Christmas Horror Films – The Killer Top 5

Christmas Horror Films

It’s Here – The Top 5 Greatest Christmas Horror Films Ever

It’s going to be a Merry Bloody Christmas.. Literally… The season to be jolly is on it’s way and Christmas Horror Films are always an awesome watch for Avid Slasher fans. It’s two weeks to go and and we’ve put together what we think is the ultimate Top 5 Christmas Horror Films out there. Some of you will be letting out a blood curdling scream as your favourites may very well be missing.. But as we all know.. Horror is one of those killer subjects that not everybody will agree on. These are my favourites choices and that’s really all that matters. If you disagree, then leave a comment and more importantly… YOUR OWN TOP 5. So here we go…

No:5 Santa’s Slay

What if Santa Claus really isn’t the cheerful, over-sized elf that Clement Clarke Moore and Coca-Cola would have us believe he is? Instead, imagine he was actually the son of Satan who lost a bet to one of God’s angels. As a result of the bet, the demon seed had to give up his yearly day of death and destruction and instead deliver Christmas presents for a thousand years. Now, it’s 2005, and he’s looking to “spread a little Yuletide fear!” It’s up to sixteen year old Nicholas, his eccentric grandfather, and one of Nicholas’s female co-workers to stop Santa from dismembering everything in his sight. This Christmas will be a violent night of chaos, with Santa smashing his way through town. Local boy Nicholas, his girlfriend Mac and his crazy Grandfather are the only ones who know the truth about Santa and can save their town and the world.

 You’ll get a good laugh with this Christmas Horror Film. I recommend this for anybody looking for a good Christmas themed horror, however, but it’s whole kitsch camped up style may end up putting some people off. It’s something you’re only going to want to watch at Christmas.. I mean, honestly, who watched Christmas Horror Films from January to November? Not me.  The frights are not really there , and even some of the humor will probably not be funny to a lot of people. If you’re in the right mood, there are some fun moments and as a Christmas Film, everything is pretty spot on.  It’s all about festive fun and Santa’s Slay deserves a spot in the Top 5, even if it tails in at No:5.

No:4 The Children

Two families meet at an isolated, snow-covered home to see in the New Year. Slowly, the young children become infected by an unexplained virus that drives them to murder their parents. Creepy kids have long been a staple in horror films and this sharp British chiller carefully builds mood and character before letting all hell break loose with grisly gusto.

Making strong use of the isolated, snowed-in setting, The Children proves as effective in its series of set pieces as it does in the simmering dysfunctions of the seasonal family get-together.

The film is a relentless mood of rising hysteria fuels this British horror film, as the children of two families brought together for a quiet Christmas turn into adult-attacking mini-murderers.

Is it a virus? A dream? Did everyone die before the film actually started? Doesn’t matter: the mystery only adds to the creepiness of the situation. Clunky backstories, pointless romantic interludes and trite explanations are all sidestepped here.On the other hand, the violence is skilfully enough executed to make you think you see much more than you actually do and the fundamentally disturbing and creepy aspects about such random and unpredictable child-centric mayhem are always present, no matter how ludicrously intense and darkly humorous things get.

 

The Children (2008)

Intelligently playing on its young families’ parental insecurities and anxieties, the kids soon become a murderous mirror to the increasingly tense adult dynamics within the house. “They’re like a sponge at this age” says one mother, but on this New Year’s Eve of the Damned, said sponge happens to be wielding a kitchen knife. %his contender definitely made the No:3 spot with style.

 

Christmas Horror Films No:3 Rare Exports

Rare Exports

The No:3 Spot for this year’s Top 5 Christmas Horror Films goes to Rare Exports  Rare Exports is a subtitled Finnish production that pays a great homage to Mr joe Dante. The story centres around the original Santa Claus legend – a withered, wild beast of a Claus, who really would chill the very of the naughty kids out there. He’s a child eating makes Santa with an army of sick naked old man elves who stir up a huge hornets nest of  horror. A young boy named Pietari  and his friend think a secret mountain drilling project near their home in northern Finland has uncovered the tomb of Santa Claus. However, this a monstrous, evil Santa, much unlike the cheery St. Nick of legend. When Pietari’s father captures a feral old man in his wolf trap, the man may hold the key to why reindeer are being slaughtered and children are disappearing. If you can stand a Christmas Film with Subtitles, this is a Must See.general traditions of westernised Christmas and Santa is an Epic guy

