Gary Ellis Photography: Blog https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Gary Ellis Photography (Gary Ellis Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:28:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:28:00 GMT https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u932222930-o983829034-50.jpg Gary Ellis Photography: Blog https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog 120 80 Wedding Photography https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/wedding-photography Over the last few years I have had some great opportunities to assist a number of talented photographers capture one of the most special days of many peoples lives....Your Wedding Day. Its always special covering a wedding and getting to share that day of joy with the couple and the ones who love them most. So now that I have experienced what it takes to be an excellent wedding photographer and have gained confidence in my ability not only to capture those truly important moments from the first kiss to the first dance, I have also been opened to a whole new creative area to explore given that weddings also hold a large amount of small sublte details just wating to be found!

Below you will find a collection of images from these recent weddings, I thought it was about time I shared them with everyone :)

 This image beautifully demonstrates just one way I have tried to capture the purity and elegance of a physically very small item but one so very important to any wedding day.

The Bride and her Mum sharing a truly special moment for a mother and daughter. I was abe to utilise the mirror in the room to capture this image which meant I did not interrupt the moment only capture it for them to be able to share forever. 

  

This Bride and Groom married in the hotel they work, live and originally met so it was only fitting that I captured them taking their first walk around the grounds as a married couple. I assisted the very talented Lauren Campbell Photography with this wedding.

 

  

Images such as these are some of my favourite, I love to capture those candid moments, no posing, no feeling like your cheeks hurt from the endless smiles........These images are just sheer love and joy within moments of one beautiful memory. 

Children at weddings are so fun to photograph.....sometimes challenging....but always fun. They are so unpredictable and spontaneous, you never know if they will smile or scream but both will usually turn out a fantasic final image, even if one that will be hidden until that perfect 18th birthday moment! 

I don't have any set price lists as I prefer to sit down with each client over a coffee and work out exactly what they are looking for and together create the perfect custom package that will best capture your big day. If you would like more information please get in contact 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) art bride celebration dress event family groom happy marriage photographer photography portraiture scotland uk wedding https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/wedding-photography Mon, 21 May 2018 12:30:00 GMT
Social media profiles https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/facebook-profile Recently I have had more time to add images to my social media profiles so if you would like to give me a follow on Facebook or Instagram you will be able to see all my new work a lot sooner.

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) art beauty deal facebook instagram photography portraiture scotland socialmedia https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/facebook-profile Mon, 21 May 2018 07:18:45 GMT
Another collection of recent work https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/4/another-collection-of-recent-work A few more images from my recent travels around Scotland and a few from when the snow started to come down. 

As always thank your for having a look at my recent work leave any feedback you have in the comments below. All the images can be purchased in the Nature Gallery 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) art digital highlands landscape nature people photography picturesque prints scenic scotland serene snow thebeastfromtheeast visitscotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/4/another-collection-of-recent-work Sun, 01 Apr 2018 23:15:00 GMT
Recent nature work https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/recent-nature-work This is just a wee collection of my recent work while out walking a few trails all the images will be available in the Nature Gallery any and all feedback is more than welcome.

The two images above are shot 4 years apart I just love how the boat sits on the almost glass like water creating a perfect reflection. No doubt I will shoot it again in the future.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my recent work.

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(Gary Ellis Photography) benlomond colourful countryside freshwater highlands iconic landscape lochlomond maidoftheloch nature photography picturesque rural scotland snow sunset vibrant visitscotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/recent-nature-work Mon, 26 Mar 2018 12:15:00 GMT
Recent Portraiture https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/recent-portraiture I have made a wee collection of my recent portraits below however the full collection can be seen in my Portrait Gallery

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(Gary Ellis Photography) adult candid child model natural newborn person photography portrait portraiture scotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/recent-portraiture Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:30:00 GMT
Nature Photography https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/nature-photography A few more nature images from recent walkabouts around the beautiful Scottish landscapes 

Its always nice getting out into the national park at night when its quiet its such a peaceful mood I highly recommend giving it a go even if your not making photographs looking up and enjoying the night sky is worth it :)

I have hundreds of images from the above locations and every single one looks completely different from the next its amazing how much the landscape changes.

Finally we got enough snow to go sledging and make snowmen although it always seems to play havoc on the transport in Scotland you would think we would have had a handle on it by now :)

Thanks again for taking the time to have a look at the new work and as always they are available to purchase in a variety of formats that you can see HERE. The images in this post will slowly make their way into the Nature Gallery but if you cant wait feel free to get in contact and I will do my best to help :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) art highlands landscape lochlomond nature photography prints scotland scottish snow snowcapped uk visitscotland winter https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/nature-photography Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:15:00 GMT
Recent Nature Photography https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/scottish-landscapes A wee collection of my recent nature photography, it's never disappointing picking the camera up and going out for a walk through the countryside you end up finding some beautiful locations not often visited by others :) 

Above are two exposure stacks of Loch Lomond that give the images the look of a long exposure one of my favourite technique to use. Creating an exposure stack is pretty straightforward once you have tackled it a few times but is something I recommend taking the time to learn it opens up a lot more creative options.

Some of the very friendly wildlife around the picturesque Loch Lomond.

The mountains around Drimsynie, I had to pull over to capture the rainbow it was the first time I have ever clearly seen the end sadly no pot of gold though :)

The Rest and be Thankful is always a great wee spot to stop off at for a while the lighting changes so quickly here giving some dramatic looks to the scene. 

A very colourful sunset over the snow dusted mountains around Drinsynie.

The moon rising over the mountains lighting them up and the still water of Loch Lomond captured with a long exposure.

A wee mixed red and grey squirrel enjoying the spoils from foraging on a cold winter morning. 

These images will all make their way into my main nature gallery over the next few weeks but if you would like to order a copy before then just get in contact and I would be happy to arrange that :) you can see the printing options HERE 

Thanks again for taking the time to have a wee look at the images :)

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) art astrophotogarphy highlands landscape lochlomond longexposure nature night photographer photography recentwork scotland uk visitscotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/scottish-landscapes Sat, 03 Feb 2018 11:04:39 GMT
A few recent images https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/a-few-recent-images A few more of the images I have been making recently while I have been out and about :)

I could sit in front of a fish tank for days making images with a macro lens its great fun. 

I also took my daughter horse riding recently and safe to say I had my camera with me as usual to capture the moments :)

A few landscapes from my early mornings and late nights 

The next two landscapes I created by blending multiple images called exposure stacking.

Thanks for taking the time to have a look and remember all the images can be purchased in a variety of shapes and sizes in the gallery :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) animals art birds child digital duck equine exposurestack fish horse landscape lochlomond longexposure nature nikon pets photography portrait recentwork scotland sunrise sunset swan toddler tropical uk visitscotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/a-few-recent-images Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:45:00 GMT
Nature? Litter Documentary Project https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/nature-litter-documentary-project I started working on a documentary project over a year ago now called Nature? that focuses on the littering issue within Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park one of my favourite places to spend the day and thats partly the reason for this project I would love to see people actually use the many bins rather than just drop their rubbish and see the park cleaned up and I thought a project highlighting the issue might help. 

I have had great fun shooting this project so far its really easy to get lost in the subject the sad thing is I am not stuck for subjects to shoot hopefully that will change and it will get harder :)

The image above on the left was lit with sunshine coming through the trees I think this gave the image a really nice look and fits well with the style of my project, the above right image was lit with a speedlight to help it stand out from the surroundings. 

I am just amazed at how much rubbish there is throughout the national park and its supposed to be Scotlands most loved Loch unfortunately it doesn't look like it at all. There are plenty of bins throughout the park so really no excuse for just dropping rubbish and honestly it seems mental that people are happy to take it with them but when its empty and weighs nothing its too much to drop it in a bin.

A while ago I provided an image to a fantastic roll shop in Balloch called Wizgonies well worth a visit if you ever find yourself in this part of the world, the image I provided was used on their sandwich boxes so I knew it wouldn't be long until one of my own images was the subject for my project but that didn't make it any easier when it finally happened. It took me around 40 minutes to get over my annoyance and then make the image when in reality it was just another bit of litter on the ground. 

I feel that this project is far from over more like its just starting and I will be adding to it for a long time yet but I felt it was time to display the project so far in the hope that it gets people to think a bit more about their actions and how damaging litter is to the environment. Who wants to go out for the day to a beautiful park to be surrounded by litter can't say that I would enjoy that.

I want to say as well that every bit of litter that was photographed for this project was picked up afterwards and put into the bin apart from a few ridiculously big gas canisters that I couldn't move on my own so I reported to the park authority and the local council. 

 

If you have any feedback on the project I would love to hear it leave a comment below or send me a wee email :)

Thanks for taking the time to have a wee look stay tuned for future updates :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) balloch digital documentary education littering lochlomond nature photography project scotland uk waste https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/nature-litter-documentary-project Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:30:00 GMT
Random Recent Images https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/random-recent-images Its been a bit of a mix the things I have been shooting recently and I wanted to share them with you all, let me know what you think :)

 

The first image is a long exposure stack of the sunrise created using 30 images that I blended together in Photoshop to give the long exposure loog to the final image. 

I see this man pretty often in the morning going for a quick row through the Loch it deffo beats the views you would get at a gym :) 

A few from Balloch park a place that will always be special to me as my interest for photography was sparked there years ago :)

A couple of swans coming to see if I had any food for them they are pretty friendly but I still wouldn't get too close myself 

 

All the images can be purchased in a variety of mediums from canvas wraps to fine art prints why not treat yourself and your home :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) animals art exposurestacking highlands landscape lightroom lochlomond longexposure nature nikon nikonartists park photography photoshop scottish uk visitscotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/random-recent-images Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT
Sallochy Bay camping https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/sallochy-bay-camping A few images from a recent camping trip over the September weekend with my gorgeous wee family to Sallochy bay campsite on Loch Lomond. On the way to the campsite we decided to get the bus to Balmaha and walk from there because in my head it was only a 20 minute walk I was sooo wrong with that estimation and two hours later we got to the campsite with not one moan form my daughter who is 5 and was carrying all her own stuff I was pretty impressed with that :)

The first night was great the weather held and meant we could sit out around the camp fire until it was late and thankfully no midges around. We had planned to stay another night but the weather turned during the night and we woke up to the sound of heavy rain on the tent never a motivating sound to get out of your warm sleeping bag to. 

