Having been inspired by a video of somebody building a hide at the end of their garden I set out to create a lazy version of my own. The chair on the patio, a log from the woods, a few handful of bird food and a camouflage cover for my lens. Then for the difficult part – sit and wait. Over the last two weeks loads of birds have visited whilst I was looking through the window but once I go outside with the camera I am limited to this chap who never fails to pop by and say hi.
The perfect storm hits Newhaven, East Sussex, UK as 55 mph winds and a 12 ft swell head down the English Channel.
Four seasons through my one lens is my collection of photographs depicting a year in photography and covers not only the four seasons but the disciplines of travel, sport and landscape photography.
Lock down does give you the opportunity to try something new. If you can’t travel to exotic places and photograph them, then you need to get creative. Here is a collection of my ‘Photoart’ pictures created during 2020’s lockdowns.
Whilst we are in lockdown 2 and unable to play golf we are definitely missing the courses at their most colourful. What better time than now to walk the course with a camera bag rather than the normal golf bag? These were taken at East Berkshire Golf Course in Crowthorne, UK when the afternoon sun starts to throw the long shadows down the fairways.
Autumn walks & misty mornings are a photographer’s dream. These were taken at Virginia Water in the UK on a November morning during lock down 2.
Newhaven, East Sussex, UK hit by 50mph winds, hail, rain and the swell from the autumn Atlantic storm, a perfect day for a photographer!
Somedays you can wait in the hide for hours for something good to come along and then you realise that the bird feeder behind you is a hive of activity!
Deers at play around the lakes in the middle of Richmond Park, London.
An early morning photoshoot around Windsor Great Park’s deer enclosure.
The blue tits have been very active this spring and yesterday they brought their new chicks down from the nest and feed them in the tree next to the patio. I’m not sure wether all this wildlife was as active pre lockdown or wether we are now taking the time to stop and enjoy watching it. Either way, it is a joy to watch.
During this crazy time called ‘lock down’ it is time to try new styles of photograph and teach yourself new techniques, you never know, you may come to enjoy them more than your traditional style. I have loved playing around with these shots and have similar photoshoots planned.
As Travel Photographers and Wildlife Photographers we face a dilemma. We want to record what we see and offer the best representation to our followers but we also want to produce the biggest impact with our work.
The leopard in the tree with the washed out sky in the background is the true representation of what I saw. I sat in a boat on the Chobe river for hours waiting for the sunset to change the sky or the leopard to move and offer a better back drop, but no, she was happy sitting against the African bleached out skyline whilst her cub (in the bottom photo) played along the river bank.
The top photo, with the replacement sky has been one of my most successful photos in competition, it is a true representation of the leopard – but not the African skyline along the Chobe river.
Which is best, what is right, how much editing should we do? What are your thoughts – all criticism welcome!
West Wittering Beach on the UK’s south coast on a cold March day delivering great surf in freezing conditions. Assisted by my faithful side-kick Charlie the windswept dog!
With the east and west coast only quarter of an hour’s drive apart the photographer’s golden hour is full of opportunities and stunning views.