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Category: Photography

The Country Gent Podcast

Recently I was exposed to a media that, for me at least, had slipped past me a little, audio.  This has had much the same revolution from tape to digital.  So, imagine my delight and pleasure when I was recently asked to be a guest on a very popular and professional podcast.

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Highland Ponies in Glen Prosen

So, when I had the opportunity to work with and photograph a ghillie out stalking, in The Scottish Highlands, with his working Highland Ponies I jumped at the chance.

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What camera did you use to take that?

What camera did you use to take that? It is a question I am often asked, and I am sure one that many fellow photographers are also asked. But no matter how I try, I have never been able to fully work out the reason for the question!

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Stormy sky on the battlefield

The dark stormy sky with the sun falling, almost glinting, on the white graves stones I know would make a memorable photograph.  Quickly grabbing my camera a small remote cemetery was my destination, after a short wait, and a massive downpour, the stormy shower started to pass overhead and the sun came through and I had just a couple of minutes to catch the moment

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Goodbye Somme; you faithful friend

Losing a dog can be a traumatic experience and as someone who has gone through this many times, believe me, it gets no easier. I know it can be painful and best described as a raw feeling in the very pit of your stomach.  But I think it is even worse when the faithful friend you say goodbye to is a working dog; the bond, trust and relationship you have shared over the years working together makes it even more distressing.

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In the studio with some dogs

The dogs, including a sixteen-week-old puppy, needed to be photographed for editorial and website use. The requirement was for all the images to be shot against a seamless white background.  With such a background you are able to drop the images into both web pages and traditional print, and the images bleed into the background, showing no edges …

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The Cranwell Bloodhounds

It was an opportunity not to be missed, a pre-season Hound Exercise & Summer Ride – not that you would catch me on a horse – as I followed the pack and riders around photographing them on a sunny summer afternoon.  Followed in the greatest of traditions, by tea and cake, all in the company of like-minded and welcoming people.

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A portrait of today’s photography

With the arrival of the digital age, the workload of the photographer changed, out went the darkroom & chemical processes, replaced by computer processing & printing, and a less smelly workplace! The digital era allows me to capture images that just a few years ago would have been near impossible, or would have needed some powerful lighting, but it requires a new set of skills using keyboard and mouse and an ever-changing IT know how.  

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A published magazine cover

To quote a phrase the right place at the rights time, but with the right camera and right lens! But to see the end result I still find highly rewarding.  As did the gent in the photograph, who was amazed when he found his image on the magazine rack in his local newsagents!

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Press and Promotion Photography

But it had to be shot at twilight, at very last light to give the images a set of dark tones, no white or pale coloured skies or light coloured backgrounds.  The reason for this was the images will be used as the backdrop to advertisements and publicity in print and web with the copy and text set on top.

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Have you enjoyed the good summer?

So after what appears to be a string of poor or wet summers locally, no one can argue that this year we have not had a memorable one. I have forgotten how many times we have eaten outside as the garden furniture has been well and truly used, as we enjoyed the warm summer evenings, and the smell of charcoal has drifted in the air on many an evening as people have fully enjoyed the warm summer. In addition, have you also noticed the number of summer butterflies & other insects this year?

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The Battle of Frezenberg

By late morning on 13th May 1915 the Commanding Officer, his Regiment Sergeant Major and two Squadron Leaders were dead. As reported by Arthur Conan Doyle it was a most murderous affair and the Leicestershire Yeomanry were only driven from their trenches when the trenches themselves were blasted to pieces.

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I do photograph more than the countryside

The great problem with a passion is you can get carried away with it and labelled by it!

This has happened a few times in recent weeks and months with conversations asking ‘Do you only photograph countryside subjects and dogs?’  Often from someone looking at a subject that requires a photographic commission in a non-rural environment.

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Meet Islay our new dog & team member

A new dog can be exciting; but a new puppy around the home can be hard work and exciting, especially is it is lively young English Springer Spaniel!  So imagine the Limb household when Islay came to live with us.

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A Special Day Shooting Clays

A telephone call from regular clients at Mouse House UK, a specialist marketing, design and branding company, asked if I could photograph a days clay shooting on a simulated game shooting day over on the edge of the Cotswolds.

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Excuse me, but what breed is your dog?

But I still have a chuckle when I hear ‘Excuse me, but what breed is your dog?’  It may sound like a line from some TV sitcom, but it is a regular question when out with Mark and his Slovakian Rough Haired Pointers.

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