Christmas Horror Films

Rare Exports - Christmas Horror Films

It’s an Epic piece of cinematography and takes the viewer on a journey that leaves the subtitles behind as it sucks the audience into the story. It’s not often that half way through a foreign subtitled film, that you suddenly realise that it could almost be in English (I found the same thing with Pans Labyrinth) Seen through a child’s eyes, Rare Exports takes the Number 3 spot this Christmas for it’s originality and the scariest Santa helpers you’re ever likely to see. Merry Christmas. It only vaguely misses No:2 but because this Top 5 is about Christmas Horror Films, The next two just slide through the Christmas Snow and pip Rare Exports at the Post.

Christmas Horror Films – No:2 Silent Night

Christmas Horror Films

Now this is not just a straight forward remake of SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT, but it kind of  pays a little homage during a few key moments that avid horror watches should pick up on straight away. If you remember how Linnea Quigley dies in the original film, then this remake is a bout as close as you can get. I really like this film. It’s got some decent gore but along the way, it does have a plot and really stands it’s ground as a Christmas / Horror / Slasher / Bloodthirsty piece of work.  It sits above that B Movie line, but doesn’t quite make it into the world of great films, which is a shame. Christmas Horror Films like most Christmas Films, are pretty thin on the ground so it does make for a great seasonal slasher and is does make my Christmas Horror Film Watch list every year along with all the rest on the list.

After his parents are murdered, a young tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior. It’s the night before Christmas, and not a creature is stirring-except for a psycho axe murderer disguised as Santa. When Sheriff Cooper and Deputy Aubrey Bradimore investigate a horrific mass homicide at a local motel on Christmas Eve. Aubrey Bradimore (Jamie King), the deputy of a small Midwestern town is forced to hunt for the killer.

Christmas Horror Films

Christmas Horror Films No:1 Krampus (2015)

Not to be confused with the whole plethora of other Krampus films, this Krampus is classed as a Horror / Comedy and takes the number one spot for a number of reasons. It’s the newest Festive Horror film to hit our screens in a while. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive. As a Christmas Horror Film it’s right up there with the best.

The film is deemed as comedy but it’s not really that hilarious and lacks a little bit of the scare factor that would make it superb. Krampus is so holiday / christmas and brings togetherthe typical bickering family, elderly relatives, folk lore and a ton of snow. I personally have to keep watching it and I can compare it the whole gremlins with a slightly more modern twist. The one hing that spois it is the ‘Nightnare Before Christmas meets Coroline style animation that just didn’t need to be there, but forgicving this element, the story moves quickly and the whole opening scene of carnage combined with Bing Crosby grabs you from the very start. The PG-13 rating means ypou can entertain the kids with this. My 11 year old thought it was amusing and funny and not disturbing.

Krampus takes the No:1 for a combination of reasons. The cinematography is well shot, the story moves, it couldn’t get much Christmasy unless you dropped National Lampoons Christmas Vacation into the scene. Not for everybody, but then what film is? Merry Bloody Christams!

Suede Perform Night Thoughts at Roundhouse

Suede perform at Roundhouse London

Suede Perform Night Thoughts at London Roundhouse

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

80’s Brit Band Suede are back! And a rather special night on Friday 13th 2015 at London’s Roundhouse. Brett Anderson made the impossible happen, performing to their own silent movie, “Night Thoughts” and performing behind a full size film screen as images were projected onto it. The film was written and directed by Roger Sargent and the Roundhouse performance was not only the Premier of the Film, but the first time the band had performed their new album in public to 1700 fans.

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

As the film played, backlights revealed front man Brett Anderson and behind the screen, the huge screen images dwarfing the band.  It was a surreal experience to watch as a music photographer, trying to focus on the band, but unable to hit the mark due to the screen in the foreground. Just as well that that there would be an interval and second set, where the band performed an energetic, theatrical journey back to there first Album and a chance for Brett Anderson to throw his microphone around as he jumped off of anything he could climb on.

