We had a smashing time at Stichill Linn waterfall with another one of our newly appointed models who is also a good friend of ours. Our crew for today consisted off the following:
- Ellie ( Our Model )
- Sarah ( Assistant and my better half! )
- Stella ( Assistant and nuts! )
- Oh and me, Stevie, the guy with the camera!
Thanks also to Toni for doing Ellie’s hair in the morning, much appreciated, was very nice indeed!
So the location, well Stichill Linn waterfall which is one of those places that many people still don’t know much about or where it is. Well I can tell you, it’s private although it still gets quite a lot of visitors I did gain permission to shoot their from the owners which was Mrs Balfour who was more than pleasant when I spoke to her so please, if you head down ask permission, it’s only fair.
Ellie and I met a few weeks before the shoot to discuss clothing, we decided on a few styles of dresses, particularly looking for colour. Once we had her choices it was just a matter of praying for decent weather, so no snow, sleet, rain which was a big ask considering we live in Scotland and its December. We woke up this morning and it was overcast and blowing a gale. I knew we would be OK though as down at the waterfall it is quite secluded so all was good!
We headed down their about 10:30am and chose the shooting locations which wasn’t all to do with the waterfall, there was some great backgrounds elsewhere so always scout around. Seeing the waterfall you automatically think all the shots need to be done with that but it really doesn’t.
How again, Ellie is extremely new to modelling and she did a fantastic job, it was cold, it was quite windy even though we were sheltered somewhat but being a horsey girl and Scottish, she was hard as nails so just got on with it
Here are the images that we got from today:
Nikon D610 70-200mm @ 200mm F8 1/80sec ISO100
Nikon D610 70-200mm @ 200mm F2.8 1/125 sec ISO100
Nikon D610 70-200mm @ 110mm F8 1/10 sec ISO100
Nikon D610 70-200mm @ 120mm F6.3 1/15 sec ISO100
Nikon D610 70-200mm @ 145mm F8 1/30sec ISO200
All images as you can see have the EXIF data for those technical minded, we also were shooting with off camera flash, in this case a Yongnuo with 1/4 CTO, Softbox and fired using the Pocket Wizard system with fill in using a large reflector ( silver side ).
I hope that you like the images and as always feel free to post any comments or questions below.
To the crew today, well done and thank you! Especially Ellie, you were fantastic and will certainly be bugging you for another shoot in the near future.
See you soon!
About a month ago we were asked to do a photoshoot with Murphy and Six. The shoot was setup by Borders Pet Rescue’s Lee-Ann Lackie for Helen who is, or was the centre’s manager. Lee-Ann wanted to give Helen a present for her leaving and she contact us to see if we would do the photoshoot with Murphy and Six. How could we say no!?
As this was an almost covert operation, in that Helen must not find out, we met at an undisclosed location at Leaderfoot viewpoint with the dogs
I had never met these dogs previously so they were not used to myself so we let them run around for a bit to burn of some of their energy. As soon as leads were off they were on the go and I immediately thought “OH!”, however since they were incredibly well behaved they were soon circling around us so I could pick up some action shots.
The first one of Murphy being chased by Six!
Shot with D610 70-200 F4 @ 1/400 sec ISO400 @ 200mm
The second we had Six, followed by Murphy, this seemed to happen for a while
Shot with D610 70-200 F4 @ 1/250 sec ISO400 @ 200mm
After some manic running around some sitting happened quite nicely. To be honest Murphy and Six just made it easy, they were very well behaved and just so photogenic as you can see from the below head shots.
Shot with D610 70-200 F4 @ 1/200 sec ISO400 @ 130mm
Murphy was having a wee lie down as opposed to a sit down:
Shot with D610 70-200 F4 @ 1/100 sec ISO400 @ 160mm
a Few head shots later and they were together, for me this was a lovely shot to have both be themselves. I positioned myself low for this shot and in a way where they would not be eyeballing the camera, it just worked a little better.
Murphy & Six
Shot with D610 70-200 F4 @ 1/200 sec ISO400 @ 116mm
I would like to thank Lee-Ann for arranging this shoot and for asking us to photograph both Murphy and Six.
If you would like to know more about the Borders Pet Rescue then please visit their website. They also have a Facebook page.
I certainly hope to work with them again in the near future.
As always please feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter.
Being a photographer it is always good to try things that are a little bit different and this goes for subject too so a Reptilian Photoshoot was perfect!
On this shoot we were shooting 3 breeds of Snake and a Bearded Dragon. Subjects which we know very little about and never photographed but now that we have, it’s sparked that part of the brain to do some research because they were fascinating!
On the shoot we had our good friend and fellow photographer Graeme Webb.
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Gear used on this shoot
Nikon D610 + 105mm F2.8 Macro with Flex TT5 Pocket Wizards and an SB600.
So up first we had the Carpet Python:
Never seen or heard of a Carpet Python before and when brought out I have to say I gulped a little ” yeah go on have chuckle “, it was quite err large and pretty active but gorgeous!
Took a while of following it around in the view finders and snapped quite a few shots.
