Carla Monaco Revisited

I decided to have a look back at some images that I had taken a while back and a set with Carla took my eye. Having learned a bit more about applying textures in Photoshop I though I would try to create some soft, pastel images by applying a mixture of overlays and other techniques…

Scarlet Lily Beetle

I haven’t been out with the camera for a good few weeks so thought I would have a look around my garden to see what was lurking in the shadows. The first thing I came across was a group of Scarlet Lily Beetles (Lilioceris lilii) congregating on a rapidly decaying Lily. So I put the…

Marching Little Owl

Beyond doubt my favourite owl is the Little Owl (Athene noctua) and it’s been a while since I photographed one. The owls in these images are totally wild but have been encouraged to find food in a working farmyard barn. By placing two grubs a metre or so apart it is possible to shoot the…

Copyright Myths

In an age where images, photos, music all seem to abound on the World Wide Web and people are just downloading, uploading and sharing stuff I though I would write a short piece about copyright. Unfortunately, a lot (most!) people do not understand copyright or intellectual property rights and think that everything can be had…

The Elusive Cuckoo

The Cuckoo is a bird that was often heard but rarely seen, nowadays it isn’t heard that often either. As I’ve been roaming about the countryside I feel that I’ve been lucky if I hear one a year these days and until this occasion I had never actually seen one. This particular Cuckoo was photographed…

Sparrowhawk in Bluebells

I spent a couple of afternoons in spring observing and photographing a pair of Sparrowhawks in southern Scotland. The woods were a riot of colour as the spring flowers were in bloom with the bluebells being spectacularly prevalent. The female hawk was particularly compliant and paused on several rocks and trees as it surveyed the…

Combined Athletics, Bedford

I’ve always been keen on sport, having played cricket and squash for many years and since taking up photography I’ve wanted to combine the two. I have photographed quite a few local sports so far but really want to photograph at a higher level within the various disciplines. This year I was fortunate enough to…