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Web woes

Hi,

 

It seems a gremlin has crept into our galleries during the last behind the scenes update, we’re trying to work out whats gone wrong with the developers…. in the mean time look for us on Facebook  🙂

Seascape

Again, it’s been a while since anything was added to this page 🙁

I suppose on one hand it’s nice to be busy with things that are more exciting than web blog posts 🙂

This image was taken at a local lighthouse using a long exposure technique that allows a rough sea to turn silky smooth and the normally fluffy clouds change to those impressionistic smears across the sky.

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It’s been a while

It feels like it’s been an age and a bit since anything was done on this website, blogging just isn’t our bag. We’ve been here there and everywhere of late.

Here’s an image taken in Paris recently, luckily the boat passing under the bridge moved quicker than I do when it comes to writing on here 🙂

 

Faster than a speeding bullet

The Tree

A wee while ago I nipped off into the beautiful heart of the Snowdonia National Park to photograph a tree, Not just any tree………

This is probably the most photographed tree in Wales and rightly so, situated on the shores of lLynn Padarn and framed by the peaks of Snowdonia it makes for an awesome sight. After waiting for a few hours in the cold for the rain to stop I indulged  my love of black and white long exposure photography to capture the image. Thankfully the mist cleared and left a bit of sunlight through.

Readers of my previous ramblings will know of my love of surreal skies and deep tones in my images and it’ll be no surprise to see those traits in full force here. Anyhow, thats enough waffle here’s the image.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

P.S all my landscape images are available as very limited edition prints by request 🙂

 

Lake View

Powerage

January saw us braving the gale force winds that hammered the UK to continue Bri’s Black Planet series of images.

Black planet is a stark look at the world with foreboding moody skies, smeared clouds and eerily smooth bodies of water. The image series is processed in black and white and mounted on a white matt for presentation.

This image shows the power station at Fiddlers Ferry.

 

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Passage of time

Time waits for no man, or anything else for that matter. Over the last few weeks I’ve been out and about enjoying shooting some personal project images. I’m currently in a long exposure and black + white phase producing images that are stark, otherworldly or show the passage of time with elements of the image showing movement.

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These particular images were taken using a long exposure technique with shutter open durations up to 4 minutes, this shows the movement of the clouds or water as they cross the frame.

To enable the camera to record this movement within a still frame I use special glass filters in front of the lens to reduce the light transmission into the camera.

After using several brands of filters, I finally found a filter manufacturer that I’m 100% happy with. The Formatt-Hitech Firecrest range of filters are the most neutral I’ve ever used! With virtually no colour cast on the image which means the image recorded on the camera sensor is the same as it’s seen with the eye. Users of some of the other major brands of filter would often have to spend precious time in an editing program correcting the strong colour shift in the image as I have done in the past. Thankfully that is behind me now, I say thankfully because I don’t like to spend time editing my images on my mac 🙂

Breaking Day

 

In all of these images the water was advancing towards me as the tide came in ( this happens quicker than you might think, so stay safe and wear your wellies 😉 ) and was quite rough with fairly large waves but due the long exposure times used, the sea records silky smooth and clouds become a beautiful surreal blur as time ticks by.

The Empty Jetty

 

In order to record a sharp image over such a long period of time, I’ve had to invest in some sturdy kit to hold the camera perfectly still, you can read an older blog post about my choice of tripod head from the awesome guys at FLM GmbH. I also use the Lucroit filter holder system to hold my Firecrest filters in place and prevent stray light from affecting the image.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading what I’ve been up to.

Bri

 

 

 

Images are © of Brian Woods / InaGlo Photography and all rights are reserved.

FLM CB43-FTR Review

FLM CB43 FTR (Head only) Review

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Over the last few months my photographic interests have changed somewhat, with more and more of my personal work involving landscapes and long exposures. For this change in subject matter I needed to adapt my kit to ensure the camera had a rock solid platform to sit on, as the shutter would quite often open for several minutes at a time.

