Adam Rowney

Castles in the Sky


Ella and I have been planning on going on adventures together for so long now, and it finally happened! We flew to Germany late March for just under two weeks. We planned to do as much adventuring amongst the hilltops and mountains of South Germany, with the goal to find some beautiful countryside to visit, and some amazing castles to explore. Germany has some gorgeous castles! So many that we plan to go back some time in the future.

We spent the first half of our travels staying in an Airbnb in the town of Baden Baden. The little town set in the valleys of the south of Germany was adorable, and surrounded by the hills and little mountains of the region. While we were there, the town was often covered in mist, with clouds so low you could almost touch them. And when we hiked up, we often found we were amongst the clouds, or when we reached the top, looking down on them. An old castle, in ruin, was at the top of one of these hikes. The atmosphere was incredible, especially with the wind rushing over and through the castle, with the clouds above, and all the little rooms and courtyards to explore.

The second half of our journey was a short train ride away to the sleepy town of Lichtenstein. Just like Baden Baden, this was a town situated within a steep sided valley, and was filled with mist and beautiful walks along the hills. Castle Lichtenstein was set into the side of the hills, overlooking the town, so the views from up there were amazing! Every hike we did, we took local German beers with us, different ones every time. When we reached the summit, we would rest on the top, looking down to where we had come from, with a beer each to relax with.

I bought a new camera with me for the trip, a Canon G5x. I felt that as I was going to be hiking all day, I didn’t want to be weighed down by my D750. She’s a lovely camera, but I wanted something more portable. I figured whatever I bought would be used a lot for travels, and for any other time I did not feel like taking my DSLR, so this journey was good testing ground for her.















In a weeks time I am going to Germany with meiner kleiner katze, Ella. We’re going hiking in the hills and mountains in the south, looking to explore the castles in the region. This all seemed like a perfect opportunity to do some travel photography, which lead me to think about what equipment to take. To decide what to take, I had to evaluate the pros and cons of what I had.

My main camera is a beast. She is wonderful, but she is a beast. And with my 24-70mm f2.8 on her, she is an even heftier beast. The glass in that lens easily doubles her weight, and all of a sudden, while my camera is great in the studio, she is also impractical for hiking up mountains with. Doable, but impracticable. Even with the 50mm f1.4 attached, she is still heavy and cumbersome, and then also extremely limited for landscape images. So with all this in mind I decided to get a new addition to the family. After a lot of deliberation, I adopted the above wonderful mini-beast. Her name is Tinkerbell, and while she is the size of a chunky compact camera, she has the feel of a real camera. She has customizable dials all over her so you never have to look at the screen, and the screen itself flips back to front, so it’s like there isn’t even a screen there. All of this leads to it feeling like a rather small and well designed film camera. This just makes it so much more fun to shoot! So far she has been great, but it will be interesting to see how she does in a more rugged landscape.

Gold in the Darkness


This was very much a last minute shoot, planned for a collaboration for a creative group started by my beautiful Ella Ruth, and by Nathalie Donado. When I say last minute, I’m not saying that lightly. The deadline was 31st January, at Midnight. I started shooting on 31st January at 8:30pm that night, finished shooting at 11:30pm, and had the image uploading with a few minutes to spare. I worked with Anna previously in December 2014, and this shoot we just did recently was about as far in visual aesthetics from the previous shoot as you can get. I’d never shot anything like this before, so it was a challenge to get the flash heads to light up the glitter correctly. The glitter on the face was added in post production as I did not want to risk getting any glitter in Annas eyes. On a final note, the studio was covered in glitter after this, and I’m sure I will still find it in the months to come.





Windswept Overhead

I took this shot of Ella while testing out my camera phone. I treated it as a still life, so I adjusted her hair, hand positions, direction of her look etc. She has such gorgeous long and beautiful hair, and it had recently been dyed with henna, so it looked incredible from this angle. On a side note, I definitely love the windswept look for overhead shots.

I wanted something portable to carry around on our walks out in the countryside together, and so I went for a phone that could take good images (for a phone at least), and the LGG4 had good reviews. The LGG4 allow manual control over focus, white balance, shutter speed, and ISO. It also has RAW capability, so it seemed a good choice. The image has been heavily cropped, and it was shot in a dark room, so I think considering the sensor is so incredibly small, it did a good job.

Here is a bonus shot of Totty, owner of Ella, via my Instagram – @adamrowneyphoto.



Dreamlike and Ethereal


I’ve always been a big fan of ethereal images. Whether they are created with the environment / background, by the styling, editing, posing, or any other aspect that helps create the final shot. I just love that lost, dreamlike appearance. And I definitely like it when this kind of image is woven together with dark and atmospheric lighting. I tried to bring that all together with this shoot.

Model – Lydia Hemus – Base Model Management