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As with last year, there is still a little Autumn colour around the country.
With mixed autumn colours this year, its been tricky to find those classic images, being so dry seems to have drained a lot of the trees of their yellows and oranges. It could be a late burner this year with colour around the country into November.
A rainy Sunday presented no real chances of any photography, but patience is always the answer.
Watching and waiting for the clouds to clear in the west. I set out early evening, just to see if the sun would break through.
The tree above stands in front of Wenlock Edge
about half way down the escarpment.
I waited about 45 minutes for suns last embers to turn it golden, but it was the sky that I had come out to see, a perfect backdrop created by the clearing storm.
Or, if everything is a little green, we can always get out early, into the mist and shoot in monochrome!
August always seems to bring the search for new ideas and images, or at least something to shoot where you can calm the many shades of green available, at this time of year. I bumped into this greyhound and owner recently down at Coalbrookdale which gave me something different and certainly very lively to shoot.
A glorious summer evening in rural Shropshire, difficult to think of anything better than going for a walk on a calm evening down by the river. Either with the camera or a fly fishing rod, the smells and noises of the wildlife and land is a heady brew. Not unlike the beer sampled after the walk.
Well June flew by, where do the months go? rattling through another year, Iceland again provided everything you would expect of an island on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Sun, rain, grey, Midnight Sun, superb! Temperatures in June this year dipped down to 4 degrees at one point in the East, threatening sleet and snow. That was in a storm over the black mountains, so it wasn't usual, 2 days later it was 16 degrees in the South and felt very warm.
I took the group right around the island, Husavik in the North is my favourite small town in Iceland and it provided gorgeous Northern Light yet again.
Iceland June 2018
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May arrives with the flowers in full bloom, a little rain helps create that jewel glinting backdrop, along with the Bokeh effect from the Zeiss 50mm lens, shot wide open @ f1.4.
Spring and April are rattling on, Easter being in the middle of the month this year seems to stretch out this season. Early blossom and buds appear along with a little snow in Scotland and frosts still showing further south.
The weather in Northumberland this April was stunning, the sun shone every day, making for some great shots, even made it down to St Mary's Lighthouse.
Iceland proved dramatic again, we went from no snow, to all of the snow for the winter in one day and night. Some great captures were made by the group, we even had a spectacular Aurora showing.
Aurora by Bill Fell
Skaftafell Aurora by Steve Millington
The excellent mist and fog continues into February, some gorgeous mornings and late afternoons, standing out in the freezing air and fields of Shropshire. Some of my favourite trees but that said, I have quite a few!
I have been shooting some of these with my 5 x 4 this last couple of weeks.Once I have edited it I will post the video of the camera in the field.
The tree below I first stopping by and took photographs back in about 1992. I remember it as Tori Amos had just released her first album and I was playing the track 'Winter'.
My go to song anytime I am in snow or fog
at this time of year.
A perfect track if ever there was one.
Link below if you want to hear it, and such are the quirks of the internet you can read the lyrics and learn spanish at the same time, quality. In my defence, the pictures worked best with the song than any other version.
'Winter', Tori Amos
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A late autumn walk in a pine forest, the autumn colours are just about holding in certain spots, the bracken here with some orange embers, helped by the late afternoon winter light and cold mist.
On the theme of continued Autumn colour, I was up in the Lakes this weekend at the Kendal Mountain Festival, met some great people. We also had some superb snow overnight on Friday, Saturday was perfect for some early winter photography.
The colours this year seem to have started late but keep going on and on. We have had some wonderful light on the Lake District Autumn Classic workshops. The weather so settled, clear nights and no rain for 5 days straight, quite amazing.
Harris and Lewis 2016
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Stand Still Gerald!
Took the group out to the Callanish Stones for a night shoot on the recent tour of Harris and Lewis.
September arrives and some early morning mist, signalling the start of Autumn and its wonderful colours.
I held a day workshop in Shropshire for September, we had a superb sunrise, few hours of good photography before the clouds and rain descended.(see below)
A great shot here from Linda Cooper, diving Gannets at the iconic Bass Rock. The sea birds are in full song and flight over the summer months. Set just off the East Lothian coast its a superb place to visit on a short boat trip. An excellent place to practice your lens skills and for standing up straight!
Check out the recent episode of Highlands, Scotland's Wild Heart on the BBC iPlayer. The link is below
Highlands Scotland's Wild Heart
With all the trees and fields in full bloom, a veritable, 50 shades of green. Time to visit the cities and towns and do a little street photography or architectural work.
Girl in Reflective Mood
HCB - Decisive Reading
Just to confirm the weather is a little moist, below is a typical scene from the summer, lets hope it improves for the next couple of months.
