Electronic shutter vs Mechanical shutter.

fuji x-t1 manual shutter displaying movement

Hi,

just a quick one as i am sure a lot of you are more experienced with this than myself. 

Whilst traveling to work i was taking some pictures on the flight. To avoid the cabin crew scowl i turned the Fuji X-T1's shutter from Mechanical to electronic. 

It is permanently set on the Mechanic mode, as in the past, i accidentally put it onto electronic and it would not fire the off camera flashes. To prevent that happening again, it is a setting i do not change. 

This occasion due to the silence of the electronic shutter, it would be a perfect solution.

Just for a demonstration and comparison, as i didn't want to take pictures of the planes propellers.

Have a look at the two images. The top image is the conventional mechanical shutter. And the lower is the electronic. I found it really interesting how the shutters create different images. 

 

Thanks

Fuji X-T1 Electronic shutter causing mishaped movement long exposures

View from Blackpool Tower.

01 Blackpool FC football ground Bloomfield road Tangerine army Lancashire Photograph by Lee Ramsden

Blackpool football club Bloomfield road.

Hi following on from my last post. I thought i would share some images taken from the top of Blackpool tower. 

02 The big one roller coaster Pleasure Beach Blackpool Lancashire Fylde Merlin Photograph by Lee Ramsden

Pleasure beach. 

03 Blackpool Winter Gardens Theatre 97 Church St FY1 1HL Lancashire photograph by Lee Ramsden

Winter Gardens Theatre.

04 Blackpool Funny Girls burlesque cabaret showbar North Shore Lancashire The Pink Leisure Basil Newby photograph by Lee Ramsden

Funny Girls burlesque cabaret showbar.

05 Blackpool Fylde Lancashire roof tops view from top of the Tower England abstract photography by Lee Ramsden

Roof tops.

06 Blackpool Central promenade Lancashire Ambulance service on response call photograph by Lee Ramsden

Lancashire Ambulance service.

07 Blackpool Fylde Lancashire taxi cab roof tops view from top of the Tower England abstract photography by Lee Ramsden

A towns taxi cab.

08 Blackpool Fylde Borough council Lancashire photograph by Lee Ramsden

Offices.

09 Blackpool Lytham Road Fylde B5262 Lancashire traffic roof tops view from top of the Tower England abstract photography by Lee Ramsden

Lytham road B5262.

Top of Blackpool Tower.

Blackpool Tower LED lighting dusk illuminations prom lights Landscape photographer Lee Ramsden

Have you ever wondered,  - how do they maintain the iconic lights on Blackpool Tower?

02 Wesley Berry Wez top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden

Well meet Wez Berry, the lighting engineer that looks after the famous Blackpool Tower and regularly abseils 518 ft down the iconic landmark, to ensure its computer-operated 225,000 LED bulbs are in working order.

03 Wesley Berry service lift to the top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden

The day starts early to catch the lift to the top. 

04 Wesley Berry Wez Blackpool Tower Lift changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden
05 Blackpool Tower Lift View photography by Lee Ramsden
06 Wez Berry at the top of Blackpool Tower Lancashire photography by Lee Ramsden

Wez's workplace has a view like no other. 

“You're your own boss up here, You can crack on and do your own work.”

The location is extremely weather dependent, with extreme winds and rain meaning it simply isn't safe to scale the Tower's dizzy heights. 

“If the weather's nice, we're on, and I'll work through weekends and bank holidays,” 

“The wind really does restrict us and you have to look at the forecast very carefully."

“You've got to come into work safe and go home safe – it's very much safety first and I always have a rope access supervisor in case anything happens to me up there."

"We work closely with CJIS-LTD who provide the highly trained rope access supervisors who manage the working at height, utilising IRATA techniques"

07 Wesley Berry Wez top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden
08 Wesley Berry Wez top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden
09 Wesley Berry Wez top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden

Wez -"we're working off 100 metre ropes. It doesn't scare me because whether its 20 feet or 500 feet there's no messing about and you've got to give it the same respect.”

Even when the lighting engineer is at home, he can see the Tower from his back window and he'll often get a call from work mates asking him to check on the lights.

“Plus everyone round here knows what I do, they love to criticise and tell me if they see a light out,”.

10 Highest Light fitting in Lancshire Fylde Borough council Lee Ramsden LED illuminations

The tallest light fitting in Lancashire. 

11 Wesley Berry Wez top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden

The top is a mecca for tourists, who flock to the terrifying glass floor known as the SkyWalk. Often, they will catch a glimpse of Wez hanging underneath.

