Weston Park Cancer Hospital “Light the Night” Event with Jessica Ennis_Hill

Back in September I was delighted to be asked to photograph a very special event for a very worthy Charity.  The charity was very close to my heart as it helped in the treatment of my mother when she was fighting bladder cancer a few years ago.  Weston Park Cancer Hospital Charity is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England and is recognised for its work worldwide.  Their profile has been raised further by their list of patrons and recently added the “Face of the 2012 Olympics” – Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sheffield’s very own World Heptathlon Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist.

Their work does come at a price and the charity embarks and a regime of fundraising events throughout the year and it was this years “Light the Night” event which I was asked to photograph.  Jessica Ennis-Hill was their special guest for the evening who was invited to start the event and also meet some of the charity fundraisers.  The evening event turned Ecclesall Woods into a torch-lit woodland wonderland with hundreds of people following the trail.  A video and full photo-gallery can be found on the charity website.  I’m sure they would love to see you at next years event.

It was a huge privilege photographing this event and gave me the opportunity to give a little back to the charity that helped my mother with her battle against cancer.  Sadly she succumbed to the illness in 2006 but with the voluntary efforts of all those involved and the huge amount raised the charity can continue their work for many more that need it.

If you would like more information about our photography check out our website.  If you are a charity and are holding an event or awards ceremony our attendance is very often FREE so please do get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

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Bluebell Wood

apologies for not posting for sometime.  Its been a hectic few weeks in my home and unfortunately not in the photographic sense.   Last week some unscrupulous members of society decided they would like to break into my garage and steal my Motorbike and my new mountain bike.  Now, I could vent my anger with a few expletives but i’m not gonna let these scoundrels get the better of me.

So, after taking care of sorting new security measures, lights, locks and booby traps, lol, I headed out for a photoshoot to lift my spirits.  The location was an unsuspecting wood right next to the A614 near Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.  Hundreds of vehicles must pass this location every day but I wonder how few take the time to look into the woods at this special time of year.

It’s that time when the Bluebells come out and I for one did not know that there was a wonderful Bluebell wood right on my doorstep.  It’s only after viewing a local photographers Blog that I came across this location.  Thanks to Mark Tierney for the directions and inspiration.

It’s only a small wood but has easy access from the layby, but, try to avoid entering the wood by the layby, unfortunately its strewn with litter.  It’s better to walk along the edge of the wood 100ft or so by the road, being carefull of traffic obviously, then enter the wood there. 

The compositions it offers are endless, indeed, the images below were taken with a variety of lenses from a Sigma 10-20m, Canon 17-40mm L, and a Sigma 70-200mm.  The first few images were taken in the harsh midday light on one visit and after much excitement I arranged another visit with some fellow photographers Doug Chinnery, Carl Mickleburgh and James Davies.  A fun evening rewarded with fantastic light and good humour.  Please follow the links and view their work from this location on Flickr, they are great photographers and have fantastic portfolios which i’m sure you will enjoy viewing. 

This spectacle only lasts for a few weeks each year so ill certainly be heading out there again over the next week or so, otherwise its a long wait till next year. 

Now, I’m off to arrange collection of my wrecked motorcycle, oh the joys!!

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