Iceland in June is a wonderful experience, it has that gentle transition from the hard cold winter to the summer. The flowers appear with a colourful shock. If you know the landscape and its lunar qualities it is quite a transformation. The weather as everywhere this year was mixed but we did get some breaks, which made it all the more dramatic. Iceland's National Day is also a great experience with activities all day.
Looking for the sun - Iceland National Day
The Lake District back at its classic best. The A591 from Grasmere to Keswick is now fully open, excellent news for visitors, residents and for business.
Stunning sunrises over the last few weeks, the perfect reason to visit the Lakes time and again, a pure Mecca for walking, landscape photography and painting.
Still waiting on the Bluebells to arrive properly in the north of England. We had quite a bit of snow last week so its not surprising.
April Camera Club talk
A big thank you to everyone at Aldridge Photographic Society recently, a great welcome and super response to my talk and images.
A busy month, back to Iceland for some more Aurora, then a trip to the photography show at the NEC. Good to see all the new developments in the camera world. Had a go with the new Fuji X Pro 2, which has moved on again from my X Pro 1. Still a super camera, small but solid.
Paul Bradburn - American Navy Plane
A superb capture from Paul, well worth the walk to this amazing spot.
Then off to Skye for the first time this year with a group, the forecast was for poor weather but we got some great sun, a few showers but excellent sun rays.
Skye Sun Rays - Norman Lowe
Off to Iceland for the first of the winter tours, a great mixture this year of snow and Aurora.
Snow still around in the Highlands, Loch Ness extremely tranquil, been quite a while since I've seen it this calm.
Assynt Winter Highlands and Adventures Further North
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A gorgeous sunrise in the Lakes, some snow around this year which is great to see in the mountains.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2016
Owl Aurora Iceland
The first cold weather of the year felt in Northumberland, 0 degrees standing at dawn on the beach at Bamburgh, wonderful stuff, about time, where has the winter been?
A great group, plenty of fantastic photography, loads of laughs,the light even broke through and not much rain, which is great for the Lakes in Autumn.
"Thanks for the wonderful tour in the Lakes. I really enjoyed it and learnt an awful lot of how to achieve images which are so different from the ordinary".
Lynda Rhodes Lake District October 2015
Lake District October 2015
The Outer Hebrides tour this year proved one of the best. We had great light for the group, each location providing a stunning backdrop to the images being made. Clear skies brought super views of the Milky Way and a spectacular showing of the Aurora Borealis, wow, is all you can say.
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The weather is turning cooler and a few early morning mists across Shropshire starting form, excellent, autumn is on its way and another season of fantastic landscape photography.
Mists across Apedale,Shropshire
Assynt and Further Adventures North
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Assynt Sunbow at Dawn
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The Spring and Summer is whizzing by, from the Lakes to Spain, and then over to Denmark for a workshop, it's pretty much non stop. Images have been flying out of photographers camera's left right and centre, it just seems tricky to find the time for everyone to process any of them. More images to follow once they land in the Inbox.
Copenhagen was again fantastic, everyone shooting all hours of the day, we had great weather too. Super warm, almost too hot at one point, walking around the city pointing out images at nearly 30 degrees was thirsty work!:-) Even had to buy a hat!(see,below)
Fantastic tours recently of Scotland, Northumberland and Yorkshire with some wonderful light for the photographers. They all captured many varied images, keeping them busy from dawn to dusk. Here is one of my recent testimonials
Northumberland April 2015
I could not let another day pass without reiterating the comments I made to you at this weeks Northumberland workshop. It exceeded my wildest expectations and I learnt more in the four days with you than I had in all the previous workshops combined. Your relaxed style and willingness to explain your own method of working was a revelation and even more so was the considerable time you spent with each participant improving their own technique and knowledge. I did not feel at anytime I could not ask for help and guidance and this was always forthcoming in a very understandable and constructive way.
Keith Weil Northumberland April 2015
The Aurora tours were great fun and provided the group with many varying images. Stunning sunsets like the one below over the South Iceland town of Vik. We had huge amounts of snow everywhere by the end of the second tour. We did get some aurora action too which was excellent.
Next year is already planned out and nearly booked up so places are limited for 2016. One left on each tour.
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Vik Evening Glow
Ullapool and Assynt was as evocative as ever, wonderful place. The town of Ullapool should be visited at least once a year, the bars and people are just great. Everynight it seemed something different was happening. Usually with guitars and fiddles and singing, which suited me down to the ground:-), fantastic. O and the landscape is pretty special too!!
A Shropshire photograph, Long Mynd Cloud Inversion, one of the shortlisted images for Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2015
Snowdonia November 2014
Iv'e never known North Wales so warm in November! A great group, here we are up at Lyn Lydaw under Snowdon. We were all surprised and pleased that we had no rain. The conditions were challenging at times as we had to battle the grey cloud. The breaks, however, were fantastic.
