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Three-dimensional Repeating Patterns

June 14th, 2011 by Richard Stowey

I’ve been quite interested recently in repeating three-dimensional patterns. Specifically in lighting, architectural spaces and places where lights and objects can be used to give more life to bland spaces, but also as a way of creating a focal point.

So, I’ve created a new Flickr group to help combine these types of images. Take a look at the slideshow below, or check out the Three-dimensional Repeating Patterns group on Flickr.

More GoPro Awesomeness

June 9th, 2011 by Richard Stowey

Honda Hornet at Home
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Whistler 2009/10 – A Season to Remember Snowboarding Video

August 4th, 2010 by Richard Stowey

Whistler 2009/10 – A Season to Remember is a video my brother Miles created after his season in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada for the 2009/10 season.

I thought I would share this because, not only is the video really well put together but, the experience for me was amazing and i’d definitely recommend visiting Whistler and Vancouver again.

The video shows how brilliant the skiing and snowboarding in Whistler is, how beautiful the blue sky is in contrast to the snowboarders below and what an excellent playground for snowboarding Whistler is.

I’m the one in the orange Jacket!! Enjoy!

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Richmond Photowalk 2010

July 31st, 2010 by Richard Stowey

Worldwide Photowalk 2010 - Richmond, London

Scot Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk is an event which takes place each year around the world where photographers come together in groups to take pictures within their local areas. Last year I went to the Bristol event, but since moving to London 9 months ago, I decided this year to take part in the Richmond event on this years photowalk day.

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Medium Format Film Cameras Are A Real Alternative

July 30th, 2010 by Richard Stowey

Zeiss Ikon Nettar (518 / 16)

I have a few different cameras. The one I most use is my Nikon D90. I can take thousands of pictures and all it costs me is a little electricity and the time it takes to process them. Since the dawn of the new digital revolution with digital cameras popping out of people’s chests across the world at a rapid rate, the price of medium format cameras have gone down! Which makes it a great opportunity to get into it.

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Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams at The Design Museum

March 2nd, 2010 by Richard Stowey

Less and More: The Ethos of Dieter Rams

I took some time out to visit the Dieter Rams exhibition at the Design Museum. Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams is in it’s last weeks, an I wanted to take a look before it moved on or disappeared forever. I thought it might be a good place to see some of his products in the flesh and take a few photos.

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London Strobist Meetup – Tom Miles Photography Workshop

February 14th, 2010 by Richard Stowey

Strobist Workshop - Tom

On Saturday 6th of February I attended a photographic workshop organised through the London Strobist Meetup group on Flickr. This is the second event i’ve been to and from the pattern so far, the events are as broad and wide as you can want in a strobist photographic group. The workshop is an extra event in addition to the tour of universities throughout the country Tom Miles has been doing. Read on to find out more about the day.

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Book Review: Hot Shoe Diaries by Joe McNally

December 12th, 2009 by Richard Stowey

Hot Shoe Diaries

Since the end of July, I have been much more interested in improving my technical and creative skills when it comes to photography. More specifically to this, off camera flash photography. The end goal is to be able to create a wide variety of creative photos which show character, depth and emotion. It’s a long road, but as with everything, you’ve got to start somewhere!

So my first port of call was the internet, and two main resources in particular, Strobist.com and Flickr. Highly useful info on getting started with off camera flash photography, and plenty of examples too.

Joe Mcnally’s book, The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes: Creative Applications of Small Flashes (Voices That Matter), is the perfect extension of that. And, as a body of examples specifically put together to showcase the extreme versatility of Nikon cameras, speedlights and accessories, it really inspires me towards what can be possible.

After attending a few group strobist events through Flickr groups, and tackling some if my own ideas, the book also helps to bridge the gap between what I’ve learned and where I want to go.

As a professional photographer who has spent the last 30 years behind the lens, Joe Mcnally puts literally tonnes if information into this book. Plus, unlike the free information available on various blogs, including Joe’s own, the information contained within is grouped, well thought about and presented with big colour images of each photo shoot. The other bonus is that you don’t have to spend days in front of a computer screen to get through it all.

The main thing which I have learned is that the creative idea behind the shot is the most important part, the lighting is secondary to the concept. Highly recommended to anyone interested in off camera flash photography, and even worth a browse just for the pictures.


Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk

July 31st, 2009 by Richard Stowey


This is one of my photos from this years Scott Kelby’s world wide photo walk. I went along to the Bristol event along with a number of other bristol photographers and had a very interesting time.

My photos from the event can be found on the Flickr website in the World Wide Photo Walk set if you would like to have a look.

Here is a map of the photowalk:

View Scott Kelbys Worldwide Photo Walk – Bristol EN, UK in a larger map

The walk was made by around 30,000 people in approximately 900 cities all over the world, all on the same day. Peraps next year i’ll go to a different city somewhere else in the world.

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    My name is Richard Stowey and I am a Digital Project Manager. I also like photography, designing, reading, writing, technology and motorcycling.

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