Hi all! Its been a long while since I’ve posted on here! Haven’t actually taken my camera out and shot for my general use in a long long time due to exams and photography coursework! All of the coursework is handed in and the exams will be over in a weeks time so ill get … Continue reading Update
The new year is upon us and what a year 2014 was. Photographically and generally I feel that I have grown in my skill set. I have started my A-level in photography and the first main project is going to come to a close later in January. This has forced me to think logically about … Continue reading My top 15 photos of 2014
While on a recent trip to Cornwall I visited the Porfell Wildlife Park. These are the 3 of my favourite photos I took on the day. It was difficult to do because they had a red warmth light so I changed them to black and white. Continue reading Monkeys/ Lemurs at Porfell
I returned on friday from a holiday to Corwall. We stayed in a caravan park just between Polperro and Looe. I didn’t get any photos of Looe because it was in thick fog but I got some of Polperro! It is a small little fishing town and I absolutely love it there! All of these … Continue reading Polperro
While focusing on a still life for A-level photography I chose the subject of bottles. I then decided to try dropping some ice into a glass of coke and getting the splash on camera. I had two lamps into my mini studio and had to use a fast shutter speed to freeze the action. I … Continue reading Coke splashes!
On thursday I had another chance to have a go with the lighting. After learning from my mistakes I have adjusted my lighting and techniques. Many thanks to Abi for being a fantastic model! Some of the images were taken with 3 lights, some with 2 and others with just the one. I’ll explain some … Continue reading Photoshoot with Abi
After finding a few things to improve on from my first photoshoot I decided a much simpler lighting set up for this shoot, using only one light. In some of the photos the light if straight on but in others the light is coming in from the side. I learnt from this shoot to try … Continue reading My second photoshoot!
As I said before, we have had the opportunity to use proper studio lighting for some portraits. I also had the pleasure of demonstrating this at open evening for my school! In these portraits I have used a variety of different lighting set ups which I will explain under each photo. Also thanks to Charlotte … Continue reading Portraits using studio lighting!
I have finished the alphabet project and the work on depressed now and we have moved on to portraiture. Yesterday was my first lesson using the studio and we learnt to use all the lights and different modifiers, including soft boxes, umbrellas, barn doors and gels. Im going to be spending the schools open evening … Continue reading Using lighting at A-level
The one thing that I absolutely adore with my 35mm lens is its aperture of f1.8. With this I can get a really shallow depth of field that I love to use with flowers like below!! Continue reading Flower with a shallow depth of field
A week ago today I went back to school starting Year 12! I have now had a few AS photography lessons and I must say i’m loving the projects we have done so far. Our first task was called the alphabet project which was taking photos of something that looks like the letters A-Z and … Continue reading A-Level photography!
One of the major attractions of the Bournemouth Air Festival is the Typhoon, This twin engined, multirole fighter has been used by air forces all over the world, starting with Germany in 2003. Since then it has been used by Spain, Italy and france, as well as the Royal air force when the first Typhoon … Continue reading Bournemouth Air Show 2014- The Eurofighter Typhoon
Heres the next few photos from the saturday of The Bournemouth Air Festival. These images are of the Vulcan, a strategic bomber used from 1956 until 1984 by the Royal Air Force. This massive plane has a flap where a huge bomb can be dropped. Despite the size it is surprisingly quiet, making it perfect … Continue reading Bournemouth Air show 2014- The Vulcan
As you may have seen my blog has completely changed. Firstly I have purchased the domain of planetjamezphoto.com! It can still be reached from the previous address but this is now the primary domain. Secondly I have applied a new theme! The front page is now a fixed page and my blog page can be … Continue reading Having a bit of a change around!
Yesterday I went to the Bournemouth Air Show! My uncle hired out a hotel room on the top floor of a hotel giving me the opportunity to photograph some of the incredible air crafts. I was using my 55- 200mm lens and got some decent results. One of the best acts of the day is Britains No. 1 display team: the Red arrows! Sadly there were only 8 of them due to Red 3’s wife going into labour. Despite this they still went ahead and put on a fantastic show. Enjoy my pictures, there will be more to come!
While working at a small village fete on the lawn of Athelhampton House I had a wonder round and spotted a stall selling items that had been donated. I noticed a fujifilm instax 100 camera which is basically fujifilms version of the polaroid.
