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I am an amateur photographer based in England. My main interests are photographing the English countryside and photographing gardens.
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  • Sun Kissed

    Inspired by reading John Blakemore's book 'Black and White Photography Workshop', I decided to give monochrome photography a try. So I set my camera (Olympus O_MD 5 Mk 2) to record in black and white and set out to see what the world looked like p...


    6 Aug 2017 2:34PM | Read


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  • Merry Christmas

    From the archives, Milton Country Park on Christmas Day, 2010. The one and only time in my life, that I have seen snow on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you all.


    25 Dec 2016 7:44AM | Read


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  • Empty Botlle Filter

    My local club recently held a table top photography practical evening. I experimented by shooting through a couple of the empty wine bottles someone had brought in. The result was this most abstract image. The flat dark areas on the bottom remin...


    14 Dec 2016 7:00PM | Read


    Views : 281

  • Pinhole Lens

    I have splashed the cash (£16.99 to be precise) and bought a Holga pinhole lens for my Olympus EM5 mk2. Here are a few of my first efforts. Black and white seems right for a pinhole image, though I have a couple of coloured ones below. I love the...


    24 Aug 2016 10:58AM | Read


    Views : 337

  • High Sweden Bridge

    As part of my workflow for processing images, I routinely make colour based decompositions of the image to use as the basis for layer maps. I use either HSV or LAB decompositions. The reason I use this method is that the vast majority of my image...


    3 Aug 2016 9:03AM | Read


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  • Seeing

    One of the joys of photography is that it lets us see things that we cannot normally see or would not normally look at. In my local country park, there is a sensory garden, which contains a wooden seat with a carved back. I have been in that gard...


    20 Jul 2016 9:35AM | Read


    Views : 471

  • One for the critics

    When I am not photographing the countryside, I spend a lot of time taking pictures of the family dog. I have spent many hours, and thousands of shutter clicks, trying to get action shots of her. Given my snail-like reaction times, I have a lot of...


    6 Jul 2016 8:59AM | Read


    Views : 658

  • Padley Gorge

    I was in the Peak DIstrict last week, and amongst other places walked through Padley Gorge. But it wasn't the stream and its little waterfalls that inspired me, but the woods at the visitor centre end. With the twisted trunks, and the boulder strew...


    29 Jun 2016 6:42PM | Read


    Views : 510

  • Aquilegia

    I haven't photographed any flower portraits for a while; but if a flower could pose, this one did. I kept looking at it from my living room window, and just had to take the photograph.


    2 Jun 2016 7:27PM | Read


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  • Back to 2007

    My local club had a meeting last week on the theme of ‘My House’ - four photographs of anything connected with one’s house. Despite months of notice, and with masterful procrastination, I managed to take only two photographs by the day on which th...


    24 May 2016 7:10PM | Read


    Views : 463

  • Country Lane

    This country lane in south Cambridgeshire is one of my favourite places for walking the dog. It is only a few hundred yards long and is surrounded by the monotony of endless, flat, intensively farmed fields that are such a feature of this part of E...


    5 May 2016 2:26PM | Read


    Views : 458

  • Capturing Spring

    For the second year running, I have been out trying to photograph spring. I want to capture that transitional moment when the buds on the trees have started to open, but are not yet fully out; when the trees and bushes seem to be covered in a del...


    20 Apr 2016 2:38PM | Read


    Views : 498

  • A Little Addicted

    Have you ever started doing something, only to find you cannot stop, a sort of momentary addiction? Like picking strawberries. You find yourself continuing to pick fruit long after you've filled the punnet that you came to get. But there is alwa...


    6 Apr 2016 2:15PM | Read


    Views : 571

  • Life Size Lichens

    My main camera is an Olympus OMD E-M5 Mark ii. Amongst other attributes, it boasts a high definition mode which yields a 36mb image, against the 16mb in normal mode. The high definition is achieved by taking 8 shots and moving the sensor between eac...


    30 Mar 2016 6:56PM | Read


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  • Converting to Black and White

    In keeping with my New Year's resolutions, I have been trying converting images to black and white. Not surprisingly, I have found out just how much I have to learn. However, a morning spent photographing vegetation etched with frost has yielded ...


    23 Mar 2016 10:43AM | Read


    Views : 435