13 Wesley Berry Wez top of Blackpool Tower changing the light bulbs IRATA rope access photography by Lee Ramsden

To illustrate just how high todays worksite was. 

For more information on how to conduct working at height safely please use the contacts page. 

If you are or interested in becoming a rope access technician or require additional training i can recommend this training venue Based in Blackpool. 

 

Thanks

Lee

Designer Cake making.

Good Morning, 

Here are some images of cakes that my better half has made. 

Some of the later images are poor iPhone snaps but i had to show off her amazing talent as i am immensely proud of her and i am sure you will be impressed. 

All cakes are her design and made by hand. 

If you would like a bespoke cake making for an event then please use the contact page and Kelly will get back to you. 

01 wedding cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone
02 wedding cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone
03 wedding cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone

A military wedding with inspiration taken from the ceramic poppy display at the Tower of London. The  medals on the couples mess dress are copied from a photo and are very accurate. 

04 wedding cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone

Every single poppy was created by hand and glued on. - all edible. 

05 wedding cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone
05 military cap badge army wedding cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone

The couples military cap badges, created out of icing - both are edible. 

06 behind the scene attention to detail wedding cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone

Attention to detail. The spacing between layers has to be bang on. 

08 Birthday cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone Ansdell figurines

Birthday cake with icing figures.

All edible, apart from the pink, blue ribbons & wooden sticks

11 Birthday cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone Ansdell figurines
13 Birthday cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone Ansdell figurines
16 Christening cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone Ansdell figurines church party festival event ocasion

Christening cake, with icing figure.

Apart from the beads, all edible including the figure and icing lace work. 

17 Christening cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone Ansdell figurines church party festival event ocasion
18 Christening cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone Ansdell figurines church party festival event ocasion
20 Wedding cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone Ansdell figurines church party festival event ocasion
20 Wedding cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone Ansdell figurines church party festival event ocasion

More examples of icing lace decoration, used on a wedding cake.

22 Horror Walking Dead AMC cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone Ansdell figurines church party festival event ocasion

The Walking Dead inspired birthday cake. 

23 Horror Walking Dead AMC cake maker Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone Ansdell figurines church party festival event ocasion
24 Horror Walking Dead AMC cake maker behind the scenes icing fingers and head modelling Kelly Moss Lee Ramsden Lancashire Lytham St Annes professional maker creator designer budget one off stand alone Ansdell figurines church party festival event ocasion

The head and fingers on the walking dead cake, all made from icing.

Lytham St Annes Kite Festival.

Lytham St Annes kite festival Lancashire beach sea Blackpool Lee Ramsden photography professional iPhone 6 black and white landscape

iPhone 6 image

Playing around with the Mrs iPhone 6. The level of detail compared to my old beat up iPhone 4 is impressive. Certainly interested in up grading to a new phone.

Fstoppers - recently tested an iPhone against an older DSLR. Agree or disagree with their method of testing. The phone cameras and software are certainly improving to an impressive level.

There also appears to be a lot of hype online with the forthcoming Kodak Ektra smart phone,  with a camera of  21 megapixel Sony made sensor and f2.0 lens - if the stats are accurate then the camera is something that some may choose over the iPhone. 

Kodak Ektra iPhone beater 7 vs professional photographer photography telephone smart phone lens f2.0 sony sensor 21mp megapixel traditional style dark room editing andriod
Kodak Ektra iPhone beater 7 vs professional photographer photography telephone smart phone lens f2.0 sony sensor 21mp megapixel traditional style dark room editing andriod Lee Ramsden Lytham st annes

 

Cheers

 

Lee

Drone Photography.

Good afternoon, 

I recently worked with a drone company based in Chesire, 

 www.aerialaperture.co.uk

01 Aerial Aperture professional drone photography Justin Napier Lancashire Manchester Cheshire Inspection retail estate sale housing design photography video Lee Ramsden

They sent over some RAW image files for me to edit, for a golf club client of theirs. 

I have been on the sideline for some time with the popularity of the drones. Although the video quality is improving year on, If i am honest i was very sceptical of the image stills quality. Plus for a decent kit it is a very large investment.

