Fox in perfect light

There are moments in life where time seems to just stop. A perfect point in the ongoing daily grind.

Today I had the absolute pleasure of having around 20 such minutes with this beautiful creature.

It was – 1c and the sun had broken the clouds at the nature reserve where I was taking a walk. Down the concrete sidewall came this fox, wandering looking for a spot to rest and it just so happened to choose a spot 50 feet from me to lay and warm up in the winter sun.

Perfect light and a perfect subject combined to make this.

What a privelege it is to present this image of my perfect moment seeing this stunner.

Scottish Wildlife

During my recent holiday to Scotland I took some time out from visiting family and friends to go back to what I love, Photographing wildlife.

Lucky for me then that Scotland has some amazing opportunitys to see and photograph birds and a I. Also that we just don’t see in the big smoke of London and I took many many shots of which I am extremely happy and proud, Red and furry should. Give a clue to my favourites.

So from Rutting Stags to Red Kites soaring above right down to Red Squirrels at waters edge I thought I would. Share just a few of the images.

The greatest compliment for me since being back is that after showing a few of these pictures to Andy Rouse and Tom Way (2 superb professional wildlife toggers), they were very impressed with them and complimented me and that really spurs me on.

Red squirrel

One of my all time favourite shots of a Red Squirrel. Taken this week in Scotland. Many many more shots still to process but I love the way this one turned out.

It was taken in Barhill Forest in Kirkcudbright and was a most peaceful and serene place. Totally quiet and away from the hustle and bustle. Probably why the red squirrels love it.

Transformation – A calm place

Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art and Design – Criteria P 2, 4, 5

Well here I am back in my comfort zone… Wildlife and Nature

I’m on holiday in Dorset for a week and a trip out at a nature reserve today brought these lovely animals into my viewfinder… The ultimate transformation for mind and soul. Just being out in Nature calms me… Brings absolute clarity to my mind and generally does me the world of good mentally. No matter how stressed or worked up I get in daily life a walk in the wild always de-stresses me totally. I see it as a transformation of self as doing this helps with the depression and anxiety symptoms that I sometimes suffer.

I must confess I am a little drained after researching and posting so much for this term… Racking my brain thinking of ideas and then worrying they aren’t going to work… Several trips to London, both tiresome and stressful now washed away by fresh air, sea breeze and sunshine.

I’m off out again tomorrow to find some textures and decay for my terms project. I’ve already been scouting some suitable sites and hope they will bear fruit.

Red kites

Unit 33 lens based image making critieria P 1,2,3,4,5

During a recent holiday to Scotland I had the opportunity it to photograph some red kites… Fantastic birds but extremely fast and aerobatic making them extremely hard to photograph.

I have a new appreciation for anyone who manages to capture these birds in flight at speeds of up to 40mph and very erratic flight direction. I am pleased with my Images despite the varying lighting and distance I managed to shoot in full manual and adjust in the fly to capture these.


One of my Images featured

Unit 33 lens based image making critieria P 1,2,3,4,5

A nice lift to the weekend yesterday as I was contacted by the editor of This is our town Richmond and asked if they could use one of my Images that they had seen on social media to feature in an article they were writing. I really love the composition as well as the subject and setting of this image so I am thrilled it was appreciated.


Great to feel my work is appreciated and I’ve been asked to be a regular Contributor… Which is excellent.

A few images from Bushy Park

Unit 33 lens based image making critieria P 1,2,4,5

I recently bought a new lens… A canon 100-400L… And it’s a beast of a lens very heavy and bulky but has a great quality and reach. Last week I popped to My local Deer park to test it.

Initial impressions are great its got superb clarity and sharpness and a good focal length for sports and events and wildlife (640mm on my crop sensor) but that does come at a cost of it being f4.5 at the wide end and f5.6 T the telephoto. That’s not to bad though coupled with the decent iso performance of my 80d.

Overall I’m  very Pleased but it’s another learning avenue to explore aswell.

One lens challenge

Over the half term I decided to pop out to the park but only use 1 lens to capture whatever I could. With CK in tow we ventured off to Bushy park and Richmond Park and I took only my Sigma 105mm macro lens.

It’s a nice lens and I found it very useful for longer range and portrait aswell as close up macro although getting used to the Depth of field at different ranges was totally new to me in terms of shallowness I will definitely be using this lens alot more.

It’s nice and crisp in terms of sharpness and allows me to get close to anything I need to but I would definitely say I need a tripod for the smaller things as I really need to slow the shutter speed down to where handholding becomes unrealistic in terms of stability.

My favoured genre of wildlife isn’t so easy with it due to the relatively small range as the animals get spooked. But for bugs and such…ideal.

Reflecting on past work, looking for direction.

Whilst planning this postcode project I found myself somewhat stumped abput the best way of editing and presenting the shots. Some of the pictures I have taken need little or no work for the premise and technique of the shot to show whilst some need a lift to show them at their best. With this in mind I found myself looking at my older shots for inspiration or even just an idea of how to process the project. Sadly when I looked I found I was not happy at all with the photos I have taken so far for this term and am thinking I may just redo everything project wise (never a good thought when only 2 weeks are left). Here are some of the shots I have taken over the past year or so and edited. Looking at these has given me ideas for other projects and editing styles.

So I’m thinking a completely new view is needed for the postcode project due in 2 weeks *insert scared face*

criteria 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4