Mark Hunneybell Photography: Blog http://mhunneybellphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Mark Hunneybell Photography (Mark Hunneybell Photography) Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:48:00 GMT Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:48:00 GMT http://mhunneybellphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u223936924-o665048538-50.jpg Mark Hunneybell Photography: Blog http://mhunneybellphotography.co.uk/blog 80 120 My Fuji X100s Experience http://mhunneybellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/my-fuji-x100s-experience Hi All

Recently I decided to have a dip in the small mirrorless camera pool. My reasons for this were:-

  • Wanting to try my hand at some street photography. 
  • To get back to just taking images for the fun of it without lugging a full DSLR kit around.
  • I wanted to work on my composition skills and using a small camera meant I could do this more often.

After researching and asking various knowledgable people I decided on the Fujifilm X100s. The reasons I went for this camera were that it was a fixed lens. This meant I would not be tempted to start and buy more lenses for it. Other reasons included good reviews, a lot of Youtube clips of it in action and it looked damned cool.

I was looking for a second hand one and after a day or so I picked one up from a Facebook group. it came with a everything as when bought new plus a spare battery, fancy leather case and a macro conversion lens.

Once received, I quickly downloaded the manual, read the first 3 pages then put it away as all blokes do. I then messed about with my new toy. 

1st impression were very good. Easy to use and the image quality was surprising good. Using it was a lot different to using the Nikon D7100 as everything was electronic. Once I grasped the basics, I thought right lets get out. One dinnertime I visited a local graveyard and practiced using the camera.

I took this and converted it to black and white in light rooms. This was my first true go with the camera.

My second was in Leeds one Sunday morning.

I like this picture as I had to think a little about the Composition and the location.

What do I think so far. Well it won't replace my Nikon gear for doing Landscapes or Portraits on location but it will be with me wherever I go. It will be in my works rucksack just in case, in the car just in case and on me while walking the dog just in case. So it is my just in case camera!

Temptations so far - To buy a Lee filter kit for it- But I keep telling myself it is just for street stuff so NO! and also do I need the Wide angled conversion lens to go with it - again NO!

Only temptation I have given into is to buy a thumb rest, soft shutter button and a nice compact Manfrotto shoulder bag to put it in. 

Cheers for listening.

 

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(Mark Hunneybell Photography) fujifilm manfrotto x100s http://mhunneybellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/my-fuji-x100s-experience Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:47:57 GMT
Moorsview 2017 at Pickering http://mhunneybellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/moorsview-2017-at-pickering Over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of September, I attended the Moorsview Landscape and Wildlife Photography seminar. Please see the link for more details of what the weekend had to offer. moorsview

The Saturday was a day full of talks by various Photographer from the local area. All had an informative Q & A session at the end.

My highlights were:-

  • The location. The Theatre was a excellent location for this type of event. 
  • Joe Cornish. This gentleman knows his stuff and it was a pleasure to listen to what he had to say. He talked about his love for The North Yorkshire Moors and how they had changed over the years of him capturing them on camera.
  • The passion and commitment shown by all the speakers regarding why they do what they do. This really shown through during their talks.
  • The excellent buffet lunch provided by the Forest and Vale Hotel (this was also my accommodation for the Saturday night too)

Sunday I had booked myself on to a free Photo walk starting at the Hole of Horcum and going through the valley finishing near Skelton Tower. This walk was organised and led by John Clifton of PC Photographic.The weather was dry but not much light. The walk and the scenery that unfolded in front of us during the walk was beautiful. John had a really good knowledge of the area which made the walk even more interesting. I really enjoyed this and it was good to listen to some of the other Photographers along the way.

Couple of iPhone snaps of what we saw on the way round

Here are a couple of edited images that I got on the way round. I had the privilege of being accompanied by a mum and calf. The calf also allowed my to get close and take the image. This is probably my 1st wildlife image.

I really enjoyed this weekend and it also got me to make my mind up that Landscape Photography is my thing. I may have a lot to learn but I will enjoy it in while I am learning. I may even get into the Wildlife side of things too. 

Looking forward to the next one!!!!

Many thanks goes to all who were involved and we made some money that will help good causes in the local area.

