Poppies & Portraits

July 19, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

As chair/member of a local camera club I try to keep the diary as interesting as possible and whilst our recent outdoor evening was scheduled to be shot in a local poppy field, this had suffered with the heat and so an alternative location had to be found.  Thanks to the generosity of a local farmer who allowed us to use his field at the last minute, not only did we have use of a scattering of poppies but the golden backdrop of his fabulous crop and were blessed stunning lighting.  To top it all, we then had the pleasure of the stunning Cat Owen (a local performer/singer) and her equally lovely friend Tammy providing the focal point for teaching people how to bend the rules of composition/exposure and create beautiful, naturally-lit images in camera.  We showed members how to create the soft vintage feel images with lens flare by shooting into the sun, how to shoot with the sun and avoid ugly shadows and also how to shoot other high key images which only require 'tweaking' of the colour balance to produce a harder, more stylized look.  The second part of the session was in a much darker location by the canal which offered a bit more of a challenge due to low light conditions but again yielded some great shots.  I won't bore you with all of the results, but have posted a few for your perusal. 

Portraits shown here are by Emotive Imagery.

Pictures from Emotive Imagery and other members have been posted in the outdoor evening album of the Camera Club facebook page www.facebook.com/hagleycameraclub.  If you are looking to join a club, please check out the details and give us a shout.      

Should you want to attend a workshop for tuition on how to obtain similar results, myself and Phil will be running these so please take a look at www.facebook.com/modelsinthelandscape


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A run down of some of the locations I have photographed at:

Ardencote Manor

Athena Theatre Venue, Leicestershire

Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove

Birmingham Town Hall

Blakelands Country House Hotel, Halfpenny Green

Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

Brockencote Hall, Chaddesly Corbett

Cadmore Lodge, Tenbury

Cameron House, Shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland

Cliveden Hall, Berkshire

Chester Zoo (Oakfield House), Chester

City Rooms, Leicester

Cookley Village Hall, nr. Kidderminster

Coombe Abbey, Coventry

Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham

Copthorne, Merry Hill

Crown & Sandy's, Ombersley

CSN, Birmingham

Curradine Barnes, Shrawley

Delbury Hall, Shropshire

Dudley Register Office, Dudley

Dudley Arms Hotel, Himley

Dunsley Hall Hotel, Kinver

Event City, Manchester

Forest of Arden Golf Club, Solihull

Grafton Manor, Droitwich

Grand Station, Wolverhampton

Grimstock Country House Hotel, nr. Curdworth

Goodyears Pavillion, Wolverhampton

Hadley Park House Hotel, Telford

Hartlebury Castle

Hawkstone Park, Weston under Redcastle, Shropshire

Henley in Arden Golf Club, Warwickshire

Highbury Hall, Birmingham

Hilton Hotel, Berlin

Himley Golf Club, Swindon

Himley House Hotel, Himley

Hinckley Island Hotel, Hinckley

Holt Castle, Ombersley

Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove

Kidderminster Registry Office, Kidderminster

Lee Brockhurst Village Hall, Nr. Wem

Leigh Arms, Northwich

Madeley Court, Telford

Manor Hill House

Moxhull Hall

Netherstowe House Hotel, Lichfield

Northumberland, Trafalgar Square, London

Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas

Pantheon, Rome City

Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire

Priory Park, Dudley

Raddison Blu Hotel, Birmingham

Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Estoria, Rome City

Rowton Castle, Shrewsbury

Sherbourne Park, Sherbourne, Warwick

Stourport Manor

Somerford Hall, Wolverhampton

Spring Grove House, West Midlands Safari Park

Stone Manor, nr. Kidderminster

Stourport Manor

Stourton Rugby Club, nr. Stourbridge

The Bay Tree Hotel, Burford

The Belfry

The Dudley Arms, Himley

The Granary, Shenstone

The Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove

The Kingfisher, Wall Heath

The Mere, Manchester

The Metropole, NEC Birmingham

The Mill, Alvely

The Moat House, Acton Trussell

The Mount, Tettenhall

The Old Rectory, Wem

The Old Vicarage, Worfield

The Oratory, Birmingham

The Pear Tree, Smyte

The Plough & Harrow, Edgbaston

The Quality Hotel, Dudley

The Village Hotel, Dudley

Wroxall Abbey

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