Walter Dirks Photography: Blog https://www.walterdirks.com/blog en-us (C) Walter Dirks Photography walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:34:00 GMT Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:34:00 GMT https://www.walterdirks.com/img/s/v-5/u348818664-o603148373-50.jpg Walter Dirks Photography: Blog https://www.walterdirks.com/blog 89 120 My Instagram Account https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2018/8/my-instagram  

Myrtos Beach - KefaloniaMyrtos Beach - Kefalonia

 

I am developing my Instagram site and have found a wonderful community and a wealth of great photographs.

Please have a look and “follow”.

https://www.instagram.com/walterdirks/

 

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Bristol Photographer Bristol Photography Bristol Professional Photographer follow Instagram Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2018/8/my-instagram Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:33:57 GMT
Paris in the Spring https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2018/5/paris-in-the-spring My first visit to Paris and I am hooked on this beautiful, creative and stylish city. This trip was a long weekend break but I would love to spend more time taking photographs and absorbing the culture... a photographic project would be  treat. 

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) bristol photographer paris paris in the spring walter dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2018/5/paris-in-the-spring Tue, 29 May 2018 17:07:08 GMT
A Moment in Uganda https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2018/4/a-moment-in-uganda I love Uganda and its' vibrancy .... people, landscape and wildlife. I recently went on a trip with some photographers who were keen to improve their skills. Part of the trip was in a game reserve and I felt fortunate to get "up close and personal" with this water buffalo... They are one of the most dangerous animals...to look at this guy with his little "birdie" friend singing on his back you might find that danger hard to believe... Yes... of course I was a 300mm lens distance safe.  It is always nice to get a shot that you are pleased with and even better when you get the added 'bonus"... I always am looking for that little extra something in  in getting "the shot" . I think the others who came on the trip to Uganda with me felt they were able to "get " many great shots and I think they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the trip...as did I.

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) bristol photographer bristol photography photography trip uganda walter dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2018/4/a-moment-in-uganda Sat, 28 Apr 2018 18:33:38 GMT
iPhone Photography https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2018/3/iphone-photography  

 

After the recent snow, I went out for a walk along the canal at Bathampton and I took a few photographs of the rapidly disappearing snow and ice. They say the best camera is always the one you have with you. My always with me camera is either my Fuji XT2 or my iPhone 8 which is great.

 

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) "bristol photographer" "walter dirks" ice~ reflections" bath snow https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2018/3/iphone-photography Sun, 11 Mar 2018 12:06:13 GMT
Architecture - The Physical Experience https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2017/5/architecture---the-physical-experience I spend a lot of my time photographing architecture and always see the challenge  as capturing the "physical essence" in a digital format. Ultimately the real thrill  is the physical experience so my role as a photographer is to get people into buildings.

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2017/5/architecture---the-physical-experience Tue, 16 May 2017 10:39:57 GMT
Bobby Shew Comes To Bristol https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2017/3/bobby-shew-comes-to-bristol Bristol has had some great trumpet players visit this city and the treat this year was Bobby Shew at The Bristol Jazz and Blues festival. I sat in on his trumpet workshop which was well attended. I am sure that Andy Hague, Nick Malcolm and Jonny Bruce (some of Bristol’s finest) who sat in the front row would agree that Bobby was generous, gracious, hilarious and gave a wealth of information.. Bobby toured the UK for 15 days and although he must have been shattered he encouraged Bristol’s finest Big Band, on his last gig here, to play several more “last songs”. He kept going while the younger ones were no doubt flagging. Bobby met the expectation for higher, louder, faster but I loved the gentle sweet sound that came from his flugel horn. I was pleased to have a couple of minutes with him after his workshop for this picture…he was tired and it shows but what a privilege to have yet another legend visit the festival.

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Bobby Shew Bristol Jazz Denny Ilett Jonny Bruce The Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival Trumpet Walter Dirks Walter Dirks Jazz Photography Walter Dirks Photographer https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2017/3/bobby-shew-comes-to-bristol Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:45:51 GMT
Bristol "One to One" Photography Lessons https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2016/12/one-to-one-photography-lessons I love talking about photography. My Bristol based "One to One" photography lessons are relaxed and will help beginners/experienced photographers to advance or perhaps just explore a fresh approach to their photography  ..... Here is a picture taken on a recent "walk and talk" by the sea. 