 

 

 

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(Mark Hunneybell Photography) landscape moorsview photography wild http://mhunneybellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/moorsview-2017-at-pickering Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:18:27 GMT
Getting the image at all costs - Top Withens September 2017 http://mhunneybellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/getting-the-image-at-all-costs---top-withens-september-2017 Hello Folks,

Sorry I have not done a blog for a while, but here goes.

As the title says I have paid a price for getting a image. Since the beginnings of the year I have wanted to get a Sunrise image which included Top Withens. I tried early in the year but the Sunrise did not happen. So decided to give it another go over the Bank Holiday weekend just gone. I also wanted to try out a new tent and rucksack. So off I ventured late Sunday afternoon to the lovely place of Haworth. parking up in Stanbury and starting the hour trek up over the moors. New rucksack that weighed about 15kg took about 20 minutes before it seemed to find its sweet spot. So up I went.  Nice path to follow

Nice steady walk taking in the lovely coloured heather. I reached my overnight camping spot and set up my tent. I had about a hour before Sunset so popped on the kettle and had a brew. Then had a walk further over the tops to take some images of the Sunset, then the midges descended/asended (not sure if they come up from the ground or out of the sky) but which ever way, they came. I had put on spray stuff but didn't seem to work. I managed a few shutter clicks before I had to head back to the tent. Trying to get the Sunset

This is where I stayed for the rest of the night!

Awoke at 5.00am as the sunrise was due at 6.10. Had a cuppa and then had a look round for the best spot where I would capture the image that I came here for. Then I set up and waited. 

My position for the Sunrise It's here!

Luckily I was in for a good one. It was short lived but worth it. I managed to get the image I wanted. The sun rising seemed to be the alarm call for the Midges and back they came. I had planned to do some more shots in different locations. One idea was to try and get a image of the Sun rising from inside the ruins, but it was not going to happen on this occasion. So off I trotted again to the tent for some breakfast and to listen to some 80's music. 

And back in the tent. Why I am I paying for it I hear you ask. Well it seems some of the little buggers came back with me that previous evening and had a meal, namely me. So now I am nursing over 50 bites which itch like hell. But it was worth it for the final image.

Sunrise Top Withens

My new purchases did very well. These were the Osprey Atmos 65 AG rucksack. Excellent piece of kit that is very comfy when wearing.

Tent was the MSR Freelite 1. This is a very good freestanding tent. It's a 1 man so don't expect to be able to get a lot of kit in the main body. Easy to set up and cosy once in.

Any questions regarding this or future wild camps then please feel free to give me a buzz.

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(Mark Hunneybell Photography) camping landscape photography wild http://mhunneybellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/getting-the-image-at-all-costs---top-withens-september-2017 Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:06:52 GMT
1st ever wild camp - Whernside June 2016 http://mhunneybellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/1st-ever-wild-camp---whernside-june-2016 At the end of last year I started watching Thomas Heaton's youtube channel. This inspired me to get off my backside and do landscape photography along side a Wild Camp. After a few months of researching wild camping and gear needed I decided on Whernside in the Yorkshire Dales. Whernside is one of the 3 peaks and the highest.

Here are some thoughts of my adventure.

 

It was going to be a long hike with 16kg on my back. Armed with a OS map and a Garmin Etrex 30 I set off. Didn't look that far I said the myself!!!!

After 1/2 hour a rest stop and a chance for me to capture an image of the Iconic Viaduct. Then onwards and upwards. I followed the standard route along the well trodden path. Over the Aqueduct then I came to the start of the climb. First Smithy Hill then Slack hill, this is when I started to feel the weight of my pack! Then over the stile and still going upwards. 

The view back down the path and still no where near the summit!

I was starting to tire now and was thinking about finding a place to pitch near by. There was a little Tarn close by but no visible path to get to it. I decided to carry on. Nearing the top I decided to cross over a stile and follow a stone wall down a little. Here I found a lovely pitch that was hidden from the path and quite sheltered. The tent went up at about 19.30. the sun was due to set at 21.00 wish. So had plenty of time for a cuppa and some food. Jetboil to the ready.