Die hard Suede fans (myself included) could really not have asked for more. Well, maybe another hour on stage…

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at The Roundhouse, London

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

I’m a huge believer in fate, so how did a Norwich Commercial Photographer get the chance to work in the music industry with some of the worlds biggest bands. Well, six years ago I’d never shot a band. My work was solely corporate photography and predominantly East of England. Then a chance encounter on Facebook with my good friend and international drumming legend Steve Barney, led to spending some backstage time with ‘The Wanted’ and another impromptu photoshoot with a pretty much unheard of band called ‘Lawson.’ One magazine publication later and a number of locked doors opened for me as if by magic into the crazy world of ‘Three Songs, No Flash’ and a once in a lifetime chance to work in close proximity with some of the the greatest music artists on the planet. We now shoot for an international Press Agency and supply imagery to a huge of range of international publications and businesses that have included HArd Rock Cafe, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The DAily Mirror & The Sun to name just a few.

 

Photographing Snow – 10 Killer Tips for Beginners

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Photographing Snow – It’s Time to Up Your Game with a Few Basic Tips

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Photographing Snow! We’re at the one time of the year where we might see a few flakes for a day or so in the UK. Everybody who owns a camera is out on the streets documenting the ten snowflakes that may jut settle if the rain holds off for long enough. Photographing snow is magical stuff. For those of us who are nearly 50, it brings back memories of proper snowfalls. Cars buried, with two feet of ice on top. Having to walk to school with wellington boots that were shorter than the snow we were walking in. Photographing the white stuff is fabulous but the following tips ‘should’ help you on your way to shooting better snow. You may think some oif these are basic and yes, common sense should provail, but it’s amazing the amount of people who simply rush out with a camera and then realise they should have prepped for this special time.

Photographing Snow. Photography Tips for Beginners

Photographing Snow. Photography Tips for Beginners

1. Clothing – It’s the Basics for Photographing Snow

So you’ve bundled up under appropriate layers, keep warm. Waterproof shoes and a hat are a must.Wearing the right gloves or mittens is super important for anyone Photographing snow. Choosing gloves with removable fingertips (shooting gloves are a great example) will allow your fingers to adjust your settings with ease before covering them back up again. There’s nothing worse than going out on location and being cold. It will cutdown your shoot time and make you miserable. it will reflect in the quality of your photographs, because you’ll be more interested in warm up than you will in the subject you’re planning to shoot. A happy photographer will produce better photographs. Fact!

Photographing Snow. Photography Tips for Beginners Photographing Snow. Photography Tips for Beginners

Photographing Snow. Photography Tips for Beginners

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2. Your Camera is your friend – Look after it!

If you’re shooting with a professional camera, it will undoubtedly work better in extreme conditions. Sand and dust are a nightmare if they get inside your camera, but snow and water also rate as a camera killer once they hit your mirrors and sensor. Once your camera is out, keep the lens cap on when not in use. It’s going to protect the front elements of your lens. Using a high-performance prime lens removes the need to have to change lenses but you may feel that you are restricted whenPhotographing Snow by not using a zoom lens. It will give you a range of focal lengths without compromising your gear.

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3. Condensation

Condensation will form on your lens and camera mirror / sensor when you enter big temperature changes or Big humidity changes. When your camera reacts to these changes (and it’s going top happen.. It’s the nature of the beast) condensation forms as the temperature regulates resulting in panic, a steamed up camera and periods of inactivity while you’re trying to rectify the problemDon’t panic! Condensation won’t destroy your camera or lens.  you should definitely take some easy steps to prevent this from becoming a habit. Too many cycles can begin to wear on your gear, especially on the internal mechanisms. If you ned to change a lens you WILL RISK condensation being trapped inside your camera body. A zoom lens will give you a range of focal lengths without compromising your gear. A UV Filter is an invaluable investment for lens protection throughout the year.

Too late! My camera is already Misted up!

