Hull Fair is nearly here

The weather is beginning to change, colder and damper in the mornings. I have noticed its dark when I get up. That means that Hull fair is just around the corner.

Image was taken a couple of years ago, with my old EOS 450d and edited with Photomatix.

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Road Trip

Had a damp start to the day a few weeks ago. Needed a road trip with the kids. So decided to have a ride up to Flamborough cliffs. After spending an hour trying to find loose change for the parking, finding a cash machine, buying ice creams and mini cheddars, we pulled up and an old guy gave us his ticket.

It had been raining before we had arrived and the ground was quite damp. I had wanted to get some low camera angles for a little side project I wanted to do.

When we arrived at Flamborough South Landing we walked around along the nature trail. There is a steel bridge made into the shape of whales rib cage. Each rib has the name of a type of whale/sea creature or nautical term.

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Betty Banzai grunge style poster

Day 182/365 Playing with photoshop

Had a photo shoot at Sugar Mill Night Club in Hull. This is from the second shoot of the day. Model feature is Betty Banzai from Model Mayhem. I want to do a grunge type poster similar to this Dirty Grunge Poster and Simple steps to create impressive illustration. Also this list of 450+ grunge brushes helped.

bb01 Original image

bb02 Background cut and left white

bb03 Duplicated layer, then Filter -> Artistic -> Cut Out. Set blend mode to 60% opacity.

bb04 New layer render clouds then blur, add radial shape in new layer

bb05 Build up layer with grunge brushes and changing layer blending styles, altering graduated blend mode

bb06 Continue with other brushes

bb07 Show all layers

bb08 Then text layer with graduated layer style.

Film Noir Shoot At Sugarmill Night Club

Attended a group shoot with Hull photographers and models Facebook group.  We took over Sugarmill night club for the afternoon. All models and photographers shoot for free. An entrance was charged and the money was given to cancer research. £131.80 in total was raised.

Before the shoot I had discussed with Shaz (the model below) shooting a film noir set. She was very enthusiastic and keen to offer suggestions for the shoot.

I had read on the Strobist Blogspot on using hard light for a Film Noir Effect.

A single 430exII was used. I used a cable to trigger the flash, i used this because there was other photographers working around me using similar triggers. Cable is old school but it works.

I used a Rouge flash bender as a snoot. The a reflective umbrella partially opened to give a more concentrated directional light.

Thanks to Lou Watson and Abbie Towse for organising the shoot, Sugarmill for the venue and all the models, makeup artists and fellow photographers for their help and support of a worth while charity.

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February 2011 in Pictures

Second month of the 365 day project year two is now completed. Been quite a busy month had fun shooting a vintage wedding dress shoot was interesting to see how other photographers work. Missed a couple of days due to work and night shifts.

Here’s a Flickr slideshow for February. Here is the link if you want to know how its done.