Nothing too heavy or deeply thought through here. Just a small set of images taken on this week’s artists date in Southport. In fact all the shots I took are here with a simple black and white conversion from the Olympus Pen F raw files which very much emulate the in camera jpegs. Sometimes a…
This was my second, and first serious, project visit to the old church in pursuit of my Echoes of Elmet project and, although the day was not what I wanted, I did manage to capture one shot that goes some way to meeting my criteria. This really needs to be a gritty scene with hints…
I’ve been here hundreds of times before and sometimes wonder what I’m doing with yet another visit. However the swans at Martin mere never fail to engage me. On this late afternoon I was blessed with a small pool of sunlight that was reflected back onto an occasional passing swan from a nearby window. I…
As I begin to explore the edges of my Elmet project I spent a little time with the old church in Heptonstall. Despite only having 30 minutes or so to play with I managed to capture a handful of scene setting images, all handheld in the drizzle.
This was very much an unplanned, on the hoof shoot grabbed en route to deliver a set of fine art prints. I almost didn’t leave the car due to the dense freezing fog but, despite concerns that I may not easily find my way back of the moors, I decided to give it a try…
Here’s my second practice run with Nightfalls, my waterfalls at night personal project. The technique is quite challenging as I endeavour to portray the emotional feeling engendered by being out in these wild places in the full darkness of night. Exposures are necessarily long and I’m finding a method that appears to work. Arriving at…
A cold, rainy day along the flooded banks of Rivington Reservoir taking in the gothic grime of the fallen castle.
Again in the rain from my favourite Mere Sands Wood hide. At least I had the whole reserve to myself.
We meet at last. Finally I come face to face with the Yarrow Valley kingfisher. Not the best shot ever but it matters to me, being my first ever.
Again, I work on Moss Erotica, a project which is shapeshifting with every visit. Moss Eros. Erotica for Mosses. Where is this journey into the smaller realm taking me?
at Gordale Scar…
Not that I’m short of a personal project to work with, but I couldn’t say no to this when it came and took me over in the darkness of Gordale Scar. Shooting waterfalls in the black of night will be both entertaining and educational for me.
Once again I find myself chasing a kingfisher but finding ducks. To amuse myself I turn my attention to the moorhens that about at Yarrow Valley Country Park and, having just been studying Oriental art philosophy thought I’d try a willow pattern style!
Just the results of a wintery wander around Anglezarke Lake one dull morning.
This personal project seems to be dragging its feet, or perhaps it’s me! I’m trying to get under the skin of what I’m trying to say and slowly finding my way. This set of monochromes were taken on this wet rainy day.
A night time shoot on the beaches of Ainsdale near Southport.
Found in a local ancient woodland amongst the devil’s bit scabious.
We had a flying visit to the coast of Kent and here’s a handful of grainy monochromes courtesy of the Olympus Pen F.
Today I was the early bird.
Sometimes I find a place that holds its own energy, somewhere that creeps up on you and unnerves the core of your sensibilities. This dark pool was one such being.
The big black slug, Arion ater. A voracious forager of woodland detritus stalked through the mosses with my 400mm.
During a gloriously inspirational weekend at the Scottish Nature Photographers Fair I managed a couple of hours of photography before wild camping in the woods. For some reason I was drawn to the more urbane side of life.
A short wander around Brockholes seen in monochrome…
This has become a firm favourite retreat place for us. There’s nothing quite like wild camping on a remote Scottish beach and waking to the sound of the sea. We holidayed here for 8 days and I took most of my pictures with my eyes.
On a wet day I’m trying out various approaches with multiple long exposures combined with ICM.
So, my Odonata project begins to form and I’m here at Brockholes in search of dragonflies to test my techniques on. Perhaps I’m too early, but I did find more nature to focus on.
Whiling away a few hours one night in Manchester with my Olympus Pen F. Very much discreet, handheld and high iso images.
I’ve done so many bluebell shoots over the years that it’s becoming hard not to simply replicate last years images. Today I decided to go for a different approach very much inspired by my Moss Erotica style.
One of my favourite woodlands, best visited in the rain.