La Palma, Canary Islands

August 2018 my wife & I travelled to La Palma which is the lesser known of the Canary Islands for a short holiday the photos that accompany this blog are snapshots of the holiday. I will be going back to do a workshop here with a view to taking “proper images” of the island!

It is a wonderful island that has resisted the tourist industry & the major western brand influences keeping a lovely comfortable feeling of true Canarian life & spirit in the towns & totally unspolit nature.

The architecture in the towns is beautiful & the place is so unspoilt & so unbelievably clean it is something you actually notice!

As for the beauty of the island I’m not sure I can really do it justice, it is literally breathtaking you are left staring in jaw dropping wonder at some of the sights from volcanic desolate landscapes & craters, twisted rock formations on the beautiful beaches, rain forest to the north, Pine forest’s of the National Park, quaint old towns, fantastic weather systems supplementing a sumptuous landscape, it really does have everything.

For such a small island it rises 2426m to the centre of the island above sea level at Roque de Los Muchachos (Rock of the young men) the views from here are spectacular, this rise & fall of land & volcano gives the island an amazing eco system as well as quite bizarre weather on all aspects of the island.

It is a declared as a “Unesco Biosphere reserve” & also has clear sky status for star gazing supposedly the second best in the world.

If you wish to join me on a workshop to La Palma use the contact form to get in touch…

Steven

Early Sunday morning to London

So I had an alarm call for 4.40am set & was out in the car heading for London by 5am parked up at 5.30 & on location ready for what was unfortunately a quite forgettable sunrise.

However I am a great believer that what you put in as desire & effort for your work something will more often than not be returned & on this day it wasn't to be a colourful sunrise but a bit of mist or murk whichever way you dress it gave atmosphere to a couple of images, more was to come.

As I pondered the dredger that had pulled up a damaged & sunk "Safety Boat" chuckling away at the scene I noticed the water almost slowing to nothing so checked my app for the tide times & it gave me the information I hoped for, it was about to turn.

In essence this means a very short window of the tide not going in or out therefore if the weather conditions allow, no wind then the result is almost still waters, this was to be my reward for an early start & resulting in one of my all time favourite images of Tower Bridge.

After this I headed into The Square Mile to find some installations from famous sculptures from around the world hoping for some unusual shots, not all of it was to my liking so  along the way I took in the spectacularly diverse architecture this area has to offer as well as things that took my creative fancy.

I hope you enjoy looking at the images, especially my favourite of Tower Bridge which will definately be a limited edition set in both colour & black & white, all images are available to purchase as Giclee prints so do please get in touch for details.

Thanks, Steven 

 

Landscape photography workshop to Brecon Beacons, Wales

A meet at 18.00 on Friday & we took to battle the traffic & head to Wales arriving at 21.15 at the rented cottage, oven on & food, done.

An early start for sunrise had us heading for a snow covered mountain, little did we know that we too would get covered in snow.

The day saw us take in "The Cats/Dragons back" next to the "Castle Inn" then on to a woodland walk to find a waterfall near the town of Talgarth. Another turn in the weather meant we stopped for lunch in Talybont on Usk before we headed for same named reservoir although weather stopped us so on we went duly arriving at Pontiscill reservoir where the weather was good and saw us good for the rest of the day.

Sunday we were joined by Nicole & Paul local to Grosmont who took us to a truly mesmeric location "Llangattock Escarpment" where you could imagine Hobbits a plenty. The weather was again good to start then WOW fierce rain & epic wind of razor like proportions with a wind chill to match the following day posts of 30-40mph & wind chill of -16 were reported. This resulted in lots of camera shake on images, frozen fingers to cold to operate cameras & move filters etc so a real challenge. After breakfast in Crickhowell a fabulous drive (to wam up) to "Llanigon" to look over "Hay-on-Wye" & see "Lord Herefords Knob" then back through the valley to "Llanthony Priory" a few pics, mug of hot chocolate then the drive back to London.

A fabulous trip & one I will be repeating again sometime soon.

Steven  

Recent framing at The Picture Maker

Holiday season is here & quite often I get canvas prints that have been bought abroad & need putting onto a frame which is easily done either onto stretcher bars or it can be mounted & framed.

Not an every day occurence a "Beret" was brought in but as always happy to oblige.

Please do pop in to see the new look with a gallery of work for sale & also a new photography studio, hope to see you soon.

Steve - The Picture Maker 

 

Photography workshop... 40's 50's car boot sale

Last Sundays Photography workshop was to Kings Cross, London for a car boot sale with a 40's & 50's them to it.

A fabulous day out with the car booters selling their vintage wares, the majority to them dressed of the era it really feels like a real step back in time. They really are very friendly bunch, happy to accommodate us taking pictures of them & such a great vibe with the funky music too...a truly awesome day!   

 

 

Fashion Shoot with Ami

Ami popped into  the studio for a couple of hours with a few new items of her clothing range photographed high key & low light...

Great fun, lovely model to work with & I hope to do more with Ami in the future 

Saturday 8th April 2017