Mediaphotos: Blog https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Mediaphotos (Mediaphotos) Tue, 05 Jan 2021 10:33:00 GMT Tue, 05 Jan 2021 10:33:00 GMT https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u775154639-o416335440-50.jpg Mediaphotos: Blog https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog 90 120 Bring On 2021 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2021/1/bring-on-2021 The pandemic has been the dominant story of 2020. Deserted streets, lockdowns, job losses, sickness, deaths and the NHS under pressure. All our lives have been affected so lets hope 2021 with the help of the vaccines now rolling out can see a turnaround with our lives starting to return to some form of normality soon.

I’m still open for business and working in a Covid secure manner as has been the case since the first lockdown back in March last year.

Creative images can be the key to success for your business in the year to come. Strong visuals stand out in news feeds and on web pages, they draw the reader in and speak volumes about the quality of your product or service. If you want to showcase your product or introduce new personnel, a bespoke image crafted to highlight your product or demonstrate the welcoming face of your business can be the key to unlocking potential sales or custom.

The start of a new year traditionally offers an opportunity to look back over some work highlights from the previous year. Needless to say thanks to covid the highlights together with picture commissions have been few and far between but nevertheless here are a few pictures from the past twelve months.

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January started well enough with a commission to photograph a Welsh Government Tourism launch addressed by The First Minister Mark Drakeford in Porthcawl.
 

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Steven Harrison, Port Manager at ABP South Wales, right, Helen Thomas, Head of Property at ABP South Wales, centre, and Andrew Harston, ABP Director Wales & SSP, left.
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Again in January I spent a chilly day on the docks in Newport photographing new senior management personnel at various locations around the port.
 

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HMS Cambria nears completion at ABP’s Cardiff Docks.
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February brought a commission to photograph the new HMS Cambria in Cardiff, The Royal Navy's only reserve base in Wales.
 

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At the beginning of March I had the opportunity of photographing the band BCG as they performed at The Iron Duke Public House, Pontypool. Covid was very much in our minds at this time but no-one knew what was just around the corner. This was my last live gig photography of the year.
 

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The green-powered cruise vessel MV Fridtjof Nansen docks in ABP’s Port of Cardiff today Saturday 14/3/20.
The Barry Male Voice Choir were there to greet the passengers with a Welsh welcome as they disembarked for a day in the capital city.
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March also saw me photograph the green-powered cruise vessel MV Fridtjof Nansen as she docked in ABP’s Port of Cardiff. The Barry Male Voice Choir were there to greet the many passengers with a Welsh welcome as they disembarked for a day in the capital city. Just a few days later the first full lockdown would come into effect.
 

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An NHS Thank You on an empty St Mary Street.

In the midst of the first lockdown in May I ventured into Cardiff City Centre to record the effects of the pandemic on city centre life. I was greeted by deserted streets at midday on a Monday when the city would usually have been busy with shoppers and office workers. The city felt like it was in post apocalypse, silent and empty but for a very few workmen and the usual homeless people who seemed to have claimed the streets for themselves. In addition to some stills I also shot a short video which I felt portrayed the scene better than stills. View the video.

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The Riverside View development, Keynsham, Bristol where products from BMI have been used in the construction of the roof by Span Roofing.
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In mid July I crossed The River Severn to photograph The Riverside View development in Keynsham, Bristol and in collaboration with a colleague shot stills and drone footage of the new development for the construction trade press.

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Robert O’Neil, ( blue jacket ) new Chief Executive of the Welsh Automotive Forum pictured with the outgoing Chief Executive Tim Williams ( black suite ).
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At the end of July I photographed Robert O’Neil, ( foreground ), the new Chief Executive of the Welsh Automotive Forum together with the outgoing Chief Executive Tim Williams for a press release to announce the new appointment.
 

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Another construction site shoot in September saw me in Swansea to photograph the City's West Pier where work was underway to replace the crumbling old pier wall where The River Tawe flows past the marina. The pictures were all shot with a long lens from the rivers opposite bank high up on the former Irish ferry terminal loading platform which afforded an excellent high viewpoint from which to photograph the operations below.
 

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Beef and sheep farmer Richard Isaac on his farm at Ynysybwl near Pontypridd, South Wales. Richard is pictured at the highest point on his land where a water tank fed from groundwater pumps at the farm feeds water troughs in the fields.
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September saw me in Pontypridd to photograph beef and sheep farmer Richard Isaac on his farm at Ynysybwl near Pontypridd, South Wales. Richard is pictured at the highest point on his land where a water tank fed from groundwater pumps at the farm feeds water troughs in the fields and fine views of the surrounding hills and valleys are to be had.
 

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ABP’s Queen Alexandra House, Cardiff lit up in purple light tonight to mark the contribution of disabled people to society.
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December found me in Cardiff on a very cold evening to photograph ABP’s Queen Alexandra House headquarters lit up in purple light to mark International Day Of The Disabled. The building looked dramatic against a background of a clear starry night.
 

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My final shoot of the year was to photograph an Aston Martin DBX SUV as it was put through it's paces by motoring writer Robin Roberts for a road test on his website Wheels Within Wales.
 

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It was great to find myself working with @WheelsinWales again to shoot the pictures for an @astonmartin DBX road test. 

We had a change from our usual coastal locations and this time went in land to feature the beautiful valleys of South East Wales in the pictures which I think provide a stunning backdrop for a stunning vehicle. In the low winter sun the mountain tops between the Rhymney and Sirhowy valleys were beautiful if not a little cold and felt all the colder for a strong breeze which made the eyes water. Thank goodness for autofocus. The relative shelter of the valley floor at Gelligroes provided the backdrop for the high end 4x4 as it squeezed over the little humpback bridge over the Sirhowy river.

Spec: 

Aston Martin DBX SUV

4 litre V8

Top speed 180mph

0-60 4.3 secs

Prices start at £158,000

The full road test can be seen over the Christmas period on the Wheels Within Wales Facebook page or their web site.

#AstonMartinLive #AstonMartin #AstonMartinDBX #DBX #Wales 

 

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I was surprised to get a picture of the #ISS last week whilst photographing a building bathed in purple light to mark #PurpleLightUp #IDPWD2020 on Cardiff Bay Barrage.

Last week I was commissioned to photograph ABP's Queen Alexandra House bathed in purple light to mark International Day of The Disabled and spent a very cold hour or so in the dark around Cardiff Docks and the Barrage.

At the time I was just grateful that the days rain had blown through and wasn't really paying too much attention to what was in the very dark sky overhead but I was extremely surprised when viewing the pictures back in the warmth of the office later to see just how much detail was visible in the night sky despite the cities light pollution.

On one particular frame I noticed a streak of light just above the top right of the building. My first thought was that it was an aeroplane but then thought that unlikely as this was a continuous streak. After ruling out Santa doing a test run in readiness for the forthcoming big day I wondered about the International Space Station and on checking with the NASA timetables can confirm that this is indeed a picture of the ISS over Cardiff.

It's a fifteen second time exposure, hence the streak of light as the ISS moves across the night sky.
 

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Open For Business https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/11/open-for-business As Wales comes out of lockdown for the second time and the good news of a potential vaccine breaks, there is hope for a future when life can return to relative normality.

In the meantime I’m still open for business and working in a Covid secure manner as has been the case since the first lockdown back in March.

Creative images can get your business noticed for all the right reasons at the best of times but during the pandemic, quality images can be worth their weight in gold.

The Covid pandemic has forced businesses to look at how they operate during these strange times. The challenge has been how to continue working, selling and communicating whilst maintaining social distancing.

At a time when the internet is providing the answer for many businesses, creative, quality photography and video are more important than ever.

For the past twenty three years through Mediaphotos I have been providing such photography for businesses to use in their press, pr and marketing campaigns. A powerful photograph can help sell your product or service and I can shoot that photograph.

Whether you want to showcase your product or introduce your personnel, a bespoke image crafted to highlight your product or demonstrate the welcoming face of your business can be the key to unlocking potential sales or custom.

If you want to stand out from your competitors get in touch.

 

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What I Do. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/7/what-i-do Mediaphotos Show Reel HD-Short-FB - HD 1080p A short video showcasing the photography I provide to business clients throughout the UK. As we begin to recover from lockdown, photography and video can be a great tool to enhance your pr and marketing campaign and get your brand message across to clients both old and new.
 

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Photography Post Lockdown https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/6/photography-post-lockdown MASKMASKPIC:ROGER DONOVAN MEDIAPHOTOS.CO.UK Essential additions to the kit bag for the socially distancing photographer post lockdown.

Like so many businesses I'm adapting to new safe ways of working post lockdown to ensure that all photography I undertake is carried out in a safe and socially distanced manner where all risks are assessed and kept to an absolute minimum.

Face masks and hand sanitising gel will be the order of the day. Cleansing of all kit before and after shoots will also be called for. On the shoot itself the two metre rule will be observed and no physical contact made with other participants and contact with all surfaces will be kept to a minimum.

Event and conference photography may take some time to restart although if the one metre rule is adopted in Wales there will be some reason to be optimistic of an early restart. With all sensible precautions being observed there is no reason why PR, portrait, editorial, marketing, advertising and product photography should not go ahead.

Photography can be a powerful tool in your PR and marketing campaign and now the time is right to shift up a gear with your campaigns to attract both old clients and new to your business as we ease out of lockdown and begin to get business and the economy back on track.

Email or call me for a free no obligation consultation to see how photography can enhance your brand, sell your product or tell your story.

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Up until December 2019 The Ford Motor Company had been a major client of mine. For the previous seven years I had shot photography at their Bridgend Engine Plant for their internal communication magazine “Ford News” as well as other corporate events and visits by public figures and Ford top brass for distribution to the media.

Back in June 2018 I was being kept busy photographing the commissioning of the new Dragon Production Line at the plant ( pictured above ). A huge investment by Ford which would ensure the future of the plant. It’s unbelievable that a little over a year later the plant closure was announced. A huge blow for Bridgend, South Wales and the 1800 workers at the plant as well as the huge numbers of other local companies that supplied the plant including myself.

June of that year Ford also held a hugely successful open day at the plant something I also recorded for posterity. A few of images and a video can be seen below.

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OPEN-DAY094OPEN-DAY094The BEP Family Day, 10/6/18.
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In the same month I was also asked to help with shooting a wall panorama for a new recreation facility that was being created for the workforce in the main office block.

The plan was to turn two walls of the area into a giant photographic backdrop. Their first thought had been to buy in an image for the job but it quickly became apparent that sourcing an image of sufficient resolution to reproduce at such a large size was difficult if not impossible and so they contacted me.

Whilst the Nikon kit I used at the time did produce very high resolution images this was going to require something special to achieve such a large image with sufficient detail. The solution was to shoot several images of a scene to create a stitched panorama of a high enough resolution.

The brief was to shoot a generic scene of greenery, nothing that was recognisable or too detailed just something that would give a pleasing and relaxing backdrop. Luckily for me the grounds around the plant provided the ideal location and all that remained was to wait for Spring to pass and the greenery to flourish and a blue sky to appear.

The camera, a Nikon D800 was mounted on a level tripod in the upright position and rotated through 360 degrees taking an image approximately every 16 degrees. Each image needed to overlap the next to allow for seamless stitching. The finished panorama is made up of 22 separate 103 megabyte images stitched together using Photoshop to create a high resolution image with a file size of 700 megabytes which with some upsizing in the printing stage is large enough to produce a print approximately 3 metres high by 16 metres long.

PANORAMA-3PANORAMA-3BEP Panorama. Large file for plant relaxation area.
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BEP-PANORAMA008BEP-PANORAMA008The stitched panorama image created for the Ford Bridgend Engine Plant. The Panorama is made up of 22 separate 103 meg images stitched together using Photoshop to create a high resolution image with a file size of nearly 700 meg which with some upsizing in the printing stage is large enough to produce a print approximately 2.8 metres high by 15.7 metres long.
The image was taken in the grounds of the Bridgend Engine Plant and is virtually a 360 degree view of the grassy wooded area at the back of the plant.
The camera, a Nikon D800, capable of producing high resolution 103 meg files was mounted on a tripod and rotated between frames so that each frame overlapped the next by approximately 30%.
The brief had been to produce a non specific image of greenery to provide a restful backdrop to the new relaxation area.
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The top image here is the whole of the stitched panorama image although the limitations of online use don't allow the true resolution of the image to be seen. The bottom picture shows the finished print on the wall of the relaxation area with me included to give it all some scale.

The final image was printed in-house by Ford onto sticky backed wallpaper stock at 300 dpi. The amount of detail visible in the finished work is amazing with individual leaves and blades of grass being clearly visible.

All of this just goes to show how uncertain the future is. We never know what is around the corner.  I’m getting on with what I do best, taking pictures, whilst constantly looking for new clients who understand the benefits that quality creative photography can bring to their business.

The pandemic and subsequent lockdown have hugely affected the economy of the country and once again the future is uncertain. As individuals we can only do what we can do and not worry about things that are outside of our control. I can only concentrate on my work but hopefully I can help the corona crisis by sticking to social distancing, something which if we all do our own little bit towards will ultimately be the thing that will defeat the virus.

 

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Shooting A Successful Selfie https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/6/shooting-a-successful-selfie ROGER-DONOVAN010ROGER-DONOVAN010Roger Donovan portrait 7/6/20.

Shooting a successful selfie is not as easy at it sounds. Lots do it on their phones but is it really the sort of image you want to represent you in business?

A new portrait for my social media channels was long overdue and I had the dilemma of shooting a selfie or not. Trish usually helps but this time I thought I’d use some new technology to help me shoot my own.

Shooting your own portrait can be a challenge and involves setting the camera up on a tripod, focussing and framing an imaginary subject, jumping in front of the camera and firing the shutter either on a self timer or using a radio trigger. You do all this blind as you have no idea what you look like. 

My Nikon Z6 camera connects to my iPhone with wifi and using an app on the phone I’m able to make exposure alterations and fire the camera remotely whilst viewing the camera image on the phone. I set the camera up on a tripod and began shooting.

I’m never comfortable in front of the camera ( I’m certain this is why I chose a career behind the camera ) but went through various poses in front of the camera trying not to grin too manicly. I’d set the software to download a low res copy of the image as soon as it was taken so was able to check how I was looking without moving back to the camera.

Taking your own picture is somehow not natural. The process of taking a portrait should be a process of give and take between photographer and sitter. The photographer needs to create a rapport with the sitter so the sitter relaxes and finally gives up a little of themselves to the photographer that allows a small part of their personality to be captured in the image. That relationship obviously just isn’t present when doing a self portrait.

Final image selection was made on my desktop computer, followed by a bit of post production and conversion to B/W with a little colour tone added I was happy with the result.

If you are uncomfortable in front of the camera, a good pro photographer will help you through the process, relax you in front of the camera and cajole that little extra something out of you to create an image you will be pleased with.

If you don’t fancy going through the selfie palaver to shoot your own portrait then give me a call, I'd be happy to help create a business portrait image you'd be happy to use across your social media platforms and website.

 

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From The Archive No:37 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/6/from-the-archive-no-37 CAPTAIN BEANY0011CAPTAIN BEANY0011Charity fundraiser Barry Kirk who has changed his name to Captain Beany and his Bean museum at his home in Port Talbot South Wales.
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Came across these in the archive today taken back in 2004. A day in the life of South Wales super hero, Captain Beany. Captain who changed his name officially from Barry Kirk is a charity fundraiser who can be seen in full character going about his daily business around his Port Talbot home or taking part in fundraising events. He even has a bean museum in his home. I’m sure you all have similar characters in your localities around the country and society is enriched by them but Captain Beany is definitely one of ours here in South Wales.
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CAPTAIN BEANY0019CAPTAIN BEANY0019Charity fundraiser Barry Kirk who has changed his name to Captain Beany enjoys a drink at his local pub The Four Winds.
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CAPTAIN BEANY0022CAPTAIN BEANY0022Charity fundraiser Barry Kirk who has changed his name to Captain Beany and his Bean museum at his home in Port Talbot South Wales.
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(Mediaphotos) Business Cardiff Commercial Photographer Corporate Photographer Editorial Photographer Event Photography Location photography Marketing Photographer Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography PR Photographer PR photography Press Photography Roger Donovan Wales https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/6/from-the-archive-no-37 Fri, 05 Jun 2020 08:44:48 GMT
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As we await details from Government as to how the country will progress through the post lockdown process we can at last begin to let our business brains address what the “new normal” will actually be and how we can take our business forward as the economy begins it’s recovery.

My PR, event and corporate photography business has been at a standstill now for the past nine weeks.

To be honest, for me I don’t see a switch being flicked and business starting again straight away. It will, I think be a slow burn with some aspects including the event and conference side of things not reaching any sort of normality for many months.

I’m hopeful that the PR work might be different as companies look to promote their brand and products to the public and other businesses.

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It will also be the time to renew your headshot on your social media profile. Time to show off the new styles and colours that will be keeping hairdressers busy for the next few months. 

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Hugh James Solicitors Cardiff Office staff, 27/10/08.
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Product, packshot and lifestyle photography have always been services that I offer but I shall now be looking to promote this side of my business more actively.

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Spec: 6 litre V12 engine
Power 560 bhp
Eight Speed automatic transmission
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OTR from £152,749.00
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Similarly, video, talking heads for web and social media will hopefully become a bigger part of what I do.

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The power of the photograph has never been so important as it is now for businesses looking to bounce back after lockdown. A quality image gets you noticed for the right reasons, it can demonstrate the steps you are taking to operate within social distancing guidelines, show new products to you clients or introduce new staff to them or draw readers into your press release or mailshot.

 

We’re all going to have to adapt our businesses to new ways of working to keep within any social distancing measures that may be in place and maybe even look at revenue streams we hadn’t previously considered.

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I wish everyone all the best for the new challenges that are around the corner and look forward to working with both old and new clients in the not too distant future.

Give me a call or drop me an email to discuss how photography can help you rise from the ashes of coronavirus.

 

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I had it in mind to post just one image, the upright shot of the young man in a wheelchair, as part of my “From The Archive” series but when I went looking at the rest of the images from this set thought they were particularly appropriate to the current situation we all find ourselves in and decided that I should post a few more as a picture story. 

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The pictures come from a feature shoot way back in October 2005 for the Times Educational Supplement for whom I was a regular contributor at the time. I spent the morning with teachers and pupils from Ty Gwyn Special School in Cardiff as they took part in a regular “Outdoors Experience” session in nearby woods. Just physically getting to the campsite was hard work, getting everyone on the minibus and then off and then through the forest to the campsite was no easy matter.

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The session gave the pupils chance to experience nature, everything from hugging trees to lighting camp fires. Everyone enjoyed it and I remember being so impressed with the dedication and patience of the staff.

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In times such as we are now in, we all appreciate the hard work and selfless work that carers perform and I think these images demonstrate that. I have nothing but admiration for the work they do.

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Seeing the pictures again I couldn’t help but wonder how youngsters requiring special need care and education are managing in this lockdown. I assume the schools are not open which leaves parents as 24/7 carers. My heart goes out to them as the task must be overwhelming.

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From The Archive No:36 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/5/from-the-archive-no-36 BELL 2BELL 2The bluebell woods at Dalkeith Country Park on the Southern outskirts of Edinburgh.
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A picture taken in June 2000 at Dalkeith Country Park just outside Edinburgh on commission for The Sunday Times. The brief was simply to find a pretty weather picture. The park is famous for it's bluebell display at that time of year and there was a teddy bears picnic event happening in the woodlands as well. A perfect opportunity to get a nice picture. 

The bluebells were plentiful but to get the full effect, a low angle was needed to fill the frame with blue. Having found the right spot with a slight rise I just needed to find some willing subjects who thankfully appeared on queue.

 

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From The Archive No: 35 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/5/from-the-archive-no-35 Portrait-photographyPortrait-photographyPortrait photography © Roger Donovan, Media Photos

Today's from From The Archive post is a shot of dance teacher Miranda who was looking for a new portrait for her social media pages.

The photographs were shot on location at her home and for me this was my best effort from the shoot.

Quite a lot of work has been done to get to the final result including desaturating the image so that it is nearly B/W, increasing the contrast and introducing more black into the shadows so that the image becomes very graphic. The final touch in Photoshop was to introduce some tilt/shift blur to suggest that it had been shot on a large format camera with bellows movement. Not something I have to say I have ever done. Indeed the largest format I have ever shot is 6x7. The tilt/shift blur gives the appearance of a shallow depth of field so the hair and jumper appear soft and out of focus which helps to accentuate the eyes.

Miranda's short hair already gave her a striking look but this treatment and the single light source which highlights her high cheek bones together with an almost Mona Lisa like enigmatic smile I think make for a strong portrait.

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From The Archive No:34 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/5/from-the-archive-no-34 The St Modwen development at Coed Carcy, Neath.

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A PR image shot in December 2008 is the subject of this post from the archive. I’ve always found this shot pleasing and I regularly use it in my portfolio and marketing even now twelve years later. My main reason for liking it, is probably because it was a challenge to create a strong image from nothing. 

