What I am going to be writing about on my Photography Blog in February 2017 – a lot of content in a short month!

I need to plan my photography content blog for February. I say this as January did not go according to plan. Nothing disastrous. Just not according to plan.

So this is what my photography blog will contain in February 2017.

Conclusion of my series of pictures of the shoot at Delph Woods in Poole. And hopefully the conclusion of the article I am writing, although I do believe I might have a technical hitch, which will put this back a little bit. But this technical hitch, which I will write about once all the images have been published, is a good learning experience.

Collections are still an issue.

I need to get my Dorset Photographer web page completed and uploaded.

I might make this Dorset Photography Month.

Well why not? I have the pictures of the woods to complete, and the words to accompany my first photography article.

So February is now Dorset Month.

And if that is the case I now declare March to be Hampshire Photography Month – I have lots of similar tasks to do with my Hampshire Photographer work as I do for my Dorset stuff. And I have some great pictures of a National Trust location I have recently discovered.

And also “Clear out my draft folder of blog posts” month – I know – not quite so snappy but still needs doing. There will be a lot of posts in February. Really, lots.

For my Dorset Photographer web page I need to complete the text and 12 images. I am nearly there with the images, and the test is in draft, so this is definitely achievable in February.

And there is something else I am itching to write about – my new camera bag – the Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag.

Finally, I need to go back through my plans for the monthly schedule of content on my photography blog, which I wrote about, and do something with it to make it easier for me to follow. It is one thing coming out with plans, another actually doing them!

And finally finally, I need to produce the following regular features

  • Image of the Week
  • Image of the Month
  • Lightroom Quick Tip
  • Photoshop Quick Tip
  • Photography Terms Explained

That is quite a lot in a short month. Best get on with it!

And then there is the new template of my website.

Rick McEvoy Photography Blog

Wednesday 1st February 2017

IPhone Hampshire Photography

Fishing Lake by Church, IPhone Hampshire Photography  

Fishing Lake by Church, IPhone Hampshire Photography  

This New Hampshire Photography image I took just now using the camera in Lightroom Mobile. I processed the image in my car on my phone. 

Just amazing technology. 

Next week I will post the image taken on my Canon 6D with Canon 24-105mm lens and see what the difference is. Oh yes I will do an edit of this back in my studio on my big monitor to make the comparison meaningful. 

 

Hampshire - Looking up to the sky through New Forest Trees - another new Hampshire Photographer picture

Blue sky through trees in the New Forest, by Rick McEvoy Hampshire Photographer  

Blue sky through trees in the New Forest, by Rick McEvoy Hampshire Photographer  

The New Forest – look up in the winter!

Looking up from the ground, bare trees all around with no leaves, a deep blue sky and white fluffy clouds.

An interesting shot of a different viewpoint.

Looking up works well photographically, as not many photographers take photos with this viewpoint. It is these different viewpoints that make pictures such as this one. We have probably all walked through a forest. Some of us have looked up. Not as many as who have actually walked through the forest. And of that reduced number of people who have walked through a forest and actually looked up, how many stopped to take a photo? And how many of those people walking through that forest who looked up and took a photo did so with a fisheye zoom lens, lying on their back on the ground?

Thats the point. Not many if any.

This is the point. 

Go to places, explore them, find new angles, photograph them in different ways. 

This is what I do

Technical info for this shot? 

Taken on my Canon EOS 6D, using my 8-15mm F4L fisheye zoom lens, at 15mm. 1/1000th second, F8, ISO400, lying on my back. On one of my best pieces of photographic equipment - a £10 groundsheet!!

Keyword I couldn't shoehorn naturally into this post was Photographers Hampshire. As much as I try I always end up with a contrived sentence so rather than doing that I thought I would just chuck it in at the end. I have said this before and I will say it again now - as much as I love my daily blog I do need to get some SEO value out of it. So if you have made it to the end of this post thanks for sticking with me and please call back to my blog tomorrow for my next Hampshire photographer picture.

