Wednesday, 12 December 2012

'The station' Canon FTb and Ilford XP2

'The Station' Scanned Print. Canon FTb
Shot with a canon FTb using Ilford XP2 film. I opted to go for an effect famously known in french as 'Contre-jour',  which translates 'Against daylight'. Space was limited, there was roughly about thirty people walking around, I was in a queue at the time waiting to buy a train ticket stood behind a very attractive french woman, the ticket desk is to the left just outside the shot, the gentleman's wife was stood to the right out of frame scolding the gentleman to hurry on.
He didn't acknowledge her instead he continued to read whatever headline on the front page of the newspaper had caught his attention. I know I rushed this shot because I felt he would move away any second, I'm not entirely happy with the composition but it's a lesson for next time.

Lately when out and about I have chosen to limit my photographic equipment to try and inspire a little inventive creativity. I'll be honest I'm not sure if it is working, I am certainly learning the limits and capabilities of my chosen equipment but am I getting better shots? I can't say yet as it is too soon.

I currently chose what format I wish to shoot in for the day, medium, 35mm or digital? after I have made my decision I will bring one lens only. If I decide to shoot with film I will also decide on colour or black and white film normally the weather will be the deciding factor in that decision. I doubt very much that I will continue with this process of working as it is a little too restricting, at the very least a second lens.

Personally I favour fixed lenses over zoom lenses, this is because I love being forced to move around to try and find or in some cases accidentally discovering a better composition. Of course there are times when I use zoom lenses especially for events such as Sports, weddings and charity nights as well as when I want to capture wildlife where distance is an advantage and allows one to capture images of wildlife that would normally be spooked by a humans presence.


Next post will be about the new project that I am currently working on.

Don't forget to check out the online shop!

Take care of one another

John

Monday, 3 December 2012

Street Portrait

Untitled' Scanned Print Canon FTb
Taken with a Canon FTb using Ilford XP2. This is a Street portrait shot in a small town in Portugal. The gentleman kindly let me take his photograph. He was sat watching the people pass by, a very friendly person. It's great when you meet people like this, it can be a mixed bag of reactions when you are out on the street with a camera. I shot six rolls of film over a two day period in this particular town.

I'm currently studying Edouard Boubat's work while working on two of my own series of images that I hope to have finished sometime in the spring. The weather this past few weeks has really hindered the shots that I had planned, so I am having to take things a little slower and be somewhat inventive with certain shots.

I'm currently reading 'Sive' by John B Keane a fantastic writer well worth a look if you get a chance.

The new series of 'The Killing' on BBC Four has been ace! I can't believe it is the last series as well. Sofie Gråbøl who plays the lead detective Sarah Lund is a fantastic actress and I can't wait to see what she has lined up next.

That's it for now

Take care of one another
John

Monday, 5 November 2012

'Untitled 550' Canon FTb Kodak Ektar

'Untitled 550' Scanned Print

Taken with a Canon FTb using Kodak Ektar 100 35mm film. This print is now available to buy through our online store. Two sizes are available: 7x5 and 12x8, professionally printed on high quality matt (lustre) finish paper.

Click here to visit the shop!

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter! @Gfrogstudio

Take care of one another.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Dress Rehearsal: The Mask Behind The Face

Dress Rehearsal for The Mask Behind The Face.You can see the rest of the photographs from this shoot by visiting the official Golden Frog Studio Facebook Page!
 

'tbtl 4069' Actress: Rebecca J Lea Canon 500D 

'tbtl 4412' Actress: Rebecca J Lea Canon 500D

All Photographs are owned by Golden Frog Studio Photographer John Kenny.

Photographer: John Kenny

Equipment used:
Canon 500D
Canon 50mm f1.4

ReSound 
Cast:

Singer and Actress: Rebecca J Lea
Singer and Actor: Jonathan Ainscough
Piano: Peter Foggitt
Director: Katherine Wilde

Shop updates coming soon! Our current Photography prints for sale can be seen over at the Online store!

