A promising sunset, if you don’t go home early!

Written by Alan Chun on June 27th, 2015

It looked as though the sunset at the Angel of the North was going to be a good one last night.

Around a dozen photographers gathered ready to capture a mass of burning colour as the sun sank lower in the sky.

Just as it was looking good the sun dropped behind a bank of cloud sitting high on the horizon, previously hidden from view by the brightness of the sun, and it thwarted everything. Or did it?

Now; what would you do? Pack up and go home or sit it out to the death?

I had gone there to get a sunset, I had not planned on going anywhere else and there was nothing important waiting for me. So I stayed.

Every other photographer packed up and went off looking kind of sorry for themselves because they didn’t get anything. Well guess what? You never will if you keep packing up and going home before the very end. If you have set the time aside to do a job at least see it through, you never know what you might get. At worst you will get what you’re going to get if you go home, nothing. But, as this image shows, sometimes mother nature rewards with you with a small consolation for making the effort.

Oh, and people walking into your shot? I used to be one of those who would have a fit if a small silhouette suddenly appeared on my horizon! Peopling? No no no, no peopling allowed! Haha, not anymore. Over the years, and with the kind persuasion of my dear wife, I have come to learn that having people in your pictures isn’t such a bad thing at all, in fact sometimes it’s what makes your shot :)

Angel of the North Sunset

Angel of the North Sunset

 

And we made our love on wasteland…

Written by Alan Chun on June 17th, 2015
Picture of poppies on wasteland

And we made our love on wasteland…

 

No longer taking Any Commissions

Written by Alan Chun on June 2nd, 2015

It is with deep regret that I have to announce that I am no longer taking on any further commissions.

In future any photography displayed on this blog, on my main website or on my Facebook page will be from my own personal projects and for my love of photography.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my past clients for your business and support for the last 15+ years and I wish you all the very best for the future.

I now look forward to what ever the future holds with knowledge that what I do now is purely for myself.

regards

Alan

 

Week 16 of 52 – Portrait

Written by Alan Chun on April 19th, 2015

This week’s challenge is to make a portrait of someone (Preferably a stranger just to push yourself)

Week 16 Portrait

If you would like to take part go to my Facebook page and send in your images. You can join in anytime and enter any week past or present.

You can view any of the challenges so far on the links page here

 

Week 15 of 52 – Repetition

Written by Alan Chun on April 12th, 2015

It’s the start of week 15 of the 52 week photo challenge.

This week’s challenge is Repetition

If you would like to take part go to my Facebook page and send in your images. You can join in anytime and enter any week past or present.

You can view any of the challenges so far on the links page here

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Week 14 of 52 – Wood

Written by Alan Chun on April 6th, 2015

This week’s challenge is Wood.

If you would like to take part go to my Facebook page and send in your images. You can join in anytime and enter any week past or present.

You can view any of the challenges so far on the links page here

 

Week 13 of 52 – Eyes

Written by Alan Chun on March 29th, 2015

This week’s challenge is Eyes

If you would like to take part go to my Facebook page and send in your images. You can join in anytime and enter any week past or present.

You can view any of the challenges so far on the links page here

Week 13 Eyes

 

Spring! Week 12 of 52

Written by Alan Chun on March 27th, 2015

The subject of this week’s challenge is spring.

If you would like to take part go to my Facebook page and send in your images. You can join in anytime and enter any week past or present.

You can view any of the challenges so far on the links page here

Spring-2

 

Mundane Magic – A midweek mini project.

Written by Alan Chun on March 25th, 2015

Retro Toaster

Take some ordinary, every day objects from around the house and treat them to a little black & white magic and they become objects less ordinary….

 

Total Solar Eclipse (Partial in the UK) Better than 1999!

Written by Alan Chun on March 20th, 2015
Solar Eclipse 2015

The solar eclipse as shot from Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, UK

I waited since the age of 8 years old for the 1999 total eclipse only for it to be covered in cloud. That was down south of the country. Where I was today, in the north east, the eclipse was going to reach 92% totality. However it looked likely to be a repeat performance of 1999!

Watching the weather reports all week and being told to expect cloud it kind of deflated me a little. I had prepared by making my own solar filters ready for the event (using a Cokin P system with a small piece of perspex and a foil blanket, the kind used by marathon runners after a race, cut to wrap around the perspex 3 times. You can view the “How-To” video I made on my YouTube channel)

I rose this morning, 20th March 2015, to be greeted by the dreaded cloud as forecast and almost didn’t bother. However after watching the cloud movement and then looking in the opposite direction I could see that a huge patch of blue sky was heading my way. Even before the clear patch the cloud was breaking up and thinning out so I got everything in place and at 08:30 I started to see the sun popping through the clouds and my eclipse experience began.

At first it was hard as there were still quite a few clouds and I was just managing to grab a shot here and there. I went off to make a cup of coffee and upon my return the sun was popping out more and more. When the eclipse reached its 92% maximum for where I was the clouds seemed to know what to do and just opened a small gap to reveal the “smile” of the thin slip of sun showing from behind the moon. It was the only shot I really wanted to get and somebody up there must have known it!

The Smile - Solar Eclipse

The Sun smiles form behind the moon during the total eclipse of March 20th 2015.

After that the clouds dispersed pretty much completely here in Gateshead for about 5 minutes and then returned, but this time they were not so thick and were spaced out more with long clear periods.

Overall the experience was fantastic and I am so glad I held out like I did, I would have kicked myself if I had just taken that first look at the clouds and gone back to bed!! Next total eclipse that can be seen from these shores (only partial though)…11 years away! If you are going on holiday in August 2026, book up for Spain or north eastern Portugal and you’ll see, weather permitting, the total eclipse.

Solar Eclipse 2015 UK

The Solar Eclipse 2015 shot from Gateshead, Tyne &Wear UK