So on an overcast Tuesday morning with Karen and Paul (Mum & Dad), we took Kate for a walk up Shapenhoe Clappers near Luton. Natural images were the order of the day. Shots not contrived or staged. This is often easier said than done. Kate was a very energetic subject, wanting nothing more than to pose and smile throughout. So it was important to just take as many photos as possible in order to capture the 5 or 6 which were perfect. In the age of the selfie (which even 4 year olds can figure how to take on Mummy's Iphone when she's not looking), it becomes a challenge to try and capture the 'unaware' and 'in the middle' moments. This first image is probably my favourite from the day.
One of the great things about my new Nikon D800 is that it can handle natural light so well. Unlike my previous D200, its able to go to much higher ISO ratings without becoming destructive to the image, something the old generation was simply unable to do. This has opened up a new range of natural light photography which is perfect for children and family portraits.
An old photograph of my Grandad Jones (Des) from when I was studying Photography at Southampton Solent University. Sat in his favourite arm chair probably watching the rugby or cricket. At 89 years old he seems to have more energy than anyone I know. Shot on my old Nikon D200 using a single Bowens 500 strobe.