First of all sorry for the lack of posts on here , I have had a fair bit going on and couldn’t decide on the subject. So I will give a quick run down of what has been done and what is coming up in the near future.

I have been doing quite a fair  bit of wedding photography recently I covered Julia + James Wedding party in Whitley bay I also covered Robin + Emma’s Wedding at Crook hall in Durham, I was also assisting the very talented Katy Melling with some weddings back in July it was a really great experience for me. I recently also did a pre wedding shoot for my friends Gavin + Jane who will be getting married at the start of September.

I have also been doing some promo portraiture work for some fantastic musicians that include Kathryn Tickell , Brian Finnegan , The Monster Ceilidh Band , and my beautiful and very talented girlfriend Katie Doherty,

In other news I am very excited to be heading out to Tromsø in Norway with some other great photographers that include Antony Spencer for 4 days in September in search of the Northern lights I am very excited about this trip and hope to bring back some stunning images. I will be running a Twitter update during the trip (Phone Signal depending) I am also hoping to do a video diary to document my experience.

I am am going to strive to be a more active blogger so watch this space…….

Below is an image taken at Sandsend North Yorkshire.

It’s been awhile!

I thought it was time for a quick update.

*Photography, Well I have been doing a fair bit. recent projects include,

Press pack photos for Ubisoft’s new Driver game,  a set of portraits of the game designers and a large group shot of the whole Newcastle team. I can’t show you any of the photos until the game is released.

Another project called “HOUSEWARMING” took place at Seaton Delaval Hall, conceived by November Club and created with young people from Astley Community High School and National Trust volunteers’ I was there to photograph the activities taking place. My aim was to capture the magic and creative work of the tours while still showing off the beauty of the building and gardens and also capturing peoples reactions to the stories told and the theatrical work that was going on around them whether they knew it or not.

click here for more photos from the housewarming project.

DIY Filter Holder for Nikon’s AF-S 14-24mm ƒ/2.8 G Lens

I have had this wonderful lens for sometime but I am never able to use it because I love using filters but this lens has no standard way of fitting a Lee or Cokin Filter holder. I know Lee will be launching a new filter system for this lens  in June but I am a very inpatient person and I think it will be over £300+VAT just for the holder and maybe 1x filter!  So I was thinking I can make one for much less and still decent quality. and it can take the 130mm / 170mm Grad filters that Lee & Cokin Make. below is a list of key ingredients you will need.

1x Cokin X Pro Filter Holder

1x Cokin Universal Adapter ring

black Telescopic Circular Tubing

thin Black plastic sheet / or black card

Thin foam + spray adhesive

I have posted some photos of my filter holder below, I have only had a quick test and there is no cut off at 16mm on a FX Camera so a DX would be ok for sure.

I am going to head out tonight and get some landscape test shots so will post the results later.

10 Stop Filter what & why?

What is a 10 Stop filter ?
Think of a 10 Stop filter like a pair of sunglasses for your camera but the only difference with a 10 Stop is that you would be lucky if you could see through it. Photographers use these filers for all kinds of reasons but I use it for what I call “Slowing things down” because when it is placed in front of the lens it lengthens the exposure time greatly;  for instance if I took a photo without it, my  shutter speed would be for example  a 30th of a second, if I attached a 10 Stop filter the shutter speed would need to be increased to 30 Seconds to get the same exposure. So when shooting moving water or cloudy sky’s everything changes,  moving water gets turned into milky smoothness and fast moving sky’s get stretched out! the results it produces look almost unworldly.

My Experience with 10 Stop filters.
I have been using extreme ND filters for over a year and I have always loved the results they produce, but also  hated all the messing around that had to be done to use one. This is because the only decent 10 Stop filter you could buy was a B&W Screw in one and it was plagued with problems from the start, the first being if you wanted to use GND (ND Grad filters) you have to attach your preferred filter system and set up your GND’s to the desired settings, then remove the system without knocking your filters out of position, then screw back on the B&W 10stop without knocking the camera out of focus,  then reattach the filter system and finally take the shot! the second problem was the awful brown colour cast this filter produces. Most of the time it can be corrected on the computer, but sometimes when reviewing your shots in the field it can be a disheartening looking at a brown photo and trying to have a vision on how you will fix it before you end up deleting it !

