The Very ‘Common Blue’

A morning at Leighton Moss nature reserve provided a spectacle of Common Blue Damselflies, swarming around the causeways in the warm summer sun. They were present in their thousands, some looking for mates, some paired-up whilst others were seen ovipositing in the ponds and waterways. Photographing these insects is difficult in the sense that they…

Shooting Local Cricket Matches

Having covered quite a few local matches now, I thought I would share some of my thoughts and some lessons learned. I suppose it breaks down into two areas; (i)Equipment and (ii) The photographer’s eye. Technical stuff first then: High Shutter Speeds will freeze the action and keep everything nice and sharp, you will probably…

L&CPU Results 2017-18

I am very happy again with my ‘Lancashire & Cheshire Annual Photography’ individual results, I managed to be placed 6th in the overall award of Photographer of the Year. This requires a set of 12 prints and 12 digital images in 3 sections; Colour, Mono and Nature. Last year I set myself a target of…

Peelers

‘Peelers’ was the name given to the first police officers in the UK and they were named after Sir Robert Peel who introduced them, first in Ireland, and later in England. They were also known as Bobbies in England. The ‘new’ Metropolitan Police patrols, based in London, took to the streets on 29th September 1829,…

Getting Closer!

Famous war photographer Robert Capa is believed to have stated that “If your photographs aren’t good enough then you’re not close enough“. Now, it was harder for Capa (real name Andre Friedman) as he worked in dangerous and unpredictable environments than it is for those of us who are clicking away in our cosy little…

Local Cricket

It’s been a hot weekend and the cricket season has started here in the uk so I took myself down to my local cricket club. The light was very good so fast shutter speeds were the order of the day to help get sharp images and freeze the play. It wasn’t a high scoring game…

Ribblesdale CC Annual Results

The season is drawing to a close at Ribblesdale Camera Club with the conclusion of the Annual competitions for Prints and Digitally Projected Images. It’s been a very enjoyable year and a season in which I have put many new images into the various internal competitions. The images that were ‘Placed’ in the two annual…