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Snowdonia November 2015
Snowdonia November 2014 Group
The October Lakes workshops went well, slightly damp in places but the breaks in the weather were fantastic. Superb sunrises and a little mist that slowly cleared through the morning.
"I Just wanted to say a big thank you for the three days in the Lakes, I really appreciated your help and knowledge with the camera. I was also very impressed with your knowledge of the area and your ability to chose the right location for the differing conditions. Some of my images are way beyond what I thought I would achieve and I am so pleased with them".
Conor Molloy Lake District Autumn 27th-29th 2014
Derwent Isle Autumn 2014
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
'Bass Rock' watercolour makes it through to the
Exhibition and final judging for
Sunday Times Watercolour Painter of the Year.
Really pleased to see one of my paintings in the final, its in the
exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London,
it will then go on tour around the country.
Just back from the Scotland Grand Tour, following in the footsteps of the Victorian pioneers of adventure.The weather was amazing, again. Over the week I can't remember seeing a drop of rain! how bizarre is that, some days hitting 20 degrees. One of the group from Florida, almost thought it was home from home, although originally from Ireland. Staffa was awesome, perfect conditions and Harris and Lewis sublime.
Still a place available on the Edinburgh One Day workshop at the end of the year. A fantastic day around one of the best capitals in the world. Steeped in history, super architecture and wonderful characters to photograph.
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A great tour this summer in Iceland, the weather as ever was excellent, a little rain but just what was needed on the black volcanic beaches of Dyrholaey. We covered a fair bit of ground even travelling to Hvitserkur.
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Yorkshire April 2014
Yorkshire April 2014
The group on top of the classic Limestone Pavements of Yorkshire. We had a great time, excellent fun to be out shooting the landscape in sunshine. Only saw a smidgen of rain, even the low cloud was very good, just adding the right amount of mystery and atmosphere.
Iceland March Aurora Tour
Aurora has been excellent over the last few days
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Black Clouds Hard Grit - The Dark Peak
Crikey, will it never stop raining? I can't remember a time when so many workshops have been spent dodging showers, or should I say, torrential rain?! Horrendous at times, no real chance to do anything but keep dry and have a brew.
The Lake District in January was very damp, some snow in the Central Fells but mostly rain.
When it wasn't raining, the wind blew! and did it blow on the Great Ridge in the Peak District. Wow, the gusts on top must have been approaching 60mph, very difficult to stand up,
let alone take photographs.
The only tactic was to keep low, very low!(see below)
60mph on Mam Tor
Steve Taylor battling the elements on the Great Ridge(above)
Edinburgh at Night
We had a great day of weather, no rain in Edinburgh,a good clear sunrise over Calton Hill then off for a hearty breakfast. The rest of the day was spent around the City shooting the gorgeous architecture, finishing up with a sunset from the side of Arthur's Seat, fantastic way to end a day in Edinburgh, thanks everyone for attending.
September always feels like the start of the new season, the Summer sort of behind us and looking forward to the Autumn.
Starting in Dorset as I usually do, amongst Castles and down by the sea. Corve Castle here captured by some strong lighting by Christopher Leigh.
Dorset 2013 Corve Castle by Christopher Leigh
Lakes August 2013
Well it may have been August but I can't say it felt tropical, or anywhere near the Summer temperatures we would expect in August. We definitely saw rain but we still had an enjoyable time searching out those images and flashes of brilliance. Below is one of those fleeting moments captured by Steve Babb.
Grasmere Lake District 2013 by Steve Babb
A Yorkshire Classic
Found the pot of gold in Yorkshire this Summer! it was in Swaledale!
Great light and conditions for the Dales and Coast tour. The rain even held off when we walked up over the Limestone pavements at Twistleton. The coast provided some amazing clouds too at Staithes and Saltburn. Even found time to have a cuppa at me Auntie's Farm just outside North Allerton, a super location just sit back with a brew, watching Curlew and Lapwing, superb.
Stunning Barn Owl by Sheridan Rendall
My annual trip out to Big Sky County was very rewarding. A super place for photography and painting. Most of my favourite painters I grew up reading about, like Edward Seago are from this part of our sunny Isles. If you like clouds, as us photographers should do, then head to Norfolk. We had some excellent conditions for birdwatching and wafting the long lens. Marsh Harrier abound, after a few years you get to know there locations and flight patterns on this part of the coast, wild Barn Owl were also excellent. I put wild as no tethered birds were used in the making of the images. It was so good I may go back in November, so if anyone fancies some cracking bird photography, me with a pair of binoculars shouting out the birds for you to shoot, then watch this space or just drop me an email.