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Bristol Photography One to One Photography Lessons Photography Lesson Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2016/12/one-to-one-photography-lessons Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:08:12 GMT
Jazz Dames - Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2015/11/jazz-dames---bristol-jazz-and-blues-festival For a few years now I have had the privilege to photograph the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival.....it is always both a visual and aural treat. Recently a concert was held which featured seven "Jazz Dames" from Bristol to launch the 2016 festival. St Georges has many good vantage points for photography but it is hard to move around discreetly so it is challenging. I was thankful for a couple in the front row who were gracious and let me take photographs while sitting at their feet. Here is one photograph I took of Lady Nade - Nadine Gingell who wowed the crowd along with the other "dames". Don't miss the next "Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival" which will be held in March at the Colston Hall Bristol.

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival Bristol Launch Bristol Photography, Jazz Dames Lady Nade Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2015/11/jazz-dames---bristol-jazz-and-blues-festival Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:51:35 GMT
The Big Picture - Bristol Photography https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2015/7/the-big-picture---bristol-photography I am very excited to announce a new "Big Picture" gallery on my website which will be a place where people can buy big prints and canvases for wall decor and displays. Camera technology moves at a pace and I try hard to keep ahead where I can. My latest camera files open around 200 mb's at medium format digital quality and this allows for stunning high detail large prints. I intent to add a wide range of pictures which will be suitable for wall decor at home or business. It will take a little while to fill the gallery with pictures but trips are planned  and I will make new picture announcements when they are ready. If you have specific ideas please feel free to get in touch through my contact page.

For my clients I will be able to shoot very high detail pictures which will be visibly clearer on the printed page...from double page spreads to 6 foot plus display panels.

Here is a test picture that I have just taken.... the full file size is 48 inches across at 300 dpi .... It is not possible to convey the true size here but if you get in touch I can send a sample jpeg.  http://www.walterdirks.com/p370686843

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Bristol Photographer Bristol Photography Bristol Professional Photographer Wall Decor Wall Photographs Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2015/7/the-big-picture---bristol-photography Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:56:49 GMT
I love my job https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2015/4/i-love-my-job I recently covered the Bristol Blues and Jazz festival at the Colston Hall. It is always a treat to combine my photography with listening to great music at the same time. Equally it is great fun to mix and interact with people and capture special moments....this is one such moment. From a photographic perspective it doesn't matter what I photograph ...I always try to engage at an emotional level...yes ...even with buildings. Here is a link to some of the recent jazz photographs..

http://www.walterdirks.com/p427690011

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Bristol Jazz Festival Bristol Photographer Emotional Connection Photography Special Moments Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2015/4/i-love-my-job Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:59:35 GMT
Eclipse - Tintern Abbey - Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2015/3/eclipse---tintern-abbey---walter-dirks When I learned that an eclipse was on the way I put the date in my diary with a view to take some photographs of it. I have witnessed a few eclipses over the years and my first attempts to photograph them were in Canada …needless to say my results were less than exciting but at least the events themselves were memorable….I suppose they always are. This time around I had mixed feelings with memories of poor photographic results and the challenge of protecting my eyes.  

 

It helps to have something which connects the heavenly event to the earth so I decided on Tintern Abbey ( established 1131 AD) near Chepstow. The reasoning was that it was close to Bristol and as a ruin it has witnessed and survived much. I could imagine inhabitants fearing “ the end of the world ” when an eclipse would come and although my photographs show little of Tintern… it turned out to be a great location. 

 

After leaving a slightly cloudy Bristol and driving through some fog I was thrilled to find clear skies and arrived in good time to set up. There were others around with cameras and even a lady with an iPad who asked if she could sit beneath my camera…I suppose she assumed that I had good kit  and would get a good shot so she would as well. I used a 300 mm lens and tethered my camera to a laptop so I could make adjustments without looking directly at the sun. As the peak approached so did some clouds which slightly covered the sun and made getting a crisp shot of the sun impossible. On reflection I am thankful that they arrived because in the end they enhanced the event and added to the drama.

 

Some years ago I had the privilege to meet with and photograph Dr. David Block the eminent astronomer in South Africa…. It was clear from the outset that he was passionate about the heavens and in particularly watching the “birth of stars”. His telescopic photographs that I have seen are extremely beautiful and take my thinking much further than “three score and ten”. The eclipse this time around was equally beautiful and did the same….

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Bristol Photographer Bristol Professional Photographer Eclipse Tintern Abbey Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2015/3/eclipse---tintern-abbey---walter-dirks Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:15:35 GMT
Vibrant Africa https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2015/1/vibrant-africa My recent photographic trip to Africa (Uganda) was an adventure...it always is. Warm sun and smiling faces go a long to way to banishing winter blues even though the environment can be harsh with clouds of red dust, smoke from burning brush fires, endless dirt roads full of potholes and of course those pesky bugs that love to bite! Survival is a challenge which brings "living in the moment" to sharp focus and you always have a sense of living close to the edge. 

