Ballet Themed Shoot

I am without doubt the most reluctant dancer on this planet, however, I do seem to have a liking for photographing dance and have done for a while now. Having attended a dance photography workshop with Nicola Selby several years ago to learn the technicalities of capturing this genre of images, it dawned on me…

Workshops, Set-Ups & Warriors

There has been a lot online over the last week or so regarding photographic workshops, set-up images and of course this attracts the keyboard warriors with their overbearing sense of righteousness – the modern day puritans maybe!As a photographer, I have attended workshops, visited hides and created my own ‘set-up’ shots under controlled conditions. I…

Woolton Hall Shoot

Whilst on holiday recently I was thinking that I hadn’t been out with the camera of late so started researching some possibilities. I can’t remember quite how, but I stumbled upon a shoot being planned at Woolton Hall in Liverpool organised by John Ayliffe. Woolton Hall is a Grade I listed building, originally built in…

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…

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…