If you have condensation on your camera already, follow these steps:

  • Don’t wipe the lens! This will simply give your photoraphs streaks you will have to remove from your glass or filter. The condensation is already on the lens or sensor so just have to let it vanish of it’s own accord.
  • Don’t detach the lens if it’s already attached – leave your camera be. You do not want to introduce more condensation to the other end of your lens or the internals of your camera.
  • Put it in an airtight bag and get as much air out of it as you can. It would also help to put something in the bag to wick moisture away – such as a towel or preferably uncooked rice.
  • Wait until the camera comes up to temperature and all condensation has dissipated.

For severe cases where your camera is still taking foggy-looking photos, you may have to work on this for several days. Instead of a towel, it would be better to place silica gel packs in the plastic bag to help dry out all the interior components. Make sure you keep the bag airtight though so that the gel packs wick the moisture from the camera and not the air itself. It’s best to avoid condensation altogether, but it’s only the most severe cases where much moisture and water has entered the camera will there be any permanent damage

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4. Exposing for snow – The most important Tip photographing snow is OVEREXPOSE. 

(You heard it and it’s not a typo. How is that possible? Snow is so bright that surely you’re going to lose all of your  detail) Your camera is trying to find 18% grey (That’s another huge theory blog so I’m not even going to contemplate going into this.)  Light meters want to make everything medium bright and you want the snow in your pictures to be beautiful white. It’s always best to shoot in manual simply because it gives you so much flexibility but if you’;re only used to shooting in Auto Mode then ideally you need to increase brightness so up the exposure using your exposure compensation button. I would estimate that an increase of  about 1/1/2 stops of light.  Photographing Snow can end up as a dull grey photos if you’re not careful.

5. Black & White

This one is pretty straight forward.  There’s often little to be gained by photographing snow in colour. In fCt, you van create some amazing snow imagery by experimenting with shadows, which brings us onto our next Tip.

6. Play with a Low Sun

Photographing Snow on a Sunny Day can create some amazing imagery. The sun in winter sits so low that shadows appear huge. Pick wooded areas or buildings to frame your shots and bring shadows into play for spectacular results.

7. Shoot RAW

Shoot in raw format. As a beginner, Photographing Snow can be difficult in an environment full of reflective, white snow. It can be a hard subject matter to nail first time. can be tricky. Raw images allow you to safely adjust your settings and give much more flexibility that shooting in JPEG.

Photographing Snow. Photography Tips for Beginners

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Situated in the centre of Norwich and covering assignments throughout the UK, the Lee Blanchflower Ltd creative team deliver high quality commercial photographs, corporate film production & licensed drone footage to a really diverse range of businesses. After seven years of hard work in the industry trading as  Blanc Creative, we thought it was about time that we made things a little more transparent across our business and as a result, Lee Blanchflower Ltd was born. We have to say that our attention to detail and epic customer service hasn’t changed, nor has our client base. We work solely in the commercial sector with sole traders, start-ups, established businesses, Advertising Agencies & International Press covering everything from PR, Editorial work, Film Production and Licensed Drone operations.  What you won’t find, are wedding photographs, pet photography or family portraits.  We seriously pride ourselves as being “people’ people and our unique selling point is transparency. Our favourable pricing structures are visible for every one of our services, so you won’t find  any nasty surprises once you’ve decided to book an assignment.

 

 

 

Photographers Rights – UK Law

Photographers Rights - UK Law

Photographers Rights in Public Places – Know the Law

Photographers Rights - UK Law

Many Photographers are on the back foot when it comes to knowing Photographers Rights whilst shooting in public places. As a former police Sergeant, Photographers Rights are something that I’ve naturally been drawn towards and it’s a subject that I’m asked about repeatedly by either clients, members of public or other photographers. It isn’t as complicated as you might think. The laws regarding street photography can sometimes seem nonsensical, but there are a set of basic Photographers Rights guidelines that will arm you with sufficient information to challenge incorrect perceptions or stand your ground when shooting photography in public places.  The guidance contained in this article relates only to Photographers Rights shooting in public streets only the UK. It’s important to remember that Law changes and we don’t take any responsibility should legislation be made in the future that make this information incorrect or obsolete. There are also considerations surrounding The Nations Security and threat levels that could very well mean that certain locations become inaccessible due to terrorism or other threats.

