Hong Kong trip

I’ve just returned from a wonderful 9-day visit to Hong Kong. We stayed in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island, which was a great choice for first-time visitors to the city. This area is a central location near many of the best restaurants, bars and attractions.

From Wan Chai essential highlights such as the Star Ferry, Victoria Peak and Victoria Harbour are just a quick taxi ride away, and it’s a short walk to the many food joints on Hennessy Road, shopping at Causeway Bay, and a few drinks on the lively Lockhart Road in the evening.

All in all we had a fantastic trip, the only real negative was the humidity, but that is to be expected in June in Hong Kong.

I’ve put together a gallery of Hong Kong images here.

Minimal food photography

During the cold winter months I’ve mostly stayed at home and focused on studio work, with minimal food photography being one of my main subjects. I’ve done a fair amount of food photography over the last couple of years for two primary reasons, firstly it’s fairly enjoyable, and secondly, I make quite a few sales from the resulting images.

My approach to capturing food photography has changed during this period, I’ve gone from using multiple studio lights to purely using natural light only. Using natural window light produces excellent results, and it’s also far more enjoyable to work with than constantly adjusting my studio lights.

All of the food and drink images shown in this blog post were captured using natural light only.

If anyone wants to buy any of my minimal food photography you can do so via my Creative Market shop.

Snow comes to the Kent coast

Snow is a pretty rare event in the South-East of England, but this week winter finally arrived. I braved the weather and headed down to the coast to capture some winter images of the beach huts in between Herne Bay and Whitstable in Kent. You get a lovely contrast of the colourful beach huts and the pure white of the snow.

The same location certainly has a very different feel with the green grass and deep blue skies of the summer.

Etsy shop open

I just opened my Etsy shop so people can easily purchase my images for prints. Etsy offers a simple and secure delivery service so it looked like the best option available.

Rather than actually sell physical prints on there, I decided to just sell my images as digital file downloads for two reasons, firstly it’s easier for me to manage, and also it means that buyers can use whichever print service they prefer, so it’s super flexible this way.

I’ll be adding many of my best shots there on an ongoing basis, you can check out my Etsy shop here.

Tate Modern rooftops shoot

I’d been meaning to check out the new Blavatnik Building extension at Tate Modern for a while, and finally did so last week. At the top of the building is an open-air viewing platform with fantastic 360-degree aerial views across London.

As a photographer, the open-air aspect is massively helpful for obvious reasons. Whilst you can get great views of London from the Shard building or Sky Garden, those views are from behind glass which makes life difficult.

You can’t use tripods in those other locations either, and I wasn’t sure you could here, so I just used it and nobody complained. I even ended up shooting a quick timelapse video too.

As it was a cold winter evening it wasn’t very busy when I was there either, so I doubt you could get away with using a tripod on a summer day packed with tourists.

This is a spot I will definitely return to in the future, it’s free to go there, and you get fantastic views of the River Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Shard building and the City of London financial district.

4K screens up at Piccadilly Circus

The famous advertising screens at Piccadilly Circus in London were given an overhaul this year, with the all-new 4K resolution screens being unveiled last week.

I headed over there a couple of days ago and they were pretty impressive, and seriously bright. So bright that getting a decent exposure was a challenge, but I managed to get a few decent shots using my new Canon 16-35 mm L series lens, really impressed with this little baby so far.

Previously for wide-angle use I’d had the 17-40mm, which was a solid enough lens. However the 16-35mm is noticeably better, firstly it’s sharper, and secondly it’s image-stablized, which is very useful for the occasions that I don’t have a tripod with me.

New photography blog

With the launch of this new website, I’m going to embark on a personal photography blog that documents what I’m up to, and what I’m shooting.

I figured this blog could also feature a few tutorials and thoughts on my photography gear etc, but mostly I’ll try to use it to illustrate some of the general shoots that I undertake. Whether this will actually happen regularly is another matter, but that is the plan…