Falling to Pieces

I’ve seen many images, of a very artistic nature, featuring flowers in vases or bottles so I thought I’d give it a go. The ingredients were pretty simple; an old Honey bottle from 1868, a rose that was past its best, a white-ish backdrop (3 pieces of A3 paper) and a few loose petals. I…

Focus Stacked Lily

When this Covid-19 thing started to restrict us, I needed to find some things to do and created a list of topics and tasks that would keep me busy for a while. One of them was to try to develop my skills in Focus Stacking, this being a technique where you photograph an object gradually…

Some Simple Tutorials

As I give my Photographic presentations at camera clubs or share things with other photographers I often get asked the same questions about how I achieve an effect or perform a certain task. With this in mind I have created a series of simple, one page, tutorials that point the reader in the right direction.…

BPE 5* Success

In February 2020 I managed to achieve level 5 in British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE). The BPEs are a set of clubs that organise exhibitions open to British photographers and provide recognition in the form of ‘Crowns’. The points required for each Crown are: 1 Crown = 25 Images accepted or awarded. 2 Crowns = 50…

Mr Brodie

I arranged a camera club shoot with Mr G Brodie (Graham Currey) and grabbed a few shots myself at the end of the night. Graham is a well known figure in the North West of England and features widely in many competitions and exhibitions throughout the land – but I didn’t have any shots! As…

Frocks and Follies

In the calm before storm Ciara arrived in the UK, I managed to have a shoot with Gwyneth Rhianwen at Rivington Pike Follies. The follies are a remnant of Victorian excess, bankrolled by Lord Lever and designed by Thomas Mawson at the start of the 20th century. Much of the site is now in ruin…