Capture movement shots with long hair!
This month I thought I would show you a few shots I've achieved from messing around with long hair. You can create such interesting photos with little effort (though the models may beg to differ!).
In a studio you can either use a fan or just get your subject to do a head flick either from side to side or from top to bottom depending on the look you are going for. Just have fun experimenting!
In the safety of a studio
A quick flick from from side to side...
Or up and down...
Out in the elements
The wind can be a royal pain in the a*se on a shoot but it can have it's advantages...
The story behind...
My daughter's primary school organized a leaver's disco for the kids so I popped along to my friend's house where a few of the girls were getting ready. Got some fun shots!
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... the beginning of the ban!
Photography by Stef Kerswell @ www.stefkerswellphotography-brighton.co.uk
Flea feeling forlorn at Saltdean beach!
Do you want to go faster on your electric bike, but still be 100% UK legally compliant? Want more speed than the standard electric bike restriction of 25kph (15.6mph)? Do you want to cycle even further, even faster and get even fitter? Now you can.
Electric Bikes Sussex are delighted to bring you a new type of electric bike. Known as a “speed pedelec”, this is a traditional looking bicycle, with some key differences. Firstly, it allows the power to offer assistance all the way up to 45kph (28mph). All the components – including brakes, wheels, forks and frame – are approved for these higher speeds. There are various other mandatory differences. For example, a speed pedelec must have a mirror, daytime running lights etc.
However, the biggest differences are legislative. The UK doesn’t (yet) have a speed pedelec category, so they’re categorised as mopeds. This means that a speed pedelec must be registered with DVLA, must be Taxed, must have a valid MOT (if required) and the rider must be licenced and Insured. They’re also not allowed to use dedicated Bike Lanes. Whilst this all sounds simple, a quick browse online will demonstrate how difficult this has proven and that many people have been unable to complete this process successfully. Electric Bikes Sussex are therefore delighted to announce that they have recently successfully navigated this process and now have a fully UK compliant speed pedelec of their own for Demo purposes.
Managing director Graham Rowe explains
“It’s true. You can now buy a speed pedelec for yourself. We also offer a personalised ‘registration service’, whereby we can clear all the regulatory DVLA Registration challenges on your behalf, leaving you to arrange insurance and ride away.”
He adds: “It’s very important to understand the distinction between these 100% UK legally compliant models and other inferior, or illegal electric bikes. With a choice of bikes, from leading European brands, including Koga and Riese & Muller, and with prices from around £3,299 why wouldn’t you want one?”
To be classified as an electric bike, a bicycle must comply with all of the standard bicycle Construction & Use criteria. It must also meet the following three specific conditions:
If it is compliant with these requirements, the manufacturer should be able to get the European Homologation (Certificate of Conformity), or have UK-based EAPC Type Approval. Compliant Electric Bikes, just like normal bicycles, can be ridden without a licence, insurance, registration, tax or MOT, and the rider is not mandated to wear specialist safety clothing.
Research carried out by University of Brighton showed that the average cyclist considers a reasonable commute by conventional bike to be two to three miles. Ask the same question to an electric bike commuter and they say eight to ten miles. This means that commuting by electric bike becomes more realistic for a much wider range of people. Inhibitors to people commuting further is speed and/or or duration of journey. A speed pedelec can reduce journey times significantly.
Get some funky photo ideas to put a smile on your face
This month I thought I'd post a small selection of some of the wedding pics I have taken on good old Brighton Beach.
It's such a fun location for wedding shoots with countless amazing opportunities. I tend to start at the Palace Pier (sorry, I’m old school and it will always be the Palace Pier to me) and head right for as far as we have time for. Head left and you'll hit the nudist beach so definitely stick to right on this one.
It’s always a good idea to get the bride to bring some flat shoes as pebbles can prove quite challenging in heals!
#1 - Different backdrops and props
Make use of anything at hand to create an awesome selection of pics
#2 - Doorways work!
Even doorways can be entertaining...
#3 - An empty beach is cool too
Brighton Beach is rarely deserted so editing skills come be very handy!
#4 - The story behind...
