George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography So here we are in autumn. It’s Lockdown 2.0, and I’m back to photographing leaves. Only this time I started before lockdown. Back in the spring (AKA Lockdown 1.0) I started a project photographing leaf portraits, and having been really pleased with the results I had to add the companion piece for autumn. Like my animal portraits, I’ve shot the seasons in opposing styles, using high-key for spring, and low-key for autumn. This…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography I woke up the other day, and it felt chilly for the first time since winter. Instinctively I felt quite excited. When I processed why that would be, I realised it was because I could feel autumn creeping in. To most people the end of summer is something they never look forward to. The end of those sunny days & warm evenings, and the loss of greenery to the gardens and natural spaces…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography What an amazing spring we had this year, and a better opportunity to enjoy it than ever before. At first, photography took a back seat for me. Uninspired and unmotivated, I busied myself with other things. But once the leaves started to come out, I suddenly remembered an idea I had last spring, and didn’t get very far with. I noticed for the first time last year, that there’s a period of 7-10…

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Lock Down Mountain Bike Film – Aerial Photography Article

Lock Down Mountain Bike Film Lock Down Mountain Bike Film. Having some time now free during lock down allows practice and use of camera shots not normally used. Using a local lane next to where we live and my lad Kayden as the model. This short film edit was shot over three days for an hour or so per shoot. Day one the GoPro was used, Day two the ground-based camera had its turn. Day three saw the Mavic Pro…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography Back in January, I was on the train one morning, wondering where to take my series of On Black nature portraits next. The obvious direction is to go for a dark and moody tone, to mirror the aesthetic, and that’s something I’ve done before (elephants, moose, deer). It works well, and ultimately it’s probably the direction in which the project will tend to move. But on this occasion I wondered if I could…

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Aerial Wedding Shoot Teaser – Skylark Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography Article

Aerial Wedding Shoot Teaser – Skylark Aerial Photography Aerial Wedding Shoot Teaser shot for Creative Wedding Agency at Broadoaks Country House Hotel, Lake District in September 2019. We normally provide aerial filming at weddings when requested by the wedding film maker to provide footage. To be honest its better this way as drone filming can then be organised around the wedding party and guests. We also can provide the venue footage two or three days prior to the wedding and…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography Ah, the Fluffy Boys edition of my low-light animal portrait series. I don’t think I need to say too much here – I’m sure you get it. I’m into low-key portraits of animals against black backgrounds and I have a long-running “On Black” project featuring all kinds of animals in this style. Over the years I’ve photographed everything from elephants to cockroaches. Today it’s the turn of the cute and the fluffy. Anyone…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography Following on from a previous blog post of low-key owl portraits, here are some more photos shot in low light with Teaching Talons. This time it’s a set of more exotic species, comprising reptiles, amphibians, and insects.   Chameleon Chameleon Close-UpA Veiled Chameleon, head-on, photographed in low-key lighting against a black background.Chameleons are fantastic subjects to work with, and offer some wonderful expressions.Fine Art Nature Photography, photographed locally with Teaching Talons under…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography A visit to a seal colony is one of the highlights of the British wildlife calendar, and having missed the last couple of years, I wanted to make sure I paid a visit to one this year. Compared to many countries, the UK is pretty tiny, but I still live about as far from the coast as it’s possible to get here. So it’s not easy to get out and see our coastal…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography It’s time for some new low-key portraits! Here are five photos of a Southern White-Faced Owl… Southern White Faced Owl – On Black – Lean-InSouthern White Faced Owl, photographed low-key, on a black background.Here, this cheeky chap leans into shot, which I thought was a fun insight to his character.Fine art nature photography, Bedfordshire, UK.   He’s part of the family at Teaching Talons; a local company working with schools and…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography There’s no doubt about it; autumn is the best time of year to photograph deer in the UK. The crisp mornings and misty sunrises coincide perfectly with the red deer rut; a time when the deer are more bold, and most active. I missed some of this season; taking the opportunity to see autumn elsewhere in Europe, but I had two very good mornings in particular, when some obliging deer were kind enough…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography It occurred to me recently that having bought my first proper camera in the summer of 2009, it had now been ten years since I first got started. So I thought I’d share a retrospective of how my photography has evolved over that time, and how it’s affected my style, and my approach to the art. I’m going to go through each year, and share one photo from that year and why it…

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Short Film Takes You Inside the ILFORD Factory to See How B&W Film is Made – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXpoALotxf0] UK-based film and photo paper manufacturer ILFORD Photo has released a new short film titled “Behind the Film” that takes you inside the HARMAN technology factory in the village of Mobberley, England, where all of the ILFORD and Kentmere B&W film, photographic paper and chemicals are made. The site featured in this film was first acquired by ILFORD in 1928, and the company has been making its black-and-white film, paper and chemicals there ever since. The short doc…

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Sunrise in the Forest! Sort of….. « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

The lovely Billi Shah looks languid, relaxed and calm here. Just a forest spirit, floating through the ferns, admiring the greenery. Truth be told (and this is where you need a hardy, beautiful and patient model) it’s actually pretty cold and gray in the woodlands surrounding Birmingham, UK. The frontal light is provided by an Ezybox Pro Octa held aloft by Cali with a Manfrotto Extension Handle. The camera for this pic is the Nikon Z6 with the new 14-30mm…

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Location Lighting with Lastolite! « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

Earlier this year, had a great time working with the Lastolite staff to create some light shaper videos, on location, in and around Birmingham, UK, which is a cool city, by the way. Nestled in beautiful countryside, but also presenting an urban sense of grit, there’s lots of stuff to shoot there. We were working exclusively small flash, deploying the Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight system, in conjunction with the Z mirrorless cameras. In turns, we used raw light, big panels of…

