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Photographing Christmas Lights and Festive Outdoor Christmas Scenes
22nd November 2013 - 1 comment
With the nights getting dark so early during December the opportunities for photography can be limited, especially if you are at work during the week. However December offers a few different chances to capture photographs of places that you would not normally think about shooting. With the Christmas light switch on seemingly happening earlier each year there is normally a good 6 week window to get out into the town or city centre and capture the beauty of the Christmas season in its full glory.
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Photographs of Historic Warwick Castle
19th November 2013 - 0 comments
Warwick Castle is one of the best preserved and most visit castles in the country. The castle was developed from a wooden castle built by William the Conqueror around 1068, I have taken a few photographs of Warwick Castle but being a commercial venture access to the actual grounds and other viewpoints is much more difficult than with other castles in the UK particularly at times when the conditions are best for photography.
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North Landing at Flamborough Head - Yorkshire Coast Seascape Photography
11th November 2013 - 0 comments
On Saturday I headed out in a rain storm to try and capture the seascapes around Flamborough Head on the Yorkshire Coast. The weather conditions were very dramatic with lovely cloud and some beautiful light but typically this was not anywhere near where I was so I had to contend with the reflections from the sunset and moody skies over the beaches at Flamborough. The tide had just turned when I arrived and was about as far out as it will go, so had to contend with an incoming tide and slippery rocks.
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Star Photography in the Peak District
09th November 2013 - 0 comments
On Thursday last week the weather forecast was looking positive showing clear skies and cool temperatures, I made the decision to head out into the Peak District after dark to try and capture the night sky. Star photography is not something I have tried many times in the past, I have captured a few longer exposure star trail shots but have not tried to capture a clear view of the sky with much shorter exposures.
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A morning photographing Padley Gorge and Higger Tor in the Peaks - October 2013
28th October 2013 - 1 comment
A relatively free weekend meant that I was able to plan to be out in the Peak District for Sunrise on Saturday morning, the weather forecast kept changing throughout the week but would seem to look dry if a little cloudy. The alarm went off bright and early and we were out on location well before sunrise hoping to catch the early morning light around Carl Wark. For the second time in recent weeks we've driven out of Sheffield with clear skies only to arrive on location to be greeted with thick cloud and zero opportunities for photography. We took one look at conditions and decided to descend down into the valley to try and get out of the low cloud and shoot some details in the woodland at Gridleford as the wide views would not be possible.
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Sheffield Street Art and Mural Photography
16th October 2013 - 1 comment
After a failed sunrise trip to Higger Tor due to zero visibility in the low autumn cloud with AMP Photography, we headed back down the hill into the centre of Sheffield to be greeted with some beautiful early morning light hitting the architecture of the City. We concentrated on the area around Sheffield Hallam University and made our way down from the Cheesegrater Q-Park down past the SHU union teapot building. Alongside more traditional architecture photography we were on a mission to capture some of the relatively new wall Murals which feature David Attenborough, Charles Darwin and Harry Brearley.
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Understanding Social Media and its uses for Professional Photographers - 10 Top Tips
15th September 2013 - 0 comments
The social media boom is far from over, it is becoming more important every day to be on the numerous social channels and to generate interest through good content and regular updates. Finding time to be so active on these sites is the main hurdle faced by so many people, but updating your Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks can be very rewarding.
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Android Tablet Review - Gobstopper Tablet by Sweet Tablets
12th September 2013 - 0 comments
I’ve been looking at various tablets for around a year but have never found one that I thought would be able to do everything I wanted it to without too much messing around and at a price point that is acceptable. I’ve been looking for a tablet that I could use to show off my photography on the go and to look after all of my emails and social media from home without having to sit at the computer. I stumbled across the Sweet Tablets website by chance, here was a UK based company offering tablets with similar specs and designs to the Samsung tablets at a much lower price point, I assumed there would be a catch but there hasn’t been one so far.
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The delights of Landscape Photography during the autumn months
01st September 2013 - 1 comment
What a fantastic summer! The weather has been very un-British during past few months with warm temperatures and lots of sunshine, there has been little moaning in the office about the weather perhaps only a few verses of ‘it’s too hot!’ which can’t be a bad thing. Autumn is my favourite time of year for photography (along with many other photographers). The more sociable sunrise times fit better with everyday working life, mixed with the incredible freshness that comes with early autumn mornings make for improved enthusiasm to get out there and chase the light.
