The Packhouse Exhibition by Simon Painter

I had a great weekend meeting people and chatting about my pictures at The Packhouse in Farnham. Thanks to everyone who came and had a look and also to the staff at The Packhouse for their help. It’s a great place for having a wander through loads of wonderful stuff for your home!

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It was very windy on the Saturday and I was worried that all my prints would be blown away but fortunately I managed to keep them all intact. Sunday was better so I could put some stuff outside. It’s great hearing peoples thoughts on your work and their different ideas of what the pictures say.

I only had my phone with me but I used my home made filter adaptor and took a few motion stills whilst I was there.

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I couldn’t hang my pictures directly in the summerhouse so I set them up on some garden trellis that I supported with light stands. I worked really well and also allowed me to add some lighting above to enhance the viewing experience.

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Thanks again to all those that came along and I look forward to hearing from you in the future if you’re interested in any of the prints we discussed or indeed any other ones you’ve seen on my website or Instagram. As I was sitting there in the summerhouse I looked up and thought this made quite an interesting image to I’ll leave you with this.

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Windy Day by Simon Painter

It was a windy day this Tuesday which was great for shooting animated trees. I stand watching for a while trying to work out where and how best to represent each scene. There’s always a certain amount of experimentation in my shooting as although I have an idea of what I think an image will look like there are many variables that come into play as you actually take the shot. The exact position and direction of movement and also the envelope of the speed of movement really effect the outcome. Most of my work is hand driven. It might be on a tripod but it is moved by me so there are differences in every shot. I’ve always looked for ways of controlling the movement and will hopefully be able to look into more closely next year.

All my shots are single exposures and edited using Capture One Pro. Find out more about Capture One Pro here

Here’s a 30 second exposure using to Hoya ND filters stacked on top of each other (PROND200 and PROND16). This allowed for such a long shutter speed. You can find out more about these filters  here

Here’s a 30 second exposure using to Hoya ND filters stacked on top of each other (PROND200 and PROND16). This allowed for such a long shutter speed. You can find out more about these filters here

So when I added my camera movement as well I was able to get these wonderful painterly images.

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Band Shoot on The Hottest Day of the Year by Simon Painter

The other day I did a photoshoot for a Swing band called Simply Swing. The couple that run the band live on my road and I met them whilst walking the dog. It’s funny how these things happen.

Here’s their website https://www.simplyswing.co.uk/

The plan was to do the shoot in a neighbours garden who has an amazing play house which we were going to use as a backdrop. The timing was such that we had to do it in the middle of the day and as it turned out it was the most scorchio day we could have imagined. Not good for the guys in thier DJ’s and definitely not ideal for photography. Sometimes though you just have to get on with it as they are the cards that were dealt.

Fortunately they were a lovely bunch of people and it was a beautiful garden. So even though we all pretty much melted we had a lot of fun.

Here’s one of my favourite images which has a great relaxed vibe about it.

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