An afternoon with Benji

So after telling you all I was going to post more regularly I have written no posts for 6 weeks…whoops. Anyway I shall change that by showing you what Benji and I got up to this week.

I met up with Benji at the Bike Park, he was with his Dad on the hill digging (well, Benji was actually asleep in the land rover) and off we went on our photographic adventure. I’ve been wanting to get some nice shots of Benji for a while and had a few ideas in mind, as Benji spends most of his time at the Bike Park I thought I’d get some of him there and it would be more sentimental for the family. We started out at a pile of stacked logs which I used as a back drop.

Once we had a few shots in the bag we moved onto a small ruined building a bit further down the hill. I was using my flash gun off camera with a softbox mounted to it to soften the light. The flash made the images pop helping to complete the image. 

We then headed back to the Land Rover to go to our last location of the afternoon. Whilst I was packing my stuff away Benji had a quick power nap – so I grabbed my camera out my bag and took a few photos of him in the Landy. I tried a different technique more commonly used in landscape photography where I took a set of 3 bracketed exposures to capture more information in the highlights and shadow areas of the image. I then merged the 3 images together in lightroom and edited the images as normal. 

Once Benji had caught up on some Z’s we moved onto our last spot. As we got there the sun started to pop out through the clouds and the sky cleared a bit which was great as it gave the images a bit more interest rather than just being grey.

I had a lovely afternoon with Benji and I am super happy with the images I was able to get with him. He was such a great model and was quite happy to sit and watch the world go past as I did my thing which was great and quite a difference from photographing Skylar who can’t sit still for 2 seconds!

Winter Wonderland

This winter has so far been pretty mild with only a few frosts to really speak about, that changed this week – albeit very briefly.

My birthday is in January and so far, having just started my 29th lap around the sun I can only recall maybe 1 time it actually snowed on my birthday. After having a relaxed morning and a few calls with my family it started to snow, I didn’t really think much of it until after about an hour when I noticed it had started settling and getting a bit heavier. After checking with the MetOffice I saw that the snow was only going last until the afternoon where it was going to go back to traditional UK winters and be grey an rainy. I donned a lot of clothes (I actually got to wear my snow trousers in the snow!), grabbed my camera gear and set off with Skylar in tow to the Lonely Tree.

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There wasn’t too much around at the bottom of the hill and so before Skylar went too bananas I got her to sit in the ferns and got some portraits of her. (Best to do this first else her tongue features heavily in all her photos! 😀 )

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By the time I got out of the wooded area and almost to the top there was a lot more snow around, I was however nice and warm and dry in all my onion layers.

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Once at the top I switched to my 24mm F1.4 lens, I haven’t had it for long and wanted to put it through its paces to see what I can get from it. Fair to say I wasn’t disappointed.

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We played around in the snow for quite a while and after Skylar got bored of me taking her photo we headed back home. By the time we had got home the snow had stopped and was already melting in the light rain and by about 4pm it had all gone (the best kind of snow, snow that doesn’t hang around and cause issues).

Photo Tip: In snowy conditions you will need to dial in some exposure compensation or the camera will under expose your image leaving it looking dull and grey. I personally use my camera in manual mode so I can set the exposure I want, just keep an eye on your histogram to make sure those highlights aren’t clipping.

That’s all for this post, I will be trying to post more to the blog as I feel I’ve neglected it a bit. See you next time.