Nikon D750 , Nikon 85mm 1.4 | ISO 125 | f2 | 1/320
Have you seen The Photography Farm Challenge yet? A simple 52 week photo project that've we've started to keep the old creative juices flowing. You don't have to have been to one of our workshops to take part and you don't have to have started at the beginning of January. Anyone is welcome to use the themes and if you do, we'd love to see your work on Instagram. #photographyfarmchallenge The reason that I mention it is that this week's theme is SYMMETRY and so this image from the hugely talented Nikki Leadbetter has caught my eye.
I believe that a huge benefit from carrying out a personal project is that you get to play with techniques and ideas away from any pressured paid work. Then when you do find yourself shooting under pressure, you simply have more skills and tools in the box. I'm also pretty sure that when Nikki shot a recent wedding on the spectacular Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, she was consciously influenced by attending a class with the very brilliant Australian photographer Eric Ronald at last year's FarmShop. He is a master of photoshop and how it can be used to elevate a concept. This is a brilliant image and inspiring use of the landscape and you can read Nikki's take on how she achieved it below. Nikki is definitely one to watch in 2019, in fact go follow her IG right now and if you are on the fence about coming to this year's FarmShop then please just look at our incredible list of mentors teaching this one.
"I photographed this wedding on the west coast of Ireland on the 27th December. The cliffs of Moher were a half an hour drive away, however, Adam + Aoife were really keen to spend the time traveling there to get the photos. It paid off as the weather was crisp blue skies and clear views of the incredible cliff faces. They had paid a local landowner to give them access straight onto the cliff edge so we had plenty to work with. This shot was taken while they walked along the cliff face away from me. I then manipulated the image in photoshop, duplicating the layer, flipping it horizontally and editing out certain elements that I thought were distracting to the eye. While I was editing the image my son commented asking if they had got married on the moon. I loved that he saw the moon and tried to play on this by making the surroundings more barren, which in turn draws your eye to the couple."