We had a fabulous weekend at Weston Park International Airshow and these are just some of the highlights.
This morning I had the fantastic opportunity to go and photograph the deer population at Crom Estate on the shores of Lough Erne in County Fermanagh. In this stunning backdrop of fantastic trees and wildlife they have a lovely deer population and I was invited up to take some images. A very special thanks to Colin Beacom for being my guide at Crom Estate this morning. Was a pleasure to see the deer up close
I decided to continue my love affair with the Sigma Art series of lens and change my Nikon 16-35mm f/4 for the new 14mm f/1.8. This lens really is on a different level to any other ultra wide I have had the pleasure of using. The picture below was taken with the D810 and the Sigma and manually focused at f/1.8 for the stars. Getting sharp focus was a manual focus job but that is to be expected at night. The rewards are great though - yes I could have stopped down to f/2.2 or f/2.8 but it meant I was able to have relatively short (15 second) exposure times and a low ISO of just ISO-640.
I did make some mistakes with my intervalometer settings so missed a few images but I was happy with how it came out. It was a total of 280 images edited in Adobe Lightroom and exported as layers (TIFF files) into Photoshop. It, on more than one occasion, filled the scratch disk which had 120GB left on it at times during the editing process and certainly tested the computer.
As I was editing the image I decided it might be fun to change the background in another photograph from my collection of Devenish Tower on Lough Erne. The photograph of the island was taken at sunset so the foreground elements needed to be muted - your opinion is more than welcome.
I also decided to try some light trails from a bridge overlooking the main road in our village. I could do with taking these again during rush hour but this was around the 120 frames mark.
Have you any questions about this lens? Please feel free to contact me. In the meantime, well done Sigma Imaging for creating another masterpiece of a lens.
It was a great privilege to once again get the opportunity to photograph the stunning new Westwood C405 for the production of the brochure for the Leonard family while it was still on Lough Erne before it's official debut at the Southampton Boat Show.
This vessel is a real credit to the family and the company - a stunning boat both inside and out with great sea keeping as we found out during the testing!
This particular model was built with the Volvo D4 300hp engine and had plenty of options ticked to create the perfect demo of what this family run company can offer.
All the best in Southampton guys!
This year rather than a large album of photographs I've decided to go with a short video of just some of the machines on display in Enniskillen for the Erne Vintage Car Club Rally.
In many RNLI stations nationwide there are dogs that act as mascots and Carrybridge Lifeboat Station is no exception. We have Bosco. I was delighted to take photographs of Bosco with his owner Jen and for them to be featured in the RNLI magazine.
While on holiday on the North Coast we visited the beach several times and before I left I made myself known to the Coastguards on the beach and they were very keen to put on a show for the camera. They do a fantastic job working on the local beaches and when required with Portrush RNLI.