Christmas Themed Trumpet Photographs

Trumpets for Christmas Music For You-6670As a Commercial and Industrial Photographer, I am always looking at different ways to photograph products and create something that is a little different.  Leading up to Christmas this year, I have had the pleasure of working with Andrew Jones of Music For You and we spent a couple of hours in my studio taking photographs of his trumpets.  The trumpet is a beautiful instrument and the three that Andrew brought along for the shoot were so different in colour and even shape.  We wanted to do something for Christmas and so after rummaging around in the loft I managed to find some Christmas decorations and the fun then began.

We aimed for simplicity and producing clean, sharp and uncluttered images that he could use leading up to Christmas.  The trumpet remained the focal point in every photograph, but I think we created something that is just a little different.

The Christmas set of photographs are on my website and you can also see some posted on Andrew’s Music For You Facebook site.


Driving Home Towards The Sunset

Sunset North of Merthyr-8010I was driving along the heads of the valleys road on my way back home from Ebbw Vale, just north of Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, when I saw this amazing sky.  I pulled over at the first opportunity and with my Canon 1000D took some photos.  I wanted some long exposures for the car lights and balanced the camera first on the car roof and then on a nearby post.  However, this photo, with the light reflecting on the side of the car, was taken hand held.  It isn’t perfect, but I wanted the reflection and didn’t have a tripod.  It was cold and I was late, but sometimes you need to just grab the opportunity to take the photograph.  On my website are a collection of photographs of sunrises and sunsets.

SLaM Rehearsing at the Green Rooms

Drums of a Heavy Metal Band

The cracked cymbal of the Heavy Metal band SLaM

Armed with ear plugs and my camera, I was invited by SLaM to get some photographs of them rehearsing in The Green Rooms studios in Treforest, South Wales.  Riff Clitchard had told me that they were a heavy metal band, which wasn’t my usual musical preference, but I do like a little rock.  The studio was quite compact, with awful lighting that wasn’t conducive to the best photography, but you have to work with what you’ve got.  I didn’t want to use a flash as I wanted to be as inconspicuous as I could be.  Well, as a photographer can ever be pointing a lens at people.

Rif and his two fellow bands mates, Mave Dustaine and Whorley Chatts were great.  They’ve got experience in the music industry and have a plan.  I hope to help them with that plan.

After a little warmup, SLaM slammed into some heavy guitar riffs with the drums thrashing out the rhythm.  It was awesome.  The energy is the room was buzzing and you could tell that Riff, Mave and Whorley just loved playing.  I clicked away with my Canon 5D, changing the lens to a fisheye at one stage to get some ‘different’ shots and hopefully captured some of the character of the band.  Several times I had to force myself to stop tapping my foot to the music.  For someone who was brought up on Ska and Mod music, I was enjoying this far too much.  But, then again, this was good stuff.

A great way to spend a Saturday evening and I can’t wait to work with the band again.  Despite the earplugs, my ears are still ringing!

Click here to see more photographs of the session.

The Rose

My wife is the gardener in our house and it is her loving care and attention that has enabled our roses to bloom. The colours are stunning and the texture of the petals is like satin. I love taking photographs of the flowers, but still want to do something that is a little more creative that just photographing a flower. On this shot I’ve used a low F stop to blur out the flower in the background and shot it handheld. Luckily the wind wasn’t blowing too much and so it is pretty sharp. In Photoshop, I then dropped out the background into black and white just to enhance the beautiful colour. Hopefully it just makes the image a little more interesting, especially to those who don’t particularly like photos of flowers!

There are more photos on my website –

The Essence of a Rose

Does Golf Really Spoil A Good Walk?

F33A4968-1 Earlier today I had the good fortune to spend a couple of hours with John Satherley of Pontypridd Golf Club. John was showing me around the course prior to a photoshoot that I hope to take over the weekend. Even though it was pretty overcast, there were quite a few players on the course and the fairways and greens looked perfect. Many years ago I played golf regularly, but nowadays I’m lucky if I play once a year and have never played the Pontypridd course. The course overlooks Pontypridd and the views are truly spectacular. Never mind the golf, just gazing out down the valley towards the Brecon Beacons is enough to take your breath away. On some of the holes you are literally striking the ball into the mouth of the valley. The photograph is taken on the 2nd tee, looking back over Pontypridd, but is by no means the most spectacular. As to the question in the title, I can only say that the golf simply enhances the experience.

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The Gates

It was another bleak day and I was up near Hirwaun in the Heads of the Valleys in South Wales. I had a meeting and took the opportunity to drive around the Hirwaun Industrial Estate, where I came across this house that appeared derelict. The gates were chained and the large garden was littered with all sorts of debris. I know from visiting a few weeks later that it is habited.

More photographs can be seen on my website – The Gates IMG_5917SM