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So after finally getting to the point where I no longer wanted to use the old heavy and cumbersome ball head which had sat atop the Gitzo carbon reporter legs for the last decade, I decided it was time to treat myself to nice new head. (New legs will have to wait for a few months) I spent a few weeks casually looking around the offerings from the various manufactures before placing FLM at the top of my shortlist.

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Now lets be clear here, these heads aren’t cheap so careful consideration is needed before purchase as it’s likely you’ll be using it for years to come.

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Once I had my preferred brand pinned down, it was time to decide which of their range would suit my needs best. I considered the features I felt were lacking in my current head, and concluded that the ability to rotate the camera without touching the ball head was a must in order to allow easier alignment of image frames when creating a panoramic image. Another bugbear with the old head I had was the way the ball head flopped around all over the place as soon as the locking wheel was even slightly released.

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With these in mind I checked out the range whilst also being mindful that I didn’t want a ball head that was going to be too small to support the weight of my gripped 5d mark 3 and a lens safely or too heavy to walk around with for miles at a time.

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So I settled on the FLM CB43-FTR …….Wow, that lot sounds like a real mouthful!!!

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It’s actually quite easy to decipher though

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FLM …………. Brand (clever eh!)
C ………….. Center
B …………… Ball Head
43 .………… This is the diameter of the ball in mm (the professional range runs from 38 to 58)
F ……………Friction adjustment
T ……………Tilt control
R ……………Rotating base

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I ordered the head from www.snapperstuff.co.uk who are FLM’s official UK distributor. Having used snapperstuff in the past for a number of “Think Tank” products, I’d always had fantastic service so had no worries about this purchase. Yet again they didn’t disappoint with the head arriving on my desk a couple of days after order. I can’t recommend the service from them enough.

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Sitting at the desk holding the head my first impressions were good, each of the control knobs were smooth to rotate and required minimal pressure to perform their duties and the overall build was everything you’d expect of top class German engineering. (The QR shoe is NOT included)

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The action of the ball head was silky smooth with the friction on it’s lowest setting, gradually becoming tighter as the friction knob was rotated to the point where the ball was locked solid. I was surprised though at just how fluid the tightening action was with seemingly little increase in rotational effort to bring about the locking of the ball head. The keen eyed out there in internet land will have no doubt noticed the black outer ring on the friction control knob. This is to me a real boon! It allows a return to the exact friction setting when the ball head is released from a locked state. Never again will the weight of the camera flop over when the ball head is released.

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Setting it is really simple too, simply adjust the main silver friction knob until the desired force is required to move the ball head and then tighten the black outer ring until it stops and thats it! Tighten the silver knob more to lock the ball off and undo it again to return to the previously set friction.

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The other controls on the body look a bit daunting and compared to my old head it looks a bit busy, but I’m glad to say they all perform simple functions.

FLM CB43FTR rear

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The panning controls consist of 2 knobs, the first is labeled as 15 degrees stop on my unit (on other images around the web it shows PRS [panrastsystem] ). With the knob screwed all the way in, you get a nice positive detent action clicking off each 15 degrees of rotation, undo the knob a couple of turns and the detent is disengaged and the head will spin freely. The centre section of this knob is spring loaded and can be used to lock the body to the base (when aligned to the zero point) in order to allow the head to be firmly tightened to the tripod without the use of tools. The second part of the panning control is the PAN knob, tighten this and the head will lock in position, loosen it and your back to being able to pan (with or without the 15 degree detent as set by the other knob)

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The last control is really quite interesting, but it’s action isn’t something that can be easily captured in a still image, it basically controls TILT. With the control backed off you can move the ball head in any direction you choose but with the control tightened up you can only move the ball head forwards or backwards to tilt or lower the lens without affecting the left / right positioning. This is ideal if you’ve levelled the camera body but need to alter the position of a horizon within the frame or alter the amount of foreground.
Now, at this point I feel I should also point out again that the quick release shoe that lives on top of this tripod head isn’t included with the head, it’s delivered with a standard circular aluminium affair with a threaded stud to directly attach your camera to. My QR is a manfrotto unit, salvaged from the old head because I already had QR plates on each of my lenses / bodies and these same plates also fit on my monopod too so it saved me a few £££, FLM produce their own range of QR plates and shoes.