Please get back to me with any Hampshire photography related questions, which I always answer.

Thanks and best regards

Rick McEvoy , LBIPP, MCIOB 

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

 

Portfolio Image 2 - Winchester School of Art - More Striking Architectural Photography

Winchester School of Art by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer  

Winchester School of Art by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer  

This is image number 2 in my new commercial photography portfolio.

I was commissioned to photograph the new library reception and entrance area. This was an interesting construction project, with the new frontage you can see being added onto the front of the existing building. The interior views were challenging but I got some good results.

Winchester School of Art is part of the University of Southampton.

For architectural photography my aim is to produce an image that is technically accurate.

Key things I am looking for are

Verticals need to be vertical, well they need to appear to be natural, actual vertical sometimes just does not work. (I will write a short post about a trick with this another time).

Colours have to be accurate.

Horizontal lines need to be horizontal.

The final image needs to show the building, as viewed by the human eye.

The final image also needs to be visually appealing. This is not always easy, depending on the subject matter, but my job is to make every subject as visually appealing as possible.

Architectural photography images also have to be accurate. It is fine to clean up an image and remove marks to surfaces, and the odd sign, poster etc etc, but there is a limit in terms of changing an image.
For my commercial photography portfolio I will do more cleaning up than I would for a client shot, as normally commercial architectural photography is about reproducing what is there. If c client wants things removing or moving fine – it is down to each client’s individual wants, but I start with a base accurate image

That’s all from me for a Saturday morning – please visit my architectural photography page at www.rickmcevoyphotogrpahy.co.uk/architectural-photographer for lots more of my work

Bracklesham Bay - vibrant sunset shot - the fogotten picture of Hampshire I completely forgot about

Bracklesham Bay sunset by Rick McEvoy Hampshire Photographer

Bracklesham Bay sunset by Rick McEvoy Hampshire Photographer

I really had forgotten about this, one of my very very best pictures of Hampshire.

I was looking for something else in my Lightroom catalogue, and noticed this lovely shot. Unedited, just sat there all alone and forgotten. So I had to work on it and release it out into the digital world!

What was I thiinking not choosing this shot???

Who knows what is next in my blog tomorrow morning at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

You can visit my page dedicated to Hampshire photography at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/hampshire-photographer

where you will see lots of other pictures of Hampshire but not this one. Well you have seen it now....

 

My Portfolio Review with the BIPP at the Photography Show

I had 40 images in a Collection in Lightroom. But that is not the whole story.

I ended up with lots of collections in Lightroom, which were

  1. 40 images. This had 40 images. Well 42 actually. This was what was going to be reviewed. That’s why I called it 40 images.
  2. 10 -. No images. An empty collection. I never got down to 10 images. Which I have to do for my next set of home page images. So as ever more work to do.
  3. Dorset photography – 10 images
  4. Hampshire photography – 10 images
  5. Architectural photography – building exteriors – 10 images
  6. Architectural photography – building interiors – 10 images
  7. Construction photography –10 images
  8. Industrial photography – 10 images
  9. London photography – 14 images. 14??
  10. Sandbanks photography – 10 images
  11. Wiltshire photography – 1 image. Not sure what went wrong there?
  12. Bournemouth photography – 13 images.
  13. Cornwall photography – 12 images
  14. Landscape photography – 17 images
  15. Poole photography – 10 images

And then another 9 folders from recent commercial work.

But I had my set of 40 images, and guess what?

No landscape photographs.

No sunsets.

No tourist scenes.

No.

Just

  1. Architectural photography
  2. Building photography
  3. Construction photography
  4. Interior photography
  5. Industrial photography
  6. Infrastructure photography
  7. Estate agent photography
  8. Real estate photography

That kind of thing.

Why?

Because I decided that my portfolio should reflect what I do, what I want to, and the best range of my work to date within these categories.

