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Country Life Magazine Front Cover
14th July 2016 - 0 comments
Even though my images seemed to be used more and more online and less in print these days, I still love to see my images appearing in magazines, especially when they're on the front cover!

I was recently lucky enough to have my image of a lavender field in the Cotswolds published on the front cover of Country Life Magazine!

Snowdonia National Park Photography
21st October 2015 - 0 comments
After a busy summer of assignments I managed to get away to Snowdonia National Park for a few days last week to photograph some of the autumn colours. I also made it to Cwm Idwal, a location I have been wanting to photograph for quite a while now! Here's a small selection of the images I captured!









German Photography Magazine Front Cover
09th July 2015 - 0 comments
I've just received my copy of Germany's best selling photography magazine - Chip Foto Video. My image of New York is the cover photo for August! There's also an article inside about myself and my photography!

Reykjavik Iceland Travel Photographer
01st May 2015 - 0 comments
Last month I was lucky enough to spend a week in Iceland! Iceland is a wild place with waterfalls, volcanos and ice lagoons! I had to contend with driving rain and 35mph winds for a lot of my trip but I did still manage to take a few images I was pleased with.

Here's a selection of my favourites...


Blue Lagoon Iceland

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Harpa Concert Hall Reykjavik Iceland

Sun Voyager Reykjavik Iceland

Harpa Concert Hall Reykjavik Iceland

Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland

Jokulsarlon Lagoon Iceland

Vik Iceland

Reykjavik Iceland

New York Travel Photography
14th April 2015 - 0 comments
I was really pleased to find out that my image of the Manhattan skyline has recently featured on the front cover of the March 2015 issue of Lonely Planet Traveller magazine! This image was taken last year from the roof of the Rockefeller Center - definitely one of the best views in New York City!

Granada and Valencia Travel Photography Spain
09th April 2015 - 0 comments
At the end of March I was lucky enough to travel to Granada in Spain for a family wedding. I decided to extend the trip to allow me some time to photograph the local area and to also travel up to the city of Valencia.

On the first morning I dragged myself out of bed at 6am to head to a viewpoint overlooking the city. About half an hour after arriving the sun starting to break through and the sky turned a beautiful orange colour. Not a bad start to the trip!

Granada Spain Cityscape



The most famous landmark in Granada is of course the Alhambra Palace. Whilst there are some good shots to be had inside the palace, I knew the best view was going to be from the Mirador de San Nicholas. I arrived a little later then I probably should've and it was already bustling with locals and tourists. With a bit of patience I was able to get set up in a good spot to shoot the palace as the light fell.

Alhambra Granada Spain


After my few days in Granada I was on the road to Valencia. My main focus in Valencia was the City of Arts and Sciences complex. My heart sank a little when I arrived to see the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía opera house covered in scaffolding for restoration work. Photographing it was just not possible so my attention shifted to the Hemisfèric and Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe buildings instead.

City of Arts and Sciences Valencia Spain

City of Arts and Sciences Valencia Spain


To wrap up the trip I focused on Valencia's cathedral. I photographed the interior and the views from the top of tower, returning later in the evening to the Placa de la Seu to grab few images of the illuminated exterior.

Valencia Cathedral Spain

Valencia Cathedral Interior Spain

Valencia Cityscape Spain
Dublin Travel Photography - Ireland
19th November 2014 - 0 comments
I was recently commissioned by travel booking website Booking.com to complete a 10 day photography assignment in Dublin. The assignment consisted of a long list of locations, landmarks, food and drinks that all needed to be photographed for their upcoming insider travel guide.

Although the weather was typically Irish during my visit I still shot over 3000 images during my 10 day stay. Here are a few of my favourite images from the assignment. I will post a link to the finished insider guide as soon as it is complete.














Photo Workshop Peak District
24th June 2014 - 0 comments
One of the topics that regularly comes up when I'm running a Peak District photography workshop is the use of graduated neutral density filters, and the effect they have on landscape photos.

