Monthly Archives: February 2013

Facing up to life with paralysis

Beautiful portraits capture the quiet bravery of people suffering the loss of facial muscle function… 

Facial Paralysis


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Portrait Recreation



  • The lighting conditions were not perfect on the day of the shoot, typically the sun went in just as I set up the shot and therefore I lost the warmth of the sun rays in my recreation picture, although I am fairly certain Nicole was in a much more tropical place than the south west of England! I did not want to use a reflector as in the original photo there are no highlights in her eyes, something the reflector would have created.
  • My camera angle is not correct, something I only noticed when viewing on my laptop. The angle is too high giving a zooming effect resulting in Tabby’s arms looking bigger than they are and out of perspective. Nicole is very subtly looking up at the camera whereas I have my model looking slightly down.
  • I should have cropped my photo in tighter to Tabby’s head for a more accurate recreation.
  • My depth of field is too shallow, I shouldn’t have had the trees in the background in focus. They take away from the key point of the image (the model) and are therefore distracting.
  • The main issue with my recreation shot is my lens choice. I should have been further back using an 85mm-150mm rather than my 18mm-105mm, my focal length was 22 which on reflection was far too close up. With a longer lens I would have gotten a neutral perspective (her arms not distorted in size)  and therefore the compression of it would have been more realistic and flattering, much like the Nicole Kidman shot.

After I took the shot I needed I also took some photos without Nicole Kidman in mind which I much preferred doing, I do not like having to copy someone else’s photographs so I much prefer the images below…







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The Adam and Eve

Previously owned for 36years by a lady known to everyone as Dot, the Adam and Eve pub in Cheltenham has recently been taken over (Jan 2013) by a regular, Kevin Grieve. Kevin turned the bar around in a week, redecorating the dated interior (which hadn’t changed in over 40 years) and extending the bar into one room, “many locals never knew there were two bars in all the years Dot owned it” said Kevin. A month on and Kevin is successfully running a skittles tournament (2 or 3 times a week), playing all the big sports matches and supplying a good atmosphere for locals and further afield customers to enjoy a traditional hearty pint and entertainment.

Kevin Grieve

Dedicated local, Brian England (pictured below) who turns 77 this May, has been drinking in the Adam and Eve since before 1960 and is happily continuing to under the ownership of Kevin. He proudly states he was a driver for Cheltenham breweries covering all of the West Country back in the day so has a particular attachment to pubs with good ale.

Brian England

Skittles night at the Adam and Eve…

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The sun’ll come out, tomorrow.

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February 18, 2013 · 2:34 pm

A few technical notes

Exposure meter: Quick guide Camera notes: Useful Exposure Guides Camera notes: Low Key & High Key

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Dying out or just evolving?

During recent years, our country has been hit hard by the recession. There have been stories constantly about businesses closing down and sectors of the market severely suffering. It seemed to many that we were approaching what could be the end of the pub age.
With rising taxes on alcohol and since the enforcement of the smoking ban, many have been worrying that the public house business would lose too much revenue from a lack of customers not being able to afford to drink in their pub.
However is that really the case? Although many pubs have shut down and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find an old English pub, are they dying out or just evolving.
It could be that people no longer want to drink in a dark and dingy environment, where there’s no Wi fi or Sky tv. With technology making its way into the hearts of everyone’s lives maybe it has become essential for pubs to now offer Wi fi, so customers can use their beloved tablets and smartphones.
Traditional English pubs will have suffered in recent years against other bars and pubs that show Sky sports. It is evident that every time a big game is on in the football calendar or a international rugby match is taking place, a pub showing the game will be packed to the rafters.
It seems that even just showing the game is no longer enough with some pubs going further and showing more than one match or even advertising the fact they show it in HD or even 3D.
So it appears that in fact pubs are not dying out, but evolving. People were once satisfied by a pint and a chat with a friend or neighbour, but nowadays it seems we want and expect much more.
Having the game on is essential for a man of the family, with fine dining in a classy modern establishment for the lady of the family, Wi fi for the kids to play on their phones or tablets with maybe even a play area outside.
Pubs no longer have to cater for just the tired worker, for a 5 o’clock pint. They need to cover for business meetings, family outings, a good environment for many to gather and watch the game and it seems even more they must be able to offer good food.
So it seems maybe the days of the old traditional English pub are fading but there is still hope for the future.

Photos to follow soon…

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