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Website Downtime

Unfortunately the server that hosts my website is being changed, so my website will be transferred sometime in the next few weeks. I’ve no idea when they’re doing it, and it may be down for a few days! Hopefully the change will go unnoticed though…!

Wedding videography and other news

Recently I’ve filmed two weddings in the local area for Damselfly weddings. I was the second cameraperson, and responsible for getting another angle for the important parts such as ceremony and speeches, as well as recording other parts of the day. Obviously, since the day is a private function, the full videos are not available online but a highlights vid of the first can be found online here:

Sukhy & Otis' wedding

Click here or the image above to see it. I’ll post the video to the second one when it becomes available!

Sea Watch also has the alternative edit of my dissertation – focussed much more around them and the work they do. It can be see here:

Click the image to be taken to my vimeo account

In other news – I entered a photo competition at work, and it was one of the winners ūüôā it will be printed and framed, and displayed in the foyer at work. Something small, but exciting nonetheless. It’s this photo:

Green Rocks at Hunstanton

Tranquility Reptiles

Last year I did a shoot photographing a friend’s reptiles for his website. He maintains a site that is a knowledge base for those wanting to keep reptiles whilst giving a more personal approach. Follow Ryan’s own experiences with his ever-expanding collection of reptiles –¬† !

Just a few of the photos from the shoot:

We took a trip ... to the other end of the reptile room!


Lord Spikey McEcho the Gecko РThe New Caledonian Crested Gecko
This guy was an absolute nightmare to photograph – he wasn’t a big fan of the camera, and much preferred to hide in his leafy vivarium. ¬†Can’t blame him really! ¬†And he looks awesome, so all is forgiven.


A rare moment of posing


Duke of Kellog’s РThe Corn Snake
Utterly beautiful snake!  Was just such a lovely colour.

The Duke in his Vivarium





William Snakespeare  РThe Western Hognose
He loved the camera; Ryan was lucky Will Snakespeare didn’t end up leaving with me in my camera bag!

The Hognose



Chilling on a rock

WildScreen Film Festival 2010

Back in October, I was lucky enough to get a volunteer place at the WildScreen Film Festival. It’s held in Bristol every 2 years, organised by the Wildscreen charity.

The Wildscreen Festival is internationally acknowledged as the most influential and prestigious event of its kind in the world. Its aim is to celebrate, applaud and encourage excellence, and responsibility, in wildlife and environmental filmmaking – films which increase the global viewing public’s understanding of the natural world, and the need to conserve it.

Along with Peter Moonlight, I was appointed as Event Photographer and spent much of the week documenting the workshops, talks and events. In addition I got to film the opening night, and help out at the digital grading workshop at Films@59 among other things.  During my free time, I was able to visit any part of the festival I wished.

I’ve uploaded a small selection of my photos in a new gallery on my website: Wildscreen 2010 Gallery, and a few of my photos can be seen on the festival’s homepage: Wildscreen Film Festival .

It was an utterly amazing week and I wish I could do it again! I met so many amazing people, learnt an incredible amount, and had so much fun. It was a non-stop week since the festival is jam packed full of screenings, workshops and talks during the day, then each evening has it’s own event. On the Wednesday was the main event; the Panda Awards … aka the Oscars of Natural History Filmmaking. This was a surreal (and incredible!) experience for me. I was surrounded by so many amazing people that I look up to from the world of Natural History Filmmaking; from Gordon Buchanan, Steve Backshall, and Justine Evans to the big bosses/producers/directors/commissioners from so many production companies and broadcasting houses from around the world.

Not only did I photograph the initial part of the night, I also got to be the cable basher for the lead camera during the actual ceremony. It was surprisingly difficult to keep a few leads from tripping up winners, and tangling up the cameraman. But I think I did alright, and the view was front row!

