Client: Turbary Woods Bird of Prey Sanctuary

Project: Bird of Prey Photography

Project specifics:

Bird of Prey Photography

Client location: UK

Link: http://turbarywoods.co.uk

Steppe Eagle Collection

It'd been over 12 months since my last trip to the sanctuary and man how I'd missed my time there. 2011 is going to full of photo shoots again, so lets keep praying for good light and no rain to let it happen! The guys at Turbary wanted me to pop down after a successful season with the Steppe Eagles, Turbary's now 9 month old baby Steppe was flying beautifully and in full plumage. She looked incredible! Watching her fly around the field was an awe inspiring site, she's just so majestic! If you're in the north of the UK, you need to get your ass down here and see these birds in action!

Client: Turbary Woods Bird of Prey Sanctuary

Project: Bird of Prey Photography

Project specifics:
  • Photography

Client location: UK

Link: http://turbarywoods.co.uk

Barn Owl Collection

Whilst I was down at Turbary for the Eagle shoot, I also snapped a few shots of Bo the Barn Owl too, everyone's favourite owl. She's a stunning creature in real life, but seemed soooo small after shooting the Steppe Eagle for 30 mins. Man I love photographing birds of prey.

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Client: Fully Illustrated

Project: Photography

Project specifics:
  • Car Photography

Link: http://fullyillustrated.com

Z4

Wow, this week has been a mixture of sadness and joy. I said goodbye to the love of my life, my Z4, and at the same time said hello to my new love...my new Z4 :) And in true saddo fashion, I took her straight up to the moors to get some top gear inspired photos! I decided this time though to try and get a bizarre balance between a top gear shot and an Ansell Adams shot (those two names can’t ever have been used in the same photographic sentence before, so apologies to all the diehard Ansell fans). I waited all day for the rain clouds to set in so that I could make the most of the light and also capture a dramatic cloudscape. It’s been way too long since I played with my camera and this has been a great kick up the ass to start snapping again. I really want to take the car to some old, wrecked industrial area next as I think the old rusting metals and aged brickwork would be a great backdrop for the car...hmmm, must keep my eyes peeled for the right spot.

Client: Trubary Woods

Project: Wildlife Photography

Project specifics:

Wildlife Photography

Client location: UK

Link: http://turbarywoods.co.uk

Trubary Woods – Photoshoot 5

Another great day down at Turbary. We had a great display this week as just about every flying bird was out, the Kite, Peregrine, Steppe Eagle...you name it, they were all out. Superb!

Client: Turbary Woods - Bird of Prey Sanctuary

Project: Nature Photography

Project specifics:
  • Bird of Prey Photography

Client location: UK

Link: http://turbarywoods.co.uk

Turbary Woods – Shoot 4

Oh this weekend’s trip to Turbary was what I have been waiting for sooooo long, to watch the first flight of the awe inspiring Steppe Eagle! Man, this creature is quite simply breath taking, ITS HUGE! The only downside was, with all the bad weather, high winds, rain and cloud, meant that in flight shots were a no, no. But hopefully we can get some more in the coming weeks/months.

Client: Turbary Woods

Project: Bird of Prey Photography

Project specifics:
  • Bird of Prey Photography

Client location: UK

Link: http://turbarywoods.co.uk

Turbary Woods – Shoot 3

This weekends shoot from Turbary Woods, another brilliant day!! This time we had the two Harris Hawks out together and they were simply breathtaking. Lots more in flight shots this time, I'm still pretty new to this type of photography, but I am picking up some effective techniques each week, its about learning the flight patterns of each bird as much as it is nailing the right setting every time. There is soooo much to take into account, the bird, the flight path, are they flying in or/and out of shadow, do they hover on landing, do they swoop low, jump up on take off or drop low...sooo much...cant wait to see what these pics will look like 6 months from now!

Client: Turbary Woods

Project: Bird of Prey Photography

Project specifics:
  • Bird of Prey Photography

Client location: UK

Link: http://turbarywoods.co.uk

Turbary Woods – Shoot 2

Well, I have now become Turbary Woods Resident Charity Photographer and am spending loads of time with them to get some ace shots that will be appearing on their posters. I finally picked up my new 300mm ultrasonic lens, meaning that I can get some much better in flight shots...take a look...

