Sunny but cold

That’s how the weather man would describe today’s weather, it was as we say “fresh” on the beach this morning and the sea is still frozen out as far as the eye can see.
Good day for staying in, Maggie has taken to the newest creations from Hawkes’ Hounds (more on that here) and now hides amongst them when I get a camera out.

The subject of my still-life project today was these rather lovely wooden table boards, not sure what the official name is here but they are used as sideplates and the spade-like spoony looking things are used to spread butter, really nicely made and from not far from us along the coast in Trelleborg the manufacturer is a chap called Bengt Åkesson
I used a technique to light this picture which simulates dappled sunlight which is something we are particularly looking forward to around these parts!

…and finally

If you arrived here looking for my http://www.nickhawkesphotography.com site I have put that site hosted by livebooks on hold for the moment and re-directed the URL to here. 
Still plenty of pictures to see on my Flickr page too.

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One light

Photographic lighting or more particularly studio lighting can at times be very complex with many different lights/strobes, reflectors, gobos and on and on, a myriad of different light shaping tools all separately adjusted to different power ratios, distances and angles all performing a subtle role contributing to the overall lighting of a scene, set or photograph, but sometimes less is more and great results can be achieved with just one light, these images were all shot today with one light double diffused to appear like natural light from a big window. Click on the images to see them larger.

Website update

I updated my website today and chose one of the pre-sets from where it’s hosted at Clikpic I can’t recommend them enough for anyone starting out and wanting to create a website without prior knowledge in that field, they are very professional looking and the cost is really very reasonable for what you get and once you’ve chosen one of their ready made templates, you can go in and customise it until you get the look you want. You can see my updated site here.