Cuckoo (Female)

In early June I had an opportunity to capture some images of Cuckoos before they return to Southern Africa. This meant a very early get-up as I left home at 2:30am to get in situ ready for the first light of the day. I have recently purchased a camouflaged hide for this very purpose so…

A Ribble Valley Owl

There are a pair of Little Owls just on the outskirts of Clitheroe that seem to have set up a territory in some ageing trees on farmland. They have been spotted by quite a few others as they take their strolls in the countryside, with or without their dogs.An early (5am) start on a clear…

Free Webinars

There are many free webinars being shared at the moment by some companies trying to do their bit to keep us going. I tuned into a couple today, first watching Simon Burfoot sharing his lighting setups, then watched Gavin Hoey shooting glass bottles. Thank you to all of the people out there who are inspiring…

Black Vine Weevil

I had a little bug hunt in the garden yesterday and came across a Black Vine Weevil lurking amongst the pots. Apparently they are a bit of a pest according the gardeners amongst us but it made a decent subject to practice focus stacking on. The bug was brought indoors to my home macro set-up…

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…