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All my latest news and views, forthcoming events, workshop reports and any other photography related articles.

Exhibitions this summer

Exhibitions this summer

Posted on 15th June, 2018

I'm pleased to say that some of my work (and greeting cards) will be on display in a few different venues this summer, as follows: Just Makers gallery at Ripley Castle - until the end of June - opening hours 10am to 4.30pm In my own studio/gallery at Marton cum Grafton for our...

In search of the perfect camera bag

In search of the perfect camera bag

Posted on 4th April, 2018

I believe it is written in law somewhere that a photographer can never have too many bags. The perfect bag will surely never exist; but, is the Shimoda Explore 60 the closest yet? Well, it's early days but I have to say, from my experience, it seems the best and by some...

Skiing and photographing the King’s Trail

Skiing and photographing the King’s Trail

Posted on 10th February, 2018

I am no stranger to photographing on skis, having combined my love of Nordic skiing with photography on many previous holidays. Until this trip, however, outings on skis were limited to day trips only and usually at a time of year when the days were quite long and I could take my time,...

A few thoughts about 2017

A few thoughts about 2017

Posted on 31st December, 2017

From any perspective, 2017 seems to have been a full on and, in some ways, rather strange year. Thinking about the world at large - politics, the environment, poverty, extremism - it's been a very sad and depressing time. However, I'll leave others, better qualified than I am, to...

Framed prints on display at the Art Cafe, Whitby

Framed prints on display at the Art Cafe, Whitby

Posted on 6th December, 2017

I'm delighted to say I have a selection of framed images on display at the fabulous Art Cafe in Flowergate, Whitby - on display until Spring 2018. As well as being a wonderful place to grab a drink and a bite to eat, the Art Cafe has a super selection of paintings and photographs by a...

Brimham Rocks revisited

Brimham Rocks revisited

Posted on 24th August, 2017

It's been a while since I spent some proper time with the camera at Brimham Rocks - but a foggy dawn earlier this week saw the perfect excuse for a return. Some of you may have read a blog from last year, when I finally felt I'd found a way to do justice to this very special...

Art in the Pen 2017

Art in the Pen 2017

Posted on 8th August, 2017

I'm delighted to be exhibiting at the very popular art show, Art in the Pen, this weekend in Skipton. You will find me at pen number 142! The schedule is as follows: Friday 11th August 7.00pm - 9.00pm Private View (please let me know if you'd like a ticket) Saturday...

Iceland: land of the pylon

Iceland: land of the pylon

Posted on 1st August, 2017

Pylons! Love 'em or hate 'em? It's true that, in this country, I spend most of my time trying to exclude pylons from my landscape photographs. However, after 6 visits to Iceland over the last 9 months, I've come to see the humble pylon in a somewhat different light....

Finding Bruarfoss

Finding Bruarfoss

Posted on 7th July, 2017

Even before I first visited Iceland, last Autumn, Bruarfoss was very high on the list of the places I wanted to visit. So I was very excited when I realised the Wild Photography Holidays summer workshop included a stay at Gulfoss, less than half an hour's drive from Bruarfoss. Jan and I...

Saal Digital acrylic print review

Saal Digital acrylic print review

Posted on 29th May, 2017

I was recently invited by Saal Digital to try out and review one of their new 'wall decor' products. I only recently discovered the company after seeing them promoted on Instagram, although I understand they were at the Photography Show this year so I'm sure a number of you will...

New website launched!

New website launched!

Posted on 13th May, 2017

In February 2013, I launched this, my first bespoke website - I'm not sure where the 4+ years have gone, but I'm delighted to have gone live today with the latest incarnation. Once again Chris Davies has been an absolute pleasure to work with - he really is a complete star and...

Creating a drop shadow frame in photoshop

Creating a drop shadow frame in photoshop

Posted on 5th December, 2016

​Several people have asked how I create the drop shadow frames for the photos I show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There are many ways of doing this but I thought it would be helpful to illustrate the steps I go through to create these. I use Photoshop CC for this. Resize...