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Scottish Landscape Photographer Of The Year

Posted on February 22, 2017

I am over moon with being awarded a commended in the Landscape category of this years Scottish Landscape Photographer Of The Year. I was originally shortlisted with a chance for overall title winner with 3 images being chosen but to actually get in the book with any acknowledgement is a huge achievement for me and now gives me a full house of publications, after previously getting into Landscape Photographer Of The Year, International Garden Photographer Of The Year and Outdoor...MORE

Dorset From Above

Posted on September 12, 2016

I’ve recently been on holiday back down to Dorset where we have tended to go for the past few years as the kids love the Haven site we use there. Personally I’d like to strangle Bradley Bear & Co but that’s another story :-). I took my DJI Inspire Pro RAW with me on this trip and left my camera gear behind to save on boot space. The 16MP camera on the Inspire is amazing so I thought if I...MORE

Cornwall from above

Posted on May 6, 2016

I recently came back from holiday in Cornwall where I took with me my smaller drone, the DJI Phantom 3 Professional. Had great time putting together this short compilation of clips. Aerial flying is opening up lots of new photography possibilities for me and I have a few trips planned shortly to hopefully achieve some great images along with video. Drones are becoming more and more popular but they are not toys and in the wrong hands without proper guidance...MORE

Category Win in a Competition

Posted on February 11, 2016

I received an email backing early January saying the image I had submitted into The International Garden Photographer Of The Year competition had been awarded something but it could of been anything from a commended to a category win but the results would not be announced till 5th February 2016, the day of the private viewing of the exhibition at Kew Gardens. It seemed forever for that date to come round and to be honest I was just expecting much...MORE

Outdoor Photographer of The Year 2015

Posted on January 19, 2016

Really pleased to find out that one of my images has been lucky enough to be chosen in the 2015 Outdoor Photographer Of The Year book. The book will feature some amazing images from all over the world. I’m really pleased with this as although I was shortlisted for Landscape Photographer Of The Year I didn’t make the final selection stage and as such didn’t make that book like I did in 2013. That finished nice year off nicely for...MORE

A trip to Scotland

Posted on November 8, 2015

I recently spent 4 days up in Scotland with good friends and fellow photographers David Breen, Daniel Hannabuss and Terry Gibbins. My photography has taken a bit of a back seat recently due to a combination of loss of mojo and enjoying flying my drone and learning to edit film so I was eager to get up there and have a go at both flying and photography. We left Stevenage at around 9pm and after bad weather and road closures...MORE

DJI Inspire 1

Posted on July 20, 2015

I’ve always liked the look of the DJI drones and felt that they could bring a new angle to my photography that you can’t get with a normal set up, plus I’ve always fancied trying my hand at video as well so recently I have purchased the DJI Inspire 1 for myself and after reading all the manual and online posts about set up and compass and IMU calibration and all the scary stuff about how if not set up...MORE

A nice competition placing

Posted on April 29, 2015

Recently I entered a competition over on photocrowd.com that was sponsored by Light & Land, a well known Photography workshop company and Fotospeed, suppliers of high quality papers and Inks.  It was a landscape competition and none other than Charlie Waite would choose his winning images. Well to cut a long story short he choose my image in 2nd place and wrote a nice critique on it which I’ve copied and pasted below. My prize for coming 2nd a free...MORE

Behind the Image

Posted on April 9, 2015

I’m very grateful to get positive feedback about some of my Long Exposure images and this one that I did this weekend has seemed to be very popular on my website and various Social Media platforms so I thought I’d write a quick blog post “Behind the Image”about where the image above was taken and the gear and process used to take the image. So this was taken on the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset. It’s basically a concrete...MORE

Best laid plans……

Posted on March 13, 2015

Sometimes even with planning you get things wrong. This is the situation I found myself in a couple of weekends ago when looking for somewhere to go shoot on the coast. Living in Hertfordshire I’m around 2 hours from the Norfolk coast, 3 hours from the Dorset coast and about 2 hours again from the Kent coast so I do try my best to plan things such as tides etc the best I can as it’s a long way to...MORE

