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- Duncansby StacksHi all well we’re back from the Outer Hebrides, eventful is the keyword here, 7 absolute soaking sheeting down sideways torrential downpours of rain out of 9, you get the idea. Anyway We managed to get as many shoots in as possible then turned tail for home driving 506miles on the last day, I’m […]
- Sunset RocksYes yes I know, the title sucks, but my brain isn’t working due to lack of sleep, hate warm weather, I’m a very run warm person even in winter, must be the layers of blubber I have! Anyway this one from Northumberland walking down onto Embleton Beach. This was a great night and the sun […]
- Hackfall Pt 3Hi all as promised another part to the Hackfall Woods commission shoot from a few weeks ago. Lovely bluebells throughout the walk not always in the best location to shoot as they tend to like the shade of the canopy but when you’re given lemons and all that! Still stunning though and so so very […]
- Hackfall Pt 2Evening all ooohhh Dixon of Dock Green for those old enough to remember, seem to remember it ran into the 70’s but lately I’ve been listening to it on the radio but with David Tennant as his sidekick Andy Crawford, Dixon being played by David Calder, worth a listen….anyway I appear to have gone off […]
- Hackfall – Pt1Hi all a couple of shots from my recent commission shoot at Hackfall Woods in North Yorkshire, probably the best woods in the country, and you can even kayak there in the main river. Had a fabulous 5 mile walk round it though carrying all my kit was truly a pain I will remember for […]
- Saint Ina’s Church Llanina BluebellsSaint Ina’s Church Llanina Bluebells A beautiful little church near New Quay overlooking the stunning seas of Cardigan Bay. It has an amazing coastal walk taking in all manner of scenery and wildlife as well as great little stops for refreshments and a bit of shopping for tea. This weekend will mostly be about practicing […]
- St Catherine’s From The BeachThis one is St Catherine’s at Tenby, a must if you’re ever down that way, open to the public but not so for our fury friends so they get a big fat ZERO from me because of this. They are however allowed on the beach and what a beach it is, huge and goes on […]
- Snowdonia View From TalybontMorning All hope you all had a wonderful relaxing weekend. We did the usual, long dog walks though Jo has a poorly foot so she had to take it real steady. I managed 2 short runs with the pack and I’m suffering for it now! NO I will never learn. Today’s image is from […]
- Dyffryn Burial ChamberDyffryn Burial Chamber The oldest stone structure in Britain? This double burial chamber, known as a portal dolmen, is considered to be one of the earliest examples of its kind in the British Isles. Believed to date to around 3500 BC, it is one of several such sites close to the village of Dyffryn Ardudwy […]
- Barnsley Hospital Rainbow RunHi all had the marvellous privilege of being the photographer for Barnsley Hospital Charity Rainbow Run yesterday, as you can see from the images it’s not one for the faint hearted or those without a darn good washing machine!. The organisation team were brilliant and everything went off with issues, well done guys, a […]
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Monthly Archives: April 2012
At last the rain has stopped and the sun is out, seems like forever since we had the warmth and light of the sun on such a beautiful morning.
I thought I’d better post a sunset shot, again from my Wales trip. This time it’s a “Bokeh” you may or may not have heard the word/term before, it’s a Japanese term for blur or haze and it’s usually best used for lights behind the subject you have detailed in your shot, so sharp focus on the crystal ball and haze or blur on the sunset.
Got a heritage walk to shoot this week, hope the weather picks up as they need it buy Friday, may try and do it today…Stormy’s up for it and Jo is on leave today.
Lets hope this week improves some what
As the title says rolling wave sunset, a little of everything really, taken during the last few minutes of light, the clouds diffusing the suns powerful rays and tinting the sky with ethereal colours. This is one of what will be my Calendar shots for next year due to go on sale Sept/Oct this year, struck a nice deal with a publisher for these so I’m really pleased about it, won’t post anymore from it and I’ll leave this as a taster.
The rain is still pouring down, I think I may start building a large boat in the garden if it goes on much longer, the weather girl all be it good looking but obviously rather dim is promising a brighter day tomorrow, so based on her advice I’ll do a shoot I have been commissioned for by the local authority for a regular magazine they produce, this one is a 3 mile heritage walk so Stormy and Jo will be my companions on this one, failing hat it looks as though the rain will be back Sunday for the week ahead!!!!!
Hope you all have a great weekend
A beautiful sunset at Paradise Beach or Rhosneigr as its known….
I used a Singh Ray Reverse Grad filter to get the wonderful tones out of the sky whilst maintaining a natural sea and waves with just a hint of slow shutter to make the waves a little creamy. Processing was simply, clean dust and spray from the shot and adjust levels and saturation…simple eh
Taking dad to hospital later, he has a blocked gland or something under his eye, looks a right mess and it has to be drained etc etc….not one for the faint hearted me thinks. I’ll be happy taking him and waiting, don’t want to see it!
Have a great Wednesday
Another piece of art inspired photography here from my Wales trip, this time with my trusty crystal pyramid upturned. Believe me it wasn’t that easy a shot to compose, the darn pyramid for one kept falling over every time the breeze blew and then the waves kept hitting the back of the rocks sending spray over and soaking not only the crystal but me too!. Anyway I hope you like it, it’s not my usual composition by rule but I like the fact that the rock dominated the scene but the harmony created by the setting sun and crystal work nicely together, the just off 50/50 split and the break in the sea draw the focus back to the crystal…..
Rain forecast yet again today, in fact it’s forecast all week and were off on a long walk this coming weekend. I have a couple booked now for my June sea shoot on Anglesey, I also have a spare slot for May if there are any takers out there.
