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Friday, 20 March 2015

Stardate: 9.30am, 20th March 2015 Solar Eclipse


Well, here's my effort. Shot with a Sony NEX 3 and the kit 18-55 Sony lens without filters etc, and pushed through Lightroom. Not too bad really. What was your's like? Did you even get to see it!!??

Thursday, 5 March 2015

We Are The Chiltern Conser-vation So-ci-ety (apologies to the Italian Job!)

The Self Preservation Society might not have been a bad title actually, with this lot of die-hard (ooh, another film link!) photographers. A bitterly cold, windy and sometimes rainy weekend in the Chilterns is not normally the recipe for a successful photo-workshop weekend but what we lacked in weather we made up for with enthusiasm I guess.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Krazy, Krazy, Krazy, Krazy life...

This particular flavour of Krazy comes courtesy of the Lakeland Climbing Centre in Kendal, one of the UK's biggest and best indoor climbing walls, which just happens to be local to me.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

A wild life at the BBC...

Over the last 12 months I've done a few commissioned shoots for the BBC; BBC Wildlife and BBC CountryFile. I've worked off and on with CountryFile for a number of years but usually with stock images or writing short walking routes for the out and about section. But it's the proper commissioned photo-shoots that you really want and it took a while to earn that trust.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

It's Leica Ferrari...

Time, like Ferrari's, flies.
Hard to believe that I haven't posted a blog since July 2013. I guess that means either I've had nothing interesting to say/do or been too busy/lazy to post. I leave that one to your imagination.

The motley crew, pictured left  are gathered around the aforementioned sports car for a good reason;
Tip: always make sure you have £100K prop and a designer building close at hand whenever you are forced to do a group shot!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Framework

asportinglife.com is a sports media/photography website that hosts contributed articles from professional sports photographers and industry insiders. I was recently asked to contribute and after looking through some of the really excellent posts on the site I was happy to do so. You can read my modest contribution at
http://www.asportinglife.com/the-framework-dave-willis/

Whilst you're there, have a browse through the other sports photographers articles too, because there's some real gold dust in there.

One of the most common themes to emerge, in my opinion is how often pro photographers take on their own personal projects or do self-initiated work in order to challenge themselves,. Doing their own thing is a great way to learn new ways of working and techniques and to showcase what they can really do when there's no commercial imperatives holding them back. I believe in this wholeheartedly.

Actually, I was amused to see that, after the previous RLA post on shooting contemporary dance, something that I'd not done before, the very next contributor on "asportinglife" talks about taking on a personal photo project on a subject he'd never photographed before - you guessed it - contemporary dance. Must be a sports photographer thing!

http://www.asportinglife.com/

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Let's dance!





Finally, I get round to posting something after two months. Anyone would think I've been busy. In the last eight weeks I've photographed kayaking, car mechanics, engineers, nursery kids, chefs, a theatre, a CEO, food and the Queen!
So I thought it was about time I shot some action again, but in this case it would not be sports action. No, in this case it would be something completely new to me; contemporary dance.