Crossing the Rubicon.

Well, it’s actually the River Severn between England and Wales, but the point is the same.  This river has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, so crossing it has always been a bit challenging.  It has fast currents, and from time to time a tidal bore, which is well worth seeking out.  […]

“Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you.”

Last week I led a photography holiday in Brecon, Wales, for HF Holidays.  I had been checking the weather forecast for the week and had been a little bit apprehensive about how we might be affected.  There was rain forecast, and heavy rain at that.  I had a fallback position, but there’s only so much […]

A steam-powered gin palace!

I recently led another photography holiday for HF Holidays.  One of the places we visited was the Shropshire town of Bridgnorth.  It’s famous for having a heritage railway line; the Severn Valley Railway.  Like every tourist attraction they are always thinking of new ways to attract people.  On the day we were there the “Gin […]

Photography is not about the camera

People sometimes say to me things like: “You take great photos.  You must have a really good camera.”  I do have some sophisticated cameras that allow me to take photos in a wide range of lighting conditions, but the real secret to better photography is about using your eyes and brain, not about using a […]

Another HF holiday led

Last week I was leading another HF Holidays photography holiday.  This time it was down in Somerset, and was all about landscape photography.  To my mind “landscape photography” is not only about the big view but also the small details that make up that view.  A macro image can be landscape. The guests were great […]

The fifth wettest March in the UK since records began

It’s April now, so folks will be going on about April showers.  Well, we had a lot of rain in March!  It was, according to the Met Office, the fifth wettest March on record.  Not, you would think, conducive to photography.  I might disagree with that.  Rain, and overcast days, are great for photography.  Blue […]

Selfie expression

There was a TV programme on this week about the selfie craze.  It’s something that has come from almost nowhere, to be the thing that you just have to do when you are out and about.  It’s then got to be posted on social media.  Some argue that it feeds a need for the new […]

A cathedral but no cathedra.

I recently I gave my “Movement in Photography” talk to Salisbury Camera Club.  I had a chance to wander round the cathedral before my talk.  It was a lovely clear evening, so I took the chance to test my phone camera for night photography. This was a while after sunset, in the so-called “Blue Hour”.  […]

“His art is in the right place”

I recently went to the Jeff Koons sculpture exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.  It was a bit of a coup to get such a prominent artist to give a show there.  Koons is famous for being very kitsch, and also famous for very high prices, and I wasn’t sure if I would like […]

“steady your device”

I recently updated my phone to Pie, the latest version of Android.  It also updated my phone camera software, and the settings were all in different places!  It took a while to find one of my favourites which is the “Silky Water” light painting mode.  It’s designed to be used with the camera held still, […]