Monday, 17 December 2012

New winter lifestyle shoot - hiking in Wales

Last month we were shooting some outdoor lifestyle images in Wales. Snowdonia in November was always going to be a bit of a gamble with the weather but on our shoot day we were blessed with perfect winter conditions - soft cloud but dry and no wind. We woke up the next morning to a howling gale and horizontal rain, so luck was definitely on our side.

Big thanks to Katie Higson for producing and assisting and putting up with my terrible driving; Keith and Emma for modelling; and Gaynor and all the crew at the National Mountaineering Centre at Plas y Brenin for being such wonderful hosts.


  1. I want the bloke's woolly hat for Christmas!

    Several of the shots have an otherworldly luminescence top centre which I presume is direct sunlight softened by thin cloud. It spills over onto the faces and creates an interesting effect with the flash or software lightened faces. I like the effect in the first and last shot better than I like it in the fifth shot.



  2. Hi Mark - yes that's a bit of veiling flare caused by direct sun coming into the lens. We weren't using flash for this shoot, all natural light, but kept the faces light with a sunbounce and then upping the contrast in post. Don't forget to write to Santa about the hat!

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  4. I think shooting at this time of year has one major advantage. The sun is still low in the sky in the morning which means you can create beautiful backlit images without having to get up at the crack of dawn.

  5. The girl in the picture isnt called Sarah its Emma Warren :-)

    It was good fun seeing how Julian worked and how well the photoes came out. Julian and Katie were really nice to work with. We were so luckly with the weather too.
    You can get really nice hand made hats from " Custard Climbing Creations" :-)

    All the best Emma

  6. Sorry Emma - have corrected the post! Thanks again, Julian