A graduated neutral density filter (ND Grad, for short) is essentially a tool to help you retain detail in the lightest and darkest parts of a photograph. An ND Grad is a piece of glass or photographic resin that is light at one end and gets gradually darker towards the other end. This darkening begins in the middle of the filter, with differing intensities (stops) and with both soft and hard transitions. The 'stop' refers to how much the exposure will be reduced by the darkened area of the photo, usually 1 stop, 2 stop or 3 stop. The below photo shows a 2 stop ND grad with a hard transition on the left, and a 2 stop soft transition on the right.



It is best to use the hard edged filters when you are photographing a scene with a very straight and uninterrupted horizon, such as coastal and seascape images. The soft edge filters work much better for photographing cityscapes or mountainous terrain, or any scene where foreground objects intersect the horizon. Soft edge filters give a less obvious transition through the photograph, this avoids darkening areas you may not want to darken when the horizon is not completely clear.

So how does this all work in practice? Below is a photo of the popular millstones at Stanage Edge, a location often visited on my one-to-one Peak District photography workshops. After composing the image I exposed the scene to allow for plenty of detail in the millstones in the foreground of the image. This has resulted in the sky becoming overexposed and a lack of detail in the clouds. As the horizon in this image is uninterrupted, I opted for a 2 stop hard ND filter. With the filter in place you can see the same exposure has resulted in a much more detailed and pleasing photo, with plenty of detail retained in the sky. If you would like to learn more about using ND grad filters in the field at some stunning locations in the Peak District then please check out my Peak District Photography Workshop page.

British Heart Foundation Competition
19th March 2014 - 0 comments
I was recently approached by the British Heart Foundation to supply an image to advertise their overseas trek or cycle ride photography competition. The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s leading heart charity and has teamed up with Digital Camera Magazine to offer readers a fantastic prize – a free place on an overseas trek or cycle ride in a range of amazing locations. I supplied an image taken at Mam Tor in the Peak District National Park which was published in the April edition of Digital Camera Magazine.

If you'd like to enter the competition you can find all the information on the Digital Camera website.


Lonely Planet Books - Travel Photography UK
17th February 2014 - 0 comments
I am pleased to have had over fifteen of my images published in recent Lonely Planet travel guides. These include Discover Great Britain, Discover Scotland, Western Europe and Europe on a shoestring. It is very nice to have my images recognised by the world's largest publisher of travel guides.




Peak District and Dorset Calendars
13th July 2013 - 0 comments
I have a couple of images published in 2014 Carousel Calendars. I have the July image in The Dorset Calendar and the October image in The Peak District Calendar. Carousel Calendars are the UK’s largest publisher of calendars so you should be able to spot them in a shop somewhere near you!






Images published in Rough Guides books
15th March 2013 - 0 comments
I have two new images published in Rough Guides books on Dorset and the Lake District. Here's a couple of snaps taken on my phone in my local branch of Waterstones!




Edinburgh Shop Front - Published Work
28th May 2012 - 0 comments
One of my images of a classic Edinburgh view that I took back in 2009 is now being used in CO-OP funeral directors shop fronts across the city. It's funny where your images end up being used, I never thought when I took this image it would be used at a funeral directors.




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BBC Two Episodes - Photo in titles.
12th May 2012 - 0 comments
If you've been watching Episodes on BBC Two with Stephan Mangan and Matt LeBlanc then you'll have probably seen one of my photos. One of my images of the Houses of Parliament in London is used in the opening titles to the show. The show is on BBC 2 on Friday nights at 22:00.

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Scotland Trip Part II - Rannoch Moor
07th May 2012 - 0 comments
Slightly overdue but here are a few images from the second part of my Scotland trip last month. These images taken around Rannoch Moor, Buachaille Etive Mor and Glencoe.



