Southampton Solent University

I’m just starting my fifth week in Southampton and I’m enjoying myself so far. The university is nice and welcoming, and not too big.

The halls are nice, the facilities aren’t great, but I got a large room and it was cheap.

The course is going okay so far. Although we’re doing Art and Design, and Programming separately, and what I like about Web Design is how the two combine to create nice websites.

A couple days ago I managed to get out with my camera before a lecture and take some photos of the Clock Tower and Guild Hall. The weather was lovely and sunny, but I was a bit silly having left my camera on settings that I used for a night shoot a couple weeks before, and I only realised halfway through this shoot so most of the photos were blurry.

A few days later I was on the way back to halls just after a rain shower and we had the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen. The sky got really golden, the sun reflecting off the ocean, and then we had a double rainbow before the sky turned pink. I only had my phone with me but managed to take a few photos.

Cambridge Meridian Charity Golf

On Sunday I went to a Charity Golf event and took lots of photos and a couple of videos. My new camera can take up to 12 frames a second, so I had fun using the burst mode on that, and made some little GIFs out of my photos. I also managed to break my Sigma 70-300mm lens, and have a new, upgraded one on the way from eBay.

You can watch the videos below:

Please click on each image to see the GIF, there are multiple pages:

Gog Magogs Sundowner Session

We’ve been to the Gogs before and saw this Sundowner Session in a local magazine and decided to try it out. I managed to pass my driving test just a few hours before so it was a nice treat to relax on the fields and take some photos of the glorious sunset. We were very lucky with the weather. You can watch some videos and a time-lapse below of the sunset:

Funny Animal Faces

Animals do make funny faces, don’t they? I loved these big cats sticking their tongues out at me. The animals at Colchester Zoo were really friendly, and I got some great photos. Roll your mouse over the image to see them pulling a face or tap on the image if you’re on mobile, please allow time for the image to load.

My New Camera – Sony A77 ii

I bought a used Sony A77 ii from eBay for £450. The RRP of this camera is £1200, so I thought that was a bargain. The screen was a bit scratched but luckily isn’t visible during normal use. The 79 focus point over the 15 I had on my previous camera really helps, as with the faster frames per second shooting.

I also bought a Rode microphone at the same time, and I’ve been impressed with the video capabilities so far. SteadyShot really helps my shaky hands and the audio from the mic is very good. The camera can record video in XAVC-S 1080p 60fps which is very good quality. Here are some sample clips:

Corn Field

We live in a fairly busy town but only 5 minutes walk away from the countryside, which we often forget. There’s a lovely golden cornfield that begged for its photo to be taken. It was also a chance to test my new camera out. I’m in love with the black and white edits of the photos I took.

IWM Duxford Flying Legends 2018

Our neighbour gave us two free tickets for this airshow.

The weather was scorching hot and we needed a lot of ice creams and drinks.

I paid for a flight line walk and managed to take lots of very good close-up photos. A bargain for just £5.

If I had known we were going to the airshow sooner, I would have bought the Sony A77ii I’ve had my eye on.

Seeing the F35 with the Spitfire and Mustang was by far my favourite bit of the show.

It took a long time to edit the photos as there were quite a few dust spots caused by the very dry grass being blow up onto the lens.

I entered the Flying Legends Photographic Competition. The theme was to “Sum up the spirit of Flying Legends”. I thought the photo below best did that.

Me and Mum also edited the following photos in an old-fashioned way:

Felixstowe 1st-4th June

I went to Felixstowe for my 18th Birthday with my family and we had an awesome time. I managed to capture this shot by using my tripod on the beach. I took three photos with different exposures so that I could combine them in Lightroom to create a HDR photo. 

Lloret de Mar Day 4

Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

A large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

 

Font màgica de Montjuïc

The first performance was on May 19, 1929 during the Great Universal Exhibition. The designer Carles Buigas submitted his plans one year before the exhibition and many thought that the project was too ambitious to be created, let alone completed on time.

Lloret de Mar Day 1

For my 18th birthday, my Grandparents took me to Lloret de Mar for a week. After a seven-hour delay, we didn’t really feel like doing much on the first day apart from exploring the town.

Dona Marina

Landmark bronze statue at a viewpoint overlooking the ocean, depicting a fisherman’s wife. Tradition says that if you make a wish whilst looking out to sea it will come true.

Església de Sant Romà

Striking church known for its blended architecture, from Gothic to modern, plus 16th-century art.

Hunstanton

So, I went on holiday to Hunstanton last week for what must be the hundredth time. I haven’t really taken many photos this year, so I was hoping to get back into the swing of things this holiday. It rained most of the holiday which meant we had to put days out on hold. We did, however, manage to go to Snettisham Park on Thursday where I took some nice photos of the animals. I’ve been before, and you can see those photos on my gallery page. Here are the new ones:

Materials

I’m coming up to the end of my course in photography at sixth form and for our final project we’ve been given multiple exam questions. We had to choose one and are currently creating a sketchbook to explore the idea. We’ll then have a 3 day exam to produce 4 photos. An extremely large amount of time I think. Anyway, expect to see this latest sketchbook on the projects page of my website sometime during May.

New Blog

I’ve finally started phase 3 of the redesign of my website. Phase one was to create it, learning lots of code along the way to prepare me for my University course, and also to give me the creative freedom that I hadn’t yet been able to achieve with various website builders. During phase 2 I added a massive back catalogue of all of my images to the gallery page of my site and redesigned it to incorporate CSS Grid, a newly introduced technology making it much easier to layout the whole website. Phase 3 was everything tricky. I decided to leave that until last. I wanted to create a blog for my website using WordPress, as I like the platform for creating posts, and I decided it would be a good opportunity to learn how to create a theme and learn some of the basics of PHP. This I have now done! There’s a couple of jobs left such as creating my own Instagram widget for the homepage and creating a service worker to provide notifications for new blog posts. I’m still undecided on whether I want to open a store again though.

Welcome

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my new website. Sorry for the delay, it’s been a year in the making and there’s still much to do, like implement a store and add my backlog of images to the gallery. If you encounter any problems whilst browsing, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and I’ll see what I can do.