The landscape was scorched by the widespread brush fires which the rangers light to bring new growth but the animals were plentiful and it was a delight to see them looking so good. I was thrilled to get up close enough to see the whites of their eyes...but not so close that I became lunch! As a photographer I am a danger to others...when the ranger was frantically shouting and waving us to escape a charging bull elephant I was shouting to our driver to wait so I could get the shot. The driver panicked but wisely followed orders... I did not get the shot...it took me quite a while to adjust and see reason. The "shot" is now written permanently in my minds eye and I lived to tell the tale so a mixed blessing.

I have now included some of the photographs I did get in my Fine Art gallery and will be adding some more when I can...http://www.walterdirks.com/p704354399

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Africa Bristol Photographer Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2015/1/vibrant-africa Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:19:58 GMT
Autumn Leaves https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2014/10/autumn-leaves It is hard to believe but winter is just around the corner. On a recent "dog walk" in the rain I spotted these beautiful red leaves and thought "I must come back with my camera and take a picture" but of course the moment and light would pass as would the inclination. It was at that point that I remembered my iPhone with its reasonable camera in my pocket. Here is the result... they say that the best camera is the one you have with you....be encouraged and don't miss an opportunity.

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Autumn Leaves Bristol Photographer Bristol Professional Photographer Walter Dirks iPhone 6+ Camera https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2014/10/autumn-leaves Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:42:05 GMT
Super Moon over Bristol https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2014/8/super-moon-over-bristol Well the "Super Moonrise" over Bristol appeared for about a minute between the dark and ominous clouds as Hurricane Bertha had a last blast. I am pleased to have grabbed a shot of this rare annual event and can empathise with Ansel Adams grabbing his "Moonrise, Hernandez". Not an equal but I think my moon looks better...;).

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Bristol Photographer Bristol Photography Super Moon Super Moon Bristol Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2014/8/super-moon-over-bristol Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:04:21 GMT
Bristol Jazz Photography - Walter Dirks - Jonny Bruce https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2014/4/bristol-jazz-photography---walter-dirks The exhibition is up and running! 

In May 2012, I had an exhibition of my landscape photography at The Glass Room gallery at The Colston Hall. It was a joint showing with my friend Sheona Beaumont (now a celebrity of One Born Every Minute ! ). The exhibition was aimed to coincide with The Bristol Festival of Photography which runs annually in the month of May and it was well received. 

This year I decided to have an exhibition in my local and favourite coffee shop...Rubicon, Chandos Road, Bristol as part of the BFOP. Over the last couple of years I have built up a library of photographs which reflect the thriving Bristol jazz scene. I was one of the official photographers at the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2014 and was thrilled to get many photographs that I really like. David Redfern (famous jazz photographer) had an exhibition of his work at the jazz festival and it sowed the seeds for me to do "Bristol Jazz Photography" ...photographs of jazz performed in Bristol.

Jonny Bruce - Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2014

Jonny Bruce - Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2014

Although space is somewhat limited at Rubicon I will make sure to include as many local people as possible...this may take the form of some montages. A more comprehensive book is also on the way .... printed and also hopefully as an available to buy ebook.

The exhibition will run from May 1st -31st each day from 8am - 6pm and I will post some more information and links as they become available.

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Bristol Festival of Photography Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival Bristol Photography Bristol Professional Photographer Jonny Bruce Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2014/4/bristol-jazz-photography---walter-dirks Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:19:17 GMT
Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival - Walter Dirks - Lillian Boutté https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2014/3/bristol-international-jazz-and-blues-festival---walter-dirks---lillian-boutt I have just spent three days at the Bristol Jazz Festival taking photographs of this most wonderful event. Bristol is becoming one of the premiere jazz  locations in the UK and this festival is really re-enforcing it. I can't wait to post produce the hundreds of photographs I took but as I was looking through my material I got so excited I thought I should at least put up one picture. Lillian Boutté from New Orleans is a legend and Bristol has been so blessed to have this beautiful lady with us. I will eventually put up a gallery dedicated to the festival but for now......

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival Bristol Photographer Bristol Professional Photographer Lillian Boutté Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2014/3/bristol-international-jazz-and-blues-festival---walter-dirks---lillian-boutt Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:39:46 GMT
Winning Bristol Photographs - 24 Hours in Bristol https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2013/11/winning-bristol-photographs---24-hours-in-bristol 24 Hours in Bristol - Photographic Competition - Competiton Winners24 Hours in Bristol - Photographic Competition - Competiton Winners The prizes have been given out and I have been successful. My photograph of the little girl playing with her yellow balloon in the Cabot Circus fountain was winner in the 15:00 -16:00 hourly category. Moonrise over the docks was highly commended as runner-up in the 18:00 - 19:00 hourly category and also highly commended as runner-up in the Visit Bristol - Visitor Guide front cover prize. One of my prizes was given out by Bristol Mayor George Ferguson who commissioned me to photograph architectural projects for him some years ago. It was great to catch up with him after the event.