Glencoe Road

Glencoe Loch Leven

Mountain Cottage

Glencoe Jetty

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Cottages Rannoch
Isle of Skye Photography - Scotland
24th April 2012 - 1 comment
This is part one of my recent trip to the Scottish Highlands, I got so many images on this trip I decided it would be best to split the blog posts in two. Part one features images taken on the Isle of Skye and the Lochalsh area. I was really lucky with the weather on this trip with lots of breaks in the cloud and rain which provided some nice light. All the images will be up in the gallery soon where prints will be available to purchase.
Part two with images from Glencoe and Rannoch Moor will be posted within the next couple of days too, so be sure to check back!


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First light of the day hitting the Cuillin Mountains from Sligachan.


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Sligachan River.


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Looking towards the Black Cuillin mountain Sgurr nan Gillean.


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Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich.


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Eilean Donan Castle illuminated at dusk.


Elgol Rocks

The rocks of Elgol Beach at sunset.


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Clouds forming at dusk at Elgol Beach.


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Looking down on Portree Harbour, Portree is known as the 'capital' of the Isle of Skye.


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Last light of the day illuminated the Cuillin Mountains.




Oilseed Rape Photography
11th April 2012 - 0 comments
I spent all of yesterday driving round the countryside near where I live scouting out oilseed rape fields to photograph over the next couple of months. After 60 miles and not really finding anything that inspiring I stumbled across a near perfect field. The field has lots of undulations allowing for compositions that include just the crop itself and the sky, in my experience clean compositions like this are far more commercially successful than those with clutter. Luckily for me the conditions were great for taking photos, lots of sunlight which by this time was fairly low in the sky and some big clouds that made for interesting skies. I'll be revisiting this spot a few times over the next couple of months, I'm hoping to also photograph the field with lots of clear blue sky above it, which is ideal for publishers and designers!


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Oilseed Rape

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Lake District Photography
10th April 2012 - 2 comments
I've just returned from the first of my April trips, this one to the Lake District National Park. I managed to have all four seasons in the space of just a few days, the fells were covered in snow when I was arriving, this was followed by a day of lovely sunshine and finally two days of cloud and rain.

Staying in Keswick is a great base for exploring the north of the lakes, which in my opinion is more picturesque than the more touristy south. Here's just a selection of images taken on this trip.


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Cloudy dawn at Ashness Landing on Derwent Water.

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First light of the day illuminating The Langdale Pikes, viewed from Blea Tarn.

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Langdale Pikes reflected in Blea Tarn.

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Keswick Launch boats on Derwent Water at dusk.

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Overcast dusk at Ashness Bridge, looking towards Skiddaw.

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Skiddaw, Keswick and Derwent Water from the Catbells.









Robert Harding, DVD Cover and Wales Trip!
30th March 2012 - 0 comments
I'm very pleased to be able to say I've recently been signed as a photographer for the Robert Harding World Imagery picture library. Robert Harding World Imagery is the world's leading independent provider of outstanding Travel photography for Creative Professionals and discerning Photo Editors. I have already made a start on my collection there and you can see the beginnings here. I'll now be working hard to build a large collection of travel and landscape images for my portfolio.

In other news one of my images taken a few years ago in The Yorkshire Dales is now the cover photo of a new ITV DVD. The series is Ade Edmondson's The Dales, in which Ade looks at the lives and stories of people living in The Yorkshire Dales.




I've recently taken a short trip to North Wales to photograph some famous landmarks, including Caernarfon Castle, The Menai Bridge, and Penmon Point Lighthouse. Here are a few images from the trip...









Next week I am off to the Lake District, then I'll be returning home for a few days before heading off to the Isle of Skye and Rannoch Moor in Scotland, so be sure to check back soon for new images from these trips!
Canary Wharf, London Photography
16th March 2012 - 0 comments
When I saw the weather forecast for London was a sunny 20 degrees I thought I'd head down with the camera. One location I've been meaning to photograph for a long time is Canary Wharf. Any area with modern architecture near water usually makes for some interesting photos. After photographing the usual London stuff I headed out to Canary Wharf just in time for the sun setting as I knew I wanted to capture images during the twilight period of the day. Here are a few of the images...