Street Photography in Essex

A rare sight smoking in public!

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

Bo the Cockapoo

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

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

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.





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

Fine Art Photography Mdina in Malta

The entrance to the old city of 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.

Macro Photography – A Visit From A Wasp

Yellow Jacket Wasp - insect or art?

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.

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