1. Online Lightroom tutorial

    A couple of days ago I published a screen-recorded Lightroom processing tutorial onto YouTube. It may just be a one-off, or it could become a semi-regular feature. I’m undecided. I process a single image MY way. That is to say, it is not a definitive ‘how to’, but is how I, as a professional nature photographer, work within the digital-darkroom. And, in any case, I don’t believe there is a ‘correct’ way to process a photograph since we all have very different ways in which we wish to interpret the scene in post-production.

    To ascertain interest I initially had it set up as an Unlisted video and only alerted my newsletter subscribers, but such was the positive feedback that I have now made it public. You can watch the tutorial here.

    I may well be doing others so if you enjoy this one it might be worth considering subscribing to my channel.

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  2. Photography eBook

    The Backstory
    Creative Close-Ups

    19 pager. 15 high resolution images.
    To purchase a copy, please click here.
    £3.99

    I have, for some time, considered doing a book in the traditional printed form but have always felt that there was more than enough “How to” books already available to satisfy the demands of nature photographers with each,  pretty much, following the same format (advising on equipment, exposure, filtration and so on) when, in my experience of leading hundreds of workshops, the two things that most aspiring photographers want to know is – how and why did YOU take that photograph? For this reason and listening to the requests of many others, I have decided to put together a number of eBooks titled The Backstory with this being the first.

    It’s simple. With each image there is accompanying text describing, in detail, the story behind the photograph revealing both the technique and thought process that led up to it with the latter, I firmly believe, being the key ingredient in producing creative, evocative and memorable images.

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  3. Finland in Winter

    10 days after returning from Poland I headed off to Northern Finland in the hope of photographing snowy landscapes and golden eagles. My main goal, however, was to do a recce with fellow photographer Paavo Hamunen in preparation for a photo-tour we are doing there, together, next year. Temperatures at this time are more often than not, very low at between -15 to -30° C but winter had other ideas and instead had their warmest spell in 15 years! So, with 0 to +3 forecast I left the down jacket at home.

    Paavo is one of Finland’s top nature photographers whom I met on my first trip back in 1999 and has lived in the Kuusamo region (where the tour will be based) for the last 20 years and so there was no-one more qualified to show me what this region had to offer, though I did have a fairly good idea through trip I made many summers ago where I photographed bears, flowers and landscapes.

    The following images were made in the very places where the tour will be held and if after reading this you are tempted to join me on what promises to be a trip of a lifetime, do contact me as there will only be 6 places available.

    Full details of the Finland in Winter photo-tour (including extensive itinerary) can be found on my website, here.   

    First up were black-bellied dippers. This is a truly wonderful location where up to 5 dippers can be on the same stretch of rapids at any one time since this is one of the few places where the water remains unfrozen. They are amazingly confiding and I was obtaining images within minutes of my arrival. No need for a hide, too!

    Black-bellied dipper

    Black-bellied dipper

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    Ice sculpture

    Ice sculpture

    Silver birch

    Silver birch

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    Male black-bellied dipper displaying

    Male black-bellied dipper displaying

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    There are two ways in which you can reach the golden eagle hides – walk or snowmobile sledge. You can guess which one I chose and you’ll have the same choice should you join us!

    The hides are very comfortable and heated and since the birds are quite used to the coming and goings of photographers, there was no need to enter the hide pre dawn and exit after dark which is the usual way of working when photographing such birds. As a result, we would arrive at about 10 and leave at 5.

    Golden eagle

    Golden eagle

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    Birds such as these occupied us while waiting for the eagles.

    Siberian jay

    Siberian jay

    Great-spotted woodpecker

    Great-spotted woodpecker

    Siberian tit

    Siberian tit

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    Owls are always possible in this region but impossible to predict too far in advance as such things as weather conditions and vole populations dictate when and where they can be found. Finnish owls (unlike those in the UK) are fairly unafraid of humans and if you’re fortunate enough to come across one, as I was, then you could be in for a real treat!

    Great-grey owl

    Great-grey owl

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    Click HERE for the itinerary

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