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Photography courses all over!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19th, 2009 by Phil – Comments Off

With photography courses at Stourhead, Sudeley Castle and Charlecote Park, and a gala charity concert in in London last night courtesy of Gray Levett and Gillian Greenwood, Rachel and Phil are just recovering from a busy old week.

As the weather gets noticeably chillier, Rachel and Phil were really pleased to see that Stourhead and Charlecote have fully-fitted and civilised education rooms, with tea and coffee and heating! Sudeley Castle has a blazing fire!! It is hard to concentrate on the pictures when you’re shivering, but these facilities are fantastic and make the whole experience of teaching and learning much more pleaseant. It’s supposed to be fun, after all.

Last night’s charity concert at Saint Hill Manor was the most oscar-like ceremony we’ve ever attended, up at the front thanks for Gray and Gillian, who own Grays of Westminster (basically Harrods for Nikon, if you’ve not come across it). With music from Chick Corea among many others, Phil and Rachel still spent much of the evening checking out the astonishing amount of kit used by the photographers and videographers during the concert. Photographers using Nikon D3′s, with some very big lenses (70-200mm looking rather small), and a four channel remote flash system that enabled them to light various bits of of the stage or the audience at will. The main photographer was over from LA for this, on his way to photograph in Rome. And all in a marquee large enough to park several submarines in at L. Ron Hubbard’s enormous estate in Sussex.

Gillian very kindly offered to put Rach on the list to buy a D3S (available in the UK in limited numbers), but we’ll have to save up for that one. The problem with professional Nikon cameras like our venerable D2X’s is that they never seem to wear out! Rach has one of the first D2X’s in the country (now relegated to second camera duties) but still going strong after five years of hard professional use.

Super Supercar Photography Course with Peter Hall

Posted in Uncategorized on October 15th, 2009 by Phil – Comments Off

Supercar photographer Peter Hall is a very busy man, but has given us two days of his valuable time to teach car photography at Cars International, Kensington. Places are filling fast (actually since we started writing this!), so you’ll need to be quicker than a Ferrari to sign up. We are offering places at Cars International, Kensington on Friday November 6th and Saturday November 7th, and Saturdays and Sundays through December -March by popular demand. We are also in talks to sort out some Aston Martin photography on their test track, which is one of Peter’s regular haunts. If you’re interested Aston Martins please drop us a line, we’d be glad to set something up quickly.

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Peter Hall Supercar photographerPeter Hall, our man in the string-backed driving gloves.

Doesn’t time fly?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 2nd, 2009 by Phil – Comments Off

Sorry about the lack of posts over the last couple of weeks – we’ve been teaching at Sudelely Castle, Ashton Court, Montacute, Crystal Palace – all over really, as well as photographing weddings and families for our regular job. Phil and Rachel also survived the three wedding weekend with weddings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We’ll put some more pictures up in the next few days. Peter is taking some students tomorrow to the Britcar 500 at Silverstone – can’t wait to see the photos!

Meanwhile here’s another one of Peter’s – the Bugatti Veyron:

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Meanwhile we have added some new venues for next year – Pollok House in Glasgow, Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast and Chillingham Castle in Northumberland. More on all these later, but suffice to say we are thrilled to be teaching at all these historic and beautiful places (if a bit frightened of the ghosts at Chillingham).

Ghost photography at Chillingham Castle

Posted in Uncategorized on August 25th, 2009 by Phil – Comments Off

On our holiday we visited (nay, stayed overnight in) the extremely creepy Chillingham castle in Nortumberland. Even for sceptics like myself, it’s a very scary place.

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It’s loomed large on TV’s Most Haunted – have a look for it on You Tube. My pictures show the scratches on the inside of the dungeon door, and a few creepy things around the place. The owner, Sir Humphry Wakefield, has a bat as part of his coat of arms, so naturally has a huge bat weathervane above the place._DSC6641_DSC6648

Oh and the picture is Chillingham’s Spanish Witch. Eeek