A Photographer’s Year: Review Of 2015 (Part 1)

What an extraordinary year 2015 has been. I hope you will enjoy my first look back over some of the more exciting, unusual and challenging photography encounters I have had; starting with the first half of the year… JANUARY   … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Grange Lido

Grange-over-Sands on the Morecambe Bay coast is always a pleasant town to visit. If you wander along the picturesque Promenade you will come across the remains of what was the Lido. It opened in the 1930s and closed it’s doors in … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Autumn Light & Colour

Before the best of the autumn colours are blown and washed away in the unsettled weather, I set off to grab a few more pictures yesterday of what the season has to offer… The bright colours contrasting with the dark … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Blackpool Illuminations

Living so close to Blackpool, it’s surprising that I so often miss the annual Illuminations. So I set off to capture a few shots there before the season ends and the resort goes into ‘hibernation’… Getting some great shots of … Continue reading

A Photographers Ramblings: Autumn In Levens Hall Park

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to be out and about with your camera. A stroll through Levens Hall Park in the southwestern corner of Cumbria is a favourite of mine, especially in autumn. The hall and gardens are … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Morecambe Vintage Festival

Morecambe’s Vintage Festival has a growing reputation as an event worth going to judging by the numbers today. With most of the attractions in and around the famous Art Deco Midland Hotel, it isn’t surprising that it featured in many … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Singapore Part II

Welcome to the second installment of my Singapore blog…. Few cities could have more contrasts than Singapore. A large part of it is classed as ‘Chinatown‘, from the hustle and bustle of crowded street markets to everything Chinese, it’s hard … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Singapore (Part I)

It’s several months since I returned from my week’s holiday in Singapore and at last I have time to share a few of my snaps with you… I love taking photos from the plane, which I liken to a visual … Continue reading

Paul McCartney At Liverpool

Taking good photos at a big concert venue is always a challenge, not least when carrying in a ‘professional camera’ in with you is strictly forbidden and when you’re a very long way from the stage!… Last week I put … Continue reading

Three Queens At Liverpool

Making history, Cunard’s three queens, giant liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria called at Liverpool today as part of the company’s 175th anniversary celebrations. First in the convoy up the Mersey was Queen Elizabeth. Picking a good viewing … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Spring On The Isle Of Man

Back from a recent short break on the Isle Of Man, I thought I’d share several photos from my trip. I’m a huge fan of this much under-rated holiday destination. A fantastic place for wildlife, walking, cycling, heritage as well … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Arnside Knott

One of my favourite places to visit locally is Arnside Knott. Tucked away in a southern corner of Cumbria this 522 feet/159m hill looks unexpectedly grand owing to it’s steep sides. It holds a record of being the lowest ‘Marilyn‘ … Continue reading

Snapping The Eric Morecambe Comic Relief Fun Run

Over 100 runners gathered on Morecambe Prom this morning at the famous statue, for the first Eric Morecambe 3km Fun Run in aid of Comic Relief. I was covering the event for the City Council, who organised it, with photos … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail

Somewhere I hadn’t visited before, but was prompted to do the other day after picking up a leaflet, was Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail at Clitheroe. Full marks to the photographer and team who put the leaflet together but alas the … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Ashton Memorial

With Lancaster’s iconic landmark, the Ashton Memorial about to undergo months of maintenance work starting this week, with good weather this weekend, I thought I would snap some exterior shots pre scaffolding… Sometimes referred to as ‘England’s grandest folly‘ Lancaster’s … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: A Snowy Day On Arran

One of Scotland’s most beautiful and accessible islands must be that of Arran, between Ayrshire and Kintyre. I have been snapping this island since as a child in Ayr, I spent many hours gazing across at it. It’s beautiful sunsets … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Ayr’s Bridges and Harbour

Welcome to my first blog of 2015! Firstly I’d like to wish a very Happy New Year to all visitors here. With all the festivities, I am a little late with this article, which came about after a very tranquil and … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Samlesbury Hall

Let’s cast our minds back a week or two, to before the last of the Autumn leaves fell and a visit of mine to a real hidden gem of Lancashire, Samlesbury Hall between Preston and Blackburn. Dating as far back … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Levens Hall

Welcome to my latest rambling after having grabbed some late Autumn sunshine yesterday. Always worth a visit at any time of year, I let my camera loose in the gardens at Levens Hall… Levens Hall is famous for it’s amazing … Continue reading

Lighting Up Lancaster

Photographing the annual ‘Light Up Lancaster‘ weekend was extra challenging with heavy rain on Friday night. I got soaked to the skin in pursuit of some rewarding photos, the only thing that stayed dry was my camera which enjoyed the … Continue reading

On The Search For A New Camera!

I very rarely get ‘technical’ about cameras and am most certainly no ‘techy’, so my search for a replacement camera for my trusty old Nikon D200 was a challenge I have been putting off for too long (a case of … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: The Right Attitude For The Job

There’s never been a more challenging time to be a photographer, in my opinion. The continuing fall in prices of good digital cameras has turned just about everybody into would-be photographers. Whilst that’s great and no one more than me … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Black Combe

Welcome to the first in my serious of days out without a car but with camera (of course)!… Black Combe is Cumbria’s most south westerly fell and at 600m is a handsome hill overlooking Walney Island and Morecambe Bay. It … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Cruising The Firth Of Clyde

Back in my native Ayrshire this week, I boarded the famous Paddle Steamer ‘Waverley‘ at Ayr for a trip up the Firth of Clyde. Built in 1947, this fascinating and historic ship, the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer, is a … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Following The Sun & Wind Down South

It’s especially interesting when a photo commission takes me further afield from my home patch and I’ve just finished working on photos from a two day industrial shoot down South for AGR group who install wind turbines and solar energy farms. … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Snapshot Of North Devon

During recent travels, I spent a few days enjoying the delights of North Devon. The undoubted highlight was a visit to beautiful Lynmouth. I like to think that I take ‘thinking man’s holiday snaps‘! Photography is just so easy these … Continue reading

Morecambe Carnival Is Back!

After a break of many years, Morecambe Carnival returned to the town today. Having photographed it during my newspaper days, it was a nostalgic experience getting my vantage point and pointing the lens, although this time without the pressure of … Continue reading

Exploring Photo Finishes

Following a recent pre wedding photo shoot in the Lake District, I took to experimenting with some different finishes and effects using my preferred software, Photoshop. My leaning has always been towards genuine ‘organic‘ and quite ‘conservative’ photography with very little … Continue reading

Recording History; Cumbria’s First Same Sex Marriage

It was a privilege and an honor to photograph Cumbria’s first ever same sex marriage on Saturday. The event took place at Wordsworth’s former home, Rydal Mount near Ambleside and the couple were Cathy and Alex. The weather didn’t dampen … Continue reading

‘Susie’ A Tribute In Photos

I dedicate this blog to anyone who has lost a much loved pet; where the bond between animal and owner have developed a greater depth and meaning than many would think possible. I acquired Susie and her sister Sasha as tiny … Continue reading

A Photographer’s Ramblings: Edinburgh Zoo

Following on from a fairly recent visit to Barrow’s South Lakeland Animal Park and with a particular interest in  seeing the well publicised Chinese pandas, my latest trip was to Edinburgh Zoo. Unlike with many of the animals, thanks to … Continue reading

The Boardwalk/I Do Bridal Wedding Fair

One of the most enjoyable and best organised wedding fairs I’ve been involved with this year was the inspiration of a recent wedding customer of mine; Dawn Thorpe of  ‘I Do Bridal‘. With hand-picked wedding service providers it was sure … Continue reading

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