With An Added Touch

Porth-Y-Post-Lens-FlareHappy Easter all

don’t be eating too much chocolate will you, wish I could, this darn diet forbids it lol, still the weight is coming off nicely so I’ll stick at it.

I don’t usually edit anything other than levels, saturation and dust spots on my shots but I thought this would look nice with a lens flare right of the horizon, edited flares can be a little too perfect as software generally can lose the emotional feel of reality but it makes for an interesting shot at least. Already sold a copy so I pleased with that.

Out with the Husky pack later, Stormy is doing well after being spayed, getting back to her old mischievous self, we’re so pleased she’s ok, was quite worried after she had it done as she went very quiet which just isn’t her,  anyhow she’s eating and having a little walk which is all good.

Adrian

Porth Y Post Rays

Port-Y-Post-Rays  Evening all

 

hope you are all well and enjoying this brief spell of sunshine, must admit its a great change for us photographers to be able to plan ahead for a change, by that I mean next day lol…

Just got back from Wales where I did a workshop on my adopted home of Anglesey, was lovely to bump into friends there too, always made to feel welcome. One of my FB friends came through to meet us as well, what a wonderful surprise it was, especially as she is a wonderful caring lady and we bagged an invite for a BBQ in the summer, can’t wait.

Did this shot as a demo for my workshop and it was a pretty short lived sunset approx 15 mins, and I used 3 filters to demonstrate that the majority of my work is done at sea s it were. Photoshop is for tidying up and adjusting levels and removing the odd coke can!

Stormy has been spayed today and is back home from the vets looking extremely sorry for herself, she need lots of cuddles and the puppies are being cautious round her apart from Thunder who seems to be protecting her, he’s a little star.

Workshops available over the summer, check on-line for availability.

Adrian

Coniston Spring – Update

Coniston-SpringMorning all

been a while since my last blog, apologies we have had so much on not only with the puppies who are doing fantastically but commercial shoots too has taken off, our time has been kept to a premium and its now catch up time now the puppies are old enough to get out for us to hit the book locations.

Most weekends will now be taken up throughout the year in order for me to get the 50+ needed to produce the book  “One Tog and his Dog” though I think I may have to change the title now we have four bundles of fluff.

Picture of Thor yesterday

Thor-on-washingHe looks like he’s 70 years old not 16 weeks, he was luck he didn’t get scooped up with the washing and thrown in the washer.

We just came back early from a shoot at Coniston yesterday, unfortunately the weather was against us and 4 soaking wet dog in a motorhome doesn’t make for the best of conditions, they did however have a great time whilst there and managed a dip in the lake.

Commercial wise I have amongst other shoots been doing quite a bit for Go Outdoors, a real honour as it’s one of my fave shops, must have spent £1000′s there over the years, we waited 3 weeks recently to get a tent shoot in, had to be a summer scene and the weather has been awful lately so it was  a last minute call up. also doing fashion in The Peaks shoots with some great models and will be doing new store opening shoots too over the coming weeks so very busy there. This shot was for the new Hi Gear Zenobia 6 tent, had to look like summer with a family enjoying themselves, we had a great day and the owner of the house where we did the shoot made a fantastic lunch, really enjoyable day.

Go-Tents-1Big camera cleaning session today as it has a load of dust in it, Canon want £200 to clean it which isn’t very nice is it? so I spent £60 on everything I need and I’ll strip it down myself and do it. Don’t get me wrong you’ll always have dust bunnies on the view finder and focus screen but at least the sensor will be spotless which is all that counts.

Anyway signing off for now will update more as it happens, have a great week

 

Adrian, Jo, Stormy, Thunder, Indy and Thor

Lakes

Lake-Coniston Bit of blast from last year hopefully be back there real soon once the puppies are ready, it is of course Coniston with snow capped peaks. It was as you can see a particularly calm day with no breeze at all, perfect for this type of shot.

The shot below is from Castlerigg, the ancient stone circle again with snow capped peaks in the background. It’s quite an atmospheric place and I would love to camp there overnight, the day I did the shoot I met a woman who was there praying for a friend undergoing a life threatening operation that day….hope it went well for her.

RockWishing you all a great weekend.

Adrian

Castle Wreck

Castle-WreckMorning all

one from a few months ago now, Bamburgh Castle shot from the beach with the mysterious wreck foreground. When I got to it there were two guys digging round it trying to gather as much info as possible about the wreck, it’s believed to date to the late 18th century and would have sailed the east coast, more info HERE

Had a lovely chat with one of the guys and unbelievably he was from Barnsley too, he spends summers driving the pleasure boats out and around the Farne Islands, I did the full day out with them looking at all the beautiful birds inc the Puffins my fave.