03 Aerial Aperture professional drone photography Justin Napier Lancashire Manchester Cheshire Inspection design photography video Lee Ramsden

5 RAW files used to create the final first image. All shot with the DJI inspire drone.

02 Aerial Aperture professional drone photography Justin Napier Lancashire Manchester Cheshire Inspection design photography video Lee Ramsden

I was certainly impressed with the quality of the stills, and the machine can shoot in DNG RAW files which are nice to work with. The out of camera files are as you can see a little flat. But that is ideal for a professional editor like myself. I can then use the multiple exposure files to edit together and create a piece which stands out, retains information and adjustable to the clients needs / tastes. 

Without viewing the drone in action i can only speculate, but it does appear that these bracketed RAW images are fired off in a rapid burst. (in the golf course images there are people moving which gave me a good idea of the time.)

04 Aerial Aperture professional drone photography Justin Napier Lancashire Manchester Cheshire Inspection design photography video Lee Ramsden

If you are a drone photographer / operator and are looking to improve on the quality of the stills that you are producing for your clients, then please use the contact page and we can sort out an editing training package.

Also if you require any aerial imagery then i can recommend Aerial Aperture. 

"Aerial Aperture operates with Permissions for Aerial Work (PFAW) approved by the Civil Aviation Authority and we are fully insured to carry out unmanned aircraft operations across the UK.
Our aerial photography drone services cover a wide spectrum of capabilities which include; aerial photo services, property/land imagery, drone surveying, aerial view maps, drone industrial inspections, agricultural surveying, drone weddings, events, media and promotions. 
 Our goal for every project is to capture material that is of the highest quality whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety. For every job we undertake, we carry out a series of detailed assessments to ensure safe and reliable operations. We tailor our services to each customer's individual needs. - Justin of Aerial Aperture." 

Any questions or a friendly chat about drone photography, please contact me. 

Thanks

Lee

How to Create a FREE professional email signature.

Morning! 

Today i thought id show how i created a professional looking email signature for FREE. 

There are many ways to do this, and some great paid services. 

But i thought id show a quick way i created one for free. 

 Head over to www.newoldstamp.com

01 newoldstamp signature email hotmail outlook google microsoft office yahoo mail free

This site offer's a few designs to choose from, 

I went with the "business" theme as liked the orange colour. 

02 how to create email signature for free lee ramsden

Type in the information that you wish to display, Name, Job title etc. 

But do not worry too much as you can and will probable change this in further steps. 

Follow the steps according to what email provider you use. 

My email is proved by Gmail and so by clicking on the icon it will copy all of the signature information to your clipboard. 

I uploaded an image to be displayed (the signature one above) but later found out that this site does not hold the image unless you pay.

And so ill show you a work around. 

Create your image, company logo which you wish to display. I found a square format worked well for the design i liked. 

In photoshop i saved it as a 600px square and exported for web, 

this way if it is small it will display quickly and prevent some company servers from blocking it. 

03 email signaute photobucket url upload lee ramsden

I then headed over to photobucket

You need to sign up for an account, but it is free. 

04 lee ramsden direct link lytham st annes

Upload your Logo / image to be displayed. 

You need to click on the "Direct" tab on the right to copy the url of this image to your clip board. 

05 adding an image to your email signature using URL

Different providers will slightly differ, but i can only presume that the next few steps will be similar to you if you do not use googlemail. 

Log into your email account. 

In settings go to add signature,

paste the copied signature information from the newoldstamp site you created. 

If there is an image there, remove it. 

It may look good now, but it will not be there for long. 

I also found this to be the case if you simply "upload" an image.

Not 100% on why this occurs, but i believe that the server does not provide you with enough storage.

So for peace of mind uploading via URL is preferred.

 

Click add image but do not upload one, chose via URL. 

In the newly opened box paste the "Direct URL" that you copied from photobox. 

If the link worked your image will be shown, like the image above. 

06 email signature google email for free leeramsden.com

Finally i moved the image to the far left by dragging it over, and clicked the small option. 

Here you can edit and fine tune the text to suit your needs. 

Tip - here you can delete the line - signature created by newoldstamp -, as that i find does not look very professional. 

Click save and your done. 

In little time and no money you have a professional looking email signature. 

 

07 Free how to  create email signature google hotmail yahoo outlook for free leeramsden.com

If you use email on mobile devices, there will be different ways on how to add this to your email. If like me using iPhone and the inbuilt mail app do the following, 

  • On the computer send an email to yourself with the new signature. 
  • Check that you are happy with the layout and text. 
  • Open this email on your mobile device. 
  • Hold your finger on the signature, you can select copy. 
  • Go in to the iPhones systems preferences and find the email section. Scroll down to add signature. 
  • If you have not changed this before, it will read "sent from iPhone" in the box. 
  • Delete this text and if you hold your finger down, the paste option will appear. 