I’d been commissioned to shoot a picture for a press release about a new development being built on land previously occupied by a giant oil refinery and storage depot just outside Swansea. When I get there I find the oil refinery was no more, having been flattened and removed totally from site. The only building left was a brick built bath house and a pile of bricks and debris left from the demolition and the new build hadn’t actually started. Luckily there was a digger still on site and a low winter sun together with some fill flash allowed me to make an image that saw a lot of use in the press.

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(Mediaphotos) Business Cardiff Commercial Photographer Corporate Photographer Editorial Photographer Event Photographer Event Photography Location photography Marketing Photographer Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography PR Photographer PR photography Press Photography Roger Donovan Wales https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/5/from-the-archive-no-34 Mon, 04 May 2020 17:47:12 GMT
How To Get The Pictures You Want From A Photo Commission. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/5/how-to-get-the-pictures-you-want-from-a-photo-commission A few tips for getting the most out of your pr, corporate or event photoshoot.

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You might think that simply booking a professional photographer should be a guarantee that you will get the pictures you require from your photoshoot. But things can go wrong even with the most seasoned professional on the case and it’s important to do everything you can to ensure that the risk of things going belly up are mitigated. 

Lack of communication is the single biggest reason for problems, followed closely by a  lack of planning. If you are commissioning photography it will help if you have a clear idea of your expectations. What type of image you require and what use you will make of the pictures. Importantly these details must be communicated to the photographer.

Don’t take anything for granted, plan the shoot or event thoroughly and allow time in the schedule for any set up photography. Be sensible about how long the photography will take. The photographer needs time to find the right location, set up lights and pose the group. Don’t create undue pressure by not allocating a reasonable time slot in the schedule. It might be helpful to seek the photographers input on this during the planning process. If props or other specifics are needed for the photography don’t just assume they will all be available on the day. Plan and arrange in advance. 

The more information that can be given to the photographer prior to the event, the better will be their understanding on the day of what is required of them. From a photographers point of view, arriving at an event cold with no understanding of the situation can be a recipe for disaster. Many times I’ve arrived at a shoot with little knowledge of the event or who the participants are and the first question I’m asked is “Where do you want us and what do you want to do?” It’s so tempting to say “I don’t know” but instead I have to dig tentatively to find out who is who and what is what. Not very professional and you’re on the back foot from the start.

I’ve been commissioned many times in the past where the commissioner’s idea of a brief is no more than time and date. Whilst vitally important, a brief should include a lot more. Background to the event, details of participants, contact names, mobile numbers, itinerary, specific requirements, expectations, what use will be made of the images, time scale for delivery, delivery method, rights required.

I think it important to remember that whilst you work for your organisation day in day out and understand how it works and who people are, a photographer commissioned for a single shoot won’t have this depth of knowledge and understanding. The more the photographer understands, the more on board they will be with company thinking, the more they feel part of what is going on, the better the outcome of the shoot. This is a good reason for building a relationship with a photographer and using the same photographer on a regular basis so they feel part of your team and understands your business structure and brand.

A few points to consider when booking photography:

1: Date, time and itinerary. Absolutely necessary it goes without saying but be honest with your photographer, ensure you give a true start time, don’t assume they’ll cut things fine and arrive on the dot and therefore give an earlier start time to ensure they arrive by the actual start time. I’ve had this happen to me on numerous occasions and because I always arrive early have ended up arriving an hour or so before needed.

2: Planning. Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Include the photographer in this process as they will understand and allow for the photographic requirements of the shoot.

3: Provide an exhaustive brief. Knowledge is king. The more information the photographer has to hand the better their decision making and the better the resulting images will be.

4: Communicate with the photographer at all points in the process. Make them feel involved to mitigate the chances of things going wrong.

5: Build a relationship with the photographer, use the same one regularly, not necessarily to the exclusion of others as it is also good practice to have a couple of strings to your bow, but if the photographer feels part of your team it will show in the service you get.

6: What use is likely to be made of the images? Knowing where the images will be published can assist the photographers decisions on style and composition so that the images can be tailored to the target market.

7: Allow time in the schedule for any set up photography. All too often time for photography is not actually set aside in the itinerary, resulting in trying to squeeze in the photography when no time remains or as everyone is leaving the door. Far better to put time in the schedule so that everyone concerned is aware of when and where the photography will be shot and it’s not just a rushed afterthought.

8: Don’t spring unexpected requests on the photographer last minute. Most photographers don’t carry all their kit in the boot of the car. There’s simply too much so there is a need to know in advance what will be required or risk disappointment. Plan well and communicate with the photographer in advance.

9: Work closely with the photographer on the day of the shoot, assist where you can and observe what is being shot. If you have any specific requirements i.e. personnel, branding, products to be included in shot check that these have been covered. It’s too late when the event is over.

10: Be prepared to change plans, sometimes expectations just can’t be met. Work with the photographer to get the best from a situation.

11: Give the photographer time to work their magic. Even if you think you have the shot in the can sometimes the photographer can see something more in the shot. The photographer is the one with the technical knowledge and creativity, the one who understands the potential in changing lens or viewpoint. Give them chance to do their best and your expectations might be surpassed.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of do's and don'ts as I’m sure individual shoots will have their own issues and requirements that need to be addressed but I will just repeat my mantra of “Plan and Communicate”. If you stick to this advice then the shoot will stand every chance of being successful.

Roger Donovan 

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Access To The Front Line https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/5/access-to-the-front-line CRASH1CRASH1A RTA on The Bryn Bend, Pontllanfraith circa 1977. A young man is rescued from the remains of his Ford Escort after drifting into the path of an oncoming car as he took the Bryn Bend. The car was a right off and the lad doesn't look good as he is removed unconscious from the vehicle. He made a full recovery though, even asking for prints of the accident as a momento.
This was taken in a time when access for the press was much more open than these days and as long as you didn't get in the way there was rarely a problem.
CRASH2CRASH2A RTA on The Bryn Bend, Pontllanfraith circa 1977. A young man is rescued from the remains of his Ford Escort after drifting into the path of an oncoming car as he took the Bryn Bend. The car was a right off and the lad doesn't look good as he is removed unconscious from the vehicle. He made a full recovery though, even asking for prints of the accident as a momento.
This was taken in a time when access for the press was much more open than these days and as long as you didn't get in the way there was rarely a problem.
A lot is spoken at the moment by photojournalists keen to document the sharp end of this Covid crisis, about the lack of access to the front lines where the story is really happening. There is a wish and a genuine need to document what is happening in our hospitals and care homes but access is being denied, some might claim legitimately so, as press access would cause unnecessary difficulties for authorities to cope with, in what are already difficult situations.

As an industry I believe we need to look to ourselves for the reasons behind this unco-operation. This attitude to the press is fuelled by the public perception of the business brought about by the actions of the red tops who thought they were above the law and used subterfuge and illegal means to create stories to entertain the nation. Had these stories been investigations into wrong doing in public or political life then maybe the end would have justified the means. But this wasn’t the case, it was done purely in the search for an entertaining read.

The result has been that whilst we are supposed to be an open and transparent society we have in fact become more closed than ever, more closed than many other countries, as has been demonstrated by the access given to photographers in Italy and Spain and elsewhere to document this crisis.

When I first started as a newspaper photographer back in 1975 access was rarely an issue. Indeed you could make a quick telephone call or sometimes simply turn up to be given access to pretty much anything. Journalists were respected by most and not viewed as the scavengers of society.

Here are a couple of pictures from 1977, when I was just two years into my career, that I think demonstrate a far more respectful attitude to the press. The fire, police and ambulance services had no issue with me arriving on the scene of a nasty road traffic accident and as long as I didn’t hinder their activities I was allowed to get in close to get my pictures. Things didn’t look good at the scene but they respected my journalistic judgement and gave me the access and time to document the story as it unfolded. Only when it had been ascertained that the young man had survived relatively unscathed were the pictures published in the following weeks paper with a story about a miracle escape. The young lad himself requested a set of pictures as a momento of his brush with death. I believe that at this time the professionalism of the press wasn’t in question and the emergency services on the scene knew that a journalistic judgement would made on whether to publish any images from the incident. 

Admittedly the whole thing wasn’t being confused by the presence of hoards of camera phone wielding members of the public eager to instantly splash someone else’s misery over social media. Unfortunately these days I think the authorities confuse the professional media with the social media amateurs who answer to no-one and publish without a thought to the consequences.

Yes there is a need to record what is happening on the front line but as a professional and responsible industry we must demonstrate to society that we have changed before we can earn their respect again. Maybe it won’t happen in time to document this crisis but for the future we must somehow regain the trust of the nation.

For the record I shoot little press these days having made the move to PR and corporate work but I have worked most of my life as a newspaper photographer and picture editor.

 

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(Mediaphotos) Business Cardiff Coronavirus Corporate Photographer Covid19 Editorial Photographer Event Photography Journalism Marketing Photographer Mediaphotos Photography PR Photographer PR photography Press Press Photography Roger Donovan Wales https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/5/access-to-the-front-line Fri, 01 May 2020 08:29:19 GMT
After Lockdown https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/4/events-after-lockdown Trade Union Conference PhotographyConference-PhotographyTrade Union Conference and event Photography Social or networking events such as dinners, conferences, awards ceremonies as we knew them up to only a month or so ago are a thing of the past at the moment and will probably remain so for a little while to come. But they will be back, we are after all sociable people who like nothing better than a natter, chat, catchup, gossip, exchange of views and knowledge, call it what you may with friends and colleagues alike. Conference Photography speakerConference-speakerConference Photography speaker. Event photographer Yes, online virtual conferencing has plugged the gap during this crisis both in the work and family environment and has many positives, not least of which is the ability to conduct your meeting from the comfort of your own home. There is no travel, expense or greenhouse gas emissions involved in having to get to the event and for these reasons alone I'm sure that virtual conferencing is here to stay. But it doesn't cater to all our needs of socialising and can be a little difficult for some to engage and become involved in the conversation.

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PR and case study photography from Roger Donovan / MediaphotosPR-photographyPR and case study photography from Roger Donovan / Mediaphotos Your business too will need a jump start and all the help it can get to promote itself to the wider business community and the public through press release, blogs, web sites and media articles. Photography is the visual medium that will help draw in your customers and clients so please when the economy starts up again think photography and PR. It's so easy to think of photography and PR as an unnecessary expense and not something that is part of the production process. Nothing could be further from the truth, when times are hard then that really is the time to utilise PR and photography to promote your brand, product and service.

I wish you all the best as a glimmer of light appears on the horizon and look forward to working with you again to rebuild the economy of this Great Country.

About The Author Roger Donovan.

I'm a hugely experienced photographer and media professional having worked in Newspapers around the UK for over twenty four years and operated my own business, Mediaphotos, for twenty three years. Mediaphotos provides a friendly and bespoke service to business clients throughout the UK and can help with all your Event,  PR, Communication, Product and Corporate photography.


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(Mediaphotos) Business Cardiff Commercial Photographer Coronavirus Corporate Photographer Covid-19 Editorial Photographer Event Photographer Event Photography Location photography Lockdown Marketing Photographer Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography PR photography Press Photography Roger Donovan https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/4/events-after-lockdown Wed, 29 Apr 2020 11:28:50 GMT
From The Archive No: 33 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/4/from-the-archive-no-33 Welsh National Opera Hansel and Gretel Witch Transformation.

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Hansel & Gretal.
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Hansel & Gretal.
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Hansel & Gretal.
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Three pictures which are from a 2008 Welsh National Opera commission to photograph the transformation of the witch in Hansel and Gretel as make up and a little padding are applied to create the frightening larger than life stage character. The pictures were used for pre publicity in newspapers around the country to promote the forthcoming production as the theatre company toured the UK. The transformation is quite remarkable and just how the actor sings in all that latex is a mystery.

These pictures were all shot in a cramped dressing room backstage at The Millennium Centre in Cardiff prior to a dress rehearsal. If memory serves me right I used two Nikon SB800 flashguns to light the shots and what with my lighting stands, two makeup artists, the performer and a PR guy things were a little cramped. 

I was very happy with the result and I guess the WNO were too as seven years later in 2015 I was asked to shoot the same series again with a different performer when they next toured with the same production. Here's a link to these pictures as they were used in the pre publicity feature in the Daily Post in Liverpool.

 

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(Mediaphotos) Arts Business Cardiff Commercial Photographer Corporate Photographer Editorial Photographer Entertainment Event Photography Location photography Marketing Photographer Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography PR Photographer PR photography Press Photographer Press Photography Stage The Wales https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/4/from-the-archive-no-33 Thu, 23 Apr 2020 08:09:56 GMT
Virtual Conferencing Backgrounds & Tips For Presenting The Right Image https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/4/backgrounds-for-zoom-conferencing ZOOM-BACK013ZOOM-BACK013Australia 2016/17.
Blue sky, clouds and surf at Nobbys Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
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We have the potential for several more weeks of lockdown ahead of us and if like me you're working from home virtual conferencing to stay in touch with colleagues and family then maybe you'd like to have a little fun by ringing the changes with your virtual backgrounds.

I've created a small online gallery of free pictures from my archives for you to use to change your location or mood during your online conference call.

All the pictures have been optimised for Zoom so all you need to do is log in to the gallery: https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/zoombackgrounds to download your pictures. Then just select the picture in the Zoom software and you can be transported from your home office to a location on the other side of the world or closer to home if you prefer. The pictures also make great computer desktop backgrounds too.

Some tips to help you present your best image whilst virtual conferencing.

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A screen grab of yours truly during a recent video conference with colleagues around the globe against a backdrop of glorious Tenby.
 

We've all seen some of the virtual conference disasters on TV over the past weeks, faces in shadow, blown out highlights, grubby backgrounds etc but some basic photography advice can quickly help eliminate these embarrasing faux pas so you present that perfect image to your conference colleagues and friends. All these tips apply equally for any photography in general so next time you're shooting using your camera phone keep these tips in mind to help you get the best possible results.

  1. Lighting. The lighting needs to be soft and falling on your face from a source in front of you. It doesn't need to be level with your face so a ceiling light would be OK but it does need to be in front of you, ideally beyond the computer and the webcam. If you can, move your computer or adjust your position so there's a window beyond it so that the light falls on your face. Preferably not direct sunlight as this would be too harsh. If you can't move your computer you can add some light maybe from a table lamp. It shouldn't shine directly onto your face but be bounced off a wall either in front or to the side of your computer. Window light from the side can also be OK but may need something positioning opposite the window to reflect its light. One thing you definitely don't want is to have the light source behind you as this will result in your face being in shadow as the computers web cam exposes for the bright light behind you.
  2. Experiment. Whatever light source you are using try altering things until you are happy with your screen image. Use curtains or blinds on a window to alter the light or alter the computer position or the position of any lights. 
  3. Eye level. No one wants to be looking straight up your nose as is often the case if you are using a laptop on a desk. The web cam will be too low and you will be looking down all the time. To avoid this unflattering view raise the level of you laptop, a couple of hefty books should help. Ideally you need to raise the laptop until the webcam is at your eye level.
  4. Backgrounds. You can easliy add your own background from within the software using your own pictures or one of my free images but if you prefer not to just ensure your background is clear and clutter free. Be professional even though you're not in the office. Have a good look behind you, make sure your undies aren't drying in the background.
  5. Clothing. Get yourself in the work mode and keep it professional. Definitely no pyjamas. Something with some colour, no plain white shirts especially for the greying gents among us but nothing to loud either.
  6. Fill the frame. Web cams usually have a wide angle lens so for your face to be large enough on screen you might need to move closer to the camera than you think.
  7. Keep checking your screen image and make any necessary adjustments.
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(Mediaphotos) Business Commercial Photographer Coronavirus Corporate Photographer Covid-19 Editorial Photographer Event Photographer Event Photography Lifestyle photography Location photography Marketing Photographer Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography PR Photographer PR photography Press Photographer Press Photography Video Conferencing Wales Zoom https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/4/backgrounds-for-zoom-conferencing Wed, 22 Apr 2020 09:22:50 GMT
From The Archive No:32 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/4/from-the-archive-no-31 Award winning student Amy Morreau, 16, shows off her circus skills at The Wales Millennium Centre.
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For many years I worked on a freelance basis for The Times Educational Supplement providing photographic coverage from South Wales for the highly regarded weekly educational newspaper until like so many publications cutbacks forced a change in design emphasis and it moved from being a paper that covered human interest picture stories to reporting national trends and issues with illustrations and graphics bought in from agencies.

I enjoyed the creative challenges that the commissions brought and for me it was a particularly fruitful time which I believe saw me produce some of my best work up to that point.

I'll feature a few pictures from this time over the coming months but here to start is a case study picture to illustrate a story about the extracurricular talents of students. In this case circus skills talents are being shown off against the spectacular backdrop of The Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. A low setting sun with some off camera fill flash help create some dramatic lighting.

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(Mediaphotos) Business Cardiff Commercial Photographer Corporate Photographer Creative photography Editorial Photographer Event Photographer Event Photography Flash photography Lifestyle photography Location photography Marketing Photographer Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography PR Photographer PR photography Press Photographer Press Photography Roger Donovan Wales https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/4/from-the-archive-no-31 Thu, 16 Apr 2020 17:45:37 GMT
From The Archive No:31 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/4/from-the-archive-no-32 RD FLY 2RD FLY 2Taking to the skies over Stirling yesterday (Thursday July 16th 1998) were a 1949 Chipmonk trainer,left, and a 1940 Piper L4 Cub spotter plane which along with many other famous aircraft including a Battle of Britain Spitfire, Hurricane and Messerschmidtt 109, a 1950s Soviet MIG 15 fighter and the Uk's only surviving Catalina flying boat will take part in a spectacular new air show, The Festival of Flight at East Fortune Airfield in East Lothian, Scotland, on Saturday 18th July. In the foreground is the wing of a 1940 Miles Magister training aircraft. Attendances are expected to reach 20,000 for the family day out at the National Museums of Scotland, Museum of Flight which houses over 50 aircraft and rockets at the former wartime airfield near Haddington.
© 1998 Roger Donovan, Media Photos.
Having had an interest in aviation since my early teens when my career ambition was to become a pilot, it has been a joy to me that my eventual chosen career of photography has allowed me to get airborne on many occasions, including many flights in gliders, light aircraft, Chinook and Jet Ranger helicopters, biplanes and a hot air balloon as well as in this instance in the open cockpit of this single winged wooden built 1940 Miles Magister training aircraft.

This was shot in the skies over Stirling, Scotland on 16/7/98  where the three aircraft came together for me to shoot a picture for release to the Scottish media as a bit of pre publicity for the upcoming new air show, The Festival of Flight at East Fortune Airfield in East Lothian, Scotland, on Saturday 18th July.

It was an amazing experience but the shot itself proved quite tricky to choreograph as what radio we had was barely audible over the noise of the engine and propellor just in front of me and the wind noise in the open cockpit. Lots of hand gestures were required if memory serves me right. The picture was well used in the following days press across Scotland and got some good publicity for the airshow.

In the foreground is a 1949 Chipmonk trainer and beyond a 1940 Piper L4 Cub spotter plane which along with many other famous aircraft including a Battle of Britain Spitfire, Hurricane and Messerschmidtt 109, a 1950s Soviet MIG 15 fighter and the Uk's only surviving Catalina flying boat were to take part in the show.

My pilot for the day Jim McTaggart took part in the weekends display flying various aircraft but unfortunately his show came to an abrupt end when he crashed his Starbuster biplane in a corn field at Yellowcraigs near Direlton close to the airfield. Luckily he escaped uninjured from the upturned plane. I was at home when I heard news of the crash on the radio and quickly made my way to Yellowcraigs and after a long hike through woods and fields found the crashed aircraft.

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It was a cold start to a Saturday morning and the wind blowing across the wide open dock added to the chill. I was at Cardiff Docks to photograph the new Norwegian green-powered cruise liner MV Fritjof Nansen arrive in the capital city with 350 passengers on board. Accompanied by two tugs the ship made it's way up the Bristol Channel into the sea lock and on into The Queen Alexandra Dock where she was met by The Barry Male Voice Choir who sang as the passengers disembarked.

My commission was to shoot stills of the event for PR but I couldn't resist the temptation to shoot a little video as well.

