Myself and a few friends recently went on a great workshop in London with Mark Fearnley focussed on Street Photography. Although I have been keen on the genre for some time and have produced lots of work this was a real eye opener with lots of learning and opportunities to experiment with Marks guidance. I will be uploading more work on the website so people can see the results of my endeavours. Marks Website is https://markfearnley.co.uk and you can find him on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mark.fearnley/
I have been lucky this month to be published in two photography magazines. The two magazines are “PhotoPlus ” and “Amateur Photographer”. The first was an article was after I was placed in a Canon photography competition the second was a Portfolio review showing many of my black and white images from around Cornwall. It’s a real privilege to be published and to see your images in print.
What an amazing photography trip to the very beautiful Iceland. If you are a photographer this is a must go location. Half the size of the UK with a population under 500,000 you always feel like you are in the wilderness. Everywhere you go has stunning scenery and each location is radically different from the last. It is cold, while we there it was -19 so you must be well prepared. Travelling in a group is also a good idea as you can share driving and it feels a bit safer if you have problems. We stayed in Akureyri which was a good base to travel around the north of the country. So if in doubt, don’t worry buy a ticket and get out there you may even see the northern lights!
I have just spent a beautiful week in the stunning lake district. Visiting Loweswater, Ennerdale, Eltwerwater, Ulswater and Derwent water. It’s a photographers paradise with so many forms of landscape photography available that you are inspired to be creative. We experienced rain, mist, blue skies, wind and sunshine in a short week. Many of the images I created will be shortly published on the website and here is the first of many. If you ever get the chance to go then grab the opportunity with both hands you wont regret it.
It’s time to take the next leap and to start the process of trying to attain the “FELLOWSHIP OF THE RPS (FRPS)” After two years completing the Associate it’s time to start processing ideas and experimenting with different forms of photography. I already have multiple ideas (5) that I am testing.
This is the highest level of Distinction. It requires a body of work/project of 20/21 images of a distinguished photographic and creative standard accompanied by a Statement of Intent. Fellowship submissions are only open to Associates of the Society. I will be testing ideas through this blog so I will be asking for feedback. Watch this space.
After two years of work I have been been approved as a Associate of the RPS (ARPS). An ARPS distinction is the second highest level in the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) with only a fellowship being higher. To achieve this you have to be project focused and put together a coherent panel of 15 images. With this a Statement Of Intent (SOI) has to be prepared describing the meaning of the panel. My panel was based on the enclosure of Zoo animals and their inherent beauty. So although they were trapped by the frames of the images they are still creature to be admired. Next steps are to consider if I will take on the work to a obtain a fellowship.
I have been shooting Infrared images for some time with a filter, but recently I had a simple camera converted, the Canon Rebel 1200D. It’s already produced some great results and gives me the opportunity to shoot more images outside of sunrise and sunset. Strong sunlight and midday blue skies make it possible to shoot stunning images. This image was taken at the lizard in Cornwall using a panoramic technic. The Grass looks like snow and blue skies come out black. A technique that’s well worth trying either with a Infrared filter or with a converted camera.
Yesterday we spent a wonderful day at the Westcountry Wildlife Photography Centre near Lifton in Devon. A managed space for Photographers to capture some of the native species to the UK. Truro Camera Club took the opportunity to practice taking these types of shots whilst hoping that this will help to develop skills that could be used outside of the confines of an enclosure. Judging by early results the club have captured some beautiful images and I would recommend budding wildlife photographers to use this as a way of building their skills sets. The Centres website can be seen in the link below http://wcwpc.co.uk
I have just returned after spending a week on the fabulous island of Anglesey. If you have never been and you are a landscape photographer this is a wonderful location. You have the option of shooting the many landmarks (I went for the lighthouses), but you can also see Snowdonia from the island which makes a stunning backdrop. I was lucky enough to get at least three sunsets and they were crackers. The island is not large and everything seems 20 minutes away. I found Newborough Beach and Llanddwyn Island to be the most photogenic. Although Trwyn Du Lighthouse was another spectacular location. Coming from Cornwall I was looking for something different and although sometimes it felt like a bus mans holiday the scenery and architecture were different. So if you get the chance make the journey do it!
