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NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED!!

So I have finally launched my new website www.jondaviesphotography.co.uk All blog posts will now be uploaded onto the Blog section of the new site.

If you are currently subscribed to this blog and wish to be kept up to date with my new posts, be informed when I post new images, etc you can go to www.jondaviesphotography.co.uk and subscribe to the new site for regular updates. It’s probably worth staying subscribed to this site as well as I may upload the odd post on here if it’s not really suitable or in keeping with the portrait and commercial emphasis of the new site.

I have also just created a brand new Facebook page www.facebook.com/photographerjondavies which is where I will be uploading additional images and running promotions and special offers. Take a look and ‘Like’ the page!

Anyway that’s all for now! Thank you all for following this blog for the last couple of years and for all your comments. I hope you’ll enjoy my work on the new site from this point forward! See you there 🙂

Jon

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Wollaton Park – Off Camera Flash

Today I decided that my long suffering reluctant model and girlfriend (not reluctantly my girlfriend, just model!) was going to put on a pretty dress and let me take some shots of her using some off camera flash techniques at Wollaton Park in Nottingham.

After arriving at the park and realising that I had left all of my memory cards at home I left her there and went back home to get them. By the time I got back 40 minutes later I found a very cold and not best pleased reluctant model who was even less impressed that I’d left her to freeze for so long in -1 degree temperatures wearing a dress and tights. Still, being the sweetheart that she is she let me take some pictures and I think has just about forgiven me now she’s thawed out and seen the images 🙂

I’ve done a fair bit of processing of these images using textures in Photoshop to give some of them an almost watercolour like appearance. I really like the effect and will probably be using this technique again for another shoot I have coming up this month.

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In other news… I will be transferring my blog over the my new website in the next week or so, so keep an eye out for the new look blog!


Morocco 2011

Yesterday I got back to the UK after spending the last week in Morocco. It’s the second time I’ve been there and hopefully not the last now I have family out there 🙂 Once again I took hundreds of pictures (there’s always something to photograph every time you walk out onto the streets!)

My last trip was to Marrakesh and the surrounding areas. This time we visited El Jadida, Casablanca, and Fes (and some other nearby towns). Here are a few pictures I’ve had time to pick out from the many I took:

I spent most of this trip focusing on ‘shooting from the hip’ – lots of candid photography, getting in close with a wider lens rather than shooting the action from a distance. The joy of this kind of photography is that it allows you to get closer to the people your shooting and connect in a different way. I’m not sure that one technique is better than the other but hopefully you can see the difference in the images.

I’ll upload more as I go through the images picking out my favourites. If you’re interested in the work you see here you can subscribe to my blog or follow me on twitter @Capperture for regular updates.


Nottingham Caribbean Carnival

This weekend the Caribbean Carnival took place in Nottingham. It’s one of the best cultural events to take place in the city and always has a great procession and atmosphere. Here’s a few shot of this years event:

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It was a really great day and loads of fun to photograph!

Jon


Window Lit Portraits & NME awards!

Firstly I have to hold my hands up to having been an absolutely rubbish blogger recently! However, here are a few images I created the other day before I make my excuses 🙂

We had a few minutes before leaving the house to go to Nottinghams big music festival Splendour so I took a few quick portraits of Liz using only window light.

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Now as far as excuses go I can only say that things have been all out manic recently! Loads of work on, went out to Spain for Liz’s birthday and most importantly… we also got engaged!!!

Hope you like the pictures of my beautiful fiancee as much as I do 🙂

I also have a request for everyone who reads this blog post – I have recently entered the NME music photogrpahy awards in the ‘Professional’ category so if you could all take just a minute to click on this link: http://www.nme.com/ratemy/218221/nme-professional-music-photography-awards-2011/item/226590 and vote on my images (there’s five of them) it would be massively appreciated! For more examples of my music/band promo photography see http://www.photographingsound.co.uk or ‘Like’ my facebook page ‘Jon Davies – Music Photographer’

Cheers!


Lensbaby: Love it or hate it???

This weekend I’ve been experimenting with a new toy 🙂 It’s called a Lensbaby and is basically a plastic concertina lens that allows you to create dreamy, soft focus images. I attached it to my Canon 40D and took it out down to Attenborough Nature Reserve near my home in Nottingham.

Now the first thing I realised whilst taking images with it is just how difficult it is to use, focusing is a complete nightmare and it took me a while to get the hang of using it. You basically pull or push the bellows to focus and can then twist the lens up, down, left or right to send edges of the images completely out of focus and blurry. The resulting images are sometimes amazing and sometimes just look like rubbish photos taken by a toddler with a fisher price toy camera!

Here are some of my images (All of which are straight out of camera with no photoshop work what so ever):

Now I have something of a love-hate relationship with so called ‘Lo-fi’ photography; Being a professional, portrait and wedding photographer means that I’m constantly striving to create pin-sharp, beautifully rendered photographs for my clients so creating images that are out of focus, blurred, and generally quite abstract is something that I struggle to accept as ‘good’ images (though this is only the case when I make the images – not when somebody else does) So please leave me some feedback with your thoughts on the work in this post via the comments box at the bottom.

I’d be interested to hear what others think of this kind of work 🙂

Jon


Camping in the Peak District!

It’s been a long time since I managed to get out into the countryside and do some personal photography so last weeks long weekend was a perfect opportunity to do just that.

Living in Nottingham is fantastic in many ways, not least because of its proximity to the Peak District, which is something I need to exploit more regularly.

It was living in Cornwall and later Plymouth with all of the fantastic landscapes around there, which really sparked my interest in Photography years ago so it was great to go back to that; to get out into the hills and capture something a little bit different to the majority of the work I’ve been doing of late.

With it being Spring I had to get some shots of the Lambs, however light conditions weren’t in my favour at this time so I didn’t manage to get many I liked but here are a couple of my favourites:

Now I also couldn’t resist taking a couple of more urban, gritty looking shots (and a bit of off camera flash) and of course a portrait of my gorgeous girlfriend Liz 🙂

Well… you’ll have to excuse the monster blog post but it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on here so I thought I’d better make up for it 🙂 I hope you like the images and I’ll try and get some more up soon.

Jon


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