The first of the three winners of the Digital Photographer Magazine Facebook Reader Photos Contest hails from all the way across the pond. Barry Chignell is a 33 year old who resides in High Wycombe, Bucks, UK. In his own words, Barry says, “I have been a keen photographer for about three years and am self taught. I mainly concentrate on landscape and urban but love all areas of photography. I also run a photography website which has helped me learn different techniques through research for articles and the photographers I have met on the way.”
Below is a selection of some of Barry’s best work, including some self-portraits and absolutely stunning low-light shots. More of Barry Chignell’s work can be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/green76/ and http://www.freephotoresources.com/my-gallery/.
In the photographer’s words: This self portrait was taken when I was experimenting with a remote flash for an article on my website. I took it in my living room with all of the lights turned off. I wanted to take some shots that were ‘not the norm’ and had some emotion. I also wanted to prove that you don’t need a studio and loads of expensive lighting, etc. to take good portrait shots!
In the photographer’s words: This was taken in Marlow when the traffic had calmed down a bit. Originally I was trying to get the light trails from the occasional car but this turned into the image here when I noticed the church through the entrance of the bridge which I thought gave a different angle than the normal straight on bridge OR church photographs.
In the photographer’s words: I was invited by a friend of mine, who is a DJ, to take some shots at a huge wedding reception. My main challenge was the light but I also had to stay out of the way. This shot was taken from the dancefloor and not using a flash. I used the lights in the background to keep the shutter speed to a minimum but still managed to achieve a semi silhouette of him.
In the photographer’s words: This self portrait was taken in an underpass in the middle of some woods near my home. It’s quite a secluded area and so I was a bit on edge. I wanted to experiment with HDR portraits and so took three bracketed shots using the self timer and did the pp’ing in Photomatix and Photoshop.
Barry Chignell’s gear list:
Canon Speedlight 430EX Mk11
Canon 50mm lens
Sigma 17-70mm lens
Tamron 70-300mm lens
Various filters (colour, ND, Star) (Cokin P)