Surprise flowers

When I am lucky enough to receive a bunch of flowers, my second thought, after “how wonderful” is that I’ll be able to photograph them as they bloom. Using natural daylight, I took these photographs of flowers a friend bought for me.

December 2020 – Photo Project – A slightly different Christmas

The slightly different Christmas

This Christmas was a bit different. We all had to stay at home and celebrate in our own households and take the celebrations online. I enjoyed this Christmas as it made us realise the true meaning of Christmas. It somehow felt like we were all closer, even if we were distanced. I wanted to capture […]

The lone leaves – Q4 2020

The lone leaves

For my forth project of 2020, I wanted to focus on something that got my attention. I have spent a lot of time paying attention to my garden and the flowers and plants this year. In particular, the growth in the summer and the leaves falling in the winter. I spotted these two remaining leaves […]

November 2020 – Photo Project – inspired by Josef Sudek

I am continuing my study of the trees at the end of my garden. A few weeks ago, I photographed them through the window using 9 multi-exposures. I wanted to evolve this subject during this month’s project so set about finding a photographer who did similar work to see how I can improve. In the […]

ZEISS Planar T ZE 50mm f/1.4 Lens (Canon Fit)

ZEISS Planar T ZE 50mm f_1.4

This lens is the one I carry everywhere with me. It is the lens that I have on my camera most of the time when I’m not photographing weddings. It is small and doesn’t weigh much and is my choice of lens for street photography and anything that doesn’t move fast! Manual focus only means […]

Rainy day multiple exposures

Rainy Day Multiple Exposure

I really believe that if you are a photographer, you can create images absolutely anywhere. If you’re stuck indoors, can’t travel, or for whatever reason have limited opportunities to go to “stunning locations”, this doesn’t mean you can’t take stunning photographs and create great art. Wherever you are (assuming it’s safe to do so), why […]

Garden photography

Autumn Leaves

I enjoyed a stroll around a lovely garden on Monday lunchtime and couldn’t resist taking my camera. There’s a field at the end of the garden with gorgeous sheep…

Getting off auto – a summer workshop

During the summer, when enough lockdown restrictions were removed. I had the pleasure of running a 1:1 “Getting off auto” workshop. 1:1 socially distanced tutoring and weekly ongoing tasks to use newly learned skills. We took it week by week, learning one thing at a time. This was so much fun for me, seeing confidence […]

October 2020 – Photo Project – inspired by Daidō Moriyama

Lockdown Rainbow

It’s been a year of change, reflection, community, fear and much more… in March, lots and lots of us put up rainbows and messages of support to key workers. At the time, it felt too cliche to take photos of these signs. As time has passed, I’ve seen lots of these signs taken down, replaced […]

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

My Canon EOS 5D Mark III is like an extension of my arm… it’s the first camera that I have owned that truly allowed me to capture the world as I see it. I know this camera inside out and trust it to capture the image as I see it in my mind.

A Canon EOS 5D Mark III body is now available second-hand for around £800, making this camera a great option for your first DSLR.

Montage in time – Q3 2020

Image 1: In this image, there are photographs taken in Ampthill, Bedfordshire over 20 years. Some during the summer, some at Christmas, others just a normal Tuesday. You may spot the festival bunting and the Christmas lights in the photograph.#ampthill#bedfordshire#collage#photography#urbanphotography#storytelling#blackandwhitephtoography Image 2: Photographs of Corfe taken over a 16 year timespan. Some are from holidays […]

The Flowers of Lockdown

With the very unexpected and unusual events of 2020, I found myself refocusing my photography to the immediate surroundings. This is something I had started to do anyway but now I was looking for hope and brightness in the days. This came to me in the form of a wonderful array of flowers grown from […]

July 2020 – Photo Project – Idris Khan

I’m thoroughly enjoying reading the book titled “Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus: Modern Photography Explained” by Jackie Higgins. (Available at Waterstones) and enjoyed reading about the artist Idris Khan. In particular, his densely layered imagery which bring together moments in time, history & experience into one image. It inspired me to create some […]

The mind – Q2 2020

Date: June 2020 – Photo Project – Q2 I have set myself the challenge of producing one project per quarter in 2020. The second project is one that has developed since January. Originally it was planned that I would focus on isolation… then lockdown happened and made it seem “cliche”. However, I decided to continue […]

Flowers in summer – Rain Drop Bokeh

This was an interesting experiment. As you can see, with the aperture wide open, I have quite a lot of Chromatic Aberration on these photos. You can read about this in this useful article from Digital Photography School.

