Graham Aylard

Graham Aylard

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Portrait, Landscape and Fine Art photographer located in the Garden of England, (That's Kent in the UK) Graham Aylard’s interest in photography started way back when he was a teenager. First experimenting in the school darkroom, then onto summer work experience with a local newspaper in Kent. Plus part-time work in a photographic studio and processors as well as being an active member of the Sheppey Camera Club.Graham started out using a Russian ‘Zenth’ camera. “It was completely manual and a far cry from what I’m using now!” explains Graham. He moved on quickly to Canon EOS 1000FN then many years later EOS 500 with a Sigma 24mm Lens. Graham’s entry into digital started with the Olympus system. With the 11-22mm and 50mm lens this gave Graham quality glass to be creative. Even his GF1 performed well as a small and easy to carry camera that produced quality images while still being compatible with the Olympus lenses. But Graham says “I just wanted more from my camera recently, and the latest Olympus offerings just didn’t cut the mustard”Graham’s research into new DSLR found that Olympus was being left behind by the big boys, Canon and Nikon. Graham goes on to say “I was disappointed with Olympus latest DSLR and felt that Olympus had been concentrating on their PEN’s and Micro Four Third systems leaving their DSLR somewhat lacking. Their was a choice to make, stick with Olympus or move to another system.” Graham chose to jump ship and found a Nikon D7000 to his liking. He also has embarked on studio photography with a number of fashion shoots with professional models. Graham has found this genre to his liking and has plans to expand in this area of photography. Graham was born in October 1975 on the Isle of Sheppey, in Kent. With an arm full of GCSE’s and an A-level. Graham studied at Ravensbourne College, not in photography but gaining an HND in Television System Engineering. He then moved on to work in outside broadcasting.Now a Television System / Racks Engineer for NEP Visions for around 14 years, Graham has been involved in many outside broadcasting events and programmes from the likes of Robot Wars, T in the Park, Glastonbury Festival, Reading Festival, various pop and rock concerts to many sporting events like Sky Sports Premiership Football, Channel 4 Horse Racing, Show Jumping at Hickstead and many other events. Graham comments “technology for HD (high definition) has pretty much settled down now for the professionals producing television. But the new kid on the block is 3D and that puts things in a completely different ‘dimension’” Graham is also a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorist and is an Observer (Driver Trainer) with his local group in the Mid Kent area.
  • Nikon D7000
  • Panasonic GF1
  • Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm 2.8 G ED DX
  • Nikkor AF-S 18-105mm 3.5-5.6 G ED
  • Lensbaby Composer
  • iMac
  • iPad
  • iPhone 4

My online links

Published January 26th, 2012

Just wanted to round up all my online links:

Website: www.grahamaylard.com

Blog: www.grahamaylardblog.com

Gallery Site: www.grahamaylardgallery.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Graham-Aylard-Photography/160861467292775

Twitter: www.twitter.com/#!/Aylard

500px: http://500px.com/aylard

few.... that's a lot to keep upto date. Take a little look and feel free to email me your comments.

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Remembered

Published November 13th, 2011

Toy soldier left after a Remembrance Service. Did a child leave this behind to remember someone serving or someone who once served and did not come home?

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Hands Project for MBP Assignment

Published November 10th, 2011

Today I can tell you all about the Hands project. The chaps at Martin Bailey Photography opens up an assignment competition each month. October's theme was Hands.

Simply put it, post an image that has something to do with hands. And the beauty of MBP assignments is that the user names are hidden until voting is closed. Voting is simply done on the merit of the photograph, not the the photographer.

So with that in mind, I entered the above picture. Taken while out walking with my family, these are the hands of my girlfriend and son. Taken in daylight, on the grass and turned into black and white using Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex.

I was pleased and was convinced this was a winning shot. Sadly, it wasn't. But it was fun giving it a go. And what's more, my girlfriend wanted similar images of our hands to be framed and mounted on the wall somewhere indoors. Well, at least someone liked it!

For the other images in this project, checkout my website, www.grahamaylard.com

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i52 Update

Published October 27th, 2011

It's been a month since I started the little project called i52. For those who didn't catch my earlier post, the i52 project is 1 image, captured each week on my iPhone 4, processed with any App available on either the iPhone or transferred over to my iPad and processed on that. No image processing can be done on my main computer.

So today I post 3 images that i've taken over the past 3 weeks.

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Simple test shot of a flower, taken with a Nikon D7000, on it\'s first day out of the box. Lighting provided by a wireless flash, one unit underneath, defused a little, and the other to the right and again defused.

Canon or Nikon.... and the winner is.......

Published October 11th, 2011

A week ago I asked the question Canon or Nikon? I'd explained that my current system, Olympus had become a bit out dated and wasn't happy with the current offering from the Oly camp. I wanted a little more from my camera. So I decided I wanted to jump ship and make way on another system.

Firstly, thanks to the replies regarding the big question... took a long and hard look at both systems and came to a decision. It's was a close run thing.....

But before I reveal my choice of camera, just wanted to give a moment to my E300...... the memories it captured will live forever. It's been almost like a friend to me. It will be sad to see the old girl go. But the E300 has had its day (since 2005) and I know that someone will give it a good home. I won't be getting rid of all the Olympus kit. I'm keeping the flash gun, I have a wireless system that works well. Will not be getting ride of the 50mm lens, as I have an adaptor for my GF1.

So thank-you Olympus E300.... it's been a pleasur ...

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