Category Archives: Photography
Photographing the Beauty of Felixstowe
We were recently commissioned to provide development photography of what the view from a new building project will look like.
Pavilion Court is the name of a new development on Hamilton Road in Felixstowe by McCarthy & Stone. 46 high quality retirement living apartments are being built to include spectacular views of Felixstowe – including the beach, the docks and as distant as Martlesham to the west.
Our job was to reflect these remarkable views for inclusion in sales literature etc, which at the same time gave us a reminder of just how good the town of Felixstowe can look.
For further information on the development visit the McCarthy & Stone website
A World War One Trench and a Camera
When I first saw the 2014 Sainsburys Christmas advert I have to say I shed a tear.
I was not hugely fussed that it was for a Supermarket or that it was not 100% accurate – the photography and the sentiment were beautiful. For whatever the reasons behind the advert, a whole generation are reminded of the events of 1914 and, with luck, a whole new generation will research the First World War and find out for themselves what it is our Great-Grandfathers went through in the four years of the conflict.
As I researched the advert further – I was shocked. It was filmed about a mile from where I live. I had to see them for real…
Imparting a small percentage of his vast knowledge on the subject, Suffolk military historian Taff Gillingham – who operates the trenched – revealed fascinating fact after fascinating fact. That advert was a lot more accurate than I had first imagined.
As I stood in one of the trenches on a reasonably mild if windy day, I couldn’t help but notice how my feet began to get cold and my ears were going numb. And I had only been there 30 minutes.
These trenches are not open to the public – but Taff has just been given planning permission to build an entire World War One visitors centre in Bury St Edmunds.
Watch this space.
We took the opportunity to involve our aerial photography kit – you can see the results here.
Enjoy a glimpse of the trenches…
Go West – Life is peaceful there…
That’s how the Village People refer to the West but I doubt they had Wales in mind.
As an East Anglian it is a struggle to find anywhere that matches what I live in everyday and take for granted. In Wales you have that match, plus you have mountains. It is surprising how much you stare at hills when you are not used them.
Locations for these shots included Brecon, Powys, Abergavenny, Rest Bay (Porthcawl) and Ogmore By Sea. The one big thing we do not have along our coast is a setting sun over the sea. Yes we have dawn, but not dusk.
So I made hay with the Golden Hour…
Economic recovery well underway in Suffolk…
Imajim Photography At Business Event
April saw the yearly gathering of Suffolk Coast businesses at an exhibition designed as an economic showcase for this part of the world… The Suffolk Coast Business Exhibition 2014.
The event took place at the wonderful Framlingham College where over 60 exhibiters assembled for a day of promotion, discussion and flag waving. Hundreds attended and duly witnessed the best of East Suffolk business, set amongst stunning views of the ‘the greenest county’.
The event is hosted by the Heritage Coast Market Towns Initiative and this is the second year of the exhibition. Next year it proposed that the event move to the much larger Snape Maltings, such is its growing popularity.
The last 5 years have not been kind to small to medium business (SMEs) but the atmosphere within the event was a very one. Many talked of the corner being turned, the lights going green and – dare we say – the green shoots of recovery.
SMEs are the backbone of the country and a sustained recovery is down to them flourishing. Yes there much still to be done but here in the coastal areas of Suffolk that work is bearing fruit.
Listen to a number of exhibitors talking about the future of business: Andy Smith, Carl Page, Miles Varton and organiser Annette Mason Gordon:
For more details of the HCMTI and the next event visit them here: http://suffolkcoastbusiness.co.uk/
Cue the gallery…
Southwold Suffolk – Another East Anglian Gem
Everybody has heard of Southwold. It maybe due to Adnams Brewery, the Lighthouse or the pier but either way, we know it.
And yet, the population is a mere 800 people.
I have done discos with more people than that! But this is no sweaty late night jig, it is another fine example of East Anglian life.
For a town – or village – to have less than a thousand residents yet still sport the array of delights that Southwold offers is remarkable. Aside from the above mentioned treats, there is a cinema, a narrow gauge railway, a museum – and did I mention the brewery? Like much of Suffolk it appears in the Doomsday Book as a fishing port. Today it focuses on the tourist trade – and beer.
It may appear to have more than it’s fair share of commons. This is due to the fire that ravaged the town in 1659 – parts of the town were never rebuilt affording it some wonderful greenery. The striking lighthouse is still operational. For a mere 150watt bulb is has a range of 28 miles – and can be toured by appointment.
The pier is wonderful. A charming reminder of 19th century England retained in its 1900 design. Having suffered German attack and North Sea gales the current size is 620ft. Upon this loveliness you can fish, drink cream teas and get married. A wonderful plaque of thanks exists on the North side of the pier with many a travelling name engraved for posterity.