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The green-powered cruise vessel MV Fridtjof Nansen docks in ABP’s Port of Cardiff today Saturday 14/3/20.
The Barry Male Voice Choir were there to greet the passengers with a Welsh welcome as they disembarked for a day in the capital city.
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The green-powered cruise vessel MV Fridtjof Nansen docks in ABP’s Port of Cardiff today Saturday 14/3/20.
The Barry Male Voice Choir were there to greet the passengers with a Welsh welcome as they disembarked for a day in the capital city.
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The green-powered cruise vessel MV Fridtjof Nansen docks in ABP’s Port of Cardiff today Saturday 14/3/20.
The Barry Male Voice Choir were there to greet the passengers with a Welsh welcome as they disembarked for a day in the capital city.
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The green-powered cruise vessel MV Fridtjof Nansen docks in ABP’s Port of Cardiff today Saturday 14/3/20.
The Barry Male Voice Choir were there to greet the passengers with a Welsh welcome as they disembarked for a day in the capital city.
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The green-powered cruise vessel MV Fridtjof Nansen docks in ABP’s Port of Cardiff today Saturday 14/3/20.
The Barry Male Voice Choir were there to greet the passengers with a Welsh welcome as they disembarked for a day in the capital city.
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The green-powered cruise vessel MV Fridtjof Nansen docks in ABP’s Port of Cardiff today Saturday 14/3/20.
The Barry Male Voice Choir were there to greet the passengers with a Welsh welcome as they disembarked for a day in the capital city.
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The green-powered cruise vessel MV Fridtjof Nansen docks in ABP’s Port of Cardiff today Saturday 14/3/20.
The Barry Male Voice Choir were there to greet the passengers with a Welsh welcome as they disembarked for a day in the capital city.
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(Mediaphotos) Business Cardiff Commercial Photographer Corporate Photographer docks Editorial Photographer Event Photographer Event Photography Location photography Marketing Photographer Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography PR Photographer PR photography Press Photographer Press Photography Roger Donovan shipping video videographer videography Wales https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/3/mv-fridtjof-nansen-docks-in-cardiff Thu, 19 Mar 2020 12:18:00 GMT
Strange Times https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/3/strange-times Safe to say the coming months are going to be difficult for all of us. The coronavirus pandemic is causing chaos throughout society and many businesses are being hit hard and the effects will be long term. Business are going under and employees are losing jobs to say nothing of the health implications of the virus itself.

Like many photographers and others operating in the media and pr sectors I have seen work cancelled and I’m seriously concerned about where it will all end.

As an individual there is little I can do other than dig deep and carry on doing what I do, so to that end I will continue to be available for work until the Government tells me differently or I succumb to the virus myself when I will self isolate. I don’t intend being reckless but being self employed there is a need to work, so whilst taking all sensible precautions that is what I intend to do. 

Our lives are going to change dramatically over the coming months but I’m hoping that this whole COVID-19 experience will allow everyone to reassess what is important in life. Maybe society can hit the reset button and return to a more measured sensible, slower and less frenetic lifestyle where our expectations are reduced and we accept and enjoy the more basic joys of life.

I wish everyone the best of luck and hope we all come through this devastating episode in our lives relatively unscathed.

Strange times. Be positive and stay safe everyone.

 

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(Mediaphotos) Business coronavirus COVID-19 economy health pandemic Photography pr public relations https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/3/strange-times Wed, 18 Mar 2020 16:56:13 GMT
A New Photo Restoration Service from Mediaphotos https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/2/a-new-photo-restoration-service-from-mediaphotos WEDDING-SCANXxWEDDING-SCANXx For forty plus years I've worked as a professional photographer. During this time I have been asked on many occasions to help with copying old photographs and have indeed copied many of my own families pictures. I love these old pictures and I'm sure many people feel the same about their own family pictures but unlike me they maybe don't have the skill or equipment to save their old images from fading away. Which is why I've now added photo restoration to the list of services I offer through Mediaphotos and also set up the @photorestorecardiff Facebook page to help market the service.

We all have collections of treasured old family photos stored away in draws or boxes in the attic. Pictures of close family members, friends or ancestors never met but none the less cherished, or maybe some pictures of a much younger you with school friends.

Time can take it’s toll on these precious heirlooms and these old pictures can fade away before you know it. Photorestore- Cardiff can stop the ageing process by scanning your images, retouching and correcting damaged or torn photographs and supplying a pristine digital copy. We’re also able to provide prints of your heirlooms, which can be framed for display should you require. If you have a collection of images that require restoring why not display them in a book or album.

Prices start at just £15 per image so to get the sparkle back in you pictures just send your damaged print to Photorestore - Cardiff, 10 Eugene Close, Cardiff, CF3 0LZ along with your £15 payment (plus £3.50 P&P for returning your original print), a cheque made out to our parent business “Mediaphotos” or use the Paypal link: https://paypal.me/MediaPhotos?locale.x=en_GB . Please ensure you include your return address together with an email address and telephone number so we can send your digital copy or contact you should we need to discuss your order. If the work is more than our basic scan / retouch service we will let you know before we start work so you can decide whether to proceed at the new price we quote. Alternatively just call us on 02920 361126 and we can discuss your requirements and take your card payment over the phone or provide bank details for you to pay online.

When the restoration is complete we will return your original print and either email you a digital copy of the restored image or supply the digital image through our website where you can download your copy and should you require, purchase prints at your leisure. You’ll never be pressurised into buying prints but it is a service we offer should you wish.

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(Mediaphotos) ancestry Business cherished family images Mediaphotos photo photographs Photography pictures precious repair restoration treasured https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/2/a-new-photo-restoration-service-from-mediaphotos Thu, 06 Feb 2020 15:11:19 GMT
New Year 2020 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/1/new-year-2020 bentley_bentayga039 copy1bentley_bentayga039 copy1A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
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Here we are again at the start of a new year, a time to remind you of the photographic services I offer through Mediaphotos.

Mediaphotos, it's all in the name, photography for use in any media. Video is also on offer and should you wish to shoot your own images then why not let me help with some photographic training so you get the most from your iPhone photography.

The photography business has moved on at a pace over the past few years. No longer is it a dark art practiced by only those in the know, with access to a concoction of chemicals in a darkroom. Digital photography and the smart phone have seen to that.

Digital technologies have made photography available to the masses and many businesses now shoot their own photography and video. It’s a fact that modern phones and digital cameras can help you make your own images with relative ease. But two things the technology can’t offer are creativity or the photographic expertise gained over many years of working in the business that allows the experienced professional photographer to create images that meet the exacting standards that your business deserves. Standards that apply in other aspects of your business should apply to your photography output if you want to create the right impression across your social media or in your PR and marketing campaigns.

Even in the simplest portrait photography the use of light, whether ambient or flash, to create the right visual impact and the ability to have consistency of style and colour across all the portraits on your web site is of paramount importance. An experienced professional photographer has the skill and knowledge that will ensure your business is presented as it should be.

Businesses may choose to only use a professional photographer for what they see as the bigger jobs, jobs that are beyond their skill level, where quality images are required from the most difficult of situations. Events, conferences and the like. That is fine by me as that is where I excel. My years of experience and knowledge gained over my career allow me to shoot these events with ease and provide stunning, quality images from the most demanding of situations that will tell your story or showcase your event as it deserves.

If you care about the image your business presents to the world across it’s social media or PR and marketing campaigns give me a call. It’s what I do and I can help sell your story or image to the world.

Get in touch.

HEADS2HEADS2 The start of a New Year is a good time to think about updating your social media headshot. Fashions change as do hairstyles so keep your images looking fresh by updating your picture regularly. Individuals or complete teams can be accommodated. Why not give me a call on 02920 361126 or email me
 

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A typical overcast and wet January day greeted me at Cardiff Airport for this shoot to mark the signing of a new contract with Global Trek Aviation. As the saying goes, "There's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing", and a little bit of fill flash helped brighten the faces.

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For the second year running I was commissioned to photograph Meleri, a case study for the Food Standards Agency food intolerance campaign #justask. The commission also involved the production of a selection of video clips for inclusion in the agencies Instagram Story campaign.
 

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A commission to photograph the Farming Connect Agri Academy Rural Leadership Group 2012 meeting at Onnen Fawr Farm, Crai, Nr Sennybridge in The Brecon Beacons, South Wales resulted in a snowy drive into the remote Brecon Beacons. Part of the commission also required some pictures of host farmer Keri Davies with his Glamping Lodges at the farm.
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A shot from a commission to photograph the new Ford Dragon Assembly line at the companies Bridgend Engine Plant. I can't believe that within the year the company was announcing the plants closure.
 

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A corporate portraiture commission for Cardiff Airport required portraits of all it's directors together with some board meeting images.
 

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An image from a commission to photograph a Media Wales, Nat West Round Table Dinner networking event.
 

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All the fun of a Las Vegas themed quiz night held at The Grosvenor Casino.
 

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The MADE launch event held at Ford BEP.
 

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A new Managing Director for Redrow South Wales.
 

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Shaunnah Crosbie who has started a sewing business based in Llantrisant with the help of Big Ideas Wales.
 

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BBC TV presenter Lewis Vaughan Jones comperes the WalesOnline Digital Awards ceremony held at The Tramshed, Cardiff.
 

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Dafydd Elis-Thomas, AM, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport launches the Wales Coast Path Digital Experience on the Cardiff Bay Barrage.
 

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A regular for me, The NASUWT Cymru annual conference held at The Marriott Hotel Cardiff over a weekend in June. The commission includes documentary coverage of the conference and all it's speakers.
 

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Another conference in June, this time the Renewable Cymru Smart Energy conference at Sophia Gardens again with a brief to document the conference, its speakers and networking events.
 

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BBC Radio 2 gardener Terry Walton photographed at the Redrow, Tinkinswood Green Gardening Event.
 

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I love this off beat unplanned picture from a commission from Toyota UK to photograph it's Mirai hydrogen car taking part in the Inaugural Green Dragon Rally around Swansea and The Gower Peninsular in August. The event for electric and hydrogen powered vehicles gathered at The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, before setting off from Castle Gardens in the City Centre on it’s 60 mile tour of the picturesque Gower Peninsular ending with an auto test at Swansea Airport before heading for the finish line back at Castle Gardens.
 

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An image from a three day shoot to photograph three care homes around South Wales. The commission called for interiors and exteriors show casing the facilities for use on the companies web site.
 

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A PR shot for BPU Accountants for distribution to the media.

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Part of a series of pictures shot at Lizzi, the gift store in Bridgend for a double page spread in Around Town Magazine.
 

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An interior shot at Redrow Homes, Great Milton Park, Newport.
 

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A big event to finish the year, The Welsh Automotive Forum Annual Networking Dinner held at The Vale Resort and sponsored this year by prestige car maker Aston Martin.
 

 

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From The Archive No:30 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2020/1/from-the-archive-no-30 RD-RUTH0013RD-RUTH0013Ruth Jones, writer and star of BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey is pictured dressed as a human statue, head to toe in silver during filming for the second series of Gavin and Stacey in Barry, South Wales, today.
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So much in life is about timing and that is particularly true when it comes to photography. Usually it's about hitting the shutter release at the right moment or being in the right place at the right time. 

I thought I was on to a winner when I stumbled across filming of the second series of TV comedy Gavin and Stacey in Barry in November 2007. Back then my work was split 50/50 between press and corporate and selling news and celebrity images to the national papers was a big part of what I did.

The sight of Welsh actress Ruth Jones covered from top to toe in silver paint for a scene where she played a statue was in my opinion going to be a nice little earner. I'd watched the first series on BBC3 and loved it but what I didn't bargain for was the apathy shown by every national newspaper picture desk. Gavin And Stacey was yet to become a hit and was virtually unknown to the world outside of Wales. Not a single show anywhere.

Had I come across this scene twelve months later when Gavin, Stacey, Smithy and Nessa had become household names then it would have been a different story. Twelve years on and the shows Christmas special was a record breaker and filming around Barry last summer drew crowds of onlookers and fans from around the country.

With this particular shot I was in the right place just twelve months early. 

The full set of pictures can be viewed at: https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/p327201334

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Bentley Bentayga Speed Test Drive Shoot https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/12/bentley-bentayga-speed-test-drive-shoot bentley_bentayga039 copy1bentley_bentayga039 copy1A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
Working with "Wheels Within Wales" I recently had the opportunity to photograph a Bentley Bentayga Speed, the worlds fastest 4x4 SUV which was being taken on a road test for an upcoming report on their excellent motoring website.

Time was of the essence so we stayed close and only went as far as the Vale of Glamorgan. The grey car looked good on a grey day on the grey pebbles at Aberthaw against a backdrop of the Bristol Channel and the power station. The walled road leading from the village gave another opportunity for a picture and we finished off with a shot creating a splash as it took on the river ford at Llancarfan.

The shoot was done and dusted in under two hours and I was home for lunch. Not a bad mornings work if I say so myself.

bentley_bentayga002 copy1bentley_bentayga002 copy1A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
bentley_bentayga010 copy1bentley_bentayga010 copy1A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
bentley_bentayga027 copy1bentley_bentayga027 copy1A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
bentley_bentayga025 copy1bentley_bentayga025 copy1A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
bentley_bentayga029 copy1bentley_bentayga029 copy1A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
bentley_bentayga044Abentley_bentayga044AA Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
bentley_bentayga045bentley_bentayga045A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
bentley_bentayga047bentley_bentayga047A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
bentley_bentayga049bentley_bentayga049A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
bentley_bentayga054bentley_bentayga054A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
bentley_bentayga055bentley_bentayga055A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
bentley_bentayga059 copy1bentley_bentayga059 copy1A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
bentley_bentayga063 copy1bentley_bentayga063 copy1A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800
bentley_bentayga069bentley_bentayga069A Bentley Bentayga Speed, 4x4 SUV the worlds fastest SUV photographed on test in The Vale of Glamorgan.
Spec:
5950 cc V12
626 bhp
Maximum speed 190 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
RRP 185,800

 

 

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Portraits & Headshots https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/10/portraits-headshots HEADS2HEADS2

Portrait photography has aways been in demand in the business and corporate world. Either to accompany a press release where it helps humanise a story or simply to identify personnel on a company web site or maybe simply for ID passes. But in the social networking age there is now an even greater demand for portraits that say something about you and reflect your character, an image that encourages the viewer to engage with you.

As with all photography, the quality of the image speaks volumes about you and your business. Yes, you can use a poorly lit, badly composed image with no colour correction straight off your iPhone but using a professional photographer will boost your image and give you a presence on line that potential customers and clients will notice for the all the right reasons.

I can help you get the right online image for individuals, companies or teams. Prices are competitive and commissioning group sessions with colleagues, friends or business partners can make the exercise even more cost effective. If you work from a workspace or co-worker environment why not invite me along for a headshot day. Individuals can pay electronically on the day for their own headshot and have the images made available via a secure web gallery where you can download your pictures or even purchase prints should hard copies be your thing. If you are organising a networking event, headshots can be a fun part of the event. Individuals can pay for their own portraits or the networking provider can offer the sessions as part of the networking package.

Give me a call or drop me an email to discuss how we can get you the right online image.

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(Mediaphotos) Business Cardiff Commercial Photographer Corporate Photographer Editorial Photographer Event Photographer Event Photography Headshot Headshot photographer Headshot photography Lifestyle photography Location photography Marketing Photographer Photo Shoot Photography Portrait Portrait photographer Portrait photography PR Photographer PR photography Press Photographer Press Photography Roger Donovan Wales https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/10/portraits-headshots Mon, 07 Oct 2019 08:52:06 GMT
Conference and Event Photography https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/9/conference-and-event-photography NASUWT_CYMRU208-2NASUWT_CYMRU208-2The NASUWT Cymru annual conference held at The Marriott Hotel Cardiff, June 29th and 30th 2019.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image. Like so many venues these days this one has little ambient light to allow projection screens to be visible to the participants.

 

One of the things I love about photography is the unpredictable nature of the work. Every job is different, presenting different issues to overcome.

Lighting is probably the most obvious hurdle on every shoot. Sometimes from a photographic point of view there will be little or no ambient light, meaning the photographer needs to introduce light, usually in the form of flash. Balancing flash with the ambient light to create the desired result is a common technique.

The location can sometimes throw up issues too, usually to do with lack of space or maybe the location dictates where the picture must be taken but that then means the sun is in the wrong place, casting harsh shadows which need to be reduced maybe again by the introduction of flash or reflected light.

Sometimes the client or model is the issue. Not everyone likes being photographed and it's down to the photographer to coax the best out of the sitter.

The list goes on but that's the job of the professional photographer, to use their skill, expertise, creativity and sensitivity to get the best possible results from any given situation and meet the clients brief.

Conference and event photography forms a large part of what I do but can quite often be the most challenging aspect of my work. Photographing people who move, in a large space where you have little or no control over the lighting, where sometimes from a photographic standpoint the ambient light is almost non existent can be problematic. So as not to disturb the event the photographer also needs to be as unobtrusive as possible and work silently.

Getting sharp images of people as they move and gesture during a speech requires a relatively high shutter speed. A high shutter speed in turn requires a certain level of light. Flash can sometimes present the answer but a lot of flash going off throughout a conference can be distracting to the participants. Luckily modern cameras cope with low levels of ambient light remarkably well allowing the use of high ISO settings with little detrimental effect on the image quality which can let the photographer use a shutter speed sufficient to stop the motion and capture a fleeting smile or gesture. Modern pro lenses have wide maximum apertures that allow the lens to gather light when there is little light around but there is trade off as wide apertures mean a very shallow depth of field so focussing must be precise. 

Modern cameras also have vibration reduction technologies which allow the user to handhold the camera at lower shutter speeds than without the technology but this technology doesn't help stop the movement of the subject. So whilst you might be able to hand hold a camera at say a 15th of a second exposure, if you are photographing a person speaking, that shutter speed will result in motion blur of any part of the subject that moves, mouth, eyes, head and hands especially if a long lens is being used to isolate the subject.

Even given these improvements in camera technology one can still be working at the limits of what the camera can do. It still comes down to the skill of the operator to gently release the shutter at the opportune moment, to anticipate the gesture or pause in the motion, to accurately focus at wide apertures that present little depth of field, to use a range of lenses to isolate a subject or enhance the view, to exclude unwanted objects and to ensure the event looks well attended, lively and interesting.

If you are organising an event or conference and you want to record the event for pr or marketing use or simply want some quality images to use on your social media feeds then give me a call on 02920 361126 or email me

Hi res images are usually supplied via secure web gallery within 48 hours of the event but I can also provide low res versions direct to your smart phone on the day for social media use so you can update your social media feeds direct from the event. NASUWT_CYMRU302NASUWT_CYMRU302The NASUWT Cymru annual conference held at The Marriott Hotel Cardiff, June 29th and 30th 2019.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.

Pinpoint focussing results in a striking study enhanced by the shallow depth of field.

 

NASUWT_CYMRU279NASUWT_CYMRU279The NASUWT Cymru annual conference held at The Marriott Hotel Cardiff, June 29th and 30th 2019.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image. NASUWT_CYMRU274NASUWT_CYMRU274The NASUWT Cymru annual conference held at The Marriott Hotel Cardiff, June 29th and 30th 2019.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.

The two images above are shot using just available light at 6400 ISO at 125th at f2.8 on a Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera. The camera is very quiet to operate and very unobtrusive and even at this high ISO setting produces excellent results with no noise or pixelising.

 

NASUWT_CYMRU188-2NASUWT_CYMRU188-2The NASUWT Cymru annual conference held at The Marriott Hotel Cardiff, June 29th and 30th 2019.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image. NASUWT_CYMRU167-2NASUWT_CYMRU167-2The NASUWT Cymru annual conference held at The Marriott Hotel Cardiff, June 29th and 30th 2019.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.

NASUWT_CYMRU131-2NASUWT_CYMRU131-2The NASUWT Cymru annual conference held at The Marriott Hotel Cardiff, June 29th and 30th 2019.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image. NASUWT_CYMRU118-2NASUWT_CYMRU118-2The NASUWT Cymru annual conference held at The Marriott Hotel Cardiff, June 29th and 30th 2019.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.

A long lens isolates the main subject in these four images. A little bounced flash has been used for the top two images.
 

RENEWABLE_CYMRU291RENEWABLE_CYMRU291Renewable Cymru Smart Energy conference at Sophia Gardens, Thursday 4/7/19.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image. RENEWABLE_CYMRU223RENEWABLE_CYMRU223Renewable Cymru Smart Energy conference at Sophia Gardens, Thursday 4/7/19.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image. RENEWABLE_CYMRU209RENEWABLE_CYMRU209Renewable Cymru Smart Energy conference at Sophia Gardens, Thursday 4/7/19.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image. RENEWABLE_CYMRU161RENEWABLE_CYMRU161Renewable Cymru Smart Energy conference at Sophia Gardens, Thursday 4/7/19.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image. RENEWABLE_CYMRU196RENEWABLE_CYMRU196Renewable Cymru Smart Energy conference at Sophia Gardens, Thursday 4/7/19.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image. RENEWABLE_CYMRU117RENEWABLE_CYMRU117Renewable Cymru Smart Energy conference at Sophia Gardens, Thursday 4/7/19.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.

This particular venue provided it's own issues. There was some daylight in the room from large windows front and back but it effectively meant that the speakers and panelists were backlit by the light that came from the large windows and sunshine behind them. I managed to shoot at 1250 ISO at 1/200th at f2.8 and still managed to keep enough detail in the faces. In fact the effect was quite pleasing.

 

RENEWABLE_CYMRU109RENEWABLE_CYMRU109Renewable Cymru Smart Energy conference at Sophia Gardens, Thursday 4/7/19.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image. RENEWABLE_CYMRU078RENEWABLE_CYMRU078Renewable Cymru Smart Energy conference at Sophia Gardens, Thursday 4/7/19.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image. RENEWABLE_CYMRU055RENEWABLE_CYMRU055Renewable Cymru Smart Energy conference at Sophia Gardens, Thursday 4/7/19.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.

In these three images a long lens isolates the main subject and in the last image the out of focus foreground leads in to the main subject.

