Putting the graphic into photographic

This is a post about composing your image.  Some folks go on about the so-called “Rule of Thirds” as if it was the law.  Spoiler alert: it’s not!  By all means compose your images carefully, but don’t get caught by the “it’s the rules” trap.  Sometimes images cry out to be treated as graphic design […]

Christmas greetings!

Just a quick message to wish my reader a “Very Merry Christmas” and a “Happy New Year”! May your bokeh always be smooth and silky. Have a great 2020!

First (Street) among equals?

Last weekend I was up in Manchester for a social event.  I stayed in the First Street district, which is all shiny new office and entertainment buildings.  There’s a lot of glass, and a lot of rectangles.  I popped out one morning with my Lumix TZ-100 compact camera to try and capture the feel of […]

Things are looking up, and down.

A few days ago I was out for a walk in the glorious countryside near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Avebury in Wiltshire.  There are various Bronze Age barrows/burial mounds in the area, (some as old as the Pyramids!), that are almost ignored due to the amazing Avebury stone circle and Silbury Hill nearby.  […]

It was a moving experience

Last week I led my final 2019 photography holiday for HF Holidays.  It was up in the Lake District at their Monk Coniston house near Coniston Water.  (It’s a curious anomaly that only one body of water in the Lake District is called something Lake, or Lake something – Google it).  The holiday was all […]

Our eyes don’t see in rectangles

I don’t know about you, but my eyes don’t see things framed by rectangles.  Cameras, on the other hand, do see in rectangles and we have to take that into account when we take a photograph.  Having forced the view of the world into the rectangle defined by our camera sensor, you can use the […]

Pattern pictures or Patton pictures?

I recently went to a dinner to raise money for Normandy veterans.  As well as the veterans there were some World War 2 re-enactors.  One in particular stood out as he was the absolute spit of controversial WW2 General George S Patton.  The level of detail he had gone to to replicate Patton’s equipment was […]

One or two or three?

Last week I was leading a photography holiday in Cornwall.  On one day I had a chance to go for a walk between St Ives and Lelant, via Carbis Bay.  It was fabulous weather with bright sunshine and a good breeze. Near to Carbis Bay the view from the cliffs was stunning.  There were just […]

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 […]