…And I could stare at the Waterclock for hours.
A brief glimpse of early spring sunshine and Southwold is the place to be…
“The cafes are all deserted, the streets are wet again.
There’s nothing quite like an out of season holiday town in the rain…”
Chris De Burgh got it just about right in the intro to Fatal Hesitation. He could have so easily been singing about Felixstowe.
As a Yarmouth boy I am no stranger to walks along desolate coastlines, biting easterly wind in your ears and – just occasionally – a big low sun appears, just to remind us that it will get warmer – one day.
It is always hard for a camera to do the sun and sky justice. By recent reckoning our eyes are around four and a half times better than the best available cameras at ‘dynamic range’. This is why we can sit indoors and see outside quite normally. You take a shot set for indoor light and see what happens to the window. Completely blown out. That’s dynamic range. Nevertheless some pleasing renditions can be achieved with a little care and some after tweaks.
Eight AM in the middle of January we arrived all scarfed and gloved up. By ten a distinct glisten had formed on the brow. Hard work this focusing lark.
So here’s a few of the shots – A holiday town in winter…
RAF Fly Past Over Suffolk
It is without question one of the great things about living in Suffolk. The Queen’s birthday RAF Fly Past comes right over us. Well most of it anyway.
The planes tend to rendezvous over the coast near Southwold then use the A12 as a guide to take them straight to the palace.
This year as in the last few, we have seen a reduced number of aircraft since the heady days of 2008 when the amount of planes in the parade peaked.
Sadly we didn’t get to the see the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft. The Lancaster takes a different route and the wind speed was too high for the Spitfire and Hurricane.
The list of aircraft shows the full extent of the parade;
It was interesting that the Red Arrows were way behind the other aircraft, presumably because they fly considerably faster than the rest of the parade! We did get a sneaky smoke trail check – a process of squirting diesel into the exhausts apparently.
Always nice to see the Queen’s RAF Fly Past parade before she does. Yes it gets smaller every year, but a marvelous sight to behold…
The ceremony itself – Trooping The Colour – is steeped in history;
Since 1748, this parade has also marked the Sovereign’s official birthday. From the reign of Edward VII onwards, the Sovereign has taken the salute in person at Trooping the Colour.
During the ceremony, The Queen is greeted by a Royal salute and carries out an inspection of the troops.
After the massed bands have performed a musical ‘troop’, the escorted Regimental Colour is carried down the ranks.
The Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry then march past Her Majesty, and The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, rank past.
The Queen rides in a carriage back to Buckingham Palace at the head of her Guards, before taking the salute at the Palace from a dais. The troops then return to barracks.
Her Majesty then joins other members of the Royal Family on the palace balcony for a fly-past by the Royal Air Force.
The Queen has attended Trooping the Colour every year of her reign, except in 1955 when a national rail strike cancelled the event.
Read more here
Euston Rural Pastimes Country Show – A look at life then.. and now.
We are off to the west of Suffolk – The Euston Rural Pastimes Country Show, between Bury St Edmunds and Thetford.
I was immediately struck by the queues to get in – this was obviously a well attended and popular event. Once again the weather wasn’t particularly favourable with low cloud and a slight breeze in the air but this didn’t deter the thousands who arrived.
Steam engines, vintage cars & motorcycles, ring displays from many including the excellent ‘The Devil’s Horseman’ cossacks and even an appearance from Pike, Frazer and Cpt Mainwairing from the nearby Dad’s Army museum!
A refreshingly community based event which manages to avoid the heavy commercialism of bigger shows, the day was a joy to witness.
This is the heart of rural life. This it what it was, is – and will continue to be for many years to come.
From the website:
Euston Rural Pastimes Country Show has now been held every June for 20 years. It began as a fundraising show for our local Blackbourne Churches and St Nicholas’ Hospice Care with the kind permission of our President The Duke of Grafton, who allowed the event to be held in the magnificent setting of Euston Park.
Together with John Farrow (the farm manager at that time) and Tim Fogden we set up a volunteer committee, which has continued to run this successful one day Show. We have raised over £370,000 for our causes over the years.
The programme has been broadly similar each year, but with increasing entries the demand for space has required more parking and display areas. A new entrance between the stationary engines and stalls, leads past the traction engines to the new Grafton Ring specifically for tractors.
The main Norfolk Ring has a constant programme of events, displays, demonstrations and parades.It is surrounded by band music, a busy tea tent and further stalls. Leading past the Craft Tent, the Suffolk Ring is home to a large display of Heavy Horses. Nearby is the start of the hugely popular Farm Rides. It has also been associated with a magnificent display of flowers in Euston Church. There are several catering outlets, but the most popular are the excellent lunches served in the Hall kitchen.
