My daily visitor

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.

Four seasons, one lens.

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.

True Colours

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.

Enjoying the wildlife on your doorstep

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.

Street art

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.

To edit or not to edit?

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!