Sunday, 21 December 2014

The Year Of The Rainbow


It's getting to the time when I've got to start thinking about my 2014 review post... but in doing so, I've realised that one thing has stood out more than anything else this year... rainbows.

For some reason, whether by luck or (lack of?) judgement, I've not really photographed many of these lovely things until this year... but following on from a pretty wet and windy sunrise on Curbar Edge last January I've been lucky enough to find myself out in the perfect conditions on numerous occasions. Sometimes this has been through forecasting errors, I've expected blue skies and had torrential downpours, sometimes through careful planning and picking a location that will work for them, and sometimes I've been in the right place, waiting for them, but to no avail. 


Whilst rainbows are obviously beautiful, they tend to come in the most challenging of conditions - when wind blows heavy showers through and light shoots down in and around them. To make matters worse, the wind always seems to be blowing into the lens, so with all the water flying about it makes shooting them quite an ordeal. You mentally compose your shot, pick your settings, push your camera to its limits in terms of technical stuff, then quickly put it to your eye, shoot, hope for the best, dry it off and repeat - until you've got one you're happy with with minimal rain spots to clean up.


So anyway, here are a series of rainbows that I've seen this year - with each photo being on a different occasion.

Friday, 7 November 2014

I Saw The Light Fading Out

My last days in Sheffield meant I just had to do a walk I've done many times before - a firm favourite, with, in my opinion, the grandest view in the Peak... the walk around Grindsbrook. The forecast was for low cloud clearing as the sun raced towards the horizon, which gave me lots of hope for some very dramatic photo opportunities. As it happened, the sun never got close to showing itself and, if anything, the cloud just got thicker and lower - I counted myself lucky that I was above the rain level.

Still, this thick fog gave me something else to do. There are few places in the north of England where you can escape from other people quite like Kinder Scout. Normally this requires making the hop across the peat bogs to the northern edge, where you can go hours on end without seeing so much as a trace of another person - but in weather like this, I knew it was a safe bet that I'd have the mountain to myself (bar the footprints of the lone fell runner I saw descending as I set off).

So, no sunset for me, but an intriguing challenge to collect a set of photos as the light faded that I'd be proud of - as a fitting end to my regular visits to this most dramatic part of the world. 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Putting It All Together

There's been a lot of talk of late about how much processing is too much processing - amongst a good mix of non-photographers, novice photographers and pretty much professionals. It's been interesting to read on the one hand and yet so frustrating on the other. So in this post - I'm going to go over the steps I took to achieve this photograph:

The final image.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

York 2015 Calendar


This is a very quick post - but I've recently been made aware of the opportunity to produce York 2015 calendars and I'm looking for outlets.

The calendars will be A4 (fold out to A3) spiral bound and I'm looking to sell them at £5.50-£6 depending on quantity and retail price - estimated to be around £8-10. 

The selection of images will be as follows: 


They will be produce by The Calendar Company and have a very similar appearance to this Sheffield version:


I'm only looking for an expression of interest - and details can be discussed or hard copies delivered. 

Let me know if this would be of interest to any of you!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Landscape Thoughts


This blog post was motivated by the following panoramic image of Sheffield after it did the rounds on Twitter. It's a good topic to write a blog post on as the story behind it pretty much sums up my photographic life in its entirety... so here goes. It was originally written for the Storying Sheffield blog - which I've copied across to here - so apologies if some of it is a bit too much about my background.

Huge stitched panorama as Sheffield is side lit by the setting sun - so many pixels it could be printed the size of a door - this small size doesn't really do it justice!

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Location Guide: Surprise View

The first location I'm going to look at is probably about as accessible and popular as they come - so don't expect to have it to yourself - but do expect to come away with plenty of beautiful pictures. I've chosen this spot as it seems to me to have given me some of my personal favourite photos in all sorts of weather conditions - never letting me down... and, importantly... it is technically within Yorkshire rather than the commonly assumed Derbyshire. I had to start with a Yorkshire location, after all.

Surprise View (and Millstone Edge) sits proudly above Hathersage, easily accessible by train on the Hope Valley line or by car/bike/bus on the A6187 road (straight out of Sheffield along Ecclesall Rd.) where it has it's own car park. 

I'll cover this area in a short circular (imaginary) walk. Starting at the car park I'll head west and continue clockwise around the area until ending up back at the start. One thing I should also mention before going too much further is that it's highly recommended that you take a camera/lenses capable of both wide angle and telephoto. The photos here were shot at anything between 17mm and 200mm (full frame).

 If you've got any questions, would like clarification on anything, would like to purchase prints or would like to discuss tuition at this location - just get in touch on the contact me page of my website - I'm much more likely to receive your message there than in the comments on this blog post.




Thursday, 1 May 2014

Eurgh... Competitions...

Over the last few months I've noticed this, and become annoyed by this, more and more. This key phrase that always appears somewhere in the small print of competition entry rules:

"each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to the Promoter to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material"