Hope you like the image, its not a web sale shot but can be customised to suit your size requirements upon request

 

Adrian

Angelsey Storms – Me and My Big Blog

Happy Monday morning all, Wow what a weekend of weather, it dominates the news every time I turn on the TV, we spent the best part of yesterday storm chasing on Anglesey to get some flood shots, we weren’t disappointed. Beaumaris shops with sandbags outside and we never made it to Penmon the road was flooded

penmon-flood We eventually made it to Menai and were greeted with the house in the straight Ynys Gored Goch, although no one lives there now it never the less looks very dramatic.

menai-1 menai-2We then made our way to the south of the island and the wind so so strong we couldn’t even setup the cameras

As we moved around the coast back towards to safety of the cars we came across a group of surfers, yup, out surfing in this, they obviously knew what they were doing but as an old time surfer and wind surfer myself I wouldn’t have risked it, very unpredictable, though I guess that’s the excitement of it all!, anyway I managed to snap a shot of one of the guys waiting for “that wave” luckily for him it wasn’t the one in the background.

Storm-Surfer

We made it home safely though my back was bad and still is this morning. Bit of a rest day today apart from taking Christmas Puppy Pics..

Final Pic courtesy Barney Delaney Photography

Adrian-and-Stormy

 

 

 

Bamburgh Castle Sunset

Bamburgh-Castle-Sunset Happy New Year  to all

it goes without saying I wish you much health and happiness so I’ll save all the sentiments etc etc.

Thought I’d start this year off with a little winter warmer from Northumberland more importantly Bamburgh Castle bathed in a glorious sunset shower.

 Bamburgh Castle has the power to draw you there time and again, I don’t think people realise just how impressive a site this is, it really is huge and can be seen all the way along the magnificent coastline.
Shooting of the book was delayed due to really bad weather in Snowdonia late December, we took advise from the Park trust and will attempt again this moth, in the meantime we’re off on a wild coastal shoot over the next 2 weeks while the high tides and wild winds whip up the seas.
TOO OLD TO BE A DAD
Well the puppies are certainly wearing us thin, we haven’t managed a nights sleep since they landed, night feeds and screaming fights are the norm at 3am, you wake in a fit of terror as the blood curdling screams emanate from the  once lovely dining room, when you finally stumble downstairs you are greeted with a 3 onto 1 site of a mass of husky fur flashing left and right with lumps of the chosen victim for the night flying by. Then as fast as they started they separate disappear into corners of their sleeping area and collapse into a motionless sleep, this has now progressed to lasting an hour at a time so when you finally get back to bed circa 4am you cant get back to sleep until 5 mins before the 5:45am alarm goes off.
On a good side this will hopefully only last a few more months, we have decided to keep 2 pups, the little girlie (unnamed, we just can’t decide) and Thunder a bearlike brown eyed boy that seems to have taken a great shine to me and me to him.
I intend on posting some of the book images as we go along, I say we as I have an assistant and friend on this mission,  Barney Delaney an established and very good photographer in his own right has agreed to be my faithful sidekick on this adventure, this will see us in all weathers attempting to gather all the must have shots the UK has to offer, sponsorship has been made from Go Outdoors and Peak Images, many thanks guys, the project couldn’t be done without you.
Loads to follow.
Adrian

Been A While

InversionMorning all

 

mist Inversion in The Peaks.

apologies for my lack of posts lately, it’s been rather hectic, especially with the arrival of our Husky puppies to mummy Stormy, they are absolutely the cutest of dogs and Stormy is an amazing mother, we can’t believe how attentive she is and it’s all on instinct. Needless to say we would love to keep them all but sadly I’m only allowed to keep the one, a beautiful little girlie, though I’m trying like mad with Jo to let me  keep a boy one which I must admit to having a soft spot for, he’s called “Thunder” pic below

 

Thunder-Puppy

Other news in the making, I start the book later this month kicking off with an overnight on Snowdon, had to get special permission to hitch up the tent as the weather could well be snowy, saying that I’m relying on it! many thanks to the National Park for their help and assistance. Likewise my sponsors for the book are Go Outdoors, can’t thank them enough for their continued support in the project. Cheers guys.

I’ll continue to update the site as often as I can during the book with images and stories, also updates on the 4 puppies and their antics

 

Adrian

Ynys Llanddwyn

llanddwyn-island-web

Ynys Llanddwyn

Is now on the site for sale in various sizes, inbox me if you need canvass or foam board versions, all signed work. Max size is 8′ x 4′ foam board.

http://www.adrianashworth.co.uk/gallery/wales/     No 152

 

Adrian

To The Point

to-the-point A very good Friday morning all.

Been a while since my last post, what with 2 operations, workload and planning the book for next year I’ve had little time for anything else. This week has seen me on 2 commissions and I have also sorted several prints for clients  abroad…at least there will be food on the table this week.

I’ve noticed recently that I am asked and expected to provide for free all my services form different walks of life, charities, friends and loads of companies saying “can we use, we’ll credit you with the shot”, “really, will you” I said “thats because its my work” where do people get off with this cheek? my kit and craft owe me in excess of £50k, it has to pay so unfortunately I have decided to call a halt to the freebie brigade.

No More

“can you just take your logo off ”

“we’ll credit you as photographer” etc etc

From now on anything with the Queens head on that inst a stamp and can buy other goods is all I’m going to accept.

New start for us now, on with the book, plans are being drawn on locations and costings being made, aiming for a Christmas 2014 launch, 2 books are hopefully going to be done, “Peak District” and my national collection.

Wish me as it’s a passion that will see me missing out on loads of other stuff for a year.

 

have a great weekend all

Adrian