April 2016 Motocross

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Admin under Uncategorized
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A first attempt at Motocross photography at the AMCA meeting south of Congleton in Cheshire. The vantage points were not great and the scattering dust and mud meant that my camera gear was the dirtiest I have ever experienced. The rain just added to the sense of utter chaos. It takes a while to understand what is actually going on.  However, the riders gave us plenty of opportunities to get some good shots.

Motocross racers

Motocross racers

India February 2016

Posted on April 5, 2016 by Admin under Uncategorized
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What a fascinating place to visit. The people are marvellously warm and friendly, the history , the buildings the religious mix etc are just to be savoured. Although much of it operates in a seemingly chaotic state, you just have to immerse yourself into the culture and the way they live rather than think of how it could be ‘better’. Jaipur, Udaipur, Agra, Delhi and a few other places were on the agenda which came up trumps in terms of meeting expectations. For photographers interested in street and people portraits its an absolute paradise as most of the local villagers want to have their photo taken, you dont have to ask.

The busy streets of Udaipur

The busy streets of Udaipur

 

September 2015 South Africa

Posted on September 22, 2015 by Admin under Uncategorized
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Wow, what a place for wildlife photography, I spent six days in two camps in the Kruger National Park ( Sabi Sands and Ngala) and a couple of weeks touring along the Garden route. The wildlife and the birds in particular were spectacular – beautiful colours and variety of species.

Nyala

August 2015 Ospreys at Rothiemurkus

Posted on August 11, 2015 by Admin under Uncategorized
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A 10 day visit to Scotland to take in the landscape scenery and take in the fishing Ospreys at Rothiemurkus. The weather was abysmal and our drive around Skye was wet, windy, misty and everything else. The Ospreys were in good form although it was a severe endurance test as there was many hours with nothing showing which is the downside of wildlife photography. We had about 2 minutes of actual action in about 20 hours spent in the hide so you have to be ready to make the best of the event when the birds do come fishing. They dive in for about 4 seconds and then off again. However, you have to remember that you are witnessing one of the great wildlife spectacles of a rare species and better still photographing it at close quarters.

Osprey catching fish

Osprey catching fish

 

July 2015 North Wales landscapes

Posted on July 25, 2015 by Admin under Uncategorized
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Three wonderful days of landscape photography starting with Fairy Glen which is a most marvellous gorge near Betwys-y-Coed, I saw a greeting card of it some months ago and thought I must go there. It was indeed a wonderful scene. That was followed by two days in Anglesey photographing the lighthouses at Penmon, South Stack and Llanddwyn – lots of driving and walking to reach these places. I also stopped off at Aberfawn as a fellow photographer told me about the “Church in the Sea” that was there. I crammed a bit too many locations in and was wrecked by the time it all finished, but it is a great trip.

Fairy Glen near Betwys-y-Coed

Fairy Glen near Betwys-y-Coed

Gannetfest July 2015

Posted on July 7, 2015 by Admin under Uncategorized
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On 3rd July I travelled with a couple of friends from the Macc Camera club for a day trip to meet up with Steve Race at Bempton Cliffs. We booked the ‘Above & below’ trip. The morning was the below bit…a boat trip half a mile out in the North sea to see the Gannets diving for fish, the above bit was the afternoon return to dry land for a visit to the cliffs to see the other birds. The Gannets were amazing, diving very close to the boat, arrow like into the sea at 60mph. One of the UK’s great wildlife spectacles – and we got a great day, calm seas, no wind, no rain -perfect.

Gannet fight

June 2015 The Farne Islands

Posted on July 2, 2015 by Admin under Uncategorized
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What a place ! As a bird photographer you are always looking for lots of interaction. Here we had it in spades – aggression, mating, chasing, having fun – the lot. Thousands of Guillemots, Shags, Arctic and Sandwich Terns, Razorbills, Gulls and of course the lovely Puffins. A highly entertaining day spent visiting Staple Island and Inner Farne – This is the sort of trip I will do every year as its so abundant in photographic opportunity.

Puffin in flight with sand eels

Puffin in flight with sand eels

Romania June 2015

Posted on June 13, 2015 by Admin under Uncategorized
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A super trip to the Danube Delta and other sites in eastern Romania undertaken with Saker tours. We photographed 50 bird species….beautiful black necked grebes with chicks, the rufous talked rock thrush, pelicans, herons, warblers and wheatears. Up at 4.30 in the morning back for a three hour nap at mid day then out again on the small boat until 8.30pm. It was very hot and the light was wonderful at each end of the day. The danube Delta is a real haven for birdlife and a photographers dream as there is just so much going on – most of which you can get pretty close to. I only took the 200-400mm lens and most of the time the in-built extender was also in use. Occasionally an extra extender was deployed but the results even then were very good. Its certainly a place I would think of going back to. Romania is a very pretty, unspoilt area for wildlife photography.

Avocet

Avocet

Finland March 2015

Posted on March 14, 2015 by Admin under Uncategorized
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Super week out in Finland with the guys from Finnature. Its a winter wonderland giving great opportunities to photograph hunting Great Grey Owls, Waxwings, Siberian Jays, Crested Tits and Golden Eagles in their natural snowy habitat.

Great Grey Owl hunting

Great Grey Owl hunting

Red Squirrels at Formby reserve, November 2014

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Admin under Uncategorized
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Terrific day out with David and Alison from the Macclesfield Camera club, the light wasn’t great but the squirrels were in excellent photographic form. Although their population was severely affected by squirrel pox a few years ago they have recovered to around 60% of what they used to be. Some of the squirrels were a nice golden colour , others were quite a bit darker. They certainly move fast so you have to be quick to get some winning shots.


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Wildlife Photographer Cheshire, GB