Rachel Maddox Photography: Blog https://www.rachelmaddoxphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Rachel Maddox Photography rachelmaddoxphotography@outlook.com (Rachel Maddox Photography) Fri, 22 May 2020 12:18:00 GMT Fri, 22 May 2020 12:18:00 GMT https://www.rachelmaddoxphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u776364563-o226935136-50.jpg Rachel Maddox Photography: Blog https://www.rachelmaddoxphotography.co.uk/blog 120 80 Lockdown 2020 https://www.rachelmaddoxphotography.co.uk/blog/2020/5/lockdown-2020 Lockdown 2020


I can't let this weird time we're in pass by unnoticed, but I'll try to keep it short and sweet. It's a time of uncertainty and worry for people all around the world. We've not faced anything like this in my lifetime, and I hope we won't again to be honest. It's a time which has brought both negative points in my life, but also positives too. I've definitely been affected in terms of my work through all of this - pony and car shows cancelled, weddings postponed until 2021. My packed out diary for the summer is now, quite frankly, empty! It's times like this that I'm glad I have other businesses that I run as well as it means I have some income. I can't help but feel for everyone out there who's struggling through these very hard times. I only wish there was something I could do to help.

On the positive side, I have much more time to spend with my own horse Gilly, and I'm getting some well needed, enforced days off. A time to recuperate and reset myself. A time to do things I'm usually struggling to find time for - catch up on training programmes I'm on, do some yoga, get out in the countryside now we're allowed back out and write blogs! It's also a time for reflecting upon things that we can sometimes take for granted. Browsing the shops, visiting the Cotswolds, and generally having the freedom that we're so used to. It should also be a time to realise what's really important in life, and should we be in a rush to get things back to normal? I'm not so sure we should.

Anyway, here's a few photos I've taken during lockdown. I've not done a great deal, as like I say, I have my other businesses I've been working on, but now it'll be a case of starting to add in a little more work on the photography side, so if anybody needs my services, do drop me a message.


My lovely ex-racehorse, In The Crowd a.k.a. Gilly, enjoying some spring sunshine




Bluebells in Tiddesley Wood










And more of Gilly. He's not really a fan of the warm weather!




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Hi there readers! This is just a really quick blog post to show an image taken towards the end of last week, on the evening of Friday 7th June 2019. I'd been watching the forecast all day as there was lightning potentially heading our way. The sky went dark, and John and I decided to head out and see if we could catch anything of the storm. We picked a spot up by the church at Croome - I decided that high ground was probably the best place to be to see more of the landscape and potentially see lightning strikes without them being right on top of us!


I made the decision to shoot a long exposure with the hope of catching some lightning. It kind of worked and this was the shot I got:



It didn't blow me away, but it's the first time I've actually managed to capture lightning so I'm not exactly disappointed either, however the following shot was my favourite of the evening:



There are such things as lightning detectors which fire off at the point the lightning strikes which are supposed to be really good, but I'm not sure we have enough storms here in the UK to justify buying one! I still might at some point...


For anyone who wants the techie information for the second image in this post, here it is:


ISO - 80


30 second exposure


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Tim and Beth's Winter Wedding https://www.rachelmaddoxphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/6/tim-and-beths-winter-wedding Tim and Beth's Winter Wedding


Tim and Beth's wedding took place on a bitterly cold winter's day at Deer Park Hall, just outside of Pershore. As I was second shooter for the day, I headed straight to the venue to get some photos of the inside all set up and ready to go. With it being December, the decorations were very much Christmas themed, and the cake was simple yet beautiful.






Whilst John was with the bridal party as they were getting ready, I took some candid photos as the guests were greeted in the entrance before the ceremony.





As Beth arrived at the venue, John gathered the bridesmaids together for a photo, where I got this lovely shot of their bouquets:



For the ceremony, I chose to stand up on the balcony at the back of the room, which proved very handy for getting the groom's first look photo!




