Landscape print

Yesterday I made a large format print of one of my favourite landscape photos from 2008, this view across Derwent Water taken in December.

Derwent Water Print Mockup

The detail in the full size print is incredible,  it will be hung in a 70×50 frame and has been mounted with proportions similar to the mock up above (when it is hanging I will post a photo of the real thing).

To get to the required file size at 360 dpi for the printer we needed to create extra pixels, Lightroom 2.2 seemed to do this very well and quickly, however for the file we printed Genuine Fractals was used, this is a plug-in for Photoshop and is the industry standard for enlarging images. It had more controls than Lightroom (an took much longer to generate the file), but to my eyes the resulting 192Mb tiff files looked the same.

Goodbye Subaru

Late last year a sad announcement was made, Subaru were pulling out of the WRC. As one of the many people following the WRC for the last 15 years the blue and yellow cars were synonymous with the WRC. One of my favourite motorsport memories is going to the RAC Rally in 1998 and being just feet away from both Colin and Alister McRae’s Imprezas. I really hope that  Subaru return to the WRC soon as it won’t be the same without them.

This shot was taken at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2008 and is the only shot I have of the 2008 Impreza WRC car:

New Years Eve

While my blog was updating itself at the start of 2009, I was at a party with some of my closest friends from school. I took advantage of the lowered inhibitions to take some candid portraits, all were taken using my 50mm f1.4 lens and flash bounced off the ceiling.



Thanks must go out to Bec & Dan for stepping in at the last minute and hosting a great party.

New year, new blog…

Happy new year!

After 18 months of not blogging I have started this blog, which will mainly focus on my photography, with updates on what I am up to as well as showcasing recent shots.

For 2009 I will continue to follow the Ma5da Racing series, which I covered in 2008, with more cars registered for the championship this year, the racing should be closer, hopefully resulting in some great images. I will also be covering other motorsport events throughout the year.

In addition to motorsport, I am planning on taking more landscape photographs, after a recent successful weekend in the Lake District. Portrait photography will also play a bigger part this year, with a few shoots already in the pipeline.

Stay tuned to see details of my new website which should be going live soon…