Nightlight – ambient lit streets, windows and alleys

I hope for the viewer to take away from this series that there is beauty in the most unlikely of places, especially the places that are more often than not overlooked in daylight but once lit up at night take on a whole new personality.

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The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield


For years light has fascinated me, particularly window and street light. It gives so much mood to streets and alleyways. Film noir lighting in old movies inspires me with this type of photography. The technical side of the work is a challenge and a lot of thought has to go into the shooting, production and editing the images to get the desired outcome.

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Betting Shop Back Entrance, Staveley, Derbyshire

I started this project around 5 years ago and shoot new material in the autumn and winter times. This  is mainly for convenience due to my work constraints. It is handy living in a town centre… there are lots of lit areas that have interesting points about them. I’m looking to create moody striking images that bring the everyday mundane to life through the use of the available ambient light. The series is shot entirely on manual mode so the exposure can be controlled effectively.

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Inside view of a manufacturing plant, Staveley, Derbyshire

The quality of light that is illuminating the scene can be a challenge. Digital noise can be an issue if not controlled properly through efficient use of ISO, although quite high settings have been used modern day digital cameras far exceed the limitations of the digital cameras even 10 years ago and can produce excellent results in the most dimmiest of lit scenes.

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The Flyover Bridge, Staveley, Derbyshire

The idea that light passing through, bouncing off and illuminating objects giving remarkable shape and structure to the most mundane things seen in broad daylight is fascinating.

Day 68 - Light Retail Therapy
Town Centre, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
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Town Centre, Staveley, Derbyshire

 

Shooting the Shadows

Light impacts what we see and how we see it. it is the fundamental thing that brings photography to life.

In a lot of photographs it is the lighting that makes or doesn’t make an image work. Knowing how to work with the light will help enormously in capturing photographs that come alive.

The absence of light, darkness, is often overlooked by a lot of photographers because they are too busy concentrating on the light. Shadows play an important role in bringing images to life.

Helping to direct light to a specific point in a composition, shadows can hide and reveal features that you may prefer to be hidden. Shadows also add drama, mood and emotion to the image.

My own style of working with shadows is usually shot during the night or winter mornings when I haven’t the time to photograph on the streets.

Below is a few images of my shadow work.

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Building Light and fences
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Tree Branches
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Building light and fences
Day 03 - Shadows
Sun Shining through a fence
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Evening Sunlight through Window Blinds
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Building Light and fences

 

My Work In Exhibitions

This is my image selected to be exhibited digitally at the Valid World Hall Gallery, located in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. as part of the City Scenes Exhibition between January 25th – 27th 2019

47,295 Images were entered, 62.8 Million Votes Cast. My image – “The Thin Veil” ranked at position 948.

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The Thin Veil

The success of this image has also been seen in the following competitions.

Viewbug Won Contest Finalist in Fantasy In Color Photo Contest – September, 2018
Won Contest Finalist in Spring Fashion Photo Contest 2018 – August, 2018