There are locations currently where special permissions are needed before you are allowed to shoot even in a public area, however, you are unlikely to find huge problems most places across the UK.

Where Can I Legally Shoot in Public Places?

Realistically, you have the right to photograph anywhere that falls in the categories below;

Public Property

Public Roads

Public Footpaths

Public Rights of Way  

Most beaches between high and low tide

Photographers Rights - UK Law

One of the biggest things to remember about Photographers Rights is that if you’re on a Public right of way such as a public pavement, footpath or public highway, you DON”T need permission to take photographs. It really doesn’t matter if it’s recreational or for commercial purpose,  you are allowed to take photographs providing you are not causing an obstruction to anybody or as mentioned above, breaching any UK Laws surrounding National Security or Terrorism. The legal terminology of obstructing the hIghway is deemed to be unreasonably impeding the primary right of the public to pass and re-pass, as set in a the test case of DPP -v- Jones (1999)

The Court recognised that the public may enjoy a public highway for any reasonable purpose, provided it does not amount to public or private nuisance or obstruct the highway “by unreasonably impeding the primary right of the public to pass and re-pass: within these qualifications there is a public right of peaceful assembly on the highway.” 

Taking photographs in public places takes places literally hundreds of thousand of times a day. Advances in Mobile Phone technology and increased camera quality mean that most members of public have access to a camera, so it always surpeises me that a photographer using a camera on a street will receive strange looks, are regularly challenged about their presence at locations and are accountable for their actions, yet mobile phone cameras will take the same photographs of the same subject and are likely to be distributed to far a far larger audience through social media platforms.

Photographing People on the Street – Photographers Rights

Photographers Rights mean that there is nothing stopping you taking pictures of people in public places within reason. It does boil down to an element of common sense. If you ‘re shooting inappropriately or standing in somebody’s personal space photographing them without having had the forethought  to ask, then there’s a chance you might find a confrontational situation unfold or possibly run the risk of a meeting with the local police. It’s a fne line between giving photographers a bad named and putting your reputation on the line, particularly if you are a professional business shooting Street Photography for an assignment.

Harassment is defined as a ‘course of conduct’ (so it has to happen at least twice) that causes another person ‘alarm or distress’, but we have to say that the bullying and aggressive antics of the paparazzi would suggest that prosecutions are few and far between.

Photographers are free to use their photographs of people taken in public places as they wish – including for commercial gain.

Note: Professional photography is banned in London’s Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square as well as the Royal Parks.

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Street Photography Norwich - Anglia Square

Street Photography Norwich - Anglia SquarePhotographers Rights - UK Law

People Photography

UK laws are fairly vague when it comes to defining what constitutes an invasion of privacy, but while street shots should cause no problem, you might get in hot water if you’re strapping on colossal telephoto lens and zooming in on folks stripping off in their bathrooms – even if you are snapping from a public place.

The key seems to be whether the subject would have a reasonable expectation of privacy – a statement that seems vague enough to keep a team of lawyers gainfully employed for some time.

With some countries having stronger privacy laws, UK snappers looking to commercially exploit images of recognisable people snapped without their consent may find international clients unenthusiastic unless a model release has been obtained.

There’s also a remote chance that photographs of people in public places may be subject to the Data Protection Act, but that’s pretty unlikely if there’s no other identifying information accompanying the image.

 

Photographers Rights in Public Places

Photographers Rights When Photographing Children

Once again, there are no specific laws against taking photos of children, but this is potentially the most dangerous area for a photographer to shoot from a perspective of public photography.  Someone taking an unhealthy interest “WILL’  attract hostility and anger from parents or carers of children, members of public are rightfully in tune to the dangers of strangers photographing children and you are highly likely to be challenged by Police or authorities quickly. It’s actually advisable NOT to photograph children in public unless you have some kind of dedicated brief, accompanied by a Model release Form and full contact details of the client who has requested the brief be undertaken. If you’re asked you to stop take pictures of them, the stopping is likely to be the healthiest option for you and your equipment. Children cannot legally give their permission to be photographed, so you need to seek permission from a parent or legal guardian. Be prepared to explain yourself.