Sunset was brilliant. It turns out I was looking over towards Deepdale. I managed to get some shots before the sun disappeared. Then it turned cold! which caught me by surprise. Back to the tent I went and chilled. After looking at the map it turned out that I was not far of the summit after all. I felt I had cheated myself by not carrying on, but never mind. 

I would like to say I slept well but I didn't. Awoke at 2.00am cold so another layer was added. Then I slept like a baby, awoke at 5.30am and missed the sunrise!!

Had breakfast and a walk around. Then packed up and started the hike back. My pack was heavier as the tent was wet through due to ice forming on it over night.

Would I do it again - hell yes!!!! Was I happy with my final images No. Will I go up there again yes.

Lesson's learnt in no particular order.

  • Research your location well- check for water sources. I was luckily I had not taken enough water but was able to find a water source and filter some on the way up. check how far you will be hiking and how high.
  • Just because it is warm during the day, it won't be in the night. Thermals are a must as well as a good sleeping bag.
  • Reflective mats under your sleeping mat is a must.
  • Don't bite off more then you can chew. Doing this for my 1st one was a big ask for my fitness level.
  • Jetboil or similar cooking systems are a god send when hungry. I used boil in the bag meals.
  • Safety first, tell people your planned route, approx time of getting there and back,fully charged phone and external power source to re charge if need be OS maps and GPS system are a must.
  • Use a properly fitted ruck sack.

Here is a brief run down of the equipment taken on this trip. Some was used and some was not.

Photography

Nikon D7000 and Sigma 10-20 wide angled lens (Nikon 35mm never used)

Lee filters 100 system - Polariser, various nd grads, big & little stopper.

Manfrotto Befreie tripod.

remote release and hotshoe spirit level.

Wild Camping

Low Alpine 70 + 10 Expedition ruck sack - bought this 2nd hand because it as front entry as well as top opening. Make it easier to get my camera pod out.

Lowe Pro camera pod taken of the Pro Rover 45l.

Wild Country Terra Nova Zephyros 2 tent.

Vango 3 season sleeping bag (not warm enough for me, should have taken my Mountain Warehouse Everest 4 season)

Alpkit Numo sleeping mat (excellent piece of kit)

Jetboil Zip and porridge, Look what we found boil in the bag Chicken curry- - was lovely.

Alpkit titanium mug and sporks.

Various other items such as spare clothes, gloves, hat, snacks, trowel and bio degradable wet wipes, first aid kit, spare batteries for gps and camera.

I hope you found this interesting and please feel free to comment if you have any questions.

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(Mark Hunneybell Photography) http://mhunneybellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/1st-ever-wild-camp---whernside-june-2016 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 20:00:04 GMT
Location Shoot - The Darkside of Judy Woods http://mhunneybellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/location-shoot---the-darkside-of-judy-woods In June last year i wanted to try out some off camera flash on location. I got together with a local based model MUA and we agreed on a theme. The MUA needed some images for her College course. The make up was applied in the studio. The make up consisted on fake cuts to arms and face and I have to say looked the business. Part of the Dark Side of Judy Woods Project shoot.Part of the Dark Side of Judy Woods Project shoot. Then 4 of us drove to local woods. The shoot took less than 2 hours and we produced some really good images.

Equipment used.

Nikon D7000 with nikon 17-55 2.8 & Sigma 10-20 wide angle.

Interfit Proflash 180 with oct box & Nikon sb700 for back lighting.

The timing of the shoot was mid afternoon so shutter speeds varied from 1/125 to 1/160, ISO was at 160 and apertures varied too. I needed to get the ambient light down hence quite fast shutter speeds.

Lighting wise, it was just experimenting with different set ups & power ratios. The one I did like was main Pro flash 45 degrees either left or right of camera and speed light placed directly behind the Model. 

The location had a lot to offer and we could could have spent double the time we were there. Part of the Dark Side of Judy Woods Project shoot.Part of the Dark Side of Judy Woods Project shoot.Just one of the images captured

Model - Fransecsa Moran

MUA - Nikole Paige Matheson

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(Mark Hunneybell Photography) http://mhunneybellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/location-shoot---the-darkside-of-judy-woods Tue, 09 Aug 2016 10:47:15 GMT