Take care of one another

John

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Sibling Portrait

'Sibling Portrait' Canon FTb 

Taken with a Canon FTb using Ilford XP2 film. I'm reflected in the sunglasses which was intentional.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Make Up Artist Portrait

'Make up Artist' Canon 500D

I took this photograph at the end of Fashion Designer Lee Anne Kenny's outdoor shoot back in June.

I already had the camera raised to take a photograph of someone else but abandoned it and took this portrait instead. It was the light reflected in her eyes that made me take the shot. The look of surprise was just a happy accident.

At the time the designer had asked for 'sundrenched images', so I was purposely over exposing shots and using wide aperture settings to drench the model in light and exaggerate the flares. Check out the link to the shoot to see examples.

The 'washed out' effect really works well with this portrait exaggerating the warm honey browns of her irises. I've been asked if I've altered the colours in post the answer is no, the only alteration this image has had has been reducing the size from 49.49x33 inches to 33x22 inches so I could upload it.

Take care of one another
John



Sunday, 30 September 2012

Untitled 560 Kodak Ektar Shot

'Untitled 560 ' Canon FTb Scanned print.
Shot with a 35mm Canon FTb using a 50mm 1.4 lens and Kodak Ektar film.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Outdoor Fashion Shoot: Fashion designer Charmaine Southworth

Outdoor Fashion Shoot at Blackpool pleasure beach, Fashion designer Charmaine Southworth. You can see the rest of the photographs from this shoot by visiting the official Golden Frog Studio Facebook Page.



'Cs60' Canon 500D

'Cs98' Canon 500D

'Cs109' Canon 500D

Photographer: John Kenny
Fashion Designer: Charmaine Southworth (charmaine.southworth[at]hotmail.co.uk)
Model: Charmaine Southworth
Assistant: Lee Anne Kenny

All photographs are owned by Golden Frog Studio Photographer John Kenny, if you would like to use any please get in contact with the studio first and we will provide a written consent form. Thank you.

Equipment used:

Canon 500D
Canon 50mm f1.4 lens

The 40% off Promotional code has now expired, we still have some special offers on over in the online studio store including:

'Tea' Shot with a 35mm Canon FTb using Kodak Ektar film.

'He'll grow into them' Shot again with a 35mm Canon FTb using Ilford 400 film.

'Cafe Guarany Still no. 1' Shot with a 35mm Canon FTb using Ilford xp2 400 film.

That's it for now, take care of one another

John

Monday, 30 July 2012

"Butchers" Ilford XP2 400 35mm and a new promotional offer

"Butchers" Canon FTb Scanned Print

Shot in the doorway of a local Butcher shop in Ovar, Portugal. I would have liked a better composition but It was shot in a hurry, The image could be improved with better composition and it could also do with being a half an F stop wider to let just a little more light in. Shot using a Canon FTb with a 50mm 1.4 lens.

The online store has some new work for sale, as well as 'The Heart of the Matter' and 'Snout' are now for sale in both 7x5 and 12x8.

The new website is currently on hold due to some browser display issues we are trying our best to fix, while you wait here's a new promotional code:

For one week only from the 30th of July (today) until the 6th of August a massive 40% off of all final orders! Simply type in the provided code at the checkout and the 40% will be deducted from your total.

Code: 68GBND 


Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds LP has been on none stop, a great album with some amazing songs that should be played more often on the radio. That's it for now, If you don't already then you can follow the studio on Twitter: @gfrogstudio and on Facebook.

Take care of one another

John

Friday, 13 July 2012

The 13th


'The 13th' Canon 500D J Kenny

'The 13th' English Springer Spaniel.

Taken with a Canon 500D using a Canon 50mm 1.4 lens. All settings were sorted in the camera before the shot, no post processing was done afterwards except to resize the image from 49.49 x 33 inches to 24.745 x 16.5 inches for the initial blog post.

New work has now been added to the online store. Including the above image.
This is our first ever digital print that will go on sale online.

