Thursday, 26 April 2012

Long Exposures - The Vauxhall Bridge Great Yarmouth

Although I am mostly a people photographer, I have a passion for architechtural detail and I love to do long exposures.  There is something magic about going out in near pitch dark with a camera and tripod and capturing light in a completely unusual and often unnatural looking manner.
Long exposures are images in which shutter speeds are very long, just because it takes a long time for the little available light to create a digital image.  Because the duration of the exposure is too long to be safely hand held, you will need a tripod, and often a  degree of patience and several layers of warm clothing.
The image I have for you today is a long exposure of the Vauxhall Bridge in Great Yarmouth, just by the Train station.  In fact the bridge was designed to take railway locomotives back in the 19th century as well as provide a footpath for pedestrians.  Unfortunately this beautiful bridge had fallen in disrepair, but is now being renovated, thanks to National Lottery Funding.  This link gives some extra detail on the planned works.
This is my take on the Vauxhall Bridge at night, works are already in progress to the left hand side of the image, on the main bridge however I still managed to capture the character of the old bridge before it's blasted and painted back to glory.


For the techies, this is a 30 second exposure at 100ISO at F7.1.  No additional lighting was used.  Hope you like the image and look forward to your comments.  I'm going to fish out a few long exposures from my archives as well as photograph new ones soon, so watch this space! :)

Friday, 13 April 2012

photographing Carol's Get Bendy Yoga

I met Carol Wilkinson a few months ago when we joined the Business Growth Group course at the UEA.  The course was a very informative and helped me understand where my business was and determined where I wanted it to go in the near future.  It also allowed me to meet a number of great business people who have insipired me and shared their expertise and knowledge with us all.

Carol runs a business called Get Bendy and teaches Yoga as well as runs vintage Airstream holidays for Yoga fantatics.  She asked me to shoot some promotional images for her and I was very happy to oblige with some creative work...  The shoot was held in two parts, indoors at the Pennoyer Centre in Pulham St Mary, and outdoors at Burlingham Hall.

As Carol is marketing Retro Yoga we looked at the Womens League of Health and Beauty for some inspiration and lo and behold Carol and the girls were ready on the day with some interesting poses for me to photograph. 

Both shoots were lots of fun, though admittedly I enjoy outdoors work more ;)  Burlingham Hall is ideal for some outdoors fun and the weather and the light were just right even though spring had only just sprung when we photographed this.  

Have a look at the images and let me know what you think... I've started with my favourite! :)
 








By the way, this is my 100th blog post.  Not bad for one who thought she wouldn't manage blogging :)

Have a lovely weekend!  x

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