 

 

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A Photographers Life https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/8/a-photographers-life NASUWT_CYMRU274NASUWT_CYMRU274The NASUWT Cymru annual conference held at The Marriott Hotel Cardiff, June 29th and 30th 2019.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image. Working as a freelance can be a little unpredictable at times. Work comes when it comes and it can sometimes be like waiting for a bus, nothing for ages then two or three arrive at the same time. When things are quiet you can almost guarantee that the first booked job acts like a magnet on your diary with other requests coming for the same day and time but at different ends of the country.

The past week or so has been a little like this for me although thankfully I was able to accommodate all the jobs that came my way. Having a full diary is a situation most freelancers strive for including myself but it does bring with it some issues especially when the work includes three full days of conference photography which by it's very nature produce large numbers of images, all requiring post production editing and processing. My rule of thumb is that for every hour spent on a shoot a further hour can be spent on post production and factoring this into a busy week means you end up burning the candle at both ends. The days become long but satisfying none the less.

This particular busy spell started with a weekend conference for a national teaching union which was booked up many months back. I also had a full day conference for a sustainable energy trade body booked up for a few days later which again had been on my diary since the beginning of the year. Add to this a shoot with the BBC Radio 2 gardener Terry Walton for a national house builder, three shoots for regular client, The Ford Motor Company, followed by a last minute job at Cardiff Airport to record the signing of a new contract with NATS to provide air traffic control at the airport for the next ten years and I was going to have a busy time of it.

Anyway, busy spell survived and with a day or two to recover I'm now back to blogging and doing my own PR in the hope of attracting another busy spell soon. NASUWT_CYMRU302NASUWT_CYMRU302The NASUWT Cymru annual conference held at The Marriott Hotel Cardiff, June 29th and 30th 2019.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.

NASUWT_CYMRU034-2NASUWT_CYMRU034-2The NASUWT Cymru annual conference held at The Marriott Hotel Cardiff, June 29th and 30th 2019.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.

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Renewable Cymru Smart Energy conference at Sophia Gardens, Thursday 4/7/19.
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RENEWABLE_CYMRU169RENEWABLE_CYMRU169Renewable Cymru Smart Energy conference at Sophia Gardens, Thursday 4/7/19.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.

RENEWABLE_CYMRU148RENEWABLE_CYMRU148Renewable Cymru Smart Energy conference at Sophia Gardens, Thursday 4/7/19.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image. TERRY_WALTON049TERRY_WALTON049BBC Radio 2 gardener Terry Walton at the Redrow, Tinkinswood Green Gardening Event on Saturday 6/7/19. <br/>Terry demonstrates how to plant a hanging basket.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.

NATS-CWL007NATS-CWL007NATS - Cardiff Airport sign new contract.<br/>© Roger Donovan, Media Photos<br/>Tel: 02920 361126<br/>Mobile: 07711 325100<br/>e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>www.mediaphotos.co.uk<br/>All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.

A small selection of images shot during this busy week.

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Black and White Band Photography https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/6/black-and-white-band-photography Tres_Hombres2Tres_Hombres2Rock, Rhythm and Blues band Tres Hombres perform at The Three Tuns public house, Chepstow, 8/6/19.
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I've been listening to local rock, rhythm and blues band Tres Hombres for many years now as they play the pubs of South Wales. I'd only discovered them quite by accident after reconnecting with bass guitarist Rob Bennett, who I had gone through school with from infants to sixth form in the grammar, on Facebook. He mentioned he'd started playing with a new band and my wife and I decided to take a gander. 

The band play covers of tracks from the 60's, 70's and 80's including tracks by ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Dr Feelgood, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Dave Edmunds to name a few. They are a group of extremely talented individuals who I'm now proud to call my friends. I have to say I'm in total awe of their musical ability and commitment to the cause of providing good live music to the public. Touring pubs, setting up and taking down their equipment and then performing to such a high standard takes a huge effort. They are not on their own, there are many bands doing exactly the same as them on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the country but for me and my wife Trish they are our band.

In following them on their weekly performances I've taken many pictures to document their gigs and in a tribute to them and to say thank you for the many hours of entertainment they have given us I'm publishing a few black and whites here. These were taken last Saturday at The Three Tuns public house in Chepstow. They were shot on a Nikon Z6 camera with a 24-70 mm F4 S lens. There was little ambient light in the pub so a high ISO in excess of 5000 was needed, giving an exposure of 100th at f4 for most of the shots.

The images were processed using Photoshop and Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert to b/w with a few tweaks to provide borders, vignetting and burned edges as well as the grain of Kodak Plus X film.

Tres Hombres can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Tres-Hombres-197995853596579/

The band consists of Andy Berry, singer and guitarist, John Morris, lead guitar, Rob Bennett, bass guitar and Wayne Evans on drums.

Wayne_EvansWayne_EvansRock, Rhythm and Blues band Tres Hombres perform at The Three Tuns public house, Chepstow, 8/6/19.
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TRES_HOMBRESTRES_HOMBRESRock, Rhythm and Blues band Tres Hombres perform at The Three Tuns public house, Chepstow, 8/6/19.
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ANDY_BERRYANDY_BERRYRock, Rhythm and Blues band Tres Hombres perform at The Three Tuns public house, Chepstow, 8/6/19.
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John_MorrisJohn_MorrisRock, Rhythm and Blues band Tres Hombres perform at The Three Tuns public house, Chepstow, 8/6/19.
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Rob_BennettRob_BennettRock, Rhythm and Blues band Tres Hombres perform at The Three Tuns public house, Chepstow, 8/6/19.
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From The Archive No: 29 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/6/from-the-archive-no-29 ARCHIVE374ARCHIVE374PRIMARY COLOURS PREMIERE AT THE ABC CINEMA, LOTHIAN ROAD, EDINBURGH. 24/8/98.
Co stars Emma Thompson and Adrian Lester pictured before the premiere, with John Travolta who played the President Of The United States, on poster behind.

With the The President of the United States, Donald Trump, making an official state visit to this country today I thought it an opportune moment to feature this image of actors Emma Thompson and Adrian Lester at the UK premiere of the film Primary Colours which featured Holywood legend John Travolta as the Presidential contender. The picture was taken in the ABC Cinema, Edinburgh in August 1998 and as Travolta wasn't present we had to make do with a film poster as a means of including him in the picture. Emma Thompson played Travolta's wife in the film and Adrian Lester was in his campaign team.

In a forty six year career as a photographer, much as a press photographer, this was unfortunately the closest I got to photographing a President. I've managed most members of the Royal Family including The Queen, The Queen Mother, Prince Phillip, Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Princess Margaret to name a few as well as several UK Prime Ministers and Foreign Politicians including Nelson Mandela and United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright but as yet no president. There is still time though.

Emma Thompson is an absolute pleasure to photograph and full of fun as this second picture from the premiere shows as she playfully pinches Adrian Lester on the nose.

ARCHIVE372ARCHIVE372PRIMARY COLOURS PREMIER AT THE ABC CINEMA, LOTHIAN ROAD, EDINBURGH. 24/8/98.
Co stars Emma Thompson and Adrian Lester pictured before the premier.
© 1998 Roger Donovan, Media Photos

 

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Take that and one of their VW Caravells.
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This image of Take That was taken in 2009 on a commission from Volkswagen to publicise the bands use of VW Caravelle vans on their UK tour. It was taken whilst the band were appearing at Cardiff's Principality Stadium. This type of shoot rarely runs on time and this was no exception. The picture was to be done in the bowels of the stadium so when I arrived the van was set up alongside one of their tour wagons and the wait began. 

The lighting in the stadium was in photographic terms awful and barely existent. I'd have to resort to using flash so set up a couple of Nikon Speedlights on stands and did a couple of test shots and waited and waited and waited.......... There were lots of comings and goings but no sign of the band despite assurances they wouldn't be long.

Eventually after what seemed like an eternity they appeared from their dressing rooms. There were handshakes, introductions and smiles from all members who couldn't have been more pleasant. However time was short and they had things to do so we got straight on with it. Two minutes and two poses later and they were off and that was the shoot finished. Talk about being put under pressure to get the image. Luckily I'd foreseen the situation and set up and tested everything before the guys appeared. The result is far from perfect but given the time and location I'm pretty happy with the result as were Volkswagen.

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First Impressions of Using the Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/4/first-impressions-of-using-the-nikon-z6-mirrorless-camera NIKON Z6004-2NIKON Z6004-2Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera with FTZ adapter and Nikon 14-24 mm F2.8 zoom lens

Nikon Z6 mirrorless digital camera with FTZ adapter and Nikon 14-24 mm F2.8G AF-S IF-ED zoom lens. It's a large lump of glass to attach to the FTZ adapter but despite appearances it still handles well.

 

For the past five years my Nikon D800 and Nikon D300s cameras have served me well but the time had come to take advantage of improvements in asa speeds, low light capabilities, image quality, focussing and 4k video available on current models. 

Having decided way back in 1997, when I first went freelance, to go with Nikon I wasn’t about to make a change now having way too much of an investment in Nikon glass to justify changing. And why would I, having been perfectly happy with Nikon for such a long time. So the question for me was what Nikon camera to buy? 

The D800 is still a great workhorse and produces amazing results but my second camera the D300s really needed updating. With one eye on keeping costs at a sensible level whilst still getting the quality I require as a pro photographer the obvious choice was a D850 but do I really need the huge file size that it produces? My D800 produces huge files which more often than not I need to reduce in size significantly before delivering to my clients. I toyed with the idea of the D500, a pro camera with a 2/3 sensor like my D300s but I really like the full frame of the D800 and wanted to move away from using two cameras alongside one another that had different size sensors. I looked at the D750 which seemed to offer everything I wanted at a really affordable price but it was still old technology and didn't shoot 4k video.

I don’t shoot much press stuff now and no sport so what about Nikon’s new mirrorless offerings? I liked the sound of the small body, quiet shutter and high asa capabilities which would be ideal for the event and conference side of my business. The Z7 produces huge files, something I don’t really need so the Z6 seemed the better bet. ( Although I subsequently discovered that I need not have been concerned about the file size as on both the Z6 and Z7 it is possible to set the size of the RAW file to either small, medium or large. ) Either camera would be a huge change for me having used SLR’s professionally for nearly 44 years and DSLR’s for nearly twenty years of that. 

The mirrorless bodies had the added attraction of being small especially when used with their native lenses something that would be useful when travelling. Being able to use existing lenses with the use of the FTZ adapter was a huge bonus but I was a little concerned about how the camera would balance with a large DSLR lens on the front especially with the added extension of the adapter. The Z series cameras also offered all the latest technology such as image stabilisation, 4k video, touch screen, wifi, bluetooth and silent mode.

Having weighed up all my options I decided on the Nikon Z6 and with the money I saved on not purchasing the Z7 camera I treated myself to a 14-24 mm F2.8 lens.

I’ve been using the Z6 for a little over a week now and thought I would share my experiences together with some of the images I’ve taken with it.

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A team from Afon Taf High School, Merthyr, received the ICE Trophy at and awards ceremony held at the school today, Monday 8/4/19.
Dawn Bowden AM speaking.
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Dawn Bowden AM speaking at Afon Taf High School, Merthyr where she awarded a team from the school with the Institution of Civil Engineers Wales Trophy. 2000 asa. 1/160th sec @ f4.5. Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 160mm. No flash just ambient light.
 

It’s size is the first thing that strikes you. It’s a lot smaller and lighter than the D800 that I’m used too. With the 24-70 F4 kit lens on the front though it does feel great. The camera is solid and well made as one would expect from Nikon. All the buttons and menus are familiar but not, if you know what I mean. Everything is there but subtly different so one does find oneself a little at sea at times or thrown by something not quite being where you expect it to be or doing what you expect. More of a feeling than anything specific and I’m sure something I will get used to over time.

The next striking thing is how quiet it is. Just in it’s normal mode with no return mirror to crash about in the body it’s so quiet. Definitely a bonus for shooting in conferences or similar events. I’ve not tried the silent mode in anger yet so can’t comment on the results in that mode but the camera really does shoot silently. You only know you’ve taken a picture by the slight dimming of the viewfinder after the shot is taken. Having had experience of shooting production stills on film and TV sets I'm sure the Z6 would be ideal for these situations.

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Tim Stone, Managing Director of Redrow South Wales.
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Tim Stone newly appointed Managing Director of Redrow Homes South Wales. 400 asa. 1/200th sec @ f5. Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 98mm. Lit with two Nikon SB800 speed light flash units, one into a silvered umbrella and one bounced off wall/ceiling.
 

My current lenses all perform well with the FTZ adapter. The camera does feel a little front heavy though but as I always take the weight of the lens with my left hand it’s not too much of an issue and something again I’m sure I will get used to.

My right thumb is having a little trouble locating the second sub selector joystick on the back of the camera. Muscle memory I’m sure will soon overcome this minor issue.

I like the rear screen and the fact that it switches automatically to the viewfinder as you place your eye to the camera.

MADE008MADE008The MADE launch held at Ford BEP today, Friday, 5/4/19.
Virtual Reality in the Innovation Hub.
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Launch of the new virtual reality suite at Ford's Bridgend Engine Plant. 1000 asa 1/30th sec @ f5 with a touch of fill flash. Nikon 24-70 mm f2.8 lens at 24mm.

 

I have had to switch off the rear screen touch sensitive shutter release. It took a while to realise why the camera and flash was firing and blinding anyone I was chatting with. Just the briefest of touches on the screen resulted in the shutter firing.

I’ve been using the camera in manual mode with single shot autofocus so far. I like the way the screen adjusts as you adjust speed and aperture settings making it easy to see when things are correctly exposed. Autofocus works well and is quick although I did have one issue where it shunted about in a low light situation but I suspect that was down to me not not exerting enough pressure with my finger on the shutter release to maintain focus. I've not quite found the halfway spot yet to keep the camera in focus.

The camera goes into standby mode if there is no activity for 30 seconds to save the battery, which is fine but it does seem to take a while to start back up when you depress the shutter button. That second or so can seem like ages when you are in the middle of a shoot. I believe I can lengthen the time that camera stays awake but that will have an adverse effect on the battery life.

MADE026MADE026The MADE launch held at Ford BEP today, Friday, 5/4/19.
James Davies.
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James Davies speaking at the MADE launch event held recently at Ford's Bridgend Engine Plant. 2000 asa. 1/160th sec at f3.5. Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 135mm. No flash just ambient light.

 

The quality of the images produced so far is staggering, particularly at high asa settings. 2000 asa looks like 200 asa on the D800. I’ve not pushed it any further than this yet but can’t wait to give it a go.

The XQD card is quick and I’ve had no issues with the camera struggling to save bursts and downloading from the card onto a computer using a Sony XQD USB adapter is also very fast.

The file sizes the camera produces are not as big as the D800 but are still bigger than anything I might need for my pr, corporate or editorial work.

MADE014MADE014The MADE launch held at Ford BEP today, Friday, 5/4/19.
Andrew Walker of Made.
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Andrew Walker speaking at the MADE launch event held recently at Ford's Bridgend Engine Plant. This shot was a tryout for my new Nikon 14-24 mm F2.8 lens too. 2000 asa. 1/160th sec at f4.5. Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 lens at 14mm. No flash just ambient light.

 

I’m still getting used to this camera but all things at the moment point to me having made the right choice for me and I still have the option of using my trusty D800 when the extra file size is needed or just as a second camera. I’m looking forward to pushing the camera to it’s limits in some really low light and also to trying it’s video capabilities. I’m also confident given it’s autofocus performance and high speed continuous shooting capabilities that it will lend itself to press work too.

All in all, a great little camera with a lot packed in to a small package.

Below are a couple of additional photographs taken purely as test shots.

ROATH-PARK025ROATH-PARK025Roath Park, Cardiff on a windy Spring afternoon.
A swan glides by.

This swan on Roath Park Lake, Cardiff was taken with a 300 mm f2.8 lens along with a 1.7x converter giving me a focal length of 510mm and was taken at 1/1000 sec at f7.1 at 400 asa. AF Focussing was continuous and dynamic. The lens was supported by a monopod and despite being attached to the camera by the FTZ adapter it felt balanced. I know from experience that the lens/converter combo is as sharp as a tack and the Z6 has recorded the fine detail and subtle tones in the white feathers brilliantly. The AF focussing locked on to the subject quickly and precisely.

PENARTH-PIER004PENARTH-PIER004Penarth Pier near Cardiff, South Wales, UK. The Victorian seaside town sits on the northern shore of the Bristol Channel and is popular with day trippers who enjoy a stroll along the promenade and pier as well as the many food outlets and restaurants on offer.

This shot of Penarth Pier was taken with the 24-70mm F4 S kit lens attached to the Z6 at 1/320 sec at F11, 100 asa. It was bright and the sun was trying hard to break through the mist that hung over The Bristol Channel resulting in pastel tones which the camera has recorded faithfully. The tonal range throughout the image is amazing from the white highlights on the pier to the dark shadows beneath the structure.

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From The Archive No 27. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/4/from-the-archive-no-27 JOANNA PAGE0006JOANNA PAGE0006Swansea based actress Joanna Page who stars in Love Actually pictured at the films screening as part of The Cardiff Screen Festival at the cities UGC Cinema tonight. ( Monday 17/11/03 ).
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The very lovely Swansea based actress Joanna Page who had just starred in the hugely popular film Love Actually arrives for the films screening at The Cardiff Screen Festival in the cities UGC Cinema in November 2003.


I was working for the Festival photographing all the different personalities, events and screenings throughout the duration of the festival at various locations around Cardiff. Joanna arrived with her mum and dad and posed for a couple of pictures with them as well as posing with a poster of the film. The shot with the poster required her to sit on the floor because of the posters strange positioning so low on the wall. She didn't mind though, nothing was too much trouble.

 

Like most photographers I was still looking for "The" picture. The one that would get noticed. The striking feature about the UGC Cinema at the time was the UV lighting and blue decor of the walls where the escalators were. I felt that UV glow would provide a striking backdrop and Joanna duly obliged by travelling up the escalators again for me and posing for a set of tight portraits, three quarter length and full length shots against the blue background. This particular shot is my favourite from the set.

 

I'd not seen the film at this point so didn't fully appreciate the hype around it and her part in it in particular. I've since lost count of the number of times I've watched the film and whilst I know a lot of people dislike it, for me I think it's a brilliant film. I love the way so many stories blend together and run through the whole film. It's a real feel good film and we all need that from time to time and of course I've also met Joanna the real star of the film.

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A Walk Over Newport Transporter Bridge https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/4/a-walk-over-newport-transporter-bridge TRANSPORTER-BRIDGE045TRANSPORTER-BRIDGE045Newport Transporter Bridge, South Wales which utilised a motorised gondola hanging from it's structure to cross the River Usk.
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It’s only taken me nearly sixty four years to take the walk over Newport Transporter Bridge. It’s something I’ve been promising myself to do for years. I’d crossed the River Usk on it's gondola a couple of years ago when I’d shot some pictures of a Ferrari for a test drive feature but never walked across the upper structure.

Today I found myself working adjacent to the Bridge and the sun was shining although it was hazy and not ideal for photography but what the hell, I wasn’t going to put it off again. And boy was it worth it.

It’s a magnificent structure that dominates Newport and being up close to it as you climb to the top you can feel it’s history and see close up how it’s built and put together. The view just gets better and better as you climb too. On the top gantry you feel very exposed despite the solid steel railings. The open grating beneath your feet allows views to the choppy waters of The Usk below and is a little disconcerting at first but any concerns quickly disappear as you take in the panorama of Newport.

I’ll definitely be going back but will be picking a clear day next time.

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The sag in the upper gantry is clearly visible at the mid point.

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The open grating gives views of the River Usk below. TRANSPORTER-BRIDGE009TRANSPORTER-BRIDGE009Newport Transporter Bridge, South Wales which utilised a motorised gondola hanging from it's structure to cross the River Usk.
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A panoramic view over Newport.

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The Newport Council staff who are happy to share their knowledge of the bridge with anyone willing to chat.

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The choppy waters of the muddy River Usk clearly visible through the open grating beneath your feet. TRANSPORTER-BRIDGE032TRANSPORTER-BRIDGE032Newport Transporter Bridge, South Wales which utilised a motorised gondola hanging from it's structure to cross the River Usk.
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The upper gantry appears suspended over Pill.  TRANSPORTER-BRIDGE036TRANSPORTER-BRIDGE036Newport Transporter Bridge, South Wales which utilised a motorised gondola hanging from it's structure to cross the River Usk.
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The steel wires supporting The Bridge stretch down to their anchor points in Pill, way below.

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American rock star Alice Cooper photographed in August 2006 approaching the eighteenth green at The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport on the final day of the All*Star Cup Celebrity Golf tournament. He was one of many celebrities taking part and wearing a pink ladies hat he appears at odds with his usual heavy metal rock image.

Working as a freelance shooting primarily press work it was great to have so many celebrities in one place in a high profile event on my doorstep. Any event such as this attracts the interests of photographers from London and other parts of the country so there was plenty of competition but I still managed to get a lot of publications in the national papers and celebrity magazines.

 

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Why Use The Services of a Professional Photographer? https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/4/why-use-a-professional-photographer MADE020MADE020The MADE launch held at Ford BEP today, Friday, 5/4/19.
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In an age when it seems as though everyone has a cameraphone it’s an obvious question to ask. Why pay for the services of a professional photographer when you can shoot it yourself at little or no cost? 