In response to a customer email, unfortunately we do not offer digital file downloads, As we like to make sure that all of our work is printed professionally on high quality archival paper. We want only the best products and professional techniques to not only represents our studio but also the quality of the photographers work.

Print size 12x8 inches.
If you would like to know more about the paper and printing techniques we use please visit the FAQ page.

'Cafe Guarany still no.1' Canon FTb Scanned Print


'Cafe Guarany still no.2' Canon FTb Scanned Print

 The other two Prints added to the online store are 'Cafe Guarany Still no. 1' and 'Cafe Guarany Still no. 2' . Both photographs were taken in the Cafe Guarany in Porto Portugal, using a Canon FTb with a 50mm lens using Ilford XP2 35mm film. The next blog post will have a little more information about the two images along with some more photographs taken in Portugal.

Both Prints 'Snout' and 'The Heart Of The Matter' can now be purchased as 9x6 prints as well as 12 x8.

Currently listening to 'I Gcnoc Na Grai'  AKA 'In Knocknagree' by Noel Hill and Tony MacMahon. A fantastic sessions recording easily one of the best, well worth a listen.

That's it for now, keep checking back for updates and if you haven't already why not follow us on Twitter @gfrogstudio or Facebook.

Take care of one another

John

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Outdoor Fashion Shoot: Fashion Designer Nazima Siddiq

'Ns0' Canon 500D

'Ns8' Canon 500D
 
'Ns30' Canon 500D

These shots are from an outdoor shoot I was recently hired to work on. You can see the rest of the photographs from this shoot by visiting the official Golden Frog Studio Facebook page.

Fashion Designer Nazima Siddiq
Model Christina Hudson.
Photographer John Kenny

All Photographs are owned by Golden Frog Studio Photographer John Kenny, if you would like to use any please get in contact with the studio first and we will provide a written consent form. Thank you.

Equipment used:

Canon 500D
Canon 50mm f1.4 lens

What's coming up in July for the studio:

1. New Promotional offer codes!
2. New photography prints for sale over in the store.

A final note, the Greeting cards pack of 6 have now sold out! we will be releasing a set of new greeting cards over the summer so keep checking back for updates or you can also follow the studio with Twitter or Facebook.

Take care of one another

John

Friday, 8 June 2012

Outdoor Fashion Shoot: Fashion Designer Lee Anne Kenny

These are just a few shots from a recent outdoor fashion shoot I was hired to work on. The Fashion Designer was Lee Anne Kenny, if you would like to know more about her then you can get in contact with her directly at leelielou[at]Aol.com


Fashion Designer Lee Anne Kenny, Canon 500D

Model Ruth Hudson, Canon 500D

Hair and Makeup Jeannette Kenny, Canon 500D


Photographer John Kenny, Canon FTb 

Hair and Makeup Artist Jeannette Kenny
Model Ruth Hudson.
Photographer John Kenny

All Photographs are owned by Golden Frog Studio Photographer John Kenny, if you would like to use any please get in contact with the studio first and we will provide a written consent form. Thank you.

You can find the rest of the shots from this particular shoot here!

Equipment used:

Canon 500D
Canon 50mm f1.4 lens
Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens

Canon FTb (35mm)
Canon 50mm f1.4 lens
Vivitar Series 1 35-85mm f2.8 lens.
Kodak Ektar 100

That is it for now, check back in a few days for a new post.

Take care of one another

John

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Manchester Rovers Football Club

I was asked to Photograph a cup final between Manchester Rovers and Manchester Valiant FC last Sunday, these are just a few of the photographs you can find the rest at the Golden Frog Studio Facebook page! I used a Canon 500D and a Tamron 70-300mm lens.


'Image 24' Canon 500D J Kenny

'Image 5' Canon 500D J Kenny

'Image 31' Canon 500D J Kenny

'Image 80' Canon 500D J Kenny

Lots of new prints have been added to the Online store so when you get a chance go take a look, Don't forget you get a free gate fold mount with every 12x8 sized print purchased.

