"Mini" Beast from The East

After we had all survived the Beast from The East at the start of March i set off for a springlike week in the Peak District. I enjoyed a balmy afternoon at Ladybower Reservoir but then the snow and gales set in.  By Sunday morning Tideswell was swamped by a foot of snow and I was going nowhere in my car.

Posted on March 19, 2018 .

Roker Pier

As President of York Photographic Society I am scheduled to give a presentation of my work to the membership.  I decided to base my evening on 'Yorkshire' and 'coastal Photography' and I have been chipping away at the content for a while.  

Someone told me about the lovely Roker Pier which features a long curve and as I want to show some piers and lighthouses in my presentation I drove up to Wearside. 

Infinity pools of Saltwick Bay

On the last afternoon of my week's holiday in Whiby I decided to pay another visit to Saltwick Bay to photograph some rock pool abstracts for a talk I'm preparing and perhaps catch a bit of sunset.  When I got to the top of the cliff I stopped in my tracks as not only was the sky as grey as ditchwater but the sea was still well established on the shale platform.  It didn't look particularly encouraging or safe.  Low tide was only an hour away so it should have been well clear of the platform but it obviously wasn't.

Posted on February 6, 2018 .

Sandsend to Whitby walk

One of my favourite walks is from Sandsend to Whitby along the beach during low tide.  It is especially lovely in the winter when there is usually a metallic orange or blue glow in the sky most of the day.  I find looking out to sea and watching and listening to the waves rolling into shore incredibly relaxing and there is always something different to see and photograph.

Posted on January 23, 2018 .

Introduction to Skipwith Common

In the past couple of months I have visited Skipwith common a few times.  My original intention was to take some autumnal photographs but there is such an abundance and variety of trees that I have returned to explore further.  The Common is one of the last remaining areas of northern lowland heath in England and there are  270ha of open heath, ponds and marshland.  Skipwith Common’s heathland has stayed almost the same for thousands of years – with evidence of its use by man for at least 4000 years.

Northumberland Coast

The Northumberland coast is a wonderful place to visit and explore and since it was 2 years since my last visit another trip was long overdue.  I was based in Amble and during my week I visited some of my old favourites but also discovered some fabulous new locations.

Posted on November 12, 2017 .

Autumn Woodlands

This autumn I have been out and about in different woods following the development of autumn and the many colours and falling of the leaves.

I find that photographing woodland is difficult as you literally have to pick out the wood from the trees and quite often there isn't a lot of space in which to give the image space to breathe

Posted on October 31, 2017 .

Storm Ophelia

I have recently had the pleasure of attending a workshop run by both Mark Littlejohn and Joe Cornish and the outstanding feature of the first day was the impending arrival of Storm Ophelia.

Posted on October 24, 2017 .

A Tide Tale at Saltwick Bay

Last week I realised that I hadn't been to Whitby and Saltwick Bay for months so it was high time that I drove across the North York Moors again.  Low tide was scheduled for 16:08 but I decided for a change to arrive a few hours before low tide and capture the sea as it retreated over the ledge.

Posted on September 29, 2017 .

Two Lake District Sunrises

Whilst in the Lake District at the end of August I experienced 2 sunrises which were both beautiful but different.  On the last full day I set the alarm for 4.15am in order to give myself time to drive over the Kirkstone Pass to Ullswater and arrive an hour before sunrise.