Friday, 18 December 2009

A Snowy Snoring

Granny and Frosty, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.
Stobist: 430EX @1/1 through 16 inch cheap soft box positioned just out of frame on the left.
Triggered by Cactus V4's
1/250, 33mm @F13 (ISO200) Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 lens

I'm in Great Snoring and it's snowing like no other, my Gran and I made this rather ugly snowman on a field that is usually frequented by horses; a fact which became rather problematic as frosty began to pick up large volumes of horse muck whilst he came into fruition.

Its hard to shoot in snow as its so reflective, I found it very hard to get the background dropped down so that it showed some detail whilst retaining enough power in my single strobe to fill out the foreground; hence the 200 ISO to give more power to the srtobe and the 250 to knock off as much ambient light as possible (its the sync speed of the V4's even though 1/500 is stated on the box). After much freezing and much messing around with F stops I mangaed to get something that worked. Also really pleased that the strobe caught some of the falling snow.

MIke Bushell

1/250, 38mm @F11 (ISO200) Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 lens

Same set-up with the above portrait; strobe @ 1/1 through soft box camera left (although more straight on in this shot)

Happy Trails

1/4000, 85mm @ F2.5 (ISO100)

This shot is taken with the amazing Canon 85mm F1.8; It really makes the most simple things look fantastic

Happy trails
1/4000, 85mm @ F1.8 (ISO100)

The only problem with a relatively long focal length prime lens is trying to get anything that ain't a portrait. Compositionally it can be very tiresome running away from your subject so that you can capture the width that you want within a frame, having said that it is also a refreshing change as you have to work to get into the correct postion for a shot rather than relying on a massive zoom lens to do all the work


1/4000, 85mm @ F1.8 (ISO100)
The higest exposure setting on my 400D is 1/40000 so I constanly find myself in situationa where i'm unable to use the widest apertures - the shots above were taken wide open at the highest ISO and this was all in diminishing winter mild sunshine, means i definitely have to get a 5D before the spring!

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Before The Snow

Before The Snow, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: 430EX through 16 inch cheap soft box @ 1/16 power camera left
Triggered by my new Cactus V4's yay!

85mm @ 1/160 F5.6 (ISO 100)

The ambient was knocked down a couple of stops (it was starting to get dark) and the soft box was used as simple fill for the subject

I'm Working this Christmas (boo) so I’m at my mum’s for a few days before going back for my Christmas stint, I took this in almost gale force winds with Jess clinging on to the soft box whilst my mum tried to hide her face. Moments after this it began to snow like no other, unfortunately none of my shots best captured this and we were all too Freezing to carry on.
It’s now knee deep out there so hopefully I can get some more tomorrow

Tuesday, 15 December 2009


Sweets, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

I went to the winter wonderland in hype park and all I got was this lousy photograph.

1/250 exposure
85mm @F1.8 (ISO 200)

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Full House 31

Full House 31, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.


I love the old Streatham music hall.
Bingo is the best, such a random selection of characters

1/40 Exposure @ F1.8 (ISO400)

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Oval angled

Oval angled, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.


430EX through umbrella camera left @ 1/2, Vivitar 285 aimed at wall bare camera right

Shot at 10mm @F7.1, shutter speed 1/125

Flashes triggered by Cactus V2's
Styling and make up by Carrie
Model; Kristy Anderson

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Canon 85mm F1.8

L-Dawg, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: 430EX @ 1/16 power through umbrella camera left , flash triggered by Cactus v2's
Looking for an excuse to try out my 85mm F1.8 prime whilst down in Cornwall celebrating Thanksgiving.


Thursday, 5 November 2009


Ayesha, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist; Vivtar 285 @ 1/2 power bare camera right triggered by Cactus v2's

Went round to Ayesha's amazing flat on Brick lane and took some shots. I was trying to make it look like she is semi trapped under the wallpaper, quite happy with her right arm, but the left arm element is lacking some realism and sharpness.

any ideas how i could improve it?

Monday, 2 November 2009

The Oval

The Oval, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell The Oval.

View On White

Went out to scout a location for a project me and Carrie are working on today, and this is the resulting disgusting area, should be mega; lots of grimey alcoves to hide in and a random army truck to hang off!

this actual shot is a stich of about fifteen pictures (with 10mm lens) so the actual area is a lot more enclosed than it seems in the above

Sunday, 1 November 2009


Untitled, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: Vivitar 285 @ 1/4 power through CTB gel camera left square to my head, 430EX @ 1/2 power though umbrella camera right .

triggered via cactus V2's

I haven't shot much lately hence why another self portrait!

hopefully a few busy weeks upcoming though.....