I have been selling artwork on Artfinder now for around two years and my work continues to be popular. A great site for us artists whatever your medium, whether it's photography, painting, drawing or something else artistic it's worth giving it a go. If you want to browse art finder use the following link https://www.artfinder.com If you want to see all the artwork I have on the Artfinder website use the following link https://www.artfinder.com/manage/paul-nash/ If you are an artist why not give it go?Read More
Over the past 6 months I have been competing on the Photocrowd website https://www.photocrowd.com most competitions involve upto a 1000 photographers who come from all over the world. It's fascinating to see how you perform against stiffer competition. Over these months I have had a series of wins and top ten finishes. You can find my profile here https://www.photocrowd.com/photographer-community/29921/ where you will see on the 23rd of March 2018 I am the 88th ranked photographer and only recently have fallen out of the top 50. I have over 5500 followers on photocrowd which is growing daily. Thanks to everybody who takes the time to follow and comment on my images it's really appreciate.Read More
Over the past month I have been experimenting to try and create Dutch Master inspired still life images. Low contract and beautiful window light appears to be the answer. After collecting multiple objects mainly from charity shops I ended up with an interesting assortment of items I could utilise into create beautiful velvety type images. Light and processing is key in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to be able to create a style that reminisces about a past skill from many talented artists. The next project will be to try and go in a totally different direction with David Lachapelle being the main inpiration in creating a modern still life image. Wish me luck!
Over the past few days I have got back into composite work. I had got a little fed up and my motivation was at a low, but after watching a few youtube videos and checking a few items out on Flickr I was spurred onto experiment with some of my older images. With storm Eleanor breaking there was nothing better than to try and represent one of my sons playing golf in the rain. It took many poses to capture the golfer and a trip to the damp golf course. All the preparation paid off and I manage to get a pretty good representation of what its like to get wet playing the game you love.
Recently I have been quite successful in a few competitions. I use Photocrowd to enter a series of international competitions that are sponsored by magazines, photography companies and individuals. Most competitions feature over 500 photograph and provide a good benchmark on how good your images are.
This is my latest win two swans at Derwent Water. Have a look.
I advise any photographer to enter free competitions to guage how you are doing.
This week I have mostly been playing about with an Infrared filter and producing unusual photographs. The light transforms what you normally see into an ethereal look to landscape images. Colours are switched and the feeling of a snowy scene during the middle of Autumn becomes the norm.
Over the past few weeks I have been asking my customer for feedback on the projects I have worked on. This week I have included the feedback from the very talented silversmith Lucy Spink who handcrafts every piece of jewellery in her workshop in Cornwall using traditional techniques. This is the feedback from Lucy "Paul has been great to work with, his knowledge and skill in photography have made the whole process really easy and I now have beautiful professional images to work with which will enhance my website and all my social media" Lucy's work can be found on her website at http://lucyspinkjewellery.co.uk and you can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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Over the past few day I have been asking customers for some feedback on the experience of working with me. Here is the first from Dawn at the Cornish Vegan in Truro Cornwall UK.
"Paul did a photoshoot for us in our new vegan café, doing a magnificent job at capturing the essence of the place. He was keen to capture the types of images we wanted and would talk through our and his ideas, allowing us to view the images on his camera all along to ensure we were happy with them. Paul has a very creative eye and can envision things you wouldn’t even think of. He was also very quick to turnaround the photos and had them to us that same day. We would certainly recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer, especially if looking for something unique and different. He’s great!"
The Cornish Vegan:
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This Month I was lucky enough to be featured in Photoplus Magazine for Canon users. I had entered a photocrowd competition related to shapes and entered my Sphere collection photograph. Luckily i came 7th in the competition out of 647 entrants which resulted in a full page spread of the image and a little paragraph on the photograph itself. This is the first time I have been featured in this magazine.Read More
Just to let people know I also sell stock images through a series of websites but mainly shutterstock. You can see more of them at the following link. Stock images have many uses including: websites, posters, tv and for other photographers to incorporate in their work. Take a look at my work at https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Paul+Nash?rid=1431563&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ctrbreferral-linkRead More
If you have never been to Pentire head to see the Poppies in Cornwall then get down there now as they will soon all be gone. Between Newquay and Holywell bay at Crantock you can see fields of these glorious red flowers.Read More