Chuffing ‘eck!

I was looking through some older photos tonight and I saw this one, taken in the summer of 2009 while walking to the summit of Snowdon. I love the lines of the track every time I open the image so I thought it was worthy of sharing.

The original image was in colour but I thought the subject would suit a bit of the gritty mono treatment.

Snowdon Train


Spooky wood

I’ve walked the path through these woods a lot and feel totally at ease when I do.

I thought I knew them quite well but I only recently noticed these trees apparently lined up leading down deeper into the wood. I don’t know why but I had a fleeting moment of unease. It didn’t last long but it hatched an image. I wanted to see if I could make these woods look a bit spooky.

With a bit of underexposure, a hint of split toning, and a smidgeon of vertical motion blur it’s now a wood I’d be wary of on a full moon.




Another image taken on my New Year’s day walk, same bright day as my last post.

I deliberately went for the under-exposed sihouette shot this time as I noticed a fellow walker heading to the Wavering Down trig point. Shooting into the light was ideal and shooting in RAW (as I always do now) I new I’d have some scope to play with the exposure.

I thought the mono treatment would work best but the sun was so welcome that day I wanted to remember it so added a touch of sepia to the highlights just to warm the image up a fraction.


Stick ‘Em Up

New Year’s Day was bright sunshine for a change, perfect for a walk up my favourite local hill. Only problem is everyone else had the same idea – I guess I can share the hill.

The walk starts with an ascent through a wooded area before reaching open flat ground on the path to the summit. With the sun quite low still it created some nice shadows. I noticed this shadow of a large tree against a low wall. It appeared to be reaching for the skies – I shot it anyway!

Tree Shadow

Reblogged from FATman photos – absolutely fabulous reflection.

FATman Photos



The prow of a small boat in Mevagissey harbour, on a still morning; 24 Oct 2012.

I think this must be the most perfect reflection photo I’ve ever taken.  Conditions were ideal – an overcast morning with barely a whiff of breeze.  This boat was moored at the quay, and the rusting chain is its mooring line.

Two earlier pictures in this series are Reflection (1) and Reflection (2) .

Nikon D700 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 240mm; 5000 ISO.

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The answer to life, the universe and everything!

I noticed my wife’s tape measure lying on her craft table one day and realised the way it was wound up made some nice shapes and would probably make a good close-up image. I took a quick picture with my phone and posted it on my Instagram page. I liked the result so thought it might be worth taking a ‘proper’ image of the measure with my ‘proper’ camera.

I pondered over which number to make the focus of the image, originally thinking I’d do my age, then my ‘celebrity’ age, then my lucky number, eventually settling on the number 42 which, depending on what you believe is “…the answer to life, the universe and everything…”

Alternative Sunset

Well what can I say!

We all decided to go down to Widemouth Bay beach of an evening to watch the sun go down after we’d exhausted ourselves all day playing in the waves. Me and a friend decided to take our cameras to get some nice photos, however, the children had other ideas. Boring old landscape shots, they were having none of it.

I didn’t mind really because some of the things they were doing certainly made us laugh. This is my nephew Matthew jumping for all he’s worth.

He soon got tired, as most teenagers do, so I managed to get some ‘boring’ shots.


Last weekend was the time of our annual family get together in Bude, Cornwall.

This has taken place for the last 5 years and I look forward to it now. I wasn’t too keen on the getting in the cold sea bit at first but now I’ve done it a few times it’s really not that bad. Body boarding with the extended family and seeing the neices and nephews having a great time makes it all the more fun.

This time, however, I was struck down with the dreaded man-flu so didn’t spend as much time in the sea as I’d liked. I took time away to stroll further along Widemouth Bay where I took some photos.

The tide was going out and as the sea rushed away it made ripples over the shapes in the sand below. Trying to make out things in these shapes kept me entertained for ages. Some looked like the spine of some creature buried, waiting to be unearthed.

I think the use of a polarising filter might have been useful in this image but I didn’t have one. This one just reminded me of wriggling worms, or coral snakes (not quite the same colour I know but my imagination is a bit strange sometimes).

Man-made forest

A short time ago I seen an article in one of the photography magazines I subscribe to and thought it was great, so great in fact I thought I’d try it too. It was simple, just drop some food colouring into a container of water and watch what amazing patterns that are created by the invisible forces.

There was a bit of work to do i.e. cropping, levels adjustments, moving layers to get the final image but it is worth it. Also, by rotating the image 180 degrees you can get the patterns to resemble a small forest of sorts -well maybe one you’d find on another planet.

Here are a couple of my attempts, I particularly like the green one.

Waiting For The Washing

I was looking at some older images and found one I took a short while ago while wandering aimlessly through my garden. By getting low I could get an unusual angle on these washing pegs, hanging around waiting to be given a task.

I posted a mono version on my Home page then played around a bit with the Glowing Edges filter in Photoshop to create this one – I quite like it.