simon peckham

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Fuji X-E1 RAW Aperture conversion

Published April 20th, 2013

Hi, came home and downloaded the update for Aperture RAW file conversions for Fuji X-Trans sensor. I was wondering when Apple would sort this out and finally it has arrived. Readers of my blog will know that to date I have not shot RAW and very much enjoy shooting my Fuji’s with jpeg. This is just a “look see” for me rather than I need to shoot RAW.

http://simonpeckham.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/fuji-x-e1-raw-aperture-conversion/

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Bedtime

Published February 8th, 2013

Looking at texture, colour,light and feeling creatively to make the viewer "feel" a bedroom and ready for bed.

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Selective colour

Published February 8th, 2013

Working with a client on a selective colour project. Pushing the limits with some of the shots. Not these particular examples but ones being used by the client push the dof boundaries to the max in selective colour.

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Control of the midday sun using speed-lights ! ...

Published August 17th, 2012

Just writing about my shoot for others to take from it what they like, I am semi-pro weekend warrior enjoying my photography, working the fabulous Ellie Powels for her growing fashion portfolio. Please feel free to comment on my methods and results.

I have had this abandoned factory shoot in mind for quite some time. Ellie and I had tried several times to set a date when the wonderful British weather has let us down. Finally we were blessed with a sunny day, but both of us could only shoot for a couple of hours and it had to be over the lunch time period.

This can lead to a number of problems when when working at this time of day and needing flash lighting. I nearly always use location based flash lighting for my model shoots, I have become proficient enough to really enjoy getting the most of set of batteries running hot in my SB600 and SB25.... they get a good hammering and this shoot what going to push this to the limit.

My shoots rely on me dropping the abient light a stop or t ...

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Sadness of change

Published February 27th, 2012

Times passed…… sad site (sight)

Posted on February 27, 2012

From time to time you can come across a scene that brings a little sadness, over the weekend such a scene was found not far from my home

Sad little garden house standing stoic as it watches over the battle of carnage being played out before it. Watching as the diggers moved in to distort the majestic trees and overgrown gardens surrounding its long life, visiting this scene was very strange I could almost feel the sadness of this once grand family home being raped for its earthly values by local developers. Don’t get me wrong I’m not a tree hugger type nut but I felt the need to document and write a little.

It all started on Friday of last week as driving home on the A10 from Cambridge to Ely the scene was apparent, this house and gardens had laid dormant to my eyes at least for the last 15 years. Sure the house and grounds have been there for a long long time and I had driven passed them every day to and from my day job, ...

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Back to 500px....

Published February 23rd, 2012

Been away on business in Sweden and come back to find an all new 500px, so I just thought I would say Hi theis looks interesting , all new and exciting. Had a fantastic trip and took along my Fuji X100, I just really enjoy taking images in the street again with this camera, it was a rocky start using it but now its a joy to use and view the results .... awesome little camera and I am sure it will go down in history as one of the greats.

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Fuji X100 having its first real test run

Published October 23rd, 2011

Out and about on a shoot with the Fuji X100 tonight and it performed very very well indeed.

Super happy with the results and enjoyed using the off camera Speed lights with it too.

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Street shoot ..... in the rain

Published October 13th, 2011

Well..... what can I say, never shot in the rain before. Natalie ( the model ) arranged a street shoot at 4am in my home City of Ely, UK. Why 4 am well the plan was to have the freedom to roam the deserted streets at that time in the morning and make some creative shots without being disturbed. Unfortunately plans change as they often do..... the UK was going through as very unusual spell of abnormally warm weather for the time of year and Natalie and I had planned for a very pleasant 4am start and shoot through to the sun rise at around 6;50am.

We had both decided that we would shoot regardless of what happened with the weather ..... eeeekkkkk well peering out of the window at 3.45a, and seeing rain was not a friendly sight.

But we were determined to shoot so I unpacked all my gear and wrapped everything in plastic bags, camera, lenses, speed-lights, batteries, reflectors etc and we headed out.

Turns out we both got soaked to the skin ..... cold.....and very tired but it was worth ...

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In One Day

Published July 24th, 2011

Recently booked a room in an office and setup a studio, worked a long hard full day with Natalie and produced a whole bunch of good images, its quite amazing what can be done with a little planning and some creativity from a photographer and a Model

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Light painting with Natalie.... phew not easy ...

Light painting a model ..... tough one

Published July 14th, 2011

I recently had the bright idea of trying light painting with a model, I have worked with light painting a number of times and recently had the good fortune of being commissioned to produce some work for a local company for their new board room. This was reasonably simple as the work involved still life subjects.

Since I can never stand still and light to challenge my photography skills I thought it might be cool to try some larger scale light paining, this has been done many time before and I have seen some great examples of light painting, however I don't believe I have ever seen it done with a "fashion" model slant on it.

I duly set about sorting out my garage into a makeshift studio and run off some test shots using myself as a model.... yep I know Yuk and no these will not be published anywhere .... ever.

Having worked out the best approach I contacted my favourite local model and invited her to model for me. Natalie is a fantastic model and has a wonderful approach to photogra ...

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