High Vis Street Culture Festival 2019 – Street Art and more

One of the best places to explore in Birmingham for Street Art, for me, is The Custard Factory and surrounding Digbeth area. I often wander down around there at a weekend, as it’s a fairly short walk from the city centre. Once there you’ll find yourself surrounded by an eclectic mix of vibrant Street Art, artisan cafes and interesting little shops. You can’t fail to feel like you’ve walked in to a thriving community of friendly artists and creative types. To celebrate the abundance of talented artists, whose art covers many of the walls around that area, the High Vis Street Culture Festival brings together some of these artists along with a nod the culture and lifestyle that represents or inspires them. So not only can you see the artists at work on new pieces, but also take in the talents of hip-hop performers, BMX and skateboarders. Read More

Central City Roller Derby – Sports Photography

I had the great pleasure of being invited to a Roller Derby match at the weekend by my good friend Vee, or as her team mates know her, ‘Bunny Massacre’. I hasten to add that Vee is one of the nicest people you could ever meet and her love for bunnies certainly negates any assumptions you may have based on her Roller Derby name; but when she’s skating round the track with the Central City Roller Derby, well, that’s a whole different ball game, actually it’s not a ball game at all, let me elaborate. Read More

Photography Tips for Live Music

Duncan Walker Photography - Music Event Photography

It’s often seen as a bit of a ‘dark art’ when it comes to live music photography, those amazing shots you see of your favourite artist, with dazzling lighting, perfectly timed mid-air leaps and all-round stunning action captured in a timeless photo. Is it just luck, or just a supreme understanding of gear and the environment? I think most photographers would agree that it’s probably 80% understanding and 20% luck. Anyone can use the now infamous, spray an prey technique, and will eventually come out with a handful of photos that are decent captures of the subject at hand; but putting your camera on auto, pointing it in the general direction of something and pressing the shutter button isn’t where you really want to be. Not only will you do yourself a disservice by learning very little, but you then have the unenviable task of sifting through hundreds, if not thousands, of photos to find that one good one. Trust me, you don’t want to go there. Read More

Warstone Lane Cemetery

A curious nature, a camera and a cemetery. Sounds a little odd to say the least, possibly even downright creepy in the eyes of some people. I often wonder how I’m perceived by the random passerby when they see me framing up a shot of a gravestone, all on my lonesome. I guess the time of day may save me some form of ridicule or misconception; I imagine that late at night would certainly raise some concern and possibly even the odd call to the police. One thing it wouldn’t raise, would be the dead. Read More

Blenheim Palace – architectural splendour

Blenheim Palace - Duncan Walker Photography

There are days when a trip out seems daunting at first, even the mere mention of a location fills you with trepidation, it seems too far, the journey may be tiring and stressful etc … If you’re not careful you can reach that point where you’ve talked yourself out of it and yet ironically later you regret your decision to stay home. It’s almost like a catch twenty-two situation, you go and you may hate it, or at least the journey, you stay and you’ll hate that you wasted a day sat on the couch just watching TV. Read More

Food Bloggers – food photography

Duncan Walker Photography - Food Blogging

I’m a big fan of food photography, and appreciate the time and effort put in to what may seem like simple snap of a shiny soup bowl or collection of moody vegetables. I’ve recently had the pleasure to work with a few bloggers who were looking for a well crafted image of a specific recipe they’d written about on their blog. It’s been a steep learning curve, but fun; plus I get to play both cook, stylist and photographer all in one, with a helping hand from my wonderful partner … Read More