Now the signature from the email has been pasted into your phone signature. 

It will now look seamless if you email from a computer or your mobile device. 



Any questions please feel free to use the contacts page. 


Thanks


Lee

Photography tool - image stitching.

11 SKN electrical office front Aberdeen oil and gas industry

Good morning, i hope that you are well. 

Today i'd like to share a quick thought on how you can use image stitching to over come problems.

I appreciate that this is nothing new, but with some fore-thought it can become a powerful tool in your arsenal. 

I was commissioned to shoot an office building. The front had no access due to very limited space and parked cars in my way. Even with the lens at 24mm it was simply impossible to fit the building into frame. So stitching is the only way forward. 

The above image was created with around 25 images. 

Here you can see the images used, 

the camera was mounted on a tripod and i systematically panned left to right making sure to over lap alot. The building took 3 passes.

Always best to have more frames than needed, than have pieces missing down the line. 

With each up date of Photoshop CC i have noticed that it is becoming much better at stitching. 

In the past it would have not been able to do this, and for these cases i use Autopano Giga 3.0 stitching software, but photoshop managed ok with this. 

Now by using a tilt shift lens, and/or a parallax tripod head, your job in post will be so much easier, but as i do not own either of these i had to make do. The majority of my time was spent straightening the stitched image. 

As with all panos, shoot in manual, turn white balance off auto so all the images remain consistent. 

I hope that this helps, and when you are trying to shoot a subject larger than your frame, that you remember this technique. 

 

Thanks

 

Lee

Scene lighting technique.

Nikon D800 f7.1 1/8th ISO100

Good morning, 

Id like to share with you a lighting technique that you can use to light a scene, even when working on your own. 

The above image consists of 21 images, all shot and lit by myself, and i am even in the image, to add some interest. 

I will show you, how i take multiple images, all lit with off camera flash, and then the process i take in photoshop.

 

02 Off camera flash wireless trigger pocket wizard boom illuminating the scene

Here you can see me using an off camera flash head on a pole, with the trigger in my right hand firing off the flash and camera shutter remotely. 

Click on image to enlarge.

The final image is composed of 21 frames. 

The camera was mounted on a tripod. White balance taken off auto, manual settings, and with me using back button focusing on the camera, i know when i press the remote, the camera will not try and focus, making all the images consistent. 

05 Start image quick tip on how to flash light

Quick tip, 

Like when making panos, my first image is a large image of me, so i can find the set easily in bridge. 

Also this is a great way to make sure that the flash and camera shutter both fire correctly. 

As when using pocket wizards as the remote, the flash PW has to be set to a channel higher and some times i forget this, and so it is always a good idea to test everything before getting started and walking far into the scene. 

04 adobe bridge using photoshop tools loading layers

Using bridge i select all the images that i want to use, and from here you can easily load them into photoshop as a single document with 21 layers. 

06 using lighten blend mode in photoshop CC

Now turn off all layers, and starting from the bottom layer i work my way up through the stack, turning on, one layer at a time, changing the blend mode to Lighten. 

07 using a mask in photoshop CC

With the blend mode on lighten, the flash light will show. 

Also you will see indicated in this image the hot spot of the flash is in the image. This is easy to mask out. Also i remain in the image by some strange artefacts, just simply mask these out. 

After some cleaning and tweaking here is the before and after image.

The before being unlit. 

It is a subtle difference, but one i find takes your images to that next level. 

If you have any questions, feel free to comment and i hope to help. 

 

 

Thanks

Lee

Moody lighting setup.

Brother and sister image moody lighting professional photographer Manchester

Nikon D800 F11 1/100 ISO 100

Hello, 

Today id like to share the lighting set used for this set of images.

Lee Ramsden lighting set up, behind the scenes BTS elinchrom ranger quadra nikon D800 small home studio

Above is the behind the scenes image taken in my make shift dining room studio. 

A - Elinchrom quadra shot through an Octa box. 

B - Elinchrom ranger shot through the small honey comb grid that is supplied with it, used as a hair light.

C - Elinchrom quadra shot through a snoot, to try and just give a kiss of light to the face.

D - Nikon SB700 used to give a graduation over the background. 

As you can see from the set these lights in action. Now these kids are getting bigger its easier to light like this, as they take instruction well and don't move about too much. 

