Flowing Water

spring-award
Won Member Selection Award – December 2016

It is nice to see that some people appreciating photography, this image was taken by myself during a weekend away with a few of the guys from university that are on my course, I remember taking this because it was bitterly cold and I am down on the floor in quite a compromising position whilst getting the shot.

Ultimate Eagles – William Aston Hall

On the 17th September 2016 I was fortunate enough to be asked to photograph the Ultimate Eagles (who were fantastic!) in the William Aston Hall at Glyndwr University, Wrexham.

This was the first time I had ever photographed an event of this calibre and as I was the sole photographer, I had to make it work.

Through various sources on the internet and through friends I found out what was required to photograph a concert like this. Armed with my Nikon d3200, 18-55mm kit lens and my 55-200mm zoom I arrived shortly before the doors opened, usually there is a fifteen minute cut off for photographing things like this but the band were very welcoming and said that I could do the whole set, to my knowledge this doesn’t normally happen so I felt privileged to be allowed to do so.

The lighting inside was quite bright (so I thought) so I set my ISO to 400 and took a couple of test photographs, needless to say they didn’t come out too good so I raised the ISO to between 1600 and 3200, this allowed the colours to pop and the images to look much better.

I took photographs from the wings of the hall as to stop me getting in anyone’s field of view so the majority are side on although I did manage to take some from the centre aisle and also from the balcony (this was not used during the show), this gave an excellent vantage point and the opportunity to use my 55-200mm zoom to it’s full potential.

Overall I really enjoyed the evening and hopefully if the organisers like the photographs that I have taken, they will ask me to attend again.

Below are a few images of the night.

want to hear what these guys sound like? click the link below

Hotel California

Afterthought:

I honestly believe that it is imperative that I purchase better glass for this kind of work, better glass would give me sharper images and cut down on the time it takes in editing, for this kind of work I am looking to purchase a 70-200mm f2.8 for the long shots and maybe a 50mm f2.8 for the close ups, having f2.8 would give me a quicker response when it comes to auto-focusing as well as a brighter viewfinder etc.

50th Birthday Party

21st of May 2016 a  fellow student Charles Gordon Ward and myself were asked by Mark McKenna (the course leader for our film and photography degree) if we would be interested in attending a 50th birthday party as photographers, this was a surprise 50th birthday party organised by the daughter of the lady in the black and white image below. The images below are just a small selection of what were taken on the evenings event. Whilst I am aware that I am not the best photographer out there I feel personally that I gained much needed experience at this shoot, I have to consider this as massive learning curve in the pursue of my chosen field.

I really hope that more opportunities to gain experience in this type of photography present themselves in the near future and I really look forward to working with Charles again.

Interview for Casual Technician Glyndwr

April 20th 2016 I attended an interview for a post in the William Aston Hall assisting with the sound for up and coming events at the University, I didn’t feel over confident with this interview, not sure as to why, hopefully the interviewers saw something that they liked, who knows, only time will tell, I will not hear back from them until early next week, all I can do is keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best!

 

UPDATE: 26/04/2016

Unfortunately I was not successful at this interview, onwards and upwards as they say!

Job Hunting

The first week in March saw me email 3 different prospective employers with regards to gaining valuable experience in the field that I am looking to go into, The field is Sports Photography, I contacted NW Crusaders Rugby League and Wrexham FC who are both based at Glyndwr Racecourse ground, Wrexham, I have heard back from Wrexham FC who say they have a photographer who has someone shadowing him (this week) but they have passed on my details and he should be in touch in order for me to get some experience at a match in April, all being well… I am still awaiting a response from NW Crusaders.

The other one that I have approached is the events manager here at Glyndwr University, this is the person who organises all the events that occur in the Universities grounds, I am awaiting a response from there also.

Module Aims:

Module Aims:

  • To provide opportunities for the development of transferable skills which are appropriate and beneficial for student’s subsequent academic, personal and vocational progress.
  • To provide an introduction into the professional life of working artists and designers and to create an awareness of career opportunities.
  • To examine contemporary practitioners and their working philosophies and to assess their influence in the specialist field through industrial visits, exhibitions and design festivals.
  • To inform the student of the importance of communication, working relationships and the demands and expectations of the workplace.
  • Introduce students to personal development planning.