It was nice just setting my camera up and forgetting about it while i threw stones into the water with my daughter although I forgot about it and end ended up leaving it on the beach a few times deffo need to stop that haha. 

Its a great wee campsite that has some great views over the Loch deffo worth a visit 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) camping familytime highlands hiking landscape lochlomond longexposure nature nikon nikonartists photography sallochybay scotland uk visitscotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/sallochy-bay-camping Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:15:00 GMT
Recent Work https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/recent-work I have had the chance to get out exploring more with my beautiful daughter recently and we have been creating a few self portraits from our adventures something I will be trying to do every time now it will be great to look back on them all one day when she's not interested in hanging out with dad anymore because its not cool :)

The images below are from a shoot I had with the talented Shannon Von Doom and Sian Kydd Photography give their work a look you wont be disappointed :)

Thanks for reading :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) art beautiful landscape lochlomond model nature photography portrait redhead scotland uk https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/recent-work Wed, 06 Sep 2017 14:30:00 GMT
Abstract Portrait Before & After https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/abstract-portrait-before-after I wanted to share a before and after of one of my favourite portraits that I have made so far.

 

I shot this portrait in my house using a single speedlight with a softbox attached along with a reflector to bounce a little light onto the shadow side, the backdrop was a very cheap set I got from eBay that came with a few colours to choose from not that the colour mattered for this shot as I had wanted to keep this one black and white.

I started off with the model (my lovely wife) kneeling in front on the background and started to position her hand so that the mirror shard would cover her eyes easier said than done.

Once I had the mirror in position I took a few shots moving the reflector round to better fill in the shadows, then I positioned the model facing the camera to capture the image that would replace the reflection on the mirror using the same lighting to keep the look consistent.

The next step was to take the images into Photoshop to start bringing my idea to life, I began with masking out the portrait to fill in the mirror I changed the blend mode of this layer to lighten and gave it a gradient as this allowed for some of the dust specks to come through giving it a more natural look.

I started to clean up the creases in the backdrop with the clone stamp as I didn’t want to remove them completely because I think the textured look gave more interest and depth to the image,

The I converted the image to black and white and using a curves layer I added a bit more contrast to the image and gave it a matte look to finish.

Looking back at the image there are a few things I would do differently and a few things I would change but very happy with the outcome :)

As always thanks for reading :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) abstract adobe beforeandafter model photoshop portrait scotland woman https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/abstract-portrait-before-after Mon, 04 Sep 2017 14:15:00 GMT
New Images https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/new-images I have had these images sitting on my computer for what feels like an age now finally glad to get a chance to finish them off :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) adobe animals art editing highlands landscape nature photography photoshop scotland uk https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/new-images Sat, 02 Sep 2017 14:07:02 GMT
Before & After exposure stacking https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/before-after Here are a few before and after images from some of the recent exposure stacks I have been doing while

out exploring with my beautiful daughter :) 

 

I love using this technique to make long exposure images as I also get the option to make time-lapse video

from the images as well although thats something I have been neglecting a wee bit recently.

 

It was a nice feeling reaching the top of the hill and then sitting enjoying the view with my daughter,

all she wanted to do was head back down to throw stones in the water once we got to the top haha.

 

So before heading back down to throw stones I got her to stand for a selfie of the two of us, this is becoming

a habit of mine when we go out our wee adventures it will be nice looking back on them all years down the line

and remembering those days out :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) adobe beforeandafter exposurestacking family familytimes highlands landscape lochlomond longexposure nature nikon photoshop scotland visitscotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/before-after Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:18:51 GMT
Photobook from Saal Digital https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/photobook-from-saal-digital

Over the last few months I have been lucky to test a few products from Saal Digital. All the test products were fantastic quality overall and have stood up to some pretty good tests since I have had them for instance I let a class full of primary 4s pass one of the photobooks around between them that soon turned into a tug of war not that you would notice that when looking at the book it came back perfect.

After seeing the quality and durability that Saal Digital offered through the product testing I decided to print my personal project that documented my favourite landscapes along the West Highland Way into a photobook knowing that it would be made to very high standards and print out looking exactly as the files I send them look, I won’t lie I got quite excited when I started to lay the images out into the book creation software knowing I would soon be ordering the final photobook.

After hitting order, it took just under a week to receive my photobook and I quickly opened it up to find yet another perfectly made photobook. The presentation box I had ordered was very well put together with the colour matching the cover of my photobook, the foam inside fits the book perfectly so it won’t move or fall out if like me you open it upside down. The way the book is bound together helps it lay flat on a table so that you see the full images without that awkward bending near the spine some books have and also looks a lot nicer in general I think. I had chosen to go with a matte finish to the paper and the images have printed out great the colour is bright and vibrant making the images pop from the page. In this photobook I had also used text and that has come out very crisp and clear making it a joy to read.

Overall I couldn’t be happier with the photobook I received from Saal Digital it just meets every expectation I had when I hit the order button I can’t recommend them enough their quality it is hard to beat. Let me know what you think in the comments below. 

The images from the West Highland Way can be viewed and purchased here GALLERY. Thanks for reading.

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Art Highland Landscape Photobook Photographs Quality Review SaalDigital Scotland Trekking UK WHW Way West https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/photobook-from-saal-digital Sat, 01 Jul 2017 10:09:52 GMT
Litter Documentary Project https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/litter-documentary Earlier this year I started a small documentary project focusing on the littering throughout Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park, originally I had decided to focus the project on this area alone as it’s Scotland’s best loved Loch or so I had thought until I saw the extent of the littering.

 

Below are a few images from when I first started this project.

 

A few weeks ago I got the chance to walk the West Highland Way, this trip was partly the reason I want to expand the area of my project as the full route of the Way is covered with litter destroying the natural beauty of the landscape. I don’t know if it’s because I started the littering project but I seem to be more aware of litter when I’m out and about. I pretty much live in the park I would love to see it cleaned up and respected more.

 

Below are a couple of new images I have made to add to this project.

 

I have had good fun shooting for this project and can see it being one I am constantly adding to over the years. If it makes one person put their wrapper into their pocket or a bin rather than just drop it on the ground I will be very happy J

 

Thank you all for reading and don’t forget to subscribe to keep updated with new posts and upcoming discount codes.

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Art Documentary Garbage Highlands Issue Litter Littering LochLomond NationalPark Nature Park Photography Project Rubbish Scotland UK https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/litter-documentary Sat, 27 May 2017 14:22:05 GMT
New Discount Code https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/new-discount-code The next 50 orders through my website that use the limited discount code MAY50 will get 20% off their order total. the discount is limited to the galleries listed below. 

West Highland Way

Nature

Animals

Studio

Those four galleries provide a lot of variety to treat your home with :) if you don't see a size that you would like get in contact and I will try my best to accommodate your request. As always I am happy answer any questions you have before, during or after the order process. 

 

MAY50 Discount Code

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Animals Decor Discount Highlands Landscape Limited Offer PhotographicPrints Photography Scotland UK WallArt https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/new-discount-code Sun, 07 May 2017 08:00:00 GMT
New West Highland Way Gallery https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/new-west-highland-way-gallery I have worked my way through a bulk of the photographs from my recent trip along the West Highland Way and have decided to make a dedicated gallery for them here for you to check them out and let me know what you think :)

I had a great walking along the trail and seeing Scotland in a completely new way and I hope that these photographs can bring a little bit of that experience to everyone that views them and maybe inspire a few to take the trail on themselves you wont regret it :)

All the images are available for print in various formats and for May only there is 20% off all prints for the first 50 orders when you enter MAY50 during checkout, so why not treat your home to a wee bit of the Scottish Highlands 

I still have a few more photographs to work through so I will be updating the gallery a few times over the next few weeks so make sure to subscribe so you don't miss them :)

Thanks for reading 

http://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/west-highland-way-2017

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Animals Highlands Historic Landscape Nature PhotographicPrints Photography Prints Scotland Trail Trekking UK WHW WestHighlandWay https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/new-west-highland-way-gallery Thu, 04 May 2017 10:35:00 GMT
Highlander Rambler 66 Review 2017 https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/highlander-rambler-66-review I wanted to do a review on the rucksack I bought to do the West Highland Way with as I encountered many issues with the quality.

Above is the rucksack I bought from a local camping shop in Glasgow as it was a great size for my needs and the Highlander brand is supposed to be good quality however that is far from what I got as the stitching in a lot of areas started to come away within the first few hours leaving for the West Highland Way. Mid way along the Loch Lomond section of the trek the left shoulder strap snapped completely beyond any repair as the plastic clasps on the strap snapped.

 

Above left is the snapped shoulder strap clasp made from cheap plastic. Middle image is the top support strap that snapped that I had to tie to another part of the bag along with adding a few extra stitches to strengthen the terrible stitching already there. Right image is the mess of the strap that I had to tie up to the top section so I could get the bag home. 

I contacted the shop I purchased the bag from who informed me that I would need to contact Highlander directly as it was a manufacturer fault I was surprised with this as they have a duty to their customers and should have exchanged the bag or offered a refund as they are the retailer I purchased from and they should have contacted Highlander themselves about the issue. I did get in contact with Highlander who were friendly enough, commenting on the quality of my work having looked at my website. However, I feel most of their general correspondence was more angled towards me feeling that it would be unfair to give an honest review of their product as they had been friendly with them. Although in saying that, they have still been of no help as I was told to contact the shop once again and I was just being bounced between them with nobody actually resolving the issue and I extremely doubt Highlander or the shop will do anything at this point now. I will be staying away from Highlander from now on as the reviews I have looked up for various products they produce are far from good and a large portion of them are all to do with poor stitching and cheap plastic clasps that snap under small strain not what you would expect for any rucksack let alone one from an established brand that claims to produce quality products. 

