Personal News

  • The Lake District by Car

    For committed walkers in Cumbria, there are such wonderful sights to see – I know – been there and done that, but last week (mid September) a short break involved pottering around the area by car. Of course that means the views are from recognised tripod hole spots, but there’s always the chance of a new perspective or some exciting light. We were staying just three nights and the first day involved a gentle drive up, stopping off at Pooley Bridge for a fantastic Sunday lunch at the Sun Inn, followed by a short walk to the shore of Ullswater before dodging a pretty heavy downpour and driving on to…

  • Lockdown Photography Round up of 2020

    As we come to the end of another year, how many of us could have foreseen, last Christmas, how 2020 would turn out? On the 9th March I did my last live photo-club judging, at Bramhall in Cheshire. That night I suggested that we bump elbows but, of course there’s always one or two who insist on giving the usual hug and kiss. We knew something was coming, but not how fast! I had already decided that I would cancel a talk on the 11th March, which would have been given to an audience of about 100 people…they were very good about it and re-scheduled for November (which of course…

  • 46th Smethwick International Exhibition Results

    I didn’t get around to entering any exhibitions last year, so this year I was lucky to have enough images to enter the Smethwick International, one of my favourites. This is in spite of a rather poor year in producing salon-type creative images, though a rather good year in developing my skills in nature photography. Smethwick was one of the first internationals where we were able to actually visit to see the prints on the wall. We have often travelled down in the snow and ice of the New Year to see the exhibition at the Old Schoolhouse and to meet up with friends…but this year, due to restrictions, it…

  • Building a Bird Gymnasium

    I've seen bird gyms made for indoor use to amuse pet budgies and parrots...so a couple of weeks ago, in late September, I decided that's what I needed...a series of outdoor natural branches and twigs to support "posing sticks". The article describes building the gym and shows the first few photographs.

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