The couple braved the bracing wind and had some photos taken outside which John took charge of whilst I took some more candid photos of the guests. Later in the evening followed the speeches and the first dance. Again, I chose to stand up on the balcony to get a different angle.








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Isle of Skye Trip https://www.rachelmaddoxphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/7/isle-of-skye Sunday 8th July 2018 was the day I’d been waiting for for the last few months; the day I set off towards the Isle of Skye in search of some outstanding scenery! I’d done my research and already had a few places in mind that I’d like to go and see. I was feeling optimistic about the weather even though the forecast wasn't great.


I was travelling with my other half, John. We decided the trip was perhaps a little much in one go, so we had a hotel booked in Scotland for Sunday evening. En-route, we decided to make a detour to take in Lake Windermere, Ullswater and Kirkstone Pass. It was at that point, when I went to set up my camera, I realised I hadn’t got a plate to attach the camera to the tripod!! So next on the agenda was to track down a shop open on a Sunday stocking one. In the mean time, I borrowed John’s and took a few snaps.


We were staying just north of Glasgow overnight so I checked if there was a camera shop somewhere - Jessops to the rescue! I ended up with a new tripod head and we continued on our way to our hotel. I knew there was a castle local so we went out to see what we could shoot, but unfortunately it was surrounded by scaffolding which didn't make for the best photo! 


The following morning, we were up and out after a lovely breakfast - I can highly recommend Premier Inns having stayed in 3 over the last month! First stop of the day was Loch Lomond. 





There was a good distance still to cover and we knew it would take a fair few hours so we tried not to hang about too long. I knew I wanted to stop at Glencoe, so we got moving. The landscape was just fantastic all the way. After a couple of stops to admire the view, we took a break at Glencoe and took a few photos:





We finally made it onto the Isle of Skye late afternoon, made a quick trip to the supermarket and off to find our house for the week - booked through Airbnb. Best idea ever! It was great to be able to just come and go as you please, just like home from home.


We headed out to our first location nice and early the next day. It was a little misty and murky but it made for a nice atmospheric shot at the Fairy Pools. There were only a handful of other people up there with us whilst we were there, however the tourist buses were arriving by the time we were finished so keep it in mind if you want to photograph here!




Our next outing was to Talisker Bay. There was a sunset promised on the forecast, but it didn’t quite turn into the spectacular colours it could have done! Nevertheless, I grabbed a few shots and am actually quite pleased with the results.







Another early start the next morning saw us take in Sligachan Old Bridge on our travels. We'd already been there, but the hoards of tourists beat us to it so we went back for take two! We got the shots we wanted before carrying on on our way to The Storr.





We took up the last spot in the small car park and headed up and see the rock formation, the Old Man of Storr. It’s quite a trek I have to say! I genuinely thought I’d climbed a mountain - I can’t explain the disappointment when a little googling told me it was only a hill! Anyway, here’s a photo of said rock formation. It really is quite huge and an amazing view from up top!



As we were up towards the north of the island, we decided to carry on around the main road to take in the sights and I spotted a couple of good photo opportunities. The first was a most randomly placed red phone box, and the second was a view across toward Lewis and Harris.




We finished the day with a sunset local to ‘home’. These next few are taken from Struan. We snapped away until the sun went down and we rather suddenly came under attack from the dreaded midges!








Our next trip was over to Neist Point, the most westerly point on the island. On our way back, we stopped at a fabulous little cafe which did the best bacon and Brie panini. You can’t miss it, there’s only one road in but it’s well worth a visit. Here’s a pretty standard Neist Point photo taken standing right on the edge of a cliff.



The following day was not kind to us with the weather. We went off to Portree for a browse around and then carried on a little way north to shoot a blooming great shot! Now, as I said, the weather was not kind, we got absolutely soaked, and this was the result:





There’s a lesson to be learnt here. If you see a scene you like, stop and take it! In amongst all the mist and murk is a brilliant view of the Old Man of Storr! We were a little gutted but you win some you lose some.


