Little Red Dress – Exploring the Forest


Michelle and I have both come to enjoy exploring (a nice word for purposely getting lost in) the forests and footpaths around Guildford.  Barely 10 minute walk and the hustle of the town becomes quiet and tranquil woodland and farmland. Given the ever shorter days and impending winter weather, this time we set out not to wander aimlessly, but with a photo assignment. It was sunday, bored of work in the lab, the sun was out and it hadn’t rained over night, so, off we went. The little red dress; I had seen it before, both in Michelle’s (not so limited) […]

A Weekend in Oxford


Some photographs from a weekend exploring Oxford with Michelle 🙂 – In the hotel waiting for the rain to die down before finding a place for some dinner 🙂 A trip to the botanic garden: Exploring 🙂 – Hertford Bridge, popularly known as the Bridge of Sighs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_of_Sighs_(Oxford)) The Radcliffe Camera (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radcliffe_Camera) Michelle with her new hat 🙂

Guildford Photo Walk 2013


Every year the society has a photo walk around Guildford in the first few weeks of the semester. This is great to get everybody talking and to learn a little about what’s around the local area. This year we had a record number of people come, i think our highest headcount on the day was 44 people! With this being england, about half way through the rain got pretty heavy, seeking cover we decided to grab lunch earlier and managed to take over a corner of wetherspoons in town (which is huge!). I spent most of time trying to teach and […]

PhotoSoc Mini Lecture – Exposure


So this is a summary of today’s lecture. Because of the room change and various technical challenges I never had time to show you the demos i wanted to which really help understand these settings. I tried battling with the union site but it doesn’t like me, so im posting here for now and will transfer it later. What is Exposure ? Essentially exposure is the image we create whilst letting light fall onto the cameras sensor. It is controlled by 3 separate camera function each of which we discuss below. The word “exposure” is quite literally referring to how […]

Shooting on Film – Rolleicord Medium Format


I feel there will always be a special place for film in the art or practice of photography. It has a palpable quality to it which, no matter how hard we try, we cannot imitate  digitally. A close friend, Bill (yes, he’s a real), kindly lent me his Rolleicord (Shown Below) for my first delve  into medium format photography. I wont be the first or the last to say, a camera like this really changes the way you shoot. For starters, since the view finder is on the top, you naturally shoot from lower down, more like just above waist height. Although […]

Sara & James – Pre-Wedding Walk


Sara & James, sister and now brother-in-law to close friend and fellow photographer Andrew Pye (http://www.fluidr.com/photos/ajpye) had entrusted me to shoot their wedding. We arranged a visit around a month before the big day, since they had become friends but this also as a good opportunity to see  the venue and surroundings. We planned to go for a quick pre-wedding shoot but due to poor weather we had to cut this short. Update: Their wedding can be found @ Sara & James Wedding Day We did walk away with two shots I was happy with though:

Guildford at Night


We decided ( on Takugo Miwa’s suggestion) to arrange a trip for the society to shoot in town, later at night in a group. This would be good prep for our London at Night trip which should happen shortly. It was a great opportunity to explore the difficulties of shooting at night in a familiar place. Although the weather did its best to hamper our efforts, we continued regardless 🙂 Here are some of my shots from the evening, mostly just trying things out.    

Chromatic Play – Interactive light installation


Chromatic Play is a sculptural installation at Guildford Castle created by visual artist and researcher Tine Bech and the Surrey Light Project, an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Surrey. The exhibition relates to research interests of the artist and project team, and it also represents an important collaboration between Guildford Borough Council and the University of Surrey, through the medium of public art.  MILES I was contacted by artist (and researcher) Tine Bech about whether i’d be up for building and programming an interactive electronic lighting system for a lighting project in the Guildford Castle. We had worked on an light based project before where I built and programmed the electronics […]