Date 13-18 May if anyone is interested please email me to book between these dates
Friday! what a great day
well it is isn’t it? the weekend is here.
Just got another confirmation on a couple of workshops so thats great news, I can eat again..lol
Off doing more Navigation training this weekend with a mate and Stormy and no doubt we’ll trow the cameras in with us too, We’ve decided to do the Yorkshire 3 peak, it’ll be the 3 Amigos and Stormy out again for a jaunt so should be fun.
Today’s is yet another one from Wales, I know but it’s hard to resit processing these shots when they come out so nice
cleaned and leveled in Photoshop, Lee .6 and Singh Ray Reverse Grad, Canon 1DS MKII and 24-105 F4 on board.
have a great weekend
Thursday already, the weekend approaches fast eh?, still raining here, they better not bring in a hosepipe ban..lol we had over an inch of rain yesterday and they’ll say it fell in the wrong place1..
This shot is again from Rhosneigr in Wales, utilising my trusty crystal pyramid again, this time laying on its side to reflect more of the sea and sunset, I love the warmth of the sun against the rock as the setting sun reflects from the sea.
Have a few more workshops booked now so I’m pleased they are taking off and feedback is all positive…unless they’re scared of me.. particularly the seascapes sessions, must admit its a favourite of mine, so much emotion and passion in the sea.
Have a great Thursday
Wednesday and the rain has returned with a vengeance, had me awake half the night with it thrashing against the window, Stormy was oblivious to it, choosing to lay on her back on her waterbed….yes my husky has a water bed, it keeps her cool…don’t ask!
Today’s offering is from guess where…of course Wales. Taken during a workshop I did recently with a mate and fellow tog Barney. Not going to explain too much about it other than it’s all real no Photoshopping, well only to clean the dist bunnies off and check the levels, other than that it’s as it came out of the camera.
hope the weather improves somewhat though the forecast is poor for the rest of the week.
Ah well its time for Stormy’s 2nd walk of the day, she’s happily ripping a toy to pieces to get to its heart or squeaker as we call it
A beautiful spring day at one of my favourite places, Penmon lighthouse or Trwyn Du lighthouse was one of the later to be constructed in this area, like many others it was built after a major loss of life nearby. It marks an area of rocks that go out toward Puffin Island, it also marks the north entrance to the Menai Straits.
It was a perfect afternoon with the sea gently lapping against the shoreline, I had the whole area to myself for this shot, a very rare occasion indeed as this is such a popular area for family’s, photographers and fisherman alike. Not long after this shot a few fishermen did turn up and a family sat on the far side hoping for a glimpse of a porpoise as they often swim by at certain times of the year.
Very little done to the image, circular polariser to enhance the blues and whites and cleaned and leveled in Photoshop.
More to follow
Happy Monday all,
had a fab weekend out and about, even managed a great little hike around Dunford Bridge which is 15 mins from where I live. Some stunning views towards Manchester and beyond. On a clear day from Bleaklow which was just across the way from Dunford you can see the Snowdonia Mountain range and even Snowdon itself, yesterday was certainly clear enough, doubt the rest of the week will be anything like.
Stormy’s obsession:- Well owning a husky isn’t all glamour, far from it, she’s an out and out hunter dog and as soon as you take her “off path” she reverts to a small animal hunter, constantly diving head first into the undergrowth and yanking out all manner of creatures, yesterday I had to wrestle a screaming vole out of her mouth, very luckily Storm had it between her Canine’s and was holding on for dear life, Mark who I was with picked it up and put it by its hole, it had a quick lick and shot underground to safety, don’t know if it will have survived as they sometimes die of shock later, I think Stormy may have already eaten a couple on the walk already.
Next on the list was a lizzard…I’m going to have to get a book or app for creature identification, especially if Stormy continues to capture critters all the time, luckily this survived too, beautifully camouflaged colours too, Stormy must have fantastic eye site.
Today’s offering is from South Stack lighthouse on Anglesey, must admit the weather didn’t play very fair as it looked like we were in for a treat of a sunset. Now I don’t usually congregate with other photographers but here must have been 10 of us there somewhat spoiling any uniqueness I bring to my shots, luckily I was the only one with a Reverse Grad filter which gave this outstanding colour effect, most other photographers had gone by this stage fearing it was a wasted night. Not me, I stay until I am 100% +tive I can’t get anything better out of Mother Nature.
The fog bank was really effective it cut through the horizon separating the sunset from the sea with a wonderful white blanket. The filter enhance the stunning colours in the sky and reflective sea areas, very pleased with the final shot.
Out again this week, hope you all have a great week too
Hey it’s FRIDAY, thank goodness, what a week, training training and more training and then to top it off I had my Mountain Rescue navigation assessment yesterday, 4 hours up on the moors, compass and map and just my wits….I’m doomed! no, it went pretty good I think and hope, enjoyed the session and I didn’t get lost which would have been a major embarrassment.
A great plus has been my weight loss, 19st 2lb down to 17st 9lb in 6 weeks so it’s going really well. Target 17st well in sight and I should hopefully get there in 2-3 more weeks. I have decided to stick with my diet as its pretty good and I don’t really need and cheats on it, I’m never hungry and still have a good deal of energy in me.
Off hill tramping again this weekend, closer to home, Stormy has been neglected this last couple of weeks while I have been training so its making up time, hope she’s prepared for the new longer distance fitter me…gonner run her paws off.
Today’s shot is a Sunset Splash – Sunsets golden glow licking the tips of the waves and the tide slowly recedes, filters used
Singh Ray Reverse Grad
Cleaned in Photoshop only
have a great weekend all