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Best-Ever Wildlife Shots
Best-Ever Wildlife Shots

Best-Ever Wildlife Shots

The Digital Camera World January 2019 magazine features '10 Steps to Animal Magic' as its front page main feature.It seems like a good enough article promising 'techniques, tips and strategies for making magical animal captures'.The 10 steps begin with...

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Stolen Leica Gear
Stolen Leica Gear

Stolen Leica Gear

Ffordes Photographic of Beauly, near Inverness, Scotland was broken into in the early hours of 26th September and a substantial amount of Leica equipment, digital and film cameras, lenses and accessories, was stolen. The Police Incident Number is NN10337/18 and the...

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Isle of Skye Half Marathon
Isle of Skye Half Marathon

Isle of Skye Half Marathon

For the first time in its 35 year history the Isle of Skye Half Marathon benefitted from full road closures, so the runners were not having to battle against traffic as well as the clock. Cameron Milne was the winner with a record time of 1 hour, 9...

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the photography show 2018
The Photography Show 2018

The Photography Show 2018

It was a fairly late decision to attend The Photography Show at the Birmingham NEC this year, mostly due to it now being a 1100 mile round trip. While some of my friends who live around 100 miles from the NEC failed to make it due to snow, we had a...

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Fledglings
Fledglings

Fledglings

I have been watching a pair of Great Tits (Parus major) feeding voraciously on the garden bird nut feeder for a few days and today these little chaps appeared, presumably having just fledged from their nest. All images made with a FujiFilm X-Pro2 & 1986 Tamron...

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Testing the FujiFilm GFX-50S & the Fujinon GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR lens. (Apple iPhone 6S) image © Julie Simpson
The Photography Show 2017

The Photography Show 2017

I have just returned from a couple of days at the 4th edition of the Photography Show held at Birmingham’s NEC. All the big names in the business were present with huge stands from Canon (celebrating 30 years of the EOS range), Nikon, FujiFilm, Olympus, Panasonic,...

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It was ‘Snowdrop Sunday’ at Pencarrow House in Cornwall with large carpets and smaller dense pockets of common snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) in the landscaped gardens and woodland walks.
Snowdrop Sunday

Snowdrop Sunday

It was ‘Snowdrop Sunday’ at Pencarrow House in Cornwall with large carpets and smaller dense pockets of common snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) in the landscaped gardens and woodland walks. I used an original Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens and a ‘EOS to FX’...

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Mousehole Harbour Lights (FujiFilm X-E2, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS)
Mousehole Harbour Lights

Mousehole Harbour Lights

January 7th was the final night of this year’s Christmas and New Year Harbour Lights at Mousehole near Penzance in Cornwall. The 53rd year of the Mousehole Harbour Lights has seen the harbour and surrounding streets and hills lit since the 18th December with a...

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The first BBC Countryfile Live has just taken place at Blenheim Palace near Woodstock in Oxfordshire. Traffic chaos plagued the opening day, it didn’t help having the Wilderness Festival just a few miles up the road at Cornbury Park on at the same time, with many visitors turning round before they had reached Blenheim. Fortunately, I have friends in a local village and was able to park in a nearby lane and walk in on one of the footpaths through the palace grounds. I had been invited to Countryfile Live because my image of Sturminster Newton Mill was one of twelve photographs displayed in the Art & Photography marquee to celebrate the tenth year of the Take A View ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ competition. Sadly Charlie Waite had to leave early on the Sunday but left his Light & Land stands in the capable hands of tour leaders Carla Regler, Paul Sanders, Phil Malpas and Adrian Beasley. It was particularly interesting talking to Paul about our mutual experiences with the excellent FujiFilm X system cameras and lenses, although we both admitted secret lust for the new Hasselblad X1D! Finally a big thanks to Emily, Diana and Charlie from Light & Land/Take A View for using my photo at the show and arranging the tickets. A 3 image stitched panorama of the Countryfile Live show from the 30 metre tall Camera Tower. (FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS) A 3 image stitched panorama of the Countryfile Live show from the 30 metre tall Camera Tower. (FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS) The Art & Photography marquee. (FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS) The Art & Photography marquee. (FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS) My image of Sturminster Newton Mill featured in the Landscape Photographer of the Year display in the Art & Photography marquee. (FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS) My image of Sturminster Newton Mill featured in the Landscape Photographer of the Year display. (FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS) Blenheim Palace. (FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS) Blenheim Palace. (FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS) Magnificent trees and manicured lawns at Blenheim Palace. (FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS) Magnificent trees and manicured lawns at Blenheim Palace. (FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS) TV chef Brian J Turner on the Miele stand. (FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS) TV chef Brian J Turner on the Miele stand. (FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS)
Countryfile Live

