My Flickr Favourites from October 2017


Here are my chosen three images from other photographers that were taken in October. You can see all of my other previous Flickr favourites posts here. It looks like October was a good month for everyone, there certainly were some nice images to choose from.

 Loch Ailort by Neil Almond

Loch AilortNeil has captured a wonderful image here. The foreground detail is really detailed and the shape of the rock leads your eyes towards the scene beyond perfectly. The tones and mood are also spot on.

SA0057 by Darren Ciolli-Leach SA0057

It looks like Darren had a productive time when he went up to Scotland. This is my favourite of a very impressive collection of images. If you have the time try and have a look through them all. The image has some lovely layers and the tree roots in the foreground look great. It does deserve a better title though Darren! 😉

Dinorwic Quarry 23 Oct 2017 by Matthew Dartford

Dinorwic Quarry 23 Oct 2017

Super tones and mood again from Matt. This is my favourite spot in Dinorwic and Matt has made it look pretty epic here.

Well done Neil, Darren and Matthew.


Here is this months list of photographers that also deserve a mention. Click on the names to see their images. Leigh Dorey Neil Burnell, Mark Littlejohn, Dani Colston, Amar Sood, & Sarah Brooks



October 2017

The start of the season

October is very much the start to my favourite period for photography. But at the same time it also is the start of darker mornings and limited camera time during the week. It is kind of ironic that I spend all summer longing for it to come, and once it was here I cannot make the most of it. I would love to continue wandering around the woodland up in the hills, but it is just too dark to do so. Fortunately as the clocks have now gone back, I should hopefully be able to get back into the hills for a week or two.

To maximise my photography time during October, I started shooting close to where I work. I started off by scouting a nearby country estate which has a good network of footpaths. I tend not to take many pictures when I am exploring, but when the conditions were right later in the month I knew just where I needed to be. As the sunrise got even later I started focusing on closeups of the flowers, leaves and seed heads on a small piece of waste ground 5 minutes away from where I work. I hope to continue this project in November.

Weekends of course I was free to get out into the hills and other places like Burnham Beeches. The autumn colour is now starting to show and should reach its peak in the next week or two. I was fortunate to have a couple of days off work in half term, and it just so happened that both these days had very misty mornings. I made the most of these conditions, by going to a couple of locations that I have been planning on visiting on just such occasion.

Of course the news that I have had a image commend in this years Landscape Photographer of the year competition, was very well received. Well done to everyone who managed to get something in the book. I’m looking forward to the awards evening and catching up with some of you there.

I also had two local exhibitions during October which went very well. I have already started signing up for exhibition in 2018, so keep an eye on my dates for your diary page for a up to date list of up coming events.

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017

I am pleased to announce that my image called ‘Lady’s Walk in Autumn’, has been commended in this year’s Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. The image will appear in the competition’s accompanying book, which is available from shops and online retailers from today. A full list of all the this year’s winners is available on the Take A View website.

I also want to say well done to all of the winners and everyone else that managed to get an image or images commended.

Ashridge Chiltern Woodland Autumn Landscape Photography

Lady’s Walk in Autumn – Ashridge Hertfordshire.
Commended in Classic View 2017.



My Flickr Favourites from September 2017

PHOTOGRAPHERS September 2017.

Here are my chosen three images from other photographers that were taken in September. You can see all of my other previous Flickr favourites posts here.

Wash Out by Sarah Brooks

Wash Out

A super shot by Sarah. I just love the simplicity and the silky water.

Winding by Joe White


A lovely rugged scene from Joe, with a nice s curve of light.


Fell Rainbow by Andy Aveyard

Fell Rainbow

Andy has captured one of those fleeting moments where you have to be in the right place at the right time. I’m sure the rainbow would have been there for only a few minutes.


Well done Sarah, Joe and Andy.




September 2017

September Mornings

September has been a fairly unproductive month for me as I seem be be going out and not taking many pictures. I have been spending a lot of time exploring new locations, which can be time consuming and often fruitless. The dark overcast mornings later in the month also did not help me, as by the time it got light enough to shoot I had to leave to go to work. That said I did have a handful of mornings when the conditions were very nice. Signs of the approaching autumn has been present all month, so lets hope it is going to be a good one.

If you are passing by, I have a picture hanging up in the Ashridge visitor centre this weekend. The image has been shortlisted in their Tree-mendous Weekend competition. The winner of the competition will be announced on Sunday. The voting is all done by the public, so any votes for my image will be much appreciated.

Finally just a quick mention about this exhibition in Watlington, that I am taking part in next weekend. The exhibition is open Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 3pm.



My Flickr Favourites from August 2017


Here are my chosen three images from other photographers that were taken in August.
Like before, my chosen images will be put together in a gallery on Flickr along with all the previous ones. Or you can read all of my other previous Flickr fave posts here.

Wheelstones by Matt Oliver


I have seen a abundance of heather pictures this year and to me most of them look rather similar. What I particularly like about this one from Matt is that it is a little understated. The colour of the heather is very natural, and where it has gone over in some places makes it look more interesting. I also like that fact the sky is not a overpowering sunrise or sunset. Matt is very good at these vertical compositions, that lead your eyes perfectly up the frame.


The Last Stand by William Dore

The Last Stand

A rather moody image from William, but it is right up my street. On Twitter there was a few suggestions of alternative crops, but I agree with William that this one works best.

 Sunrise by Steve PalmerSunrise

Another choice of moody image, this time from Steve. I just like the simplicity and the fact that it could have been taken anywhere.

Well done Matt, William and Steve.


