Archive for March, 2009

Wedding Photography at Drumtochty Castle

Monday, March 30th, 2009

I’ve just posted a slideshow of a wedding I photographed at Drumtochty Castle in Aberdeenshire back  in  October.  It was a lovely autumn day, and Drumtochty Castle was a fantastic venue for the occasion, it’s gothic grandeur peeping out between the amazing foliage colours of a Scottish autumn.  A wedding photographer’s dream!

Wedding Photographer Drumtochy Castle

After the service in the wedding chapel at the end of the drive, we sneaked off down to the wee loch to get some more intimate photographs of the bride and groom while the guests were getting stuck into their first glass of  champagne.

20081019-if-0881The dancing went on till the wee small hours, but we squeezed in one more setup just after midnight.  The idea for this one came from the groom – he’d seen the great shapes these windows made when the room inside was lit and buzzing.  I just had to figure out how to light it to get the effect they wanted.  I’d love to claim that the ‘kiss’ shadow on the pillar to the left was intentional!

Wedding Photographer Drumtochy Castle

Photos in The Independent

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

The sales report from my stock agency today highlighted two images sold for a UK newspaper usage.  The reports usually don’t include the name of the client, and can be a bit vague on dates of usage, but after a bit of digging around on the web I managed to track them down to the The Independent on Saturday 10th January.

Ice Climbing in the Gorzderette at Champagny-le-Haut, France.

These shots were taken at an ice-climbing competition, the Gorzderette, in Champangy-le-haut, France.  Myself and Neil were taking part for most of the day, but there was still plenty of time for pictures.  The two the paper have chosen are not actually my favourites – I prefer this one:

Ice Climbing in the Gorzderette at Champagny-le-Haut, France.

When I was at Uni The Independent was my favourite paper, and it was my greatest ambition to get some photos in the paper – it was then at the pinnacle of classy photo-journalism. I think their standards have dropped some since then, but still – another ambition ticked!  Unfortunately now that I’ve had a lot of photos published over the years, my first thought was not

‘Wow, I’ve got a picture in The Independent

it was more

‘Wow, The Independent doesn’t pay much, does it?’

Deer at Dawn, Fife

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

There was a beautiful still mistiness to this morning in Fife.

Walking the dogs along the railway line on the way back from the stables, I spotted some deer on the other side of the track. They were far enough away not to be bothered by my presence, and milled around for quite a while before casually taking off across the fields.

Deer Leaping at Dawn, Fife

Deer at Dawn, Fife

Linlithgow & Stirlingshire Pony Club Dressage at SNEC, Oatridge

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The Linlithgow & Stirlingshire Pony Club had another successful event at the SNEC this weekend – this time it was Dressage, with qualifiers for Dengie in Novice and Open.

Pony Club Dressage

There were some superb looking horses and ponies taking part. Although dressage photography can be pretty difficult, some of these horse and rider combinations made it easy.

More photos in the event photography gallery.

Pony Club Dressage

Two Bums

Friday, March 13th, 2009

It still amazes me what photos will sell for stock – as this one did yesterday.  In this case it is quite literally a  ‘stock photograph’ in both senses of the word.

I took this photo about 3 years ago at a the West Fife agricultural show.  I’m not quite sure why I did – but it seems it was the perfect shot for somebody’s text book.

Stock Photography

Kingdom of Fife Agility Competition at Howe Country Centre

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

We popped along to help out at the dog show at Howe Country Centre as both our border collies are currently in agility training, and Nevis is due to compete in his first serious competitive show next month.

I decided to take some dog agility photos while I was there – it was fantastic to watch!

Dog Agility Photos

From a photographic point of view dogagility events are much harder to shoot than showjumping – dogs are so much smaller and faster than horses, but also much less predictable. When you look at showjumping course, it is very easy to predict exactly which line a horse is going to take, there is a pretty well defined spot where a horse will take off, and there is an almost imperciptle point where a horse will almost hang in the air waiting for its photograph to be taken.

Dogs – well, they make their own rules. They might take off right underneath the jump, or they might take off 4 feet before it. They might take the shortest line through the corner of the jump, or they might rely on their speed and take any line which fits. They might be looking towards the next jump, or they might be looking back towards their handler to see what’s happening next. All of which makes the photographer’s job much more difficult – if it wasn’t hard enough already trying to photograph a small, fast-moving object in poor light.

But I’ve been doing this for a while now, and I’m getting a good handle on how to successfully photograph dog agility events. We got some great shots on the day, and I’m looking forward to Nevis’ big competition in April.

Dogagility Event Photos