I take part in an occasional competition on Flickr called F64 Challenge, in this months competition I am currently 4th after two rounds. This rounds challenge is “Morning Light”. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve basically had pretty flat grey morning light outside, and besides…I’m not getting up at 5 in the morning on the off chance 😉 So, here is my interpretation of the challenge…let’s see how we do 😉


I take part in a Flickr competition called the f64 Challenge. I’ve been doing it for a year or so and this week I’ve made it into the semi final…this is my entry under the theme “Mirror Mirror”. Having seen the competition I don’t think I’ll be making the final 😉


I am not a portrait photographer!

I don’t know why portraits cause me such issues, stick me in front of a landscape and all is fine, put a human in front of me and I can barely operate the camera…it’s very odd because I don’t have problems talking to people (well, apart from boring them to death if the subject moves onto music)…

Anyhow, Bishop’s Stortford Camera Club had a workshop night with two separate portrait set-ups, one high key and the other low key – here’s one of each…by the way, the title certainly does not reflect on the models who put up with my blundering quite patiently.


Not much happening photographically today so grabbed this shot of Elijah enjoying the sofa.


Poured down all day here…so time for a selfy 😉


Elijah regretted being rude to his hairdresser before his haircut…


Another night out with the Bishops Stortford Camera Club. Our regular firestarter and general “ask me to do something & I’ll do it” helper Steve came up trumps with his collection of replica guns and military garb. He posed in all sorts of awkward positions for us, but it was when the sun had gone down that I think we got the most atmospheric shots.

Despite what the camera exif information states, there was a flash involved, off camera at 1/64th power zoomed into 105mm.

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Today’s Bishops Stortford Camera Club night out was all about portraits with the setting sun. So I arrived armed with all 3 of my flashes…and used none of them ;-).

Portrait work is a long way from my comfort zone, but I really enjoyed photographing some of my friends from the camera club…particularly as I got (IMO) some pretty nice portraits…and just with one gold reflector held stage left.

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The Bishops Stortford Camera Club congregated around the lake at Hatfield Forest this evening to photograph the sunset. It was a beautiful evening…but the severe lack of any clouds meant a very lacklustre sunset. Nevermind when a large group of photographers gather in one place you’ll always be able to get this sort of shot!


At Camera Club tonight it was the Chairman’s evening and Emma had invited a chap who takes part in historical reenactment events, specifically the middle ages…and he arrived with full suits of armour, swords, axes and all sorts of other wonderful bits and pieces.

The club strobe lights were out and there was lots to photograph…so I spent the evening chatting with other members…and suddenly realised I hadn’t got any shots!

I dashed around and grabbed a few shots of armour. When I got home I wasn’t hugely impressed with what I had so decided to spend some time in photoshop to see what I could come up with…and here we have it!

This is a composite made up of around 7 different shots – the helmet and chain armour were from this evening, all the other images are mine from previous shoots.

The overriding message I took home from the evening is – it’s damn hot work wearing suits of armour!