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October 17, 2016
This year I decided to ignore my insecurities and enter some of the bigger photo competitions. I was ecstatic to receive an email a little while ago telling me one of my images had been shortlisted for the UK's Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition (LPOTY). Over the moon is not the word! This competition is one that really means a lot to us landscapers and for me has always maintained an incredibly high standard of natural images in a world dominated by oversaturation and gaudy HDR. A huge thank you to Charlie Waite - whose work I have admired for so long - and the other judges for the selection, I wish all my fellow landscapers good luck in the final!
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October 17, 2016
Recently I was fortunate to visit Croatia, Bosnia & Herzogovina and Montenegro. Mostly it was for a much needed holiday break. but I took the camera along, naturally. Although the weather was mixed I managed to capture some images I was happy pretty happy with. We stayed in the gorgeous fishing town of Cavtat, which is situated roughly an hour or so south of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic coast. Crystal clear waters and mostly clear skies (with the odd bit of thunder and lightning :) ), it made for a perfect getaway and unlike Dubrovnik isn't overrun with tourists. Lightning over Cavtat (you can find a small video of the lightning on my Facebook page). More

August 19, 2016

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Capturing Cornwall

A little overdue this blog, so apologies for that, various distractions have kept me busy in recent weeks. A while back I went to visit Cornwall again in southwest England for a break with the hope of getting some great new images. A bit thankyou to Ian and Dawn and the family of Trevean Holiday Cottages in Rosudgeon for their great hosting and providing a home away from home for a week, the fresh mackerel was much appreciated! The week started with rain, a bit more rain and then even more rain which would have been OK if it wasn't for the flat grey skies and flat light, so the camera stayed in the ...
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April 22, 2016

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A huge thankyou to Zahair of National Geographic who this morning informed me my photo was published in the daily dozen, it made me extremely happy! Sometimes feedback is hard to come by so things like this make it all worthwhile.

It was a very spooky and surreal Winter morning in Malmesbury/Tetbury, Wiltshire when I took this set of images! The photo was shot at around 7am in freezing fog/mist which made it very hard work to use the camera. I was constantly having to demist and wipe the lens which made focussing very tricky, not to mention the fact my ...
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April 21, 2016

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Don't throw it away!

I've been looking through some older photos recently and came across quite a few that for some reason unknown to me, I never edited. One of those weird mysteries of the Universe with little or no explanation. Alongside that I combined some newer editing techniques to clean up some of these images (as well as a few familiar ones). The photo attached is from the huge storm waves as a result of the St Jude's storm smashing into the UK in 2014. It reminds me of the Guinness advert with the horses in the waves, so was given the suitable title of "White Riders". Morale of the story, don't throw away any pics you think are "ok" or ...
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April 07, 2016

Dusty lenses? No problem!

Generally i've read that trying to clean your own lenses that are full of dust and gunk is a bad idea. Normally I would agree but I thought I'd give it a go on a lens that was old and so dirty it badly needed some attention. Turns out for this particular lens it was actually very simple! Remove makeup ring, unscrew 3 small screws, pop the lens element out and clean carefull, pop back in and close up. Yay, clean again! :) For anyone fancying a cheaper option than sending your lens off to the manufacturer, have a read of this article on lens cleaning by Rob Cicala.
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March 16, 2016

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Getting all Scentimental about Spring!

It's almost that time of year when colour starts bursting from the seams of the countryside. About now the witch hazels and magnolias should just be opening up to replace the already old snow drops and daffodils - which came out incredibly early in the UK because of the warm Winter. I recently teamed up with local Tetbury florist Scentiments who have kindly agreed to allow me to work in their shop on a regular basis. So, you will hopefully be seeing regular updates of flower images of the year! Many thanks to Joy, Hannah and Val for being so welcoming and not making me feel like I was getting in their ...
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March 03, 2016

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Grasmere Weir At Sunrise

There are those days you get when the weather, preparation and luck all go in the right direction and you have a good days shooting. Then, there are those days that are simply awesome! Such was the day a few weeks ago when after an "ok" sunrise shoot at Rydal Water/Grasmere, I decided to give it one more go and set the alarm for daft-o'-clock (I'm not great with mornings at all!). Oh Wow! Even in semi-darkness I could see that the surface of Grasmere was like glass. Not even a whiff of a breeze, promising, very promising! :D A few days previous I had started at Rydal Water, which runs more east-west than north-south like Grasmere does. I hoped to capture a particularly nice ...
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February 21, 2016

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One Perfect Sunrise

A recent visit to the Lake District provided some fantastic conditions for photography. Finally, the weather forecast looked clear for what felt like the first time in months. I packed up the gear and set off back to my home town of Kendal in the Lake District to meet up with friends and plan a few days shooting. The first sign that this was going to be a good week was approaching Junction 36 on the M6. I was treated to the start of a lovely sunset with pink skies on still snow capped peaks in the background and quickly made it to my first location of Whitbarrow Scar (or Scout Scar to the locals). Quickly grabbing my kit I ran up the hill that takes you onto the scar and set ...
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January 20, 2016

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Frosty Fossehill Farm

Frosty Fossehill Farm - A cold frosty Winter morning in Gloucestershire resulted in a couple of black and white images I was really pleased with. Ironically, I had gone out to another location and had a fair amount of luck so decided to try and precisely locate a series of trees I was knew of locally. For several years I'd tried to work out who owned these very ordered rows of trees and how to get there and it was only yesterday I finally worked it out. Many thanks to Kate and team at Fossehill Riding Farm (part of the Royal Agricultural ...
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