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A few days in Paris - travel photography from my recent trip
25th August 2013 - 0 comments
I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days in Paris as part of a weeks holiday to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. I managed to get by with my little Panasonic TZ8 and a handy Gorilla pod bendy tripod and managed to get a few shots in among the thousand of other tourists and photographers all aiming for similar spots. The buildings in Paris are beautiful, the architecture and history is truly amazing.
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Chesterton Windmill - Photographs and History of this Warwickshire Landmark
02nd August 2013 - 0 comments
Landscape photograph in Warwickshire can be difficult and requires a different approach to landscape photography in other areas of the UK. Whilst living in Warwick I visited Chesterton Windmill on a few occasions at different times of the year to capture the windmill in a number of different conditions.
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Newcastle Quayside Night Photography and my Photographic Beginnings
26th July 2013 - 0 comments
One of the reasons I originally started gaining an interest photography was after looking through some of the photographs from around the Newcastle Quayside from both during the day and at when lit up at night, in particular shots from Greame Peacock who at the time had shots in nearly every Tourism and University brochure showing the area. Another photographer who had a great portfolio of images from Newcastle is Steve Mayes, I remember seeing his black and white prints at the Biscuit Factory and thinking this is something that I would like to get involved with.
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Lands End Cornwall landscape photography trip - A week of mixed weather and amazing seascapes
23rd June 2013 - 1 comment
I’ve just got back from a week long photography & walking trip to Cornwall, spending most of my time in and around Lands End on various parts of the South West Coastal Path. Throughout the week I managed to capture shots of the coastline in various weather conditions with my favourite spots being the cliffs around Porthcurno, Nanjizal Beach and Porth Curno.
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2014 Calendar – A4 British Landscape Photo Calendar
10th May 2013 - 0 comments
Building on the success of my 2013 calendar, I have started the time consuming task of beginning to put together the artwork for my 2014 Calendar. This years British landscape photography calendar will be similar in design to last years, being A4 in size when closed and opening up to A3 when hung on the wall.
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Entries to Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013
27th April 2013 - 4 comments
After my near success in last years Take a View landscape photographer of the year competition with 5 short-listed entries, I have decided again (against my better judgement) to put some entries in this year’s competition in the Classic View and Your View categories. The task of choosing images for this competition is always difficult, looking through past winners and inclusions in the Landscape Photographer of the Year book always leaves me a little puzzled as to the kind of image that may do well in the competition.
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Castles and Seascapes | Photography trip to Bamburgh Castle on the Northumberland Coastline
08th April 2013 - 1 comment
Over the Easter bank holiday weekend I had the opportunity to stay with friends right by the coastline in Bamburgh on the Northumberland Coast. Whilst this wasn’t a dedicated photography trip I managed to squeeze in a few trips down to the areas around Bamburgh Castle to capture it in a variety of lighting conditions, the photographs that I came back with were very pleasing and a good achievement in the limited time.
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Alamy stock photography collection updated for 2013
25th March 2013 - 0 comments
For the past couple of years I have been a member of the Alamy stock photography site, my photos from the Alamy site have been licensed for use in a whole range of media ranging from the Telegraph website to a worldwide travel magazine. I have now reached the milestone of close to 1,500 photographs on the site which has taken a large amount of my time over the past 2 years.
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Landscape Photography in the Cairngorms National Park
11th March 2013 - 1 comment
At the start of January I headed for my first trip to the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland for a joint ski and walking holiday, a six and a half hour drive from home in Sheffield. During the week I managed to get out for sunrise everyday and enjoyed plenty of walking in the ancient forests.
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Peak District Snow - a walk around Surprise View and Over Owler Tor
03rd March 2013 - 0 comments
The recent heavy snow brought with it the usual disruption and traffic problems; we had snow most weeks during January and early February and only now are temperatures beginning to rise again as spring approaches. During the last period of heavy snow I managed to get out into the Peak District on the snowy roads for a thoroughly enjoyable full day walk.
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