As a landscape photographer my use of black and white as a medium is often applied in situations where colour is not the priority, but rather where light, composition, shape, texture, motion and secondary elements such as shadows and silhouettes become my primary focus.
I am especially drawn to soft colour and light as a starting point for most of my compositions but the opportunity for a strong black and white photograph often presents itself, at least in landscape photography, during less than ideal lighting conditions, often where harsh or mottled light is present. Nevertheless, this is where a "plan B" approach will provide the opportunity to capture and convey strong contrasts and tones, offering a different and perhaps more challenging, but equally as satisfying perspective for the viewer. Removing colour from the equation draws the viewer's focus into these other important compositional elements. Read More
“Workflow” is a term often used when discussing the processing of digital images. In digital photography the real workflow covers the entire end-to-end process from the camera settings necessary to capture the image all the way through to backup strategies and the final published image, whether it be to print or to some form of digital medium. The steps within the full workflow process are many and one may adopt all or only some of them, depending on one's requirements. Read More
Over the past couple of months I have started another long-term photographic project: Dark Light Series. As with the Urban Contrasts Series, there is currently no defined end-point for the project and as with that series, I will occasionally cull a photograph from the project if I no longer feel it is up to standard or fits within the framework of the project. The aim is to simply build a body of work utilizing and developing certain themes and compositional techniques that have interested me for some time. Read More
I wanted to share a long-term project that I have been working on for the last few months. I currently have no defined project end-point but rather a desire to slowly evolve a style and technique that has always interested me.
For a long time I have had more than a fleeting interest in design and architecture and while I enjoy older classic buildings I feel a stronger draw to more modern and minimalist architectural designs. Read More
The internet is saturated with reviews of Sony's first generation A7r. I know because I have probably read most of those published up to October 2014 and a few more since. A recent email exchange with a friend asking me for my thoughts and advise on the Sony A7r, prompted me to take stock of my personal experiences with the camera since taking the decision to switch from DSLRs to Sony's mirrorless system. Read More
The month of May was a really busy time for me from both a commercial and landscape point of view. I had the good fortune to combine both during a 15 day commercial project to Scotland by including a 5 day tour around the Highlands and Isle of Skye. Read More
In this month's issue of the UK publication Digital Photographer (Issue 159), the magazine publishes a feature on the 10 Best-Kept Secrets For Black & White - Bring mono images to life with pro tricks revealed, from exposure to editing. Read More
Well it has been a while since I posted up on my blog and I'm feeling a little guilty. Guilty in that I feel it has been a little neglected of late but with good reason.
What has kept me away has been the ongoing work on the commercial photography service... Read More
During the second half of August 2014, I was fortunate to travel with my family to the autonomous community of Galicia in the northwest of Spain. This was my first ever visit to this region and a welcome escape from the stifling heat of my home province of Andalucía... Read More
In early May of this year, I set off on my first trip to the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park. I spent five days travelling and hiking through the Park and scouting the various locations that I had researched... Read More
Landscapes began to capture my imagination as I developed my interest in photography. From the hundreds of thousands (even millions?) of photographs that I have viewed and studied since I was a child, the landscape is the genre that consistently holds my attention the longest... Read More
I have been a long-time supporter of the Save The Children Fund. The work provided by this organization delivers an important worldwide role in the promotion and defense of children's rights, the provision of relief through worldwide charitable work, particularly in developing countries... Read More
Located in the south-eastern corner of Spain, Cabo de Gata-Níjar is Andalucia's largest coastal Natural Park, with a wild and isolated landscape and some of Europe's most original geological features. The Cabo de Gata mountain range is also mainland Spain's largest volcanic rock formation with sharp peaks and crags characterized by deep ochre-hues... Read More
You may have noticed that long exposure photography (LE) is a technique I use quite often when photographing landscapes. I love capturing the sense of motion in water and clouds contrasted against static elements within the landscape such as rocks, trees and mountains. I like to use this technique to help convey the atmosphere of the moment. However, just like high dynamic range photography (and Marmite), you will either love it or hate it... Read More
While photographs interested me from a young age, if I'm honest, I suspect the real reason for my earliest attraction to photography were the actual cameras and lenses. You see, I am confessing my guilt! I was a gadget freak, a geek, a nerd even! Why? Read More