Nature’s Best – Highly Honoured Award – WILDLIFE

January 26th, 2014

I am delighted to have received this photography award in the post this weekend.

My image of a Galapagos Tortoise is a “Highly Honoured Winner” in the 2013 Nature’s Best Photography awards. I don’t do a lot of Black and White images so it was a very pleasant surprise to see my image printed in the 2013 Awards book together with a shiny certificate.

I am not certain if every image in the book appears in the Smithsonian Exhibition Hall in Washington DC. If you do happen to visit the exhibition then I would appreciate to know if a print of this tortoise hangs on their wall…


Happy New year = New Front Cover…

January 12th, 2014

Happy New Year everyone.

The new year has stared fairly quietly in terms of photographic opportunities. The winter season in the UK has still not arrived and the majority of days this year have been wet, grey and lacking in light. Not the best conditions for image generation.

However, my optimism and energy for 2014 rapidly improved when the January edition of “Bird Watching” magazine dropped onto the door mat. The Kestrel image on the front cover was one of mine…

It is always nice to see one of my images in print but when they grace the front cover of a magazine it is a very special feeling…


It is time to shout “Merry Christmas” …

December 22nd, 2013

It is that time of year again.

So, here is a Big ‘Little Owl’ shout out for Christmas…

Wishing you all a very festive few days and I look forward to showing you some new images in 2014.


Lion cubs, learning their trade…

November 24th, 2013

Here are a couple of Lion cubs photographed on this years Photographic Safari to Kenya.

They were two of three cubs that went from sleeping soundly to running around full of energy within the space of just a few minutes. I always find it very difficult to capture images with more than one subject in the frame. Typically my photographs have a very “thin” depth of focus. It can be measured in millimetres at times so trying to have two subjects, both aligned in that depth of field is very hard to achieve. My strategy for these lion cubs was therefore to try and pick out some isolated action, preferably with just one cub in the frame. In any photograph it is important to get any eyes in the picture sharp, so if there is only one set on view then that objective is much easier to achieve.

In this frame I managed to get two cubs in the frame and quite conveniently only one set of eyes.


A wide angle view of an Elephant in the Masai Mara…

October 25th, 2013

Here is a wider view of an Elephant taken on this years trip to the Masai Mara.

I am far more comfortable when I have a long lens attached to my camera. However, there are many opportunities when a shorter lens will give an alternative view. It is not uncommon for the skies to darken in the late afternoon, just before the short rains start. The light becomes very dramatic at times and quite often a rainbow or two will appear. On this occasion there were no rainbows to be seen so I went in search of a Giraffe or Elephant to form my foreground subject.

Having found this Elephant I selected a wider angle lens to include the dramatic sky. In an attempt to add further impact to the picture I positioned the camera as low down as possible to emphasise this powerful, yet gentle, animal from Africa.