How to Deal with Police while Photographing in Public Places – It’s a sensitive area but there are a few basic pieces of advice that can really help if you are challenged in public by authorities. Click Here to Read More…

Privacy Explained

If you are standing on public property you can legally photograph private property, but you can’t infringe personal privacy. Photographers, in particular Paparazzi & Press Photographers, have on occasion pushed the boundaries and the limits of Photographers Rights with long lenses and shooting positions that may very well compromise legal rights  that land themselves in Court (See – Prince William demands €1.5m payout for topless Kate photos saying ordeal reminds him of Diana ‘harassment

Most people will question your motives and Photographers Rights out of sheer curiosity or fear. If someone suggests that you are breaking the law (and you know otherwise), then by all mean ask for clarification but try and afford confrontation as it will inevitably cause unnecessary bad feeling. However, if you’re in the right, there’s nothing wrong on standing your ground.

Case Example

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I’ve personally dealt with situations with security personnel who identified my presence through CCTV, approached me and requested that I leave an area where I was only 12 inches inside a boundary of a private location. I was asked not to photograph the exterior of a Public Shopping Mall that was open to public. Having moved my tripod literally one foot back, I was then shooting from a public place and legally photographing the building. Security ‘demanded’ that I stopped photographing and refused to provide an explanation as to why? I was advised that security were not happy about my presence and that Police would be called. I politely challenged the security staff who were not fully aware of Photographers Rights and shortly left the area having done nothing other than move my tripod by twelve inches. This is an all too frequent event that often results in wasting the time of Police Officers who arrive and speak with photographers before leave without any action beinmgtaken as the photographer is photographing completely legally.

In all honestly, this very subject is likely to become more and more relevant in light of the increasing terrorist and security threats that our country and many others are experiencing. We hope this article was informative and of some use.

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Situated in the centre of Norwich and covering assignments throughout the UK, the Lee Blanchflower Ltd creative team deliver high quality commercial photographs, corporate film production & licensed drone footage to a really diverse range of businesses. After seven years of hard work in the industry trading as  Blanc Creative, we thought it was about time that we made things a little more transparent across our business and as a result, Lee Blanchflower Ltd was born. We have to say that our attention to detail and epic customer service hasn’t changed, nor has our client base. We work solely in the commercial sector with sole traders, start-ups, established businesses, Advertising Agencies & International Press covering everything from PR, Editorial work, Film Production and Licensed Drone operations.  What you won’t find, are wedding photographs, pet photography or family portraits.  We seriously pride ourselves as being “people’ people and our unique selling point is transparency. Our favourable pricing structures are visible for every one of our services, so you won’t find  any nasty surprises once you’ve decided to book an assignment.

 

New York Travel Photography

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Tips for Travel Photography in New York!

Travel Photography New York

Travel Photography New York

Its Christmas. In New York – And it’s the most wonderful time of the year for Travel Photography. I sincerely mean that! Travel Photography really Doesn’t get much better!

I’d planned to try and keep this brief, but I know I’m going to struggle. Why! Because as an as an Award Winning Travel Photographer, there are some places that I visit that just don’t do it for me. Places I’ve walked around for a few days and simply and feel empty with no thrill or excitement when I shoot. I recently flew out to Berlin and struggled to return with a portfolio I can say I was really happy with, but that’s another Travel Photography Blog you can read about. 

New York on the other hand is a Travel Photography dream location and personally for me, December is the time I always return. In 2013 I won the SWPP TravelPhotographer of the Year Award in London. The image is one I’ve never ever ben able to re-create. It was a split second shot that changed my life and summed up everything there was to sum up about Christmas on 5th Avenue. It epitomises everything New York from Yellow Taxis, Designer Labels, Steaming Pipes, Traffic James and dank weather. Throw this into 5th Avenue, a smidgeon of graffiti, some overhanging traffic signals and a hot dog vender. It’s pretty much all there!

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Even the most tourist hating of New Yorkers have to agree that Christmas in New York is an awesome sight.  To be brutally honest, to get the most out of this festive time of year, the Travel Photographer needs to see through the sparkle and oversized decorations  and delve a little deeper into the real New York. Don’t get me wrong, and as a person who loves Christmas as much as any child, I’d be in my element photographing Christmas decorations for a week, but New York Travel Photography is much more than photographing the Radio City city Christmas Tree… (And I’ve done this very thing repeatedly.)

