Fun Photographing Fireworks

I always challenge myself to get something different, you have to stand out and catch the viewers eye. And while it can be easy to get a picture of exploding fireworks it is also, dare I say it, a tad expected and boring.
In the past I have tried photographing people lit up by a bonfire, which can give an atmospherically (not sure if that is a real word!) warm colour cast.
I was pleased with this picture of the traditional (tad boring) firework explosion because of the way the sparks are flying outwards and the silhouettes of the people watching the display add that extra element needed. andy-compos-photo

A perfect Stag Night for a Butty Bach Loving Photographer

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My perfect stag night was spent on nearby Bradnor Hill with a bottle of my favourite tipple in one hand and Nikon camera in the other.
I know this is slightly off the photography subject but I have spent a lot of time up on the hill taking landscape pictures and have often wondered what it would be like to enjoy a bottle of Butty Bach while watching the sunset over Wales.
I couldn’t resist, I had to take my camera to record the scene as I toasted to the beautiful view.
I focussed on the bottle holding it out in front of me at just the right distance and angle.
Looking at this image brings it all back to me, the taste of the beer, the smell of the grass, I can sense the wind blowing past my ears and the scene will stay with me forever.

A Different Angle Will Catch The Eye

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I am always on the look out for a different angle while taking pictures. A different angle will help the image stand out from the page, or in this case, a submission to a television channel.
I simply pre-focused, lay my camera on the floor pointing upwards to the sky to get this unusual photograph of flowers in the sunshine.
The picture was selected and used to illustrate a news story on the weather.

Always Look for the Unusual

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Always look for an unusual picture to accompany a story.
An image was needed to accompany an article used to promote an exhibition. People and paintings are so hard to make interesting in a photograph. Luckily on this occasion I was ‘rescued’ due to this work of art and the willingness of the subject to trust me to make the image different.

A Variety of Pictures Makes a Good Spread

Kington Vintage Rally 2016 Parade, Kington, Herefordshire, UK. A miniature steam engine is over taken by an old Austin Seven as it makes its way up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016 Parade, Kington, Herefordshire, UK.
A miniature steam engine is over taken by an old Austin Seven as it makes its way up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016. Kington, Herefordshire, UK A vintage 'Thams Trader'  Hedley Simcock coal lorry goes up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016. Kington, Herefordshire, UK
A vintage ‘Thams Trader’ Hedley Simcock coal lorry goes up Kington High Street.

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Kington Vintage Rally 2016 Parade, Kington, Herefordshire, UK. A line up of miniature steam engine's makes their way up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016 Parade, Kington, Herefordshire, UK.
A line up of miniature steam engine’s makes their way up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016 Parade, Kington, Herefordshire, UK. A 1931 Fowler Steam Roller owned by Ian, Lewis and Tracey Mason from Hereford makes its way up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016 Parade, Kington, Herefordshire, UK.
A 1931 Fowler Steam Roller owned by Ian, Lewis and Tracey Mason from Hereford makes its way up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016. Kington, Herefordshire, UK Spectators watch the parade in the main ring.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016. Kington, Herefordshire, UK
Spectators watch the parade in the main ring.

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Kington Vintage Rally 2016. Kington, Herefordshire, UK David Boxall and his dog Dargo in front of the display of military land rovers.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016. Kington, Herefordshire, UK
David Boxall and his dog Dargo in front of the display of military land rovers.

When shooting a spread of pictures I look for a variety of images that are completely different yet will compliment each other on the page.
I first figure out the most important news angle, which should be the biggest/best place image on the page.
Next I look at other areas of the event which I think should also be featured. For this I shoot pictures of varying shapes to give the editor/sub editor a little freedom while placing images in a template.
I also shoot upright and landscape of most images just to give the editor/sub editor a choice of images to use.
I also look to vary the amount of people in the pictures.

Don’t be Afraid to Break the Rules

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Some rules are made for breaking-photography is no exception.
Photographs have to stand out to be noticed. This image graced the front page on a daily newspaper because of its unusual eye catching nature.
The image was used to promote a kaleidoscope display which I was warned would be virtually impossible to photograph.
I love a good challenge and after a certain amount of head scratching decided to shoot this image using a person’s silhouette.
Obviously I shoot the expected but also look for more interesting dynamic images that will stop the reader turning the page over.
Mostly the media prefers to see the faces of the people in images but this exception successfully broke the rules.

Hello and welcome

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Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Andy and I have been a professional photojournalist for over 25 years. The aim of this blog is to entertain and inform the reader and give you an insight into what it is like to work in the industry.

I have been nominated and received a number of awards in my time which I put down to working very hard.

I hope you keep following my blog as there will be a lot more posted by me as it develops.

I will not only be including the good, but also the bad and the ugly images taken by me to show you where they fall short in my opinion.

Working in the newspaper industry I have met many celebrities, but for my first picture I have started a bit closer to home with two very good Del Boy and Uncle Arthur lookalikes!

I have included it so you know what I look like, I am ‘Rodney’ lookalike in the middle!

Andy