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A camera you have to focus!

Whilst at my desk this lunchtime listening to the rain again, as it occasionally does my eye passed over my first SLR camera, the one that started me off on this photographic journey. For all of you who think that photography started with a megapixel and sensor…..you’re wrong! Instead, this camera used film. That’s what we had to shoot with, 36 times a roll. We then had to reload and keep to the same ISO for all 36! If that’s amazed you, listen to this. We also had to focus the lens, using our very own hands. I know – unbelievable! I’m not sure if I dare tell you this, but we also had to adjust manually the f stop ring too. I’m not sure how we found time to press the shutter button!
Nostalgia is a wonderful thing and although I’m forever grateful that I started photography using film and know that this is the one camera I would never sell, give me a digital camera and the freedom it allows, every time.

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A photographers viewpoint!

I was in Ilkley yesterday photographing a commission and hoping so much that the light would be right. As I stood there, just me and a camera I decided to shoot this small piece of video. It was 40+ seconds of the most intensive activity of the evening.

East Holmes Fields looking towards the Cow & Calf rocks

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Messing with your mind!

Here’s my first attempt at a colour swapped infrared photo. The subject for this momentous attempt at playing with your minds colour palette is the twelve Apostles on Ilkley Moor.

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Arthington Viaduct

Ribblehead, or possibly Dent Head are the go to viaducts, certainly in this part of Yorkshire. I however, whilst driving out of Otley regularly pass Arthington viaduct. As with many things I see on my travels I made a mental note to check it out as a possible photographic location, this was two years ago. Last month I finally got round to making a serious attempt at a photograph of the viaduct.

After a couple of visits I finally settled on a composition and a time to photograph it. I arrived a couple of hours before sunset and got myself ready. Unlike Ribblehead, I was on my own apart from one or two dog walkers, certainly not the usual array of tripods at the more popular viaducts.

The idea for a red sky was in my mind but as ever the best laid plans and all that. The sky remained particularly un-red but the shot worked a treat. A pleasing result and definately a subject to return to.

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The end of a dinosaur

As I was photographing the demolition of the old Bradford & Bingley headquarters, a Bingley resident approached me and commented, “it’s like watching the end of a dinosaur”. Later another resident voiced his opinion on the building, “I’ve been waiting ever since they built that thing for them to pull it down, at last it’s happening”. I’ve posted a couple of photos of the dying dinosaur that everyone in Bingley has an opinion about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Garden Design

Private Garden by Melissa Morton Garden Design. Photography by Ian Lamond Photography

Private Garden by Melissa Morton Garden Design. Photography by Ian Lamond Photography

Private Garden by Melissa Morton Garden Design. Photography by Ian Lamond Photography

Private Garden by Melissa Morton Garden Design. Photography by Ian Lamond Photography

Private Garden by Melissa Morton Garden Design. Photography by Ian Lamond Photography

Here are a few images taken for Melissa Morton Garden Design of a private garden in Ilkley.

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Weddings and sunsets

Returning from photographing a great wedding at Chevin Lodge yesterday I was confronted with the sun setting over Otley Chevin. After a long days wedding photography, battling with strong directional sunlight, I just had to get the camera out again and shoot this.

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Variety is the spice of life!

The last few days have been interesting and varied. I photographed Harry Gration and Amy Garcia at Leeds Town Hall as they started their ‘Tandem Tour de Yorkshire’ and then later in the day as they cycled through Ilkley.  A couple of days later, I was busy shooting some work for my picture library when I got an e-mail from Alamy News asking if I was free to cover a large fire at the Prezzo restaurant in Harrogate town centre. As a result, I spent the afternoon and early evening photographing the fire before downloading the images and then finally cleaning all the soot from my camera lenses!! The end of the week however took on a calmer feel. In the sun and blue skies of York, I spent an afternoon photographing the beautiful displays of daffodils on banks of the city walls.

‘Variety is the spice of life’ could not have been more apt!

Harry Gration and Amy Garcia on the Tandem Tour de Yorkshire.

Harry Gration and Amy Garcia on the Tandem Tour de Yorkshire.

Prezzo restaurant fire Harrogate town centre
Prezzo restaurant fire Harrogate town centre

Daffodils in the City of York.

Daffodils in the City of York.

 

 

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The Photo That Keeps On Giving!

I was out and about photographing in the beautiful city of York yesterday and decided to pay a quick visit to the National Railway Museum to have a look at the photographic exhibition showing there at the moment.

I walked into the hall and cast my eye over the rows of images picking my starting point when my eye fell upon my photograph of Saltburn Pier from 2012.

It was great to see my photograph displayed again and all the better for it being totally unexpected.

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Photojournalist, always on call!

Well, not quite a photojournalist and if I’m perfectly honest I was on call for all of two evenings!

On Saturday I was returning to Burley after meeting a couple to discuss their wedding photography. As I drove round the corner of Main Street, my car hit a  patch of flood water. Being the intrepid photographer, I  jumped out, grabbed my camera and started shooting.  I sent four of the photos to our local paper and had one published.

The on-call part of the week involved a commercial photograph I’ve been booked to take for a while. The road outside the building is a car parking black-spot for a photographer – there’s always something parked there! On Tuesday, Chris the owner managed to get his car in the space. I received the call to say, “We’re ready to go!” and  jumped in my car.

After setting up,  I perched on a wall and waited. When the light was right, on my signal, Chris left  his office, reversed his car and I started to photograph. A variety of angles later and the job was done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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