My Most Heavily Edited Image

Posted on August 18, 2019

Sky replacement is the art of taking the sky from one photo and putting it on top of the sky in another photo.
At its most simplistic, it’s used to change the mood of a photograph, to add drama, to create a more visually striking final image.

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My First Focus Stacked Image

Posted on August 10, 2019

One of the key aspects in landscape photography is image sharpness. Making sure that all the key elements in a scene are in sharp focus, from those very close to the camera to those very far away. This can sometimes be challenging to achieve, especially in a single photograph, and once the image is taken, it’s one of those things that cannot be fixed during post processing so we need to get it right first time. Read More

Managing my Expectations as a Landscape Photographer

Posted on July 30, 2019

It recently dawned on me that my own expectations of going out and capturing landscape images has been a frustrating experience of late.
In this blog post I try and detail these frustrations by working through the expectations I set myself vs the reality of what I encountered in the field.

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A Week by the Coast

Posted on July 24, 2019

I recently spent a week on the North coast of Northern Ireland.

I’ll say right here and now that this was not a photographically satisfying trip.

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One Week in Scotland

Posted on July 15, 2019

I recently spent a week in Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland.
I’ve been to this part of Scotland precisely one time before. That was a much briefer stay, and understandably I couldn’t discover much photographically in that time.

This stay, however, afforded me much more time to really get to visit some great locations.

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D3@10 – A Photographic Journey

Posted on December 30, 2018

My Nikon D3 DSLR  was ten years old at the end of 2017.
At the start of 2018 I upgraded my camera and had the idea of creating a sort of visual history of the last ten years of my photographic journey.
With this in mind, I went through my entire archive of images taken with this camera and picked photographs that I like (not necessarily the most technically perfect images, some of which I hadn’t previously published/exhibited and some I have), edited them with fresh eyes and then compiled them in chronological order into a single volume book.
It took me a year to complete this project.

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A Trio of Firsts

Posted on October 14, 2018

Finding new photography locations these days is not a difficult task.
There’s any number of websites and phone apps catering to this task, but what I find infinitely more difficult is finding new locations to me that haven’t been photographed so many times that there’s nothing new to be gained from them.

I don’t mind taking the iconic image from already well photographed locations, but after that I personally like to try and find a different way of viewing and then seeing if that would make an interesting photograph.

With the above in mind, let me introduce you to three images from three locations that I haven’t previously photographed before and have only very recently visited for the first time.

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Off Camera – Contre Jour

Posted on August 26, 2018

Off Camera
A series of infrequent posts providing a little background on a single image.


 
Contre-jour (French for “against daylight”) is a photographic technique in which the camera is pointing directly toward a source of light.
                  – Wikipedia

I’m a big exponent of shooting into the light.
It’s one of those ‘rules’ that’s not supposed to be done in photography, but like any of the other ‘rules’, as long as you know them and are fully aware of them, then creatively breaking them is absolutely fine.

We’ll not always achieve desirable results, but that’s all part of the learning process.

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Off Camera

Posted on October 16, 2016

Off Camera
A series of infrequent posts providing a little background on a single image.


A long exposure image taken on a beach on an exceptionally clear night.
There was a significant amount of light pollution from both the left and right of the frame, which is why I had to convert to black and white so I could play a little with the light levels, which worked out quite well in the end.

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Iceland, March 2016

Posted on March 9, 2016

A few images taken whilst in Iceland

Deliberately taken using the 'wrong' white balance setting, this image actually turned out to be a perfect lead-in to the cold weather that was to come.

Deliberately taken using the ‘wrong’ white balance setting, this image actually turned out to be a perfect lead-in to the cold weather that was to come.

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