A Belated First Post of 2017
07th April 2017 - 0 comments
It has been a busy start to 2017. We have downsized from a three bedroom semi detached house to a two bedroom bungalow. We have now begun work to get the bungalow just how we want it both inside and out.

As a result my photography has not really started this year as yet.

At the back end of 2016 I changed my camera from a Sony to a Nikon. I wanted to keep up to date with technology and Sony weren't supporting the DSLR market. If I kept with Sony I would need a new camera and lenses at some point, so after discussion with fellow photographers (thanks Ross) I decided on a Nikon. I was guided to the Nikon D750 and advised to stick with the Sigma 150mm for the close-up work. I have bought a Nikon 16-85mm lens for my landscape work.

With the good weather here it is now time to get out and try out the new equipment. Lots of learning to do!
Digital SLR Photography - October 2016
23rd September 2016 - 0 comments
I was very honoured to be asked to do the "Photo Workshop" feature in Digital SLR Photography. In this month's issue you can see the result, an 8 page feature and plenty of photographs of how the day went.
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Dordogne and Lot Valley
23rd July 2016 - 0 comments
A lot of Orchids in the Lot Valley!
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Photo's added
23rd July 2016 - 0 comments
I have added a few photograph's to the....
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They Are Back!!!
20th April 2016 - 1 comment
I decided to nip down to Babcary Meadows on Monday lunchtime to check out the orchids. It is a brisk walk for me to check the site in the hour lunch that I have. As I entered the site there was a sea of green and yellow
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Poldark County
09th March 2016 - 0 comments
With the filming of Poldark back in the news this week it sent me back looking at the photograph's that I took on the Cornwall Dawn 2 Dusk Workshop back in February.
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Three Day Cornwall Workshop
19th February 2016 - 0 comments
This week I have been an a Dawn to Dusk Workshop in Cornwall and what a week it was.
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Guestbook goes live!
10th February 2016 - 0 comments
I am pleased to announce that as part of my on going learning about hope to develop a website, I have set up a "Guestbook". Please feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think.

Photograph Added
28th January 2016 - 0 comments
Common Blue photograph has been added to butterflies and moths gallery.
My Favourite Photograph of 2015
19th January 2016 - 0 comments
My favourite photograph of 2015 was of two roosting blue butterflies on a plant.

My knowledge of plants doesn't cover this one! And I have said "blue butterflies" as I am well known for getting my Common Blue mixed with my Chalkhill Blue mixed with my Brown Argus, and as all three occur in the Polden Hills, Somerset where the photograph was taken.

So why am I posting... well not only is it my favourite photograph, it also has a story attached to it.

I had been looking all year for two perfectly presented butterflies to be opposite each other on the same plant or flower, and ideally a male and a female. It was late in August and I had decided on an evening trip up to the site. Luckily, I had been to this site often enough to know the good butterfly areas from the bad. Yes, even butterflies can be choosey about where they live their lives (well their lives are short)!

I arrived on site and had a look around. As expected there were plenty of blue butterflies around. After about 15 minutes I spotted two males roosting opposite each other. Great! Not a male and a female but beggars can not be choosers! So I began setting up. As I was lining the shot up a female flew in and landed between the two males. The perfect shot was now spoilt... decisions, decisions. I waited as the female sorted herself out, when she decided to literally to push one of the males out of the way. The male didn't take too kindly to this and decided to move on, and I was left with my perfect shot! Luck... yes it was! But I was happy.
2016 And website goes live!!!
01st January 2016 - 0 comments
January 2016 - I finally pull my finger out and get my website sorted out. Thank you to Heath McDonald for his advice on what provider to use and how to go about setting up this website. Also, thanks to all those who have helped me to improve my photography to the standard it is today. You will find links to those that have inspired me along the way in the "links" section.