Manchester Rovers Official Website

Manchester Valiant FC Official Website


Take care of one another
John


Thursday, 10 May 2012

Promotional Offer! Free Mounts!

Spicer Hallfield mount corner

Spicer Hallfield mount Landscape


Spicer Hallfield mount Portrait

Free Spicer Hallfield mount with every 12x8 Photograph purchased for the whole of May!

Simply purchase any 12x8 Print and you will receive a free Free Spicer Hallfield Gatefold mount. Offer ends on the 1st June 2012. This offer is open to multiple purchases. For more information about the Spicer Hallfield mount click here!

Other news within the Online shop:

"Snout" Canon FTb Scanned Print


'Snout' 35mm Print is now for sale for the first time Online through the shop.

Postcards Packs are now on sale for £5.35, free postage to anywhere in the world!

Greeting Card packs are now on sale for the whole of May £5.35, free postage to anywhere in the world!

That's all folks!

Take care of one another

John

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Lomography + Vinyl = Suspicions I maybe in some kind of a Matrix type situation.

The Exhibition has now ended at the Hanuman Thai Gallery. I would like to say thank you to all of the staff for their hospitality and kindness. Thank you to Jeannette and Lee Anne too for all of their help and support with setting everything up.

For the people who purchased pieces over the past month both Online and at the exhibition thank you. I know I say it a lot but it means a great deal to me that people like my work enough that they want to own a piece.

The 10% Off Discount code has now finished but do not despair if you missed it a brand new promotional offer will be revealed during the week.

I was in Portugal a few weeks back and managed to take a few shots that I will post over the next few weeks. The previous post "Fishes" Was taken at a fish market in Porto.

 I was walking around the city Porto one day when by pure luck I stumbled upon one of the greatest buildings ever. The exterior was nothing spectacular considering I'm in Porto a city that has hundreds of fantastic buildings. Inside, a joint Lomography and Vinyl store. Two of my favourite things in one place.

The Lomography shop had a wide selection of  Diana Cameras at a decent enough price. It was difficult getting out of there without buying anything, and featured a wall covered with prints and a list of contributing photographers. I know that there is a Lomography store in Manchester but a combo of both photography and vinyl! drool.

 I've no idea how much face to face custom this store gets (the place unfortunately was empty), I noticed in Portugal there are a lot of businesses that specialise in a limited product i.e Filter shop, In Portugal their bookshops are also specialised such as Medical texts, Art, Language etc. You can walk down a side street and have multiple book shops. I like this a lot since where I live second hand bookshops no longer exist and the only bookshop left is a Watersones.

"Jen in the Lomography section checking out the Prints" Canon FTb Scanned Print

In Porto places like the Lomography/Vinyl shop are well hidden you would have to know they existed and where to go or like myself be lucky enough to stumble upon them.

The record store was called Louie Louie I'm told they have another shop in Lisbon too. They deal in New and second hand Vinyl and also had a small rack of Cd's and DVDs. They had a massive selection to choose from, Iron Maiden and Metallica sat alongside Al Green and The Temptations, Leadbelly, RL Burnside and Howlin Wolf next to Tom Waits and the Rolling Stones. There was a bin filled entirely with Bob Marley and Pete Tosh Vinyl. Lana Del Ray's "Born To Die" album was in the 'whats hot spot'.

"My Father looking through the Vinyls" Canon FTb Scanned Print
I'm guessing Louie Louie is named after the Richard Berry tune of the same name. Toots & The Maytals as well as Otis Redding both do great covers you should check them out if ye get a chance.

I'm listening to "The Best Of Otis Redding" a double album that I keep coming back to. When I listen to the opening of "These Arms Of Mine" I'm always astonished by his voice. "These Arms of Mine" was recorded in 1962, Otis Redding was 21 at the time. He also wrote "The Dock Of The Bay" and "Respect" made famous by Aretha Franklin.

"The Best Of Otis Redding" Double LP. 