 

 

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) 24 Hours in Bristol Bristol Bristol Mayor George Ferguson Bristol Photography Bristol Professional Photographer Cabot Circus Moonrise over Bristol Docks Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2013/11/winning-bristol-photographs---24-hours-in-bristol Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:52:26 GMT
24 Hours In Bristol - Bristol Photographic Competition - Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2013/10/24-hours-in-bristol---bristol-photographic-competition

I decided to enter the “24 Hours In Bristol” photographic competition. A task was set for hundreds of photographers to photograph Bristol in a 24 hour time frame on October 19th, 2013. 

 

At the stroke of midnight I was ready and took several pictures in the city centre. I was constantly distracted by “happy” people enjoying Bristol night life but they were good humoured and fun to chat to.  At three am I was tired and decided to go home for some well earned sleep. At the crack of dawn I was back out taking pictures…. I walked miles in search of that “special” shot. I was on the look out for an interesting person to photograph and finally saw a really fit looking lady getting out of her car. I new straight away she was “the one” and she said “Yes” ....I could take her picture for the competition. 

 

Bristol’s future belongs to the children. Children love puddles and Cabot Circus has the best puddle ever. I have watched children and families absolutely adore the fountain that rises out of the ground. Parents don’t mind their children getting wet and I can just hear the positive response when children are asked if they want to go shopping. I am so glad I was able to photograph this little girl as she played in the water...the sun was kind and briefly gave me a wonderful light. The parents were delighted with the picture I showed on the back of my camera and they were more than happy for me to enter the picture.

 

By evening I had some really nice pictures including The Matthew on the move and also a “Moonrise” over the docks. Each photographer was given a computer generated time slot in which one entry had to be taken. My slot was 20:00 - 21:00 and I decided to go for The Clifton Suspension Bridge. Thousands of people from all over the world visit the bridge every year and countless photographs are taken of it each and every day. I set myself a challenge to make a picture that would stand out from the rest...of course that is a huge challenge and perhaps unrealistic given my time slot of 20:00 - 21:00. Certainly it was not “the blue hour” or “sunset” and taking the photograph from a spot where thousands have photographed the bridge made my personal challenge even more difficult! 

 

Having a specific focus to photograph Bristol was a worthy project. It has given me greater insight into Bristol life and some wonderful hidden places which I intend to photograph when there is less of a time constraint and the light is right. If I have some success in the competition that would be great but I feel I already have my reward from the hours spent “looking” @Bristol. 

 

Here is a link to my entries... http://www.24hoursinbristol.co.uk/gallery/walterdirks

 

Walter

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) 24 Hours In Bristol @ Bristol@ Bristol Life Bristol Night Life Bristol Photographic Competition Bristol Photography Bristol Property Cabot Circus The Clifton Suspension Bridge The Matthew Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2013/10/24-hours-in-bristol---bristol-photographic-competition Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:37:09 GMT
Head Shot - One Handsome Bristol Dog https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2013/7/head-shot-one-handsome-bristol-dog After and long run of commercial photography I finally got around to photographing my dog Moses. He is just over a year old and a very handsome boy. Regular runs on the Bristol Downs and a swim in the lake at Blaise Castle keeps him fit and vital. Black dogs are quite difficult to photograph with harsh light so I used a large soft box to diffuse it..... I managed to bang off two frames before he was off but the "Head Shot" was in the "can".

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Bristol Fashion Bristol Photographer Bristol Photography Head Shots Pet Photograph Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2013/7/head-shot-one-handsome-bristol-dog Thu, 04 Jul 2013 16:48:12 GMT
Harveys Cellars Bristol - The Colour of Landscape https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2013/5/harveys-cellars-bristol---the-colour-of-landscape St. Mary Redcliffe - Bristol I am delighted to announce an exhibition of my landscape photographs at Harveys Cellars in Bristol. They have a great gallery space (next to The Bristol Hippodrome in Denmark Street) and will be showing my work for six weeks from May 16th, 2013.

Attached is a link which gives more detail about the exhibition and an invite to the "private view".

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walter@walterdirks.com (Walter Dirks Photography) Bristol Photographer Harveys Cellars The Colour of Landscape Walter Dirks https://www.walterdirks.com/blog/2013/5/harveys-cellars-bristol---the-colour-of-landscape Sat, 11 May 2013 08:42:20 GMT