A Glasgow Tradition

I guarantee you that every time you pass the Duke of Wellington statue at Royal Exchange Square, there will be a traffic cone atop its head. It has become a Glasgow landmark. As Wikipedia puts it: “Capping the statue with a traffic cone has become a traditional practice in the city, claimed to represent the humour of the local population and believed to date back to the first half of the 1980s if not before.”

 
 

A Quick Look At My Workflow

I’ve started taking photography questions on Formspring, and one of the questions was what my workflow looks like “from camera to Aperture”. I uploaded a quick screencast on my workflow to Vimeo if anyone is interested in checking it out.

 
 

Kay Slater on Newark Street

I first met Kay in February when I was shooting for Parma Vintage on Asos Marketplace. We swapped details so we could do a proper shoot at a later date, and that time came yesterday. I headed to Newark Street in Greenock where the Cherry Blossom trees are in full bloom and the properties are old, Victorian buildings. Basically, it’s a pretty sweet location to shoot with a lot of surroundings to utilise.

Yesterday was a pleasant reminder why I love photography.

 
 

Murray and Aly’s Engagement

I’m super excited to be shooting Murray and Alyson’s wedding this summer. Murray and I first crossed paths in 2009, back when I picked up my first dSLR and started seriously playing with it. We’ve kept in touch over Facebook, Flickr and the like, and I’m chuffed he thinks my photography has developed enough to have me shoot his wedding. I don’t need to tell him this, although I already did, but Alyson is an absolute keeper. Best of luck guys, see you in June (and no farting at the wedding, Murray).

 
 

Post-Processing: Ryan

Something that is consistently said to me, and I thank those for their compliments, is that my photos have a “crisp, clean” feel to them. There’s no secret, I think that’s mostly achieved through a well exposed photo. I feel I’ve definitely got a groove I work to now, a style I’m developing from simply spending so much time taking photos. Today I tried something a little different, though, after taking the notion to desaturate one of the photos I took on Friday. I made a video, you can watch it on Vimeo. Let me know if you want more of these, or if they are a complete waste of my time.

 
 

It’s Not The Weekend…

… Until you’ve busted out your camera. That’s how I feel anyway. It’s such a pleasure to awake on a Saturday morning and know that I don’t have anything to do. No jobs, no meetings, no arrangements. Totally free to self indulge. Yesterday was one of those days, so I took my dog, Indie, into the city and did some street shooting (much harder when you have an over zealous dog on the lead).

Town was jumping and so there was no shortage of interesting characters. I still find I can be apprehensive with street photography. Sometimes it seems that everyone is so aware of me, it doesn’t matter how busy it is. I find it hard to blend into the background with such a big camera and lens, and I don’t think Indie was helping matters with her pigeon chasing antics. I did okay this time. I was a good ninja.

 
 

Portraits

Had a few friends come round last night for some pizza and cider, so I busted out the camera for some straight-up portraits. It’s nice to stand on a chair, be taller than everyone and do some straight-up portraits. These two guys are both called Ryan. They play in These Little Kings with another guy called Ryan.

 
 

Behind The Scenes: No.12 Picardy Place

Make-up getting done in No.12 Picardy Place, Edinburgh. The room had a shower adjacent the bed, but the shower was a two way see-through mirror (I’m not sure if they have a specific name). All privacy goes out the window (the en-suite toilet had no door), but it was fun to shoot through as I love anything that will give a reflection.

 
 

Easter Weekend

I eat well, I train pretty hard, I’m in the best shape of my life and feeling really happy for it. However, I love my grub. That will never change, and I give myself one cheat day a week to indulge in something I might have been craving. This weekend, though, I went overboard. Ugh. I feel awful for it. Burgers and ice cream and mojitos and chocolate. So not worth it, and I can’t wait to hit the gym this morning to work up a sweat and lift something heavy.

Anyway, as established above my Easter weekend consisted of a lot of eating, but there was also a bit of street shooting, visiting Kelvingrove Art Gallery (which I hadn’t managed to do despite moving to Glasgow a year ago!), beginning Season 5 of Dexter, and getting overexcited by a cherry blossom tree. Hope you all have a good long weekend. Mine has been cut short, but such is the life of running your own business.

 
 

Coffee Splash

I love coffee as much as the next guy, but I had some out of date coffee lying around and decided this was the best way to use it. I had seen these coffee splash photos doing the rounds on Flickr for a long time and wanted to try it.

 
 
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