A lot of changes and updates going on over on the Online Store at the moment including work exhibited at the Hanuman Gallery is now for sale Online. Click here to visit the Store!
Don't forget to follow us through Twitter as well for updates: @gfrogstudio

That's all for now check back in a few days for new work and of course a promotional offer.

Take care of one another

John

Monday, 16 April 2012

Opening Night

Firstly sorry for the late post it's been hectic. The opening night at the Hanuman Gallery went fantastically. Lots of people turned up, which was great. Thank you to everyone who took the time to come. The exhibit will run until the 25th of April so if you get a chance go take a look. If you can't make it then don't worry as I will be listing some of the exhibited prints for sale over on the online store.

Below are a few photographs taken by my two sisters on the opening night as well as a few days before.

Hanging work. Taken by Jeannette using a mobile.

Taken by Lee Anne

Taken by Lee Anne

Taken By Lee Anne

Thanks to Lee Anne and Jeannette for all their help leading up to and on the night of the Exhibition as well as for taking the above shots.

As I mentioned earlier there is new work for sale on the Online Shop so go take a peak. As promised a new Discount Code to be used Online in the shop. Simply go to the checkout after selecting your purchase and enter the code to claim.

10% Off  Final Purchase Discount Code: DYPT4X
Valid until 4th May 2012.

Finally a big thank you to The Hanuman Gallery for putting on a great night.

You can check out the Hanuman Gallery on Facebook.

Also I would recommend taking a look at Aaron Hargreaves website he was one of the other Photographers exhibiting at the Hanuman Gallery and his work is fantastic.

Aaron Hargreaves Twitter id: @AaronHPhoto


The other Photographer was Judith Pardoe and as far as I'm aware she doesn't have a website but you can see her work if you visit the Hanuman Gallery.

Take care of one another
John



 

Friday, 23 March 2012

Canon FTb 35mm Ilford Delta 400 Portrait

"David" Canon FTb Scanned 8 x 12 Print

New prints added to the Online shop.

Currently preparing for the Exhibition in April. For people who can't get there then don't worry the new work will be for sale through the studio shop too and I will get a few shots of the opening night for a Blog post. You can also follow the Studio through Twitter for updates @gfrogstudio or click the links to the left. We are also on Facebook.

If you can make it then great there will be free food generously put on by the Hanuman Gallery and Thai cuisine. You can see their website here and they can also be found on Facebook.




I'm loving the I Still Shoot Film website at the moment, Fantastic photographs and quality articles on all things related to film Photography. If you get a chance check it out, the Twitter link is @stillshootfilm.

I'm rereading Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk a great book that was adapted into a decent film by David Fincher back in 1999 staring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter.

The film sticks closely to the book although there are some differences so if you haven't read the book then I would recommend it.
 Both the film and book promotes an ideology of attaining balance in our lives and not to be worrying about materialistic pursuits, by achieving this our relationships will thrive. Unfortunately the message got lost somewhat in the critics over hype of the violence.

The studio will be posting a new promotional code that can be used on the Online store in the next few days.

Take care of one another
John

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

April Exhibition Confirmed For John Kenny


For more information you can follow the studio on Twitter @gfrogstudio or click the links to the left. More information will be posted on the Blog too.


Take care of one another
John

Because Headgear Matters

Samsung S1030
Shot using a Samsung S1030 point and shoot digital camera.

Last year I felt like I missed so much because I forgot to bring a camera or thought I didn't need one for the occasion. The whole thing got embarrassing so I made a new years resolution back in January to go nowhere without a camera no matter if it's the Canon FTb, a DSLR or a simple point and shoot like the Samsung S1030 used to take the above shot. The resolution is going good so far. I don't always use it or take awe-inspiring shots every time but it's good knowing I can shoot anything that captures my interest because I have the opportunity to.

I'm really busy with Online orders and framing projects which of course is fantastic but also the reason for the lack of posts. The introduction of mounting both professional and the Spicer Hallfield Gatefold Mount options have been a success. We have a limited supply of the Spicer Hallfield Gatefold Mounts left so grab yours while you can.

