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Photo of the Week 29th January 2012

I just love this photo, it was taken at Drumtochty Castle just south of Aberdeen, Scotland a couple of weeks back – from the wedding of Susie and Chris.

This is the kind of moment you prey for at a wedding, totally candid capture – but one that tells a GREAT story – just the kind of image I love to take for my couples.

Technically there is nothing amazing about this photo, there is no off camera flash (or on camera for that matter)  the only thing that I did to make it work was when I took this I was actually lying down on the ground – seconds before I had shot a floor to ceiling shot of the couple form the same vantage point (that photo was photo of the week a couple of weeks back – view it here)  then I noticed that this little lad started to look round and shuffle about a bit – Knowing my second shooter was covering the wedding, I decided to wait to see if I got anything worth while and didnt concentrate on Susie and Chris but kept all my attention on him.

Then all of a sudden, Tom (my 2nd) took a photo and the boy turned around and looked at him, totally missed me on the floor – I went snap, he saw me and the moment was gone – it was a case of a one shot capture – did I get it ??????? – Yes I am happy to say.

As you would have seen in previous posts about Susie and Chris’s wedding it was very very very very very dark in the church – Technical info following the pic.

Drumtochty church wedding photo

Nikon D3 – Nikon 70-200 VR2 @ 135mm – ISO 6400 – F2.8 – 1/20th Second – Handheld.  I have processed it with Lightroom 4 beta and have to say its much better at recovering shadow detail than LR3. – The black and white conversion was made with Nik Softwares Silver Efx Pro 2




Photo of the Week – January 22nd 2012

This weeks photo was actually taken yesterday at the totally amazing Blenheim Palace, I was there to shoot the engagement session of Hannah and Andy

The main house (if you can call the Palace a house) is stunning and a beautiful and reminds me of Downtown Abbey

We walked for what seems like miles and toured the lakes, woods, parkland and visited the main house albeit it was closed to the public for renovations.

Although the house was closed there were still a lot of tourists wondering around and the roadway between the main house gates and the rest of the estate was very busy, with careful use of photoshop and the timing of taking this photo, I was able to make it seem like the couple were all alone, well all alone with Merlin.

The editing of this photo took a good good while, its not as punchy, contrasty or saturated as a lot of my photography but I just love the feel of this image.

The sky is real, when we first arrived the sun was behind the Palace so we waited for the sun to move around and didn’t hurry.  Often there is nothing you can do about lighting when your battling with the sun so you just have to be patient and bide your time – if you do, you are often rewarded.

I know you cant see the couple but we have lots of those shots also, I often shoot my couple from behind and think they create an air of mystique  and tell a totally different story, one that you can only tell by body language etc.

Anyway,  for the photographers out there (Hannah included) here are the technicals

ISO400  1/320th sec  F5.0  Shady white balance – Nikon D3  70-200mm Lens @ 105mm  (I am about 75 feet away from the couple – barking out instructions)




Photo of the Week – January 16th 2012

This weeks photo comes from a wedding I shot yesterday, it was the wedding of Susie and Chris.  The couple both live in Australia but Susie returned to her homeland for the wedding – Susie and Chris got married at Drumtochy Castle / and the church just down the road.  I have dozens of amazing wedding photos from their wedding so choosing one was hard.

While this might not be the most amazing photo from the wedding (just you wait to see what I did with Susie’s beautiful Ian Stuart Wedding Dress) it is a photo I am incredibly delighted with.

The Church at Drumtochty castle is an amazingly beautiful little church, its also in a valley and the whole time I was up there it was never above freezing.  The day of the wedding (see second photo) it was about -4 and there was a killer frost on the ground – why am I telling you this, well its because the church was in shadow the whole time, as you can see it only had little windows and big thick stone walls.  This made it very very very very very very dark – you get the picture.

Getting this shot was a huge challenge – I had to shoot at ISO6400, I was shooting hand held at around 1/20th – 1/40 th of a second most of the time and I was only getting an Fstop of between 2.8 and 4

Here is it

inside drumtochty church, drumtochty castle, scotland

Getting married in the Church at Drumtochty Castle had to be an amazing experience, thanks to Reverend Thomas for allowing us to capture these photos during the service.

Just to show how cold it was, here is a shot with Susie and Chris and Dad (father of bride)

the churct at drumtochty castle


Photo of the Week – January 8th 2012

Hello there,

This is my photo of the week for today, its from a wedding I shot late last year.

The wedding was of Vicki and Lee (coming soon to the blog) and this couple were probably my favorite couple last year.  Their wedding was for private and personal reasons the most emotional wedding I attended in years, they had not the greatest year putting it very very mildly and to be honest throughout the whole day I had so much admiration for the couple.

Vicki had arranged the camper van as a surprise for Lee and she had asked for a photo with it, well time ran away with the day and we never managed it, just before I left, I asked the couple if they could have it pulled up to the venue and if they minded going out for a photo – it was SUB 0 and very windy but I spent some time setting up a bunch of lights for this photo and we took around 5 minutes to shoot a range of photos.  This one the couple love to bits, it made me so happy to be able to make Vicki and Lee so happy and to be able to do something special for them.

here it is.

Vicki and Lee Wedding at The Old Library

Photo of the Week January 1st 2012

Hello there, dp here – Todays photo of the day is actually almost a year old to the very day – it was taken December 18th 2010

Its my daughter Soukie, it was her first time playing in the show, that winter we had a hell of a snow storm and it was fantastic.  The photo is one of my all time favorites – its simplicity itself, I just used a long focal length 200mm and shot at F2.8 to capture and isolate Soukie from the snowy wilderness.

My wife and I refer to this as The Bag Lady photo


snow portrait