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Lifestyle Portrait Melanie Deegan Sculptor

Lifestyle Portrait Melanie Deegan Sculptor

After quite a large gap last week I continued with my project Life In A Somerset Landscape.
using the power of social media I posted out a request for people who might fit the project and wished to have a lifestyle portrait in the project.
I must admit I underestimated the response I would receive and now have some amazing people lined up for the project including a Gamekeepers, Storytellers and even an Astrophotographer with his own garden observatory!

Have to say I feel pretty excited and blessed to have such a diverse group and interesting people wanting to spare their time.

The first person I captured was an amazing sculptor called Melanie Deegan based at an old chicken farm near Langport.
Melanie’s work was simply amazing her website can be found here

Her studio is a very simple and cool old commercial vehicle (well the rear end of it) situated outside the old chicken barn.
After and chat about her work we set up the shoot and captured some images and were all done in less than 30 minutes.

The biggest enjoyment in shoots like this for me apart from the enjoyment of capturing and creating the images is definitely meeting some wonderful generous interesting people.

View Life In A Somerset Landscape Gallery

 

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Stilted Low Lighthouse, A Photography Location Close To Home

Stilted Low Lighthouse, A Photography Location Close To Home

Sedgemoor Somerset is the area I grew up in and explored while learning Photography and somewhere that provides some amazing Photography locations.
During my late teens through to my early 30’s, I lived along the seafront in Burnham On Sea with some fabulous views across the beach and the Bristol Channel.
This provided me with opportunities to watch the light and grab my cameras when it looked promising and go out to capture whatever revealed itself.
Probably the most famous landmark in the area is the Grade II listed stilted wooden lighthouse which sits gracefully 36ft elevated on the beach.

 

 

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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

 

 

Somerset Uncovered – Evening By The Isle

Somerset Uncovered – Evening By The Isle

Continuing my personal filming and video time lapse project “Somerset Uncovered” the latest location was not only the closest to my studio and home but also one I’d never heard about.
This was despite driving past it many times over the last 15 or so years.
It was while chatting to my sons friend on the way to a football match that he was telling us of a spot that some of his friends go to swim in the summer holidays.
I was intrigued to take a look even if the directions were a little vague !
The following day with the family and dog in tow the location was eventually found and it was not only stunning but less that a 10 mins from home!
I went to film here 3 times in total mainly due to weather and some rather inquisitive cows blocking my intended shooting location.

 

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Video Production At The Monks Yard Cafe Somerset

Video Production In Somerset. The Monks Yard Cafe 

Monks Yard at Horton Manor is the place I’m based for both studio work (when I need one) and for meetings.
Needless to say when they need Photography or video production services I’m there ready to shoot for them.
This is one of 3 or 4 videos planned to cover several parts of the business and was themed around Monks Yard’s incredibly popular Cafe.
I was given full reign over the whole shoot from story concept to pre & post-production.
I decided I wanted to show A Day in the life of the Cafe including people using it as a beautiful community base to meet for business and to celebrate with friends and family.
Unlike some corporate video production companies (and like in my stills work) I’m always looking to make the imagery engaging as possible and my film work is not different.
I combined traditional filming with video time-lapse photography to show the passing of time.

 

Burton Pynsent Monument

Burton Pynsent Monument

Continuing on with my video production somerset project titled  Somerset Uncovered Time Lapse Video project I took a trip to a location close to my home.
As is often the case we can travel hundreds of miles yet don’t get around to those places that are closest to home.
The Burton Pynsent Monument is one such place I’ve meant to visit for a long time.
Located at Curry Rivel it was built in 1767 and is a grade 1 listed building.
As spectacular as the tower itself are the amazing views across the South Somerset landscape.

Whitelackington Trees Time Lapse Video, Somerset Uncovered

Whitelackington Trees Time Lapse Video, Somerset Uncovered

A short Time Lapse Video part of a series called Somerset Uncovered.
These trees can be found sandwiched between the A303 and B1368 at Whitelackington. 
Due to the location, I’ve passed them often admiring their transformation over the seasons.
It was for this rather simple reason that I decided to create a short Time Lapse Video here.

Creative Video Production, Parallax Video Lilianna The Palace

Creative Video Production, Parallax Video Lilianna The Palace

Lilianna The Palace Of The Grand Masters Rhodes.
This is an image I applied some creative post-production upon and is created from several photographs.

It was also an image I thought would work with some creative video production applied and created using 2.4D motion as a Parallax image.

Keep an eye out for some subtle motion work.

September

September is probably one of my favourite months especially with a camera in my hand.rnAfter the long days and often harsh light that summer (sometimes) gives us together with a blanket of green September comes along and brings back a little colour contrast to the landscape with better lower angled light.rnThe other reason I love September is the fields full Maize which for some reason I just have to capture every year.

Boris Takes Tea At The Yard

We had an unexpected visitor to our studio base at The Monks Yard today and I was asked if I could grab some promotion images.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson popped into the Yard for afternoon tea (but no cake ! ) and gave a quick speech.
He’s not the first former politician or celebrity to pop in and I’m sure not the last.

 

 

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