Where as my 2 year old toddler is a different story ha! 

dillon-happy-blog

Nikon D800 F11 1/100 ISO 100

This post is titled moody lighting, but its a bonus when you also have moody children :)

Tillie Peach professional photographer Lee Ramsden Lytham St Annes

Nikon D800 F11 1/100 ISO 100

I hope that this post has been of interest to you. 

If you have any questions please feel free to use the contacts page on the site. 

 

Many thanks

Lee

 

Children photography.

Family children professional photographer Lancashire

Nikon D800 F11 1/100 ISO 100

Hi all,

Following on from the last couple of posts i thought id share some images away from the white background and shot using grey paper. 

ellie-blog

Nikon D800 F11 1/100 ISO 100

Come back next week and ill show a behind the scenes image on how i lit the above image.

Tillie Peach moody lighting

Nikon D800 F11 1/100 ISO 100

Thanks

Lee

Photoshop short cuts - Free download.

London veiw from the Shard photoshop short cuts education help tutorial Lee Ramsden

Hi all,

I hope that you are well. 

As you know there are hundreds of photoshop short cuts, and when you know them how much easier life can be. 

Like most i downloaded a list, and it just sat in my downloads folder.

Here is an idea I've been trying out and it works a treat. 

I incorporated the list in to some images, i now use them as desk top images and screen savers. This way the information is easily accessible while i am working, and even when not editing by viewing this information it helps sink into the grey matter. 

London Battersea power station photoshop short cuts education help tutorial Lee Ramsden

If you would like to try this out, please click HERE 

and you can down load these images in Hi-rez and use them as your desk top image. 

London morelondon photoshop short cuts education help tutorial Lee Ramsden

 

If you like this, then please feel free to share on your social media, 

giving credit to Lee Ramsden @ www.leeramsden.com

 

Thanks

 

Lee

Talisman Auk north sea oil rig - part 2.

02 Talisman AUK sea bird north oil gas rig workers rotation exploration drilling platform Aberdeen

Fuji film X-T1 f4 1/180 ISO400

 

Morning, 

Following last weeks post, i thought id share a couple more images from my time on the Talisman AUK oil and gas rig in the north sea. 

01 North sea oil gas rig industry tigers workers contractor Aberdeen rates of pay union redundency construction decommission drilling oil price low high

Fuji film X-T1 f8 1/180 ISO200

Drilling rig in the distance.

03 Turbine hall north sea oil gas rig platform

Fuji film X-T1 f10 1/80 ISO1000

04 SKN electrical professional contractor north sea oil gas rig compex ex inspection construction installation IRATA rope access member

Fuji film X-T1 f2 1/80 ISO1000

Electrical inspection of the fire and gas system.

05 SKN electrical contractor installing fire and gas system Talisman Auk platform

Fuji film X-T1 f2 1/80 ISO1000

06 SKN electrical north sea Stuart Naismith

Fuji film X-T1 f2.8 1/125 ISO1250

07 SKN electrical Azerbaijan Gordon Hossack contractor ex compex inspector

Fuji film X-T1 f3.2 1/30 ISO1250

08 Talisman Auk emergency phone north sea number 2222 life boats max POB

Fuji film X-T1 f2.8 1/125 ISO1250

If you have enjoyed these oil and gas industry images,

Please feel free to share these posts on your social media, giving credit to the photographer Lee Ramsden @ www.leeramsden.com

 

Many Thanks

Talisman 40 year old north sea oil rig - Auk

The Auk Oilfield is situated 249 kilometres (155 mi) east, southeast of Aberdeen, Scotland. It was operated by Shell UK in 50% partnership with ESSO until October 2006 when it was bought by Talisman Energy, and is now licensed by Talisman Energy. It was discovered in October 1970 in a water depth of 182 metres.

13 Talisman Auk north sea oil and gas platform plans drawing

Drawing courtesy of google images

Production started in December 1975 from the Auk 'A' platform. This platform is a steel, 8 legged jacket designed by Shell Oil and constructed at Methyl Fife Scotland. This jacket weighs 3,414 tonnes and support a topside weight of around 8,000 tonnes.

14 Aberdeen airport Bristow Departures

Fuji film X-T1  f3.2 1/125 ISO200

Helicopter Departures.

15 Aberdeen offshore oil and gas Helicopter taxi for the industry

Fuji film X-T1  f5.6 1/125 ISO200

Our transport to the platform, ready for action. 

17 Hot Work Spark potential permit to work ISSOW Draggar gas monitor meter

Fuji film X-T1  f2.8 1/125 ISO800

For me to be able to take picture offshore, it is well controlled. Permit to work, and gas tests are required. 

