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.

My Flickr faves from May 2017

MY THREE FAVOURITE PICTURES BY OTHER
PHOTOGRAPHERS May 2017.

Here are my chosen three images from other photographers that were taken in May. 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.

Pond Art – 2 by William Dore

Pond Art - 2A cracking image from William. I really like the way the leaves are arranged and how they seems to glow against that nice black background. Excellent work William.

Orange Tip (female) by Neil Burnell

Orange Tip (female)I have been looking for a orange tip myself with this kind of image in mind.
Neil has captured this one perfectly with some lovely bokeh.

Stoke Common by Paul Mitchell

Stoke Common

I just love the golden light that Paul has captured on the side of these trees.
The mist adds a lovely soft backdrop to the image too.

Well done William, Neil and Paul.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Here is this months list of photographers that also deserve a mention. Click on the names to see their images. Cathryn Baldock Stu Meech Jake Turner Gary Miller

May 2017

From Wild Garlic to Orchids

May is such a wonderful month here in Buckinghamshire, as I am sure it is in other places around the UK. I think the transformation of landscape during May is quite amazing, resulting in a glorious green land. The vibrant colour of the new beech leaves is a particular favourite of mine. It’s a shame the colour only last for a couple of weeks.

Most of the first part of the month I spent in one location concentrating on wild garlic. Back in March I spotted a few patches of wild garlic growing, and made a note to return in May when I knew it would be in flower. Visiting the location every morning over two weeks, I enjoyed getting to know the area, even though most mornings the light was pretty flat. Even on the brighter days the light did not penetrate through the thick canopy where I wanted it to. All of these visits and exploring were important to me, so I knew where I needed to be when the conditions where good. Eventually the conditions were right and managed to capture what I wanted one Friday morning about 5.30am in the rain. The image was well received on social media and it looks great as a print.

As much as I like this time of year I also start to find it harder to photograph woodland and the landscape. The woodland I love in the winter becomes too green and overgrown for my liking. Because of this I start to turn my lens to the smaller things like orchids and butterflies, that start to begin to appear in May. I am lucky to have some locations near by that are home to some pretty rare orchids, so I started visiting these location in the later part of the month. Some of these orchids only grow in three locations in the UK and one of them is a hybrid that is unique to the location. Although this is not typically landscape photography they are a important part of my landscape. Besides I do find photographing something a little different rewarding.

Bucks Open Studios

During May I have also been really busy getting prepared for Bucks Open Studios, which is of course taking place next mouth. I will be opening up my home to visitors who what to come and see my work. I will be open for three weekends in June, so it will be great to see anyone who wants to come and visit me.

Here are some of my favourite images from May.

April 2017

All change for April

As the title suggests this April has been a bit different to previous ones. Firstly it was buying and getting to know a different camera system. As I have mentioned in a previous post I set off on the 1st April to go and buy a camera to replace my old one that stopped working the day before. I am really pleased with the new Olympus OM-D EM1 Mark II and a month on, I have got used to all of its settings and multitudes of buttons.

April is normally a month I really look forward to. The main reason for this is because we normally visit family in Scotland with a couple of nights stay in the Lake District on the way up and on the way down. Obviously this annual trip is great for my photography, with many photo opportunities to be had. Unfortunately this year the relatives we visit were unwell, so we all decided it was probably best if we did not go.

So with the time still booked off work, we decided we should try and get away, even if it was just for a couple of nights. As always our family holidays are normally planned around decent locations for my photography. After seeing images from Greg Whitton and the photographers that have been on the workshops. Snowdonia has been on my list of places that I would like to visit.

Obviously Snowdonia is quite a big place so I decided to spend most of my time in one location. I personally would rather spend a bit of time exploring one area, rather than driving around ticking off multiple locations and feeling rushed that I have to try and do everything. With the exception of a quick trip to the banks of Llyn Padarn, to shoot the famous tree there, I chose to visit and explore the abandoned slate mine at Dinorwig. I chose this location mainly because it is so different to what I normally shoot. I found the place fascinating to walk around, and it felt a little like I was transported back in time. The conditions these men lived and worked in certainly makes you think. There definitely was no health and safety back then!

Prior to my trip away, I also had a weekend away near Nottingham to visit the Connected exhibition at Patching Art centre in Calverton. This was the open weekend where most of the exhibitors visited and there was three guest speakers each day. Along with two of my own there are loads of fabulous images on show, from some very talented photographers. It was also great to catch up with some photographer friends and also put some faces to names I know online.

My highlights of the weekend were the talks by Rachael Talibart and Paul Kenny. I particularly found Paul’s talk on how he produces his work from objects he finds on beaches very interesting. I also managed to purchase one of his gorgeous prints that he had on offer there. On the Sunday morning me and Dylan Nardini decided to meet up in Clumber Park. We had a good wander around and we were treated to a nice bit of mist and some lovely light rays there. The exhibition is still up for another week, so I recommend going to see it if you haven’t already.

Another change for me is I normally spent all of my time in the latter part of the month visiting bluebells woods. In previous years I would have visited daily to start to plan compositions and find the best spots. This year I have decided to focus on all of the stuff I normally miss. One of these things is the rapeseed, that normally flowers at the same time as the bluebells. Fortunately there was a nice field halfway on my daily commute which I made the most of and along with some other fields that I spotted. I managed to get a few images that I am pleased with. Of course I have still been to see some bluebells as it would be to hard to totally ignore them, but I still think my time has been spent more wisely.

Here are a selection of my favourite images from April.

My Flickr Faves January 2017

MY THREE FAVOURITE PICTURES BY OTHER
PHOTOGRAPHERS JANUARY 2017.

Well it has now been a year since I started choosing my monthly favourite images by other photographers, and it seems to have been well received. As it is the start of a new year, I have decided to add a few honourable mentions at the end of the post. Sometimes it is really hard picking just three images, so I thought it would be nice to mention the other photographers and their pictures that almost made it. Like before my chosen images will be put together in a gallery on Flickr along with all the previous ones.

Curbar mist by Matt Oliver

Curbar mistAs soon as I saw this picture I knew it was going to feature in this month’s selection. I’m sure you will agree, the misty light in this picture is stunning. From the highlights on the foreground rocks to the rays in the distance, it all adds tremendous interest and depth to the image. Apparently moments before this, the visibility was only about 20 feet due to low cloud. I can just imagine the joy that Matt felt as this scene began to appear in front of him.

Frosty Footpath by Robert Birkby

Frosty Footpath

Robert has captured a super image here with some lovely sharp detail. I love the way the hoar frost frames the path into the woods. Then that path draws you into the wood and the lovely soft mist in the background. Beautiful work Robert.

Spine by Neil Burnell

Spine

I could probably pick a top three from just Neil’s pictures alone. Neil definitely has a eye for what makes a great image. It was a close call between this one and his Stilts image from the Essex Coast. But this one just had the edge as I’m a sucker for a moody mono square. I like the way this has the feeling that he has travelled to the end of the earth to capture it. The mixture of the jagged rocks and the curve of the shoreline also work really nicely together. Keep up the good work Neil!

Well done Matt, Robert and Neil.

honourable mentions

As mentioned above here is the list of photographers that also deserve a mention. Click on the names to see their images.

Claire Zaffin Roger Voller Neil Burnell (Again) Matt Lethbridge Matthew Dartford

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