What I do best, and what I can do best for clients.

I want clients looking at my work, my portfolio, my website, and to know that when they hire me they know what they are going to get. And that they like my style. My look.

So it is time to focus my work, which I have done.

And do you know what? It has helped me to improve greatly. I still do landscape photography, which I enjoy immensely, but I use that work to experiment with new techniques in terms of both image capture and processing.

So having achieved a much better focus, I will describe tomorrow on my blog at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

how my portfolio was constructed and how this focussing on these areas has helped me grow as a photographer.

And how many images made if from 2014 to 2016.

Guess – it surprised me!!

9 Trees. I couldn't resist this intriguing montage of one of my favourite shots

9 Trees - a photo montage by Hampshire Photographer Rick McEvoy

9 Trees - a photo montage by Hampshire Photographer Rick McEvoy

A bit of fun for a Saturday. Using the layout app for Instagram which I have had avery quick play with. 

The things we can do with our images seem to be endless. This is like I say a bit of fun but if you take some time and think about it for the right image you can really produce something interesting and creative. 

This was a shot taken in the New Forest, Hampshire. Hampshire photography. Patterns. Colours. Love it.

Pop back to my blog tomorrow for another post about something photography related at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

and check ouy my Hampshire photography page at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/hampshire-photographer

 

Bracklesham Bay - stunning Hampshire landsape photography - sunset shot with flat water and a seemingly endless sky!

Bracklesham Bay by Rick McEvoy Hampshire Photographer

Bracklesham Bay by Rick McEvoy Hampshire Photographer

A strong contender for my Hampshire photography page is this sunset shot taken at Bracklesham Bay in Hampshire.

A nice image for a Saturday morning after a long week.

Having spent all yesterday going on about the photography work I specialise in, namely

Architectural photography

Commercial photography

Industrial photography

I have decided to change course, and post and write about a nice picture of Hampshire.

I love shots like this. This really was a case of being in the right place at the right time. And the funny thing is – I have never been back? Only been there once. Oh no sorry I went back once and the weather was hideous, but I really must return, to what is an unusual Hampshire coastal view for me – I am much more familiar with being on the other side of Hampshire.

This image was edited dome time ago. I am enjoying going back to older images and seeing what I can do with them now with the tools I have and the knowledge gained since taking and editing some of my old landscape photography work. I am also doing this with some of my architectural photography work to.

I will post the new versions on my blog in the future, along with the original edits, and try to explain the difference.

Hopefully the new images will be better, but you never know….

If you don’t see an updated version of this Hampshire landscape photography image you know what happened…

Thanks for reading this post, please come back to my blog tomorrow at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

for another post about something photographic. Not sure what it will be yet but hopefully another nice image for a Sunday.

Also check out my Hampshire photography page at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/hampshire-photographer/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trees in the New Forest - a great view looking up!

Trees, New Forest, by Hampshire Photographer Rick McEvoy

Trees, New Forest, by Hampshire Photographer Rick McEvoy

I love this image of the New Forest. I have posted it before but like it so much I am posting it again! 

This is one of my favourites shots of mine, taken in the New Forest in Hamsphire (GPS co-ordinates available from my Canon 6D if required!). Which is an interesting point. The fact my fantastic camera has built-in GPS  means I can revisit this exact location and take another shot at a different time of year and in different weather.

I think I'll do that. Sounds great. 

This shot was taken at 1/1000th of a second, F8, ISO400, with a focal length of 15mm, hence the wide view. 

Next time I will lie down on the floor, using my latest photography accessory - a £5 groundsheet. 

One of my other favourite photography accessories is a pair of stepladders. 

The point is - to get interesting shots you need to try all the angles, up down, left right, looking up, down, sideways

etc, etc

Thanks for reading this post and please visit my website at  

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

where you can view lots more of my Hampshire photography

And my daily blog which you can access at

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

 

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