18 Talisman Auk platform flare on the pipe deck north sea oil price equal rotation down man redundancies

Fuji film X-T1  f3.2 1/60 ISO800

Flaring off excess gas. 

19 offshore north sea oil and gas workers working hard at the computer in the office

Fuji film X-T1  f3.6 1/60 ISO800

Our office, where the magic happens. 

20 IRATA industrial rope access techniques being used to work at height safely

Fuji film X-T1  f2.8 1/60 ISO800

Technician climbing to his work front. We use IRATA - industrial rope access techniques and procedures to work at height safely. 

21 SKN electrical abseiler working at height IRATA

Fuji film X-T1  f1.6 1/60 ISO800

SKN electrical technician.

22 Electrical worker repairing a light fitting on an oil rig offshore in the north sea

Fuji film X-T1  f1.6 1/80 ISO800

Electrical inspections being carried out. 

23 Oil and gas workforce on a tea break smoking drinking coffee

Fuji film X-T1  f4 1/60 ISO800

After all that climbing, a cup of tea is required. 

24 Auk Oil rig platform Talisman TV lounge workers watching tv

Fuji film X-T1  f2.8 1/60 ISO800

Off shift movie time. 

25 Auk oil gas rig room and shower

Fuji film X-T1  f2.8 1/60 ISO1250

40 year old ensuite rooms. 

26 Talisman Auk gas rig accommodation room bunk bed north sea oil rig price

Fuji film X-T1  f3.2 1/60 ISO1250

Bunks fit for a king.

 

A fact which i found funny - The field is named after the Auk a family of sea birds. There is a legend that it was to be called A UK, as the first British oilfield, until somebody realised that the sixth field would be called F UK and Shell's policy was rapidly changed to name their fields after sea birds. Shells sixth UK oilfield is called Fulmar.

 

 

Please feel free to share this post on your social media, giving credit to the photographer Lee Ramsden www.leeramsden.com

 

Thanks

 

Working in the oil and gas industry - Travel.

01 Waiting for the train that is never on time at train station with my north face luggage

Fuji film X-T1  f8 1/80 ISO200

Morning, 

I thought that it has been awhile since i have brought this blog offshore with me, and so today i am posting some pictures of the largest part of working away... The travel. 

Next week's post is from the North sea oil platform. 

I hope that you enjoy.

02 train has arrived at the station blackpool south lytham st annes

Fuji film X-T1  f4.5 1/80 ISO200

Train one of four.

03 female train ticket conductor collecting tickets

Fuji film X-T1  f3.2 1/125 ISO400

My largest company expense is travel.

Each year the prices go up, and the service goes down....

04 girl with her luggage at preston train station

Fuji film X-T1  f8 1/60 ISO200

Train two pulling into the station. 

05 train arriving at the platform Edinburgh Haymarket

Fuji film X-T1  f9 1/30 ISO200

Train number three

06 man with luggage walking along train station platform at Edinburgh waverley

Fuji film X-T1  f18 1/15 ISO200

Unknown back packers. All aboard train four. 

07 rail bridge man on the train in the shaddows Scotish scotrail

Fuji film X-T1  f9 1/30 ISO200

Crossing the forth rail bridge. 

08 lee ramsden wedding photographer editing professional photo while on the train

Fuji film X-T1  f7.1 1/125 ISO200

Trying to use my time productively and edit some wedding images. 

09 Aberdeen train station people elighting from a ScotRail train

Fuji film X-T1  f4 1/125 ISO320

Arrived Aberdeen station. 

10 Aberdeen Jet bus Airport city center cheaper than a taxi

Fuji film X-T1  f4.5 1/125 ISO320

Aberdeen has the most expensive taxi's in all of Europe. Where  you can use the Jet bus, its real cheap. 

11 View from primier inn Aberdeen airport window airoplane close to the runway

Fuji film X-T1  f3.2 1/125 ISO800

They said that the hotel is close to the airport.... they are not wrong. 

12 Aberdeen premier inn room double bed with no Lenny Henry

Fuji film X-T1  f3.2 1/60 ISO500

Finally - 8 hours later, 4 trains and a bus i can get some sleep. 

And to be honest this is an easy journey. I spent 4 years where i had a train, 5 hours international flight, taxi and then a boat to get to the platform. 

13 Talisman Auk north sea oil and gas platform

Image courtesy google images

Please check next weeks post where i will display some images taken from the above platform.

 

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