 

If you are a capable photographer with the creative flair, technical knowledge and years of experience that will allow you to produce quality images that represent your brand then great, get on with it and save yourself some hard earned cash. But if like most people you don’t understand the technicalities, angles, light or have that creative spark to produce a quality shot then my advice would be to call on the services of someone who does. If you don’t, the cost to your business can be huge in the longterm. Maybe the real the cost to your business won’t be obvious at first but there will definitely be a cost when your potential clients start to associate poor quality images with your brand. These potential clients might well assume that your willingness to display poorly posed images with inferior colour corrections and poor lighting on your website or social media streams somehow demonstrates your business ideals too. 

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I run a home and and a business and like most people these days I always keep a close eye on what I spend. We’re all guilty of it, looking for something for nothing or at least as cheap as we can get it. 

 

This is all well and good but there comes a point when the law of diminishing returns comes into play. You get what you pay for they say. Pay too little and sometimes you won’t even get that.

 

There are some sectors in which we have little choice but to pay what is being asked for a service or product, indeed we are sometimes required by law to use qualified tradesmen or professionals to carry out our work.

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Trainer Emma Picton Jones delivers a Mental Health First Aid course to Farming Connect staff at The Llety Parc Hotel, Aberystwyth, today, Tuesday 2/4/19.
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Some trades or professions are not regulated by law and qualifications are not required to carry out the work they offer. A sort of black market has developed in many of these sectors whereby anyone with a paint brush, ladder, hammer, lawnmower or camera etc can claim to be an expert who can carry out the work far below true market prices.

 

The business of photography unfortunately finds itself in this unenviable position too. No real regulation or control. Yes there are some trade bodies but nothing that really works and nothing with any real clout.

 

The upshot is there are a lot of people claiming to be photographers. And who is to say they aren’t but are they pros? Can they shoot to order under pressure, can they deal with any adverse lighting conditions or locations that invariably test the skills of even the most experienced professional? 

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The first Ryanair Cardiff to Malta service launched today, Tuesday 3/4/19, at Cardiff Airport.
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Digital photography has brought photography to the masses. Whether in the shape of a compact camera or camera phone pretty much everyone has access to a camera. Not everyone thinks of themselves as a photographic expert but a lot do. Every business in the land has an office camera or someone with a keen interest in photography and these days is keen to make use of this in house “expertise” to save some money. I totally understand where this comes from, this need to save money and still get the work done but there is a big difference to being able to take a nice photo and being able to take a nice photo on demand, under pressure, within tight timescales and repeat that over and over again. That is where the pro excels.

 

By doing it yourself are you really saving money in the long run and do you really get the quality of work that your business needs to portray and sell it’s brand? Most people wouldn’t dream of attempting to shoot their own high end advertising photography but how often do I hear “ It’s only for social media” as the justification for shooting headshots, event and conference photography with their camera phone.

 

Whether for website, social media or hard print publication the quality of the photography you use represents your own brand or product. Inferior quality photography will harm your business and may actually cost you money long term in sales lost because potential clients are put off by the poor imagery that they perceive as reflecting your business standards. Joe Public is way to savvy not to notice the poor lighting, colour casts, awkward composition, lack of consistency in so many of these phone pictures that find their way onto company web sites and social media streams. They may not fully understand what it is that is technically wrong with an image but they will notice when it is wrong and they will associate that poor quality with your brand. So it’s important to get your photography right whatever platform or media you are reproducing it in.

ABP, NEWPORT.

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An experienced professional photographer will be able to help not only with quality and creativity, seeing pictures that someone without their eye would not be able to visualise, but the pro will be able to get the most out of any situation or subject that faces them. He or she will make the sitter/model feel at ease, make the best use of available light and have the additional lighting and skills to improve on the ambient light if needed as well as being able to work quickly and efficiently to get the shot thereby releasing staff or colleagues who are involved in the shoot to get back to their work quickly.

 

A pro can give advice on your project, locations, clothing, style, copyright, model releases etc and be able to turn the pictures around quickly, all edited, colour corrected, captioned electronically in the image metadata and distribute the pictures around media outlets and most importantly be insured against public liability at the very least.

 

Many enthusiasts are better equipped than pros these days and many are very capable photographers but having good kit is not always a guarantee of quality. “All the gear and no idea” springs to mind. People often say to me ”That’s a nice camera, you must take great pictures”. Yes I take great pictures but not because I have a nice camera it’s because I have an eye for it and years of experience as well. Yes I have an expensive pro camera but that’s to give me the technical quality, reliability and flexibility that a pro camera provides. 

Steve Haines, Operations Director at Composite Metal Flooring pictured with the finished product at the high tech manufacturing unit at Mamhilad, Pontypool.
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Finding the right pro for a project is not always easy and can be a little daunting for someone not used to dealing with the creative sector. Start with a photographers website, look for a strong body of work over many years. Work that fits in with your requirements…..A wedding photographer would not necessarily be the right choice for a pr shoot intended for getting you noticed in the press. Call and have a chat, see how you get on together. 

 

A good working relationship is paramount to getting what you want. Communication is so important. Being able to get over what you want, briefing the photographer fully so he knows what kit to bring, who and what he’s photographing, what the images are to be used for and any styles or other ideas you might have in your mind. Some examples of images you like may also help get your ideas across. Things will run a lot more smoothly if there are no surprises on the day of the shoot. A good brief needs to be so much more than date, time and location. Who, What, When, Where and most importantly Why should be covered in any good brief.

 

A lot of photographers specialise. In my case my specialisms are editorial, PR, corporate, conferences & events and portraits. These are areas that are a natural progression from my previous 24 year career as a staff press photographer. That’s not to say I won’t turn my hand to other work as I’ve experienced most aspects of photography during my career but don’t ask me to do a wedding, I leave that to the experts in that field.

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Pros these days frequently have add ons to their basic stills services. I for instance offer video. I also pride myself on the high standards of overall service I provide to the client so that the client feels looked after and valued. It’s important to me that the client gets the results they expect, after all they are investing in me and my business.

 

Booking photography doesn’t necessarily have to cost a fortune. Like most pros I have fees I aim to get for the work I do. These fees reflect not just the time spent on a shoot but the time spent in post production to ensure the finished images are print ready. I calculate that every hour of shooting usually means a further hour in post production. The cost of what can be very expensive kit, cameras, lenses, computers all need to be taken into consideration when pricing work. And then there’s, broadband, telephone lines, mobile communications, software and insurances and of course travel that need to be accounted for. The final piece of the pricing jigsaw comes in the form of what use the pictures are being put to. Most of my work would be for pr and corporate use and this is reflected in my base job fee. However if a client wanted work for advertising use then my prices would reflect that. With all this said though, I like most people want to be working and will therefore always be happy to look at fees on a job by job basis and will do my utmost to meet any sensible budgetary restraints. But the bottom line is that the pro photographer does need to make a living.

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To conclude, a pro photographer can help build your brand and increase your sales. Find the right photographer for you and be willing to spend a little money to ensure your social media, web and print presence truly reflects your business. Be associated with quality and not cutting corners.

 

If you’d like to find out how we can work together to promote your brand or story give me a call on 02920 361126 or email me on roger@mediaphotos.co.uk or just visit the website www.mediaphotos.co.uk

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From The Archive No 25. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/2/from-the-archive-no-25 HOY015xHOY015xChris Hoy trains with the British Olympic Cycling team at The Welsh National Velodrome in Newport today prior to heading to Athens on Thursday.
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Chris Hoy training with the British Olympic Cycling Team at The Welsh National Velodrome in Newport at the beginning of August 2004 just days before heading to Athens to compete in the Olympics where he won his first first gold medal in the one kilometre time trial. In Bejing four years later he came away with three further golds.

I had spent the day with the team on commission for a Scottish Daily newspaper and was concentrating on the Scottish cyclists in the team. The morning was spent shooting posed portraits and groups at The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport followed by some action from a training session at the velodrome during the afternoon.

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From The Archive No 24. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/2/from-the-archive-no-24 KATH004KATH004Neath born classical singer Katherine Jenkins who's debut album " Premiere" is released on April 19th.
Twenty three year old former model and teacher Katherine who yesterday sung in front of 70 000 at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff prior to the Wales v France rugby international and has performed with Max Boyce at The Sydney Opera House is soon to be seen on tour in the UK alongside Hayley Westenra.
A former student at The London Royal Academy of Music, Katherine has signed a six album deal with Universal Classics who also have Bryn Terfel and Hayley Westenra on their label.
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Here’s a shot of popular classical singer Katherine Jenkins taken in February 2004. I’d been commissioned last minute to photograph the Welsh born singer prior to the release of her first album at The Hilton Hotel in Cardiff by The Western Mail. It appears that even at the time of commissioning I was already an hour late. I’m not sure how but there had been a mix up over timings and Katherine and her manager had been left waiting in the hotel. I still had half an hours travel time and needed to get parked up in the city so by the time I arrived the understandably upset manager had already been on the phone to the desk several times. 
So my first task was to pacify them and convince them that the delay wasn’t down to me. The Penthouse suite had been set aside for photography and we proceeded up in the lift. Somehow the tension eased during the journey and Katherine couldn’t have been more obliging although we still had to work quickly as their time was now running out.
I needed to think fast on my feet and after a couple of more traditional posed shots I noticed the glass top of the table. The reflection seemed the obvious solution to finding something a little different. 

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From The Archive No 23. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/2/from-the-archive-no-23 PRINCE 28 RDPRINCE 28 RDPrince Andrew enjoys a game of golf on the Old Course at St Andrews today, Friday , 14/7/00. The prince who had flown from London this morning played with two companions during his private round on the course, which is closed to the public at the moment as it is prepared for next weeks Open Championships.

A shot of Prince Andrew playing a round of golf on The Old Course at St Andrews. This was just a case of being in the right place at the right time. I was at St Andrews on commission for The Associated Press in the build up to the 2000 Open Golf Championship shooting some preview pictures of the ground staff preparing the course. 
I was just finishing up with some GV’s of the club house and fairways when a small group appeared on the first tee and started playing towards me. The course was closed at the time so it was strange that someone should be playing golf on it. The group was preceded by what turned out to be the Princes bodyguards who after a quick chat were happy with me taking pictures of The Royal party as they played their round. The Prince himself seemed amused by the coincidence of me being there for what was intended to be a private round of golf and was quite amiable despite having my camera pointed at his every shot. It was agreed that I’d leave them to their golf after getting enough shots. I needed to get away quickly to get the images wired anyway.
Strangely, The Associated Press desk wasn’t bothered with the pictures of The Prince at first and only wanted me to send the ground staff preparation pictures. They did change their mind later and asked for just one picture for foreign use which left me free to distribute the rest Nationally. I managed quite a few uses the following day in the Scottish Nationals. Sometimes lady luck is with you.
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From The Archive No 22. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2019/2/from-the-archive-no-22 ARCHIVE1899ARCHIVE1899The Queen and Scottish Parliaments First Minister Donald Dewar MSP watch the parades from the Royal Dias after the opening of the Scottish Parliament today ( Thursday 1/7/99) In 2017 I started a series of image posts from the Mediaphotos archive to mark the 20th anniversary of starting the business. It's been a while since I posted any of these old images but thought the start of a new year was a good time to start the series again. 
So here is image number 22, a shot of The Queen and the late Donald Dewar MSP who was First Minister of Scotland at the time, pictured at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in July 1999. 
A momentous day in Scottish Politics which was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles as well as Sean Connery and numerous politicians and crowds of thousands who had gathered to see the pageantry of the occasion. 
The picture was taken on The Mound in Edinburgh where a dias had been built from which the Royal party could view the pageant and flypast by Concorde and The Red Arrows. I was shooting from a fixed point position directly opposite the dias.
At this time I was still shooting on film and this image along with many others from the event were scanned using a Nikon LS1000 film scanner and saved on to my Apple Powerbook 3400 laptop before being sent via modem to the worlds press.
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A Recent Interesting Commission https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2018/10/a-recent-interesting-commission PANORAMA-3PANORAMA-3BEP Panorama. Large file for plant relaxation area.
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A recent interesting commission from regular client, The Ford Motor Company was a little different to my usual work and unusual in that I ended up appearing in front of the camera as the project featured in the company's in house magazine, Ford News.

 

An area of unused office space at their Bridgend Engine plant was being refurbished to create a relaxation area where staff could meet colleagues over a coffee. The plan was to turn two walls of the area into a giant photographic backdrop. Their first thought had been to buy in an image for the job but it quickly became apparent that sourcing an image of sufficient resolution to reproduce at such a large size was difficult if not impossible and so they contacted me.

 

Whilst the Nikon kit I use does produce very high resolution images this was going to require something special to achieve such a large image with sufficient detail. The solution was to shoot several images of a scene to create a stitched panorama of high enough resolution.

 

The brief was to shoot a generic scene of greenery, nothing that was recognisable or too detailed just something that would give a pleasing and relaxing backdrop. Luckily for me the grounds around the plant provided the ideal location and all that remained was to wait for Spring to pass and the greenery to flourish and a blue sky to appear.

 

The camera, a Nikon D800 was mounted on a level tripod in the upright position and rotated through 360 degrees taking an image approximately every 16 degrees. Each image needed to overlap the next to allow for seamless stitching. The finished panorama is made up of 22 separate 103 megabyte images stitched together using Photoshop to create a high resolution image with a file size of 700 megabytes which with some upsizing in the printing stage is large enough to produce a print approximately 3 metres high by 16 metres long. The top image here is the whole of the stitched panorama image although the limitations of online use don't allow the true resolution of the image to be seen. The bottom picture shows the finished print on the wall of the relaxation area with me included to give it all some scale.

 

The final image was printed in-house by Ford onto sticky backed wallpaper stock at 300 dpi. The amount of detail visible in the finished work is amazing with individual leaves and blades of grass being clearly visible.

 

The image below shows me with the finished panorama at Ford's Bridgend Engine Plant and the bottom image is a cutting from the company's internal magazine Ford News.

BEP-PANORAMA008BEP-PANORAMA008The stitched panorama image created for the Ford Bridgend Engine Plant. The Panorama is made up of 22 separate 103 meg images stitched together using Photoshop to create a high resolution image with a file size of nearly 700 meg which with some upsizing in the printing stage is large enough to produce a print approximately 2.8 metres high by 15.7 metres long.
The image was taken in the grounds of the Bridgend Engine Plant and is virtually a 360 degree view of the grassy wooded area at the back of the plant.
The camera, a Nikon D800, capable of producing high resolution 103 meg files was mounted on a tripod and rotated between frames so that each frame overlapped the next by approximately 30%.
The brief had been to produce a non specific image of greenery to provide a restful backdrop to the new relaxation area.
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Video & Stills https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2018/8/video-stills YouthAwards2 A short video clip illustrating my work from a recent commission to shoot both stills and video of The Youth Work Excellence Awards held at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff. 
Shooting both stills and video of an event can be challenging for a single shooter but using a tripod to shoot video of the event gave me some flexibility to move around to capture stills of the speeches and presentations.
 

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Video Production https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2018/5/video-production ALZ-short Mediaphotos has moved into the field of video production.

Here's a short video from a recent commission from The Alzheimer's Society Cymru - https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/cymru, a charity doing so much good work around the country to tackle this debilatating disease, to shoot stills and video of their User Involvement Conference held in Cardiff.

This is a short version of a 30 minute video produced to record the day long conference. In edition a stand alone video of a launch event taking place during the conference was also shot along with a selection of stills from the event. The footage will be used to promote the charity as well as keeping staff and members informed via their intranet.

If you need stills or video coverage of an event or conference drop me an email or give me a call: http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/contact.html

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Band Members include Andy Berry, John Morris, Robert Bennett and Wayne Evans.
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I recently had the opportunity to photograph some musician friends of mine. My wife Trish and I have been following the band “Tres Hombres” for around five years now after reconnecting with one of their number, Rob Bennett who we both knew from our school days. In fact I had started infants school with Rob so our friendship goes back more years than I care to remember.

There are currently four members of the band and I suppose you could call them ageing rockers. Their sets consist mainly of Rock and Rhythmn and Blues numbers, covers of wells known tracks from the sixties, seventies and eighties by ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Motley Crue, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Edmunds to name a few.

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Band Members include Andy Berry, John Morris, Robert Bennett and Wayne Evans.
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Like many bands, they play for the love it, the love of entertaining and playing together and they can be seen playing in pubs around South Wales most Friday nights. The pub music scene is thriving in Cardiff and the valleys and being able to listen to talented musicians perform whilst enjoying a social drink does seem to be popular with the public, both young and not so young.

Their talent never ceases to amaze me, the ability to simply pick up an instrument and play together with no rehearsal time is incredible and leaves me feeling envious of their talents as it’s something I’d always longed to do but never really had the talent or understanding of music to allow me to take it up. That doesn’t stop me loving my music though and we always look forward to the nights when we listen to them play, usually at The Butchers Arms, Rhiwbina or The Albion, Penarth.

The current line up consists of four mainly sixty somethings all of whom have been playing since their early teens and who are accomplished musicians. They are:

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Andy Berry.
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Andy Berry, band founder member, lead singer, lead guitarist, song writer and former art teacher. Andy has played on his own and with others for many many years around South Wales and has written and recorded his own music as well. Back in 1982 he had a song " Don't Cry For The Innocent" by his band Iona at number two in the Heavy Metal Charts.

 

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John Morris.
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John Morris, lead guitarist and former professional musician. John was a member of local band Hobo back in the seventies who recorded at the famous Rockfield Studios, Monmouth as well as performing around The UK and Europe supporting various bands including Wishbone Ash. John continues to write and record his own music.

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Robert Bennett.
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Rob Bennett is a cracking base guitarist and has been playing since his teens. He is also the joker of the group with a repertoire of terrible jokes.

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Wayne Evans.
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Wayne Evans, drummer, is the newest member of the band and as well as playing rock he is also loves and performs big band and swing music.

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Band Members include Andy Berry, John Morris, Robert Bennett and Wayne Evans.
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Together they form “Tres Hombres” a name that makes them sound more like a Mexican Mariachi Band. They are constantly asked why "Tres Hombres" when there are four of them? In fact there used to be five of them but the name is taken from ZZ Tops third album of the same name released in 1973.

 

It’s not just their ability as musicians that amaze me but their commitment to the cause of providing live entertainment. Not for them the roadies and crews that big name bands might use to erect and take down their sets. These guys do it all themselves from transporting their gear in the backs of their cars and vans, carrying the kit into the venue and setting up on stage as well. Stage is a slight exaggeration as mostly it’s just a cramped corner of the bar that forms their stage. Sound checks are all done by the band and of course at the end of the night they do the same thing in reverse to get their kit home. They deserve medals for what they do.

They are not the only band taking on this challenge. Thank goodness there are many willing to rise to the occasion for the love of their music.

You can see "Tres Hombres" next at The Royal Oak in Whitchurch, Cardiff on January 5th 2018 or find them online at:

https://www.facebook.com/Tres-Hombres-197995853596579/?ref=br_rs

http://www.gigall.co.uk/Band/TresHombres/

The gigall site is good for finding music venues, bands and performance dates.

The images were all shot at The Albion in Penarth, South Wales prior to and during their gig there last Friday. As with much location/event photography time and space were limited but I'm pleased with the results.

© 2017 Roger Donovan / Mediaphotos

 

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:21. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/11/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-21 ARCHIVE4141ARCHIVE4141Telford College Fashion student Kathryn MacKinnon models an outfit by fellow student Anna Stride prior to the Edinburgh Posthouse Designer competition to chose new outfits for the waiting staff at the hotels Sampans restaurant.
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A simple image that works well with the red flowers and makeup against a red background.

I was working for a PR company at the launch of a new restaurant at an Edinburgh Hotel in 2000. The hotel had chosen a Japanese theme for the restaurant and held a competition for fashion students from Edinburgh to design outfits for their staff. The launch event consisted of a fashion show to show off all the entries and announce the winning design.

This was the winning design from Anna Stride being modelled by fellow student Kathryn McKinnon.

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:20. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/9/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-20 16 GABRIEL RD16 GABRIEL RDPictured at Edinburgh's Sheraton Grand Hotel today ( Monday 13/8/01 ) is star of the new UK film Gabriel And Me, Billy Connolly . The film has it's UK premier in Edinburgh tonight as part of the Edinburgh Film Festival.
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A slight change from the norm with this post. Not only have I included the portrait shot that is the main subject of the post but also included the historical images that complete the story.

I couldn’t publish pictures from my time in Scotland without including a shot of The Big Yin, aka Billy Connolly, a true comedy giant.

This portrait was taken in 2001 in Edinburgh during the Film Festival when he was at the launch of his film film “Gabriel And Me”.

I had photographed Billy many years earlier whilst working at The Western Mail and Echo in Cardiff. He was attending the wedding of the daughter of Chic Murray, another Scottish Comedy Great, at a church in Cyncoed, Cardiff in1986. He was great to photograph and did all he could to give me a good set of pictures.