After the awards, Emma and I got to speak to the winner of the Golden Panda Award (the top award of the night). The film that won was ‘Green’, and was filmed and directed by an amateur filmmaker named Patrick. He had travelled to Indonesia on a tourist visa and created a documentary about a Orang-utan called ‘Green’. There is no commentary throughout, only music and fantastic visuals. ¬†It investigates how the production of palm oil is destroying rainforests, and just how guilty we all are of causing this problem. It is free to download and watch at; he has absolutely no interest in making money and is only interested in raising awareness about this horrendous situation. Patrick was such an inspiration; he showed us all that a) you don’t have to be a massive corporation to make amazing films and make a difference, b) how important films are in the conservation of our planet, and so importantly, c) how much damage we are all doing to our environment without even realising, and that we have to change the way we live and our consumption,¬†now if we want to keep these wonderful rainforests and the species in them.

It will make you cry, but please watch it:

Patrick at the final screening

The whole experience of the Wildscreen Film Festival was brilliant. ¬†I learnt so much, met so many people, and had a fantastic time. Lets hope next time, I will be there as a delegate who’s picking up the best newcomer award ūüėČ

It’s been a while

So it seems I’ve been rather bad at updating my blog recently. ¬†Though not because I’ve had nothing to say! It seems like I’ve been ridiculously busy since I last updated. ¬†I’ve volunteered at the Wildscreen Film Festival (amazing!), done a photography freelance job, done a shortened edit of my dissertation for Sea Watch (although my wonderful composer is doing exams so we’re just waiting on the music) … and of course I’ve been working full time, and getting annoyed at how early it gets dark! Roll on March when the clocks change.

Obviously I’ve been using my free time outside of all that craziness to continue taking photos and filming; I got a fluid tripod head for Christmas (I’ve been without any at all since I left uni!) which is making my life easier – it’s beautiful and smooth. ¬†Now any jerks are purely my fault!! I’m working on a short edit at the moment, but I shall put up a few photos as soon as I can and the new film as soon as it’s done!

But for now, here’s a photo of the lovely smiley wonderful people from Wildscreen:

The Wildscreen Crew

The Wonderful Wildscreen Crew


Oh and I can really recommend these guys for prints: ProAmImaging. ¬†I recently got some prints done through them and they’re stunning quality!


The Big Edit

So I’ve been back in Nottingham for over a week now; it was very hard saying goodbye to everyone at Sea Watch, and saying goodbye to the sea and the dolphins! ¬†But the stay ended on an interesting experience; BBC Panorama came to film on my final day. ¬†We all went out on the Dunbar, in sea state 4 (not particularly clever!) but luckily there were dolphins near the harbour, which meant we didn’t have to face the worst of the waves. ¬†They were filming a piece on biodiversity, visiting a number of different people and organisations. ¬†It should be out on August bank holiday, so make sure you watch it! ¬†It was peculiar being in front of the camera for some of the time, and also really interesting to watch the guys at work. ¬†Equally it was quite reassuring that they weren’t super human, that I already knew almost everything they were doing, and even BBC cameramen can’t get perfect shots of dolphins straight off!

BBC Panorama

The tables turned; BBC filming me

It was a really good way to see the end of my stay in New Quay with Sea Watch, and Chris even came to say goodbye.

Chris comes to see me off

Since I last blogged, a fair bit happened. ¬†Aside from the BBC, the Times newspaper came to do an article on Sea Watch, my parents came to New Quay for a weeks holiday (and I’m pretty sure they fell in love with the place too!). ¬†The weather, however, decided it had had enough of being bizarrely sunny and lovely, so the wind picked up again and the clouds and rain came back … along with Wales’ notoriously unpredictable weather. ¬†It made it very difficult for me to finish the filming I needed to do, since I found it very difficult to get steady shots with the wind. ¬†In addition most of the stuff I still needed to do relied on the weather being good AND the tides being at the right time. ¬†Still, I think I got everything I needed, and also met/interviewed the big boss of Sea Watch, Peter Evans! ¬†I was really rather nervous if I’m honest….

