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Spring Light by scott stockwell

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The blossom was out, the rapeseed fields were turning a bright yellow & we had some beautiful weather on our side. Perfect time for a portrait shoot and Ali was kind enough let me take a few portrait shots of her around Malvern :) I took a mix of digital and film on the day.

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Mamiya 645 / 150mm 3.5 / Kodak Portra 160 film  (1 stop Push):

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Finally Ali's shot of me on film :p

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Why I love the Nikon FE2 by scott stockwell

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Nikon FE2

I don't really write reviews (maybe I should), but the Nikon FE2 is probably one of my favourite 35mm film cameras I have shot with so far, why? Heres why.

Firstly its just so easy to use, simply pull out the film wind handle slightly & push the shutter button half way and your camera is already telling you what your recommended shutter speed is. The view finder is also really bright when your looking through the eye piece, almost crystal clear so its really easy to frame your shots. Want to push your exposure up by 1 stop? Easy, there is a small button which you hold down and clearly labelled -2 up to +2 on the ASA/ISO wheel which you simply just spin round. I also found the film really easy load with this camera less fiddly than other 35mm's I have used in the past and always seemed to hold on the spindle.

Most of all this camera just looks good, its covered in a somewhat faux leather materiel, almost as though the designers back in the 1983 were trying to impress a pimp. Its size is also nice, fits in the hand well and not to heavy, a bonus for any street photographers. Its construction feels really solid also, I bet I could drop this camera several times and not have many problems after.

Mostly what I love abut this camera is that the shutter speed goes up to 1/4000. Particularly useful if you wish to shoot wide open and take advantage of the shallow depth of field in the outdoors on a sunny day. When using a 400 speed film, most of the time I find with my other 35mm cameras like my Olympus OM10 it only shoots up to a speed of 1/1000 sec, you will have to use apertures of up to f/8 to stop any over exposure. With the Fe2 I would be able to safely shoot at f/4 as it shoots 2 stops faster. Only disadvantage to this of course is that it uses the batteries a lot faster.

I purchased the camera for just £33 (camera only) from Ebay and so far Im so happy I bought it. I develop black and white film myself and have put some of the results below. These were the two first rolls of film I shot with the FE2. They are shot with a mix of Kodak Tmax 100 & Tri-X 400 on a Nikon 50mm 1.8D lens. A few Images Below :)

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Maggie & Davids Wedding,Woodside Kenilworth, 29th December 2014 by scott stockwell

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This was my last wedding to shoot of the year & what a great one it was to say goodbye to 2014 with.

Woodside hotel is in a small town called kenilworth around six miles from Coventry. When I arrived it was a beautiful frosty day with lovely clear blue skies, perfect for my camera :)

Maggie & David are a really nice couple and I hope them both the best for the future.

I have posted a few of my favourites of the day below. Please enjoy :)

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Autumn Lifestyle Shoot by scott stockwell

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Another lifestyle style shoot in the Autumn leaves. The Millward family originally travelled from Droitwich for a shoot at the Malvern Rose Banks, although due to unexpected bad weather we had to push it back a week. On a positive note we got a few nice photos at Malvern rose banks and  lots more at our second location at Vines park Droitwich.

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Father & Son Lifestyle Shoot by scott stockwell

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I haven't blogged much of my work in a while so here is a lifestyle shoot I did recently at Malvern Winter Gardens.

I took photos of Tom & Jack nearly 2 years ago, Tom contacted me again for another shoot. Their both full of energy and help make the shoot really fun & easy :)

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One light, Black & White Headshot Project (part 1) by scott stockwell

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I recently haven’t had a lot of work on the photography side of things :( so thought of putting together a photo project. I don’t know where the Idea of photographing head shots of humans heads came from but it certainly sounded like a good idea at the time.

The theme of the headshot’s would be black and white, lots of shadows and only one light source. I also want to just stick to one particular style of photograph.

I don’t have a studio or own expensive lighting etc, although I do rent a flat with a living room which has a white painted wall and two Nikon SB700 flashguns, with a soft box I bought off amazon a year ago for £20, which to be honest I have only used once until now.

To start with to get the style I wanted I played around with the flash and camera settings andshot a few selfies :) (see Below) I don’t usually take topless pics of myself (I promise) but this particular day was hot.

This photo^(selfie)^ was shot @ 1/200sec f/4.5 ISO 100 with a 105mm 2.8 nikon lens. The flash gun was giving off 1/32 power with 105mm zoom. I positioned the flash gun with soft box about 45 degrees to my selfie right and just very slightly above my eye level. I was also around about a metre away from the wall so the background would go grey.

I love the shadows created with the one light and adds a real dramatic effect to the head shot. Its not really a style I would use on a shoot for a client because of the heavy shadows. But because this project is just for my own enjoyment and fun ( I <3 photography) I decided to invite family and friends around to get some similar type of shots. I would also like to add that asking family and friends for head shots was the hardest part of this project as they all seem to hate having photos taken of themselves. 

To start with I just wanted to use the same type of settings and maybe try get some more light on the face and some shadows on the jaw. All shots below are shot at exactly the same camera settings as the selfie above although just with me asking the subject to move their head slightly and me moving the flash/soft box around so the light would hit in different places on their face. I have uploaded some images below.

In order of heads: Alice, Anton, Dad, Oliver(bro), Richard, Colton

As you can see most of the shadows on the face are easy to change and I think It adds a unique look. After these few head shots I wanted to try something new for my next subject Emma. I asked her to stand closer to my white painted wall and closer to my other wall. In other words I asked her to stand in the corner of my living room. This was so the flash would now bounce off the side of the wall back on to her face but still add a few shadows. Result below \/

As you can see the left (Emma’s Left) side of her face is now in a really light shadow. Emma is very photogenic and believe it or not this was the first snap I took of her. Her eyes in this shot are very glaring and she also has (I hope she doesn’t mind me saying this) a now very fashionable gap in her teeth.

These are all my shots so far but I am hoping to have around 50 head shots of different human heads. I was also of thinking of making a book just for myself of the 50 head shots. 

I have posted most of the head shots to my facebook page asking for more human heads for photos and so far I have had a positive response. So I am hoping to share with you more head shots in the near future :)

Also if you would like a headshot your self for free just message me :)

All the best

Scott

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Lifestyle shoot Matthew, Libby and Daniel by scott stockwell

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Some shots here from a location lifestyle shoot I did at Alfrick nature reserve about a week ago.

I always try shoot family's away from a studio and on a location because it adds such a nice natural light. Most of the Images were shot with my 105mm macro 2.8 and sigma 35mm 1.4 which are both sooo sharp.

Hope you like a few of the images I have uploaded please feel free to comment/critique and please support me by liking the Facebook page :)

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