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Two Prints Accepted in the 2013 London Salon
05th May 2013
Really pleased that I have had 2 prints accepted in the 2013 London Salon.

I have tried about 4 times in 10 years to get an acceptance in the LS and failed, so really pleased to get 2 accepted apparently one image was in contention for a medal but narrowly missed out.
The LS exhibits 200 prints each year and the 80 members, most of whom are very well known photographers, can enter 2 prints each without them having to be selected, so it only leaves 40 for the rest of the world !
For anyone not familiar with the LS

"The aim of the London Salon is to exhibit only that class of photographic work in which there is distinct evidence of artistic feeling and execution"
The London Salon of Photography is a unique body of photographers, from worldwide membership, whose sole aim is to exhibit, annually, the very best of pictorial photographic imagery.
Membership of the Salon is by invitation only and the roots of this organisation go back to the year 1893 when it was formed as "The Linked Ring", becoming the London Salon in 1910 when the first London Salon Exhibition was held.
The Linked Ring members were heavily involved with a breakaway organisation from the Royal Photographic Society being concerned that the Royal Society placed its emphasis on the science of photography rather than the art.

Another off 'The Bucket List' :)

Boris's Bikes




Charlie and the Queen

20,000 HITS !!!!
18th April 2013
My website has just achieved 20,000 hits :)
Seems like a heck of a lot of people looking at my photos, more than a small town !
Thanks to all of you who have dropped in, hope you enjoyed looking at my work.
Beauty Themed Workshop
06th April 2013
Next Sunday I am going to a Beauty Themed Workshop at J16 studio in Crewe, Cheshire.
Looking forward to learning tips on lighting setups, fashion model posing /communication and post processing, a professional model is available so should get some good shots also.
A maximum of 6 photographers in the class and still one place left if you are interested.
Will post some images in a week or so.

http://photographytuition.blogspot.co.uk/

Had a great day at J16 studio, the owner Marc was really helpful and knowledgeable about studio photography and gave us some great advice. The model, Janet Hazel Allsop, and the MUA Natalie Jade Pimblett did an excellent job and the other guys on the course were really nice people, all in all a great day out and some desent images to take home.

Sweet Temptation

Epic Photoshoot
16th March 2013
Going to photoshoot today in an old Manchester mill, its organised by a friend of mine, it could be quite manic as there are upto 18 models and MUA's plus 5 photographers, could be a complete disaster or loads of fun. Will blog on the outcome and post some images, if I get any later.

Update........
I think it ended up with about 9 models and 9 photographers, I lost count.
A great MUA Raffat-Beauty worked non-stop all day on hair and make-up producing some amazing styles for some great models, a long hard day but worth every minute.



Jade







Rebekah
Photoshoot with Amanda Borg
04th March 2013
Had a great photoshoot yesterday at Wings Studio, Aintree, Liverpool, the model was the fabulous Amanda Borg who currently resides in Southport but originally from Toronto, Canada and thankfully she has retained her wonderful Canadian accent and avoided the 'scouse' creeping in :)
The Make Up Artist was also called Amanda, saves me forgetting the names, Amanda Hall, who did a great job with the make up, hair and sorting out the clothing and accessories. The studio owner is called Wing and was invaluable in adjusting the lighting and even provided us with tea and biscuits, a top-class man, anyone who wants an easy way into studio work from this knowledgeable gentleman book him now, you will not be disappointed.
Gold Medal in Serbian Circuit
27th December 2012
I joked about the Serbs not being very religious when I discovered that the results of the Miroc Photography Circuit were being announced on Christmas Day but soon changed my mind, God forgive me, when I won the Salon Gold Medal for 'Majestic' in the Mountain Landscape section.
Feel a bit guilty really as the 'mountain' was taken in the Peak District where there is nothing high enough to be called a proper mountain, even worse this 'rock' was only 3 metres high and the tree is my bonsai !
Hope this blog doesn't reach the Republika Srpska :)

The Scarecrow
15th December 2012
I have had an idea for a while to photograph a scarecrow partly because they are both funny, happy and appealing but at the same time a little scary or sad. I left it a little late in the year as the corn had been harvested leaving fields of stubble, but some fields had bales of straw left out which are always a good photographic subject.

OH I WISH I HAD A BRAIN



BIRDBRAIN
Gold Medal at Great Barr National Exhibition
03rd September 2012
I had 6 images accepted at the Great Barr National Exhibition (Midlands) recently with 'The Foolishness of Youth' being awarded a Gold Medal and 'Harvest of the Skies' receiving a commendation. These are two of my multi-award winnng images and can be seen below in previous posts.
Baby Portraits
03rd September 2012
I photographed William, my nephew, 10 days ago when he was just 3 weeks old and this is my favorite image.

