I can certainly tell you I enjoy a North Yorkshire Garden. With all the sunshine and wet weather we have had this year, we have certainly seen a great deal of colour. Therefore, I was thrilled to be asked to produce a short video for a garden in North Yorkshire which is under normal circumstances opened to the public under the National Garden Scheme. I was also asked to take some vibrant shots around the gardens to bring some colour to their existing website at Havoc Hall. The video, a virtual visit for the National Garden Scheme, has had many views and has proved to be very popular.

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Shooting the Video for Havoc Hall

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Literally, we had only 3 days to shoot the footage, construct a format and produce a video. Granted, the video is 10 minutes long, but the weather was far from helpful. On arrival, a thick fog covered the Howardian Hills and in some of the footage this is noticeable. However, although a bright sunny day is more than recommended to shoot a garden, sometimes a dramatic mist can make things more interesting and dramatic.


Working Around the Weather and Bees

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The most difficult problem I had encountered with this video was that the sky was a hideous bright white, and the house itself is a light grey colour, so there was very little separation between the house and the sky. An idea that I adopted was to begin the video with the gates opening, kind of a welcome clip. As the colour of the house and sky was similar, a vignette was used to reduce the problem.

In the recently established prairie borders, I had to use extraordinary patience! I was attempting to capture a honey bee enjoying the pollen. This took several attempts and the bees were far from playing! On further visit, I took one straight away without having to wait!

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Taking Advantage of Good Weather

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The photo shoot was taken on a day with better weather. Also there was not deadline to get this done. The problem in the summer is that shadows are are very strong on a bright day and can severely effect a photograph. In a garden, you have this problem more significantly. However, my main aim was to emphasise the strong vibrant colours, so I used a Wide Gamut workspace which contains more variety of colours. I could have used Adobe RGB which would have a similar outcome, but Wide Gamut is popular with most photographers. I was really pleased with the close ups as the images were more vibrant. I considered this to be a great success in the end.


The Video and Gallery

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You can watch the video and view a small sample collection of photos that I have taken in the following gallery. For a more expansive collection of photos you can visit the May Gallery and the July Gallery.

If you would like a similar video or photoshoot for your organisation, please do not hesitate to contact me or view the pricing page.

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