It shows what a small world it is when twelve years later when I was working in Scotland and I was commissioned to photograph a mother and daughter Maidie and Annabelle for a piece about a comedy great who turned out to be their husband and father Chic Murray. I hadn’t made the connection but when I walked in I was so surprised to be recognised by Annabelle, the daughter as the photographer who had taken the wedding pictures of her with Billy ten years earlier.

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:19. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/9/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-19 RD STRIP 1RD STRIP 1Strippers, The Silk Sensation, Chris, left, and George, perform at the North West Bowling Club, Kilmarnock.
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A slight change of direction with this shot of male strippers, The Silk Sensation, performing at the North West Bowling Club, Kilmarnock in 1999 to a room full of very excitable women. I was shooting stills for a TV documentary. The atmosphere was a little intimidating to say the least being one of just a few blokes there apart from the strippers themselves. I made my excuses and left after being approached by a rather inebriated older woman with a heavy Scottish accent who announced that she would rather see me naked than the performers. Apparently I was more her type……

 

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:18. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/8/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-18 16 FRINGE RD16 FRINGE RDEdinburgh Fringe Festival performers on the Royal Mile.
Face painter and mime artist Anthony from Madrid, on Edinburghs Royal Mile.
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The Royal Mile in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival is awash with characters to photograph and this shot of Anthony, a mime artist from Madrid, taken in 1999 is a favourite of mine.

 

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:17. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/8/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-17 ARCHIVE771ARCHIVE771John Hannah lends his support to Oxfam's 'Cut Conflict Campaign' in Edinburgh yesterday.(MONDAY)
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A portrait of actor John Hannah who was lending his support to Oxfam's 'Cut Conflict Campaign' on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh 1998.

 

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:16. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/8/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-16 ARCHIVE4326bwARCHIVE4326bwThe UK Premiere of Hotel Splendide at The Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh, one of the films showing at this years Edinburgh Film Festival.
One of the films stars, Daniel Craig, arrives.
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With Daniel Craig being in the news at the moment after revealing he is to star in another James Bond movie I thought it opportune to publish this image. Not the greatest of pictures, direct flash and I’ve reproduced it in black and white as the picture was shot on a Nikon D1 camera which was not renown for it’s ability to reproduce colour faithfully. The picture is a posed snatch as Daniel Craig arrived for The UK Premiere of Hotel Splendide at The Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Film Festival, August 2000.

 

I was working for the The Herald and Scottish Sun and had been sent to photograph the stars of the movie arriving at the cinema. I was the only photographer there at what was a very low key event, not even a PR person, just me hanging around outside the cinema, which proved a little problematical for me as at that time I didn’t know Daniel Craig from Adam. I did however know his co-star Stephen Tomkinson and managed to photograph him as he arrived in a taxi with his partner. I really don’t remember how I spotted Daniel Craig arriving, maybe Stephen had given me the nod.

 

Anyway Daniel arrived and I asked for a couple of pictures as he entered the cinema. He duly obliged and this is the resulting image. As I say not earth shattering but my picture of someone who was to become a huge movie star and someone who would receive a lot more attention now turning up for film premiere.

 

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:15. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/8/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-15 rrd rivers029rrd rivers029A Scottish tartan for a Scottish appearance. Veteran American comedienne Joan Rivers dons a tartan cape for her appearance at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre today ( Friday 24/8/01 ) as part of this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival show " Broke And Alone".
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A Scottish tartan for a Scottish appearance. Veteran American comedienne Joan Rivers donned a tartan cape for her appearance at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre in 2001 in her show " Broke And Alone”. A total pro!. She appeared on stage for the shoot and went through a series of rehearsed poses whilst chatting with all photographers present.

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:14. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/8/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-14 1 BLUE RD1 BLUE RDThe Schools Construction Challenge, sponsored by Blue Circle Industries, took place at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh today ( THURSDAY 22/4/99 ). The challenge was open to schools throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians and attracted over 140 students who took part in building challenges such as roofing, paving and cement moulding.
Fourteen year old Niall Martin, a pupil at Edinburgh's Royal High School tries to place the final tile in the roofing challenge.
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A change from the celebrity photography of recent posts with this PR image from 1999. The picture is from a commission from what was then Blue Circle Cement to photograph a “Schools Construction Challenge” event that they were sponsoring in Edinburgh. As well as photographing the teams from schools throughout the area and recording youngsters taking part in the event as they worked their way through a series of construction based challenges the brief also required a selection of images for distribution to the media to gain exposure through press use.

 

This image is at first glance a fairly straight forward simple image but an image like this doesn’t just happen. The final image had to be visualised and then created. The youngsters challenge here was to build the roof using tiles and I took pictures as they worked but the images were untidy with too much happening at once and needed simplifying. Watching them work gave me the idea for the picture but I had to wait until they had finished the exercise and then with some help from an understanding PR man, persuade the organisers to remove two tiles to give me the chance to make the image with the lad putting his head through the roof.

 

I took some artistic licence to create an image that could not have occurred naturally and used the roof as the backdrop to keep the image clean. I think the picture works well and gets over the essence of the competition with some subtle branding and it also got some publicity for the sponsors as The Scotsman newspaper used it the following day as a picture lead in their business section.

 

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:13. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/8/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-13 ARCHIVE4864ARCHIVE4864UK Premiere of Billy Elliot at UGC Cinema , Edinburgh tonight. Sunday 20/8/00.
Pictured are stars of the film Julie Walters, Jamie Bell and Stephen Gately of Boyzone who's new single I Believe features in the film.
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UK Premiere of Billy Elliot at UGC Cinema, Edinburgh, Sunday 20/8/00.

Pictured at the after show party are stars of the film Julie Walters, Jamie Bell and Stephen Gately of Boyzone who's new single I Believe featured in the film. There were only a couple of photographers present and I couldn’t believe the access we were given. The cast cooperated with pretty much anything that was required. Apart from Julie Walters and Stephen Gately, the cast were pretty much unknowns at the time and I guess they wanted as much press as possible for the film which became a huge success.

 

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:12. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/8/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-12 4 PENTLAND RD4 PENTLAND RDFormer Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind who is trying to regain his seat in the Edinburgh Pentlands Constituency for the Conservative party is pictured in his campaign office in Colinton village.
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A portrait of Former Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind in his campaign office in Colinton village, Edinburgh in the build up to the 2001 General Election when he was trying to regain his seat in the Edinburgh Pentlands Constituency for the Conservative party.

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:11. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/7/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-11 ARCHIVE6024ARCHIVE6024Former Champion Jockey Richard Dunwoody pictured at The Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh.
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Former Champion Jockey Richard Dunwoody pictured at The Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh in 2000 where he was being interviewed for a feature story by The Herald newspaper. I did a few shots chatting to the reporter followed by a couple of posed images to camera. Some strong side lighting from an off camera flash lifted an otherwise straight forward head shot.

 

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:10. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/7/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-10 CUMMING006CUMMING006Star of screen and Broadway Alan Cumming pictured at The Edinburgh International Film Festival today ( Monday 20/8/01) where his new film, The Anniversary Party, in which he stars with Jennifer Jason Leigh was being premiered at the cities Dominion Cinema.
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Star of screen and Broadway, Alan Cumming in reflective mood as he promotes his film, The Anniversary Party in Edinburgh 2001.

 

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:9. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/7/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-9 2 emma rd2 emma rdEmma Thompson who stars in the film "Wit" arrives for it's UK premiere at the Odeon Cinema, Edinburgh, tonight ( Sunday 26/8/01) where the film was the closing night film of this years Edinburgh International Film Festival.
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I love this red carpet shot from 2001 of movie star Emma Thompson arriving for the premiere of her film Wit at The Odeon Cinema in Edinburgh.

 

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:8. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/7/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-8 1 LESLIE RD1 LESLIE RDActor Leslie Nielsen pictured after appearing on STVs lunchtime TV programme, Room At The Top in Edinburgh today. ( Monday 27/3/00 )
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A portrait of Holywood actor Leslie Nielsen taken in 2000 after he had appeared on STV’s lunchtime TV programme, Room At The Top. This was a very quick shot taken in a lift at the STV offices in Edinburgh as he left the building. A slightly amusing image which I never quite understood as I had no idea what the Oscar with a kilt was about. He just happened to have the prop on his person and he adopted the pose and I took the shot, simple as.

 

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“Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:7. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/6/-twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-7 RD VINNIE 1RD VINNIE 1Vinnie Jones and Vas Blackwood, stars of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels which premiers in Edinburgh get into character as they meet the press .
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Former football hardman turned actor Vinnie Jones and his co star Vas Blackwood pose for me at the Edinburgh Film Festival launch of the film Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels in 1998.

I’d been commissioned by The Scottish Sun but not until very late in the day. I was already on another job in The Scottish Borders and faced a long drive back to Edinburgh where the heavy Festival traffic awaited me. I was late arriving for the early evening press call which was being held in an empty office block just off Lothian Road. A strange location for a glitzy launch but this was after all Festival Season in the city and anything was possible.

I anticipated a grand affair with lots of press in attendance but was surprised to find it was a very low key event which no other press had deemed worthy of attending. I was welcomed with open arms by the assembled PR’s and stars who were looking very relieved that anyone had shown up. Questions ensued about what would I like to do for the photo. My mind was a blank. It was a very bland empty office with no props and my mind raced for an answer. The only thing that sprang to mind in view of the films subject matter was play fighting with fingers as guns, like all boys used to as kids. I was dubious to say the least about making such a suggestion to hardman Vinnie but thank goodness after a little micky taking they agreed. The resulting picture was used extensively in The Sun and several celebrity magazines.

 

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“Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos”. No:6. https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/6/-twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-6 RD-AIRPORT0098RD-AIRPORT0098Cardiff International Airports firemen fight a fire in the Airports new fire simulator.
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Here’s a picture from 2007 that amply demonstrates what our Fire and Rescue service personnel face on a daily basis. It’s taken in the Cardiff Airport Fire Training Simulator, an amazing piece of kit which can be computer controlled to recreate a fire on board a plane and allow the fire fighters the opportunity of experiencing the horror of tackling a blaze in the close confines of an aircraft cabin. Believe it or not I was taking these pictures in my everyday clothes such was the controllability of the fire. 

 

We’ve all seen the horror of a true disaster unfolding on our tv screens over the past weeks. I have nothing but admiration for all our emergency service personnel who put themselves in harms way to protect others.

 

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This image of film star Catherine Zeta Jones was taken more recently after our return to Cardiff but unbelievably it is still 10 years old. Along with her husband Michael the couple were visiting The University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff to open the new Children's Hospital For Wales. Access inside for the opening was very limited so along with hoards of other photographers I waited outside for the couples arrival. I shot several of the couple as they walked together towards the building but got this just as she was about to enter and turned to wave to the many onlookers.

 

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A shot of singing star Robbie Williams and his pals Jonathan Wilkes and Neighbours star Daniel McPerson taken in 2002.

 

Robbie was in Edinburgh for the opening night of Godspell at The Festival Theatre to support his pals who were starring in the show. He was staying at a flat on The Royal Mile and I had been commissioned by The Scottish Sun to look out for him during his stay. 

 

Along with several other photographers I spent a very long, freezing March day camped outside the apartment watching the comings and goings of his staff and aids. On a long watch such as this toilet breaks become a major issue especially in the raw cold that you only get in Scotland. You become paranoid that the minute you leave it wall all kick off. Yes, you’ve made arrangements with other photographers to cover for you and vice versa but you’re never quite sure.

 

Robbie was not oblivious to the problem and surprised us all by sending his PA out to offer the use of his bathroom to any needy photographers on condition that cameras were left in the foyer. So one of my few claims to fame is that I used Robbie Williams’ bathroom. Such a gent.

 

As the day wore on and the light disappeared some photographers left to stake out the theatre but thankfully I stayed and my perseverance was rewarded when in the early evening Robbie emerged with his mates all wearing kilts which completely made the picture. It wasn’t quick either, the three posed and chatted for five minutes or more. No such success for those at the theatre though as they entered unobtrusively through a back door.

 

This picture along with some others from the shoot had a good show the next day and together with some pictures taken the following day of Robbie hanging out of the window of his flat holding a cuppa were used widely in the glossy celebrity magazines.

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos:3 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/6/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-3 9 MATT RD9 MATT RDMatt Groening, creator of The Simpsons with Bender from his new series Futurama, in Edinburgh this morning. ( Saturday 26/8/99)
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It doesn't seem possible that it's twenty years since Trish and I started Mediaphotos. Looking through the archive to choose pictures to use in these celebration posts has brought back so many memories for us both. 

 

In the early years we were still shooting on film with lots of wet processing in the house to meet newspaper deadlines. Lots of scanning on computers that by today's standards were positively clockwork followed by even more time sending pictures via very slow modem connections to picture desks around the country. Working for ourselves meant the work didn't stop on completion of the job, there was still all the invoicing and accounts to be kept in order as well. 

 

It was a steep learning curve for both of us. I'd worked for twenty plus years as a staff photographer and picture editor before starting the business but for Trish in particular she very quickly had to get up to speed with both the photography and the technology. She took it all onboard and coped amazingly and we wouldn't be where we are today without that huge commitment in the early years.

 

This picture in particular reminds me of the long busy days and nights of The Edinburgh Festival season, our busiest time of the year. For two months of the year we had little time for sleep with early starts and late finishes being the norm but the satisfaction at the end of the season was immense. Great times.

 

No:3 in the series is this shot of Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons with Bender a character from his new series Futurama, against backdrop of Edinburgh old town taken in 1999.

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Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos No:2 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/6/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-2 No:2 in the series is another shot form The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Edinburgh in 1997. This image of Nelson Mandella is included not because it’s a great picture but because of who it is. For me he is the standout politician of my generation and here he is looking straight down my lens, a 400mm with doubler as he arrived by plane for the conference at RAF Turnhouse. There is a real eye contact, probably imagined on my part but nonetheless felt by me. This image features on my web site and I have used it in posts before but for me despite it’s simplicity it’s an image that comes to the forefront of my mind whenever anyone asks about my favourite picture or people I have photographed. Over the following few days I photographed him on several occasions but this is the image that sticks in my mind.

MANDELLA 2MANDELLA 2Nelson Mandella, South African President, arrives at RAF Turnhouse, Edinburgh, for CHOGM.
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(Mediaphotos) Business Event Photography Flash photography Landscape photography Lifestyle photography Location photography Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography PR photography Press Photography Roger Donovan Wales https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/6/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-no-2 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:00:00 GMT
Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos:1 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/6/twenty-years-of-mediaphotos-1 This September I’m celebrating 20 years of trading as Mediaphotos. I’ve been thinking of ways to mark this milestone and I’ve decided on posting a series of images from my archive, now currently running at staggering 125,000 images, over the coming months documenting the progress of the business over the years and showcasing the work that I’ve done. Don’t panic I won’t be publishing them all, just a selection of my favourites or images with an interesting tale behind them.

When the business started in Edinburgh it was primarily press orientated but very quickly pr became a large part of my work. That continued through the move back to Cardiff but increasingly more corporate and commercial work was undertaken and this now forms the larger section of my work although I still keep my hand in at press when the occasion arises.

I hope you enjoy looking at the images over the next few months.

No:1 in the “Twenty Years Of Mediaphotos” series is this image of Cherie Blair, wife of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair taking in a fashion show in Edinburgh as her husband took part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the city in November 1997. I’d only gone freelance in the October that year and was covering the conference for Associated Press. During the conference I photographed many world leaders including, The Queen, Tony Blair and Nelson Mandella to name a few. This image was published worldwide as well as in the British Nationals. 

Film photography was still the primary medium although digital was beginning to enter the press scene at this point. I along with most other press photographers was still shooting film and along with two other AP photographers covering the event was wet processing at the Conference Centre and scanning images to send via computer and modem connection to AP’s London Bureau.

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The week started with a twelve hour shoot at The Celtic Manor in Newport with a full brief to record the event, surroundings and food using as far as possible only ambient light. The event consisted of a conference with breakout meetings, an exhibition with tasting of Welsh foods, a spectacular buffet lunch and an evening dinner with entertainment provided by Llantrisant Male Voice Choir.

I do prefer shooting utilising only ambient light as you can achieve a much more natural result but sometimes particularly in conference and dinner venues whilst there is plenty of light to see what you are photographing you can very often be shooting at the extremes, with very slow shutter speeds and wide open lenses and the problems of movement and lack of depth of field that can bring with it to say nothing of colour casts from a mix of daylight, tungsten and fluorescent lighting.

I used a tripod for some of the food photography before the event became busy but soon had to resort to handholding as the guests arrived and space became an issue. A shallow depth of field and some movement can help create some interesting images but a steady hand is a must to avoid the dreaded camera shake.

Food-photographerFood-photographerFood photography of The World Chefs European Conference held at The Celtic Manor Resort's Golf Club and 2010 Club House, Sunday 14/5/17.
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A commission to photograph the launch of The Wolf Studio Wales in Cardiff bay followed. Essentially the brief required a press shot for distribution to the local, national and trade media of the Welsh Government Economy Minister Ken Skates AM with Bad Wolf's Chief Executive , Jane Tranter and Managing Director Julie Gardner.

Some thought had been given to this by the studios PR company IJPR who had a set up complete with directors chairs and film lights in front of some branding. All I needed to do was balance some off camera fill flash to light the subjects and a nice picture resulted which gained some column inches in many trade publications.

Press-photographerPress-photographerPress and PR photography of Wales' Economy Secretary Ken Skates pictured at the launch of Bad Wolf Studios in Cardiff Bay today with Jane Tranter, chief executive( red coat ) and Julie Gardner, managing director.
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Corporate portraiture is a regular for me and this week I was commissioned to photograph fifteen staff at WRAP Cymru for web, social media and marketing use. All images were shot in the same style against a white background and three versions of each sitter supplied, one face on, one angled left and one angled right.

White backgrounds don't just appear by placing a white background behind the sitter particularly if you main subject is lit by flash as is the case here when a muddy tray background can result. To get a true white background the background needs it's own light to create the clean white. Not too much though as the background will just bounce the light back causing a softness around the head and a degrading of the image.

All pictures are shot in colour but I rather like a black and white conversion which I think works well for portraiture allowing the character of the sitter to come through.

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A feature picture for The Ford Motor Companies internal communication magazine @Ford followed, telling the story of a Ford employee who runs marathons, including the London Marathon and also imparts his enthusiasm for running to his local primary school pupils in Swansea by organising a running club and marathon events for the children.

PENYRHEOL005cropPENYRHEOL005cropFord BEP's Mark Bamford and his London Marathon medal with the head of Penyrheol Primary School, Gorseinon, Mrs Alison Williams and some members of the schools running club.
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I recently had the pleasure of photographing the Wales Media Awards organised by The Journalists Charity and held at The Holland House Hotel in Cardiff. It was great to see so many colleagues there and such talented media people being recognised for their good work.

It must be 33 years since I attended what was then The JR Freeman Press Awards as a recipient of the Weekly Photographer of the year Award.

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Wales Media Awards 2017, The Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff, 31/3/17.
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The life of a photographer can indeed be very varied.

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(Mediaphotos) Business Cardiff Commercial Photography Editorial photography Event Photography Flash photography Lifestyle photography Location photography Mediaphotos PR photography Photo Shoot Photography Press Photography Press photography Roger Donovan Wales photography https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2017/5/highlights-from-the-week Wed, 24 May 2017 09:28:48 GMT
Variety Is The Spice Of Life https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2016/7/variety-is-the-spice-of-life I’ve always enjoyed the variety of work my career in photography has provided. In fact it’s been one of the major attractions to working as a freelance press, pr and corporate photographer. Looking back over a busy past few weeks only serves to reinforce this.

Commissions have come from many different clients from around the UK and the work has included sporting events, conferences, trade union disputes, industrial production facilities, social networking events, architectural interiors and Royalty.

I started with a portrait of a plant manager who took part in Karate in his spare time. This was shot for an in house communication magazine.

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This was followed by a sports event at St David’s Hotel in Cardiff. This P1 Powerboat looked very impressive in the evening sunshine outside St David’s Hotel.

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A store opening in Pontypridd followed.

PONTYPRIDD033PONTYPRIDD033The new Poundland store in Taff Street, Pontypridd opened it's doors to the public today, Thursday 9/6/16.
Entertainer Ian Gee and store manager Ian Evans are pictured with Poundhound.
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This was closely followed by a trade union rally on the steps of The National Museum in Cardiff. The image is made up of five images stitched together to give a wide view of the gathering from behind the speaker. Most of my pictures were taken from exactly the opposite viewpoint with a backdrop of the museum but I wanted to find a different angle and the only way to show the full scene from the very narrow space behind the speaker was to shoot several images and join them up later in Photoshop.

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Bethan Jenkins AM
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The next image is of a selfie in the making at a networking event for travel business staff.

REVOLUTION046REVOLUTION046Cardiff Airport Agents event at Revolution, 9/6/16.
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I regularly find myself documenting the production line at Ford’s Bridgend Engine Plant. The nature of the line dictates that most shots are taken from a close viewpoint but I’m still searching for the elusive image that shows the huge scale of the production facility.

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This is a case study family portrait shot for a story about a young family raising funds for life changing surgery for their daughter. This was shot for an in house magazine.