The shot below was our pick!
Up next was the Royal Python which was the smallest of the 3 but still a good 3ft + and again very active. She finally settled a little to allow us to take a few nice snaps of her, here is one of those shots:
Last up for the snakes was the Macklotts Python A.K.A Indonesian Water Python or as I like to now call them, frigging large heavy powerful Python. I would not want to me this lady in a bad mood that is for sure but again, she was gorgeous. Her colour was a little off from what the owner was saying so we will have another crack at her one day I hope!
She was very active, could not get over the speed and they are very curious that is for sure so it was a big challenge but a great one! Here is our image of this wonder creature!
Macklotts Python ( Indonesian Water Python)
And last but not least a Bearded Dragon! HA! this one made me chuckle and just say aww! This wee guy was terrific, he is the image that we were able to capture!
Well we hope that you like these images and a special thank you to Laura for allowing us to photograph her beautiful pets, we hope to work with these guys again in the near future.
Please note that we ensured that the animal was not stressed in anyway from having their images taken, thankfully because we didn’t fancy being eaten.
Thank you also to Graeme for assisting.
As always, feel free to leave a comment below!
See you soon!
This post I have named “Model in the Making” for a reason. Most of you will remember our first shoot with Niomi ( her first shoot also ), well guess what, we went back for another shoot and oh boy, it was good fun!.
So the last shoot that we did was on a gothic theme through different locations. On this shoot it was one location and a style which was Niomi!
So without blabbering on like I usually do lets see some images!
Have to say before finishing thank you to Niomi. A second successful shoot and yup you guessed it we may throw in a third, you never know!
See you soon!
Well today’s post is all about KCC does Parliament, that’s right, the Kelso Camera Club crew asked and got permission to photograph the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh at Holyrood.
For me I was quite excited. I have photographed and seen the building many times but always fancied seeing what it is like inside and especially in the committee rooms or the debating chamber!
Well before getting into the nitty gritty of the images I would like to thank a few people from the club for organising this trip. Ian, the chair of the club, thank you very much and I’m sure this doesn’t just come from myself. Fantastic day!
Barbara, thank you for the lift even though it was a bit bouncy however I did survive, thanks
I would also like to thank Kirsty, our guide for the day. Superb knowledge, a good laugh and she used Nikon so thumbs up ( please do not flame me non Nikon users! )
Okie Dokie so we met outside the building with Kirsty for our instructions for the day and had a good chat. I was listening however also shooting a few images from the hip, as you do!
Never actually thought Kirsty would be so happy to see us but there you go
Outside the light was really flat, so it wasn’t that great and I thought black and white was the way to go. I also thought to myself, the building as a whole will be photographed to death so I turned to a few details outside.
Just after taking this which was a 9 stop exposure put together in Photomatix and then finished of in Photoshop I notice a couple of chaps playing in the water so a little bit of street photography came into place also.
They were quite committed to this I have to say, all I can say was it was cold enough out the water, god knows what it would have been like if they had fallen in except for a good picture, hehe, evil!
OK so next I had an idea of setting myself up in front of a plain wall and seeing if I could get some interesting walkers coming by. I didn’t get any, people see a camera pointing at a wall and they tend to give you the evil eye so taking a picture might be OK if you dial 999 first, however, I did get one interesting photograph from it.
Hmm, moving on!
Next we went up to the side of the building heading around the back really, on the way we got the following:
Just around the left of the photograph is the Dynamic Earth, we headed up to this also to see what shots we could get, we actually done quite well there and fired of the following shots:
The last one there is Barbara given it all the concentration in the world but I quite liked the image.
After Dynamic Earth we headed up behind the Parliament Building where I believe is the most photographed part of the building ever and I mean that quite literally because if you Google “Parliament Building Edinburgh” and go to images you will see this many times, go on, I’ll wait here for you….., welcome back, see what I mean? Here is what I saw!
After this it was onto the Royal Mile, not much happening on this part of the walk really, it was quite quiet I have to say for a Saturday, anyway, on the way down I came across a wall which had, well actually I don’t know really I just kind of photographed it, shocking that is ! Maybe someone can tell me? Drop a comment at the end of the post.
So outside done, that wasn’t too bad as it? Still with me? Grand, lets do a few images inside but first security, yup security! Well, without going into to much detail, it’s pretty strict, keys, wallet, money, tripod, camera, belt buckle, wasn’t sure if I was in a strip tease or a government building! Joke over, they have to take it seriously that is true but they could have at least patted me down, they did with others so I felt a little left out!
First set up of images inside were a bit hit or miss, long exposures and moving people and I came away with the following:
Barbara was my model on the second one, took a couple of attempts at her walking towards the camera on a 4 second exposure, bit of fun and experimentation!
Right, after this on we went, here are the final lot of images from our we wander through:
And that is it folks, our wander to and through the Parliament Building. Have you made it this far through the post? Go you! I hope you enjoyed the images and please feel free to share this and also leave a comment in the comments box below, would be great to hear your thoughts.
I cannot wait to see the other members photographs!
See you soon!