The Marlborough.Photography group had an expedition to Savernake Forest to photograph butterflies and other insects. I have never tried this kind of photography before and I found myself captivated by the beauty of nature revealed by the close up lens. I am pursuing this avenue with great interest.
LADIES CRICKET - ENGLAND ACADEMY v AUSTRALIA
Marlborough College 1st XI cricket ground was the venue for this practice match between the England Acadamy team and the Australian first team, in preparation for the Ladies Ashes tournament. I was interested to see the play and also have a go at photographing a cricket match.
This trip to Newbury Races was with a group from Marlborough.Photography. I was their host for the evening, introducing them to the photo opportunities that abound at the horse racing. I had my camera with me and found myself taking very different pictures to what I used to do at the races.
AVEBURY DAY 2018
The organisers of Avebury Day 2018, the village fete in Avebury, asked me to capture the event from the air.
MARLBOROUGH HIGH STREET
This commission from the Land & New Homes Network was to shoot a series of stock photographs of Marlborough High Street from the air.
PINEAU DE RE
Another commission from the ROR, this time to capture PR photos of 2014 Grand National winner, Pineau De Re, with his owner Lizzie Dolittle, ahead of the ROR parade at Aintree in April. Pineau De Re's new career is eventing and these photos show him in his new element.
THE ROYAL MEWS
This fascinating assignment was to photograph the current Master Of The Horse, Lord Vestey, in full dress uniform on board his horse Orla at The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace. The added interest was that the horse's bridle had recently been awarded the coveted title of 'Bridle of the Year' by the Guild of Saddlers.
The 'Beast from the East' struck Marlborough on Wednesday 28th February 2018. It was a serious dump of snow, the likes of which hadn't been seen for several years. By the Saturday morning it had stopped snowing and gave me the opportunity to fly the drone from my garden before the inevitable thaw...
This commission for ROR (Retraining Of Racehorses) was to shoot a set of promotional shots for the forthcoming Cheltenham Festival Parade of past Festival winner Hunt Ball with his new owner Sarah Henderson. Hunt Ball is being retrained as a hunter and I was keen to show him in this new light and not just as an ex-racehorse.
The brief from the client, Newbury Racecourse, was simply to capture the excitement of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival. Having spent over fourteen years photographing horse racing, but with a very different brief, it was refreshing to go after a different view.
This was the first commission from Thomas Mae Property Consultants. The brief was to photograph the plots and views at two locations from the air.
UPSHIRE HOUSE & STABLES
I was commissioned to shoot a selection of images for the sales brochure for Upshire House and Stables in Lambourn.
Through the summer of 2017, as usual, a number of crop circles appeared in the fields of Wiltshire. It became my project to chase around photographing them from the air.
A MANTON GARDEN
A family friend asked me to photograph their house and fabulous gardens.
I was commissioned to photograph Linkslade Stables, Lambourn, for its sales brochure.
The landlord of the estate where I have an office recently purchased a property in Blandford Forum. It is in quite a state of disrepair. I was commissioned to photograph the 'before' shots prior to the redevelopment works starting. I look forward to returning to photograph the 'after' shots.
I was asked to photograph this lovely property from the air.
A small commission to photograph a rental property to illustrate it on a website.
Prior to obtaining my licence to operate commercially with my drone, I wanted to gain some experience and some aerial property photographs for my portfolio. I asked the landlord of the estate where I have my office if I could fly and take some photographs. He was happy to oblige. I chose the neighbouring sports field as my take-off and landing zone and had to ask the owner's permission. They asked if I would take some aerial shots for them while I was up there.
EARLY DRONE EXPERIMENTS
I purchased a DJI Phantom 4 drone in January of 2017. These are some of my early experiments with it while learning to fly.