What a miserable day its been in the North East of England! Grey, overcast and rain, not the best combination for an outing with the camera. Still, that wasn't going to stop me coming home with at least one image I like. We took a trip to Cragside House in Northumberland and whilst driving around the estate we stopped off at this lovely waterfall. Normally the fall isn't as good as this but the persistent rain filled up the stream turning it into a stunning scene. Whilst I did take a number of other shots around the estate, unfortunately most were spoiled by rain drops on the lens no matter how hard I tried to keep it off. Ah well, heres hoping for better conditions tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
Its not something that I have mentioned very often but I actually have an online store over at Zazzle. If you are looking for something a little original and that you can't find anywhere else, head over to my Zazzle store where you can buy one of my images on anything from a mug to a phone case, a print to a hand bag! It's really easy to place an order and the products are updated regularly by our team, so theres always something new to view. Head over there now and have a look!
What a great start to 2018. I popped down to the beach this morning with my wife before we headed off to the shops for our groceries and was greeted with this fantastic sky of colour. My first outing with the camera in 2018, even though it was a short one, yielded some very nice images indeed. When the sun came up all the colour died and its been raining ever since but hey, I don't mind at all! Happy New Year everyone and I hope you have a great 2018.
Well, after popular (ish...) demand, here is episode 2 of my forays into the video blogging world. On Saturday, I took an early morning trip to Embleton Beach in the hope of retaking an image I had taken a few days before but hopefully in better lighting conditions. So out came my mobile phone, this time mounted on a gorilla pod and off I went. But did I get that morning light? Watch the video to find out. Oh and remember to subscribe to my channel and leave a comment if you like it or not as the case may be. Thanks and Enjoy the show!
Last week I found a very nice composition of a beach house and Dunstanburgh castle at Embleton Beach, Northumberland. I really wanted a great sunrise but that wasn't going to happen so I gave it that cold desolate blue look and it worked very well. Today, is the first day of my Christmas holidays so I made a point of traveling back to the location in the hope I would be able to get that warm sunrise I had originally hoped for. Luckily there was some nice colour in the sky and I think I came home with a couple of images I really like. Whether its exactly what I had envisaged is another matter but that just means I can go back and try again. Also, on this occasion I decided to give the Vlogging another go but this time with a little more thought I hope! So stay tuned for episode 2. Hope you like the image!
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So there I was, heading down to Roker, Sunderland, to get photos of a potentially fantastic sunrise and I decided to get my phone out and try my hand at this Vlogging thing that everyone and his cat seems to be doing. Just for fun you understand! Maybe I will get better at it and a better way to film it? Or maybe not...anyway, have a watch and let me know what you think. Would you like to see more like this from my ventures out and about or just the photos?
Today, I used up my last days holiday from work. I had planed to make it a full day of photography and head up the Northumberland coast. The weather forecast wasn't looking good and it got it right. Grey cold and damp but that wasn't going to stop me getting out and about, sticking to the plans I had made for the day a few weeks before. First stop was at Embleton Beach, a place I visited in October and I hoped to better the images I had taken that day, which coincidently, was also grey, cold and damp. Bit of a pattern occurring here I see... Today however, was worse than then. Still I was out and about, so walked up to the holiday beach houses on top of the dunes. This was the first time I had actually been up to them but didn't expect that they would be my favourite images of the day. I tried to show them in their remoteness on the dunes and the coldness and drab colour of the day. I have a feeling these may make a nice set of framed prints. Maybe I can do that on the next off I get, or go out and take more photos, either way it will be a cold, grey damp day...
On Sunday evening, I received a notification on my phones an android app (that said it may be a good evening for a sunset in the North East of England, so I packed my camera gear and headed to Copt Hill at Houghton-le-Spring in the hope I could catch some of the promised light. Its a place that I have visited a few times already so I knew what the layout would be which takes a lot of the guess work out of a location when you have to make a mad dash to photograph it. One less thing to think about. Luckily the app was spot on for a change and it turned out to be very nice indeed. So nice I almost didn't feel the cold winter air freezing my fingers off! These are the three images that stand out from the dozen or so that I took. Hope you like them.
Well, thats one more place ticked off my bucket list to visit before my batteries run out! Last Saturday, I returned to the cold winter weather of the UK after spending a week with friends in Dubai as well as a couple of days in a fantastic hotel in the desert of Abu Dhabi. What an amazing place it was and I hope we can revisit it sooner rather than later. Myself and my wife stayed with a couple of friends who have lived and worked in Dubai for 4 years now. It really helps when you have someone with local knowledge who can show you not only the tourist places but some of the everyday life areas of a city. After a quite relaxing 7 hour flight flying into Dubai on an Emirates 777, we were met at the airport by Roy and Celia, our hosts for the week, who had organised a full but relaxing schedule for our first visit to the UAE. I first met Roy and Celia at our local camera club in Washington many years ago when he was based in the UK and have remained friends ever since, so it was great to be out there with a fellow photographers. I returned home with 1500 images not including the ones taken on my phone and a load of video clips as well. Not wanting to bore you with a gallery of 1500 images, I have sorted through them and picked just 10 images from our trip that I really like, not because they are all the best I took, but because they give you a taste of what the landscape of the area has too offer and believe me, 1500 images is not enough to do that so 10 is really just a nibble rather than a bite! Click the image to see it large and find out more. And please feel free to comment. Enjoy ;)
Had a lovely walk at the National Trust site, Allen Banks on Sunday afternoon. Some lovely autumnal colour and light to be seen.