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Sunrise at the O2
Sunrise at the O2
A few days ago I took an early walk along the Thames Path near Blackwall, and managed to grab a few shots of the sun rising behind the O2 across the river.     Dawn started with the merest glimmer of light in the sky, as the clouds rushed past. The lights of North Greenwich still...
Quarter Second Tube
Quarter Second Tube
I've taken a long break since my last blog post - partly due to a busy period in the day job, partly just due to the difficulties of getting out there and shooting under lockdown! So here's an exercise I carried out in 2019 before all this madness. I think it's worth pointing that out in case...
Sun In The Sky You Know How I Feel
Sun In The Sky You Know How I Feel
Here we go, it's 2021. A new start, and we need that more than ever.     In between lockdowns I took an early morning trip into the City, ideally to get a shot of the embankment by the Tower of London. Unfortunately a security guard had other ideas, so a quick change of plan was...
London's West End Christmas lights
London's West End Christmas lights
Every year in London, the Christmas lights going up in the West End is a major event, and 2020 is no exception. Recently I made a brief trip into town to record some of the best of them. The emphasis is on 'brief', as even for a Sunday night it was busy with shoppers (and Instagrammers!) and I...
London's Autumn Colours
London's Autumn Colours
This will be the last autumn-related blog post this year, as the leaves have now fallen. Fortunately I had a few opportunities to get out and about in the city to catch the seasonal colour, before the second lockdown.     Kynance Mews in South Kensington is famous for its wisteria,...
Stourhead autumn hike
Stourhead autumn hike
Another hike this weekend to catch the autumn leaves, this time at the National Trust Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire.     Beginning in the valley that marks the head of the river Stour (underground at this point), the trees were already showing off.   The formal part of the...
Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales
Another recent trip with Hiking Nation took me to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, and a great opportunity to practise my long exposure skills on the waterfalls that are found throughout the area. An extra test would be added by the fact that this was primarily a hiking trip, not a photography...
Winkworth Arboretum autumn leaves
Winkworth Arboretum autumn leaves
Last week I took a trip to Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey, withHiking Nationto see the autumn leaves. For me this time of year is always difficult to deal with, as the nights draw in and the cold starts to creep into your very bones. But at least the leaves give us a good show for a few weeks...
Dartmoor autumn hike
Dartmoor autumn hike
It seems I can't get enough of the autumn colours this year. Just before Lockdown II, a trip to Dartmoor was on the cards. How could I say no? The forecast was for heavy rain all weekend but it had to be worth a try.     Day One, and heavy skies with high winds, but mercifully almost...
Cody Dock / River Lea photography competition
Cody Dock / River Lea photography competition
Last month (September 2020) I discovered a photography competition being held by Cody Dock, an artistic community just a mile or so from where I live. There were just a few days left to enter; participants were asked to submit photographs of the River Lea and its surroundings. I figured why not,...
Long Exposure / Neutral Density Filter workshop
Long Exposure / Neutral Density Filter workshop
I've always had a fascination with long exposure photography, and the hyper-real results you get from long shutter speeds that you just wouldn't see with the naked eye. So, recently, I joined a small group of like-minded individuals on a walk through London with our 10-stop neutral density...

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