Luckily for me I was able to get another bag from Vango that held up perfectly fine with the same weight if not more in it for the rest of the West Highland Way.

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Backpack Backpacking Highlander Issues Outdoors Photographer PoorQuality Rambler66 Review Rucksack Scotland Trekking UK WHW WestHighlandWay https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/highlander-rambler-66-review Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:24:00 GMT
West Highland Way Trek 2017 https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/west-highland-way-trek-2017 I had a great time over easter trekking along the West Highland Way with my good friend Christopher Flyvbjerg. I will be working on the images from the trek over the next few weeks and I will also be adding a few reviews from the equipment we took along with us and how they handled the conditions on the trek some good and some pretty bad so keep your eye out for those updates :)

 

These are a few images from my phone that I took along the way.

 

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Highland Nature Photography Scotland Trail Trekking UK WHW Way West https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/west-highland-way-trek-2017 Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:09:11 GMT
Portraiture with Shannon Von Doom https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/portraiture-with-shannon-von-doom In the last couple of weeks I have been working hard shooting location portraiture in and around Balloch park a great location for portraits. The first shoot was with the very talented Glasgow based model Shannon Von Doom 

We shot the images in the small walled garden within Balloch park as it offers some great backgrounds for the images relatively close together.

For all the images in the walled garden I used off camera flash and an umbrella to light Shannon  and this gave me more control of the look. 

To finish off the shoot we went round to one of the newly carved fairy houses in the park and made a few portraits there before packing up. Shannon was great fun to work with she's full of ideas and energy on a shoot and her experience is very helpful.

 

Thanks for reading and don't forget to subscribe :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Balloch Beautiful Fashion Female Location Loch Lomond Model Nature Photography Portraiture Scotland Scottish UK https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/portraiture-with-shannon-von-doom Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:00:00 GMT
Saal-Digital Wall Decor https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/saal-digital-wall-decor I received my two wall decor prints from Saal-Digital and wanted to share what I think about the quality of them. I chose to have them printed on PVC foam board with the aluminium sub frame mounting option and was a little apprehensive at that choice as I have had the same PVC board from other printing labs that hasn't been cut properly but that is not the case with Saal-Digital it is cut to perfection without a single rough edge. 

The colour saturation is fantastic and looks no different to how the images appear on my computer screen thats always a quality I will look out for with printing labs.

 

Again the software Saal-Digital have on offer to design your prints was very simple to use and has a range of layout options or a completely blank canvas to work from allowing anyone to navigate their way through it perfectly fine without getting their head in a spin.

I highly recommend printing with Saal-Digital they have a lot of pride in the prints that they produce and have a very good price range to suit anyones budget.

 

Thanks for reading don't forget to subscribe :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Art Decor Lab Photo Photography Printing Prints Professional Saal-Digital https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/saal-digital-wall-decor Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Documentary Project https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/documentary-project I am currently working on a documentary project that will be made into a book once I have decide on a few last things, the project is about the littering problem within Loch Lomond and Trassachs national park a place that I visit often and part of the reason I wanted to raise awareness through a collection of images the littering issue.

 

Below are some of the images I have shot while making this project but not all will be making it into the book that is something I am still deciding on.

I don't know if it was because I was looking out for rubbish or not but there seems to be far more around the bins in the park than actually inside them its a shame to see the national park like this.

 

Thank you for reading and don't forget to subscribe 

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Art Digital Documentary Litter Loch Lomond Nikon Photo Photography Rubbish Scotland Trossachs UK book https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/documentary-project Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Recent Portraiture https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/recent-portraiture I recently helped out a few MUA students by making a few photographs of their work, its always good fun seeing creative people bringing their ideas to life. Check out each of the MUAs work by clicking on their names :)

 

The following set of images were styled by MUA Tahra_Makeup 

 

 

The next set of images were styled by Charlotte McLellan MUA

 

 

The final set of images were styled by Yvette MUA

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(Gary Ellis Photography) MUA Nikon Photography Portrait Portraiture Scotland Student https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/recent-portraiture Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Collection of new images https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/collection-of-new-images Here are a few recent images that I have made from various shoots.

From the left is my young daughter who was helping me test a background that I had made inspired by the painter Piet Mondrian, in the middle is my wife who was also roped into helping me test out an idea :) and the last image is a collaboration between myself and a few other photographers.

Its been a while since I have been up Conic hill so I thought it was about time I planned a trip to the top, pretty happy that I did go up the sunrise was stunning from the top although it was pretty cold :)

I was at the top for a while when another person came along, he asked if I would take a few shots on his phone I happily helped him out and then took a few shots on my camera that I also sent along to him :)

This guy had the same though as me but I think his spot is a little better than mine :)

The misty morning added a lot more to the morning for me.

All my images are available to purchase in a variety of sizes so why not take a look and treat yourself and home to some new wall art in time for Christmas :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Highlands Landscape Loch Lomond Photography Portraiture Prints Scotland UK https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/collection-of-new-images Sun, 27 Nov 2016 13:00:00 GMT
Bridal Makeup https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/bridal-makeup I was helping out a fashion & make up student the other day by making a few images of her bridal make up for an assessment.

I think she has done a fantastic job with the make up it works really well with the model.

It was a bit crazy seeing so many brides all in the same room :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Bridal College Education Glasgow Make Photography Scotland up https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/bridal-makeup Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:00:00 GMT
Recent Street Photography https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/recent-street-photography These are a few of the recent street images I have made, they were shot around Glasgow and Loch Lomond.

Above left is a group of taxi drivers waiting around for a hire in Glasgow, above right is an older couple enjoying the views over Loch Lomond.

Above left is a woman walking through the streets of Glasgow, above middle is a man taking a break to look at his phone in George Sq, above right is a woman down on the Clyde side feeding the birds.

Above left is a homeless man sitting on the streets in Glasgow as people walk past, above right is a couple sat enjoying the sunshine in Balloch park.

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Black City Glasgow Loch Lomond People Photography Scotland Street UK White and https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/recent-street-photography Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:30:00 GMT
CupCake Daft https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/cupcake-daft I had the opportunity to photograph a cake being made by CupCake Daft this week, whats not to like about being surrounded by delicious cake all day :)

It was really enjoyable watching all the details going onto the cake, they really made it stand out.

If you are looking for a delicious cake for any upcoming events you should get in contact with CupCake Daft with your ideas and grab yourself one of these amazing cakes :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Baking Cake CupCake Daft Decoration Delicious Events Food Photography Scotland Sweet UK Yummy https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/cupcake-daft Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:30:00 GMT
New Images https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/new-images These are a few of my more recent images from the last couple of weeks, I will be looking to share more of my work through the blog in future :)

The images below were really fun to make, on the left is my daughter we were out a walk so she could try out her new camera that morning, the next image is my wife and I out late one night in the hopes the clouds would clear and we would get to see the meteor shower but no such luck, well worth the late night though.

A few shots of a bearded dragon always a fun subject to photograph and a few shots from Balloch park.

A few more from Balloch park along with a couple of portraits.

Glasgow necropolis 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Animals Art Digital Glasgow Nature Nikon Photographer Photography Portraits Scotland UK https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/new-images Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Rush Hour https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/rush-hour These are a few images from a recent project capturing rush hour in Glasgow.

It was interesting watching people going about their morning routines on their way to work, pretty amazing how quickly Glasgow fills up with people :)

I waited around for a while to capture the image above so I could get a sun burst in it, I love that a person walked past at that moment the dark jacket helps show the sun a bit more.

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Black City Glasgow Hour Morning Photography Rush Scotland Street UK White and https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/rush-hour Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Lee Filters Competition https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/lee-filters-competition

If you are a long exposure fan or looking to try them out your more than likely to have heard about Lee Filters being one of the best brands around so if your feeling lucky why not try your luck and enter the contest though the link below for a chance to get your hands on £400 worth of equipment. http://bit.ly/2dpMa5G Have fun and thanks for reading :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Contest Filters Lee Filters Long Exposure Photography Win Enter Prize Free https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/lee-filters-competition Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:58:43 GMT
Saal-Digital Fotoservice https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/saal-digital-fotoservice A couple of weeks ago I was given the chance to try a free photobook from a printing company called Saal-Digital, they gave me a gift voucher for £40 to use during checkout once I had designed my photobook using the downloadable software from their website. The software was easy to install and very simple to use making it easier to focus on what you want the photobook to look like rather than hunting for settings hidden way.


The photobook itself is fantastic, I chose to go with an A4 landscape photobook with a glossy padded cover with my own images printed on the front, inside I selected 30 pages and used a mixture of the provided templates and dragging and dropping to design the layout of the pages all pinted on matte paper.


The photobook pages are a good thickness and that says good quality paper was used to me, the book is bound together very well ensuring it lasts for a long time and also give the photobook more durability when people are looking trough it.

The pages of the photobook have repoduced the colours from camera to print extremely well and look the same to what I see on my computer screen if not better with the slight texture to the matte paper :) Saal-Digital provide theis ICC profiles on their website so you can alway ensure you get the best colours possible when printing with them and is something I would strongly suggest you do before printing any images :)


The text on the front cover is very sharp and clear and the glossy cover doesnt feel sticky or hold onto finger prints like you would expect it to, I am glad that I opted for the padded cover it makes the book feel nice in your hand and I think it looks a lot better than a standard hardcover.

 

Overall I would highly recommend Saal-Digital Fotoservice as a printing lab and their photobook product, its a very professionally made photobook that looks and feels great, they also offer a wide range of other products and services.