While walking on Holton Heath the other day I came across a ring of stones and a dead tree with a very interesting shape. I used two of the stones and the bushes to frame the tree. I converted the image to black and white to emphasise the moody clouds and the many textures … Continue reading Dead tree on Holton Heath
Heres yet another photo of a flower from the walled gardens. I apologize for the really unimaginative titles, I have no clue about the names of flowers so there we go! Continue reading Orange flower
Once again heres a photo from the walled gardens on the grounds of Upton House! I absolutely adore how soft the out of focus areas are with this 35mm 1.8 lens and those bits that are in focus are pin ship. Can’t wait to get some more use out of this lens! Continue reading Yellow flower shining
I just couldn’t resist the urge to post another photo of the muddy, wet (but still adorable) Beanie dog. This one was also taken at Upton House country park Continue reading Beanieeeee
One of my favourite parts of Upton House is the walled gardens. Inside these gardens there are a large variety of unusual plants that present many opportunities to try out some macro photography. I used my 35mm 1.8 Nikkor lens. This aperture 1.8 makes the depth of field so shallow that only a small … Continue reading Spikey green plant
I recently went to Upton House, where I had the opportunity to photograph my favourite subject. My dog! Continue reading Beanie having a shake
London is one of my favourite cities to visit. Partly due to the busy atmosphere and partly because of the many iconic structures that make up the London skyline. One of these is the London eye, constructed in 2000 to commemorate the millennium. It is a giant ferris wheel that contains lots of shapes that … Continue reading The London Eye
Hello all! I forgot to mention in yesterdays post that it has been a year since my first post to this website/ blog. I have really enjoyed doing it and have lots to come over the next year! Thanks for the support all! James Continue reading Its been a year!
While in London I went on the London Eye.For those who don’t know what that is, its a massive Ferris which allows people to see all across the massive London skyline, including the Houses of Parliament, St Pauls Cathedral and the newly build shard. However to see all this you are put into a glass … Continue reading Houses of parliament from the London Eye
While in London, one of my favourite things to do is try some street photography. While sat in Russel Square I wanted to capture both the fountain and the idea of life in the square. I waited for someone to walk into the frame and ended up with this shot! Continue reading Russel Square Fountain
Here is the first picture from my recent trip to London. I spotted the building in this image while walking from Russel Square to the Tower of London. The building is blue and had some lovely cube shapes to it. I edited it in black and white because it gives emphasis to the shapes and … Continue reading Cubist building
Hello all. I haven’t posted on here in what seems like years but I have now finished my Exams. Not much has happened with me over the last few months on the photography terms. The first time I have actually picked up my camera was while in London this weekend. I took quite a few … Continue reading I’m back! With new photos
Firstly I would like to apologise for how inactive I’ve been recently. The time has come for me to do my final GCSE exams so I’ve been overloaded with revision. My first exam is on Tuesday and I’ll be finished by the 12th of June so I can hopefully get out with my camera again. … Continue reading Going back through old photos
Just a quick post before I get going with revision *sighs*. As you may have seen I’ve been going back and re-editing a lot of my photos just experimenting with different styles and ideas. Many photographers have their own personal style, whether that’s black and white, really contrasty or with filters on the front that’s their style. I personally haven’t found my style yet. I just take a photo and do what looks best. I think the key to developing your style is to take lots of pictures and try out lots of different methods of editing and different compositions. I’ll often come and edit a photo 3 or 4 times in black and white, contrast, really high contrast, darker and see which one I like the best. Quite often I can’t come to a decision until I come back to see it another day but continuing to do this will allow you to develop your eye for what you like and the factors you look for in a photograph.
After a watching a youtube video where a guy retouched up a portrait using layers on Photoshop I decided to give it a go myself on one of my old landscape shots.
Above is the start image, Continue reading “Church on a hill- First attempt at layers”
For a while now I have had to try some portraits on one of the schools bridge camera shooting through various bits of black card to replicate a pin hole camera and a key hole. Last week I took my camera into school and tried out some portraits with nothing blocking the way. All of these photos are taken with a 35mm F/1.8 lens which I found was great to get a shallow depth of field to keep the focus on the subject alone. All the settings used can be seen on my flickr by clicking on a photo. I had two people as subjects, one of which didn’t want the photos posted. Thanks to Scott for letting me adding the photos for you all to see. Click the read more button to see more from the project!
Hi all, Firstly I’d like to apologise for the lack of posts lately. I’ve been so busy with school work because GCSE’s begin next term so I’ve got behind on my photo challenge but now I have 2 weeks off for Easter I hope to catch up. In photography news I have been accepted onto … Continue reading Its been a while!