We will very much keep to the same format and hope we will continue to attract the numbers, which filled the car park completely last year.
Here is our record of Euston Rural Pastimes Country Show 2013
Product Photography Ipswich Suffolk
It is with great delight that we can anounce Imajim Photography have been given the product photography Ipswich contract for The Bed Factory of Ipswich, Suffolk.
Deriving from one of Ipswich’s oldest established family businesses (Barnes of Ipswich Ltd ) The Bed Factory has grown in it’s own right carrying on the ethos of the original company. This comprises of total customer service and the constant offering of quality products at sensible prices 12 months of the year. The company prides itself on not entering the so called 50% regime where prices are totally without foundation, also the majority of cases supply and deliver exactly the same product at a cheaper price than the so called superstore half price offering. The service element comes from committing to large stocks even buying in container loads for the best price but more importantly when you purchase a product it will usually be delivered from stock on the day you were promised at time of ordering.
Managing Director Peter Barnes said,”We are having a complete revamp of our web sites and we need our products to really stand out. Working with our advertising people RB Media Agency, Imajim Photography is the company I trust to have our range looking exactly how we want it.”
James Hazell of Imajim Photography remarked, “I have known Peter for a number of years and I am delighted that, as a local company, we have been asked to provide product photography to another local company – and one with such a long and fine tradition.”
The new product images will begin to appear from July 2013.
House Selling Ipswich, Suffolk & Beyond… Made Easier
Such has been the demand for Property Videos lately, we have given the operation its own area!
Introducing Video My House – Property Videos
Utilising imagery to assist in the marketing of property is certainly not new. Mostly this consists of several photos, usually taken by an estate agent, giving the potential buyer a small glimpse of their next home.
This I have always found very odd. When we decide to sell a house we are asking people to part with hundreds of thousands of pounds. We are asking them to make one of the biggest purchases they will ever make. Surely this calls for more than a few ill-shot photos?
Those with foresight have realised… Yes, it does. Much more.
There was a time when one would pop into the estate agents, point at some houses, grab a few sheets of ‘bumf’ and decipher the spiel. Then it was the arduous task of visiting the property. This would involve appointments, time off work, wasted lunch hours and mile upon mile of driving only to discover that the aforementioned bumf was somewhat economical with the truth.
Then came the internet.
Potential buyers can now roam the virtual streets to their heart’s content, browsing thousands of properties, seeking out that dream home. And that gives Mr & Mrs ‘Mobile Phone Photo Of The Garden’ a bit of a problem. We want to look around from the comfort of our laptops – and I mean really look around. We are much more comfortable this way. We can wander about, make comments, question the decor, all without the company and the inevitable frown of the property owner. But we haven’t got all day. If we are going to even consider investing ten minutes on one single property, it had better be worth it. It has to grab us right from the off.
Video My House steps up to become your one stop shop for property sale imagery.
- Traditional Photos
- Elevated Photos
- Floor Plans
Let us start with video. Our professionally produced, high-definition property videos are around 3 minutes long. At 25 frames per second that’s around 4,500 photos! You will want to show the property off in its best light and that means capturing features, size and the atmosphere of the home. They say the camera never lies. That in itself is a lie, it does. You will know if you have ever taken a photo of a, for instance, newly decorated room – you can’t get it all in! This is why we employ specialist equipment and skills to give the property its due space and ‘air’. Suitable music is added and options such as voice overs and captions can be deployed to really lift a property off the bumf page.
The video on the left is a demo property, the one on the right is a rental property. After submitting the video the property was let within 6 days!
Panoramas or 3D tours are a relatively new concept and are in much demand. They put the viewer in the room and allow them to look around to their heart’s content using their mouse. Such is the realism of the process a sense that one is actually in the room is greatly appreciated by the viewer. They are created with a crafted camera technique and specialist software.
Here is an example of our panoramas using our demo property…
Elevated Photography is another latter day concept that is especially favoured by estate agents. There is something incredibly alluring about a bird’s eye image of a property and they offer the viewer a unique view of their potential home. They are achieved using a specialist mobile mast of around 15 metres, around 50 feet, in height. The camera direction and functions are controlled remotely as it beams its images to the operator below. This level of control allows us to create stunning shots that set the property off.
The old favourite, Photos, returns us nicely to the more traditional method of property marketing. Again though, various skills and equipment are required to produce images that show the property off in the best possible way. Lenses, lighting, post-production etc all play a part in reflecting the professional way you are marketing a property.
remember, the quality of presentation when marketing a property reflects on the property – AND the seller. In an ever discerning market you’ll want to show that you are professional, trustworthy vendors – and that starts with your marketing quality.
Pop across to our sister website at Video My House and discover for yourself how cost-effective professional property marketing can be.