Portrait of my Son

My son asked if I would take a quick picture for his Lined In page and the proud dad in me obviously said “my pleasure”.

He was blown away by just how sorted out my 11×8 feet Studio (shed) has panned out and even more impressed with the quality of the head shots I took for him.

We decided on a gallery of 5 and here they are.

I am so pleased my son trusted me to capture his image and I look forward to doing more when needed.

If you would like to discuss having your image captures either in a studio, your place of work or in an outdoor setting (street vibe) then do contact me to chat about the details.

Wet day wander in and around Swanage

Saturday 8th January, a very wet and windy day in the UK, Mrs C and I had a wander in and around Swanage, Corfe Castle and ending at Durdle Door where the rain eased to allow some photography time.

Here a re few images taken as a “backup” to my Canon AL-1 35mm camera

As soon as I have developed the 3 rolls of film I took I will post the images on my VintageFilm.co.uk website

DC x

Mr Bumbles Jam

My friend Ian has been working hard to get the jam night held every Thursday up and running again at Mr Bumbles Blackwater.

Pre lockdowns I was on the drum seat rota playing every 3 weeks sometimes more often to cover other drummers.

So I popped down on the 16th Dec 2021 to show support, play a few numbers, ended up being 6 & take a set of low light gig pictures.

Canon R6
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Canon EF 70-200mm II IS L

As well as the digital gear I also took my point and shoot 35mm film camera and the Canon AL-1 with 50mm f/1.4 to see if I could used them without flash to get some cool pictures. As of the time of writing this I am developing the films and hope to show the results on Vintage Film Website asap.

Was great fun to drum some tracks and take what I think are some cool gig pictures. The R6 really does handle low light & even extreme lo light incredibly well.

Note: I installed the v1.50 firmware on the day as well.

Was fun to be back drumming and try out the R6. I will be repeating this often so hopefully see you there.


A collection of apples red and glass.

Gear used
Canon R with RF 35mm lens
Westcott FJ 80 and FJ 400 strobe flashes
Mustard backing paper
Black Perspex (Flexi glass)
Glass jar, Apples, Water
Photoshop for editing.

I visit to buy and sometimes set up stall to sell at a local Car boot sale here in the UK.

Sunday 5th Dec 2021 I came across this glass bowl or jar shaped like an apple and immediately had a plethora of photography ideas whizz through my mind. Bought it straight away for £2.

Also I have been busy tidying up the Studio (shed), purchasing end cut offs of background papers to get back into product style photography during the wet winter months.

Apples and Mustard

So on a rainy Tuesday 7th Dec I started to format this Wet Glass Apples idea.

I was going to roll the Mustard background paper out to do that seamless background look but decided to make a mini stand using my Ikea small shelves and a piece of black Perspex to give a nice reflection to the shot.

Using the Westcott FJ 80 with the grill attachment, i placed it under the mini table I had built to add the splash of light on the background. A few test shots later and the background was dialed in.

The Westcott FJ 400 with a 30 degree grill and barn doors plus the diffuser from a Westcott 2 x1 soft box gave me the right amount of light to illuminate the rest of the image.

Adding Apple Flavour.

Time to add the Apples. Initially I set four apples in the main pyramid you can see dry with no water spray and the picture looked ok. But i felt it needed something else so using one of the mini spray bottles i have, I coated the Apples and the inside of the jar which gave a better shot.

Still I felt it needed something elese to balance it up. The addition of the front apple, sprayed with water as well, finished off the look. I had kept the outside of the jar dry and took shots of that but tried some with making the outside wet also, so the jar mimiced the real apples.

This is what I settled on.

The strobes set at about 2/3rds power, f/11, 1/200 shutter and ISO 100 to take the shots.

Two images were taken and used to make this image. One with the focus on the top apple in the jar and the second on the front apple on the mini table.

Photoshop (PS) time.

Using the last two focus adjusted images, I made a stack in PS and adding a mask, pulled the front focused apple through so that the full image was now in focus.

A quick crop and horizon straighten, was not off by much, 0.2 degrees, then stretching the side of the image out to finish the image off which is shown here.

A collection of apples red and glass.

I am really pleased how this came out and have a couple of other ideas to try in the coming days and look forward to sharing them with you here.

At the same stall at the car boot sale I bought a pair of Pears & am looking forward to doing something with those soon as well.

I wish you well

DC x

Through the clouds

This is my second attempt at this kind of shot.

I take a lot of shots of the moon but recently I have been trying to capture the moon surrounded by clouds and with this second go in three months I think I am getting it.

Through the Clouds

Below is my first attempt back in October and I think you can see the step up in quality between the two.

Over the coming months I will be trying to capture what I consider the best shot I can, not a composite but in the camera with minor PS edits, and will share with you here.