European Travels: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Iceland, Portraits, and more from August

Wow after looking through all the images this month it really doesn't seem so slow anymore!  I did two portrait sessions, got back into the automotive world, took a trip to Iceland that I have literally just now landed from, and went to London and Oxford more than a few times for some drinks between friends and fellow photographers!  Let's get this started!

As some of you may already have seen in a previous post I kicked off August in a rush to get back at some of my automotive work.  Attending my first UK meet with Cruize-Hertz; a wonderful community not far from me, and hitting the Silverstone Classic all in a few days!  The classic was amazing and sitting in the pits really was the highlight of it all!

I also was asked this month by one of our guys at the base to finish up some work for him.  It is always horrible to hear that a photographer has backed out of a task in the middle of it.  Apparently, the photographer thought it was ok to keep this guy waiting for months on end with no sign of a completed shoot.  After some approval from the original shooter and a falling out I was asked to see what I could do with the Jpgs and delivered these.  If you are an armature photographer reading this please take note, don't charge for shoots when you may not be able to deliver a finished product.  It tarnishes the art across the board and gives us all a bad rap, further contributing to all time low price points.

Speaking of amateur photographers, I went out on a photo walk to Wroxton Abbey with a local Instagramer Natt and had a pretty killer time, we ended up checking out Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bourton-on-the-water and some other stops around our local area.  Safe to say she is now shooting with her camera in manual!  Love teaching folks about photography and I even got some killer portrait and street work out of it all!

I also as per usual ended up in London, Cambridge, and Oxford pointing my camera at street artists, grabbing pints with friends, and meeting new people!  Managed to go punting for the first time with some Uni folks at Kings college and have started working with some local pubs and bars in Oxford to bring an article to the blog reviewing alot of my favorite spots in the area! 

Finally to top the whole month off I went to Iceland!  It was a bit last minute as a good friend from Germany whom I met when I took my weekend trip in Taiwan contacted me and stated he would be going.  After some quick thought I decided to join him and got ahold of another photographer friend from Okinawa, Cody Thompson, and we all ended up going to shoot the sights in Iceland for 2 days!  It was absolutely incredible and I am still working on the edits and the post so look forward to that!  Here is a small preview of what we accomplished in our short trip, I can't wait to go back.  The top image was snapped in Háifoss, and the bottom is a combination of northern lights shots taken in the north near Ytri Tunga Beach, and the now famous Sólheimasandur DC-3 crash.


Silverstone and more!

I got the chance to get back to some of my automotive work a few weeks ago.  Attending my first meet in the UK as well as hitting the Silverstone Classic all in the same week!  There are a lot of rides to cover so don't forget to click for full size!

Walking around a meet made me feel right at home again, really great to be back in the scene.  Everyone at the meet was pretty down to earth and there were some absolutely top level rides for it being a Thursday meet outside of London.  Something about everyone parking up and having a chat is always fun.  Thanks again for the invite to the guys over at Cruise-Herts. Now lets talk about Ross's BMW because it is CLEAN, easily my favorite spot at the meet.  I will be sure to try and line up a shoot!

Another car that blew me away was this beautifully bagged mini owned by Robyn!  You don't see this in the UK!  I also would find it hard to imagine that Dean's BMW could hide anywhere it goes.  Working on shooting both of these as well!

Overall the biggest difference I noticed was the variation in rides at the meet compared to Okinawa!  I mean look at all this!

I will however sadly admit that this just wet my whistle for my two days at Silverstone.  The classic was insane and had everything you could ever want!  What's not to love about a giant car meet for the most incredible cars while more incredible rides race the track all around you!

By far my favorite part of my two days at Silverstone was walking the pits.  Drivers everywhere, guys working on the cars, crews waiting, engines roaring, it was an all enveloping experience.  I was not as limited in my shooting ability without a press pass as I was trying to shoot cars on the track here and that really came as a big surprise.  Still I will be aiming for the press pass next year for sure!

Just because it was called the classic did not mean that clubs were not out in full force!  Old or new folks were out supporting car culture in any space they could find to park.  Brace yourselves I was walking through seas of Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis in some areas!

How crazy was all that! Sadly I did not even scratch the surface of things to be covered in my time at Silverstone.  Adding to that these are a selection of the better images from the show, shooting at meets and shows can be much harder due to so many distractions so you always end up with less.  That is not to say I don't have more to show you however, because Jaguar was also A big part of the show.  They set up their own figure eight and decided to so kindly hand out free joy rides!

Its always easy to appreciate a classic that has been as well kept as some of these.  But that does not take away from some of the newer rides that were sitting amongst them.  I think we can all agree, any well kept ride is a good looking ride..

For all the interior lovers this last little montage should be great for you!  Please if you have any questions drop them in the comments and if you have any car lovers in your life send them a link and let them have a look!  Hope you all enjoyed the photos and have a great rest of your day!