New amazing product.
Well, there won’t be anymore messing around thanks to Lee’s New “Big Stopper ” Extreme ND 10 Stop filter. For me this is the best product I have seen so far this year and as soon as I heard it was launched I was straight on the phone to my supplier! The “Big Stopper” is a 100mm / 100mm Glass ND filter that slots into the first slot of any Lee or Cokin Z pro filter holder. You may worry about light sneaking in from the back and causing problems with your long exposures? This is not the case as it has a square foam seal around the edge that meets up perfectly with the filter holder. Colour cast doesn’t seem to be a problem with no brown cast detected whatsoever, also I think it is optically better that the B&W getting slightly sharper results. The filter also comes in a nice padded bag and a exposure chart to help  calculate your exposure times, an all round great product in my opinion!

Below are some recent photographs taken with the “Big Stopper

LA Baby!

Recently I was lucky to be sent out to LA on a job not photography related but still very interesting.

I managed to get out a few times to take in and photograph some of the stunning landscapes they have over there. The first thing that hit me was the difference in the light and how hard it was to get a decent exposure. below are a few of the shots I took on my travels.

Spring Exhibition at The Biscuit Factory

Sorry I haven’t been updating recently I had a very busy February and couldn’t find the time or an internet connection!

Anyway excuses over, I just wanted to let everyone know I have some work being included in the Spring exhibition at the Biscuit Factory. The opening night is on the 12th March and if you are local please come along it runs from 6pm until 9pm I will put the address details below.

16 Stoddart Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne And Wear

Durdle Door

At the moment I am away on tour with Steve Knightly doing his sounds and production for his solo tour, today we passed so close to Durdle Door we just had to make a small detour to finally go and see the place. I have wanted to photograph this location as soon as I knew of its existence. I am happy to say it lived up to expectations, The sea was even more green and the arch was bigger than I originally though.

Below are afew shots from the day including a very excited one of me.

Durdle Door Arch

From the cliffs

Excited old me.

Holocaust Memorial Day Commission / Exhibition

Here is a selection of images taken during the Holocaust Memorial day Service on January 24th 2010 at the Journal Tyne Theatre in Newcastle. Each person here had a different story to tell, a different input to the theme of the day; “The Legacy of Hope”. During the two hour service each individual story of survival, courage and above all, hope came across not only in words and music, but shone through the eyes, expressions and posture of every participant. It was an honour to be a part of the day and I hope that the pictures reflect the emotion of the service.

It is important to me that the expression of audience and participants is captured in an authentic way, and that the pictures will form a lasting memory both for those involved and others.

a selected 10 images will be on display on at Newcastle City Library from the 26 January until 4th February.

Below is a couple of images that will be part of that exhibition.

Zdenka Fantlovå (Holocaust survivor)

Alexandra Raikhlina (Music performer)

Paris (Part of the Crossings band)

All images are copyright protected and property of © 2010 Reed Ingram Weir Photography

An afternoon chasing light & tide

I was going to get up and do a sunrise at a local location as the weather looked very promising for a change. I did get up at 7am but I went back to bed again. I needed to make up for it by dedicating my afternoon to getting some decent shots and maybe catch a sunset if there was one.

I started off by heading for Whitburn  near Marsdens bay South Shields, I knew the tide was coming in but I was hoping it was still out so I could access one of the arches for enough time to get a decent shot, This was not the case, I probably could have got to the arch and set up but I would of had to swim back! I decided to get a wide shot of all three arches. By the time I had finished the first exposure it was time to leave as the tide was heading in fast.

After that I decided I would head north and see if the weather at St Mary’s Lighthouse was any good. Even though the tide was high, I have no high tide shots at this location. I arrived and the first signs of pink were visible in the clouds so I headed down to the rocks and set up I tried a couple of different compositions and settled with the one below.

Whitburn Arch

St Mary’s Lighthouse

Photographing the Angel

Its always very difficult photographing a location that has been done so many times before but I also see it as a challenge.
Myself and a fellow photographer decided to give the Angel of The North a try as neither of us had ever attempted to photograph this mammoth north east icon.

The wind was quite high so the clouds were moving at quite a speed above us, so I decided a long exposure would help drag the sky out and create more drama in the shot, I also didn’t want to include any distracting foreground I just wanted the Angel to dominate the frame without any reference of size.

The timing was the main problem as Angel of the North attracts a lot of attention from tourists and locals so it can get quite busy. Finding a space of time to take an exposure without someone walking though the frame was the fist challenge. The second challenge was getting the exposure time correct so I got the exact cloud motion I wanted. Once I had worked out the best exposure time I waited for the best clouds and the tourists to clear and 19 seconds later I had my shot.

For people who are interested see the camera settings below.

EXIF: 24mm | ISO: 100 |19s @ f/11 | B&W 10 Stop Filter + Heliopan CP

Lens: Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S ED Camera: Nikon D700

Take a look at my Flickr page for more recent work.