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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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November 08, 2015

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Sea of Tranquility... almost!!!

Sea of Tranquility - An interesting side story to this one... There I was with the camera set up with ND filter (for very long exposures, think of welding glass) taking this image on the Lincolnshire coast when behind me I hear my partner start shouting "Mitch, Mitch, Mitch!!!" urgently. As usual, when in full camera mode I did't really take much notice. Again I hear "Miiiiiiitttttch!!! Loooooook!!!!" and it perks my interest a little more and I start to hear an engine noise. I'm now about 5 minutes into an 8 minute exposure and don't really want to stop but the urgency from behind me increases (as does the noise on an otherwise quiet beach) so I look around and see a ...
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September 15, 2015

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Magical Madeira

Madeira is part of a Portuguese archipelago of four islands off the northwest coast of Africa roughly west of Marrakesh. It is well known for its namesake wine and subtropical climate whose temperature is in the 25-30 Celcius region all year round making it a perfect holiday destination. The most popular activities on the islands are walking (around the 1000's of kilometer's of "levada" walks), golf, surfing and scuba diving. Most of the ~250,000 population speak English well and it is a very easy place to get around as an English speaking tourist, with easy bus routes and an abundance of taxi and similar services. For a photographer ...
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June 17, 2015

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Balloons and Poppies

A short trip into the Gloucestershire fields the other day ended up with me running hell for leather with full camera kit across the length of a field to get to this hot air balloon that had sneakily appeared and started to land behind me in a poppy field. Thankfully I got there just about in time and had about thirty seconds to set up and fire off a few quick shots. This image as well as a portrait version are available in the shop.
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June 13, 2015

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Crop Macros

Recently I went for a morning venture into some Gloucestershire crop fields to capture some macro (extreme close up) images. Macro images are generally considered to be defined these days by an image where "the size of the subject in the finished photograph is greater than life size". The exact terminology varies but we will stick with the generally accept digital age definition (further information about macro photography can be found here). Similarly, the definition above can be applied to what is a macro lens, namely one that can produce a macro image, or in other words a reproduction ratio of greater than 1:1. My ...
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