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The next image is part of a series of interiors of The David Lloyd Leisure facility in Cardiff. The brief called for a very specific head on approach with no converging verticals and no oblique angles. It also required that there was no one in any of the images. Hence an early start of 5am was called for. DL-CARDIFF002DL-CARDIFF002David Lloyd Leisure Club, Cardiff.
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An open day for staff, friends and family at Ford’s Bridgend Engine Plant provided the subject matter of this shoot for inclusion in the companies in house magazine. This picture of all the volunteers involved in running the event was taken from a cherry picker before the 3000 friends and family piled in for a tour of the plant and a day of fun. The image below is of one of many Ford vehicles on show.

FAMILY-DAY018FAMILY-DAY018The BEP Family Day, Sunday, 26/6/16.
The BEP team behind the open day.
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This image is from an editorial set commissioned by The Alzheimers Society to illustrate a story about their ” Side By Side” volunteer scheme which provides support to dementia sufferers, allowing them to enjoy life to the full.

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Another networking event, this time in the grand surroundings of the council chamber in City Hall, Cardiff.

CITYHALL084CITYHALL084Powerboat P1 Marine and Coastal Tourism Forum at Cardiff City Hall, Wednesday 29/6/16.
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Another magazine shoot about school children competing in a national racing car challenge with the aid of apprentices from Ford, Bridgend. MAESTEG-CAR008MAESTEG-CAR008© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
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This is from a commission to record a small business conference discussing employee ownership. As well as recording the event for future web and marketing use the shoot also called for the on day delivery of a press shot for local media use.

EMPLOYEE035EMPLOYEE035Wales Co-operative Centre Employee Ownership Day event at Arup, Cardiff Bay.
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Some Welsh football fans photographed for national tabloid newspaper.

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I usually get involved with photographing The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall during their annual week long visit to Wales and this year was no exception being on Rota for two visits.

The couple were together for their visit to The Ponty Lido where the pick of my images was the sequence below where The Duchess playfully pushes the Prince in the back, as if to push him into the water, as he chats with swimmers.

The Duchess was on her own for a visit to the Emmaus community in Bridgend which supports former homeless people, giving them a home within a community as well as work at one of it’s social enterprises. The Duchess had a morning cuppa and chat with staff and companions.

The full edit can be viewed at: http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/pontylido and http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/emmaus

PONTYPRIDD081xxPONTYPRIDD081xxThe Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Pontypridd Lido at Ynysangharad Park today ( Wednesday 6/7/16).
The Duchess gives a gentle push on The Princes back as if to push him in the water.
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EMMAUS005EMMAUS005The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of Emmaus UK, visits the first Emmaus Community in Wales at Nant Lair, Bridgend today where she toured the community and met staff and companions. Emmaus UK supports former homeless people giving them a home within a community as well as work at one of it's social enterprises.
The Duchess enjoys a morning cuppa and chat with companions at the community.
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And finally came the Homecoming Party for the Welsh Football Team. I was covering a corporate hospitality event event which included photographing Miss Wales, Ffion Moyle and Love Islands Tom Powell as well as the events on the pitch.

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(Mediaphotos) Business Cardiff Digital Photography Event Photography Flash photography Lifestyle photography Location photography Mediaphotos PR photography Photo Shoot Photography Press Photography Press photography Roger Donovan Wales photography https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2016/7/variety-is-the-spice-of-life Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:03:10 GMT
South Wales Aerial's https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2016/6/south-wales-aerials CAERPHILLY055CAERPHILLY055Aerial photography over South Wales.
Caerphilly town centre and Castle.
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I'd been trying unsuccessfully to shoot some aerial pictures of South Wales for over six weeks. The weather had just not cooperated and when the weather was ok and I was available, the pilot wasn't and vice versa. Eventually there was a weather window where both pilot and I were available so an early flight of 9am was arranged.

The weather had the last laugh though as once airborne despite a good forecast it became apparent that there was a lot of haze, not good for aerial photography, which very soon turned into a thick bank of fog as we approached Cardiff.

Plans were changed and we headed north from Port Talbot towards Maesteg, The Rhondda Valleys and Caerphilly before heading back to Swansea Airport.

Despite the poor visibility the flight resulted in some good images of South Wales, the true beauty of which is revealed from 3000 feet above.

Some of the pictures appear in the current issue of Around Town Magazine and the full edit can be viewed on my web site.

GOWER112GOWER112Aerial photography over South Wales.
Rhossili Bay on The Gower.
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GOWER116GOWER116Aerial photography over South Wales.
The Gower and Worms Head .
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GOWER123GOWER123Aerial photography over South Wales.
The Gower coast, Three Cliffs Bay.
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MAESTEG075MAESTEG075Aerial photography over South Wales.
Maesteg.
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PORT-TALBOT026PORT-TALBOT026Aerial photography over South Wales.
Port Talbot Steelworks.
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PONTYPRIDD052PONTYPRIDD052Aerial photography over South Wales.
Pontypridd town centre, South Wales.
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PORT-TALBOT030PORT-TALBOT030Aerial photography over South Wales.
Port Talbot town centre and M4 motorway.
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PORTH071PORTH071Aerial photography over South Wales.
Porth town centre in the Rhondda Valley. Pic shows the Rhonnda Fawr valley, left and Rhondda Fach valley, right.
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RHONDDA042RHONDDA042Aerial photography over South Wales.
Blaenrhondda, Treherbert and the Rhigos mountain road at the top of The Rhondda Valleys.
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SWANSEA008SWANSEA008Aerial photography over South Wales.
SA1 and marina, Swansea.
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SWANSEA015SWANSEA015Aerial photography over South Wales.
Swansea docks.
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(Mediaphotos) Aerial photography Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography Roger Donovan South Wales Wales https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2016/6/south-wales-aerials Tue, 07 Jun 2016 11:10:17 GMT
Retrospective III https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2015/12/retrospective-iii FLOWER-SHOW011FLOWER-SHOW011Flower Show, Crosskeys, College.
Flower shows, dog shows, bird shows, fetes, carnivals, we covered them all on the local weekly I started on, The News, part of The South Wales Argus Group in Newport.
The independent newspaper was the paper that most press photographers aspired to at the time with their striking and creative use of pictures. This picture was taken at that time when I tried to move away from the posed picture to a more reportage style of unposed pictures. Cartier Bresson was a hero as well and this picture attempts to replicate his style. circa 1987
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FETE012FETE012Fete.
Flower shows, dog shows, bird shows, fetes, carnivals, we covered them all on the local weekly I started on, The News, part of The South Wales Argus Group in Newport.
The independent newspaper was the paper that most press photographers aspired to at the time with their striking and creative use of pictures. This picture was taken at that time when I tried to move away from the posed picture to a more reportage style of unposed pictures. Cartier Bresson was a hero as well and this picture attempts to replicate his style.
I remember following this old lady as she made her way around the stalls. Every time I raised my camera to take a picture she stopped and smiled straight down the lens. Not what I was after. Eventually I caught her off guard and got the picture I was after as she paid for her goods. circa 1987
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FETE013FETE013Fete.
Flower shows, dog shows, bird shows, fetes, carnivals, we covered them all on the local weekly I started on, The News, part of The South Wales Argus Group in Newport.
The independent newspaper was the paper that most press photographers aspired to at the time with their striking and creative use of pictures. This picture was taken at that time when I tried to move away from the posed picture to a more reportage style of unposed pictures. Cartier Bresson was a hero as well and this picture attempts to replicate his style.
It's my homage to Sunday On The Banks Of The Marne only it's taken at a Cwm Recreation ground near Ebbw Vale at a fete. circa 1987
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FETE014FETE014Jazz bands were every where in the valleys in the 1980's. Every fete or carnival would have one and competitions abounded. I think this was taken in Cwm, Ebbw Vale.© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
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FETE015FETE015Another picture from a fete. It was a wet Saturday afternoon and I had been working my way through a list of weekend events to cover and found myself arriving after the event at this one in Cwmbran. Everyone was leaving as I made my way across the field to the ever diminishing stalls. This little girl was on her way home and made a simple but lovely picture. Circa 1987
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The first newspaper I worked on from 1975 -1987 was The News, a weekly paper circulating in the Gwent Valleys. Fetes, carnivals and flower shows were bread and butter for the three staff photographers. Mainly producing grip and grin style images, we all tried to push the boundaries by being a little more creative in our approach to what were mundane events.

Here are a few pictures of mine that I've come across recently from that time and which I still like. We were shooting everything in black and white then and we processed and printed all our own pictures. It would be many years before newspapers printed full colour. 

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(Mediaphotos) Mediaphotos Photography Press photography Roger Donovan newspapers https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2015/12/retrospective-iii Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:02:09 GMT
Retrospective ll. Pope John Paul ll visits Cardiff, June 1982 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2015/12/retrospective-ll-pope-john-paul-ll-visits-cardiff-june-1982 A selection of my pictures from the visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.

The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine. I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger. However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given. 

The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper. Certainly a day to remember.

You can take a look at more pictures from my Retrospective Gallery by visiting: http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/retrospective

POPE001POPE001The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE004POPE004The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE002POPE002The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE003POPE003The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE005POPE005The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE006POPE006The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE007POPE007The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE008POPE008The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE009POPE009The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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POPE010POPE010The visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff in June 1982.
The Pope celebrated Mass and First Holy Communion at Pontcanna Fields. Thousands turned out to meet him in sweltering sunshine.
I covered the event from a press pen a short distance from the Altar. I struggled with close ups as my longest lens at the time was 150mm with doubler I had borrowed from a friend. It was like looking through the bottom of a milk bottle as you can see from the soft images of the Holy Father which required some huge pull up under the enlarger.
However there were other pictures to be had of the adoring crowd and of Holy Communion being given.
The day started early with a 7am rendezvous with other members of the press in a field at Radyr just outside the city followed by a coach ride into Pontcanna. Once there we couldn't move and our films were collected by messenger and biked back to the South Wales Argus office in Newport for that days paper.
Certainly a day to remember.
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(Mediaphotos) Mass Mediaphotos Photography Pope Press photography https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2015/12/retrospective-ll-pope-john-paul-ll-visits-cardiff-june-1982 Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:35:18 GMT
Retrospective https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2015/12/retrospective Having been a photographer for some 42 years I have rather a lot of old pictures from my days as a newspaper staff photographer lying around in boxes. There are quite a few though strangely not so many as you might expect. I must have been selective about what I kept. Lately I’ve taken to browsing through them, whether for inspiration for future shoots or confirmation that I’ve done a reasonable job over the years I’m not sure. 

 

It struck me that others may be interested in some of these old pictures as well so I thought I would create a retrospective gallery online for others to browse.

 

I came across these pictures from 1977 and 1980. I’d only been working as a press photographer for two years in 1977 so was pretty green but looking back on them I have to say that even now I feel rather pleased with them. I remember the Keith Joseph set as though it was yesterday and given the hours I had waited on a cold winters afternoon with all the action happening when the light had all but disappeared I think I would have been pretty pleased with the results at the time.

 

The “STEEL” pictures show Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade in a Margaret Thatcher Government visiting a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike where he was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers as he tried to make his way into the factory. Joseph looked terrified and soon made his getaway but not before a few police officers had been injured in the crush.

 

STEEL 05, 06 & 08 Show a steel strikers rally at Pontypool Park being addressed by the local MP Leo Abse.

 

PICKET01-03 show another picket in Bedwas near Caerphilly outside a factory trying to stop machinery being removed from their factory during a protracted strike. Tempers flared and arrests were made.

 

The Margaret Thatcher picture was taken in June 1977 as she addressed the Welsh Conservative Party Conference in of all places, Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre. It was a Saturday morning and I had a string of other jobs to go to. She was late arriving. I’d waited for ages at the entrance to the centre and eventually she arrived. She even spoke to me as she rushed by and I followed her into the hall, got my picture and left for the next job.

 

You can take a look at more pictures from my Retrospective Gallery by visiting: http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/retrospective

STEEL002STEEL002Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade visits a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike and was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers. Joseph looked worried to say the least and made his getaway but not after a few police officers had been injured in the crush.
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STEEL003STEEL003Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade visits a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike and was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers. Joseph looked worried to say the least and made his getaway but not after a few police officers had been injured in the crush.
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STEEL004STEEL004Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade visits a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike and was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers. Joseph looked worried to say the least and made his getaway but not after a few police officers had been injured in the crush.
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STEEL001STEEL001Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade visits a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike and was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers. Joseph looked worried to say the least and made his getaway but not after a few police officers had been injured in the crush.
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STEEL005STEEL005Striking steelworkers rally at Pontypool Park, 1980, where one of the speakers was local MP Leo Abse.
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STEEL006STEEL006Striking steelworkers rally at Pontypool Park, 1980, where one of the speakers was local MP Leo Abse.
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STEEL008STEEL008Striking steelworkers rally at Pontypool Park, 1980, where one of the speakers was local MP Leo Abse.
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PICKET001PICKET001Pickets outside a transport depot in Caerphilly try to stop machinery being removed from their factory during a protracted strike. Tempers flared and arrests were made.
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PICKET002PICKET002Pickets outside a transport depot in Caerphilly try to stop machinery being removed from their factory during a protracted strike. Tempers flared and arrests were made.
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STEEL007STEEL007Margaret Thatcher, then leader of the opposition addresses the Welsh Conservative Party Conference at Ebbw Vale on 16 June 1977 prior to her becoming Prime Minister in 1979.
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Corporate Headshots https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2015/11/corporate-headshots Most businesses require staff headshots for marketing purposes. Whether for use with biographies on the company web site, press and media distribution for a new starter story or for social networking, a good portrait can help portray the right company image.

The temptation to shoot the corporate portrait yourself can be great but using a pro photographer can create a continuity of style across all your corporate headshots, helping to enforce the quality feel that you have tried so hard to achieve in the design of your web site.

I’ve helped many businesses throughout the UK with their headshot photography and I’d be delighted to help with yours. HEADS2HEADS2©mediaphotos.co.uk

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(Mediaphotos) Business Corporate Photography Headshots Mediaphotos PR Photo Shoot Photography Portraiture Roger Donovan https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2015/11/corporate-headshots Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:33:22 GMT
A Birds Eye View of Newport Docks https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2015/10/a-birds-eye-view-of-newport-docks Industrial-photographerIndustrial-photographerPR and industrial photography of Associated British Ports Newport Docks. A new Liebherr dockside crane at work.
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During the many years I've been working as a photographer I've been asked to take pictures in just about every situation you can think of. Aerial photography, whether from a plane or helicopter or as in this case simply from the top of a mobile dockside crane at The Port of Newport is probably my favourite. I love the different perspective that an aerial view gives of what from the ground can be a very ordinary location. In this case I also had my exercise for the day climbing to the top of the crane with my heavy kit bag slung over my shoulder.

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(Mediaphotos) Business Commercial photography Location photography Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography Roger Donovan https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2015/10/a-birds-eye-view-of-newport-docks Mon, 26 Oct 2015 16:21:27 GMT
Miranda Portrait https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2015/5/miranda-portrait Portrait-photographyPortrait-photographyPortrait photography © Roger Donovan, Media Photos

A striking portrait of dance teacher Miranda from the Miranda Lee Dance School ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miranda-Lee-Dance-Studios/1448853485378402?fref=ts ) who commissioned me to shoot some portraits for her social networking and web page.
At first glance this may appear to be a black and white shot but it is in fact a colour image which has been desaturated and tweaked in Photoshop resulting in a strong high contrast portrait.

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(Mediaphotos) Business Digital Photography Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography Photoshop Portrait Portrait Photography Roger Donovan https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2015/5/miranda-portrait Tue, 26 May 2015 10:17:00 GMT
Recent Magazine Spreads https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2014/11/recent-magazine-spreads It's always good to see your work used nicely as in these picture spreads in the Christmas edition of Around Town Magazine. FAW1FAW1 sian-lloydsian-lloyd PIZZAEXPRESSPIZZAEXPRESS

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(Mediaphotos) Business Event Photography Location photography Magazine Photography Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography Press Photography Press photography Roger Donovan photography https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2014/11/recent-magazine-spreads Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:16:28 GMT
Maserati Ghibli https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2014/10/maserati-ghibli GHIBLI017GHIBLI017A Maserati Ghibli photographed at Penarth Marina.
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GHIBLI026GHIBLI026A Maserati Ghibli photographed at Penarth Marina.
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GHIBLI022GHIBLI022A Maserati Ghibli photographed at Penarth Marina.
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GHIBLI013GHIBLI013A Maserati Ghibli photographed at Penarth Marina.
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GHIBLI014GHIBLI014A Maserati Ghibli photographed at Penarth Marina.
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GHIBLI011GHIBLI011A Maserati Ghibli photographed at Penarth Marina.
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GHIBLI012GHIBLI012A Maserati Ghibli photographed at Penarth Marina.
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GHIBLI007GHIBLI007A Maserati Ghibli photographed at Penarth Marina.
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GHIBLI008GHIBLI008A Maserati Ghibli photographed at Penarth Marina.
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GHIBLI006GHIBLI006A Maserati Ghibli photographed at Penarth Marina.
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GHIBLI004GHIBLI004A Maserati Ghibli photographed at Penarth Marina.
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(Mediaphotos) Business Ghibli Location photography Maserati Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography Roger Donovan https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2014/10/maserati-ghibli Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:36:02 GMT
Caerphilly Castle Panorama https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2014/7/caerphilly-castle-panorama It was a beautiful summers day in Caerphilly yesterday and the castle looked amazing in the sunshine. I couldn't resist trying another panoramic shot.

CAERPHILLY0014CAERPHILLY0014Panorama of Caerphilly Castle and it's famous leaning tower, Mid Glamorgan, South Wales, UK on a summers day with fisherman fishing in the moat.
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(Mediaphotos) Caerphilly Castle Business Location photography Mediaphotos Panorama Photo Shoot Photography Roger Donovan South Wales landscape https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2014/7/caerphilly-castle-panorama Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:08:17 GMT
Cardiff Bay Panorama's https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2014/5/cardiff-bay-panoramas I've been taking advantage of the recent fine weather to shoot some panorama's of Cardiff Bay. 

CARDIFF-BAY0001cropCARDIFF-BAY0001cropPanorama of Cardiff Bay, South Wales, UK with St David's Hotel, left, Mermaid Quay, Centre, the red brick Pierhead Building, The Millennium Centre and The Senedd, right, home of The National Assembly For Wales.
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This one is made up of nine images shot on my Nikon D800. The RAW files were stitched together using Photoshop CC to produce a whopping 260 Meg image measuring some 70" x 14" at 300 ppi. 
Photoshop has made a cracking job of stitching the images and the resolution and detail at 100% is amazing....... and Cardiff Bay looks stunning in the sunshine.

Shooting a view as a panorama gives a completely different perspective on the view, almost akin to how the eye would scan the view but creating an incredibly detailed image which would be impossible to shoot in a single frame even with a very wide angle lens.

Doing justice to the view in front of you can sometimes be difficult but a panorama could be the answer.

CARDIFF-BAY0002cropCARDIFF-BAY0002cropPanorama of Cardiff Bay, South Wales, UK with St David's Hotel, left, Mermaid Quay, Centre, the red brick Pierhead Building, The Millennium Centre and The Senedd, right, home of The National Assembly For Wales.
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This one is a 19 picture stitched image of 330 Meg and measures 66" x 19" at 300 ppi. 

CARDIFF-BAY0003cropCARDIFF-BAY0003cropPanorama of Cardiff Bay, South Wales, UK with Mermaid Quay, left The Millennium Centre, the red brick Pierhead Building and next to it The Senedd, home of The National Assembly For Wales.
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This is made up of 18 frames stitched to produce a 440 Meg image measuring 109" x 15.5" at 300 ppi.

CARDIFF-BAY0004cropCARDIFF-BAY0004cropPanorama of Cardiff Bay, South Wales, UK with The Millennium Centre, t and next to it The Senedd, home of The National Assembly For Wales.
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This is made up of 13 frames stitched to produce a 227 Meg image measuring 47" x 19" at 300 ppi.

CARDIFF-BAY0020cropCARDIFF-BAY0020cropPanorama of Cardiff Bay, South Wales, UK with The Millennium Centre, t and next to it The red brick Piehead Building.
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This is made up of 11 frames stitched to produce a 238 Meg image measuring 48" x 19" at 300 ppi.

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(Mediaphotos) Cardiff Bay Business Cardiff Landscape photography Location photography Mediaphotos Panorama Photo Shoot Photography Press Photography Roger Donovan stitched image https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2014/5/cardiff-bay-panoramas Fri, 23 May 2014 09:11:55 GMT
Nash Point, Vale of Glamorgan https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2014/5/nash-point-vale-of-glamorgan In the digital age we shoot everything in colour but you really can't beat a good black and white image. Mode conversions are so easy in Photoshop and a few little tweaks to improve contrast and tone can transform a pretty straightforward colour landscape into a graphically strong image

NASHPOINT0007NASHPOINT0007Nash Point Lighthouse on the Vale of Glamorgan coastline, South Wales.
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NASHPOINT0011NASHPOINT0011Nash Point Lighthouse sits on a cliff overlooking a rocky beach on the Vale of Glamorgan coastline, South Wales.
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NASHPOINT0017NASHPOINT0017Nash Point Lighthouse on the Vale of Glamorgan coastline, South Wales.
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(Mediaphotos) Black & White Photography Business Cardiff Landscape photography Location photography Mediaphotos Photo Shoot Photography Press Photography Roger Donovan Wales landscape photography https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2014/5/nash-point-vale-of-glamorgan Tue, 20 May 2014 19:11:11 GMT
First Outing For The New Camera https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2014/5/first-outing-for-the-new-camera Photographing former pro footballer turned columnist and commentator John Hartson and his wife Sarah with their new baby Paige Faith at their Swansea home last week provided the first real opportunity to try out my new Nikon D800 camera.

