Wednesday 29th May
A beautiful village set on the East Coast of Yorkshire. The plan was to get there mid afternoon, fish and chips for tea, stay to watch the sun going down and take some shots of the village at night then sleep in the van and up with the dawn but the good old British weather put a stop to that.
For more photos @ Staithes
London - Waterloo to Southwark Bridges
Monday 8th April
A full day photo trip taking in the sights between and around the Waterloo to Southwark Bridges.
More photos from the trip are @ London 08/04/19
Leeds - Reflections & Lines
With the inspiration of looking for patterns a Sunday afternoon train ride turned out to be a great photographic experience with the challenge of reflections and lines.
More photos @ Leeds - Reflections & Lines
Folly Dolly Falls, Meltham
A beautiful place to go and visit and only 35 minutes from Wakefield. The falls are formed by a small stream, formerly known as Gylloproyd Dike, dropping over a natural fault line where sandstone meets softer shale. The stream then passes through a conduit under the former Meltham Branch Line before joining Hall Dike near to Bent Ley Mills. Traditionally, the stream formed part of the boundary line between the districts of Meltham and South Crosland.
More photo @ Folly Dolly Falls
Winter day out up the Hudderfield Narrow Canal
Beginning at the canal boat yard in Huddersfield and travel West up through Slaithwaite and finishing or at the entrance to the Standedge Tunnel near Marsden the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is a beautiful walk with fantastic views.
More photos @ Huddersfield Narrow Canal
Breathtaking views out across Derwent Water, Lake District
Arriving just after dawn what more could anybody want apart from that view.
Derwent Water is 5km long lake bordered by mountains and offers a network of footpaths alng its shores. Plus a great number of photograph opportunities.
More photos from the shoot @ Derwent Water
Bit of a climb up Chrome Hill, Peak District
After seeing a number of you tube clips about Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill it was time to visit it myself. Although a grey flat day it was nice to visit and take in the amazing views from the top.
Both these hills were once a coral reef hundreds of million years ago, so its staggered shape is truly spectacular and completely different from most landscapes.
More photos at Chrome and Parkshouse Hills
New camera out at Flamborough Head Lighthouse
A beautiful but cold afternoon over on the East Coast taking my new camera out for a run. I focused on the lighthouse and tried to include it in every shot. I was there from lunchtime until a 4pm sunset.
More photo at Flamborough Dec 2018
Early morning walk in Newmillerdam
Catching those first rays of sunlight just after dawn is a beautiful moment. Then you turn a corner and the landscape just opens up in front of you. There are more photos from the morning walk at photo link
With a few days of the Summer holidays left and what could be better than a week on the beautiful island of Rhodes. Armed with my camera gear and very few clothes, because of the weight and the heat I was off to shoot the sunrises and sunsets over the villages of the island.
Due to transport links and timings I focused my photography around the small village of Lindos and the island's capital Rhodes Town.
Plus I tried my hand at a little street and product photography which is more difficult than it looks.
More photos from the trip are:
On a tufaceous terrace that slopes steeply down towards the sea from a height of over 50m , protected to the rear by the rocky spurs of the Latteri mountains, and immersed in the lush vegetation typical of northern part of the Sorrento peninsula, Sorrento is one of the best-known and most popular resorts in Italy. (from A Guide to Sorrento)
With a week on this beautiful coast line what could be better than soaking up the sunshire, taking in the views, eating the beautiful food and taking a few photos.
We visited a number of different locations including Sorrento, Capri, Positano, The Amalfi Coast and Pompeii
More photos from our visit @ Sorrento July 2018
Llyn Ogwen and Ogwen Fall, Snowdonia, North Wales
It was 2am on a Sunday morning and I was laid in bed wide awake. North Wales seemed like a good idea. So I packed up a flask of coffee and a round of sandwiches and by 3am I was on the road.
I arrived in Llyn Ogwen at 6am with the sun already up, parked up, climbed over the wall, stepped around a number of wild campers and even said good morning to a few before taking this shot above.
After my sandwich and more coffee I off up the mountain to discover more. Outstanding beauty.
More photos from the early morning trip @ Llyn Ogwen June 2018
Saltburn, North East Coast
With a free Tuesday I pack up the van at 4am and head off up towards the East Coast.
Whitby is my first shot at 6.30am but with the rain coming down I don't think this is going to make a great photo shot. Leaving I head north to have a look at Saltburn and its beautiful pier. I find a cafe for a bacon sandwich and a cup of coffee before shooting this shot with the storm cloubs coming. A lovely place to visit.
More photos @ Saltburn June 2018
Windermere & Grasmere, Lake District
A weekend away in the beautiful Lake District what more could you ask for.
With an early morning start we were sat on the water edge of Lake Windermere enjoying the sunshire and waiting for the cafe to open.
A fantastic weekend spent around Lake Windermere and Grasmere, climbing up into the hill and wondering the lakeside.
More photos from the weekend @ Lake District May 2018
With a Saturday afternoon of Spring sunshire a walk up to the The Colne Valley between Slaithwaite and Marsden was a brilliant idea.
After an initial climb out of Slaithwaite the path lead to open country with the Valley stretching out before you. The path takes you through fields and woodlands, past abandoned farms and quaries until this view opens up.
The light was perfect, just hitting the top of the trees with the reservoir in the distance and the openess giving that sense of freedom.
More photos @ Colne Valley May 18
With a Sunday free and a Bank Holiday Monday to follow I was off up the A1 heading for an early morning shoot on Holy Island. With a beautiful two days forecast finding the view was not difficult it was avoiding the people.
My favourite photography (opposite) was taken on Embleton beach with Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance. I had booked in at a B&B just up the road and was up and out for 5am and down to the beach. The tide was on the way out leaving ripples in the sand and beauitful tidal pools. The sun just beginning to rise, not a soul about, the sound of the waves and the only footprints were of the tiny birds chasing the waves. Heaven.
More photographs from the trip @ Northhumberland April 2018
Sat in the car park looking out over a dark Flambouorgh Head, the sun is not even up yet. The ticket machine only takes old pound coins and you get swap them at the cafe which in February is never going to open. Love the East Coast.
Down on the beach the tide is on its way out and the sun is just breaking the horizan and I'm set up to photograph it. There is a bit of cloud in the sky but it will just add to the atmosphere. Beautiful.
This photograph was taken inside one of the caves near Selwicks Bay just past the new lighthouse. Climbing down, reading the sign 'Do not cross' I see why but amazing once I'm down. Hidden Gems indeed.
More photographs from the visit @ Flamborough Head February 2018
From an early morning start with a flask of coffee to keep me awake it was off to Whitby for an early morning photo shoot. The night before the weather forecast predicted clear skies and a nice sunrise but that was not the case but like with all landscape photography it not always about the photography it is about been out there.
I'm sure some of these pictures are classic shots that everybody takes but it was an interesting day with lots to photograph and practice my skills.
My favourite shot is the classic lamp post halfway down the 99 steps. Great day.
More great and classic photos @ Whitby January 2018