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Lab Photobook Photography Printing Quality Review Saal-Digital Service https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/saal-digital-fotoservice Sun, 09 Oct 2016 15:45:00 GMT
Star Trek Dinner Party https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/star-trek-dinner-party I had a great time covering a Star Trek themed dinner at Loch Lomond Shores recently, some of the costumes were great. I was focusing more on the fantastic catering staff from Wizgonies and the food they had made for the guests to enjoy.

The food was lovely I may have sneaked a little bit :) and the staff made me up a nice pudding.

The guests all sat down and enjoyed their meals after having a tour around Loch Lomond on one of the local tour boats. The venue was great and offers a wonderful view out over the Loch with a view of the stars on a clear night. I really enjoyed wandering through the guests making photos as I went but had to stop when they sat down to eat as I wouldnt like to be photographed having my dinner :)

The night ended with the guests being taken up to the rooftop viewpoint to watch a fireworks display, this was completely new to me I have photographed people and fireworks before but never in the same image so that gave me a little more work to do in getting my exposure right for what I wanted the image to look like.

If you have an event coming up give Wizgonies a call on 01389 720822 or pop in and see them at 32 Balloch Rd, Balloch, G838LE

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Balloch Catering Dinner Dress Event Fancy Fireworks Food Loch Lomond Party Photography Star Themed Trek Wizgonies https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/star-trek-dinner-party Fri, 07 Oct 2016 14:56:44 GMT
Bhairab https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/bhairab Bhairab

 

The last school was also the smallest school we had been to with only 35 students going there, again this school was located within Dhulikhel not far from us. We arrived just in time for the kids morning assembly held outside in the playground, one boy was stood at the front banging a drum while a girl was giving orders to the rest of them. The welcome by the principal and her teaching staff was great we all say around on the floor introducing ourselves one by one.

With there being so few students we had a fair few volunteers per class and this worked out great in the classroom with the younger ones, they enjoyed the attention although some were very curios of us and sat back for the first little while but soon warmed up to us and joining in with the colouring.

The kids did the work really well in the older classrooms and seemed very focused on what we were teaching them and they asked a lot of questions about why we were checking their BMI, eyes etc. With the majority of the students being younger it was really good showing them the camera, they were very curious looking down the lens giving me some great portraits full of personality, some of the younger girls would wear makeup around their eyes as part of their religion, it was to ward off demons.

On the last day at the school we played a lot of games with the children. It was a strike that day so we ended up with kids coming from the previous schools we had volunteered with to join in on the games and to say goodbye before we left in a few day’s time. I really enjoyed that the other children came down on their day off to see us and to take part in all the games and dancing.

After the games we went into the large classroom for the principals goodbye speech where she gave us all a scarf for luck, I was over the moon when everyone got a plane one and then I was handed a bright colourful one when they came to me, I still to this day have no idea why I got a different one at first I thought it was because I was the only male but then the in country leader got the same one and she’s female so it couldn’t be that, the mystery continues.

Thank you for reading I hope you enjoyed the little snippets from each school as much as I enjoyed writing about them.

Bhairab School Gallery

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Education Fun Games Healthcare Learning LifeChanging. Nepal Nepali Nurse Photographer Photography Portrature School Students Teaching Volunteer Volunteering https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/bhairab Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:32:45 GMT
Mount View Video https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/mount-view-video I decided to make up some videos from the still images of the school photos, sometimes its more enjoyable atching a video than clicking through a gallery :)

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Mount View Gallery

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) COGC Children Education Fun GCU Games Nepal Nepali Photography School Video Volunteer Volunteering YouTube https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/mount-view-video Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:28:58 GMT
Purna Sanjeevani https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/purna-sanjeevani Purna Sanjeevani

 

This school was located in the old town of Dhulikhel and some parts were under construction as they needed to expand their classrooms to allow for the large number of students. We all assembled in the principal’s office so he could welcome us and introduce himself, this was followed by a cup of tea. I am dairy intolerant and the tea in front of me had milk in, I didn’t want to be rude and drank the tea anyway only to have no side effects whatsoever from it I was amazed.

 

 

We all broke off into our teams and headed to our classrooms, due to the construction our team was split between buildings 5 minutes apart, the main one housing the older students and the other the younger students. In the classroom we began to teach about sexual health a very untouched subject in all the schools we found, the kids responded really well and asked questions on the various topics without feeling embarrassed.

 

 

On the second day at the school I had decided to go to the other building to help out with the younger kids in a classroom as they had the largest student number we had seen so far totaling 45 in one class. It was very hard work trying to teach the kids in this class as there were a fair few trouble makers along with the language barrier. It was hard seeing the children that wanted to learn but them not getting the chance with the rest being disruptive and this was something we took to the principal at the end of the day. To try and get through to the children we had asked for a translator to come into the class and 5 minutes later a teacher came in to try her best to help us, she was really good at getting through what we were saying but still some kids were just being a pain even for her. I was glad at the end of this day but I don’t see it as a bad day just more experience to take away from this trip.

 

 

Just before we left I went back to the class I was in on day one to see how they got on with the posters they were making and I am so glad that I did they had done a fantastic job on them in such short space of time.

 

Purna Sanjeevani School Gallery

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(Gary Ellis Photography) COGC Charity Dhulikhel Digital Education GCU Healthcare Learning LifeChanging Nepal Nepali Nurse Photographer Photography School Students Teaching Volunteer Volunteering https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/purna-sanjeevani Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:00:00 GMT
Pancha Kanya https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/pancha-kanya Pancha Kanya

 

The fourth school was very busy with preparations for teacher’s day when we arrived and so that meant many of the students were out of class leaving only a small number for us to teach.  We learnt a bit about the children through drawing and then we did the health checks, it seemed a bit of a short morning as we got through everything so quickly due to the small numbers so we decided to take the children outside to have some fun with them for a while until the teacher’s day show was ready.

There was a small girl in the playground that is only 2 years old and this was her first day at school hopeful a day she won’t forget with the amount of things going on and all the happy faces running around. She was great for photographs with the big eyes and very curios of the camera, many of the kids seemed this way with the camera always wanting to see themselves on the screen and then back in front again to pull another face I was in my element to say the least.


It was great sitting at the side for a bit with my camera capturing candid shots of everyone playing and having fun. The bubble we had brought with us went down a storm at this school with there being such a small number of children, it was amazing to watch their faces light up with joy when they were chasing the bubbles or blowing them.

We all went into the last classroom for the teacher’s day show, to this point we still had no idea what to expect. The show started with the principal giving a few words and then he handed over to three female students that sang us some Nepali song and then a song from One Direction, the girls then put on a dancing show that by the end I don’t think anyone was left sitting on their chairs. Once everyone was sat back down the teachers came around with the tikka, a bright red powder that they smear a line on your forehead with for good luck. At the end of the show we said our goodbyes and headed off back to camp to prepare for school five the next day.

Pancha Kanya School Gallery

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(Gary Ellis Photography) COGC Children Digital Education GCU Healthcare Learning Nepal Nepali Nurse Photographer Photography School Students Teaching Volunteer Volunteering https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/pancha-kanya Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:07:42 GMT
Rotary Club of Dhulikhel https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/rotary-club-of-dhulikhel Rotary Club of Dhulikhel

On one of our days off while everyone from the group went into Kathmandu for some sightseeing I was invited to the Rotary club of Dhulikhel meeting being held that morning and then to the dinner in the evening.

 

The day started off with members of the Rotary club handing out water filters to a local community, I was invited to be part of handing them out and got to meet all of the people while I did. The water filters are going to be fantastic as the water can be dangerous in Nepal even more so during the monsoon season.

 

After we were finished in the morning I was taken to the hotel for the Rotary meeting, I was lucky to be invited over by the mayor of Dhulikhel for a coffee while they set up the meeting area, he was a lovely man, very down to earth and keen to hear about my thoughts on the town, how our trip was going and to hear about my daughter. I felt great after sitting with the mayor it's not often I get the opportunity to sit and have coffee with a mayor :)

The Rotary meeting got underway and they discussed their active and future projects in the area, some of the meeting I don't know what went on as they spoke in Nepalese. Once the meeting was finished we went and had some lunch in a local Cafe, if your ever in Nepal momos are a must try I could eat them all day.

 

Later that day it was onto another hotel for another meeting and then dinner, the meeting didn't last long and we were soon all outside chatting and having fun while dinner was prepared. The night got livelier when the live singer came out and started preforming her set and everyone had a little more to drink. It was very nice looking around at all the smiling faces and hearing the laughter although everyone was dressed smartly and I'm stood in my trekking gear sticking out like a sore thumb.

 

The view from the hotel was stunning, a long sweeping valley opened up right below the balcony and the view off into the distance was something I could look at forever. After a little while dinner was brought out and everything was lovely, I did get one potato dish that was extremely hot I couldn't eat that :)

Dinner finished i made the short 10 minute walk back to our base with Ranjeev the man who looked after us throughout our time in Nepal, he also took me out on a number of occasions in the early morning to show me around, I did enjoy those walks as it gave me a look at the real culture.

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Charity Club Dhulikhel Digital Dinner Event Happy Nepal Nepali Photography Rotary Rotrary https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/rotary-club-of-dhulikhel Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:03:42 GMT
Shreekhandapur School https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/shreekhandapur-school Shreekhandapur School

The third school we volunteered with was not that different to the previous schools we had been to, the classrooms were set out much the same very minimal, nothing on the walls and only desks and chairs in the classrooms, this is because of the earthquake risk the minimal classes reduce the risk or injury from falling objects etc. As we arrived it was the morning prayer time and all the students were outside singing the national anthem.