With the help of John and Sarah, who as always were a pleasure to photograph, and the cooperation of the new born Paige a lovely set of pictures resulted which were taken up by many of the national newspapers. 

JOHN0009JOHN0009Former professional footballer turned TV pundit and cancer survivor John Hartson with his wife Sarah and new baby Paige Faith.
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Having been committed to Nikon's DX lenses for many years I have up till now been using a D300s camera backed up by two D2XS bodies. The smaller chip in these cameras has always performed well and I have until now resisted the move to the full frame larger FX chip. The cost of replacing both camera and lenses as well as the need to upgrade my MAC's to cope with the large file sizes the new camera produces has been a big factor but the time finally came for me to make the move. 

The resolution and sheer size of the images that the D800 produces are staggering. The tonal range, crispness and detail of the image alone make the move more than worth while but when you add in the vastly better low light performance, improved video capability and easy operation of the camera I have to say I'm delighted with my new acquisition.

A new Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 AFS lens completed the package and and the optical quality and range of this lens doesn't disappoint either.

For the pictures of John and family I shot at 400 asa and used two Nikon speed light flash units, one as the main light to the left which was bounced into a silver umbrella reflector and one bounced off the ceiling to the right to fill the shadows. The resulting images are warm with soft directional lighting which works well for family photography.

I've used the camera many times in anger now including most recently on a commission to photograph camper vans for a manufacturers web site and marketing literature. This commission also included shooting a short video to show the conversion of a seating area into a bed. I'll feature some of these images soon but the quality of both the stills and video are superb.

Here's a link to the full image set: http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/johnhartson

and a few newspaper links:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/john-hartson-pictured-first-time-3503916

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2622141/Footballer-diagnosed-testicular-cancer-celebrates-child-wife-miraculous-recovery.html

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/swansea-born-former-wales-arsenal-celtic-7080248

 

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(Mediaphotos) Business Camera D800 Flash photography John Hartson Lifestyle photography Nikon Photo Shoot Photography Press Photography Roger Donovan https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2014/5/first-outing-for-the-new-camera Wed, 14 May 2014 13:36:07 GMT
Australian Pictures https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2014/2/australian-pictures  

A recent trip to Australia to visit family provided some stunning picture opportunities. The usual iconic tourist destinations had to be visited and photographed but every step out of the door presented new and exciting images.

This was a family holiday rather than a photographic trip so nothing was planned and all the pictures are purely opportunistic. None the less there are some striking images and I'm particularly pleased with the shots of the yacht under sail in Sydney Harbour practicing for The Sydney to Hobart Race just a few days before Christmas. These were taken from the Manly ferry as we approached the city on our first visit to the City centre.

Sydney, Newcastle, The Blue Mountains, The Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and The Pacific Coast all feature in the final edit. An amazingly exciting country that I can't wait to visit again.

You'll find a few images here but the full selection is available to view and purchase at: http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/australia2014 AUS0015AUS0015Traffic drives over The Harbour Bridge, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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An unusual view of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

AUS0183AUS0183Nobbys Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
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Nobbys Beach, Newcastle. AUS0197AUS0197Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
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Newcastle Beach and City.

AUS0299AUS0299Koala Bear at Blackbutt Reserve near Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
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Koala at Bluckbutt Reserve. AUS0493AUS0493The view from Evans Lookout over Govetts Creek in The Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.
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The Blue Mountains. AUS0587AUS0587The moon is still visible in the early morning sky as the sun rises over Blackheath Creek, Blackheath in The Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.
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First light in The Blue Mountains. AUS0707AUS0707The Three Sisters rock formations in The Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.
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The Three Sisters in The Blue Mountains. AUS0746AUS0746Under sail into Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, against a backdrop of the Cities Central Business District and Skytower.
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Sailing in to Sydney Harbour. AUS0750AUS0750Under sail into Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, against a backdrop of the Cities Central Business District and The Opera House.
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Approaching The Opera House, Sydney Harbour.

AUS0809AUS0809Vessels including the cruise liner Carnival Spirit berthed in Sydney Harbour against a backdrop of the Central Business District, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Circular Quay and The Central Business District. AUS0824AUS0824Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales, Australia.
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A traditional view of Sydney Harbour Bridge. AUS0860AUS0860The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia provides a stunning backdrop to boats in the harbour.
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Sydney Opera House. AUS1073AUS1073Tourists enjoy the Blue skies and the white sandy beach of Catherine Hill Bay on the Pacific coast of New South Wales, Australia.
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Catherine Hill Bay on The Pacific Coast.

AUS1109AUS1109A jetty stretches out into the waters of Lake Macquarie at Belmont, New South Wales, Australia.
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Lake Macquarie, Belmont.

AUS1209AUS1209Wild Kangaroos in the grounds of Morrisset Hospital alongside the Koophatoo Aboriginal Reserve, New South Wales, Australia.
A Joey in it's mothers pouch.
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Wild Kangaroos in the grounds of Morrisset Hospital. AUS1267AUS1267Street scene off George Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Shoppers, Sydney. AUS1468AUS1468Bar beach Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
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Surfers, Bar Beach, Merewether, Newcastle.

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From The Archive https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2013/11/from-the-archive MATT GROENING0001MATT GROENING0001Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons with Bender from his new series Futurama, in Edinburgh this morning. ( Saturday 26/8/99)
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A favourite from the archive is this shot of The Simpsons creator Matt Groening which was taken on commission for Sky TV during the Edinburgh Festival back in 1999. The image was used extensively in the national press. 

It was shot in the pre digital age on colour negative film and scanned on a Nikon LS2000 film scanner to make a 7 meg digital file. I think at this time I had moved on from modem transmission to the dizzy speeds of ISDN but still remember losing the will to live as I waited in front of the computer screen for a few files to deliver across the internet. Things haven't changed that much even now as I still spend hours in front of the computer but at least picture delivery has speeded up.

More images from the archive are available at: http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/f588818266

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A New Web Site For Mediaphotos https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2013/11/a-new-web-site-for-mediaphotos The Mediaphotos web site has undergone a complete redesign.

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The cleaner design and streamlined interface is more intuitive and ensures a more user friendly experience.

As well as being a platform to showcase my press, pr and corporate photography it also serves as a portal to my online archive where image users can browse, search and purchase downloads and prints.

PortfoliosPortfoliosThe Portfolio page where you'll find a few examples of my work.

ArchiveArchiveThe Archive page where you can search and purchase images from our ever growing online archive of images Clients who have commissioned photography can download their images from password protected private galleries. No more waiting for cd’s to arrive in the post or e-mail bounces because of clogged up mailboxes. Images can be available within minutes of the shoot enabling anyone needing access to the images to view and download them without delay.

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The new site hasn’t moved though, it’s still at www.mediaphotos.co.uk so why not take a look.

Any feedback, guestbook comments or social networking likes would be welcome.

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Even the simplest shoot can be challenging.

A recent corporate commission to shoot a portrait to accompany a press release proved just so. The subject, Mandy Jenkins, who had just taken up a new position couldn’t have been more helpful but as so often is the case, the location didn’t really lend itself to photography. Whilst a tight head shot lit by two flash units, one for the subject and one to maintain a white background, was possible in the busy office, it fulfilled only part of the brief. The client also wanted a press shot.

I was forced into looking outside the office but the weather was turning against us and rain was in the air. Blue skies had been replaced by grey cloud and light was in short supply. Luckily there was a formal old Victorian garden available and having found a sheltered spot under some trees I provided some additional light in the form of fill in flash through a white umbrella. A wide aperture and a long lens produced a shallow depth of field which together with a low angle lead the eye to the main subject, creating a pleasing image.

Sometimes keeping things simple is by far the best approach.

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The Last Throws of Summer at Three Cliffs Bay on The Gower https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2013/9/the-last-throws-of-summer-at-three-cliffs-bay-on-the-gower Three Cliffs BayTHREE CLIFFS BAY0011 One of the joys of working as a photographer is that despite a busy day shooting pr and corporate work there’s still time to take in the view as you’re passing and what better view than Three Cliffs Bay on The Gower in South Wales. A stunning location and a beautiful day. A few more images from this shoot are available at http://mediaphotos.zenfolio.com/p489849260

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(Mediaphotos) Business Donovan Gower Landscape Location Mediaphotos Photography Press Roger South The Wales photography https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2013/9/the-last-throws-of-summer-at-three-cliffs-bay-on-the-gower Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:19:04 GMT
Moon shot https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2013/8/Moon-shot  

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Couldn’t resist a shot of the moon tonight. Another 24 hours before it will be full but still looking amazing in a clear sky over Cardiff.

 


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A small selection of images from a recent three day commission to photograph the new Ford Fiesta ST prior to it’s European launch which was to take place in South Wales at Ford UK’s Bridgend Engine Plant, where the cars engine is built, Llandow Race Track and St David’s Hotel, Cardiff. The brief was to photograph the car at the three locations and on the test drive route in between. The pictures would be distributed to motoring journalist attending the launch event.


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A stunning display of colour in Cathays Park, Cardiff, in the Spring sunshine. Hats off to the City Council gardeners.

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Celebrity portraits from my time in Edinburgh https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2013/3/Celebrity-portraits-from-my-time-in-Edinburgh Joan Riversrrd-rivers029x Billy Connolly16-gabriel-rd Former Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind4-pentland-rd Nelson Mandella, South African President, arrives at RAF Turnhouse, Edinburgh, for CHOGM.mandella-2x Former Champion Jockey Richard Dunwoody3-dunwoody-rd Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons9-matt-rdx Arthur Smith and Karen Ord-smith-1x Alan Cummingcumming006x Julie Walters, Jamie Bell and Stephen Gately of Boyzonebilly-2-rdx Author Irvine Welshrd-welsh-2 Politician David Steele and his father The Very Reverend David Steelerd-steele-1x Atomic Kittenrd-ice-3 Emma Thompson and Adrian Lesterrd-emma-3x Emma Thompson2-emma-rdx Ed Byrne9-byrne-rdx Actor Sean Penn and his wife Robin Wright-Pennpenn-rd022x

Browsing the archives can be an interesting experience. Once I could remember pretty much everything I’d shot but not now. With the archive about to tick over the 100,000 mark I guess I can be forgiven for forgetting what is there.

Just a brief glance at an image can bring all sorts of memories flooding back about the specifics of the shoot. The technical difficulties, how co-operative the sitter was or simply what a beautiful day it had been. A bit like looking back through old family photos I guess.

I was prompted to look back through my files as I’m having to look at storage solutions at the moment. Hard discs are becoming full and there is a need for something larger with a backup.

I’ve previously posted some of my celebrity pictures from my time in Edinburgh but thought I would share a few more.

Some are from one to one sittings, others are from press calls at the Festival and others from premieres. They cover a fast changing time in press photography, the change from film to digital. Most, including the Nelson Mandella , David Steele, Arthur Smith, Irvine Welsh, Matt Groening and Atomic Kitten pictures were shot on film and scanned from the negative. For me the Mandella picture is the stand out picture of my career. It’s not a great picture but a personal thing for me because of who he is and what he stands for and I had the opportunity to photograph him. The others were all shot on Nikon D1 or D1x digital cameras.

The Ed Byrne shoot is quite vivid in my memory as well. Most of the hour long shoot in a hotel room in Edinburgh revolved around photographing him with a bottle of Iron Bru , the local soft drink of choice. Ed was appearing at the Festival and was most accommodating and The Sun wanted a Scottish angle and as the shoot was indoors the only thing that presented itself was a bottle of Iron Bru. Anyway despite all our efforts with the bottle I prefer this shot.

To fill in some of the history, it’s been fifteen years since I started Mediaphotos in Edinburgh and almost unbelievably, ten years since the business relocated to Cardiff from where it still operates, supplying, editorial, pr, business and media clients with creative images.


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A 2002 picture of Robbie Williams pictured with Jonathan Wilkes and Neighbours star Daniel McPherson as they leave his Edinburgh apartment wearing kilts for the first night of Godspell at The Festival Theatre in which his pals were starring.

An eight hour wait on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on a freezing March day resulted in a set of pictures which made the national papers and magazines.

And Robbie was a proper gent who relieved the strain of the wait by letting a colleague and I use his bathroom. When the three eventually appeared they couldn’t have been more accommodating as they posed for the cameras.

With most of my business being press related and therefore time sensitive I’d made the decision to move from film to digital some 18 months earlier and when these pictures were taken I was using a Nikon D1 camera, Nikon’s first mass market pro digital SLR, which was capable of producing some truly awful images, together with the later D1x which was a vast improvement but still not a patch on what we use today.

The D1 images always had an electronic look to them with strange yellow casts to skin tones and no real depth of colour. The D1x was much better and if correctly exposed, i.e. slightly under, could produce some much better tones and saturated colours. The three shot was made with the D1x with an 80-200mm F2.8 lens and direct flash as the Scottish light had long since disappeared. No feeding frenzy from the press pack here as the picture had been agreed through Robbie’s PA so we all stood back to gave the guys some room and they responded with smiles and the invitation to move closer which is when the portrait was taken on the D1 with a 35-70mm F2.8 zoom lens. In colour this portrait was not great and an accurate colour balance was almost impossible to achieve but converted to B/W it looks half way decent.


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From The Archive https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2013/3/From-The-Archive Vinnie Jones and Vas Blackwood in Edinburgh 1998 for the premier of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

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I’d only been freelancing since 1997 and this was my first Festival season in Edinburgh. The Festival ensures a regular supply of celebrities for a few months and it threw up some strange and surreal shoots as well.

This particular one was a commission for The Sun and was an exclusive one to one with the stars and senior production crew. As usual it was last minute and I’d had the call whilst on another shoot in The Borders so had to make a mad dash back to the capital for the shoot. At that point I don’t even remember having the details of the shoot other than the location, in a deserted office block and a contact name. It took ages to locate the venue and I eventually stumbled in on the gathering a few floors up in the empty offices at night.

I was confronted by Vinnie and Vaz together with Dexter Fletcher and the crew and pr people who were rushing off elsewhere and so the shoot needed to be completed on the hoof. No chance to think or set up lighting. Four shots with straight flash, one of Vinnie on his own, one with the three stars, one of the whole group and this one which despite it’s corn and basic lighting I have to say I rather like.

Still shooting film then so back to the house to wet process, scan and wire.


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The June 2012 Newsletter from Mediaphotos https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2012/6/The-June-2012-Newsletter-from-Mediaphotos Welcome to the June 2012 newsletter from Mediaphotos.

I usually e-mail a newsletter to all my clients on a six monthly basis but this time I thought I would also post it to my blog.

With 2012 being Jubilee year I thought I would take the opportunity to showcase a few of my own Royal pictures from my archive. The picture below is from 1999 and shows The Queen with the now deceased Former First Minister for Scotland, Donald Dewar at the State Opening of The new Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. A few more photographs from that historic event together with a small selection of other Royal images can be viewed at: Royal Selection

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I’ve had the pleasure of photographing The Royal family on many occasions since I first started working as a press photographer back in 1975 and have many fond recollections. Including the time photographing Prince Charles at an OAP day centre in Cwmcarn when I decided I would try to get ahead of the Royal party by jumping across a small flower bed. Unfortunately a Royal minder decided I shouldn’t and grabbed my arm just as I jumped, ensuring that I landed right in the middle of the flower bed as Prince Charles passed by.

I also remember waiting for some time at Glamorgan Cricket Club for Prince Charles and Princess Diana to arrive. I was waiting patiently to get my picture of The Princess but as they approached Prince Charles decided to pass the time of day with me. I had a choice, ignore him and take the pictures of Diana or respond and miss the picture I really wanted. I’m pleased to say I chose the latter and managed to get a picture of Diana later in the day, although my picture editor wasn’t amused as by then I’d missed the deadline for the City Final edition.

Managing to place my car into the Royal convoy during a whistle stop tour of West Wales villages also brings a smile to my face. The tight timetable meant it was impossible to be at each location without following the convoy and somehow I managed to get into the convoy which was being lead at some speed around the closed off rural roads by police traffic cars. It took some time before the police realised they had an interloper but by that time we had managed to get the pictures and were on our way back to a wire machine to get the pictures back to London. Yes this was in a time before computers, 3g and wifi. Black and white film needed to be processed, a 10×8 print produced and captioned using a typewriter and a union wireman called to send the image from a drum scanner along a pre booked high quality telephone line to the picture desk in London.

Time Flies

Since my last newsletter in January I’ve been busy working for many clients both old and new.

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Even a general strike in Spain couldn’t put off the launch of a new air service between Cardiff Airport and Spain. Spanish airline Vueling launched their service to Barcelona with a press conference at The Wales Millennium Centre and a reception at The Senedd in Cardiff Bay and their innaugural flight from Cardiff was marked with a tapas party for travellers at The Airport.

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Ford Bridgend Engine Plant’s Saturday club was another focus of attention for me. In association with training provider Control2K the club provides training on a Saturday morning for youngsters from schools around South Wales interested in a career in engineering. The photography would feature the club in an upcoming edition of Ford News and would be supplemented by a follow up session at the clubs awards ceremony in April. It was great to see the enthusiasm and interest shown by these youngsters.

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A rainy day spent in a huge hole in the ground in The Vale of Glamorgan produced a set of images recording the quarrying process for Lafarge UK Ltd.

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Photographing Ruby Wax at a recent M4 Business Network breakfast at The Celtic Manor provided some early morning entertainment. Nothing like a good laugh to start the day.

Other highlights include a charity awards presentation at Atlantic College, an accountancy skills competition, a tour of South and West Wales to photograph the shop fronts for a major retail chain, some product photography for e-commerce business The Glam Camping Company, corporate portaits for a major South Wales based law firm, election night coverage, productions stills of La Traviata for The Welsh National Opera and a pr shoot for British Gas.

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You can keep up to date with Mediaphotos through my Facebook page. Why not take a look and whilst you are there take a moment to like the page. Your support would be appreciated.

Family Portaits

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Did you know that I also offer a family portraiture service? Photography in your home or a location of your choice can be a far more relaxed experience than posing in an unfamiliar studio, resulting in pictures that show the true character of the sitter rather than just a record of their appearance.


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Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 3.8 https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2012/6/Porsche-911-Carrera-4S-3-8 Click to view slideshow.

An enjoyable morning spent in the Vale of Glamorgan this week photographing a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 3.8.  A brief respite in the wet June weather provided a glimpse of sunshine to show off the car against a backdrop of the pretty village of Llysworney. The full set of pictures can be seen on the Mediaphotos online archive site  and the review will soon be available on the Wheelswithinwales site.


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Tenovus St David’s Day Dinner – Event photography https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2012/3/Tenovus-St-David-s-Day-Dinner-Event-photography Click to view slideshow.

The Cardiff based cancer charity Tenovus held it’s annual St David’s Day dinner at The Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay on Friday night and I was there to record the event and provide the charity with images for pr and marketing purposes.

It proved to be a great night with entertainment from comic and all round entertainer Rob Brydon, possibly the funniest man alive, Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn Bowen and the Tenovus Sing For Life Choir who were simply inspirational.


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Behind The Scenes at The Welsh National Opera https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/blog/2012/2/Behind-The-Scenes-at-The-Welsh-National-Opera Click to view slideshow.

A recent press day with The Welsh National Opera at The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, for which I was shooting the photography for all the attending publications from around the country, provided an insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes to put on such magnificent and lavish productions as La traviata which recently opened in Cardiff. I’m no opera buff but being Welsh, I do appreciate a good voice and there is no doubt that the WNO ranks amongst the greats and the performers are second to none.

But what goes on behind the scenes to enable the cast to perform to such high standards. Last weeks tour highlighted the sheer professionalism and attention to detail that prevails throughout the company. The costume department demonstrated their skills and explained that every costume is as true to the original period costume as they can make it. Large casts, all requiring changes of some very complex costumes, particularly with regard to the corsets and supporting hoops that give the required shape and form to voluminous period dresses, as demonstrated by Judith Russell and her wardrobe team, cause some headaches during scene changes.

The whole scale of the operation is obvious as you wander through the stage area, the domain of stage manager Julia Carson Sims where the sets produced under the guidance of Darren Joyce at the nearby Cardiff Theatrical Services are erected to such effect. Company manager Ian Douglas’ enthusiasm was evident as he directed the tour party around the warren of corridors and stages that remain unseen to the general public.

WNO Chief Executive and Artistic Director David Pountney rounded off the tour before the dress rehearsal started.

I won’t try to review the performance as I’d only show my lack of knowledge. Suffice to say that it was magnificent, colourful, full of energy and a sheer joy to behold.

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