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This year's Cornwall landscape photography workshop was pretty successful despite a very wet start. Thankfully in Cornwall there are plenty of subjects that suit wet conditions, so we began with waterfalls and followed up with light painting tin mines and dolmen at dusk. The low clouds on the hilltop made for some very atmospheric images. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take any images myself as I was the one doing the light painting! Day one ended at close to midnight.
There were some decent waves during our three days in Cornwall, so we made the best use of these at locations I knew would benefit most from water movement and long exposures. As usual on this workshop, our itinerary was dictated by the tides. I made sure we were in the best spots to make use of both high and low water, and there were a few locations where there is only a thirty minute window to get the shot, as with Godrevy Lighthouse above.
At high tide I find that Godrevy tends to work best from further away using a telephoto lens. Here I used a 10-stop...
This year's Bulgaria & Greece Birds & Landscape workshop was once again a great success. I have yet to process many wonderful landscape images from this trip, let alone images of all the other birds we photographed. However, I have managed to chug my way through about 10,000 images of Dalmatian Pelicans, a small selection of those retained are shown below!
We arrived in Bulgaria to be greeted by the first proper snowfall of the year, which made the landscape all the more photogenic. Over the border in Greece the cold temperatures also made the pelicans very hungry and even more cooperative than they were last year. We weren't lucky enough to get snowfall over Lake Kerkini itself, but at least the mountaintops were white and provided a very picturesque backdrop.
As usual, long telephoto lenses are not necessary for this workshop. Dalmatian Pelicans are the largest pelican species in the world and can have a three metre wingspan! Most of my images were taken with my Canon EF70-300mm f4-5.6L IS lens on an EOS 1DX body.
I've finally made time to resume my regular diary updates! Along with my daily Facebook and Twitter posts you'll now once again be able to follow my workshop and trips reports in a little more detail.
I began 2016 with a mid-winter trip to Finland, a country that I have visited in three previous occasions. Although I aimed to cover both landscape and wildlife subjects the weather conditions dictated that this was to become predominately a landscape photography trip! When I arrived in Kuusamo on the 2nd January the temperature was -17C....and that was as warm as it got! I had been hoping for cold weather and I was very lucky to time the trip for one of the longest periods of prolonged cold for several years!
One of our first photography sessions was in Riisitunturi National Park in Finnish Lapland. We arrived in time for sunrise at 10.30am! After a long hard slog uphill in snowshoes we arrived at one of the highest points in the Kuusamo region. Up here the trees are exposed to the harshest winter conditions and when the temperatures remain cold enough they...
My new landscape calendar for 2016 is now available from the SHOP page! This is the first calendar I have produced myself and I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with it! I've made it as large as is practical with virtually A3 sized images on 50X30cm pages. The paper and print quality are extremely high. It's not cheap, but you are basically getting twelve A3 prints, which could easily be removed and framed after use! I've included colourful landscapes images from around the world, all taken in atmospheric light. This is a limited print run so please order without delay to avoid disapointment! The calendar will only be available here on my website and at my events around the UK.
I'm in the middle of one of my busiest periods right now, hence the lack of diary updates. There's just not enough time in the day at this time of the year! So, for the next few weeks I will be aiming to update my Facebook and Twitter pages with one new image a day, rather than compiling my usual more comprehensive diary updates. If you don't already do so please follow me on Facebook and Twitter (using the links at the bottom of the page) to see what I'm up, and what I have been up to over the last couple of weeks. Normal service will be resumed here sometime in July!