Monday, 26 October 2009


Sana , originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: 430EX @ 1/4 power through Umbrella camera left, Vivtar 285 @ 1/16 power bare through CTB gel camera right
triggered via Cactus V2's

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

238 mm @ F5.6 (ISO 200) 1/200 Exposure

Tariq speaking in Trafalgar Square as part of the 'Stop the War' coalition 24th October 2009
View On Black

George Galloway

George Galloway, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

238 mm @ F5.6 (ISO 200) 1/200 exposure.

George speaking as part of the 'Stop the war' Coalition in Trafalgar Square Saturday 24th October 2009

View On White

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Hold me closer

Hold me closer, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Stobist 430EX through D.I.Y cereal box snoot @ 1/2 power camera left (aimed at subjects eyes), Vivitar @ 1/2 through D.I.Y snoot (aimed at back of sunbects head) behind model camera right.

flashes triggered by Cactus V2's
42MM 1/200 @ F7.1 (ISO 100)
Jessica is an actress so cannot realistically get any tattoos, luckily photoshop removes this problem.

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: 430EX @ 1/4 power through Umbrella camera left, Vivtar 285 @ 1/16 power bare through CTB gel camera right

triggered via Cactus V2's

1/2 second exposure (for the ambient light trails) 20mm @ F5.6 (ISO 400)

Another shot of Sana from a week or so back, overlooking the East end (big building in the background is the London Buddist centre on Roman road)

View On Black

Monday, 5 October 2009

Game Over

Game Over, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist; 430EX @ ½ power through a precariously positioned umbrella camera right above model. Vivitar 285 @ ¼ power through mini soft box tied to door by a bungee cord camera left.
Triggered via cactus V2’s

1/100 10mm @ F8 (ISO200)

I got some funny advice when trying to buy a lethal assortment of pain killers “don’t take them on a empty stomach” said the pharmacist whilst trying to figure out if the pound coin I had just handed over was a fake or not (seriously who fakes coins, and secondly someone trying to buy a few hundred odd Paracetamol is surely more disconcerting than a faked coin?).
So for the sick a good ole can of chunky vegetable soup came into play although foolishly it was left in shot as was my legs and stupid socks as I was perched in the shower struggling to get the shot (these were then cloned out).
A cliché I know but I had kinda wanted to do this for a while but just haven’t had the time

View On White

Big soup
strobist: Vivitar 285 @ 1/4 power through lumiquest mini soft box - hand held just out of frame above models head.

1/60 28mm @F7 (ISO100)

Spill the beans

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Sunday Opposite Costcutters

Sunday Opposite Costcutters, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: 430EX @ 1/4 power through umbrella camera right (just out of frame), Vivitar 285HV @ 1/4 power through CTB gel camera left behind model as rim light.

Strobes triggered via CatusV2's

1/80 28mm @ F3.5 (ISO 200)

After a drought of new shoots I resorted to the ole self portrait which can become somewhat boring when you only have one moody look. I decided to frivolously update my facebook status to suggest a free shoot for anyone within five minute walk owing to my extreme laziness. luckily Sana has an amazing little roof terrace which was somewhat perfect for a few shots just before darkness fell

Self portrait

Self portrait, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: 430EX +1 stop camera right via ETTL mode through a CTO diffuser, triggered by sync cord.

Balanced to Tungsten to throw the ambient blue

35mm @ F8 (ISO 100)

Inevitably you hit a dry patch; I haven’t been taking many pictures lately owing to complicated work schedules, bike thieves and the like. You realise you haven’t busted out the camera and strobes for a while and you begin to entertain the idea that you might have lost it and upon your next shoot get nothing but embarrassingly poor results. With no one around you stand out on the landing of your flat and hold out your camera in you right hand as far as you can whilst doing the same with a strobe in the left. Awkwardly you click capturing half a head, flash misfires and a load of double chins, hopefully one of those arkward clicks will catch you looking moody with the light just catching both your eyes.

- Oh my god I am officially a Flickr douche

Monday, 31 August 2009

Alec Swan

Alec Swan, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: 430EX ETTL mode through Lumiquest mini soft box hand held camera left. F2.8 @ 28mm

This is Alec Swan, gun wielding stepfather……
only pacified by large quantities of Gin.

Wells Next the Sea

Wells Next the Sea, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: 430EX thriough CTO diffuser hand held camera left.

Ambient underexposed by a stop to retain detail in distance/sky and CTO diffuser used to give warmth in the hand/bike close to the bottom of the frame

I recently went home to stay with my Mum for a while, The negative side of this is that she lives in the middle of nowhere (a small town called Great Snoring). Seeing as I live in London and whilst there have never seen the point in learning how to drive it kinda means I am stranded whenever I go back, basically I bought myself a nice road bike so I could cruise around the countryside whenever I go back.

This is some resulting Bike Porn taken using a 10mm wide angle in Wells Next The Sea

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

The Masons Arms

The Masons Arms, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

A unique protest this one, I have never seen someone protesting against the freemasons. I thought they were like a tame version of scientologists or kinda like a a grown up version of scouts for businessmen

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Captain Phil Gavigan

Captain Phil Gavigan, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: 430EX on sync cord hand held camera left fired using ETTL mode, ambient underexposed a couple of stops

I was just up at the Edinburgh festival helping out on a unique show situated on a canal barge in Edinburgh's Quay.

