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June 09, 2015

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Santorini Sunsets

Santorini, one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century B.C.E., forever shaping its rugged landscape and villages. The whitewashed, cubist houses of its two principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the clear Aegean and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles. It is believed that the volcanic eruption of Santorini was so loud it could be heard from Scandinavia, over 3000 km away! There are also tree rings in China which correlate to a shift in the global climate that matches the timing of this mammoth event. Having stood on the cliffs of this caldera and ...
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August 20, 2014

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Life On Mars

After a long period of failed trips (mostly down to weather) and technical issues with equipment, I finally got back to the awesome Welsh coast this week. The venue this time was Dunraven Bay and thankfully for once I got a really nice day of weather and a cracking sunset. This purple sunset was shot with a 10 stop B&W ND filter and fluorescent filter (you can read more about this in the blog article here)to boost those awesome sunset colours and I think gives the impression of an alien landscape. I have produced several of these purple toned or ...
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April 14, 2014

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Star Trail At Hawkesbury Folly, Gloucestershire

Well it's been a pretty drab and dreary few months weatherwise here in Old Blighty but finally we had a couple of days of sunshine and clear skies and the rest of the week is looking good *fingers crossed*. The image below was taken starting approximately 90 mins after sunset and is comprised of approximately 250x30 second exposure all shot at F8, ISO 800 using a tripod/intervalometer and some heavy bag usage to keep the tripod steady for several hours. These images are then layered in either Photoshop or in this case the very handy and easy to use Starstax program which puts ...
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January 12, 2014

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Nash Point, Monknash, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

For the first proper shoot of the year I drove over to Nash Point in Wales last week. Nash Point is found on the Heritage Monknash coastline near Marcross/Llantwit Major in the Vale of Glamorgan and is considered to be one of the "must do" places in landscape photography in the UK. I certainly could have done with a map reader as I got lost several times trying to find it on the multitude of B roads in the area... must get a satnav I think! The forecast was for clear skies at sunset and a receding high"ish" tide - just what I wanted. Unfortunately (or not in hindsight!) the sunset disappeared behind some heavy rain clouds so I was left to make the most of ...
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August 29, 2013

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London Skyline

I do love a good city skyline!!! It had been a long while since my last trip to the big smoke and I had packed a pretty heavy photo (and tourist) schedule in for a few days. Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Somerset House for the camera, then a few shows, museums and some good food for me! I'm not going to go into the age old argument about what is right and wrong in editing when it comes to photography as there is no definitive answer that fits all and never will be. I will simply state that I am not opposed to some fun and games with Photoshop and the like, BUT I do make a point of NOT
    using techniques like HDR (which I detest!) and dramatically increasing sunset ...
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August 16, 2013

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Four Seasons Of A Beech Tree

I love this tree!!! (click on the image to open the blog page then again to see the image in full) It has taken me several years to build up a full four seasons series of images but finally I managed to snap a good Spring image of this wonderful beech tree near to where I live in Gloucestershire. The scene epitomises some of the expansive rolling landscape of the Cotswold District, which and as you can see it varies greatly over the year. I still am not 100% done with this tree however, as another local photographer kindly informed me that the field is sometimes full of rapeseed... :( update... no rapeseed in 2015 so see you in 2016 Mr Beech Tree!). Hopefully I can ...
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October 27, 2012

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Autumn in Gloucestershire, UK

Autumn, that time of the year when the colours on the trees go wild and every nature photographer runs around wildly for a week or two trying to capture the best of it. I'm a huge lover of photographing trees and especially trees in Autumn. 2012 proved to be one of the most vibrant Autumn seasons I can remember as you can see from the featured image above. Raspberry reds, peaches, golds, oranges, yellows, a plethora of greens, you name it, it was there to be captured. The particular image above was shot in Westonbirt Arboretum near the lovely Cotswolds town of Tetbury (where I live) in Gloucestershire. Westonbirt Arboretum is home to one of the best collections of trees ...
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October 03, 2012

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Blackpoint Lighthouse, Penmon, Angelsey, Wales

Recently I spent a week in the Snowdonia and Angelsey regions of Wales and what a treat it was! Many people had told me to visit Angelsey with my camera and I wasn't disappointed when I got there. Starting out from the highly recommended Galedffrwd Mill in Betheseda I set out for an early morning start at Penmon, which is situated just east of the gorgeous town of Beaumaris. Penmon is home to Blackpoint ...
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