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How does it handle in the wild?

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Well, how shall I say this ? It’s rather good indeed actually!

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For the first outing I was shooting at a stately home in the south of England on a cold Autumnal day. The controls of the head required no more effort to perform their function than they did in the warmth of the house and the camera remained solid from image to image without a hint of creep during the long exposure images I was making. Using the pan and tilt controls to compose the scene was a breeze compared to previous outings with composition being made and secured much quicker than with the old head. After several other outings in the cold my opinion of this head hasn’t changed and I’m looking forward to using it for the next few years, which is more than can be said for the old Gitzo legs which have also been annoying me with their silly leg locks so I’ll be busy saving from now until the photography show uk so I can replace the legs, no doubt with the 30 series Carbon Legs from FLM if they are manufactured as well as this head.

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Tech specs

Max load 30Kg
Width 59mm
Height 96mm
Weight 523g

Weblinks

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FLM

Snapperstuff 

CB43-FTR Product page 

Busy Autumn….

‘Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness ……’

Autumn is such a captivating & colourful time of year, however thus far, for us anyway, it seems that ‘black and white’ photography has taken prominence in our portfolio since Bri has taken to shooting more and more urban landscapes. Using filters and long exposures, Bri has enjoyed creating deliciously deep tones in his images.
Bri’s image ‘Up to his neck’ was used in the Formatt Hitech sales brochure. For this image he used their Firecrest 16stop neutral density filter to capture the huge wooden head on Barmouth beach. He has also since been  showcased  on the Formatt Hitech website as a featured photographer with a selection of his images where he has used the Formatt Hitech filter system to help create the beautiful rich tones in his images.

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Up to his neck in it.

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We are also proud  to have one of our images of the beautiful burlesque performer, Sukki Singapora grace the cover of Burlesque Bible magazine. Congratulations Sukki & Glo, this is their second magazine cover together!
Sukki also has a fabulous feature inside the magazine, accompanied by more images of InaGlo Photography.

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Burlesque Bible cover.

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Glo also got all seasonal with a really fun shoot with the stunning Leah Murphy. Autumn reds & golds, gave a beautiful backdrop for her in the shot below where Leah is attired in the beautiful ‘Glo Gown’ …. yes Glo is very excited to have a fairytale gown named after her by the super talented Rosie Dennington  of Rosie Red Corsetry & Couture.

Leahs’ make-up was by the ever fabulous Samantha Gardner who has since gone on to be Mrs Samantha Taylor … congratulations Sam & Mike, what a beautiful & unique wedding. Thank-you for inviting us to be a part of your special day, it was a real treat for us to enjoy such an occasion without being behind the cameras for once!
This image also won the daily theme competition for Glo, over on PurplePort… the theme of course was ‘Autumn’

 

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Leah Murphy

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Awesome August ….. part one.

 

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August saw a few fabulous happenings for us, we managed a little trip to Paris, met corsetieres from around the globe at the wonderful Sparklewren in Birmingham, and a location shoot down in Oxford with the wonderfully talented Rosie Dennington of Rosie Red Corsetry & Couture,
September is looking equally exciting for us, with a front cover on Burlesque Bible magazine featuring the stunning Sukki Singapora, and an impending shoot with beautiful actress Leah Murphy, but first, lets get back to August …..

We first met Rosie Dennington last year when Rosie was an intern to the fabulous talent that is Jenni Hampshire, in her Sparklewren Birmingham boutique.
A shoot with both designers followed on the 1st of May at Winterbourne gardens, Birmingham, and Rosie’s images from the day were to be for her first Look-book.
Beautiful Emily Mcleish modelled Rosie’s designs, and as the 1st of May turned out to be the first boiling hot day of the year with harsh overhead sunlight, it was also to be our first location shoot using our new Lencarta battery operated lights which came in pretty handy to deal with the mid day sun … there were a lot of firsts that day!

