My last post of the 7 day landscape challenge

Well this is it! The last day of my 7 day landscape challenge. I have to say i have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and really appreciate the fantastic comments and the likes from my facebook friends and also other facebook users who have come to my images through you sharing my images with your friends.

My last image was taken at Fairy Glen at Betwys- y - coed in North Wales. It was a hazardous walk down to the river bed but worth the hazards to find such a beautiful, enchanted setting with lush, mossy greens, swirling water and huge granite rocks. I hope you enjoy this image and share with others. If you would like to see all my images then visit my blog on the 7 day challenge.

Fairy Glen at Betwys-y-coed

Fairy Glen at Betwys-y-coed

Day 6..... And now for something completely different!

Day 6! The penultimate day of my 7 day challenge and I am putting something into the mix that you would not have seen from me before. The shot is captured in camera and is known as ICM (intentional camera movement). I captured this landscape of trees using a very slow shutter speed, but moving the camera in a vertical action and therefore repeating the scene more than once. The result can never be duplicated because of the exposure and movement used. It creates an abstract view of the subject, highlighting the colours and shapes.

It is not to everyones taste but I wanted to show you an example of this photographic process. As always i would welcome your feedback.

Abstract woodland

Abstract woodland

Day 5 and it is time for a black and white image

Day 5 and its time for a black and white image. As you might have noticed from 4 out of 5 of my uploaded images, that water is a key factor in my landscape work. If you look at my blog 'I-accept-the-7-day-challenge', you will read how artists look at the shapes and tones in a landscape and then it is how to best present the image.

With this landscape, which is of the dilapidated sea defences at Happisburgh, on the North Norfolk Coast, I wanted to promote the graphic structures of the subject and capture the swirls of the waves over the sand by using a very slow shutter speed.

Thank you once again for the fabulous comments and the likes of the previous images seen. Hopefully you will like this image as well! Some of you have shared this image with your own friends which has led to many new visitors to my photography. Please continue the sharing. It is most appreciated!

Happisburgh ... A forgotten coastline.

Happisburgh ... A forgotten coastline.

Day 4 and half way through the 7 day challenge

Half way through the 7 day challenge and i have chosen a seascape from Burnham Overy Staithe as my subject. I love this place and whenever we travel to the North Norfolk coast we have to visit this very quaint stretch of coastline. The fish stall there sells the most delicious cockles and whelks and the coastal path takes you to some amazing boat wrecks, fishing huts, nets etc. The blue boat stuck on the mud banks was there to be captured. I was drawn to the colour similarity of the boat and the sky. I hope you enjoy it!

Blue Boat on a Norfolk mudbank

Blue Boat on a Norfolk mudbank

The Landscape Challenge ......Day 3

Three days in to the challenge brings me to a more local view of the beautiful Kent Countryside near Goodnestone. The rustic charm of this Kent Farm with its skeletal tree leaning into the wind reminded me of my childhood memories of how I saw a farm. It just had to be captured!

Rustic Charm

Rustic Charm

The Landscape Challenge......Day 2

Day two and the subject changes to a cold and frosty early morning in Norfolk. When a severe frost, a body of water and a strengthening sunrise come together then beautiful mists are created that hover above the surface of the slow, meandering stream. I love the way the blades of grass are silhouetted against the sunrise and I wanted to accentuate the frozen clumps of marsh grass.
Thank you for all your great comments and likes for my previous image of Stourhead. I hope you enjoy this image as well?

Norfolk dawn on a frosty morning

Norfolk dawn on a frosty morning

I accept the 7 day landscape challenge!

I accept the 7 day landscape challenge!

I have accepted the 7 day challenge from Margaret Smith, my wedding photography co-shooter at Stradling Photography. She is an amazing landscape photographer and I feel genuinely honoured that she acknowledges me a worthy champion of this seven day challenge.

My first image is a panoramic of the National Trust property at Stourhead in Wiltshire. The colours in late October were amazing. The calmness of the water on this day created perfect reflections of the trees and architectural features above it. I also created the symmetry of the two halves of the picture by placing the horizon at the halfway point.

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Sally & Kieran

What an amazing day with Sally & Kieran at their wedding at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Whitfield. Foul weather, gale force winds and poor light didn't stop this wonderful couple enjoying themselves and many images were taken on the day. This would have been fine but for one thing! The prepared plan was to take the couple to Russell Gardens, a local beauty spot with architectural features, water, cascades and spring flowers rather than the limited photo opportunities the hotel could offer. We left the wedding guests to their post ceremony drinks and some catch up time. All excited, we drove down to the car park opposite the gardens. As i opened the car doors the heavens opened with torrential rain.

Being a very rational couple, they both said that it was too awful to carry on, not to worry as they were more than happy with the shots they already had. Thinking about it later, I realised that if they were willing and the weather was favourable we could continue the shoot the next day and that is exactly what we did!

Although the next day was still bitterly cold, the sun was shining and the couple were up for it. We spent an hour in the gardens and created the shots I was looking for. The result was a very happy couple!

I am sharing the kind words they wrote about me and Stradling Photography:

"Geoff is an absolutely fantastic photographer. It has been two days since our wedding and we already have most of the photos. I cannot stop looking at them. So much care and thought has gone into each shot! Thank you so much for capturing each precious moment Geoff"................. Sally

My new wife has already said it but I wanted to say it myself. What a fantastic service! Thank you so much for capturing our special day Geoff!........... Kieran

 

Day 1 & Welcome to my Blog

Welcome to my Blog  and its very first entry on the new Stradling Photography website. Although I was delighted with my previous website promoting my wedding photography, I was becoming over reliant on my web designer, Nathan Cramp. Nathan was superb, always willing to facilitate my requests for change but I was becoming very conscious that going forward and the growth of my Kent wedding photography business, the content changes would become bigger and more frequent and would therefore require a more flexible and expedient process. This would either require me doing a crash course in web design and programming or using one of the growing number of website creating programmes. I chose the latter!

In this video I'll show you how to make a website with Squarespace 7, step-by-step. I lead my son through the steps, and he builds the website completely on his own. So if this website is so easy to build that a 9 year old can do it, I'm sure you'll be able to build one too.

There is a lot to choose from in the web building market, some easier to work with than others. With the help of You Tube and reading the various website reviews on the main players, I narrowed my choice down to Wix and squarespace. Wix was a very easy drag and drop website builder and has a wealth of templates to choose from. Squarespace on the other hand took a while to get familiar with. I was, however, attracted to the quality of its pages and the fact that no extra work would be necessary to display the websites pages on phones and tablets. I found the You Tube channel invaluable and must thank Todd and his 9 year old son, Masa, for their instruction and guidance. Basically if a 9 year old, under his dads instruction could do it, then I was sure that I would be able to create one as well.

I am really proud of my site and hope you will approve of its content, style and layout. If you are reading this blog I would love you to have a look through the website and would welcome your comments and continued following.