Long Exposure Photography: it's just a matter of time.
Photography is all about light, so creating vibrant images in the darkness of night is one of the art's most rewarding styles.
Select from the menu options above to find out more about my style or browse my portfolio below to join me on a journey through time exploring long exposures, light painting and star trails.
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Focus (should never show)
25/01/2012: Spent a night shoot with Chris George, editor of N-Photo for a forthcoming feature
19/01/2012: Images appear in N-Photo (Issue 3; Feb 12) to highlight two winter shooting opportunities
30/12/2011: Startrail image of Gateshead's Angel of the North is selected by the Financial Times as its front page image.
19/10/2011: Two magazines out today carrying my work- Advanced Photographer (Nov11) with a showcase of light trails; and Digital SLR (Nov11) for which I've written "The Rules: a nine point guide to shooting long exposures at night".
17/10/2011: Exhibition of long exposure prints opens at Southsea's King's Theatre.
06/08/2011: The Dome, a lightpainting creation, causes a stir on The Telegraph and Daily Mail sites.
15/04/2011: Multi-page feature on long exposures and star trails lines the pages of Digital SLR User (May11).
Nov 2010: Debut exhibition "It's Been A While" makes final shortlist in The News annual awards.
Nov 2010: Portfolio of night/ long exposures makes final shortlist in 2010 Digital SLR Photographer of the Year awards
Apr 2010: Solo exhibition opens in Portsmouth
Photography is all about light so when I tell people I create images in the darkness of night one of the first questions I get asked is "How?"
Technically the answer’s pretty straightforward: long exposures allow the camera to gather light over an extended period of time so a picture that takes a split second to record in bright daylight may need several seconds or more to render in the dimness of night-time.
As the simplicity of the answer sinks in, often a second question forms – "Why?"
Well, with a young family, night-time was the only chance I had for photography so my journey into long exposures started one evening with a camera fixed inside my car, capturing the neon nightlife in ten-second slices. The resultant images seemed to invert reality, with the moving car appearing in the frame as the only static element whilst the streetlights and shopfronts whizzed past.
Creating different effects with simple adjustments, the concept of fully exploring my camera's potential out on location appealed far more than did the thought of spending hours behind a desk poring over a screen using Photoshop. Little did I know by adopting the straight out of camera approach I was beginning a battle of wits between man and camera, exploring the possibilities of creative photography.
Since then I've introduced impossible-looking light-painted 3D spirographic domes to the night photography scene- a technique that's now been emulated the world over- whilst my series of startrails images set against urban landmarks has proved you don't have to drive for miles away from light pollution to shoot effective wide-field astrophotography. Darkness is great, true, but it doesn't have to be the only way.
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