When i'm not photographing portraits out here in New Zealand - i'm exploring the coastline, shooting sunrises with the Nikon D800. So far the camera has been performing flawlessly. The detail from the 36 megapixel sensor is quite incredible. I was interested to see how it would perform at night also with city lights and dark skies often pushing digital cameras to their limits. Once again it allowed me to capture detail I have never seen before. I don't think i've photographed any skylines of major cities round the world (yes you may argue that Auckland might not be the most major city) - where you can so clearly see the stars in the sky above.
Having two whole months off any kind of work is likely to drive me slightly mental. So to counter that i'm going to be shooting portraits in the first couple of weeks. Already have the first week booked up - but give me a holla if you'd like any photographs taken. I've also got an absolute killer wedding to photograph down Mount Maunganui way in March. That is going to be amazing. In between times there'll be plenty of "up at sunrise" coastal shots to be had. Am really looking forward to expanding the fine art photography archive and getting the PRINTS section of the website live.
I'm currently adding a general portrait section to the site as last week I had someone call and ask me "Do you only photograph famous people?" I laughed and told her that was me just trying to show off!
Anyway - back to it. Gotta get some sleep before I photograph some of the LFC team tomorrow at their Melwood training ground.
Think i'm over the jet-lag now, so with a bit of luck the blog will start to roll again.Here's one of my favourite shots from my recent trip back home to New Zealand. Taken at sunrise on a beach north of where I grew up - I guess it's the subtle moody tones of the images I like. Last year I was chasing big dramatic landscapes. This year, so far, i'm enjoying more of a toned-down feel. To check out some more of my print images - please click here: ant clausen prints
Housed inside the dramatic Corn Exchange building - I went across to Leeds to photograph the new Piazza by Anthony restaurant for the BBC Olive magazine's July edition.
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Just a quick afternoon PR job in Waterstones - Liverpool One to grab a few photographs of the new cafe Espressamente... a bit of a mouthful I must admit, but the espresso is to die for!
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Hmmmmmmmm scorchin' even... let's not beat around the bush... The inaugural "red carpet" event took place on Thursday "slap bang" in the action district of Liverpool. Many pretty people adorned both the bar and the cat walk for an evening of 'decadence delirium' sure to please any self-respecting young, hip, wannabe "be-seen-type" individual. The best thing about it is there'll be an exclusive night on the last Thursday of every month... so everybody can grab a slice of the action. The lads behind the magic are a couple of NYC entrepreneurs here in liverpool looking to raise the bar in everything that is "late night - don't tell the mrs." Here's the shots from the night - click here: models night chaya Churrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!
And I had the pleasure of photographing Becci for her model portfolio in Liverpool on the weekend. This was her first ever photo shoot. I think the results speak for themselves... keep an eye out for this young model on the rise...
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The Panoramic bar up the top of the Beetham Tower is the perfect place for an evening cocktail. I was up there last week to grab some promotional photographs for them. The view is nothing short of incredible. To see more shots of the bar and the view - click here panoramic bar liverpool
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Also - the Ant Clausen Photography blog is having a face lift. There's been limited functionality with this blog so far - so the new blog will have far more interaction and features - so stay tuned and please bear with us whilst the changes are being made.
Coming from a marketing background - I always appreciate a good campaign - and this one was a cracker! Red C Marketing from Manchester came up with the mystery tipper campaign to incentivise taxi drivers who wore their sticker on their cabs.
And today a lucky Liverpool cabbie's ship came in.
After the cheque was presented to a rather happy cab-driver, we drove round Liverpool landmarks to take a few photographs.
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Have just finished uploading some prints to my new online print shop. Am starting with a selection of 30 landscapes shot over the past year. They will be sold as a limited edition of 30 signed and numbered prints. There will be different sizes available and framed canvas prints also. I've been travelling across to North Wales a lot in the past year - so the majority of the prints are from the beautiful Snowdonia region. Give me a shout if you have any questions - and check out the print shop by clicking here Cheers!
Another year snuck by... but I have to say 2008 has been a bit of a corker (Antipodean expression for bloody good!) Even though i'm a bit slow on the uptake, writing my 2008-retrospective blog in early Jan... but hey... i've been hangin in North Wales in a farm house in the middle of nowhere... with no laptop, no internet and no mobile phone coverage. It was seriously like going back in time, but I believe I was all the better for it, for I had my camera bag with a plethora of memory cards and spare batteries... 2008 has perhaps been slightly less conventional than the average year pour moi.
