Financial Times watches and Jewellery supplement

Some of my pictures used in today’s Financial Times to illustrate a story about reclaiming gold dust and platinum fragments from Jewellery workshops and factories.
Pictures were taken in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.

Pictures of 2016

Few of my favourite images taken during 2016.

  • Playground Games staff work on one of the top Xbox games of 2016, Forza 3

Thank you to everyone I have photographed throughout this year, I look forward to seeing you all in 2017.

 

Opening of Lombard Risk’s new technology centre in Birmingham

Lombard Risk officially opened it’s new technology centre in the heart of Birmingham last week.
I was invited to capture their new investment at Birmingham’s landmark Alpha Tower. Boasting creative working spaces and first class facilities, Lombard Risk have invested in the city creating employment opportunities and new technologies to serve the whole of the UK.

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Lombard Risk new technolgy centre, Birmingham

Birmingham office photographer

Lombard Risk new technolgy centre, Birmingham

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Lombard Risk new technolgy centre, Birmingham

Birmingham interior photographer

Lombard Risk new technolgy centre, Birmingham

This new venture also represents an exciting partnership with Birmingham’s strategic marketing partnerships and Birmingham City Council.

Goodbye Apple, hello Windows 10

I’ve been an Apple mac user since 1995 and have had  a love hate relationship with the company since then.

It’s so long ago I can’t really remember using OS9 in the 90’s, about 15 years ago along came OSX, at the time of launch, it was a bit buggy, but quite brilliant and I embraced it fully as soon as the software companies caught up and brought out updates which worked with the new operating system.

Since the early 2000’s I’ve owned several Apple laptops (From the appallingly  slow G4 Powerbook  series up to 2013 version) and Apple desktops (G4 dual, Mac Pro tower, current Mac Pro.)

The reason for a change to Windows PC?

Apple taking away the full sized USB, meaning I have to buy USB adaptors to connect my camera when tethering, something else to loose or break when I’m in the middle of a corporate portrait session. It’s apparently for our benefit, or is it so Apple can sell us more adapters?

Funding the 40%+ Apple profit margin can get a bit tiring. Apple have always been overpriced, but a recent £500 price hike for the base Mac Pro to £2999 (I know, Brexit, exchange rates) for 3+year old technology just doesn’t make them a viable option anymore for a small business.

Windows 10 is a viable alternative to OSX and Microsoft look to be innovating more than Apple.

Finally, and most importantly, performance. For approx half the price of a Mac Pro D300 the PC* speed increase is quite remarkable. Using Capture One pro 9 with 100 Canon 1DX RAW files the results are;

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Building 100 RAW Canon previews; Mac 124 seconds PC 43 seconds

Processing 100 RAW Canon files to full quality jpegs; Mac 102 seconds PC 54 seconds

Next purchase, Windows 10 laptop….It’s been fun Apple, Windows is a bit of a learning curve but I’ll get used to it, and less time in front of the computer post processing images will be very welcome.

 

*PC specs

Corsair case.

Asus Z170 deluxe motherboard

Intel Core i7 6700 CPU air cooled

Samsung 950 pro SSD PCIe NVMe

GTX 1070 GPU gaming edition

16gb DDR4 RAM

 

 

 

 

Recruitment website for the NHS

My recent promotional shoot for the NHS is helping inspire nurses to join the world class hospital that is Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB). Their current recruitment campaign aims to highlight the profession as being ‘more than just a job’ in the unique environment which is QEHB.

NHS recruitment

NHS recruitment website homepage

NHS recruitment

NHS recruitment

NHS recruitment

NHS recruitment

I always enjoy working at the QE, both staff and patients alike are always willing participants helping to promote the care provided and wide range of roles.

The results of the shoot were really positive and can be seen on their website and social media.

Birmingham band Planet Loco

Planet Loco

Planet Loco, Digbeth Birmingham October 2016

A return to my roots for a recent band shoot.

I used to photograph a few musicians and bands in Manchester when I lived near there, Northern Uproar, Marion, Human League to name a few. Some of my portraits appeared in the NME, when it was required reading, not the comic version we have today.

More info about the band can be found here