Rainbow in New Quay on my penultimate day

I took a brief trip to Pembrokeshire after my stay in New Quay to visit Skomer Island, and have a look round whilst I was in Wales. ¬†The weather on the first day was absolutely incredible, and the water vis FINALLY decided to be good (a rare occurrence since I had my lesson, irritatingly) so I got some more underwater footage. ¬†I was also lucky enough to see around 15-20 common dolphins swimming speedily; out to get their dinner, no doubt. ¬†Incredibly I also bumped into Sion who was doing the last of his summer project; I knew he was in Pembrokeshire, but didn’t really know where, and we hadn’t organised to meet up until a couple of days later! ¬† The following day, the weather was utterly terrible, and just so happened to be the day I went to Skomer island. ¬†It was still an awesome day, and I didn’t realise how close the puffins came, and how incredibly cute they are.

A puffin dries his wings

Returning after a successful fishing trip in the rain

Heading back to land

Strangely, my stay in Wales seems rather like a dream now as I embark on the huge edit; I foresee many many long days and nights stuck in front of my computer!

Website Live, and the end of coursework

Well, it seems I’ve rather neglected my blog since I set it¬†up. ¬†The reason for this being a very large amount of coursework that had to be completed before I could do anything else! ¬†I have finally finished it all, so I am now able to embark upon my 10 week summer project. ¬†In addition, my website has been made live recently and can be found here:

It displays a selection of my images and a couple of my videos I’ve made so far; ¬†It’s a work in progress both portfolio, and coding-wise!

Since blogging I have also upgraded my camera to a Canon 7D, and was extremely sad to see my Nikon D90 go. ¬†However, the amazing quality of both the photographs and video that the 7D can produce is helping to ease the pain! ¬†Here are just a couple of photographs I’ve taken on it so far:

Green Rocks On The Norfolk Coast

Green Rocks On The Norfolk Coast

Staring Contest With a Python

Staring Contest With a Python

Scottish Wildcat

Scottish Wildcat

I’ve recently spent a couple of days in the lake district, doing a bit of filming; I was lucky enough to see Osprey on their nest at Bassenthwaite lake, so hopefully I shall edit together a few of the clips.

Next on the agenda is my dissertation/summer project which I’m putting the finishing touches on organising, so check back here soon for some updates!

Finally Blogging

I’ve been meaning to start blogging for a while now and whilst I come up with things I want to write about, I never seem to find the time to sit down and actually write it. ¬†Obviously, now coursework deadlines are looming, it’s an excellent time!

Right now I’m at my parents’ house, catching up on some video-editing and essay-writing so there hasn’t been as much getting out with my camera as I’d like. ¬†I did take a bit off time out yesterday to take some shots of water though. ¬†I wanted to try to freeze the motion, and after a little research I found a very easy way of doing it with the limited resources I have with me right now: my DSLR, tripod, and one flash gun, plus a few items from around the house.

Blue Water Droplet

No editing aside from the removal of a tiny distracting water droplet!

Turquoise Water Droplet

Again, minimal editing - this time a little sharpening

Red Water Droplet

Absolutely no editing!

All shots were taken at f8.0, 1/200 seconds, with TTL Flash on my Nikon D90 + Sigma f2.8 50mm macro. ¬†There was barely any editing involved in these shots, in particular I did no colour adjustments! The colour was created by using either blue or red paper behind the droplet, and by altering the white balance setting to ‘tungsten’ to get the darkest blue shot. ¬†I’ll be giving this another go when I get back to uni I think since I didn’t spend all that long on it – I’d like to try to capture the crown of water that occurs; I achieved a couple of shots but the depth of field was a little too narrow so it wasn’t all in focus.

Anyway, they’re a totally different type of photograph to what I usually like to take (wildlife and landscape), but it was still really good fun to experiment!