Travel Photography combined with City  Street Photography simply won’t fail to reap results in New York. Travel Photography is about looking for a connection to others and the NYC Streets have an ability to ability to bring a massive cross section of people together in what is essentially a combined, frantic space. New York can be manic but take the subway two stops down and you could very well walk out onto an empty platform, so  you will capture more than just a stereotypical metropolis. You just need to open your eyes and walk.

How to Shoot Travel Photography in New York. Don’t Think… Feel

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Travel Photography New York

Travel Photography New York

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Norwich Professional Photography

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Unless you’re living in the city (and like me, need to work for a living) you probably won’t have too much time to learn copious amounts about the history of the area. You’re unlikely to get used to the daily life and flow unless you’re out on the streets shooting, but it doesn’t matter. Nearly all of my images are spontaneous and whilst I may have a plan to breakdown the key areas I’m visiting, that’s where it stops. It’s brilliant if you live in the place you’re shooting, but travel photography is more about shooting perspectives of places you are visiting. The clue is in the word ‘Travel.”

A good ravel Photography tip is to find a busy street corner. Traffic Lights are always a great place. Let everything unwind around you. People will come and go through ‘your’ personal which means you run less risk of people getting annoyed with you. Christmas is a great time because as well as all of the Festive crowds, Street Decorations and general Christamas mood, the sun is also on your side. It sits so low in the sky that if you place ypurself in front of it, the photographs will take on a completely different, beautiful look.

 

Low & Slow Travel Photography

Fast walking and street photography do not go well together. Take it slow and maintain a low profile. Don’t go waving around a 50mm lens because it will draw unnecessary attention and Travel Photography is all about natural imagery. A short prime lens is always a winner but I generally maintain that a 2.8 24-70 covers pretty much everything without being overbearing. Travel Photography is about moments and these aren’t always going to happen.  Seek and ye shall find.. But not in 5 minutes,  just keep looking. Those awesome moments will pop out at you when you least expect it or when you are the most frustrated. The biggest considerations, are to ensure that you’re ready and when the moments present themselves… And know how to handle your camera. Your own eyes  will see potential shots before they happen. You might walk into a location and think, hey, this will work, simply because the lighting, buildings and composition are obvious. If that’s the case, go with it. You can see that the images below that the same location and same time can create a wide range of creative options that look significantly different.

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Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Street photography and Travel Photography doesn’t have to be all about people. It’s the environment in which we live that offers unparalleled creative options for a photographer. Travel Photography can take some time getting used to. New Travel; Photographers may feel uncomfortable shooting strangers, particular in light of the growing news articles about privacy and intrusion. As long as you know what or who you can or can’t shoot and how to handle potential situations surrounding legality, then travel photography will be your friend. Run and Gun techniques are not generally a good ways to shoot street, however, there may be occasions where your subject could become hostile (I have an affinity for photographing alcohol dependent homeless people) and this does have it’s avoidable risks. If you’re photographing in this type of environment, then speed may be of the essence, but use your intuition and common sense.

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Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

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Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Situated in the centre of Norwich and covering assignments throughout the UK, the Lee Blanchflower Ltd creative team deliver high quality commercial photographs, corporate film production & licensed drone footage to a really diverse range of businesses. After seven years of hard work in the industry trading as  Blanc Creative, we thought it was about time that we made things a little more transparent across our business and as a result, Lee Blanchflower Ltd was born. We have to say that our attention to detail and epic customer service hasn’t changed, nor has our client base. We work solely in the commercial sector with sole traders, start-ups, established businesses, Advertising Agencies & International Press covering everything from PR, Editorial work, Film Production and Licensed Drone operations.  What you won’t find, are wedding photographs, pet photography or family portraits.  We seriously pride ourselves as being “people’ people and our unique selling point is transparency. Our favourable pricing structures are visible for every one of our services, so you won’t find  any nasty surprises once you’ve decided to book an assignment. Lee Blaanchflower won the SWPP Travel Photographer of the Year Award in London in January 2013.