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  • Stag Silhouette against a dramatic sunset. Silhouettes are often tricky to get right, but stags are by far one of the easiest with their immediately recognisable antlers! Here I underexposed by 2 stops and stopped down to f/8 to ensure the bracken along the horizon was nice and sharp.

    The Big Move

    1:14 pm. Posted in Blog.

    After keeping things very quiet until I had a confirmed leave date, I’m finally able to share some very exciting news; at the end of July I’ll be moving to India! Although I’ll be based in New Delhi, I’ll be exploring the whole country and travelling around other parts of Asia to work on some […]

  • Whilst on the hunt for new and interesting local wildlife around Lake Kerkini we discovered a thriving population of Coypu. These large semiaquatic rodents can reach a metre in length and weigh up to 9kg. Originally native to South America, they have since been introduced around the world.

    Back Button Focus

    10:05 am. Posted in Blog.

    Back Button Focus If there is one simple change you can make today to improve your wildlife photography; it’s back button focus. Since making this small adjustment, there has been a remarkable improvement in the speed and accuracy of my autofocus and my ‘keeper’ rate has improved dramatically. This simple technique offers far greater control […]

  • Badgers and bTB. How badgers are involved in the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

    Badgers and bTB

    1:29 pm. Posted in Blog.

    Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time with me will know how passionate I am about wildlife conservation. I often get asked about the issues surrounding badgers and bTB, as many people are unaware of the ins and outs. So I decided to write a short blog detailing some of the facts and […]

  • Puffin in flight, coming into land on Staple island. These fast flying birds are notoriously hard to capture in flight, so it took a fair few attempts to get this one with a beak full of sand eels mid flight. During the summertime around 150,000 breeding pairs of seabirds flock to the Farne Islands to nest. With such huge numbers crammed onto these tiny islands they are undoubtedly one of the best places in the UK to get close to sea birds.

    The Farne Islands and Northumberland Coastline

    2:02 pm. Posted in Blog.

    Over the Spring and Summer months millions of seabirds come to our shores to breed in the vast seabird colonies. One of the best places to see this incredible wildlife spectacle is the North East Coast, more specifically around the Farne Islands. I always try to make the trip at least once a year and […]

  • Dalmatian Pelican on Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece. Daily feeds by the local fisherman offered some incredible opportunities to get up close and personal with these stunning birds. Here I used my telephoto lens at f/11 to pick out the fine details and ensure everything was tack sharp. I love the simplicity of images like this, focusing on shape, colour and fine detail rather than the wider view.

    Lake Kerkini – Home of the Dalmatian Pelican

    3:33 pm. Posted in Blog.

    Earlier this year I visited Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece to photograph the healthy population of Dalmatian Pelicans found on the lake. During the 20th century the pelican population suffered a dramatic worldwide decline due to habitat loss, disturbance and poaching. Recent conservation efforts around Lake Kerkini, such as the creation of artificial nesting platforms […]

  • 2017 in Review – Photography

    7:36 pm. Posted in Blog.

    2017 has been a great year for my photography career, I’ve visited lots of new places and met some great new people. My major highlights for the year have included a front cover for the UK’s best selling photography magazine and winning awards in 3 major competitions!  As my own harshest critic I never think […]

  • Bolehill Quarry - Peak District Photography BWPA Award Winner 2017

    BWPA 2017

    4:43 pm. Posted in Blog.

    I’m delighted to be able to announce that my image ‘A Magical Morning’ was awarded 1st place in the ‘Wild Woods’ category of the prestigious British Wildlife Photography Awards. Winning me a place in the book, travelling exhibition and a photography holiday!  I actually found out about the award in late July when I received […]

  • Chrome and Parkhouse Hills - Peak District Photography Runner up 2017 Landscape Photographer of the Year

    Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017

    12:06 pm. Posted in Blog.

    Following on from my success last year, I’m thrilled to announce that my image ‘Snowstorm Over The Dragon’s Back’ has been awarded 2nd place in the ‘Classic View’ category in Landscape Photographer of the Year. Winning me a place in the book, travelling exhibition and a cash prize. A second of my Peak District images titled […]

  • The Forth Road and Rail bridges during the blue hour, I was really lucky to get a calm evening for some nice reflections! - Forth Bridges, Firth of Forth, Scotland.

    Forth Bridges, Firth of Forth, Scotland

    12:14 pm. Posted in Blog.

    As part of my award in Landscape Photographer of the Year, I was treated to an exclusive all access visit to the Forth Rail Bridge. As it was a fair journey up to here from my home in Sheffield, I decided to extend the trip and visit some additional locations with my partner. On the […]

  • Badgers

    Photographing Badgers

    2:14 pm. Posted in Blog.

    It’s been a life long ambition of mine to photograph one of the most iconic British mammals – the badger. Earlier this year I decided I would finally dedicate some time to making that happen and so I started out on my quest to photograph these elusive creatures.  The hardest part initially was finding subjects. I’ve […]