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Football is one of my passions alongside Photography of course.
This image was from a personal shoot captured several years ago with two male models.
The majority of my work is about quiet tranquil moments not fast action but this frame just felt very graceful despite the energy that was about to be released.

 

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Fisherman Portrait, St Ives Harbour Lodge

I have fond memories of holidays as a child in Cornwall here in England.
As I grew those holidays continued with friends and I eventually found myself living in the area for a brief time.
It was around this time (the early 1990s) that I started a project to capture portraits and images of Cornish fishermen.

It mystified me why I got so deeply drawn to this subject to the point that I wondered if I had spent a previous life chasing Pilchards!
Nearly all of the images were captured on film including this 5×4 portrait below.

Having lived in St Ives for that short period I got to know the town fairly well and knew of these buildings on the harbour called lodges.
From what I learnt the lodges were used as meeting places for local fishermen.

One day while I decided to venture inside the Lodge and found several charismatic old gentlemen chatting.
I’m unsure how things progressed from there but I do remember grabbing my 5×4 plate camera and shooting a couple of portraits.

Unfortunately, this retired fisherman’s name escapes me without digging out my old film notes but by pure chance, his hat perfectly matched the interior of the lodge.

One day I may continue this project and also wade through the many rolls of film to digitise the project into some kind of coherent collection of work.

 

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Advertising Photography Shoot For Receipt Bank

Advertising Photography Shoot For Receipt Bank

 

Back at the end of November last year I was contacted by my client Receipt Bank and asked to look over a location-based advertising photography brief they needed shooting.

To give you a brief overview Receipt Bank produce an app that allows business owners to easily scan their receipts avoiding spending valuable time manually entering them into spreadsheets.

The brief was simply to capture three business owners at their places of work with the final images being printed on the walls in Receipt Bank’s London offices and potentially other media.

Having worked for many years with the Creative Director Stuart shooting Cars, Lifestyle and other Corporate work it’s fair to say we have a good understanding of one another.
This was one of the reasons the brief was pretty loose and we could adapt things slightly on the day as we felt fit.
This is not a bad thing when shooting on location which can often be a little unpredictable compared to the sanctuary of a studio but also because due to tight schedules we were unable to scout the locations personally beforehand.

 

1st Location Rowdens Chartered Accountants

All the locations were based around the Chichester area of Sussex which logistically made sense as we were looking to capture everything in one day.
The first stop was Rowdens Chartered Accountants where we were to Photograph Penny one of the directors of the company.

Lighting smallish areas with low ceilings like an office can be tricky especially if you’re a fussy bugger like myself!
Luckily Stuart knows this and allowed me time to adjust the lighting until I was happy.
My approach to lighting, especially in these situations, is to keep it simple and persevere.

The actual shoot was completed within around 10 minutes.
I don’t wish to keep people on set any longer than needed especially if capturing corporate work when people are sparing time in a busy schedule.
Another reason to work swiftly is sometimes I will get a person who is not fully comfortable in front of the camera which I add was not the case with Penny or anyone else we captured on the day.

 

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2nd Location MJO Forestry Limited 

The second location was at MJO Forestry Limited where we met proprietor Marc Odin and his wife.

MJO is a family run business who manage local West Sussex woodlands.
We decided to initially photograph Marc in the woods with one of his state of the art machines and this worked well.
However, upon returning to MJO’s yard we noticed an old rather dark wooden building which turned out to be the sawmill.
Both Stuart and I immediately decided this was too good a location not to shoot and this ultimately became out the second image.

This is another reason to remain flexible on Advertising / Commercial photoshoots as you never know when something better offers itself up.

Receipt Bank Forestry Business Owner In Mill

 

3rd Location Whitby’s Photo-Video Limited 

Our final shoot of the day was at Whitby’s who were another family-run business.
Whitby’s specialise in photographic printing and camera sales and we were going to have to shoot while their compact fully decked shop was open for business.

