1. Website gallery

    Trawling through a photographer’s numerous galleries, on their website, can be a tiresome business with many categorised by subject. I include my own in this as I see no other way of displaying the range of subject matter that I have captured over the last 30 or so years. Gosh, I sound old! Therefore, to go some way in alleviating this I’ve added a Showcase gallery which does as it says on the tin. it’s a selection of my personal favourites which, no doubt, over the coming months and years I’ll delete or add new images but for now, this’ll do. So, should you have time, are bored, or just a little bit interested, then please click here.

    Moonrise, Elmley

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  2. Rain, rain and more rain!

    It’s been the wettest January, for some parts of the UK, since records began 100 years ago and so it’ll come as no surprise to learn that for many photographers this hasn’t been the most productive start to the year! In the SE we have had just a handful of frosts (maybe less!) and not the slightest hint of snow which, although may cause disruptions, nature photographers just love. Well, I do, anyway! I’ve tried to remain optimistic and seem to spend more time checking weather forecasts than doing anything else for the slightest opportunity of a sunrise or sunset. However, as illustrated in the final image, if you are flexible in your approach and keep an open mind, it’s surprising the images that can be made, regardless of the conditions.

    That said, I will be seeing snow this year with a trip to Poland on Monday for bison and at the end of the month to Finnish Lapland for a multitude of subjects in preparation for a tour in 2015 where, I hope, some of you will be able to join me.

    Oystercatchers in flight over the North Kent mudflats at dawn. Nikon D300, 200-400 @ 300, iso 400, 1/20 sec. f14, handheld.

    Oystercatchers in flight over the North Kent mudflats at dawn
    Nikon D300, 200-400 @ 300, iso 400, 1/20 sec. f14, handheld.

    The Swale at sunrise Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 3 secs. f16, Lee 0.6 ND grad.

    The Swale at sunrise
    Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 3 secs. f16, Lee 0.6 ND grad.

    Harty Ferry slipway at sunrise. Taken a short while after the above image.  Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 25 secs. f22, Lee 0.6 ND grad + ProGlass Standard ND filter.

    Harty Ferry slipway at sunrise. Taken a short while after the above image.
    Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 25 secs. f22, Lee 0.6 ND grad + ProGlass Standard ND filter.

    Little Stour at sunset Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 13 sec. f16, Lee 0.9 ND grad and ProGlass Standard ND.

    Little Stour at sunset
    Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 13 sec. f16, Lee 0.9 ND grad and ProGlass Standard ND.

    Kelp and incoming tide at dawn.   Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 2.5 secs @ f16, 0.6 ND grad.

    Kelp and incoming tide at dawn.
    Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 2.5 secs @ f16, Lee 0.6 ND grad.

     

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  3. Peak District workshops

    10 days ago I returned from spending 6 days in the Dark Peak (northern) region of the Peak District where, since 2011, I have been leading both 2 and 1 day workshops shooting this wonderfully scenic part of the country. The weather was a little fickle (to say the least!) but that is what you have to kind of expect in the UK in Autumn! Venture out in your waterproofs and with an open mind and you’ll never be short of images to capture.

    Both groups were absolutely fantastic! Lots of fun and always smiling – even in the most trying of conditions. Thank you for that!

    I arrived a couple of days prior to the arrival of my first group to allow me to venture out alone and, perhaps, check out a new location or two.

    It’s a bit of a slog reaching the top of Derwent Edge but well worth it once you reach it! This was taken in, quite possibly, the windiest conditions I have ever worked in but the upside was that the light was changing by the second. As a result, I was having to push the tripod onto the ground to not only keep it steady enough to get a shot but to stop it from toppling over!

    View from Derwent Edge

    View from Derwent Edge

    Shortly after, a bank of low, dark cloud moved in and so I began the descent upon where I noticed this small waterfall. The light was rapidly fading and I had just enough time to make this image before it started to rain.

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    With a clear morning forecast, I headed to Mam Tor. It wasn’t long before I was joined by several other photographers who, all, headed in the same direction – following the path and down the other side, towards Hollins Cross. My instinctive reaction to this is always the same, to not follow suit and try and seek an alternative angle.

    Mam Tor's trig point and crescent moon

    Mam Tor’s trig point and crescent moon

    The morning was just too clear for my liking but it was nice to be there watching the sun rise nonetheless.

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    The following days, as mentioned at the beginning, were a mixture of conditions and my 2-day guests were lucky to experience both a wonderful sunrise and sunset. The image below, however, was taken on a heavily overcast dawn. Regardless of forecast, you’re out at dawn on my workshops(!) as there are always images to be had in even the most unlikely of conditions.

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    Abandoned millstones

    Abandoned millstones

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    View from Stanage Edge

    Stanage Edge

    Stanage Edge

    Stanage Edge at sunset

    Stanage Edge at sunset

    At dawn, the following morning, we headed for Curbar Gap where we enjoyed the most glorious sunrise……..

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    …..for, around, 20 minutes……..

    Curbar Edge looking towards Baslow Edge

    Curbar Edge looking towards Baslow Edge

    Baslow Edge

    Baslow Edge

    …….before fog closed in, reducing the visibility to just 20, or so, metres. Cue breakfast!

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    The following day I held a 1-day workshop. It was so windy, at times, that we had to abandon certain vantage points in favour of those that gave a little more shelter and, although the day was largely overcast, we did enjoy fleeting moments of sunshine – which is all you need – isn’t it?!

    View from Baslow Edge looking towards Curbar Edge

    View from Baslow Edge looking towards Curbar Edge

    I’ll be leading the same workshops next year with the 2-day one being held from Wed 29th – Fri 31st October and the 1-day on Sat 1st November. For full details, please click here to take you to the workshops page.

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