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Time-lapse Trends: festivals from around the world – Time.Lapse Photography Article

“Time-Lapse Trends” is a video blog series which draws attention to some of the many exciting trends in time-lapse production. We feature a new trend in each instalment, to demonstrate the scope of the medium and the various ways in which it is applied, ranging from the popular to the more obscure. It’s been raining a lot in the UK which means that festival season is well and truly under way. What can time-lapse lend to the representation of festivals…

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Time-lapsing political developments | Time-Lapse Systems – Time.Lapse Photography Article

With the recent three-day UK state visit from the President of the United States occupying the news agenda, we take a look at how time-lapse has been used to capture other political happenings. The ongoing discussion about politics and its social ramifications is discussed prevalently on television, so this seems like a good a place as any to begin. Politics Live, for instance, is a daily programme filmed at the BBC Westminster studio. Getting the space ready took a few…

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Capturing the bigger picture with time-lapse – Time.Lapse Photography Article

Time-lapse is often applied to lend a broader perspective on developments of significant size and scale. A camera system securely fixed atop buildings, cranes or artificial solutions, yields an ideal view of overall progress to be photographed at regular intervals. This results in a professionally produced edited sequence, which provides a compelling document of extensive, long-term works from and across various contexts. The bigger picture: time-lapse construction Major contractors are among industry bodies who benefit considerably from time-lapse photography. In…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography Ah, lovely autumn. Chilly mornings, dew on the grass, golden leaves, and roaring stags. It’s my favourite time of year, and I love to get out and follow the deer rut. It’s the best time to see and photograph deer as they’re not only less afraid of people, but also most active. I missed the rut last year, as I was in Australia photographing kangaroos and wombats instead, so this year I was especially keen…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography Earlier in the year I was considering which animals I’d like to photograph as part of my On Black / On White projects, and I set myself the challenge of getting some more highland cattle portraits. I’ve got a few cow photos already, but I find highland cattle very appealing, and I felt I could still get something new from the subject. Fortunately, a friend and photographer Lawrence Smith found some highland cattle and secured permission from…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography A couple of weeks ago I visited Snowdon, in North Wales, having visited for the first time last year. Now, from the two visits, I have a little collection of photos from the area, so I thought I’d share them together.   2017 – The Pyg Track There are several routes up Snowdon. Last year, we hiked up the Pyg Track, which is the shortest, most direct route to the summit. We left the Pen-Y-Pass youth…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography I recently found a lone black swan on a local lake, coinciding with the period of snowfall we had here earlier this month. The combination of black and white was irresistible, so I spent a couple of hours with it looking for interesting photos. Black Swan & Frozen LakeBlack swan, on a frozen Lake.March 2018.Nature photography, Bedfordshire.   Black swans are indigenous to Australia but like many exotic species,…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography We recently had a day of relatively heavy snowfall here. Probably 20 centimetres or so in places – which is a lot for Bedfordshire! It’s the most we’ve had in the last 10 years I think, as snow is a fairly rare occurrence these days. So like anytime it snows, I try to make the most of it and get out with my camera. Snow not only adds an interesting additional ingredient to nature…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography My two long-running nature photography projects are High-Key portraits on White & Low-Key portraits on Black, and I’m always working on ideas to create new photos to those galleries. If you browse through the two galleries you’ll notice that I enjoy photographing animals with horns and antlers. I don’t know what that is. I guess there’s something quite graphic about them. And when you portray the subject in a human-like way as I try to do, that headgear…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography I was staring out of a train window at a foggy Bedfordshire, wishing I was out with my camera. I was taken by the way the middle-distance faded into the grey. That’s a fantastic property of mist, which photographers love to employ as it emphasises the depth in a scene. It occurred to me that if I was able to find a landscape with a flat enough middle-distance, the same tone as the fog, I could…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography This was my third trip to Skomer Island, off the Pembrokeshire coast, for a few days of puffin photography (Here’s a link to a post from my first visit). Generally speaking, I don’t like to repeat trips too much (since there’s a whole world out there to see!), but Skomer truly seems to be one of the best wildlife experiences in the UK. And more to the point; it’s certainly one of the best…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography In 2015 I made numerous visits to photograph our nearby bluebell woodland, and I wrote this blog post to share my favourites that year. By contrast, 2016 wasn’t a great year for bluebells, and the weather wasn’t particularly conducive to the kind of photos I was after either. So after last year’s no-show, I was particularly keen to revisit the subject this spring. Sunset Through the LeavesAs bluebell season progresses, the leaves…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography | Red Deer Rut Photos – Fine Art Photography Article

George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography | Red Deer Rut Photos It’s no secret that deer are my favourite subject for local wildlife photography. I’ve accumulated a decent portfolio of deer images over the last few years, but I’m always looking to add something new to what I’ve done before. I try to visit the deer throughout the year but the best time to go is during the rutting season, and this post is a collection of images from…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography I first visited Forest How in 2014, and I wrote a blog post about that trip here. That contains an introduction to the place, and some tips for getting the best out of your visit. To briefly summarise; Forest How Guest House is a B&B in Eskdale, Cumbria, which is one of the areas of the Lake District where red squirrels are thriving. They’re totally wild, but they visit the grounds and gardens of the guest house where…

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George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

George Wheelhouse | Fine Art Nature Photography For the first time since 2013, we had snow in Bedfordshire this winter. So I took the opportunity to get out in it, and take some photos of the deer at my local deer park at Woburn Abbey.   When deer roam between the various areas of the park, they’re usually led by a ‘captain’ of that group. The more submissive individuals will follow that lead deer, trusting their…

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