The Magical Wood

WT-DisneyHi all

had a great weekend filming topped off by a long drive to Hertfordshire on Sunday to do an event shoot for Woodland Trust and Disney. The Magical Wood is the largest new native forest in England with some 15,000 new trees being planted. The partnership between the Woodland Trust and Disney celebrated its 10th anniversary with some 100 volunteers turning out in very cold and windy conditions to help plant some 3000 saplings on Sunday, well done all.

WT-Disney-2A couple of volunteers

WT-Disney-3Pre planting warm up

Apocalypse Completed

Gas-Mask-Nude1aWell she’s finally completed after a while in Photoshop, must admit I really enjoyed doing this, just need a real life woman now……I know they all say that lol

She started out as this.

Apocolypse-RawThen went to this.

Gas-Mask-NudeGood fun all the same

 

Adrian

Apocalypse Fashion

Apocalypse Fashion

Perhaps one day, you never know especially with the way the world is going….lets hope not

Today’s image is courtesy of being awake with ideas buzzing round my head since 3:20. Since Jo was unavailable and wouldn’t do it for a gold pig anyway I had to dig old Jenna Jameson out of the closet, of course I’m just practising techniques with my Profoto B1’s, beauty dish and coloured grids.

Goes without saying would be much more fun in an industrial scene with a life model…any volunteers?, would also work well in an old cooling tower or tunnel too.

Background is black cloth and coloured by a gel on a B1 at full power while the beauty dish slightly right and above is less than half power, quite effective isn’t it?

 

OK it may be a little weird but I have a plan which involves a male and female model, the BBC and Musketeers…long story, if it comes off I’ll share.

 

Adrian

The Old Floating Banana Shot

Floating-bananaA little I’ll grant but it’s a well used trick in photography using layers and masks and while I had 5 mins to play I thought I’d give the B1 a blast, just one to the right slightly behind the camera on TTL, quite a neat trick really and definitely worth trying with different subjects and locations.

Go on, have a play you know you want to and you get to eat the model…errrrr!

 

Adrian

Still No Snow

Blacks-Ice-FlowHonestly can’t believe how mild it’s gone now, I cleaned the cars on Sunday in a T shirt and today’s dog walk I was just wearing a fleece, has spring sprung already? even the white flower things , snowdrops thats it, useless with plants are out in abundance.  It’s ruining my commission shoot!

Here’s another snow one from last year, fingers x’d we’ll see some more yet

 

Adrian

Come on Snow where are you?

Blacks-SnowIsn’t it always the case! you get a commission for snow Christmas type woodland shots and the weather turns mild! was up and out early today to try and get the frost but the woodland was still muddy and misty not at all festive. Lets hope the next few weeks bring a cold spell and some of the white stuff. I have all my locations scouted and ready to go so ready when mother nature is……..

Today is one from last year at Black Clough in The Peaks, a good long walk up to the water fall near the top, bet it isn’t frozen yet though.

 

Adrian

TPT Silkstone

TPT-silkstone Happy Friday all

as part of a commission shoot for Christmas cards I ventured out earlier in the week to scout a few locations, one of which was the Trans Pennine Trail at Silkstone and although it was a thoroughly dismal day with deep mud and fog it was great to be out and about.

The Husky gang managed to drag me through Nabbs Wood far faster than should be done on 2 legs and I very nearly finished up on my bum several times, people in the neighbouring village probably heard me cursing them. However their one redeeming grace is that when you need to go uphill you just say ‘Go’ and away you shoot up the hill, one trick that works a treat every time.

Got my copy of the book yesterday you ‘Barging Round Britain’ by John Sergeant and my name is in it , in fact reference the photographs the book it’s more like  ‘the Adrian Ashworth show’, I did 75%+ of the images used so I’m very proud. Inner and end cover shots too as well as some shots with John himself.

I’m credited in the back with 5 canals and 2 other photographers with 1 each, I feel a weekend of reading coming on, that is of course after I have watched the accompanying TV show which is aired tonight ITV 8pm for the next 8 weeks, very excited.

have a great weekend

Adrian

Rhosneigr World In A Crystal

Rhosneigr-Crystal-BallBack to my trademark crystal ball, this time capturing the setting sun at Rhosneigr my spiritual home and where we have so many friends. Hopefully we’ll be there in a few weeks as my workshop season starts again there and in Snowdonia.

Special price for 2016 too just £150 for a full day max 3 people unless prior arrangements made then we can cover 5-8 people with 2 photographers, one being myself as lead instructor.

Insured, Qualified and medically trained to Mountain Rescue Casualty Care standard, we provide transport from the initial meeting place and ensure your day runs at a pace that suits and you will finish with you understanding and being proficient in all aspects of landscape seascape photography.

send me and email with your dates and requirements HERE

 

Adrian

Preparation pfffff!

Port-Y-Post-RaysYup PREPARATION indeed, just shows how the pro’s screw up too.

Up at 5 am out with the husky gang for a walk, lovely frosty morning, white over, perfect for my commission I thought, so back home kit  is ready and waiting (good boy scout) so I just have to get ready drop Jo off at work and me and the Stormster are away to start the Christmas Card shoot.

When I get there at Bagger Woods it’s closed for logging and the gates to the car park are padlocked shut!!!, to top it all the -3c at home white over isn’t at Bagger Woods it’s +1 and muddy……..never mind there’s always tomorrow but later I’m going to check out another woods so I don’t fall for it again. Hopefully we’ll get the freezing temps for a while yet.

Today’s summer evening shot is from my fave place on Anglesey, Poth Y Post, very spiritual place and if I could buy it I would.

 

Adrian

Porth Y Post Sunset Rocks

Porth-Y-Post-Sunset-RockAnd I do mean rock literally, Porth Y Post is just one of those place that keep pulling me back there time and again, not only because of the stunning coastline, secluded cove and generally gorgeous weather but to see a friendly seal that seems to wait for our visits, he/she pops their head up and inquisitively watches us as we shoot the setting sun then majestically disappears beneath the waves into the darkness.

Don’t know if I mentioned that over the last few months I have had many tests carried out at the hospital some not very pleasant at all, well all is good as far as they can tell. My shoulder is almost back to full strength and Saturday I had a Platelet-rich plasma injection into my knee, semi put to sleep it still hurt like holey hell but fingers crossed it will now see me back on the hills very soon. It already seems to have taken affect in that the old going up stairs pain I used to get has disappeared, I have been training it ‘carefully’ lately which helps I’m told.

Darn this weather too, can’t believe its winter it’s so warm out, I need a few good frosty snowy days to do the Christmas Card  shots for my commission. Hopefully we’ll see some over the next month or so.

As from today it’s one month to my BIPP assessment for my Fellowship, ‘, checking and double checking my prints and supporting material to make sure 200% I’ve done all I possibly can. I’m also looking into doing my BA Hons over the next year or so too, my mum was a BA in Art so it would be great to have done something similar to her for a fitting memory and to help my career further too.

Jo’s new phone is coming today so I have the pleasure of setting it up for her, should be fun as it never seems to work right for me………much head banging and scratching of butt!

have a lovely week all

Adrian