My favourites of 2014

Posted on January 7, 2015

So thats’ 2014 done and dusted and for me it was a great year photographically speaking. Lots of improvements in style and technique made and now with my current kit I feel confident in my workflow and approach to image making. So I thought I’d share my personal top 5 favourites of 2014 which as I’m writing this it is now dawning on me that it’s going to be a tough choice narrowing it down to just 5 images. But...MORE

Travel Photographer of the Year 2014

Posted on November 11, 2014

I awoke this morning to an email telling me that the image I’d submitted a month or so previously had been shortlisted as a finalist in the wild and vibrant category of Travel Photographer of the year. The competition is open to people worldwide and it showcases the best images that people have taken on their travels. There are various categories you can choose to enter, some requiring just the one image and some requiring up to 4/5 images as...MORE

To cliché or not cliché

Posted on October 28, 2014

That is the question and a debate that could go on and on forever as I really do not think there is an easy answer to it. So I’d like to put my thoughts on the subject down in this blog post and get your thoughts on the matter also. So what is a cliché image, to me it is a picture that contains a subject matter that you see repeatedly come up time and time again on social media,...MORE

A return to a DSLR

Posted on August 21, 2014

As you may all be aware I used to shoot with a Canon 1DX and “L” lenses up until maybe feb/march this year. I then after reading many reviews and purchasing a Fuji X-T1 and a few lenses was so impressed with the smaller, lightweight system that I sold all of my DSLR gear and went purely Fuji X system. Now what where my reasons for doing this? was it that I wanted a lighter system to carry around? was...MORE

Shaping The Light with Karl Bratby

Posted on July 30, 2014

On Saturday 26th July 2014 I travelled to Nottingham to attend a workshop run by local photographer Karl Bratby. The workshop was to be called “Shaping The Light” and be in his studio and based around learning to use natural and studio flash to get the most of of your images.  A lot of the top professional photographers use only one light to create their images and when done correctly can produced stunning results and this is what Karl was...MORE

Fuji X-T1 & 56mm f1.2 – Amber Tutton

Posted on June 29, 2014

Today I arranged some time in the studio to really put the X-T1 and the Fujinon XF 56mm f1.2 through it’s paces. I wanted to try using the various Fuji colour profiles the camera has as well as use it with different types of studio lights and wireless triggers to see what worked and what didn’t. Well as normal the X-T1 just blew me away with it’s ease of use. By using the preview exposure in manual mode all of...MORE

X-citing times!

Posted on June 6, 2014

I’m now really pleased to say that I’m an official Fujifilm X-Photographer, and have joined the ranks of some great photographers from around the world. You can see my page on the official site here. So what is an X-Photographer?, well it is a person who uses the Fuji X system of cameras and lenses and whose work has stood out to Fujifilm as showcasing what the system is capable of. I’ve not had to sign my life away and...MORE

A Boudoir shoot in The Hague with the Fuji X-T1

Posted on May 17, 2014

Last week I made a trip out to The Hague to take part in a workshop run by Damien Lovegrove. The theme was to be boudoir and it was shot entirely within the Hotel NH Den Haag, a fabulous modern hotel in the heart of the commercial area of The Hague. Our model for the day was the extremely talented and beautiful Rosalinde. Kit wise as you may be aware I have now fully transferred over to the Fuji X...MORE

F-Stop Gear Literoom Roller – (Updated)

Posted on May 10, 2014

On my recent trips I’ve found myself struggling with ways to travel as light as possible, especially if I’m doing a quick day trip abroad or staying for just the one night. You of course want to take your camera gear as hand luggage to keep it nice and safe but what do you then do with say your wash bag and a clean shirt for the following day, not too mention your boxer shorts and socks. Airports are a...MORE

Creating the Image – Fuji XT-1

Posted on April 15, 2014

I’ve had many emails and messages on the site and on Facebook from people asking how I created this image so I thought I’d write a quick blog post describing the equipment needed and my approach to how I do it. So lets start with the equipment I used to take this long exposure: Fuji X-T1 Camera (Any camera/DSLR with “Bulb” Mode function will work) 14mm Lens (21mm FF equivalent) Gitzo Tripod (Tripod must be sturdy and be able to...MORE