Countryfile Live

The first BBC Countryfile Live has just taken place at Blenheim Palace near Woodstock in Oxfordshire. Traffic chaos plagued the opening day, it didn’t help having the Wilderness Festival just a few miles up the road at Cornbury Park on at the same time, with many...

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Fog, mist, rain, Cornish mizzle, drizzle and dense low cloud, the 2016 RNAS Culdrose Air Day had it all.
A Bad Air Day

A Bad Air Day

Fog, mist, rain, Cornish mizzle, drizzle and dense low cloud, the 2016 RNAS Culdrose Air Day had it all. Unfortunately due to the bad weather it lacked a flying display leaving the thousands of visitors who had braved the conditions disappointed....

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10 years on……. November 25th, the date in 2001 when Richard Burns (and co-driver Robert Reid) won the World Rally Championship but also the date that he succumbed to a brain tumour in 2005 aged just 34.
Remembering Richard Burns

Remembering Richard Burns

10 years on……. November 25th, the date in 2001 when Richard Burns (and co-driver Robert Reid) won the World Rally Championship but also the date that he succumbed to a brain tumour in 2005 aged just 34. I was honoured to work with the Richard Burns Foundation that...

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I had the chance to try Canon’s new EOS 5DS and 5DS R 50.6 megapixel monsters at a recent Canon Professional Services day in the New Forest.
Megapixel Monsters

Megapixel Monsters

I had the chance to try Canon’s new EOS 5DS and 5DS R 50.6 megapixel monsters at a recent Canon Professional Services day in the New Forest. Although I am now a confirmed FujiFilm X series shooter I was very keen to see how the latest Canons performed having...

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Southwell Minster Cathedral is the stunning setting for the fourth ‘Masters of Vision’ landscape photography exhibition.
Masters Of Vision

Masters Of Vision

Southwell Minster Cathedral is the stunning setting for the fourth ‘Masters of Vision’ landscape photography exhibition. Curated by local photographer Dr. Pete Bridgwood, ‘Masters of Vision’ (MOVE) 2015 features Pete’s own work as well as six others; Valda Bailey,...

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The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team ‘The Red Arrows’ were due to display over Queen Mary 2 in Southampton Docks as part of Cunard Lines 175th anniversary.
No Red Arrows

No Red Arrows

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team ‘The Red Arrows’ were due to display over Queen Mary 2 in Southampton Docks as part of Cunard Lines 175th anniversary. Sadly the display had to be cancelled due to bad weather, firstly at Bournemouth Hurn Airport where the Red...

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One of my most popular workshops is ‘Dorset & Wiltshire Rural Landscapes’ that includes locations in the area around Wimborne Minster, Blandford Forum, Cranborne Chase and Shaftesbury.
The Chase

The Chase

One of my most popular workshops is ‘Dorset & Wiltshire Rural Landscapes’ that includes locations in the area around Wimborne Minster, Blandford Forum, Cranborne Chase and Shaftesbury. The beauty of this workshop is that most of the locations are only a few...

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RNAS Predannack on the Lizard in Cornwall is home to a number of retired aircraft and helicopters used for crash, rescue and fire training by the Royal Naval School of Flight Deck Operations.
Grounded

Grounded

RNAS Predannack on the Lizard in Cornwall is home to a number of retired aircraft and helicopters used for crash, rescue and fire training by the Royal Naval School of Flight Deck Operations. I have visited this airfield on a number of occasions in the past when it...

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I recently wrote a piece for the 7dayshop blog about iPhone photography.
iPhone Photography Feature

iPhone Photography Feature

I recently wrote a piece for the 7dayshop blog about iPhone photography. As well as a variety of images there is information about how I use the iPhone camera, useful apps to process images and also the importance of remembering that the phone could be your...

