My first blog of 2014 is a look back at 2013, full of love, laughter, silliness, smiles, tears, poses, private moments, friends, family, the dog, holidays, weddings (lots of weddings), portraits, engagements and much more - I hope you enjoy my selection of 2013 moments...
During the summer my wife and I took a short trip to Poznan in Poland, while we were there my we celebrated my wife's birthday and took to the streets for a spot of sight seeing, here are a few of our photos...
Ten months ago I blogged 'Going Old Skool', and almost a year later I have some results to show you! These few photos are from two reels of 120film taken with my Diana F+, they are completely unedited, no crops, no level adjustments, no touch ups. no filters, they are just fun and slightly unpredictable photographs using the simplest of cameras - enjoy!
I was thinking of doing a review on the GoPro HD Hero 3, but really I haven't used the camera enough, nor do I know enough about this type of camera to compare or do a fair test. So I thought I would just share some of the photos I (and my friend Tony) caught using two cameras on a five day trip to Chamonix in the French Alps.
The GoPro cameras are dubbed by the manufacture as the 'worlds most versatile camera', I must agree, it is pretty damn versatile, especially when it comes to outdoor sports and activities.
On our trip we shot video at 720p 50fsp, the camera can shoot up to 4K video (see specs here), and while shooting video it can also captured these stills.
What makes this camera so versatile is the waterproof housing is comes with, the attachment you get and can buy that help you mount it almost anywhere and its ability to deal with shake and movement. I really do love this camera, it is such fun watching back the action and seeing what photos it has captured.
To see more info on the camera visit the GoPro website and watch their promotional video.
In the autumn I met with English student, radio presenter & budding author Joel Grove for an informal portrait session. We got together at the stunning Cathedral city of Rochester, the city which was the home of my art & photography academic studies (UCA).
As with every shoot, I approached this session with a few ideas in mind but also ready to use what the city surrounding had to offer us. For the edit I went for a slight vintage look but a more earthy & neutral feel than anything.
Joel was a very easy going and relaxed model, I've known him for a while which is always helpful when getting a model to relax when they are not used to being in front of the lens.
Here is a selection of the images, enjoy...
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Photography is not just a job for me, it is a massive hobby too and I am always looking to add to my collection of equipment. This is not just helping my standard of work and a benefit to my clients but also my interest in furthering my photography skills and styles. This week I took delivery of a new lens (85mm) and I've only taken two dozen shots with it as of yet, but I'm already loving the results. The main reason for me buying this particular lens is that it lets lots of light in -very good for winter weddings and from the back of a dark church. Here is one of the first images that I took this morning on my daily dog walk.
A huge congratulations to Patrick & Rachel who married around a week ago at the beautiful setting of Preston court, I wasn't their official photographer, I documented the day prior to their wedding and took a few images on the big day.
I have known Pat and Rachel for half my life, it was an honour to be a part of their wedding and wish them both a life time of happiness together!
I also wanted to add this image below of my wife and I (taken by my friend Scott), I love seeing her smiling and she didn't stop for the whole day - it really was a happy day for everyone!
For these images I have processed them with a warm vintage look which reflects the day, it is not my normal look, I hope you like them!
In the not too distant past, when I first developed an interest in shooting weddings for a living, I embarked upon a crazed internet hunt for inspiration. My main goal was to find images that stood out, were a break from the norm and had flare and style. Once this search had commenced it wasn't long before I was drawn to the work of Steve Gerrard Photography, as well as having all of the above I was also sucked in by his beautiful saturation, contrast and texture.
When I first saw that Steve ran his own workshops I knew that I wanted to be a part of it, to see how he works with a couple and the surroundings he has. I was keen to listen to his ideas and how he makes his business flow successful. I have not been able to attend the last few workshops for one reason or another, but when it came to the 18th Sept I knew I was able to clear my diary for the day and be there! It has only been a few days since the workshop and I have already made small changes to my website, tweaked the way I approach my wedding portraiture and made alterations to how I work with my own clients which I'm sure will make Dan Potter Photography a even better experience for all involved.
I hope you enjoy my images from the workshop >>>
Finally a few 'thank yous' to our models for the day Ria and Anthony (a real couple - see their wedding here), the other 11 photographers on the workshop who added to the experience and finally Steve Gerrard - it was great to meet the man behind the photos who shared so much with us all, cheers Steve!
Around this time every year I get the question - "So Dan, what do you want for your birthday?" The usual response is a shrug of the shoulders and dull sounding "I don't know". But this year has been very different! For a while now I've wanted to take a step back and go a little old skool. So I asked my wife for the Diana F+ camera kit. The Diana F+ is copy of the old Diana that was originally made in the late 60's. The remakes that have been produced since 2007, now have a large following by those who love analog photography and the 120film. The fun aspect of this very simple and plastic camera is the varying results, the view finder is dodge at best and the camera is well know for leaking light! I really can't wait to get started and see what funky results I get...
I sat down on my sofa this lunch time to enjoy an out of season oxtail soup & toast, I switched on the television & the reality that the London Olympic games has finished suddenly hit me! Being a sports fan I always enjoy the games when they come around, plus having the games in our capital has been special in so many ways, & so enjoyable to watch.
My wife & I tried on several occasions to obtain tickets to see almost anything but failed on every attempt. So we took to the streets of our fair city on Sunday to watch the men's marathon. Although the runners passed our position twice, both times it was over in a flash but well worth the time & effort to go & see.
Hello & welcome to the blog! Feel free to have a nose around & leave a comment or two, I hope you enjoy what you see! Dan