We were all happy with the outcome of the images for the Look-book, said we’d do it all again and went our separate ways. However, little did we know that before the end of 2013, Rosie’s father Jon, would get the Look-book into the hands of Rosie’s long-time idol – actress Helena Bonham Carter… yes, that is THE Helena Bonham Carter!!!
A little happy jig was performed here at InaGlo upon hearing the news that the stunning Helena Bonham Carter had personally looked upon our images to peruse Rosie’s work. We were also totally ecstatic to hear that Helena had chosen Rosie’s cage gown to wear for a New York photoshoot with non-other than photographer Mario Testino for the International Best Dressed List featured in Vanity Fair, September 2014 issue…. such an incredible outcome for all Rosie’s hard work!

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Rosie press.

 

Read all about it here …Rosie in the Daily Mail

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So, fast forward to Sunday Aug 10th 2014, and as the morning sun shone down on our backs as we stood at the front door of the quaint old cottage in a sleepy little village in the Oxfordshire coutntryside, we may just have been forgiven for thinking this shoot would follow the same pattern as the boiling hot day we shot for Rosie the year previously. However, the weather forecast had said otherwise, and so nerves were just a little on edge for the day ahead.
As the cottage door opened we were greeted so very warmly by our hosts for the day, Jon & Elaine Dennington, Rosie’s wonderfully kind and more than helpful parents. Straight away they put us at ease and made us feel extremely welcome and right there, we knew this was going to be a good day, no matter what the weather decided to throw our way.

It wasnt long before the kitchen was a hive of activity, models arriving, and making up, gowns being twirled, and lots of tea being drunk. It was quickly decided that due to weather forecast of doom & gloom, that the original location for the shoot was just a little too risky, and so leaving the models in make-up, we trotted off the short distance to our new location, and I do mean short … like over the road… to get a feel for the place! What a lovely little location it was too, a small orchard belonging to Rosies family which was perfect to show off the gowns. There was an overhead shelter area where we could set up tables for picnics and stash the the camera gear whilst sheltering half dressed models from rain… and boy did it rain! Beautiful fruit trees in bloom, twisty wooden benches, and a beautiful relic of a rusted old car that just screamed out to be shot!
While still waiting for the models to come over to us, the sun disappeared and was replaced by a pretty feisty thunderstorm. The rain was so heavy and the sky so dark, it looked as if it was in for the day. However, the strong winds that followed helped push the clouds on, and so we had beautiful blue skies once more, though I guess it was a tad ‘breezy’ to be attired in tulle. The  weather didnt deter our eager models Miss Deadly Red, and Rosie Piggot  who were absolute troopers and the shoot went very  well considering there was lots of dashing for shelter between the heavy showers that came and went in the blink of an eye. Bare feet were replaced with Hunter wellies to accompany beautiful pale gowns, and sweaters & blankets covered corseted waists ^ bare shoulders when the gales came, Everyone  on hand really helped to make sure we got done what was needed, so thank you to each of you that helped on the day.
It was sad to say goodbye at the end of the day, and though exhausted, after the 3 hour trip home our fingers were itching to get the images uploaded and see what we had, which as it turned out, were some pretty fantastic images for Rosie’s new Look-book.

Some shots from the day ….. The Wild Roses Collection, by Rosie Red Corsetry & Couture …

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Rosie Red Corsetry and Couture

 

Out to sea

We recently took full advantage of a minor miracle in the NW of England………SUNSHINE,

So without wasting a second we headed off to see Antony Gormley’s “Another Place” installation on Crosby Beach on Merseyside. The installation consists of a hundred or so life sized cast statues of the artist himself facing out to sea along the beach, they make for quite a striking and yet tranquil viewing experience.

Out to see

This particular figure caught my attention due to the small model bird that had been added to his shoulder 🙂