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The Black & White Image

The Black & White Image

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.

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New Work – Dark Light Series

New Work – Dark Light Series

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.

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Frustration and Reward - A Year With The Sony A7R

Frustration and Reward - A Year With The Sony A7R

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.

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My work recently published in Digital Photographer Magazine

My work recently published in Digital Photographer Magazine

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.

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New Work - Galician Landscape Series

New Work - Galician Landscape Series

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...

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Focus On The Final Image

Focus On The Final Image

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?

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