Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year !!!

Whooper Swan (Cygnus Cygnus) Nikon D3s 600mm F4 VR Nikkor

Just a very quick preview of our last photo session of 2010, which is now all down loaded and backed up... We spent the day close to home, at the WWT Martin Mere Reserve and despite the thick mist and fog which hung around all day, we had a great time doing some in flight shots of the Whooper Swans.

Also wanted to say.....

"Happy New Year to you all. Hope it brings you health, peace, and success in all you do"

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Christmas Eve at Arnside Cumbria


We have some close friends who are fortunate enough to live in Arnside in Cumbria, and each time we visit the view over the estuary looks stunning but I have never been there at just the right time for photography.

So on Christmas Eve we had planned a trip to see my parents in Morecambe combined with a visit to Arnside around sunset.

The plan worked very well and we enjoyed a few hours of photography around the stunning little Cumbrian village.




I also managed to get a 14 shot panoramic image of the scene. A really stunning location and one Im sure we will be visiting again in the near future.


Finally here is a view of the village just as we were about to leave.


Wednesday, 22 December 2010

I Love This Weather !!!


The snow and ice over the last few days has kept me much busier than I thought it would be for this time of year. I have been out shooting images most days and the post production backlog is is building.

I have covered a good few miles, capturing images for both stock and "Art Print" sales and thanks to the Land Rover the driving has been a pleasure!!!

Here is one of the first images, finished at about 2am today. I decided to revisit a few areas over the past few days, to record just how quickly the landscape changes in these conditions.

So this image was taken a few yards from the previous frost covered trees. For the photographers the image was taken on a Nikon D3s Body with the amazing 14-24mm Lens and Lee ND 0.3 Grad Filter. Post Production was using Nikon Capture NX2 and the fantastic Nick 64Bit Silver Efex Pro Software.

I promise many more images over the next few weeks, once I start to make headway with the post production work. Also I am planning some interesting changes to the blog, with many more technical reviews and technical articles. Im in the final stages of sorting out details with a major equipment supplier and I hope to be able to bring some really interesting articles about some items of equipment used in Landscape and wildlife photography.

In the last few days I have had work accepted into three more art galleries and the "Art Print" sales are becoming a really important aspect of the business.

Anyway Xmas shopping calls and with luck back out shooting again on Thursday.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Cold & Frosty Weather

Yesterday I set off to spend some time at my local fox site, but on route I got distracted by the amazing hoarfrost covered landscape. The trees looked amazing and I found myself drawn to small frost covered detail in the landscape.


In all I spent about three hours driving the local lanes looking for images. This type of frost also often called radiation frost forms when objects become colder than the surrounding air. These conditions have a dramatic effect on the landscape.


My interest in black and white landscapes is getting stronger day by day and I seem to be seeing more images in Mono so there are a few variations here.