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Hi Everyone, please bear with us whilst our JustGreatShots Photography Site goes through more changes over the next coming days \ Weeks

New Homepage coming soon, along with new menu layouts, more Hints, and Tips and more about what we can offer you here at JustGreatShots in the way of Photography packages and offers.

Learning to take the photos is easy,  learning this web hosting stuff  well that is taking us just that little more time

 

Going from Strength​ to Strength

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Here at JustGreatShots Photography, we have spent the evening upgrading this site, with regular blogs now being posted we thought it was time to re-vamp and show what we can now truly offer as an up and coming Business.

It’s time for us to stop following others, and take that next step by leading by example.

So if you like what you see here at JustGreatShotos Photography, then please feel free to help us spread the word when it comes to our blogs.

And for those of you who live in Hampshire (Great Britain) Please feel free to spread the word about what we can offer here at JustGreatShots Photography

 

 

Long Exposure Photography, Old Portsmouth

 

So after beating The Beast from The East on Saturday, we head off out on the Sunday to Southsea, and Old Portsmouth, Hampshire to capture some Long Exposure photography.

With LEE filters at the ready, we head off down the A3 to Portsmouth, after driving around Old Portsmouth we manage to find a Free parking space (not that we are tight) we just didn’t have any change, Parking at Southsea \ Old Portsmouth cost approx £3.00 for 2hrs. with parking charges now in place 7days, 12 months a year unlike in the past, so make sure you check the parking meters when visiting this location.

Walking down the seafront we stop off at the pier, before heading off towards the hot walls at Old Portsmouth which is one of my favorite locations from Long Exposure Photography

On arriving at the jetty, we found it to be free of the fisherman who normally flock to this location for a spot of beach fishing.

With our camera’s set up we started to capture the above photographs using both LEE’s 10Stop (Big Stopper) and LEE’s 15Stop (Supper Stopper) ND Filters.

Exposure times before fitting our LEE filters, where reading around 1/125sec + so capturing Long Exposure photos wouldn’t have been possible by just decreasing our F/stops down to f/22

Example filter times, before and after fitting LEE ND filters

Exposure Time 1\30sec, ISO100, f/11 with 10Stop = 30sec

Exposure Time 1\125sec, ISO100, f/11 with 15Stop = 6mins

 

 

 

The Beast from The East

 

Well, the so-called Beast from The East arrived in Petersfield, Hampshire and lasted for all of two days,  during this time the UK saw schools and businesses closing their doors and total travel chaos hitting our roads, airports, and railways.

But what can I say this little bit of snow, finally provided us with the opportunity to get out with our camera’s and try our hands at capturing wintery looking shots, some of which could be used as Christmas Cards later in the year!

Trip to Corfe Castle

 

So after planning the night before to visit Corfe Castle, a 1000-year-old castle located just outside Swanage, Dorset.

The morning had arrived, camera gear packed and car all fueled we held off back down the A3 and arriving at our location for around 11am. This visit wasn’t planned to capture an amazing sunrise or sunset it was all about spending the day out exploring this amazing site.

Corfe Castle was first built back in 1086 and by the year 1106 this castle was one of the best-fortified castles in England, throughout its year’s this castle has many a story to tell, from Kings and Queens to treachery from within side its walls.

The site is now owned and run by the National Trust and open to the general public, car parking is local to the site and the lovely old village has some great little pubs etc.

Capturing all the AKA, Action in 2018

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JustGreatShots Photography are truly happy to announce that we will once again be capturing all the action from this year’s Applied Karate Association Kids Summer Competition, which will be held on the 12th May at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth

We have had the privilege of being allowed to capture photos on behalf of the AKA for the past couple of competitions so, it was great to get the big thumbs up for 2018

All the action from previous AKA competitions can be found on our Online Galleries, to access these AKA galleries an email address is required (Your Email Address Will NOT be Used for Marketing)

 

 

 

Trip to Langstone Harbour

 

Today’s trip to Langstone Harbour started with the alarm clock going off at 5am on Saturday, a quick wash, cuppa tea, and the de-icing of my cars windscreen I head off to Langstone Harbour to capture a lovely sunrise!

Upon leaving home and drove down the A3 in low cloud, mist, fog whichever one you call it, I just kept thinking I hope this clears before I get to Langstone and sure enough, it did.

Arriving at Langstone just before 6am I managed to find a parking space within short walking distance of The Royal Oak Pub, and the Old Mill both of which are pictured in the above photo, but the bad news, I arrived to find a patch of low lying cloud which would end my chances of capturing the photograph I had in my Mind.

This cloud wasn’t to spoil my trip, with camera gear at the ready I head off out onto the mud flats, the same mud flats that I had spent a lot of my childhood digging for bait so that I could go sea fishing with my Dad and Grandad. Therefore I know this area well and I know where and where not to walk, which comes in handy along with the knowledge to keep a close eye on the incoming tide which on this day, wasn’t for a good couple of hours, but the tide in this harbour comes in slowly and sneaks up behind you, so before you know it you’re cut off from the mainland.

So if you fancy visiting the area, just remember the above tips before stepping out onto the mud, and always check the tide times.

Am I happy with my overall trip to Langstone Harbour today, did I capture the photographs that I wanted, NO but did I still enjoy being out in the cold on a lovely February morning, boots covered in mud, camera Tri-Pod feet all covered in mud, hands and face feeling the cold with my breath clearly visible everytime I breathed out, hell YES because I was out enjoying taking photographs, and on arriving home 6hrs later whilst drinking a warm cuppa tea, I’m  already planning my next trip?

 

 

 

Our Trip to Portland Bill

 

It was that time on a Sunday morning to wake up and grab our camera gear and head off to Portland Bill, Dorset as planned.

This trip wasn’t about capturing a sunrise or sunset, it was all about spending the day capturing long exposure shots using our LEE filter sets. So no need for a crazy early start but alarms went off at 06:30 and by 09:30 we were in Portland, which is a 2hour drive from where we live in Hampshire.

On arriving at Portland Bill, what can I say apart from the wind was blowing and the temperature was around 3c with wind chill factor, the skies where overcast behind us and lovely and blue in front of us.

Let’s just say we had a very mixed bag of weather on this trip, clear skies, rain, and even snow but nothing stop us trying to capture that JustGreatShot

With LEE filters to hand, we started to capture the type of images we had traveled all the way to Portland Bill for, using LEE’s 10stop (Big Stopper) and LEE’s 15Stop (Supper Stopper) ND filters alongside LEE’s Medium grad filters we were able to increase shutter speed exposure times and slowing down \ extending movement without blowing out the sky

The above images were captured at ISO 100, 1/500sec, on F/11, the one on left without LEE’s Supper Stopper fitted, the one on the right with this stopper fitted.

Difference in exposure time between these two images is approximately 2 minutes, which as you can see, makes a lot of difference when capturing Seascapes

Various images captured from our trip to Portland Bill will soon be available to purchase online, in the meantime here is a sample below

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Online SeaScape Gallery coming soon

 

Heath Lake Petersfield

Lovely walk round Heath Lake, Petersfield this morning, after waking up to find that yet again the weather forecast was wrong!

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I awoke around 7.30am looked out the window only to find it wasn’t raining as forecast, so grabbed the camera gear and off I walked to Heath Lake, keeping my fingers crossed that I hadn’t missed the best of morning light. I arrived to find the lake partly frozen and a little frost still on the ground and on the wooden footpath

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The light was changing fast, and the overcast weather which had been forecast was slowly drawing in, so not much time remaining to try and capture that JustGreatShot