Our weekend on Skye was a total wash out. We went back out to Portree and did some souvenir shopping - a bottle of local ‘Misty Isle’ gin, an Isle of Skye fridge magnet and 2 highland cows are amongst the purchases. Not real ones I might add, however I was most upset at not finding any highland cows whilst up there that I bought a model one and a cuddly one! Returning to Carbost, we popped to the distillery and picked up a bottle of Talisker Whisky; it would've be rude not to when you’re staying opposite the place!


As our holiday was coming to an end, we packed up and set off home. We made a stop off at Eilean Donan Castle, which we’d spotted on the way, but again was full of tourists. We left at 7am, so got there nice and early for a super shot:




Despite the weather, we had a great time on the Isle of Skye, and I’d definitely visit again to see everything we didn’t fit in this time. My top tip would definitely be to go out early and late if you want to photograph. There were literally bus after bus full of tourists seeing all the hotspots so be prepared!


Hope you’ve enjoyed the post... Until next time!


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Gaining Qualifications https://www.rachelmaddoxphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/7/gaining-qualifications Hi there!


This is just a very quick blog post to let you all know that today, a very rainy day on the Isle of Skye, I've completed two courses - Advanced Diplomas in both photography and Photoshop. I've been working towards these over the last few months and am very pleased to have passed the final exams with distinctions :)


I'm always trying to improve on what I do and learn new techniques, and I've learnt some great stuff through the courses. It's also rather nice to have a qualification to show what I can do!

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The First Snowfall for Years https://www.rachelmaddoxphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/the-first-snowfall-for-years Friday 8th December

As I finish mucking out stables, there's a brief snow flurry which quickly starts to settle. I head off home to check on the weather forecast; it's looking wintery! With a weekend off in front of me, I hope for a whiteout to take a few photos - something that hasn't happened for as long as I've been into photography.

Sunday 10th December - 5.30am

I wake up before my alarm and check outside the window. The ground is covered in snow and there's more falling heavily. My kit's already packed up and ready to go, so off we go! There was a brief stop at Broadway village, but heavy snow and darkness were not a great combination so I continued up to Snowshill and this scene was just too good to miss:


Absolutely frozen solid, my other half and I headed back home for a quick defrost and then pulled our boots back on and headed down to Croome Park. It didn't look like too many people had been down there so all was fairly fresh looking. Here are the results:







The following day, we headed out for one last photo session before the snow all melted away. There's a tree we've driven past countless times and thought this would be a great opportunity to capture it:




I hope you've enjoyed reading through this post, sorry it's late!

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Chasing Storm Brian https://www.rachelmaddoxphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/chasing-storm-brian Friday 20th October 2017

Storm Brian is heading towards the UK and I have a free weekend, so I decide to check out some coastal locations to go and photograph. After browsing through other images, I decide that Porthcawl in south Wales is the place to go. I collect my kit together, charge batteries and make some lunch ready for an early start in the morning!

Saturday 21st October 2017

The alarm sounds at 4.30am. Now I'm not a fan of early mornings, but I was wide awake ready for this road trip. The weather wasn't all too bad on the way down so I wasn't quite sure what was going to greet me when I arrived at the coast, but it definitely did not disappoint! I decided to take a brief walk out without the camera to see what I was up against, and within 2 minutes I was soaked through to the skin. There were plenty of other photographers who were already out shooting, so I grabbed the camera, put it's waterproof cover on and off I went.

I shot from various places along the seafront to try and get the one I wanted. After about an hour or so, I decided I'd got enough to work with and headed to one of the only places open for a cup of tea!

After warming up a little, I headed back out and down towards the lighthouse just in case I was missing out on anything. This is where I took the photo of the anchor on the storm defence wall.  Here's a few images taken on the day:


Thank you for taking the time to read my first blog post, and hopefully there'll be more from me when I head out on another adventure! Here's one final photo taken of me bracing myself against the strong winds on the day!


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