June 2020 – Photo Project – Gary Schneider

I’m thoroughly enjoying reading the book titled “Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus: Modern Photography Explained” by Jackie Higgins. (Available at Waterstones) and enjoyed reading about the photographer Gary Schneider. In particular, his long-exposure portrait photographs in the project titled “faces“, made by sculpting the face with a torchlight over a long exposure of 10 […]

36 Exposures Project – Zoom Blur

I have recently been drawn towards Film rather than Digital… however, I have no experience of Film (apart from the point and shoot days of my pre DSLR photography). So, I had an idea to do a series of experiments where I take 36 exposures, with live view turned off/covered up and publish all the […]

Bubble Photography

I had been set the challenge of giving bubble photography a go a few months ago… it takes quite a bit of setting up so I found this a challenge… because I like playing rather than following instructions. However, this is turning out to be a great learning experience. After several failed attempts, I managed […]

30 Day Photography Challenge | June 2020

During June 2020, as part of my photography club, we are participating in a 30 day photography challenge for fun and to expand our subject matter. I have decided to add to the challenge with the following two additions: I will take all the photographs using my Fuji X-T20 mirrorless camera rather than my Canon […]

May 2020 – Photo Project – Bill Armstrong

This month’s photographer inspiration: Bill Armstrong In May, I am gaining inspiration from Bill Armstrong. I discovered Bill Armstrong’s work in the book titled “Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus” by Jackie Higgins.

Viola -Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

I purchased a new Macro Extension Tube for my Canon 5Diii. I have been practicing using it during lockdown by photographing flowers.  At first, I really struggled with the new extension tube… but with some investigation into macro depth-of-field and the need for a tripod (seems obvious really), I seem to be getting better results. […]

April 2020 – Photo Project – Jessica Backhaus

This month’s photographer inspiration: Jessica Backhaus In April, I am gaining inspiration from Jessica Backhaus. I discovered Jessica Backhaus’s work in the book titled “Women Photographers” by  Boris Friedewald.  Jessica Backhaus is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today. What struck me most about Jessica’s work is that she captures images of […]

March 2020 – Photo Project – Imogen Cunningham

This month’s photographer inspiration: Imogen Cunningham In March, I am gaining inspiration from Imogen Cunningham, renowned as one of the greatest American women photographers. In particular, I am inspired by her photographs of plants: https://www.imogencunningham.com/image-library/plants/ The photos below were taken using the CANON EF25 II Extension Tube on my Canon 5diii The photos below were taken on my phone for […]

February 2020 – Photo Project – Anna Atkins

This month’s photographer inspiration: Anna Atkins In February, I am gaining inspiration from an English botanist and photographer, Anna Atkins. Born in 1799, Anna Atkins lead an unusual life for a woman of her time. Bought up by her father, who provided her with a scientific education that ultimately led to the area of her life that […]

6 years, one tree – Q1 2020

Date: January 2020 – Photo Project – Q1 I have set myself the challenge of producing one project per quarter in 2020. The first project is one that I have been working on since 2014. During these years, I have studied a tree that is at the end of my garden. I have admired its […]

January 2020 – Photo Project – Ansel Adams

This month’s photographer inspiration: Ansel Adams Inspired by Ansel Adams photograph “Boards & Thistles”, I wanted to photograph an image with similar composition, lighting and style. Here is my photograph of a shed, it’s called Titipu. I love the rustic boards and conifer branches. It is inspired by my research into Ansel Adam’s work. I was […]

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 28

For this week’s #photoaweek, I wanted to use my Fujifilm X-T20 as I want to practice using it more regularily. I prefer using my Canon 5D iii but my Fujifilm X-T20 is my travel camera and I must get more familiar with the controls. Here’s my photos of my very patient Jack Russell.

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 26

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I have continued to focus on flowers. For this week’s #photoaweek, I wanted to explore an idea that came to me while sitting on the sun lounger at the end of the day on the hottest day of the year so far. I enjoy the peace that […]

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 25

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I have focused on flowers and how they change throughout the season. I am looking at flowers as they fade as well as when in full bloom. There is a beauty in the flower and petals throughout it’s entire process. For this week’s #photoaweek, I decided to […]

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 24

For this week’s #photoaweek, I decided to continue looking at flowers. In particular, poppies. I liked this poppy which we found on a dog walk by a local football field… the poppy was fading and was growing in front of a container with graffiti. I liked the echo of the peeling paint and the poppy […]

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 21

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I have been continuing the theme of “Flowers”. For this week’s #photoaweek, I have continued to look at creating more abstract photos of flowers with different backgrounds. I took these photos using my Canon 5d iii and Zeiss 50mm lens. Today, focussing on creating a vivid yellow […]

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 20

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I have been continuing the theme of “Flowers”. For this week’s #photoaweek, I have continued to look at creating more abstract photos of flowers with different backgrounds. I took these photos using my Canon 5d iii and Zeiss 50mm lens. 

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 19

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I have been continuing the theme of “Flowers”. For this week’s #photoaweek, I wanted to create abstract images of the same flowers featured throughout the week. I took these photos using my Canon 5d iii and Zeiss 50mm lens. 

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 18

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I have moved onto a new theme of “Flowers”. This year, in particular, I’m really enjoying seeing all the flowers in bloom. For this week’s #photoaweek, I wanted to experiment with flowers photographed on a dark background. I took these photos using my Canon 5d iii and […]