My Festive Fifteen

December 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

It's time to take a look at the year in photography and to think about the photos that have pleased me most.

The photos have come from diverse sources; some from time spent away with my wife, some cricket, some polo and some personal projects.

Airsoft

At some point most people end up photographing their children playing sport and my first shot is of our son. You will have to take my word for that.

 
House of Wolves at IronSight Airsoft

Italy and Spain

We had a few days in Rome and saw lots of weather, ranging from beautiful warm sun to some astonishing thunderstorms. The effect of the electrical storms became quite evident. The shot of Karen is from the top of Castel Sant'Angelo, we went there immediately after a storm had ended and there was lots of charge in the air.

Rome

Rome

Karen in a red dress standing in the shaft of sunlight was planned. I noticed the light and persuaded her to stand there until there were no people in the background and had the exposure right too.

Rome

The Vatican stairway is something I'd seen photos of and wanted to try for myself. I was very lucky to find a moment when there was no one on it.

Vatican Museum

I took hundreds of photos in Florence and really only scratched the surface. On our final day there we went for a very long and very warm walk to the gardens overlooking the city. Really, this is more like fifteen shots than one.

Florence panorama

We spent day looking at the Gaudi  attractions in Barcelona. This is the courtyard of La Pedrera.

Barcelona

Cricket

I've spent a good deal of time watching, umpiring and photographing cricket this year, as ever. These are just two from Rather a lot.

Ollie Raynor - The agony of an appeal rejected

Turned down

All I took to the MCC vs Rest of The World game was a little pocket camera. I will have taken many better cricket photos, but I liked this one. The Little master and his last game at Lord's.

Sachin

MCC vs Rest of the World

Polo

As the British Army Polo Team's official photographer, I've been very lucky with my photos again this year and was able to photograph Prince Harry for the first time.

A Sandhurst cadet showing suitable deference to a senior player.

Hackett Rundle Cup 2014

The Hackett Army Polo Team

Hackett Rundle Cup 2014

Later in the season I photographed an inter regimental tournament final at Guard's Polo Club. I managed to be in the right place at the right time for the celebrations.

Hackett Inter Regimental Final

Personal projects

About a mile or so from our house is a location that allows my to photograph the sun coming up behind Windsor Castle on just a couple of days during November and January. On this particular day, the view was blocked by thick mist. But I did get this view.

Morning mist

Windsor Great Park is a great place to take photos and having spent a fair bit of time trying to get some photos of the deer, this shot presented itself.

Autumn in Windsor Great Park

London Instagram meetups

I've had a few trips into London to take photos with the London Instagram group, lead by Dave Burt.

This was from a mid December meetup

London Instagram meetup


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