Hard Science

Just a quick update post to let you know what I’ve been doing with my time lately.

As you all know by now, I get my kicks and giggles from photographing cool technology, scientific gadgets and amazing structures. My last photography project for the University of Salford (UoS) ticked lots of those boxes and I just wanted to share a couple of the experiences from the shoot.

The shoot comprised of mainly photographing students at work in the Aeronautical engineering department at UoS where they design, develop and test using lots of outrageously sophisticated equipment. My main focus was to be on there research on Applied aerodynamic and flight dynamics and also computational Fluid Dynamics. Cool right.

Now I think where I differ from a lot of photographers is that I really love this stuff and the chance to be around some of this kit sends me a little giddy. I also want a view point that not many of people would have thought about and usually that means climbing into, getting on top of, or interacting with said piece of kit. In the examples to follow I popped the questions, how near can I get to that jet engine and can I get inside that wind tunnel?

I think those questions really pay off if you’ve got a compilant client and you stay away from the bits of equipment that: a) can hurt alot if touched and,  b) cost a fortune to replace.

Armed only with ear defenders and a creative perspective I shot the images below hand held and later post-processed in Lightroom.

I believe asking questions is key to understanding your subject matter better, the more you know the better your images will be and sometimes asking ridiculous questions can put you in some really interesting areas.

Click on the image below to see further examples from the shoot.

I’d love to hear your feedback.

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