Monthly Archives: July 2015

Maxin Lister – a favourite picture

Here’s a great picture by wildlife photographer Maxine Lister in my contributing photographer series. Max is passionate about wildlife and has travelled the world photographing and helping in animal sanctuaries to further the cause of endangered species. Check out this lovely picture below.. will take you through to Max’s website

World © Maxine Lister - All rights reserved

World © Maxine Lister – All rights reserved

Meet Blizzard, a white Bengal tiger that I was lucky enough to have in presence when I volunteered at Forest Animal Rescue for three months in late 2013.

Blizzard had been rescued by the organisation many years ago from a life as an exotic pet within the US, a situation that in some States is now illegal but unfortunately in many more States it is still completely legal to own an animal such as a tiger – which to us I am sure sounds crazy. Blizzard unfortunately had many health problems some due to him being a white tiger in the first place – this usually happens due to inbreeding and then also due to poor care when he was a pet.

The organisation care Blizzard fantastic care for many years but unfortunately he passed away a short time after I left Florida. I have fond memories of hanging around his enclosure trying to get him to eat his meat with his medication in it, or filling his pool with him bounding into it to cover me in freezing cold water or just to sit and watch this magnificent animal.

I love this photo mainly due to the fact you do really see up close and personal the inside of a tigers mouth and if you do then you are potentially in a lot of trouble! I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and Blizzard was having a very long yawn.

Tech stuff:

Canon EOS 650D

F stop – f/5.6

Exp – 1/500 sec

ISO – 200

Lens – Sigma 120 – 400


Darren Gatcum – a favourite picture..

Here’s another picture by Darren Gatcum in the series from contributing photographers. One of the reasons that I am publishing these photographs is that I want to show that photography is accessible to everyone. You don’t need tens of thousands of pounds worth of gear, although in Darren’s case doing a lot of sports photography and up against many other photographers it certainly helps. What you really need is determination to produce top quality pictures and be willing to learn…all the time!I hope you enjoy Darren’s story this month.

You can contact Darren via his Twitter account @DarrenGatcum


World © Darren Gatcum

World © Darren Gatcum

As a sports photographer, you need to be prepared to photograph various sporting events at various locations in different weather and lighting conditions. Throughout May, I was busy photographing Sunday league football finals across Essex. I also photographed the celebrity PGA Pro Am golf championship at the famous Wentworth golf course in Surrey with other sports photographers.

The variety of sports is one of the reasons I just love this type of photography. One day I am photographing a football player flying through the air to head a ball and the next day I am photographing Rory Mcllroy hitting a golf ball.

At the PGA Pro Am golf Championship, I witnessed Chris Evans’ team get a hole in one. I immediately took a few shots of the celebrations and sent a photo that afternoon to Chris Evans at the BBC. The photo subsequently appeared on Chris Evans’ Facebook page with a thank you from Mr Evans himself. The photo received over 3,000 hits on his Facebook page. The moral of this story is that with sports photography you sometimes need to be at the right place at the right time and take full advantage of any opportunity that does arise.

I like the Chris Evans and Graeme McDowell photo because it shows the excitement of getting a hole in one.  When the ball went into the hole I knew there would be celebrations on the green. Accordingly, I positioned myself on the ground in front of the hole. I was shooting in manual mode. I was using a Canon 1DX with a 100-400 f/4.5-f/5.6 lens attached.  I stopped down to f/5.6 as I wanted both the players and the flag in focus and the background out of focus. Although it had started to rain when I took the shot, it was still a bright sunny day so I left the shutter speed on 1/2000 and the Auto ISO was at 3200.

I enjoyed photographing golf and hope to do a lot more in the future.

Head to toe portraits..

Here’s a quick observation, two pictures that Colin Murphy recently sent me from India recently illustrate the point perfectly.

I am always stressing to students how important it is to  ‘get close when you take a portrait’, also ideally you want to show the persons character. While the overall head or face will probably be your main concern you should also think about features that are personal to your sitter, is there anything that stands out? As you can see from the photographs Colin has captured two different aspects from this subject..

I’ll be returning to this subject on a few days..

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World © Colin Murphy

World © Colin Murphy

World © Colin Murphy