We began the day getting to know the children and break down the barriers with them, we did this by playing some games with them and let them ask any questions they had about Scotland or ourselves that they wanted to know. The class were very artistic so we used this and got them into teams to make posters about nutrition, what's good at one side and bad at the other. I started to really enjoy teaching in the schools by this time as my confidence had grown a lot and it did help having my camera the kids loved it and were keen on learning a bit about it and I was happy to teach.

 

We had a teacher come into the class in the afternoon and he helped translate when needed but also did origami with the kids while they waited to be shouted over to have their height, weight and eyes checked by Lynsey and myself. During the eye test a girl Laxmi struggled with the eye chart and desperately needed glasses, I brought this up with the in country staff who were amazing at contacting the principal who then in turn contacted the family, Laxmi did have glasses before we found out but they had broken and the family could not afford to replace them so for a year she went without glasses. After about a week Laxmi was taken by the in country staff to be fitted for a new pair something I was extremely happy to hear.

On the last day at Shreekhandapur we were lucky to see the children make posters and cards for teacher’s day that would be happening the following day, it was nice to see that they have a day specifically to say thank you to teachers for all the work they do.


In the afternoon of the last day at the school the children tried to teach us how to speak a bit of Nepali, something a lot of the kids from all the schools liked to do. I think we did ok but still a long way to go before I could have a conversation, I picked up the simple words that helped in the classroom like sit, quiet, ok etc.

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Shreekhandapur School Gallery

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Education Healthcare Learning Nepal Nepali Photo Photographer Photography School Students Teaching Volunteer Volunteering https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/shreekhandapur-school Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:11:00 GMT
Nepal Recovery https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/nepal-recovery During my recent volunteering trip to Nepal I was show and told a first person account of what happened during and after the earthquake in 2015. The earthquake happened on a Saturday and that was extremely lucky as that is the only day that isn’t a school day in Nepal so the children were at home with their families. There have been villages completely destroyed and not recognised by the authorities, one girl around the age of 12-14 told me that her house had collapsed while she was still in it but she now lives in a tent all the time with a smile on her face. I was shown hundreds of images that showed the aftermath of the earthquake along with the amazing work carried out by the Rotary club of Dhulikhel that leapt to the aid of the community and still now continues to help provide and maintain projects throughout the area.

 

The one thing I was shown that really put things into perspective was a video made by a member of Rotary who does a huge amount to give back to his community, the video shows areas of Nepal mainly Kathmadu before, during and after the earthquake, it is a graphic video as it has footage from directly after the earthquake.

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(Gary Ellis Photography) 2015 Earthquake Nepal Recovery https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/nepal-recovery Tue, 09 Aug 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Shewat Ganesh School https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/shewat-ganesh-school After leaving the first school on such a high we were all excited to move onto the next.

The second school our team was volunteering with was Shewat Ganesh, this school was pretty small in size but has a fair few students that go there. The one thing that struck me about this school was the things that have been donated to them are kept locked away from the kids, we opened a box in the staff office that had a Unicef logo on it to find it was full of new sporting equipment while the kids were left using very old broken equipment. We did however take the equipment out and started to use it with the kids so hopefully it wont go back into a box never to be seen.

 

Shewat Ganesh SchoolShewat Ganesh Schoolwww.garyellisphotography.co.uk

The kids at this school were the same as before very happy and eager to learn what we had to teach them and they also loved showing us how to play Nepali games. One of their favorite games to play in our class was hangman, I forgot how fun that game can be and is also a good one for the children to learn English a bit more not that they were that bad anyway they clearly spend a lot of time on that subject.


Shewat Ganesh SchoolShewat Ganesh Schoolwww.garyellisphotography.co.uk

The children were great at drawing, I suppose you can put that down to the fact they dont sit glued to a computer or phones all the time and actually do something productive with their time instead :)

There was a dog at this school that just wandered around, it came sprinting into the class I was working with chasing the smallest kitten I have ever seen, I quickly picked the kitten up out the way of the dog :)

Shewat Ganesh SchoolShewat Ganesh Schoolwww.garyellisphotography.co.uk

Shewat Ganesh SchoolShewat Ganesh Schoolwww.garyellisphotography.co.uk

The school was very welcoming and was sad to see us leave and I am sure many of our team felt the same way.

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(Gary Ellis Photography) 2016 Abroad Challenges Children Education Foundation Future Gallery Health Nepal Nepali Nurse Photographer Photography Prints Promotion School Sense Students Volunteer Volunteering https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/shewat-ganesh-school Mon, 08 Aug 2016 08:00:00 GMT
GCU Nepal Health Promotion Mount View https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/gcu-nepal-health-promotion-mount-view After spending an amazing three weeks volunteering with schools in Nepal, I wanted to share my experience from the highs to the lows.

The trip was through two charities called Challenges Abroad and Future Sense Foundation, both charities run various projects in a number of countries. Our team was made up of 13 nursing students studying various fields at GCU and myself, we were there to teach the children in schools around a town called Dhulikhel about basic health care and first aid.

http://www.challengesabroad.co.uk/package/nepal-recovery-challenge/Challenges Abroad & Future Sense FoundationBoth charities work togeter for their projects

The first time our team got a chance for everyone to meet each other was at the airport the day we were setting off, this was mainly down to uni placement commitments and I was doing my graded unit in the weeks leading up to trip and that left everyone pretty busy. It was a daunting thought meeting everyone in that way but it turned out to be great, everyone was on a high and excited about what was ahead and that made it much easier :)

After a very long flight with one great lightening show during the night we finally landed at Kathmandu Airport and we're instantly greeted by the heat and humidity.

www.garyellisphotography.co.ukOn our wayThe long awaited landing at Kathmandu airport

We all managed to get through the airport pretty quickly and that was great after the flight. While we were heading over to the bus the charity had arranged to pick is up a few of the team were singled out by men wanting to carry the bags, even when they didn't carry any bags they demanded money and ended up with around $90 in the end from what everyone had given. It wasn't the best start to the trip :) but was soon forgotten.

After an hour bus ride through the outskirts of Kathmandu we arrived at a small town called Dhulikhel that was home while we were in Nepal. I was shattered by this point but excited to see where we would be living so I dropped my bags off in my room and had a quick look around, the place was great it has so much going on, amazing views, comfortable accommodation, brilliant staff and local to the main parts of town.

www.garyellisphotography.co.ukWe are hereThe traffic in Nepal was insane but ran very smoothly

The viewWhat we were lucky to wake up to every moring

Once we had settled for a couple of hours we were straight into team building with the in country staff from the charity, this didn't go down to well with everyone being so tired but it was a good laugh none the less.

www.garyellisphotography.co.ukTeam BuildingStill very jetlagged but the games were fun

We were welcomed for dinner with a huge selection of the freshest food I have ever tasted, something I learnt quickly in Nepal is that they can eat :) the food all had a bit of a spice to it that complimented it very well.

So the first day of volunteering beings with Mountain View School, it was the only private school that we worked with during our time there and it had some noticeable differences to the other schools, both good and bad.

To begin the day the Mount View scouts put on a great show and then we were welcomed by all the teaching staff, a very nice way to meet everyone.

Mount View School DhulikhelMount View School Dhulikhelwww.garyellisphotography.co.uk

My wife and I were tasked with teaching grade 2 and 3 at Mount View, that was a great way to start the trip for me as most of the kids were extremely eager to learn and help us with anything.

www.garyellisphotography.co.ukTeachingThe kids were amazing, very eager to learn from us.

I was lucky at the schools mainly down to me making photographs, I was able to sneak in and out of everyone's class giving me the chance to see them in action :)

Mount View School DhulikhelMount View School Dhulikhelwww.garyellisphotography.co.uk

On the last day with Mount View most of the classes were out playing games in the afternoon, it was great seeing all the happy smiling faces everywhere, we had brought bubble mixture with us thanks to my wife's friend for that :) the bubbles went down a storm with everyone as the pictures below show.

Mount View School DhulikhelMount View School Dhulikhelwww.garyellisphotography.co.uk

Mount View School DhulikhelMount View School Dhulikhelwww.garyellisphotography.co.uk Mount View School DhulikhelMount View School Dhulikhelwww.garyellisphotography.co.uk

 

I put together all the video footage and made a rough video that you can view at the bottom of the post, I will be updating it with a more polished version in the  future once all the still images are finished off

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(Gary Ellis Photography) 2016 COGC Charity Children Classroom D7200 Dhulikhel Education Fun GCU Games Health Kathmandu Mount Nepal Nikon Nurses Photographer Photography Rewarding School Students Teaching View Volunteer Volunteering https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/gcu-nepal-health-promotion-mount-view Fri, 05 Aug 2016 20:00:00 GMT
Dhulikhel https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/dhulikhel

This is the view from the guest house I am staying in while in Dhulikhel, the view changes pretty much hour to hour as it's monsoon season at the moment so its hazy and rains at times but we'll worth the visit it's such a life changing experience.