Northumberland April Tour
Sometimes you just can't believe how cold it can be standing on a beach, in April! Ok, I was wearing a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops, but even so?! Is this winter never going to end? We all had a great time in Northumberland but the wind whipping in off the North Sea was definitely icy. I don't think it got above 0 degrees all week, especially with the wind chill. It left us no choice on the Wednesday to go and get a cup of tea in front of the fire at Barter Books in Alnwick, best second hand bookshop in the land, perfect!
Isle of Skye March Tour
The Cuillin Winter Sunset
We missed most of the snow again on the March Highlands tour, well at least on the roads. Plenty of snow on the mountains of Skye, a super tour, excellent moments of light. The late light at Elgol was stunning with a glorious cloud set, along with a superb sunset over the snow covered Cuillin.
It was a bit wild through the Borders and in the Lake District, 10ft drifts on some of the roads. Then just a short way down the road the snow had gone so it was very localised.
The wind in places was so strong it was picking up vans and caravanettes and just throwing them, literally into Loch Tulla!
Chinatown Neon Rain
A recent visit to London and the National Gallery saw my favourite street conditions. I had snow and rain within about an hour! Fantastic, the perfect time to photograph Chinatown at dusk, the lights just coming on and rain.
Isle of Skye and Highland Winter Tour January 2013
Not long back from the Highlands, I look forward with excitement to starting the year with a workshop in Scotland, its always an absolute classic. Amazingly we missed most of the heavy snow that was dropped!. The whole of the country came to a standstill as we kept ahead of the blizzard front. Setting off from the Lakes, got some stunning shots up Blencathra and Sharp Edge, which was a bonus.
Arriving on Rannoch Moor and Glencoe, we saw plenty of snow but thankfully the roads were clear. The stars of the Scottish snow plough brigade doing a great job keeping everything moving.
We also got some excellent light and conditions, Skye not failing to provide dramatic conditions and photography. Superb
Everyone had a great time, we even had a little time to work on the art of "Bimbling" some of us need more practice but Guy and Darren on the course have it down to a fine art!
The Storr and sun rays over the Cuillin
Black & White Photographer of the Year Award
"The Roman" wins 'The Living World' Category
in the Black & White Photographer of the Year Competition
Lake District Autumn October 2012
Well the classic Autumn colours of the Lake District didn't let us down. We had some great light and gorgeous colours, even frost helping to bring out the riotous yellows and reds.
Autumn Riot St Johns in the Vale
Ashley Jackson A Yorkshire Artist
I met up recently with one of my painting heroes Ashley Jackson. I used to watch his painting films 20 years ago. An outdoor person if ever there was one, I love his minimal approach to painting, perfectly encapsulating the atmosphere of a Yorkshire moorland. As he said to me "its easy to paint something, its difficult to paint nothing," Fantastic!
Something you should think about when composing an image, don't clutter it up with things that have no place there.
Iceland June 2012
Just back from Iceland, a great tour, and thank you to an excellent group. It made a fun experience, we had super weather too. Even got sunburnt on Langjokull glacier! (pictured on the monster truck day) The ten day tour just flew by! We crammed in quite a lot and with 24 hour daylight it was tricky to find time to sleep. The weather was so good we even did my favourite trip onto the Ice Lagoon in a boat, a gorgeous way to see the evening dusk and icebergs!
Anyone interested in joining the 2013 tours then please just email me by clicking the link below. I only take 5 photographers and 2 places for next June have gone already.
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Shooting on the Ice Lagoon!
Shropshire Life Magazine Landscape Photography Feature
See me every month in Shropshire Life Magazine. Each month I write a feature page on a photograph relevant to the time of year. I give background to the image and technical detail.
Read the Shropshire Life Workshop Feature here
Camera Club Talks 2012
Next Presentation in 2012 to be held at
Cardiff Camera Club
Thursday April 19th 2012
Cardiff Camera Club Website
Isle of Skye February/March 2012
Well the first set of workshops for 2012 on the Isle of Skye are completed, a big thank you to everyone that attended. Great feedback from the photographers and what fantastic weather! Unbelievable! it kept getting better! a heatwave in March, the temperatures were up in the twenties everyday and mostly blue skies.
We had some great light at the end of February and early March with stunning breaks in the clouds, even on the way back from Skye to Glencoe on the Saturday, excellent. Everyone has a mass of editing to do which is great. A lot of the photographers have already booked there free day in my studio. We may have to stock up on more biscuits to cope with the amount of editing.
Lake District March 2012
The Lakes in March were also amazing, I can barely remember the last time I saw Derwentwater so still in the middle of the day! Great sunrise on Walla Crag too on the Sunday morning, well done to everyone for walking up there, I think i'm still in shock from the weather!
Finalist in Black & White Photographer of the Year 2011
A big thank you to Evesham Camera Club, they made me extremely welcome on a cold rainy night in October.