Here is this months list of photographers that also deserve a mention. Click on the names to see their images. Dave Fieldhouse, Matt Garbutt, Matthew Dartford, Sarah Brooks and Edd Allen

August 2017

Projects, Dorset, and a few Misty Mornings.

August like the rest of the year seems to have flown by. The month started out with me completing my ‘Entangled’ project and working on another similar project called ‘Yellow’. ‘Yellow’ focused on a field of sunflowers, but concentrated on individual flowers in various stages of the flowers blooming. I really enjoyed working on these projects and it made me wonder if this should be something I should do more of. These projects also got me using my Hasselblad a bit more, which has to be a good thing.

I did managed to spend a bit more time exploring some new locations. For me the summer months are perfect for exploring, as the light mornings allows me about 2 hours before I start work. Being warmer also makes it a more pleasant experience. All this exploring does not really produce lots of pictures that I want to share, but hopefully the time was well spent and should provide some nice new images later in the year. As much as I like returning to my favourite places, a new location really does motivate me to get out there and try and capture something new.

I spent a nice week in the Isle of Purbeck with my family again. We visited last year and really enjoy our time down there so we decided to go again. There was a handful of shots that I wanted to capture, as I did not manage to capture the images I wanted last year. Fortunately I managed to capture them this year. Once I had captured them I took a fairly laid back approach and just enjoyed being out photographing somewhere different. Whist I was down there I met up with Leigh Dorey to capture Corfe Castle in the mist, and also Kevan Brewer for a wander around a misty part of the New Forest.

Here are some of my favourite images that were taken in August.



Entangled has become a working title for a project that I have recently been working on. I shared a couple of images on social media and received some encouraging feedback, and a few people asked to see some more of them. I personally feel that these images work better as a group, rather than single images. This is why I have held off posting any more of them.

How the project started

A few weeks ago I met up with Darren Rose and he introduced me to Rammamere Heath. We had a walk around the heath and the surrounding woodland for a couple of hours, and I immediately felt that this was a place that I could keep returning back to. The heath has a good covering of heather (which is not that common in these parts), and the surrounding woodland also looked very nice.

Since that first visit with Darren, I have returned a few times mainly just to scout the area and get to know it better. On one of these mornings I was walking around the heather on the heath trying to find a composition that worked well. I glanced down at a large cobweb that was covered in droplets of water from the rain during the night. I took a couple of shots of it and moved on to continue with my search.

Truth be told I didn’t find the shot I was looking for, and reviewing the images later on only underlined the fact. But the shots of the cobweb seemed to look rather interesting. After some processing I was really pleased with the results and thought I might be on to something. I returned to the heath a few days later to get some more images. Focusing on the leaves and seeds that have been caught in them. Since then I have been making regular trips to the heath, and concentrating on a small area of the heath. In fact a majority of the images were taken using only four large cobwebs.

Hasselblad, Entangled, Rammamere Heath, Bedfordshire, Cobwebs, web, spiders

What’s Next?

I plan to continue to keep visiting Rammamere Heath and the cobwebs, so the project will continue to grow. I visited this morning and everything was covered in dew. I saw that the heath was covered in plenty of other large cobwebs, which is good news as two of the four main cobwebs were damaged during the week, and they have not been repaired. I hope to concentrate a bit more on some images captured on film, which I think should work well. As for a book or something else, we will have to see.

The project currently contains around 60 images, but here is a smaller section of some of my favourites.




My Flickr Favourites from July 2017


Here are my chosen three images from other photographers that were taken in July.
Like before my chosen images will be put together in a gallery on Flickr along with all the previous ones. Or you can read all of my other previous Flickr fave posts here.

Buttermere Bloom by Stuart McGlennon

Buttermere Bloom

Stuart really has captured a jaw droppingly beautiful image here. I knew as soon as I saw it this was going to be my favourite image this month. Well done Stuart I could look at this for ages.

Pebble abstraction by Cathryn Baldock

Pebble abstraction

Another well deserved entry for Cathryn here. I just love the colours and shapes and it reminds me of a piece of stained glass.

SILENCE 1 by Neil Burnell

SILENCE 1 (infrared tree project)

Neil’s image might look like it was taken in the middle of winter. But it is all down to it being taken with a converted infrared camera. I just love the simplicity and the calming feeling.

Well done Stuart, Cathryn and Neil.


Here is this months list of photographers that also deserve a mention. Click on the names to see their images. Justin Minns, Alan Leightley and Martin Tosh







July 2017

Fields of Gold and Woods of mist

July has been pretty productive for me. While most people have been wondering what has happened to the sun, I have been celebrating the moody skies and the return of the mist in the hills. With the sun rising so early it gives me plenty of time to go out before work. I normally spend a lot of time hunting for new locations this time of year. But as the conditions have been so good, I only had a handful of mornings exploring new places.

Barley and wheat have continued to be a theme throughout July. It has turned from green to gold and in a few of the fields it has already been harvested. The windmill at Great Haseley has been a location that I have been visiting a lot recently. The windmill is 10 minutes away and it has had a nice field of barley growing in front of it this year. Being so close I was able to pop out in the evenings for an hour when the clouds were looking nice.

I have also started working on a small project with cobwebs. All of the images are monotone and a little abstract. It is only in the early stages but I like how it is going. Hopefully in the months to come it will continue to grow.

Last but not least I was pleased to see some misty morning back in the hills, and this last week has been especially good. Woodland in the summer can be really tricky as the greens can be really over powering. Also getting around can be a bit of a change as things like bracken and brambles have a tendency to grow everywhere. That said I did manage to get a few images that worked well.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read this. Here are some of my favourite images from July.