See My 'Reader's Spotlight' in Amateur Photographer Magazine dated 1st September, 2012
29th August 2012
I sent 20 images to 'Reader's Spotlight' in Amateur Photographer Magazine 3 months ago and they have just printed 3 of them, with a write up, in the 1st September issue which came out yeaterday.
It's good to get the exposure (no pun intended) but it is a little disappointing that, as usual, the print quality in the magazine is not the best, but the £50 fee helps !

The Royal Photographic Society’s 2012 International Projected Image Exhibition
28th August 2012
I have just heard that two of my images have been accepted into The Royal Photographic Society’s 2012 International Projected Image Exhibition. This is the first time I have entered this competition so very pleased.
The images are:

Harvest of the Skies




The Foolishness of Youth

Silver Medal at Robin Hood International
07th August 2012
'The Foolishness of Youth' (see image below) won a FIAP siver medal at the Nottingham Robin Hood International Exhibition, I also received a 'commended' for 'Harvest of the Skies' and had four other images accepted.
LONDON PHOTOGRAPHIC TRIP - 24th June 2012
28th June 2012
I was lucky enough to be given a first class rail ticket to London so went down on a one day photographic trip, I was there just 7 hours and had planned a grueling schedule of potential shots all over the Capital which I had no chance of completing but I had a good go and captured the main ones, didn't stop all day so was shattered but happy at the end of it.
I hadn't time to stop for food and drink so it was a good job that this was included in the tickets for both legs of the journey.
On arrival at Kings Cross I got the tube to Southwark on the South bank of the Thames and headed for the Tate Modern Art Gallery, I had a look at the £50m diamond scull created by Damian Hirst which was very impressive in a blacked out room with just one spotlight trained on it, but no photography allowed! I didn't look round the other galleries as I couldn't stay long but found a good shot of one of the colourful entrance doors which can be seen on 'Latest Images' page of this website.
Next stop was More London a collection of modern architecture on the South bank of the Thames, plenty of photo opportunities here around Tower Bridge including The Shard, City Hall and several amazing buildings with no name just an address.
Final destination was Canary Wharf so on the tube again to photograph One Canada Square, this used to be the highest building in the UK until The Shard was finished recently.
Time to get back to Kings Cross to catch the train back to Leeds, with three quarters of an hour to spare I nipped next door to St Pancras recently rebuilt train station which is well worth a look.

Some of the images from this trip I have processed from RAW files and are shown on the 'Latest Images' page of this website.
Judge's Medal at The Robin Hood Exhibition
05th June 2012
''The Foolishness of Youth'' received the Chris Forster Judge's Medal at the Robin Hood National exhibition organisd by the Nottingham Photographic Society.


The Railway Children's Event
12th May 2012
I wanted a photo of a little girl in Victorian / Edwardian dress to use in ‘The End of the Day’ my Punch and Judy Show image (see Altered Reality Gallery) so went to The Railway Children’s Day at Oakworth railway station where the film was shot, this is the next station to Haworth of Bronte Sisters fame.
I had a good half day out but unfortunately the ‘children’ were teenagers so didn’t fit the image but no doubt will come in handy in the future, here are a few snaps of the day.

THE GREAT ESCAPE !

The original didn't have the sticker on, I thought it would be fun to add it, so knocked it up in Photoshop.




THE RAILWAY CHILDREN





OLD SIGNS ( How times have changed )




LADIES WAITING ROOM





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International Gold Medal Award
07th March 2012
I was delighted to learn today that I have been awarded an International Gold Medal for the most creative image in the 2012 Southamption International Salon, the highest international award achievable.
The winning image is 'Harvest of the Skies' shown below, well worth the considerable effort creating this image.




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'The Foolishness of Youth' to be displayed at Focus on Imaging 2012 - Birmingham NEC
23rd February 2012
Focus on Imaging 2012 is Europe's biggest annual imaging show and attracted 38,000 visitors last year covering all trade and amateur photographic needs.
DAPA internet group won the Advanced Photographer magazine 'Best UK Club' and my image 'The Foolishness of Youth' was one of the 5 winning images.
This image was constructed in Photoshop from one fish photographed on a fishmonger's stall in Malta, the hook and maggot was kindly donated by the owner of my local angling shop. Thanks to DAPA Forum members for constructive criticism.
The show runs from 4th to 7th March, 2012.
http://www.focus-on-imaging.co.uk/home.htm




UPDATE 7/3/2012
Went down to Birminghan last Sunday to get presented with award, it was very busy but managed to get a few photo opportunities on the stands.