The Captain of the vessel is Mr Phil Gavigan, a rather charasmatic chap whom knows an awful lot about canals.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009


Waiting, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

a interesting set, sitting below the forth plinth in trafalgar square

Anna to Masako 4pm 11th August

"I applied mainly out of curiosity - probably my only chance to see this view of London! I am planning to use my hour to document the experience by writing a letter and making drawings to send to my Japanese friend in Hiroshima, with whom I have corresponded for the past 27 years" - from the on e& other website

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

I haven't done a tilt shift in a while or used my wide angle lens for any kind of lanscape type shot,

Anthony Anderson 3pm 11th August

From the one & other website;
"As a father of 2 young children and a full time digital designer time is the one thing I never have enough of. So I'm going to represent every working dad in the uk and...Kick back and do nothing...simple as that, just enjoy the world go past for 1 whole hour - no mobile, no email just me... and the pigeons oh and my kids shouting "daddy, what you doin...?"


Shelter, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

A tourist shleters form the sun under the forth plinth

Monday, 10 August 2009

A dark night

A dark night, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: vivtar 285 bounced from umbrella @ 1/2 power camera left (square to camera).

This is Matt

If you are out late at night and happen to see him loitering in a car park looking this sinister then you would be well advised to turn and run before he begins forcefully reciting the entire works of Shakespeare.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

The Lion, the Bitch and the Wardrobe

Strobist: 430EX camera left through snoot @1/2 and a vivitar 285 @ 1/2 camera right.

My girlfriend Jess has a lot of clothes “I probably wouldn’t have to do laundry for a year if I didn’t choose to” is what she just stated.

Disclaimer: there is no lion in this shot.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Swept away

Swept away , originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: 430EX @ 1/32 power through D.I.Y snoot slightly camera right. Vivitar 285 @ 1/16 power through D.I.Y snoot far camera right square to model as rim.

This was taken in the middle of our bedroom so it was a real chore trying to get no spill from either flash on anything but the subject.

It has been quite a while since I had taken a portrait using hard light so I was quite pleased how this turned out.

Model/Make up; Jessica Stanley

Monday, 27 July 2009

The beloved king of Pop

The beloved king of Pop, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

This poor fella whom is obviously short of a billy jean or two stands by the national portrait gallery listening to MJ on his Ipod whilst passionately singing and dancing like a maniac.

He always seems to draw quite a large crowd and is largely far more interesting than anything going on up on the 4th Plinth

The 4th Plinth

Couldn't find out who this lady on the plinth was; she had a point and shoot camera mounted on a tripod and seemed to meticulously take a picture every minute, moving the the camera slightly in a panoramic fashion after every shot.
I'm guessing she will stitch the resulting pictures together and post it somewhere....

One & Other Anon @ 7pm 27th July

I did Catch a couple of minutes of Paul MCL (below), not sure what his message was but I did like the suit.

The beloved king of Pop, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.


Bandit, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: 430Ex @ 1/2 power through DIY snoot slightly camera left

Make up/model: Jessica Stanley

this was another shot from .

The make up was inspired by the movie 'The Fall' which is the best thing since sliced bread. fact


Mouthwash, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist: 430EX through diffuser @ 1/2 power camera left, vivitar 285 bare @ 1/4 camera right.

This was from a photoshoot i did back in April.

check out their myspace and buy their awesome album ..

View On Black

from left: Rob, Burch, Nip, Chris, Rich

This was taken outside my front door with a mega wide angle

Fran Hyde

Fran Hyde, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Stobist: 430EX @ 1/1 bare camera left and Vivitar 285 @ 1/1 camera right (see flare)

Fran just graduated form Circus Space and is almost a ninja


Traitor, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

strobist; 285 bare through CTB gel @ 1/4 power camera left behind actors, 430ex through umbrella @1/2 power camera right behing me.

still from a production of 'Love of the nightingale' at the BAC

Tereus and the captian go at it.

I had like 2 minutes to set up and about 5minutes to shoot some scenes; this was one of few that i managed to capture with any dynamics

Wednesday, 15 July 2009


Ham-let, originally uploaded by Harry Sewell.

Strobist; vivitar 285 snooted @ 1/4 through CTB gel camera left (aimed at my head- see blue specular highlights on the left of my head) & 430EX through umbrella camera right @ 1/2 power for the Key

Here I am slowly decomposing. The Photoshop treatment is a bit on the dodgy side, but it was one of those rare occasions where I had a set idea, so am glad I stuck to the plan even if it compromised the validity of my editing

This is not a tribute to MJ
It is simply to upset my mum.