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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

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.

still waters

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 

We do products too

Just incase you were thinking that we only photographed people, we thought we’d best put the record straight and tell the whole world that we do shoot products too and we’d love the opportunity to provide images for your business.

Pliers

Leatherman

Mighty Cold March

March has turned out to be a very interesting and diverse month both in terms of the weather we’ve had …. as well as the shoots!
Despite several parts of the country being brought to a standstill by heavy snow, our clients have trekked from places as far as Rugby & London to shoot with us, and we really have enjoyed mixing it up this month.

 

Gorgeous burlesque performer and model Millie Dollar started off the month by shooting incredible lingerie from Bordelle.
We had the fantastic duo Frankie Lynn & Steve Morning Star, from Frankie Lynnn’s Emporium, shooting some of their incredibly ornate & sparkly gothic wares for their site Frankie Lynn’s Emporium

 

Legendary ‘scream queen’ actress and singer Eileen Daly & her partner in crime Ben Thirkettle were in the studio shooting promo for their band The Courtesans, and the month ended with Liverpool singer Sofie Jude in the studio shooting for her album, so plenty of variety to keep us busy.

 

April is looking just as diverse and we’re looking forward to sharing some of what we get up to.

Forgotten Pin Up

We recently shot with one of our favourite models, Miss Ulorin Vex.

Here’s an image from the shoot processed to resemble an old pin up poster.

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Stay tuned for more blog post updates…………………

Busy Busy Busy

Once again we’ve been run off our little feet with events and shoots. We’ve been hot footing it around the North West. We’ve had shoots in Liverpool, Manchester, Morecambe and Chester with more on the horizon.

Here’s a quick image taken at the first Morecambe Variety Festival, situated in the fabulous Winter Gardens there were vaudevillian cabaret acts, burlesque performances and loads of vintage themed fun for all the family.

Check out our facebook page for more images from the shows 🙂

Soulful

We’re feeling a little down at the moment because some people out there in internet land think it’s ok to steal our work and either use it to make themselves money, or to pass it off as their own. It’s really not a nice feeling having your property stolen.

So, as this little blog post is a bit of a sorry affair…..lets have a suitable image/