Welcome to my photography blog.
Here you will find some of my images, musings on photography, where I’ve been and what I’m doing. I’m based in Cheshire, England but travel often in search of images in favourite locations. The mountains of Wales draw me frequently to their bosom as does the coast of the UK.
My favourite subjects are the landscape - rural, urban, mountain - architecture, street/candid photography and the steam locomotive at work. All are different disciplines requiring different skills and equipment.
The camera kit I use is based around a Nikon D700 full frame DSLR with a variety of Nikon lenses - 24-70, 70-200, 80-400 & 60mm macro. I use Lee Filters to enhance the image at the time of its taking; this allows for skies to be correctly exposed or for the capture of the motion of nature – water, wind driven clouds and the way trees and grasses move in the breeze. Software I primarily use on my iMac desktop is Lightroom v.4, Lightroom v.5 Beta, Elements 8 and Niksoft’s Silver Efex Pro 2 , which converts a colour image to monochrome and allows the use of techniques similar to those used in a traditional darkroom to achieve the desired effect. I also have a Fujifilm X10 compact and a Leica C-Lux 3, which are used as notebooks and for street photography.
“The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.” Publilius Syrus
I hope that each image communicates something to you, the viewer, whether in the beauty of its location or in its composition, how it is captured, its lack of colour – although shades of black and grey are colours in their own right – or for you to see the scene as I did and that you interpret the image in your own way. Colour still plays an important part in my photography particularly for my landscape work at sunrise and sunset.
“Not everybody trusts paintings, but people believe photographs.” Ansel Adams
It is always my aim to capture the image first time and as perfectly as possible thus reducing the amount of work needed in the digital darkroom.
‘Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.’ Dorothea Lange
Each image I make is the capture of a unique moment in time that can never be repeated.