Client: Turbary Woods - Bird of Prey Sanctuary

Project: Bird of Prey Photography

Project specifics:
  • Bird of Prey Photography

Client location: UK

Link: http://turbarywoods.co.uk

Turbary Woods – Bird of Prey Sanctuary

OH MY GOD, what an awesome day out this was!!! I stumbled upon an amazing little bird of prey sanctuary in Preston, what a phenomenal find, it is wonderful place called Turbary Woods, run by a dedicated bunch of devoted charity workers who are crazy about birds of prey. They have a breathtaking collection of beautiful hawks, buzzards, owls, you name it, it’s amazing. Anyway, I got loads of chances to get close up with my 300mm and get some beautiful portraits...I just need to refine my in flight shots, they are so hard to get spot on. If you are nearby, I highly recommend going down, there’s a daily show too at 2pm where they fly about 5-6 birds! I’ll be going back again as soon as possible!

Client: Fully Illustrated - Michael Heald

Project: Photography

Project specifics:

Photography

Link: http://fullyillustrated.com

English Electric (BAC) Lightning

A bit of a plane thing going on here at the moment, this one is grand old BAC Lightning, what a cool lookin shape! This old bird looks like something out of a comic book, the angular shapes make for a killer image. I love taking photo's of planes :)

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Client: Fully Illustrated - Michael Heald

Project: Photography

Link: http://fullyillustrated.com

Mil Mi-24 Hind

This was an awesome day out. I went for a good saunter around Duxford Air Museum (with my good old dad, and yes the subject is aircraft again) with my camera poised ready for a shot. I came across this wonderfully ugly MI-24 Hind, a battered, war torn old Soviet helicopter gunship with a sick cannon on the front of it. The texture of this beast was amazing, you could almost smell the history teaming out of the rivets, imagining it returning from some immense soviet mission and then being sat out in the freezing conditions covered in snow. Anyway, enough silly garble, top chopper, wicked texture, awesomely massive spinning gun, wow!

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Client: Fully Illustrated - Michael Heald

Project: Photography

Harrier

Ok, ok, boring I know, another Harrier Jump Jet...but they are sooo cool! This one is propped up like a toy in Manchester's wonderful Imperial War Museum, so I just had to shoot it.

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Client: Fully Illustrated - Michael Heald

Project: Photography

Harrier…Yes, Another

My life long dream was to be an RAF fighter pilot (to those who know me..very funny I know what your laughing at ;) but being cursed with poor vision it has always had to stay a dream. I saw this wonderful harrier parked up outside R.A.F. Wittering down south and just had to shoot it.

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Client: Fully Illustrated - Michael Heald

Project: Photography

Fiery Paths

This shot was a tough one, I took roughly 40 shots from just about ever angle I could find through a hotel window overlooking London. From here it was a case of trying to stitch the images together, not easy even with autostitch it took some time to get right. The end effect though is one of my personal favorites.

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Client: Fully Illustrated - Michael Heald

Project: Photography

Bolton Abbey

This is a montage of two photo's at different exposures. One highly underexposed to get the detail in the clouds and one slightly overexposed to pull the detail out of the Abbey. I wanted to achieve a really 'movie' look with this one, kinda 300'ish. I heavily desaturated the final image, toned it a little and burnt the edges in quite dramatically. I think I like the outcome...I think.

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Client: Fully Illustrated - Michael Heald

Project: Photography

Euston

I'm really getting into this movie style photography! First I did the Bolton Abbey shots and now this one. Its actually one of the office buildings outside Euston Station. I was actually apprehended taking this one and had to ask for permission to continue! The worlds gone crazy.

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Client: Fully Illustrated - Michael Heald

Project: Photography

High Up Above

Taken from the window of a plane, I spotted the French Alps cheekily peeking out of the clouds, grabbed the camera and took a couple of shots.

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Client: Fully Illustrated - Michael Heald

Project: Photography

Darwen Moor

These pictures were taken of my lovely wife up on the moors one late evening as the sun was dying away, her hair caught the wind...just as quickly my finger caught the button on my camera. Lucky!

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Client: Fully Illustrated - Michael Heald

Project: Photography

Hitchcock

Okay, here's a strange one. These shots were taken in a bathroom in a lovely hotel in Tunbridge Wells while on a business trip. I walked into the bathroom and was rather impressed by the old school décor, I saw the taps, turned them on and started clicking. I really like these, they make me think of old Alfred Hitchcock movies for some reason?!? Psycho maybe?

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Client: Fully Illustrated - Michael Heald

Project: Photography

Mr Crow

I decided to have a play with my new 300mm zoom lens when I spotted my neighbour Mr Crow, taking a rest in a tree behind my home. Perfect.

FI-Faves...

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Sonica Castle

One of my favourite parts of the Sonica package, the castle...oooooooh spooky! This formed a large part of the story and was used as the end of level challenge!

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Haypi Kingdom

I love creating websites that are textured, warm and steeped in history, so creating the website for a new iPhone MMORPG called Haypi Kingdom was going to be ace!

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