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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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New Work - Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas Natural Park

New Work - Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas Natural Park

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...

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I Wish I Were There

I Wish I Were There

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...

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Rock Steady Photography

Rock Steady Photography

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...

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