Cinematic/Film Noir at Clifton House

Posted on April 9, 2014

Saturday 5th April was a great day to test my new Fujinon 56mm f1.2 lens paired with my X-T1. The day, a shoot at Clifton Hill House in Bristol organised by the wonderful Sue Fyfe-Williams would cover the golden years of cinematic/film noir history with 4 models, Make-up artists, hair stylists and dress/set stylists. There was 4 themes – Cabaret, 1930’s Film Noir, 1940’s Film Noir and Barbarella. Lighting and instruction throughout the day was provided by Damien Lovegrove and...MORE

The Photography Show 2014

Posted on March 3, 2014

I was disappointed last year when the organisers of “Focus on Imaging” announced that it would be the last year the show would be held. I hadn’t been able to attend previous shows and the time I could it wouldn’t be on. Was it a sign that the photography industry was on the decline, I really hoped not. Then up stepped The Photography Show and everyone started getting excited about the new event. The show is on at the NEC...MORE

Landscape Photographer of The Year exhibition 2013 – Private Viewing

Posted on December 12, 2013

On Monday 8th December 2013 I got to attend the private viewing of the exhibition showcasing all the wonderful images that made it into this years “Landscape Photographer of The Year” book. All the images are on display at the National Theatre, Southbank London. It was a great night where I got to meet some good photography friends and made some new friends as well. The evening was hosted by Charlie Waite, the founder of the competition/book and we had...MORE

Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2013

Posted on October 21, 2013

I am absolutely over the moon to of made it into this years Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2013 book. This is only my second year of entering and to get in is such an amazing feat. Not only did the judges select my image but it also received a commended which basically means it received extra praise. The image will now appear in the book which will be released on the 31st October 2013 and will also be displayed...MORE

London Fashion Weekend

Posted on September 21, 2013

As London Fashion Week draws to a close the general public get the opportunity to attend London Fashion Weekend, sponsored by Canon and Vodafone. As part of Canons programme they invite photographers along to experience what it’s like to be a pro photographer shooting from the photographers pit and I was very fortunate to get the chance to attend this year. The day started off with everyone meeting at One Aldwych Hotel where the Canon pro team gave us a...MORE

Ratcliffe-On-Soar Power Station

Posted on September 16, 2013

This Saturday I had the pleasure of attending a photographic exhibition at the Patchetts Art Centre just outside Nottingham. It was organised by Rob Knight on behalf of the Nottingham Flickr group and I had 3 images on display. It was a great day out and I got to meet some old friends and people that I have spoken with via the world of social media but never had the pleasure of meeting in the flesh. There was two great...MORE

A Trip To Northumberland

Posted on September 9, 2013

A few friends and myself have been planning a return trip back up to Northumberland since the excellent visit we had last January where we witnessed the most amazing sunrises and sunsets i think any of us have seen. Our plan was to travel up on a Wednesday morning and travel back down on the Friday afternoon after sunset. So the morning arrived, along with the snow, and we set off from mine around 8am and started driving north. Luckily...MORE

What a year 2012 has been

Posted on September 9, 2013

Well this for me has been an absolutely amazing year for me, and my first year at attempting photography on a more serious nature. It all started in January when I attended a workshop in Northumbria, headed up by Doug Chinnery and Antony Spencer. It was a 3 day workshop covering the delightful coastline including Bamburgh castle and Dunstanburgh castle. My equipment consisted of a Pentax K-5 camera and various lenses and filters. It was a great trip but I...MORE

Lovegrove Nudes

Posted on September 9, 2013

A while back now I came across an extremely talented photographer called Damien Lovegrove who originally started off in the wedding business with his wife Julia and now offers training, equipment and DVD’s on his business site lovegrove consulting. I’ve watched a few of his DVD’s and always found him to be very enthusiastic and passionate about what he does and he manages to explain things in a very simple and straight forward manor. So for a while now I’ve wanted to attend...MORE

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