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04 Nov 2014

Scottish Highlands in Autumn

Whilst the wind had not blown all of the leaves away as I had feared, my Scottish Highlands autumn landscape workshop was rather plaugued by bad weather throughout. In eight days we had no more than four hours of actual sunlight! We also had to contend with a lot of wind and rain, which was far from ideal. Anyway, thankfully I knew enough locations that work in poor weather to enable us to carry on shooting and we managed to get some nice images every day. We began in Perthshire, probably the best place in the UK for autumn colour.

When the weather was particularly bad we hunted for fungi in the forests. It was a bit late in the season but we still managed to find enough good specimens to keep us busy.

It was interesting that we shot the above high contrast scene using the orginal Canon EF16-35mm f2.8L, the mkII version and two samples of the new EF16-35mm f4 L IS. It was obvious that the two new lenses handled the flare much better than the...

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24 Oct 2014

Autumn in the Julian Alps

I have just returned from running two autumn landscape workshops in Slovenia with my friend Marko Trebusak. This is the eleventh year that we've run this particular trip and each time we seem to manage to get something different. This year the autumn foliage colours were not at their best, as many of the beech leaves were brought down by a very heavy overnight rainstorm on the second day. However, up in the mountains the larch trees were in good colour as they turn slightly later.

After a great deal of exploring and researching over the years we have built up a huge list of locations all over Slovenia. This helps us to ensure that our clients aren't all going home with the same images and it also provides us with great photographic opportunities even when the weather isn't on our side.

We had a couple of fairly misty mornings which were good for lake shots. As usual Lake Bled provided plenty of opportunities. We had some lovely calm mornings which, although lacking mist, provided great reflections.

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11 Oct 2014

Magic Mushrooms

Here is a selection of this year's crop of fungi images from my New Forest Fungi Workshops. Fungi are one of my favourite subjects to photograph. They can be shot in any weather conditions, they don't tend to blow around much and the don't run or fly away! This means that you have plenty of time to be quite creative with composition and lighting. I have included species names here to help my workshop clients ID their own images (captions run top left to bottom left clockwise). If any fungi experts out there disagree with my species names please let me know!

The New Forest has to be one of the very best places in the UK to find a wide variety of fungi. I have been photographing fungi here for 25 years and have found some very reliable locations. Very often I head to one of my favourite spots and find enough to keep me busy all day.

Most of my fungi photography is done with 100mm and 180mm macro lenses, 300mm f4 with extenders or extension tubes. I also use a variety of...

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10 Oct 2014

Polish Exploration

During my first workshop in Poland with local landscape photographer Arek Palasinski we visited Krakow, Jura and the Tatra and Pieniny mountains. Even though the weather was not always on our side we still managed to capture some nice and quite varied images.

A cable car provided easy access to one of the high peaks of the Tatra Mountains, where we were able to shoot some nice layered landscape images in the late afternoon haze. A light covering of snow had already dusted the peaks.

The autumn colours were already appearing on the trees but we didn’t get the misty conditions that we’d hoped for. The potential for great misty landscapes was obvious though, especially with the backdrop of jagged mountains.

In some areas the traditional wooden farmhouses and barns remain. Some of these have been restored but the most photogenic ones are quite dilapidated! There are also several castles which provide useful focal points within the landscape.

We had limited time to explore the old part of Krakow (rectified for...

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27 Sep 2014

Land of fire and ice

I have just returned from another successful workshop in Iceland. Unfortunately access to the area around the erupting volcano was restricted due to poisonous gas, so we weren't able to photograph that. We also missed out on the Northern Lights due to cloud cover, which was a shame as the activity was high last week. Nevertheless we managed to cover a lot of ground and had a few spells of good light, thankfully in the places we needed it the most. We toured the south of Iceland from Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon including as many varied landscapes as possible. With two 4X4 vehicles we were also able to spend a day exploring the interior around Landmannalaugar. As with any workshop I always like to try to find a couple of new locations, just so that each group goes away with some different shots. This time, with a little effort, we found a beautiful waterfall surrounded by autumn colour. We also managed to climb one of the mountains in Landmannalaugar for spectacular views over the colourful Rhyolite hills. As usual the glacial lagoon at Jokulsarlon provided loads of potential and a boat trip onto the lagoon itself gave us...

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06 Sep 2014

Exploring the Northern Isles

At the beginning of August Cat and I traveled as far north as it's possible to go in the British Isles. Our aim was to explore both The Shetland Islands and The Orkney Islands, somewhere neither of us had been before. We'd done plenty of research, so we knew roughly what to expect....all we needed was a good spell of weather! The forecast was terrible but, as usual, completely wrong! We had plenty of good light.

We began on The Shetland Islands. Unfortunately the high pressure weather system meant that the sea wasn't particularly rough - good for boat trips and ferries but not so good for coastal landscapes! The majority of the land mass of The Shetland Islands is rather featureless, so this is predominately a location of coastal scenes...of which there are many! Shetland has some 1600 miles of coastline so there's plenty to explore, much of which hasn't been over-photographed.

We had arranged to visit some of the more remote islands during our trip, something that relies upon good weather as landings can be tricky. These locations were inaccessible by car, so we had...

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