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I have run a few bluebell photography tuition workshops this week in beech tree woodlands in Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.
Bluebell Mania!

Bluebell Mania!

I have run a few bluebell photography tuition workshops this week in beech tree woodlands in Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. In these classic English woods the native bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) still rules the roost over the invasive Spanish...

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A bit late due to a couple of workshops on the Dorset Coast and in Devon but last Saturday I went to the 10th ‘Pride of Longbridge’
Pride of Longbridge

Pride of Longbridge

A bit late due to a couple of workshops on the Dorset Coast and in Devon but last Saturday I went to the 10th ‘Pride of Longbridge’ Now organised by the Pride of Longbridge Heritage and Community Group this annual event is held in recognition not only of the cars...

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Although I’m a huge fan of Lee Filters’ 10 stop neutral density filter, the ‘Big Stopper’, there are occasions when 10 stops simply isn’t enough.
Welding Glass

Welding Glass

Although I’m a huge fan of Lee Filters’ 10 stop neutral density filter, the ‘Big Stopper’, there are occasions when 10 stops simply isn’t enough. Formatt-Hitech now market 13 and 16 stop versions of their Firecrest ND filters but I thought I would seek a more...

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Here is a small selection of interesting doors from my recent trip to Northumberland, Berwickshire and North Yorkshire.
Doors of the North

Doors of the North

Here is a small selection of interesting doors from my recent trip to Northumberland, Berwickshire and North Yorkshire. No MDF, sapele, uPVC or bi-folds here, just solid wood with weathered paint, rusty shackles and loads of character. St. Abbs Harbour,...

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Having photographed motorsport professionally for over 15 years with various Canon film and digital SLR cameras I was keen to try the Fujifilm X-T1 for rally photography and ventured deep into Wales last weekend for the Red Kite Stages.
Red Kite Stages

Red Kite Stages

Having photographed motorsport professionally for over 15 years with various Canon film and digital SLR cameras I was keen to try the Fujifilm X-T1 for rally photography and ventured deep into Wales last weekend for the Red Kite Stages. My ‘standard’ lens for...

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A superb day out at the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run including a 4am start and breakfast with Paul Hollywood at the Lancaster Hotel.
London to Brighton

London to Brighton

A superb day out at the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run including a 4am start and breakfast with Paul Hollywood at the Lancaster Hotel. First run in 1896, the 2014 ‘London to Brighton’ featured around 500 pre-1905 vehicles, the first leaving Hyde Park in...

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Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend the Canon CPS+ Landscape Day in the New Forest with David Noton and Jonathan Gooding.
Canon CPS+ Landscape Day

Canon CPS+ Landscape Day

Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend the Canon CPS+ Landscape Day in the New Forest with David Noton and Jonathan Gooding. David gave two illustrated talks, the first featured a selection of his images from around the world and this was followed by an in...

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A very busy day yesterday that started with a short interview on BBC Radio Solent (Dorset) with Steve Harris talking about the launch of the Landscape Photographer of the Year Exhibition at Moors Valley Country Park.
Moors Valley Exhibition

Moors Valley Exhibition

A very busy day yesterday that started with a short interview on BBC Radio Solent (Dorset) with Steve Harris talking about the launch of the Landscape Photographer of the Year Exhibition at Moors Valley Country Park. In the evening I gave an illustrated talk at...

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My commended image of Sturminster Newton Mill on the River Stour in Dorset is now available in the Take A View Landscape Photographer of the Year greetings card range from Camden Graphics.
LPOTY Greetings Card

LPOTY Greetings Card

My commended image of Sturminster Newton Mill on the River Stour in Dorset is now available in the Take A View Landscape Photographer of the Year greetings card range from Camden Graphics. Sturminster Newton Mill, River Stour, Dorset. Landscape Photographer of the...

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LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: 10 YEAR SPECIAL EDITION
Commended!

Commended!

I’m pleased to announce that my image of  Sturminster Newton Watermill has been Commended by the judges in the Landscape Photographer of The Year 2013 competition and won a place in the Awards book.  In addition, it features in the Moors Valley Country Park...

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