Stokksnes in the south east of Iceland is a stunning location. If you match that with brilliant light and stunning clouds then something special happens.
This image was taken on my 2nd day in Iceland on my Winter 2018 trip. It means so much to me as I had waited in the same location for about 5 hours hoping to get the light. Just as I was about to head off to get some sleep then there was 10mins of a stunning light show. The black sands contrast really well with the magnificent cliffs of the mountains. Iceland is such an impressive place and it feel like a land that time forgot.
This was taken from Sentinel Dome on a recent trip to Yosemite. Living in California provides some unparalleled opportunity for photography. I am looking forward to going back in the Winter!
There is something very special about Autumn in the Lake District. This was taken on a stroll around Rydal Water. I spent over an hour just sat watching the fog roll around and the scene change. It was so peaceful. What could be better.
There is nothing more amazing than the first Autumn frost of the year. I was luckily enough to be in the Lake District to take this image. It was a beautiful morning that was calm, cold and vibrant. AMAZING!
I love the birch trees at Surprise View in the Peak District. It is one of the locations I always visit on a workshop when it is foggy as there are countless opportunities. I could spend a whole year at this location and still uncover new opportunities.
I have been walking past this tree for a couple of years now and taken 100s of photos but never been happy with them. Then one morning I got the perfect conditions. To me it has a haunted feel to it. The dead lone tree amongst all the pines.....
Taken with the Fuji XT2 and 35mm Lens
Turn Back Now
There is something about this path leading into the mist that spooks me out. It captures the mood of the forest on the day really well. It really had that haunted feel to it. Would you walk down this path?
I had shot these trees a number of times but never managed to get them in the fog. And then on this visit one had blown over in the storms of the Beast from the East. I made for a great composition and told the story of the winter.
The one time I went to Chatsworth in Autumn 2012 it was foggy, very foggy. I had hoped to catch some of the amazing autumn colours there. Sometimes the lack of great light means you concentrate more on the composition. I spent 30 minutes moving a few metres to get the trees exactly where I wanted them.
This is one of my favourite images over the last few years and it didn’t just happen by accident. I had driven past the tree hundreds of times and always thought that it would make a great image but the conditions were never quite right for the shot I wanted.
It was one really cold morning in January when I finally took this image. The sun on this particular morning looked fantastic as there was just enough mist to create a ‘sun ball’ effect. I then realised as the sun was rising that there was a chance to grab the moment when the tree was hugging the sun as if it was trying to keep warm.
We were extremely lucky the evening we went to tunnel view to watch the sunset over Yosemite Valley as we had clouds. They make such a difference to the image. The purple tones just after sunrise are amazing.
Golden Green Fields
I love this image. For me it depicts what summer is like in England, green and lush. This series of hills in the Peak District is made from Coral reef from millions of years ago. AMAZING!
Sometimes the best photos are not planned - this certainly wasn't. I was on my way home and then all of a sudden there was an amazing golden glow. Luckily I knew I was only five minutes away from this location so I could take advantage of the conditions.
It was a case of jump out, check basic settings, point and shoot. I didn’t have time to use a tripod and instead I used a wall to good effect.
Winter Fire and Snow
I decided to take a detour on the way to work to see if I could get some winter sunrise photos for this exhibition. This was about 20 minutes before sunrise - an amazing glow!
It is tempting to lighten the foreground when post processing but I wanted to reflect the contrast between the fiery sky and cold hillside. This is an accurate reflection of what I saw.
Twisted Tree of Gummer's How
The Lake District is where my photography all started and Gummer's How has a place in my heart as I did so much B&W photography. I loved this tree and the parallel symmetry it creates with Lake Windermere.
Sometimes in photography you have to take advantage of moments that quickly disappear. I didn't have my tripod for this image but managed to get the shot I was looking for creating a mystical photograph.
These are a set of trees that I have visited and photographed many times. I was waiting for the right conditions right at the end of Autumn and got lucky this day.
Evening Pastel Light Rays, Yosemite
This is an image from my recent photographic vlog in Yosemite national park.
I love the light so much. It only lasted about 30 mins and then the fog that created it cleared. An example of fleeting moments in the landscape.
Golden Sunset - Tiburon Preserve
I had returned to this location in Tiburon many times to try and photograph sunset but never got the correct conditions. In this image everything came together. Photograph is all about light and this shot shows why
Above the Clouds, Mt Tam
Mount Tamalpais is an amazing place in the fog and the best time to capture this beauty is in the morning. This was an sunrise shoot from a long hike in the dark
The morning light is often my favourite light in the hills. For this image I hiked up in the dark (You can see my YouTube episode here - SUNRISE Photography TIPS At The Golden Gate Bridge | Image to Print ) and decided to concentrate on the foreground and path and only include one tower of the Golden Gate bridge on purpose as thought it was unique. A word that now isn't often associated with the Golden Gate Bridge and photography!
Morning Fog from Tiburon
I was lucky enough to spend 1 year in San Francisco with work and this view was a short walk from my house. The fog changes so much in summertime and it was a case of waiting for the right conditions so Belvedere and the Golden Gate Bridge were just peeping through.
Last light, Yosemite
If you have ever been to Yosemite you will probably have spent time at Valley view. This is looking back down towards there from Sentinel Dome. The late evening sun in the summer is amazing and cast glorious rays across the recession of mountains. El Capitan is just visible on the right hand side of this image.
Last Rays - Cape Cornwall
I have to be honest and say this was pure luck! I had gone to Cape Cornwall to photograph the sunset and gave up! Then when I was leaving in the car I say an amazing golden colour. Quickly stopping, I jumped out and had the perfect composition. Just press the shutter and done.
Flowing to Buttermere
This was taken on a wild camp in the Lake District above Buttermere on Haystacks. The evening was spectacular and the video I shot to accompany this image is still my favourite. I tried to use the shadow line to create a strong diagonal and powerful composition.
Windy! That best sums up this trip. I had travelled to Stanage Edge to photograph the heather at sunset but that was proving very difficult. So I decided to incorporate the movement of the grasses into the image. The trick was to get a long enough shutter speed so that I had sufficient movement and blurring effect whilst ensuring the camera didn’t move in the wind. A sturdy tripod that was well anchored helped. I also liked the way the wispy tufts of grass held the golden tones of the setting sun.
The Golden Gate Bridge is probably one of the most photographed landmarks in the world. With this image I was trying to work with 3 elements, Light, People and the city / bridge to convey a story of what I saw whenever I visited - 100s of photographers!
SUNRISE OVER THE GREAT RIDGE
The Great Ridge stretches two miles from Mam Tor to Lose Hill and has amazing 360 degree views. Sunrise is often spectacular on the ridge from Mam Tor.
From a previous visit I knew exactly where I wanted to position myself and achieved the perfect combination of no wind, mist in the two valleys and a silver lining in the clouds for the sun to break through.
Morning Sun Rays
This was one of my first morning trips up Bosley Cloud and I had hoped to get a glimpse of early autumn colours. There was a slight temperature inversion and the mist that hung in the valley created amazing rays of light. I accentuated them by using a medium zoom lens.
The cliffs at Flamborough are stunning. In this image I wanted to show the contrast between the grasses, cliffs and flat calm sea.
The heather is for me a sign that summer is coming to an end and Autumn is about to start. It is probably one of the most exciting times to be up on the moorlands of the Peak District. This simple composition reminds me of the very typical weather that we get around this time of year.