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Dhulikhel Nepal Nepalese Nepali Photography Amazing Life Changing https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/dhulikhel Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:11:31 GMT
The beauty of Nepal https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/the-beauty-of-nepal

I have well and truly fallen in love with Nepal, the people have made us feel so welcomed and are always eager to show us around. We have been working with mountain view secondary school, I can't believe how well behaved all the children are, they are far better than the kids I have seen back home purely down to the fact the have huge amounts of respect for all the teachers, I was watching children as young as 2-3 doing sums such as 45 + 23, I know that doesn't seem that difficult but when you think how young they are it makes it amazing, I have also been taken to a restaurant and the Nepali food is lovely, if you ever find yourself in Nepal I highly recommend Dhulikhel and mo mos for something to eat. Most of the images are on my Dslr and won't be online until I get home as I don't have access to computers and the WiFi isnt that great and the have scheduled power cuts :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Nepal Nepalese Nepali Dhulikhel Photography Charity Experience Challenges Abroad Future Sense Foundation Helping Voluntary Volunteer Amazing Life Changing https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/the-beauty-of-nepal Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:05:36 GMT
Off we go https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/off-we-go

That's us finally set of for Nepal, we won't be flying until tomorrow morning but the excitement is definitely here. I will be updating my blog as much as I can although it will be depending on the availability of wifi. www.garyellisphotography.co.uk

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Nepal Health Excited Charity Challenges Abroad Future Sense Foundation Dhulikhel https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/off-we-go Thu, 07 Jul 2016 10:50:30 GMT
Rock the vote https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/rock-the-vote

I am a curator and moderator for a photo sharing website called ViewBug, it's a great place for beginners to professionals to get feedback and advice on their work. ViewBug also has competitions set up with a variety of prizes on offer for the winner and runners up. If you have a few moments take a look at some of the entries to the competitions and cast your vote for your favourite out of the bunch I know the photographer will appreciate each and every vote :) and you might find the community fun and sign up yourself http://www.viewbug.com/member/GaryEllisPhotography#/GaryEllisPhotography/contests?con=7799

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Artistic Contest Photo Sharing Scotland ViewBug Vote Photography https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/rock-the-vote Mon, 04 Jul 2016 18:43:38 GMT
New Camera https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/new-camera

I decided to upgrade my phone recently because my old one had decided it didn't like a mobile signal and I couldn't get calls or texts. After looking at a few phones focusing more on the camera than anything else I went with the Sony Xperia M5, so far as a phone I couldn't be happier, it runs smoothly with the added bonus of being waterproof. I mainly got the phone for the 21MP camera, my last phone had an 8MP camera so there was a noticeable jump in quality straight away. The camera has a nice set of features but does struggle a bit with the focusing but not to the point your missing every shot. The zoom has a good reach and produces good quality in the resulting images, I would however like to see the manual settings expanded as the camera favours a slow shutter in low light leading to blurry images most of the time unless you were to use a support, but who really wants to set a tripod up for a phone? Overall the camera is good although I am still exploring what it can do and hope to test it out a bit more while I am away in Nepal so keep an eye out for future updates :) Above is an image captured by the Xperia M5 *** Remember to add GEPPRINT2016 during checkout ***

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Camera Smartphone Android Sony Xperia M5 Review Photography Photo Waterproof 21MP https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/new-camera Sun, 03 Jul 2016 18:19:43 GMT
Summer Contest https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/summer-contest

You could be jetting off on holiday or spending time with family get snapping and upload your photos to my facebook page for a chance to be voted the winner and recieve an A3 mounted photographic print, The photos can be from your phone or camera just remember to get your friends to vote for you!

www.facebook.com/G.EllisPhoto

The winner will need to provide an address for the print to be shipped to.

 

*** Remember to add GEPPRINT2016 during checkout ***

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Contest Holiday Photo Photography Share Summer Vote https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/summer-contest Sat, 02 Jul 2016 16:12:14 GMT
Thunderstorms and heat https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/thunderstorms-and-heat

Well it is looking like it will be a wet time to visit Nepal not that I am complaining, the storm clouds will make for some interesting photographs along with the stunning Himalayan mountains

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Challenges Abroad Charity Dhulikhel Future Sense Foundation Storm Thunder Nepal https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/thunderstorms-and-heat Sat, 02 Jul 2016 14:34:56 GMT
Boudoir Photoshoot https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/boudoir-photoshoot

You’ve heard the words “Boudoir Session”, but what exactly is a boudoir photography session? Should you get one done? A boudoir session is a photography session where you wear sexy outfits, lingerie, dresses, or even go nude and get your photographs taken. While these sessions can seem intimidating here are the top eight reasons why you SHOULD do a boudoir session!
 
You’ll Look Fantastic
 
Professional hair and makeup, a professional photographer, and professional retouching will result in some of the best portraits of yourself that you will ever see. I tell my clients to schedule a night out after getting their portraits done, because they will look and feel amazing and why not continue that feeling. Waiting to lose those last few pounds before you go for a shoot,  DON’T! Professional photographers know how to pose you to flatter your individual body type.
 
It Makes a Great Gift for Your Groom/Husband/Boyfriend/Significant Other!
 
Imagine the look on his face when you surprise him with a little black leather album filled with intimate photographs of the one he loves! He thinks you’re beautiful on your worst hair days, so show him how smoking hot you are in classy lingerie and professional makeup! It may be a side he’s never seen!
 
It Makes a Great Gift for YOU!
 
Show off your beauty and give yourself an esteem boost with photographs that you can treasure. Do it for yourself. Be pampered. Indulge. Love every minute!
 
You get to go shopping!
 
Women tend to put others first in their lives a lot of the time. Take some time out for yourself and go shopping for yourself!
Make it a Girl’s Day Out!
 
Need a little confidence boost to come in for a boudoir photoshoot? Make it a girl’s day out! Choose a few of your friends and do a session together. Most boudoir photographers offer special girl’s day out collections that include a day of pampering with food and wine with each lady getting her time in front of the camera!
 
It Will Empower You
 
Getting treated like a celebrity for a few hours is great therapy for anyone! But wait until you get to see the photographs for the first time. You will be glad you did the session. You will see how gorgeous you really are and it will put a little spring in your step 😃
 
Remember that you can wear whatever makes you feel sexy and confident, the boudoir session is all about you! Think about how you want to be photographed and pass on any of your ideas to the photographer. 
 
*** Remember to add GEPPRINT2016 during checkout to get 20% off for a limited time ***

 
 
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(Gary Ellis Photography) Advice Beauty Boudoir Explaned Photography Photoshoot Scotland Tips https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/boudoir-photoshoot Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:45:00 GMT
What to wear at a photoshoot https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/what-to-wear-at-a-photoshoot
 
Since I know for many people this can be nearly as much of a challenge as finding the right photographer (something that's extremely important more on that later in another blog post), I wanted to offer some tips on what to wear for photoshoot
 
Plan in advance
 
This one speaks for itself, the more time you give yourself to choose what you would like everyone to wear at the shoot, the more relaxed you will feel. Waiting until the nightt before the shoot is bound to make you feel panicked and a little stressed. What if something you picked out is too small/big, you can’t find the right shoes or your four year old refuses yto play ball with the outfit you chose for them. Just give yourself time. Additionally: options never hurt.
 
Keep your location in mind
 
Are you going to be on the beach? Surrounded by beautiful foliage? Sometimes you can choose what you are wearing to accent the chosen location. Spring colours – deep reds, oranges and greens look lovely at this time of year, while a softer palette suit the coastal locations more.
 
Comfort is important 
 
We have all seen kids in styled in hats, boots, tutus, and jackets. They look cute but if those kids aren’t comfortable in them you are in for one miserable photo shoot. Make sure to keep everyone’s comfort in mind when choosing outfits. A tutu may seem like a great idea, but if you choose a windy November day and an outside location your girl may be freezing, so have a backup plan in mind.
 
Reduce loud patterns
 
A little bit of texture or pattern can be a good thing in photographs but if there are lots patterns in a photo, it can be distracting when your looking at them and I'm sure that's not what you want.
 
The main thing to remember is to have fun and enjoy the experience 😃
 
*** Remember to add GEPPRINT2016 during checkout to get 20% off for a limited time ***
 
www.garyellisphotography.co.uk
 
 
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(Gary Ellis Photography) 2016 Art Clothes Family Look Photography Photoshoot Scotland Tips UK Wear What to https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/what-to-wear-at-a-photoshoot Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:45:00 GMT
Why hire a professional photographer. https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/why-hire-a-professional-photographer

23 JUNE 2016, 17:32

These days, photography is practiced by everyone with a half decent smartphone, but it's mastered by few. When it comes down to those once-in-a-lifetime moments when you have got one shot at getting it right a proven professional photographer is the person you want behind the camera.

Consistency.

Professional photographers know how to achieve great results every time regardless of the conditions, they get those conditions to work for them. You get a strong collection of photographs that tell your personal story, not a few lucky snapshots, and you will work with someone who knows how to produce a quality image under any circumstances.

Technical Skills.

Professional photographers are more than picture takers. They are students of art, lighting, posing, fashion and even interior design. They combine these elements to create images that fit your personal style and character that become works of art you will treasure for years.

Unique Artistry.

Professional photographers have the skills to create unique, customized works of art and not average photographs. They have an artistic vision and as a result your story captured as a collection of art.Professionalism. When you hire a professional photographer, you know you're getting someone who is willing to go above and beyond to produce the best possible photographs. They are business owners who thrive on customer service and satisfaction, and they continuously aim to produce products that exceed yours expectations. These photographs are keepsakes that your stories and treasure forever.Just about anyone can take a good picture every now and then. But when life's biggest moments are unfolding and there's just one chance to capture that perfect memory, don't risk it entrust your photography needs to a Professional Photographer and see the difference for yourself.

Copyright 101 -- who owns the images?One of the most confusing aspects of hiring a photographer can be working out who owns the copyright to the photographs. To be clear, unless you have a written and signed agreement between the photographer and yourself, the photographer will retain the copyright of the photographs. Why? The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988 clearly states that the ownership of an image is retained by the person who created it. Therefore, you do not own the images. You are in fact licensing the images.Remember that a photographer’s job isn’t just pressing the shutter button. They’re using a combination of lighting, posing and post-processing skills that have been gained through years of study to make your vision a reality. You’re hiring a photographer for their expertise not their ability to push a button.