I'm currently reading 'The Human Animal: The Mystery of Man's Behaviour' by Hans Hass, so far an excellent read and well worth a look. 

There are various ridiculously competitive games of Chess and Scrabble going on here which I am not ashamed to say I'm in the middle of.

My Chess game is improving and there are some inventive words flying around the scrabble board, although some people cheat and try to claim trigamortis is a condition that happens before rigamortis you know who you are and your high score that you're currently parading around Twitter is in question :-).

I have an exhibition coming up in April check back in a few days for more information or follow the studio via Twitter or Facebook (links on the left) for lots of  up to the minute information concerning the studio, Exhibitions and Online shop sales.

Currently on season three of The Wire, we are all loving this at the moment and can't believe we missed it first time around. John Lee Hookers That's My Story is currently on the turntable with ace tunes like No more Doggin and I need Money  a fantastic album.

Take a peek at the Online shop.

Take care of one another
John

Saturday, 18 February 2012

"Eating a Treat" Ilford XP2 400 35mm

"1" Canon FTb Scanned print

"2" Canon FTb Scanned print

"3 Snout" Canon FTb Scanned print

"4" Canon FTb Scanned print

Not had any of the dog in awhile so here he is eating a treat. I posted "Snout" before but as it is from this shoot I thought I would include it again in the order I shot it.

I took these shots late September, a very fast 3-5 minutes sitting with a single treat. To be prepared I had all the camera settings ready and made sure I had the appropriate lens attached before I went hassling the dog.

Animals tend to bore very fast and the camera lens can make them a bit on edge as to them it resembles a giant eye. When it comes to most animals, humans included staring without blinking is intimidating and comes across threatening anyone with any canine experience will tell you it's an act of war and best avoided. So what do you do to combat this when you want to photograph your dog? and other pets.

At all times the animal must be comfortable and at ease. If they are stressing out you will know by their behaviour. This is why short sessions are best. Sometimes I will sit with my own dog for 15 minutes or more so he is relaxed and then I will take a few quick shots and stop.

'Still no. 5' from the Descension Series was shot in much of the way I just described however the dog at the time was watching a butterfly so I knew I had only one shot before he would move to try and catch it. The vertical lines created by the gate really add to the scene and were exaggerated by using a smaller aperture setting to encourage longer shadows. In my opinion it's a great shot and one of my favourites. The Butterfly lived because the clicking of the shutter distracted the dog long enough for it to escape.

Another shot from the Descension Series took a lot longer, 'Still no. 8' as mentioned in the linked post took the best part of half a day setting up. This is purely because I had a predetermined shot in my head that I wanted to capture. Although there was a lot of preparation and working with the dog I only shot 6 stills for the session.


 
Then there are shots like this were it is literally right place right time. I was setting up to shoot a portrait of him and he yawned. I took the shot and also took a few portrait shots but on the roll this was by far the most interesting. I gave this print to my youngest sister as she liked it so much.

To make it easier and if you have the option you could chose to use a longer lens such as a 70 - 300mm that way you do not have to get too close to the animal and avoid agitation altogether. I hope this helps a little.

I have just finished doing a giant overhaul of the online store hence the Portrait only post earlier this week. Lots of changes have been made and more products have been added including new fine art photography prints as well as various mounting options.

The studio has a limited supply of Spicer Hallfield Slip-In Gatefold folder mounts, as well as a professional mounting option.

Fine art print in a Spicer Hallfield Gatefold folder mount 

Fine art print 2 in a Spicer Hallfield Gatefold folder mount

Professional Mount option done in house


The Frequently Asked Questions section has also been updated and if there are any more queries please let me know and I will address them.

Golden Frog Studio can now be found on Twitter! @gfrogstudio or click the button to follow us.


I'm currently listening to "The Best Of Otis Redding" and "The Temptations Greatest Hits" the latter a birthday present from my sisters.

Until next week

Take care of one another

John