Ford Fiesta ST Off Road

Ford Fiesta ST Off Road

This was taken on a long straight on one of the final stages of this year’s Malcolm Wilson Rally in the Lake District. This very fast Ford Fiesta ST was being driven by Mark Donnelly with Paddy Robinson as his co-driver. They finished in 30th overall position but 4th in the Fiesta ST class. As you can see from the mud and the windscreen wipers, it was raining heavily at the time this image was captured – thank god my D300 camera has “weather sealing” as I really tested it that afternoon!

Wooden Owl Sculpture in Rostherne

Wooden Owl Sculpture in Rostherne

Three weeks ago my dad and I were out shooting around the small Cheshire village of Rostherne. One of the interesting small details that we came across was this wooden owl sculpture. He was sat on a 6 foot high wall and I didn’t want a shot looking up at him, so using the long 200mm lens I took this photo from across the road. The textures seem to work better when converted to black and white, as you can see above.

My Desk and Manchester at Dusk

My Desk and Manchester at Dusk

I’m moving out of my flat in a couple of months so I don’t mind showing you this photo. Taken on Sunday this was a day long experiment taking inspiration from the new Joe McNally book I am reading at the moment called “The Hot Shoe Diaries”, which covers how to get big light from small flashes such as my Nikon SB-800. I wanted a photo of my desk for the record, but showing the great view out of my window over Manchester city centre.

Taken during the day there was too much light coming through the window, so I waited till dusk. In the end I had the camera on a tripod and used my Sigma 10-20mm super wide angle lens (hence the extreme distortion in the window frame). With the flash I had it on rear sync using the 80-20 method of pointing the flash head at the ceiling and bouncing it down to spread the light. I used a small piece of mount board to act as barn doors to keep the flash from reflecting off the window and into the camera’s lens.

All in all I am very pleased with the result but wish the window was a little clearer. There is no Photoshop processing on this apart from a quick resize for this website.

F-16 Fighting Hornet at Takeoff

F-16 Fighting Hornet at Takeoff

I almost didn’t take this photo. We had been at the Farnborough Airshow for three or four hours, stood in the same spot capturing everything that flew by. However, when I saw this Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Hornet taxing out onto the runway I was in two minds whether or not to pick up my camera and takes some photos.

Why? Well, I had already seen such amazing aircraft as the Red Arrows, The Blades, the A380 and many others. To me this was “just another fighter jet”. However, I did end up pointing my camera in its direction and I am very please that I did, because this is one of my favourite aircraft photographs.