- Moving up to Liverpool to live.
- Finally making the big call and deciding to chase my dream of being a full-time photographer
- Realising that i've finally found (verging on cheesy Hollywood'isms here) my destiny as far as a career is concerned.The incredible diversity you get from all types of photography, means there's never a dull moment and always something unique and creative to strive for. No more "working for the man" in a dull office job. Oh well, i'm sure I will (if I haven't already) get over it!
And what a great little place Liverpool is. It's seriously been the perfect place for me to pluck up the courage, and chase my photographic dreams. The people i've met in 2008 have been nothing short of inspirational. Liverpudlians are direct and to the point, much like Antipodeans, and you then have the ability to win respect that much quicker when the usual "bs" is taken out of the equation.
Everywhere you turn there's people willing to help, or simply have a yarn. Even the homeless people have a good laugh! The networks available to start up businesses have been invaluable also. I joined the BNI group a couple of months back, and that's been fantastic as you end up forging friendships with people in the same boat as you. More recently joining the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce has meant that I got to meet and photograph the Lord Mayor over a cup of tea. Definitely an English highlight!
I've met amazing people, not because i've had to, but because starting up your own business forces you out of your comfort zone and opens up possibilities that I never would have experienced getting lost in the ratrace.
All in all, an absolute bloody pearler. I could possibly 'rabbit on' for much longer with random thoughts... but as i'm still new to this whole blog game. I'm going to save it for a rainy day (soon then!)
Stay tuned for many more photographic ramblings in 2009. For it's shaping up to be the best year yet. With visions, goals and dreams to be achieved... it's certainly going to be a trip... feel free to come along for the ride!
Here's my first sunset shot of 2009. Taken at Plas y Brenin in Snowdonia, the air temp was below zero and the lake was well frozen over...
Jack Frost has come out to play in this recent series of photographs taken in North Wales. The first few are from Llyn Gwynant in Snowdonia. It was around 3pm and we knew we'd have to make the 'ramble' rather brisk to make it round the lake before dark. The second set are taken around the Denbigh/Conwy area on Boxing Day. [nggallery id=4]
Nothing much more to say... apart from the sunset...
Chameleon - a brand spanking new bar in Liverpool opened last week and is going to change the way you drink forever! Well that's if the bartenders have anything to do with it. From what I saw they are a cross between pyromaniac magicians and jugglers. They also make pretty darn fine drinks too. Just behind FACT on Back Colquitt Street... it's right in the thick of things and should be on your bar-hopping list this Christmas.Here's a few photographs taken this evening...
She was all go at the Bizarre Creations Christmas Party at the Hillbark Hotel on the Wirral. And what a great party to photograph! From what I can tell these guys make some of the coolest video games around - and they know how to throw a good ol' shin-dig! Was happy to hear their inspiration for the Western Theme was a recent trip down to the heartland of New Zealand... not that I remember ever seeing any real cowboys last time I was home. Anyway - here's some shots from the night...
The 19th of December signified the official opening of the One Park West Apartment Complex, Liverpool. To see some of my pictures on the BBC website click here. The Duke of Westminster was present to open his latest venture after the Liverpool One shopping complex is thriving in the Liverpool Christmas rush. Also present were some budding artists of the future. Here's a few photos from the occasion:
In the parlour of the Liverpool City Hall no less. The great thing about photography is you never know where it will take you from one day to the next. After recently joining the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce - i'm looking forward to a wealth of opportunities in the new year. Having a cup of tea whilst meeting the mayor was a good start! Recently the Chamber have officially signed Nugent Care as their chosen charity. Here's a couple of photos from the presentation.
www.123fr.com - This is one of the few stock photography agencies I submit to online. They're actually, probably my worst seller... but with stock photography often it's a case of quantity as well as quality. If you have a comprehensive portfolio - you can be a "one-stop-shop" for potential buyers... so I make enough money each month to buy me an ice cream at least! Here's my top downloads from the site:
Comes from the south coast of Mallorca at 6am. I wandered gingerly round the rocks using my mobile phone as a flashlight. It was a cold, stormy morning. No warm postcard sunrises to be had today. I set up the tripod, got out the trusty wide angle lens and tried to find a stable position in the ragged rocks. Meter was showing a 30 second exposure would do it... so down went the shutter and a quick huddle to keep warm. Post-processing completed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, with just a slight contrast adjustment. The concept of the photograph is to show how darn cold it was, and to portray the feeling of serenity that you get from standing on a rocky coastline with nobody else around, at sunrise.