*** Remember to add GEPPRINT2016 during checkout to receive 20% off ***

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Advice Hire Photographer Photography Scotland UK https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/why-hire-a-professional-photographer Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:55:12 GMT
Shutter Mission https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/shutter-mission

Portrait charities have brought comfort, peace, and joy to countless lives around the world, and yet, there are many deserving families and individuals who aren’t aware these unique services exist. Our goal is simple — to spread the word about these amazing organizations and the photographers who serve them. In doing so, we hope to inspire others to give back in their communities.Our Mission“To highlight portrait charities and support photographers who give their time, talent, and heart.”Spread the Word!Help us get the word out about all the wonderful photo charities out there. Show your support by displaying a Shutter Mission banner or button on your blog or web site.ConnectJoin us on Facebook or follow @shuttermission on Twitter.*** Remember to add GEPPRINT2016 during checkout for 20% off for a limited time ***

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(Gary Ellis Photography) https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/shutter-mission Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:40:57 GMT
Before and After https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/how-i-shot-this-image The most commonly used technique used for long exposures is setting the camera to make the image over 20 seconds. For this image I used a different technique called exposure stacking, to do it this way you make a series of photographs over an extended period and later blend them together in Adobe Photoshop. 
 
The image above was created from 300 images captured over a 20 minute period and then blended together, I find this technique better than the conventional way of making long exposures as you can do it hand held and without filters and that makes it very flexible. 
 
If you have any questions please feel free to add them to the comments below and I will get back to you ASAP. 
 
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(Gary Ellis Photography) Adobe After Before Black Editing Exposure Landscape Lightroom Long Photography Photoshop Stacking White and https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/how-i-shot-this-image Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:32:41 GMT
Ideal for small businesses https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/ideal-for-small-businesses

Due to the nature of what I do I carry a lot of heavy equipment to and from jobs so I didn't want to add to that with a bulky card reader that's where izettle.com came in, right now they are offering a free card reader lite, it will allow you to accept credit card payments where ever you are simply by plugging the card reader I to your Android or IOS device and using the companion app. I do not in any way get a bonus from izettle.com by sharing their products I just thought it would help small businesses like myself operate in a more streamline way and let's be honest who can pass up a freebie :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Izettle.com credit card payment streamline workflow Scotland UK Photography https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/ideal-for-small-businesses Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:20:27 GMT
Prices https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/prices

As most will see when on my website I don't display any prices this isn't because I charge an insane amount it's quite the opposite really, I personally don't think packages fit what everyone is looking for so instead I like to ask people to contact me and then together we can tailor a package that suits you.On another note I have started to accept credit card payments on location for my services  now thanks to the great deal offered to independent businesses from www.izettle.com thanks to them for sending me a free card machine. Remember to add the discount code GEPPRINT2016 during check out.

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Photography Services Discount Code Deal Saving Prints Canvas Portrait Events Family Baby https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/prices Sun, 19 Jun 2016 16:26:49 GMT
New Images https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/new-images

I have added a few new images to the nature gallery that are available for purchase in a wide selection of prints, sizes and material. If you don't see any images that fit what your looking for that's not a problem send me an email with what your looking for and I will try my best to create that image for you. contact@garyellisphotography.co.uk

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Balloch Loch Loch Lomond Scotland Summer UK West Dunbartonshire beautiful colorful colour image colourful countryside digital evening exterior front view hill lake landscape landscape photography low perspective low view nature photography outdoors outside sky sunshine united kingdom water wet https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/new-images Sun, 19 Jun 2016 07:11:42 GMT
Nepal Health Promotion https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/nepal-health-promotion

It's not long now until I set off for Nepal with a group of nursing students from GCU, the trip is health promotion as not many people in Nepal know basic health care so the aim of the nursing students is to travel to a few different schools teaching the children and it is hoped that they will then pass that knowledge onto their children. We will be setting off on the 8th of July for Kathmandu where we will be staying a a volunteer house, my plan for the trip along with helping the nursing students with their task is to document the trip buy capturing the interactions between the children and nursing students.Not many people are aware how impoverished Nepal really is and with the recent earthquake the situation has gotten a lot worse for the people living there. The trip has been organised by Challenges Abroad and the Future Sense Foundation, they run many volunteer projects around the world that anyone can join so if your looking to give back to those less fortunate. All the photographs from the trip will be displayed on my website from fundraising events leading up to departure to returning home. 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Photography Charity Nepal Health GCU Education https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/nepal-health-promotion Sat, 18 Jun 2016 15:52:23 GMT
Exhibition https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/exhibition The exhibition went really well I was a bit shocked when I first got there as I couldnt get near my images as a group of people had formed around them this was new to me still have no idea how to feel about it. I have a completely different view on my images I have seen them in close detail for the last few weeks and can still see many things I would change in the final images but thats not to say I am not happy with them at all just that I see room for improvement. It was very nice to have a buzz around my work and hear what people had to say about them.

 

This is my personal favorite image, I spent the best part of 120  hours editing this image to get the end result.

These are the images I have on display at the exhibition being held at city of Glasgow college north hanover street in studio B on the 12th floor, if you are around it is well worth a visit to see the great work on display from many talented photographers. Thank you to everyone that made it to the opening night I really appreciate it.

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Art College Exhibition Glasgow Photography Prints Scotland Show https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/exhibition Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:56:37 GMT
Lemonhaze at KingTuts https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/lemonhaze-at-kingtuts Scottish band Lemonhaze put on a great show for the crowd at KingTuts bringing them alive with their uniqe sound of experimental, spacious indie.

I was invited along to the bands sound check this was great for getting some shots without a crowd to dodge through.

 

After the sound check the band went outside for an interview with a student from City of Glasgow college to talk about the band, a few moments will be getting cut from that tape I am sure :)

 

The band then went on stage for their set while i was in the "pit" at the front of the stage ready to capture the action.

 

If you get the chance to go and see Lemonhaze you will not be disappointed :)

http://www.lemonhaze.co.uk/

 

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Band Event Gig Glasgow KingTuts Lemonhaze Music Photo Photography Scotland Scottish Talent UK experimental indie spacious https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/lemonhaze-at-kingtuts Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:00:00 GMT
The Little Things https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/the-little-things City of Glasgow college will soon be closing and moving into a newly build college just along the road, to keep a record of the old college thats full of history and success stories a project called "The Little Things" was set up to capture images of the old machines, tools and general work areas within the college, below is my contribution to the project that has produced some fantastic images

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Closing College Education Glasgow New Old Photo Photography Project Scotland Tools UK https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/the-little-things Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:00:00 GMT
20% Discount https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/20-discount

Great savings on photographic prints limited availability

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Art Deal Discount Highlands Landscape Loch Lomond Nature Photographic Photography Prints Quality Saving Scotland Scottish UK https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/20-discount Sun, 12 Jun 2016 21:05:14 GMT
Summer Discount https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/summer-discount To kick start the summer all products will be avaliable for 20% when you enter GEP-PRINT-2016 at the check out on any order for the first 100 people, so get in there quickly so you dont miss out this could be a perfect addition to your home or a gift for any occasion.

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Art Canvas Discount Limited Prints Saving Summer https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/summer-discount Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Wizgonies https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/wizgonies Wizgonies is a well known gem of Balloch, the food is fantastic and always leaves you wanting a bit more :)

The food is prepared right in front of you exactly as you want it.

Wizgonies also provide a lot of products for vending machines throught the local area and glagow along with many other businesses.

You can also grab a cup of freshly ground coffee with your food.

Wizgonies provide catering for events of all kinds so why not give them a call you will not be disappointed.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/Wizgonies-131035743633959/

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Balloch Food Fresh Scotland Shop Tasty https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/wizgonies Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Paesano Pizza https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/paesano-pizza Paesano Pizza

I was tasked with making an artisan video for Paesano pizza, it was a fun project getting to see the prep work in the morning to the very fast pizza making during the lunch rush.

If your ever in Glasgow and feeling hungry a trip here would not be a bad choice, its located just off of George Sq just make sure to book as they are very popular :) http://paesanopizza.co.uk/

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Food Freash Glasgow Paesano Pizza Scotland Tasty UK https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/paesano-pizza Sun, 05 Jun 2016 16:54:35 GMT
Have Fun https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/have-fun I am a big fan of having fun on shoots, it puts people at ease allowing their real personality to come out, this is very rewarding with kids I have found they all seem to have the same face when you say smile and it usually is not a good one, they go rigid and look uncomfortable and thats not what anyone wants so a simple way to get the natural smile that I use is to say some very silly thing,

 

The first image as you can see is not a great shot and that was me asking her to say cheese, so I changed what i said to monster farts and the resulting image was fantastic.

 

So if you are ever stuck trying to get that natural smile say something daft :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Photography Portrait Scotland Smile Tips https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/have-fun Sat, 05 Mar 2016 18:01:59 GMT
Photoshoot 2016 https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/photoshoot-2016 I had a fantastic time working with Selene a model that answered my casting call on Model Mayhem, Here are a few of the images we created together what are your thoughts on them? leave any comments below :)

Always remember to be safe when meeting people from websites such as Model Mayhem let someone know where you will be and how long you expect the shoot to last.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/selenehellenathefreespirit

http://www.modelmayhem.com/garyellisphotography

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Boudoir Glasgow Hotel Intimate Lingerie Photography Scotland UK Woman https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/photoshoot-2016 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:27:42 GMT
Conic Hill Scotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/conic-hill-scotland I decided to go for a walk up Conic Hill in Balmaha to make some landscape images, it was not the best of conditions for shooting when I left my home in the morning.

The tall trees surrounding the first part of the walk up Conic Hill.

The last time I went up Conic Hill it did not have these here made it feel like I was cheating a bit :)

When I got almost to thetop I stopped to look back down the hill at a view that usually has a large portion of loch lomond in it only to see the mist hiding it all.