It was this point that I was glad that I had kept to my approach earlier of keeping the lighting simple as there so was no way I was going to be able to set up multiple lights here especially while the shop was open to customers.
We waited for a short time for a lull in footfall into the shop (they were pretty busy!) and we captured the images but not before Mark the owner closed a sale to Stuart for a camera for his kids!

Mark the proprietor was a real character and once again my job for the day was made very simple and fully enjoyable to complete.

Receipt Bank Photography Store Owner

Post-production was very straight forward although I did decide to very subtly re-colour some items in each image to match Receipt Banks brand colour of Orange.

I also decided to create a 2.5d Parallax video from one of the frames I captured of Marc in the Mill which can be found below.

Life In A Somerset Landscape Photography Project

Life In A Somerset Landscape Photography Project

A Somerset Photography project started back in 2012.

I started Life in a Somerset Landscape as a personal project with the aim to capture various people and wildlife in the Somerset landscape.

The images are inspired by the county I grew up in and in which I learnt my craft starting back in the late 1980s

I’ve always been drawn and somewhat intrigued by the history of the land and the people who work it and wildlife that lives there so the project simply evolved from that.

The images are approached by me either simply documenting what I discover while others are created to produce a vision I have for that particular location or person within it.
The project is ongoing as I have time to pick it up and continue.

View project Life in a Somerset Landscape

Do you know of someone or somewhere in Somerset that you feel should be included? Please email me and let me know. simon@simonplant.co.uk

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Swan Taking Off Over Somerset River

Swan Flying Over Somerset River

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Banjo player maize field

 

 

Arches Of The Palace

Arches Of The Palace

I hope this post finds you all well at this very challenging time.

March was an incredibly busy month with me out shooting nearly every day for a new travel accommodation company. Of course, this came to a sudden halt with the travel restriction came into place which was definitely needed.I must admit I’ve not been bored. I’ve used my time in my home office to take some advanced training courses to add to my existing skills and do some other things that seem to have been pushed to the back of the to-do list.

This week I completed the lifestyle image below titled Arches Of The Palace.
The models Emma & Nathan were captured back in chilly November outside my studio and the background is Rhodes in slightly warmer weather!
Thanks to good planning and care the retouching came together both seamlessly and in good time.

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Receipt Bank Animated Still

Receipt Bank Animated Still

Back in November, I was commissioned by my client Receipt Bank to capture several of its clients in their workplaces.
The final images were destined to be printed into large promotional pieces and I’ll be publishing theses as soon as I can.
When I’m on an assignment I’m always looking beyond the brief anticipating other ideas while I’m at a location.
This was one of those occasions when the guy and the amazing location was too good not to capture other options after of course, I had captured what my client wanted.
The final image below is a still image that I have animated in After Effects which can be used for short social media content.
For clients, it gives extra value by offering video production services that allows the repurposing existing images and extending their budgets further.

View More Animated Stills 

 

Lifestyle Photoshoot, Walk Before Dinner

Lifestyle Photoshoot, Walk Before Dinner

About a month ago I published a blog post titled A Perfect Moment – Capturing A Lifestyle Photoshoot called Greek Summer In Grey November Link Here
Walk Before Dinner is another image from that same shoot captured in chilly November.
I captured this background for use as a Lifestyle shot well over a year but for one reason or another I never have.
The background is of St Pauls Bay below Lyndos village Rhodes Greece.
It was created from approx 27 individual frames mostly to allow me a more flattering perspective and to keep the Chapel below and the Temple above from getting lost completely in the image.

The technical aspects of capturing Nathan & Emma was much simpler than in The Perfect Moment image.
For starters the lighting in this image was soft rather than directional which previously required matching with the direction and quality of the background.
Creating images without the models feet showing that otherwise need realistic shadows created is also much simpler hence why many people based composites are 3/4 not full lengths.

I rarely time these things but the final composite not including the background creation took approx 6 to 8 hours to complete.

 

 

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