Nov 132014
 
Street Photography in Essex

Street Photography in North Essex – Clacton and Walton   I recently went with a very good friend (and fellow photographer), Jeff Turnbull, for a day of ‘street photography’ in the north Essex towns of Clacton and Walton. Not only are Clacton and Walton both seaside towns but they both also boast the presence of a pier. The idea was to go out and capture something of the spirit of the towns and the people

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Oct 202014
 
Low light photography - Bruges

Bruges at Night   My wife, Kate, and I went to Bruges to celebrate our 25th weddings anniversary, it was the first time we had ever been there and we thought it was beautiful. Bruges is situated in the Flemish region and is also the largest city and capital of Belgium. Along with a few other canal based cities such as Amsterdam it is sometimes referred to as ‘The Venice of the North’ I also

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Apr 102014
 
Bo the Cockapoo

Our Family Pet – Bo the Cockapoo Another one of Bo our pet Cockapoo I found when sorting through images. This was taken when she was very young and very cute. It really hit me at how her markings look very black and ‘tan’ that ‘tan’ now looks decidedly grey. Bo, seems to have some kind of sixth sense, she seems to know when you want to take her photograph because she usually look off

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Mar 282014
 
Blue Skies over Essex

Beautiful & Dramatic Blue Sky over Gosfield Another photograph I thought I would share with you. This was taken whilst out on a walk with my wife Kate, son Nick and dog Bo’. We were actually walking from Halstead along public footpaths back to our home in Gosfield. The sky looked so fantastic that I just had to capture it and just had to let it be dominant within the scene. To do this I

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Mar 232014
 
Bo in the snow (A Cockapoo's first winter)

A few days ago I was re organising images on my computer and came across a cute selection of our dog, Bo’. Her full name is actually Boudicca a beautiful black and tan Cockapoo. They were taken when she was only a few months old, it was her very first winter and we had absolutely loads of snow, not like this year, hardly any at all. Anyway I thought the photos looked so cute I

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Mar 022014
 
Garden Birds in North Essex

My wife and I always like to put food out for the birds, especially at this time of year and just recently we purchased a new feeder as the old one had broken. I decided this was a great opportunity to changes its location slightly so that it might be easier to photograph our little feathered friends. I also wanted to photograph them in relative comfort and so managed to find a nice branch in

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Dec 052013
 
Nikon 16mm 2.8D

I recently purchased a fantastic wide angle lens, the Nikon 16mm 2.8D. This is a really super lens with a fantastic 180 degree front field of view. You can almost see your own ears it’s so wide! Ok I’m only joking but it is seriously good and I look forward to using it at some forthcoming weddings. In the meantime here are a few shots I took out and about around my home village of Gosfield.





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Nov 232013
 
Poppies

Wow! This summer I saw fields full of fantastic poppies just begging to be photographed, so hey guess what that’s just what I did.

They were beautiful flowers, bright red against a deep blue sky, majestic but somehow also lonely and fragile – maybe even vulnerable. Certainly vulnerable to the elements.

I decided to give them a fine art look and I have produced a selection of them below.

Of course photographing and thinking about poppies, especially in November, made me reflect on how symbolic they are

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Jun 152013
 
Fine Art Photography Mdina in Malta

This phtograph was taken at the entrance to the walled city of Mdina the old capital of Malta.

The history of Mdina goes back for more than 4000 years. In 60 AD according to tradition the Apostle St Paul is said to have lived there after being shipwrecked on the Islands. Furthermore it is said that St. Paul resided inside the grotto known as Fuori le Mura (outside the city walls) now known as St. Paul’s Grotto in Rabat.

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Jun 032013
 
Fine Art Photography - Rabat in Malta

This photograph was taken whilst visiting a caffe in Rabat a small town on the outskirts of Mdina the old capital of Malta. It has undergone a small amount of post production in Photoshop. It’s a study in the elements of shape, light, colour and texture, elements which were powerful at the time and motivated me to take the photograph.   Tony Sale Tony is the owner of Tony Sale Photography a much sought after

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May 312013
 
Macro Photography - A Visit From A Wasp

I was at home a few days ago when I saw this fairly docile wasp on a pair of my jeans lying on the bed. Being quite keen on macro photography I thought it would provide a great opportunity to take a few close up photos whilst it wasn’t zooming around at 100 mph.

I then carefully lifted it over to the window sill where it began to climb the window. As it did so it created this wonderful reflection in the glass and by photographing from side on it produced this great symmetry

The wasp family of insects includes thousands of species all around the world, most of which are predatory. The most common types of wasps are hornets, yellow jackets, and paper wasps, this one was a yellow jacket. There are commonly two types of wasps, solitary wasps and social wasps.

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May 142013
 
Counting Crows - Band Photography

I recently went with my two sons, Rob and Nick to see one of my all-time favourite bands, Counting Crows, at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

Counting Crows are an American band from Berkeley in California. They formed in 1991 and band members consist of Adam Duritz (lead vocals, piano), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (accordion, keyboards), Dan Vickrey (lead guitar), David Immerglück (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Jim Bogios (drums) and Millard Powers (bass).

One of their first albums I ever listened to was their debut album, August and

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