After sitting for around 45 minutes with my camera set up on a tripod the mist and clouds cleared for a short 10 minute period, not a wasted trip after all :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Hillwalking Loch Lomond Mist Scotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/conic-hill-scotland Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:26:25 GMT
Before & After https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/before-after I was messing around at home and I snapped a pic of my wife who was feeling a bit tender from being out the night before, with some simple editing the image is transformed into a highkey portrait :)

 

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) After Before Edit Photography Photohop Portrait Woman https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/before-after Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:58:58 GMT
Share your local landscape https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/share-your-local-landscape I have set up another photography challenge on ViewBug.com,

The challenge is your local landscapes natural beauty those are the only rules set to the challenge leaving it open to a wide variety of ideas, Have fun :)

http://www.viewbug.com/challenge/local-landscapes-photo-challenge-by-garyellisphotography

 

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Challenge Contest Fun Landscape Photography ViewBug https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/share-your-local-landscape Sat, 02 Jan 2016 13:41:00 GMT
New Year Walk https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/new-year-walk A nice mornig walk through Balloch park on the banks of Loch Lomond with my wee girl who is always happy to be my model as long as I get her some sweets :)

 

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Balloch Child Daughter Family Loch Lomond New Park Portrait Scotland year https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/new-year-walk Fri, 01 Jan 2016 21:03:17 GMT
New Year Offer https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/new-year-offer To kick start 2016 all portrait sessions will include a 10 x 8 framed print or an A3 fine art print the choice is yours :)

The portrait sessions can be at your home or a location that is special to you as I will travel to you again that choice is up to you :)

As will all photographic sessions with me every client will be provided with a private gallery on my website with the option of a gallery app for Android & IOS devices so you can view the photographs anywhere :)

All this for £45 book now as spaces are filling up fast for this limited offer.

I look forward to making some fantastic images with you.

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) 2016 Deal Limited New Offer Photo Photography Portrait Scotland UK Year https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/new-year-offer Fri, 01 Jan 2016 15:49:08 GMT
Glasgow Cathedral https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/glasgow-cathedral My first trip to Glasgow cathedral and I was not dissapointed, stunning building well worth a visit if you are ever in Glasgow.

 

The necropolis is just a 5 min walk from the cathedral and offers a great view overlooking the city of Glasgow thats not to be missed :)

 

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Glasgow building cathedral grave historic necropolis photography religion https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/glasgow-cathedral Wed, 16 Dec 2015 19:30:00 GMT
Winter walk https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/winter-walk I took my little one out for a walk through the park, very cold is an understatement when the wind picked up but she was a trooper and did not complain.........Much :)

 

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) child cold daughter family loch lomond park scotland walk winter https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/winter-walk Wed, 16 Dec 2015 09:30:00 GMT
End of the day https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/end-of-the-day Blowing off steam after working all day :)

 

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Glasgow bar drink evening fun game pool pub student https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/end-of-the-day Tue, 15 Dec 2015 19:03:00 GMT
Badminton at the Hydro https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/badminton-at-the-hydro Badminton at the Scottish Hydro was fantastic, great display of skill from all the players taking part in the event and a very friendly bunch to top it off :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Badminton Contest Event Game Hydro Photography Scotland Sports https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/badminton-at-the-hydro Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:35:48 GMT
Kathmandu Project https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/kathmandu-project I'm raising money for FutureSense Foundation by taking part in Challenges Abroad 2016 - Nepal Health Promotion you can sponsor me and find more info about the project here  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GaryEllis

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(Gary Ellis Photography) education health photography project student https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/kathmandu-project Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:42:40 GMT
HNC Care & Administrative Practice https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/hnc-care-administrative-practice

Wonderful day watching my wife gaduate along with the others

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Education Graduation HNC Scotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/hnc-care-administrative-practice Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:45:23 GMT
Submit yor best macro shot https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/submit-yor-best-macro-shot If you are a keen macro photographer come and submit your best macro photography shots (2 per person) on ViewBug a fantastic photo sharing website, I personally find it great for feedback on my images and a great place to get ideas for something new to shoot,

 

If you are new to ViewBug this is my referral link http://www.viewbug.com/invite/token/J1CLVh2H0V

 

The come and join the fun of the macro challenge http://www.viewbug.com/challenge/your-best-macro-shot-photo-challenge-by-garyellisphotography

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Best Challenge Macro Photo Photography Shot ViewBug https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/submit-yor-best-macro-shot Sun, 01 Nov 2015 20:52:03 GMT
Self Portrait https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/self-portrait

This is the first time I have tried to take a self portrait showing my face and I am very happy with the results, I had the single speedlight positioned 3 foot away and slightly to the side of me, the power setting was 1/64 and my camera settings that worked best were F/10 1/250s ISO 100

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Photography Scotland Tips dark isolated lowkey man portrait self selfie https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/self-portrait Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:25:37 GMT
The Big Number 4 https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/the-big-number-4

A fantastic day enjoyed by everyone, A big thanks to Mollies Miniatures for coming along a must have for birtday parties

molliesminiatures.uk

niclousct36@aol.com

07525026916

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(Gary Ellis Photography) family fun party pony scotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/the-big-number-4 Sun, 11 Oct 2015 19:16:19 GMT
Portraits https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/portraits

Portraits are always fun to make and learning how to use studio lighting to create the look you want is great because we cant always count on natural light :)


Click here to view more details on this great offer

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(Gary Ellis Photography) DPS Deal Digital-Photography-School Flash Lighting People Photography Portrait Studio Tips Tutorial https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/portraits Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:30:00 GMT
Life in Natural Light https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/natural-light

Learning to control natural light is one of the most vital tools a photographer has, this e-book helps the reader to learn to control light in an easy to follow way increasing your skills in photography.

Click here to view more details about this amazing offer

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Creative DPS Digital-Photography-School E-book Natural Photography Tips Tutorial https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/natural-light Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:09:49 GMT
Loving Landscapes https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/loving-landscapes

This E-Book was a fantastic read and taught me a few tricks that I have now included into my landscape photography workflow and havent been happier, A must read for anyone thats looking to add to their skills of try something new.

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Deal Digital Digital-Photography-School E-Book Landscape Photography Tips Tutorial Workflow https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/loving-landscapes Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:49:48 GMT
Always Watching https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/always-watching My little girl is always watching and taking in what I get up to with my camera so I thought I would take advantage of her watchful eyes

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(Gary Ellis Photography) child closeup details eye girl macro reflection scotland texture toddler https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/always-watching Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:53:26 GMT
A Macro World https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/a-macro-world Playing with a Nikon AF 2.8 D Micro Nikkor and a single flashgun set to 1/128 power to capture these close up details of insects we hardly see in this way.

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Scotland bug closeup details fly insect macro nature photography texture vibrant https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/a-macro-world Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:48:24 GMT
Some history of photography https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/some-history-of-photography

This is the oldest known photograph taken in 1826 - 1827 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce

The man that started the #Selfie trend back in Oct. or Nov. 1839 by Robert Cornelius

The first digital photograph

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(Gary Ellis Photography) education history photo photography portrait selfie https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/some-history-of-photography Wed, 16 Sep 2015 18:57:29 GMT
Not just about taking pictures https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/not-just-about-taking-pictures

There is a lot more work to photography than people think.

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Photographer life work https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/not-just-about-taking-pictures Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:03:28 GMT
Whats in the bag https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/whats-in-the-bag  

 

 

 

 

This is the regular line up in my bag for general walk abouts all packed into lowepro flipside 400aw a bag that I love as it has loads of space for my gear while leaving room for something to eat on the long walks :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Bag Equipment Gear Photography Scotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/whats-in-the-bag Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:34:52 GMT
Make your own Xmas cards https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/make-your-own-xmas-cards  

Get ready for xmas with these cards & ornaments that you can design yourself a perfect xmas treat for your loved ones

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(Gary Ellis Photography) cards family ornament xmas https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/make-your-own-xmas-cards Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:54:20 GMT
Rainbow Hair https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/rainbow-hair

After 12 hours of sitting getting her hair coloured its finally finished and looks fantastic, Directions hair dye was what was used and the vibrancy of the colours is amazing, what do you think?

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(Gary Ellis Photography) colourful directions dye hair rainbow scotland vibrant https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/rainbow-hair Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:31:27 GMT
Feeding the ducks https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/feeding-the-ducks Out feeding the ducks while the sunshine lasts :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Ducks Family Loch Lomond Scotland Summer Swan Wildlife https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/feeding-the-ducks Tue, 18 Aug 2015 20:35:24 GMT
Photo Moments Android & IOS app https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/photo-moments-android-ios-app

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(Gary Ellis Photography) Android Gallery IOS Mobile Share Tablet https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/photo-moments-android-ios-app Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:46:36 GMT
Mobile Shopping is Here https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/mobile-shopping-is-here

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(Gary Ellis Photography) mobile new prints release tablet https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/mobile-shopping-is-here Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:26:16 GMT
Stanley Odd at #ButeFest 2015 https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/stanley-odd-at-butefest-2015

Stanley Odd put on a fantastic prerformance that filled the crowd with energy despite the bad weather at the very first #ButeFest music festival

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(Gary Ellis Photography) #ButeFest Bute Dancing Festival Music Odd Scotland Stanley https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/stanley-odd-at-butefest-2015 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:00:00 GMT
#ButeFest 2015 https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/-butefest-2015

Professor Pumpernickle put on a fantastic show at #ButeFest 2015 enjoyed by everyone not just the kids :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) #ButeFest 2015 Bute Family Fun Music Science Scotland https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/-butefest-2015 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:42:42 GMT
My homemade set up :) https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/my-homemade-set-up This is the set up I have made myself to get some close up shots of water drops, making things like this is one of the things that I enjoy most about photography you get creative in loads of ways :)

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(Gary Ellis Photography) DIY close drip photography set up https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/my-homemade-set-up Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:37:30 GMT
New Release https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/new-release

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(Gary Ellis Photography) https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/new-release Sat, 11 Jul 2015 10:46:33 GMT
The Big Abseil 2015 https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/the-big-abseil-2015 The big abseil from the 175ft Finnieston crane in Glasgow to raise money for the MS Society www.mssociety.org.uk

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(Gary Ellis Photography) MS Society abseil charity event finnieston glasgow scotland sport https://www.garyellisphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/the-big-abseil-2015 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:10:24 GMT