I have a couple of my Dorset landscape photograph books available to purchase.
This 48 page book contains images I took around the coastline in my local English county of Dorset. The book is 21cms x21cms in size and all the images are in black and white. All images were taken in 2019.
There are so many different subjects to shoot on this snowy, frozen and quiet Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
As I drove around the island I was struck by so much potential to shoot black and white minimalist landscape photographs. There were frozen lakes, dead trees, single snowy trees, seascapes and greenhouses wintering in the deep snow!
Often when I visit a location in the UK I have a reasonable time to 'scout' an area looking for a great composition. This copse of trees allowed me no such time as the weather was becoming atrocious! The key thing was to visualise my final image and get the shot before it disappeared in front of me into the snow!
As a black and white landscape photographer I am attracted to locations that offer me an opportunity to shoot minimalist compositions. Hokkaido, the most northerly island in Japan,offers so many clean and minimal landscape compositions with lots of snowfall, below zero temperatures and frozen seas."PERFECT!!"
Over the next few weeks I will be posting background information about the images I've taken as well as trying to explain how these 10 days in a totally new location has transformed my photographic style.
Another landscape book of my black and white landscapes has just been published!
This book of 50 images shows off some of my favourite images that I took around the coastline of two English counties/ states in Southern England. The coastline is very long so I wasn't able to visit every beach or cove, so this is a refelection on around 7days of shooting on parts of this beautiful coastline.
At this time of year we normally take a couple of days break to Runnymede near Windsor with some of the family. This visit again meant I could creep out before dawn to shoot some landscapes 'down the Thames footpath'! see more>>
This image was shot last week in the Channel Islands which lie off the west coast of France and are part of the UK. I go to the island of Guernsey quite frequently as I always find something to photograph. On this occasion a storm was passing through the island and I found myself alongside the lighthouse in the capital, St Peter Port. It was very much a case of hanging onto my camera and keeping the lens free of sea water from the relentless spray. I'm glad I was fool hardy enough to brave the elements. You will see there were a couple of fisherman actually fishing in this storm... brave or stupid???
Last week I went to Valencia in Spain to shoot some architectural images at The City of Arts and Science right in the Centre of Valencia. The buildings are outstanding and I don't understand how the architect conceived these designs and how any building company could make them... unbelievable!!
https://issuu.com/fraserportraits/docs/bic_catAs a landscape photographer I feel I need to keep trying different things with my work. I was walking through Bournemout towards my exhibition at the Bournemouth International Centre, see catalogue ,when I just happened to look upwards. I suddenly saw a whole variety of very different types of landscape photography. The buildings had so many graphical lines that intrigued me... so I started taking photographs!
I'm getting very interested in taking sailing boat images here in Dorset and Hampshire. If you can help me out by getting me up close to race sailing boats by being on the water alongside them then please let me know! Email me here
I took another trip down to the far west of Dorset in Southern England to shoot at the iconic location of Lyme Regis and The world famous harbour called 'The Cobb'. The Cobb was used in the hollywood film 'The French Lieutenants Woman'. Read more >>>
We should always try something different with things we do everyday in order to progress our creativity. I hadn't used one of my lenses for quite some time so decided to just take this one out and see what I cold create. See more >>>
As a landscape photographer I'm drawn to the subtle levels of light at both sunrise and sunset. There are, therefore, plenty of other times during the day when images can be taken... but in a different way..>>>more
This trip to Jersey in the English Channel Islands was not really meant to be a photographic trip at all. Our school photography business starts shooting next week in earnest so my wife and I just wanted a couple of days away before the hectic days start! see more>>
Looking out of the window at 5am I was presented with a very misty vista. Mist is a difficult weather to photograph in as you never rally know how the light will react on the composition. The best thing, as ever. is to get out and experiment! I headed down to Bournemouth pier...>> more
Whilst out the other morning testing shooting in the 'Nautical Light' I also decided to try a different photographic technique ICM (Intentional Camera Movement). I like the look that can be created and how it changes the composition in many different ways. The question is..."do I prefer the colour version or the black and white?? What do you think? >>>more
Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog. The coastal area just outside Poole harbour in Dorset is extremely busy with shipping. The Swash channel leads out from the harbour entrance and these markers set the safe course for all sizes of boats. Large ferry boats, cargo container boats and sailing boats all use this channel to start their journeys onto the high seas. More>>
I took a rib boat ride out at 4.30 am from Jersey as the low tide on this set of rocks 6 miles to the North West of Jersey was set for 5am giving me only 45 mins before the tide changed again! See more>>
Today I went down to Boscombe Pier, near Bournemouth for a quiet shoot! This pier is one of my favourite locations and always manages to give me new compositions. Today was a complete contrast to Wednesday when I was shooting in the eye of a storm (or so it felt!) at The Cobb at Lyme Regis on the Dorset Jurassic coastline. It was great at 6.30 am this morning to just take in the scene...>>
Listened to the weather forcast... got up very early at 12.30 am as high tide was at 1.15am... drove for one hour to The Cobb at Lyme Regis... the full moon I saw as I left home had gone at the Cobbso no strong ambient light... rain storm arrived so waited in car...>> more
I was watching a TV program recently on art in Japan and was very much taken with the simplicity of how art of all forms centred around the theme of 'Ma'. Ma (間) is a Japanese word which can be roughly translated as "gap", "space", "pause" or "the space between two structural parts. What it alluded to was that you made the spaces in a photograph as important as the subject matter itself. This image was quickly taken once the fisherman had gone to get more bait and i prefer it to the one with him in the composition.
I really like Guernsey as it offers me some great Seascape compositions. Guernsey has huge tides which change the look of the coastline quickly. See my"Channel island" category for some pictures here... GALLERY
I shoot a lot of seascape images as I really enjoy the challenge of photographing on the coast in the wind and rain. Today I went a few miles inland to the River Stour at Canford School as it close to the studio...and we take photographs for the school and its a lovely location!
Yesterday I went, as planned, down to take some new images at Mupe Bay on the Dorset jurassic coast. In order to get to Mupe bay you have to park at Lulworth Cove, another iconic Dorset landscape location, and walk along the coast path to Mupe Bay. This path runs across the Army gunnery school grounds and is only accessible on a few dates. Guess what....?
I had been visiting Jersey on business earlier this year as my company takes school photographs. I had allowed a couple of extra days on Jersey to explore the island and look for some great photographic landscape compositions.
The light and colour of the water on St Ouen's Bay was just magical and I set up to capture a minimalist styled image of the waves breaking on the beach.
So many times when I'm out before dawn I'm the only one experiencing the actual space. There are normally only bird sounds as the dawn chorus kicks off, the wind or sound of waves and water to be heard. Download a free app, scan this image and hear what I heard as I shot this picture! See it in my 'New Work' Gallery here NEW WORK
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