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Friday, 3 February 2017

I've been working with the world's leading specialist Mercedes-Benz Unimog refurbishers, Atkinson Vos, who recently launched their new website at http://www.unimogs.co.uk


The company have undergone a complete re-branding with Lancaster based design agency, Hotfoot Design at https://www.hotfootdesign.co.uk

(https://www.hotfootdesign.co.uk/white-space/atkinson-vos-rebrand-responsive-website/)


So finally, the website is up and running with the images that we produced over a 6 month period of carefully managed photo-shoots on location.
These amazing vehicles will go anywhere/do anything so we needed to create a portfolio of images to visualise this message to customers and reinforce the idea that a Unimog vehicle is the right solution for extreme purposes.



The key to creating these images has been the use of off-camera lighting and out-of-the-box thinking to find ways to make the Unimogs stand out in their environment. 
Speed lights where used with remote triggers to light under, around and inside the 'Mogs to highlight detail and create contrast. 
We didn't let the famously inclement northern weather get in the way either - stormy skies played right into our hands, with drama and mood. 


Charlie and Guy at Hotfoot have done a great job turning my images into a complete re-brand for web, print and mobile and I'm looking forward to working with them again on future projects.



Friday, 20 March 2015

Stardate: 9.30am, 20th March 2015 Solar Eclipse


Well, here's my effort. Shot with a Sony NEX 3 and the kit 18-55 Sony lens without filters etc, and pushed through Lightroom. Not too bad really. What was your's like? Did you even get to see it!!??

Thursday, 5 March 2015

We Are The Chiltern Conser-vation So-ci-ety (apologies to the Italian Job!)

The Self Preservation Society might not have been a bad title actually, with this lot of die-hard (ooh, another film link!) photographers. A bitterly cold, windy and sometimes rainy weekend in the Chilterns is not normally the recipe for a successful photo-workshop weekend but what we lacked in weather we made up for with enthusiasm I guess.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Krazy, Krazy, Krazy, Krazy life...

This particular flavour of Krazy comes courtesy of the Lakeland Climbing Centre in Kendal, one of the UK's biggest and best indoor climbing walls, which just happens to be local to me.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

A wild life at the BBC...

Over the last 12 months I've done a few commissioned shoots for the BBC; BBC Wildlife and BBC CountryFile. I've worked off and on with CountryFile for a number of years but usually with stock images or writing short walking routes for the out and about section. But it's the proper commissioned photo-shoots that you really want and it took a while to earn that trust.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

It's Leica Ferrari...

Time, like Ferrari's, flies.
Hard to believe that I haven't posted a blog since July 2013. I guess that means either I've had nothing interesting to say/do or been too busy/lazy to post. I leave that one to your imagination.

The motley crew, pictured left  are gathered around the aforementioned sports car for a good reason;
Tip: always make sure you have £100K prop and a designer building close at hand whenever you are forced to do a group shot!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Framework

asportinglife.com is a sports media/photography website that hosts contributed articles from professional sports photographers and industry insiders. I was recently asked to contribute and after looking through some of the really excellent posts on the site I was happy to do so. You can read my modest contribution at
http://www.asportinglife.com/the-framework-dave-willis/

Whilst you're there, have a browse through the other sports photographers articles too, because there's some real gold dust in there.

One of the most common themes to emerge, in my opinion is how often pro photographers take on their own personal projects or do self-initiated work in order to challenge themselves,. Doing their own thing is a great way to learn new ways of working and techniques and to showcase what they can really do when there's no commercial imperatives holding them back. I believe in this wholeheartedly.

Actually, I was amused to see that, after the previous RLA post on shooting contemporary dance, something that I'd not done before, the very next contributor on "asportinglife" talks about taking on a personal photo project on a subject he'd never photographed before - you guessed it - contemporary dance. Must be a sports photographer thing!

http://www.asportinglife.com/