the goals that I have set myself this year. I have just joined on facebook, a 52 week photography challenge, which, as the title suggests, is to take and submit a photo once a week for the forthcoming year. There are 5 themes, that focus on technical skills as well as visual skills. This will keep me focused on improving my style, and should also allow me to turn my hand to any genre within photography. There are just 2 months to go until I start my course with the RPS & Open University, a journey that should certainly push me well and truly in the right direction. I hope to visit Scotland, to see family, and also to put my skills to further use, in photographing in and around the Scottish Borders and who knows, maybe I can plan more trips tto Scotland, further up in the highlands........

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(Antony Topham Photography) https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/happy-new-year-2018 Mon, 01 Jan 2018 13:34:28 GMT
2018 - A Journey of discovery https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/2018---a-journey As 2017 draws to a close, I have been on a journey of discovery with photography. I have met many new faces and learnt quite a few new techniques.

I have the course with the RPS & Open University to look forward to in March '18. This a journey that I am very much looking forward to, with the hope of achieving a distinction by the end of the year.

Photography has always been a great passion of mine, but the last 4 months of 2017 have allowed me to push forward with my style and find inspiration from many things and many places that I have come to visit. 

Lots planned for 2018......watch this space.....

 

Peaceful stairway

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(Antony Topham Photography) https://www.atophamphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/2018---a-journey Sun, 24 Dec 2017 00:57:00 GMT