Images from my Venice Holiday



My wife and I celebrated our belated wedding anniversary with a trip to magical Venice. A place I had been before but never photographed. So I was very keen to see what I could do with that ancient city.

The results speak for themselves. I have to say, although I am confident in my abilities as a photographer, the setting helps a great deal. I saw a photograph with every corner I turned and every ancient, rusted, crumbling building I beheld.

Venice is a truly magical city with endless photographic opportunities. Here are some of my images:

All of which can be purchased by visiting Chartfords.com.

Venice Gondola Service

Venice Gondola Service

Gondolas in Venice

Gondolas in Venice

Grand Canal Venice

Grand Canal Venice

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco Venice

Piazza San Marco Venice

San Marco Venice

San Marco Venice

Cafe Venice

Cafe Venice

Master Glass Blower Murano

Master Glass Blower Murano

Piazza San Marco Venice

Piazza San Marco Venice

Food Photography: Ramallos Chocolates



This week I wrapped up a fantastic photo shoot involving an up and coming chocolate truffle company, Ramallos chocolates.

Below are some of the screenshots of the Ramallos website. As you can see the entire site is composed of my photos. It was a great shoot and I got loads of chocolates to eat and give as presents.

You can buy some of these amazing chocolates by visiting the website: Ramallos chocolates.

Thanks to Raj and Al for all your help.

Food Photography - Ramallos Chocolates

Food Photography - Ramallos Chocolates

 

Food Photography - Ramallos Chocolates

Food Photography - Ramallos Chocolates

 

Food Photography - Ramallos Chocolates

Food Photography - Ramallos Chocolates

Photographing Beer Glasses on White Background for Website



This week I finished a very lengthy job that saw me photographing 200 bottles of beer and 84 beer glasses. In the process I spent numerous hours shooting, used nearly an entire keg of beer to get the foamy head of the beer in the glasses (not shown), did a free re-shoot when it didn’t go as planned and finally, we finished and all turned out extremely well.

The below image is a combination of all 84 beer glasses. The idea was to photograph them on a pure white background, while keeping their lines intact and also to make sure the logos didn’t get lost, or overexposed. If the logos were overexposed they would be unsaleable. And I think we pulled it off nicely.

Check it out!

84 Beer Glasses Photographed on White Background

84 Beer Glasses Photographed on White Background

Stuart and Yvonne’s Wedding at Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead, West Sussex



What a brilliant weekend. I did quite a lot of shooting and finished a few projects that I’ve been working on. More on that later.

For now, I want to tell you about a fabulous wedding I photographed at the Alexander House Hotel and Spa in East Grinstead, West Sussex. The Alexander House Hotel holds a special place in my heart. My mum stays there whenever she visits me from the States and I have enjoyed quite a few meals there and afternoon teas with my wife. Actually, my mum first met my wife, before we were married of course, at the Alexander House Hotel. We had dinner in their incredible restaurant.

So when I was asked to do a last minute wedding photo shoot (check out my page on how to get an affordable wedding photographer) at the Alexander House Hotel I jumped at the chance.

Yvonne said she and Stuart had been together 30 years and so they wanted something low-key and relaxed. Well, that’s my style of photography I told her. Just capture the day as it unfolds, no need for fluff!

The weather started out horribly. Rainy and cold, but it opened up and the sun came out long enough to get some great outside shots. The ceremony was held in the Churchill room, which doesn’t hold very many people, but with only 8 attendees, only very close family and friends, they didn’t have a problem.

As well as being excited for the wedding itself, I was also excited to shoot my first wedding with my new lens, the Canon 35mm f1.4 L lens. And it did not disappoint. It is tack sharp at all f-stops, focuses like a dream and I hold it mostly responsible for the incredible images I got on the day. I highly recommend it.

Thank you very much Stuart and Yvonne. You are two of the nicest people I have ever met and I’m happy you allowed me to share your day with you!

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

Wedding at the Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead

New Images for Beer Merchants in Kent



For a couple of weeks I’ve even working with one of the largest beer distributors in the Uk to get new images for their website. It was been an awesome experience. One that has taught me a great deal.

We are trying to achieve definition and tonality in a clear glass on a white background, with beer in the glass and also to make sure the logo of each of the beer companies is evident and presentable on the image.

Not easy to do!

The below image took me about 5 hours to perfect!

How did I achieve it?

I took a white piece of paper and put a piece of clear glass on top of it to reflect the glass on to itself. I then rested the beer glass on the glass, set a large softbox up behind the glass and placed 4 inch pieces of black paper in a square on my softbox to give the glass definition which shows up as black lines. With lots of moving around I finally got the lines to be exactly the same as those of the beer glass.

I then used another softbox at camera left with a large piece of tracing paper to give highlights and definition to the front of the glass and I used a large white reflector to bounce light from the left to the right to give the right side some light.

It was a painstaking process, but I got there in the end. 🙂

Enjoy!

Photographing a Beer Glass with Beer in It

Photographing a Beer Glass with Beer in It

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