Flagging down the lifeguard and pleading with him to let us use his quad bike is a memory that will always stick with me. He was most concerned about "health and safety" but we managed to persuade him!
"To infinity and beyond!"
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See you soon!
Also known as adhesive capsulitis, contracted shoulder or pitcher’s arm, is an extremely painful condition where the shoulder is partially or completely stiff and unmovable, affecting your ability to carry out everyday activities such as bathing, dressing, driving and sleeping comfortably.
It usually comes on gradually, gets worse over a number of months and may improve with time, though can take several years. It is most common between ages 40-60, particularly in women.
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint; the end of the upper arm bone (humerus) sits in the socket of the shoulder blade (scapula). The lining of the shoulder joint, the capsule, is a flexible elastic structure allowing the shoulder’s huge range of motion. It is fully stretched when you raise your arm above your head and hangs down as a small pouch when the arm is lowered. In frozen shoulder this capsule and its ligaments becomes inflamed, swollen, thickened and contracted; normal elasticity is lost and there is less space for your upper arm bone in the joint. Pain and stiffness set in. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that control shoulder movements: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis.
Can vary from mild with little effect on daily activities to severe and possibly unable to move the shoulder at all.
Stage 1: Freezing: shoulder starts to ache and can be painful on reaching out; often worse at night laying on affected shoulder. Can last 2-9 months.
Stage 2: Frozen: increasing stiffness, pain decreases, range of motion more limited. Shoulder muscles may waste from lack of use. Can last 4-12 months.
Stage 3: Thawing: gradually regaining movement, though not fully, pain reduces and able to do more tasks. Can last 12-42 months.
Each person’s symptoms and causes may be slightly different, making it difficult to say what has caused the problem. Exact cause is unknown; may be caused by inflammation of shoulder joint and surrounding capsule, may lead to thick scar-like tissue forming in the capsule making it tight and restricting movement of the joint. It can develop alongside calcific tendonitis: where small amounts of calcium are deposited in the tendons of the shoulder or rotator cuff tear.
Risk factors include breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, stroke, thyroid disease, recent shoulder injury, fracture or surgery, lack of use, Dupuytrens contracture.
A medical practitioner will ask about symptoms and injuries that may have affected the shoulder, its effect on daily life and sleep, severity of pain and what affects pain; also related pains, other health conditions and medication you are taking. Examination of range of motion, moving shoulder in all directions compared with unaffected shoulder; pressure to parts of shoulder to determine where pain is most severe and what is causing it; look for swelling, bruising or muscle wasting. X-ray, ultrasound scan and MRI may be used to rule out other causes of pain such as rotator cuff tear or arthritis.
Physical therapy, pain killers, anti-inflammatories, corticosteroid injections, Arthroscopic Hydrodilatation under local anaesthetic: filling shoulder joint with fluid to break up scar tissue and free up the joint is more effective than simple injections, surgery: arthroscopic Capsular Release or Manipulation Under Anaesthetic.
Massage, manipulation, myofascial techniques on joint and soft tissues, stretching and strengthening, trigger point therapy, dry needling, strapping, home rehabilitation exercises, attention to postural and sleeping habits.
We are happy to advise you on your health matters and offer a free 15 minute joint and spinal check, without obligation.
Visiting villages along the Mekong Delta
Whilst river cruising with AmaWaterways from Cambodia to Vietnam we stopped off at Evergreen Island.
It is in rural Vietnam and the only tourists the islanders see are the weekly visitors from the Amadara. The people were incredibly friendly with ready smiles and big waves for us all. Their houses are all on stilts due to the potential flooding of the area but are all very clean but without doors and windows. They each have a picture near the entrance depicting their religion, mostly Buddhism in this area.
On passing a local cafe a local lady called us over to join her at the table and got her son to put chairs all round for us. Unfortunately we couldn't stay as time was of essence but it demonstrates their friendliness and hospitality. Fortunately I had a few sweets in my bag which I handed out to children that came past us. They all smiled and nodded and in fact 2 children said thank you in English!
They grow various crops here, including very hot chillies but their other income is derived from fishing. This was a fascinating visit and a wonderful insight into rural life in Vietnam, much unlike Ho Chi Minh City which is very intense and manic. A great country!
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