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Worked with this fella on a recent Macro workshop (with ).  Fantastic little frogs, very calm and happy to sit around while you poke a camera at them.  Just need to make sure they are constantly kept wet (else they can burn in the sun), so don’t need much handling at all.

Milking It


Third time I have now done this walk.  Third time it has been wet.  For much of the walk visibility was poor as the cloud and mist was our guide.  Spirits were low as we were constantly battered by wind and rain as we tried to walk across peat and heather.  Ah the great outdoors!

You may find the photos here reflected the mood on the day!

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When I leave home and go to town, My wife always says to me ” Keep your eyelids up and see what you can see”

All the long way down that road and the way back,
Ive looked and Ive looked and Ive kept careful track
But all that I’ve noticed, except my own feet
Was a guy in a hat on Northumberland St.


Thats nothing to tell of, that wont do of course.  Just a man in a hat drinking some kind of sauce.
That cant be my story, thats not all there was to see.
Ill say I saw someone reading a book in front of me
And thats a story that no one can beat, when I say that I saw it on Northumberland St.

Yes the book is fine, but I think it’s a shame.  Such a wonderful book but no sounds to his name.
The story would really be better to hear, if also near him was a musician with beard!


But thats not enough toys, we needed more noise!
A drummer is better in fact two is quite neat! Now they would fit in on old Northumberland St


But hold on a minute, there’s something wrong!
Bass is whats needed to go with their song.
A groove and a blues feel that you can go greet
Something to travel with you down Northumberland St.


But you know theres somethings that are not right for all.  The bustling crowds and music or the mall.
There’s a time to relax, sit and take it all in.
For Northumberland St can be quite a din.



A bit of fun.  Influenced by the Dr Seuss book “Mulberry St”.  That said, Northumberland St is a very lively place these days and somewhere I do enjoy sitting with a coffee and people watching.

You know when something seems a good idea and reality cracks you in the nuts?

The idea was this.  Get up sharp, get down the quayside and capture the Newcastle Quayside waking up.  The people grasping their take away coffee to keep warm and the reflections in the tyne plus the waking sky.  The end results were satisfying but not only didnt I get a coffee myself, but my hands were freezing by the time I was done!

Thought for the day – someone needs to invent a tripod with heated legs…

I’m planning another trip down, this time when the sun has broken.  There is a lot of glass on the Quayside and I’m planning some reflection work as well.


Visited Seaham Hall in County Durham this weekend.  Bit of a treat for my wife and I.  But I wanted to experiment some with light for portrait shots.  Some using light from a window in a darkened room.  Some with flash but using the exposure compensation on the flash to change its strength, then also some using the room lighting.  I’m enjoying portrait shooting at the moment, just need more willing participants! Still an awful lot to learn but this really will come with practice and experimenting.  Here’s some of the results anyway.

While it wasn’t my intention, I’ve become more interested in portrait photography as I have other types.  My interest started really in landscape I think a good landscape image can stir many emotions.  Though I also think it’s as much being there and taking the shot as it is the shot itself.  Anyway, I’m finding the same with portraiture.  Capturing a mood in an image is a very satisfying thing.  I took a workshop recently to learn more about this and it was very interesting, in particular the little tips I picked up.  As ever, it’s mostly about light and how it hits the subject.

Half of the day I spent with a studio set up.  Not as complicated as I expected.  Then afterwards using outdoor light and a buildings natural light.  So, these images below are a selection from these.  The first two were shot using a corridor down lighter with the model looking up at it.  I played with the white balance on one to get the moody effect.  Then we have the studio shot and I’ve cropped right in for a rather pleasing full frame shot followed by another studio indoor image.

Thought Id take a few snaps today but just hand holding the camera (no tripod).  Set the camera to f/11 for max deptth of field and also used the flash to try and assist with the harsh shadows from the sun.  I just used on board flash rather than the speedlight.  More for ease / lazyness really.  the main objective was to see how decent I could get the shots in this rather haphazard method.  When operating in such a small dof, slight sway when kneeling throws the focus all over the place.  Still, some interesting shots but as ever they always leave me wanting to get closer still.

Couple of images here taken while at Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth, Northumberland.  I’ll just copy the text as I wrote it on the Flickr page.  I’m lazy like that…

Like many places, Whitehouse Farm near Morpeth in Northumberland has a bird of prey centre. I’m not sure how I feel about these. Of course I like to get up close to them, but I find myself uncomfortable with any animal in captivity. Of course you can argue that they could fly away if this so wished. Well, could they? Are they free all day? Can they come and go as they please? Or are they just let off to fly when they are due to feed. Like most animals, when the wish to feed they will take the easiest route possible to do so. So, of course they will come back, notice how they are lured back with food?

This said, we have also protected many species of bird who without intervention may be no more. So I guess it’s finding the balance. Not a subject I know a large amount about admittedly.