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Most recent entries
- HS2 HQ announcement in Birmingham
- 2014 Tour de France Yorkshire
- Advertising Photography for Aston University
- Black Country Echoes Festival
- School and college prospectus photography
- NHS and Health Photography
- Product photography for BSA
- Branding and marketing photography for EEF
- New Mac Pro 2013 Quad 3.7ghz D300
- New College Prospectus
- Accor Hotels wall mural for training centre
- 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham.
- Images of 2013
- Wine tasting at Marco Pierre White restaurant in Birmingham.
- New branding photography for College of Optometrists
This morning the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visited Birmingham to announce that the Construction HQ for HS2 (High Speed Rail) was to be based in Birmingham, with an expected opening date in 2015.
Images of the announcement were sent to various media outlets and have already appeared on several news websites.
Site of the HS2 proposed station, Curzon Street Station in Birmingham
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin
The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) chairman Andy Street
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin signs the agreement.
Few pictures of the 2014 Tour de France stage 2, as it travels through Yorkshire on it’s way to Sheffield.
Last years Tour de france winner Chris Froome (2nd Sky rider)
Some of the many images I’ve taken for Aston university are currently been used in their Summer advertising campaign.
Last year I spent a month shooting manufacturing industry in the Black Country for the Black Country Echoes Festival.
The festival will feature in over 25 venues across Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley and Walsall throughout September to December 2014, The festival includes, heritage open days, archive film screenings, family arts festival and themed events.
Magnum Photographer Martin Parr will be exhibiting his work at the New art gallery Walsall in September.
Just finished one of several University, college and school prospectuses.
Here are a few of my favourite pictures shot for BMET in the West Midlands.
Here are a few pictures I’ve taken for Walsall NHS trust.
The images are used for marketing, patient information and annual reports.
Supplying both location and studio style pictures all were shot within the hospital.
I also shoot for many other health related industries, the NHS, private hospitals, medical centres, suppliers and manufacturers of medical equipment around the UK.
BSA are a Birmingham company who have been trading for 150 years.
They have recently updated their website and marketing material and I was asked to provide product photography for the air rifle range.
Working closely with the art director, we managed to get all the guns photographed in their factory, without the need to take them off site.
More images http://www.bsaguns.co.uk/air-rifles/
I’ve been working with EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation for UK manufacturing companies, for a few years on their marketing material. Next month they officially open the new manufacturing training centre in Witton, Birmingham.
Here are a few of the images I’ve recently supplied for the training centre and marketing material.
Just taken delivery of my new 2013 Mac Pro.
Specification is quad core 3.7 with Dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics cards, 256GB PCIe-based flash storage and 32gb 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory which will replace my mid 2010 Mac Pro upgraded to a GTX 570 graphics card/16GB RAM/SSD boot drive.
My library has been moved to a CalDigit T3 external Thunderbolt drive configured in Raid 1, the 3rd drive I’ll be using to store my RAW files on. This replaces the 2 internal hard drives I use in my old Mac Pro, nice thing I like about the CalDigit is that you can use it in a combination of Raid, Raid+JBOD or JBOD.
Master library as before is stored on a Drobo S, as well as another drive stored off site.
Out of the thousands of tests, Geekbenk, Ciniebench, Barefeats to mention a few, I haven’t seen many that use real world applications aimed at working photographers, there are lots of mentions of iPhoto, but I don’t know of any photographers who use it professionally.
First test is seeing how much speed increase I get using my primary RAW processor, Capture One.
Using Capture One version 7.2, the speed increases are welcome, although not unexpected when comparing technology which is over 4 years old.
I understand, from Phase One, that Capture One is currently been updated to take full/better use of the D300 graphics cards and to fix a few bugs with the new Mac Pro. I’ve had a few random files come out purple/green when using Open CL on Auto.
The difference the GPU makes is remarkable and I’m looking forward to see how much time is saved with the next version of Capture One.
Next test will be panorama stitching, followed by lens correction and resizing in Adobe Photoshop CS6.
Worth mentioning that after I installed Photoshop I had an old problem come back where Bridge wouldn’t load start up scripts, this was easily solved by renaming my external drive, it was called library and Bridge was looking for them in there, not in my user library where the startup scripts are saved.
Update 10th March 2014
Stitching 11x9mb Jpegs in Photoshop CS6.
This is a feature I use most weeks, CS6 does a really good job of stitching files together, the image below was taken last week at a corporate event in Wales, 11 files were stitched together.
The 2013 mac pro is 26 seconds faster, if I ever update to Photoshop CC (not likely) then I would expect the stitching to be even quicker, as newer versions become more optimised for dual GPU’s.
Update 13th March 2014
Final set of tests using Photoshop CS6, lens correction and contact sheet tools.
Lens correction using built in profile for Canon 24mm F2.8 II and contact sheets were processed to A4 300dpi.
Lens correction was 24 seconds quicker and contact sheets were 34 seconds quicker, quite a good saving when I’ll be processing 600+ files.
A large part of my commercial photography is taking pictures for education, I shoot all over country for schools, colleges and universities.
I was asked recently to supply some new marketing images for Birmingham Metropolitan College in Birmingham.
The pictures have been across all the college publications, below are a selection form the college prospectus.
Shot over 2 days last year, Accor staff portraits with their favourite things.
Final mural will be used in the Accor Hotels training centre, approx 4 metres wide.
In 2006 I was asked by GVA Grimley to photograph the interior of 103 Colmore Row in Birmingham or as it used to be known, National Westminster House.
The John Madin designed building compliments his other brutalist designs in Birmingham, the gold ceilings and textured walls look like they weren’t updated since the building opened in 1976.
A planning application has been approved to demolish the original building with a new development, until then it remains an interesting example of Brutalist architecture.
Some of my favourite pictures from the past 12 months.
Wishing everyone a happy Christmas and New year.
Christmas and New Year Twitter campaign for Jaguar.
Embarrassing Bodies presenters for Channel 4.
Nurse works in critical care unit.
Hanson firefighter training
Student works on solar panel project at Aston University
New Cyberknife at the QE hospital in Birmingham.
Marketing image for the Royal Life Saving Society.
Advertising portrait for the College of Optometrists.
Students at work in Burton College library.
Setting up a RLSS baby life saving course at Warwick University.
My favourite things for Accor Hotels.
For the Lawyer magazine Raj Singh-Dehal, Head of legal and commercial services, Center Parcs.
New offices in the Custard Factory, Birmingham.
Transitions lens factory in Ireland.
David Adams, new dean of the Medical School, University of Birmingham.
Laser experiment at Aston University.
The Oval group recently asked me to cover their annual wine tasting event at the top of the Cube, in Birmingham.
Pictures of the evening were used for local and trade press.
The College of Optometrists is the Professional, Scientific and Examining Body for Optometry in the UK working for the public benefit, I’ve been working with them around the UK for the past 6 months, supplying conference, branding and PR photography for brochures and general marketing material.