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windows, the Netherlands
January 30, 2017 03:32 PM The Blog
Windows in the Netherlands,I was visiting the Netherlands a few months back, and noticed these windows,there was something about the striking red window coversand the smart brickwork - perhaps just the shape of the windows themselves,that make this picture 'pure Holland'.It's almost the essence of Dutch architecture in just a few windows.
cells
January 30, 2017 02:00 PM The Blog
Apartment block windows, reminiscent of cells in a piece of honeycomb.Seen whilst travelling in Spain last year.
Kurbis
November 30, 2016 04:07 PM The Blog
a pumpkin show. and various things made from pumpkins.I get to all the exciting places, eh !This was a place in Germany called Ludwigsburg.I'd gone there to look for the most impressive Baroque palace complex in Europe.And when I got there, I found that the locals seem quite distracted byPumpkins.umm. I thought . . . wierd . . .my first thought wasWHY ?????But I'm open minded . . . whatever turns you on mate :)You have to admit - (even if you don't have a pumpkin fetish !),it's i ......
Was it something that I said ?
May 27, 2016 02:51 PM The Blog
The pictures are taken in quick succession.If you follow each little girls reactions through the 4 pictures,you can imagine what I'd said to them . . .( I'm not telling, but it was funny !).
precarious gantry
May 25, 2016 02:47 PM The Blog
I climbed this gantry thing to get the last picture of the day at Rachael and Will's wedding. I have a fear of heights - a tendency to freeze and be unable to move when in a very high place. There was a ten storey drop on one side of this building, best not to look, just concentrate on taking the picture. result : one picture of a bride and groom with Newcastle at night . . .one photographer with a tiny bit of vertigo.
Alnwick Castle
March 21, 2016 02:39 PM The Blog
A simple sunset. Alnwick Castle, Northumberland. The evening was still and the water was like a reflective mirror.
cathedral.
March 16, 2016 01:23 PM The Blog
I was in a Cathedral in Seville last Novemberwhen I saw an odd shape sliding past on the polished marble floor.It was a person in a wheelchair, quietly moving about the huge silent building.The fast moving chair made a wild silhouette against the light.The scene only lasted a second or two, then it was gone.The wheelchair passed back into the shadows and was invisible again. ......
Rain and wind
March 15, 2016 10:36 AM The Blog
An absolute deluge fell from the heavens on Gemma and Ians wedding day.In fact, I glanced down the driveway at one pointand saw an Ark floating past - there were giraffes on it, lions, Elephants, Noah, the lot.Not only did we have rain, but there was a wind very close to hurricane force.(this is Northumberland, and weather like this is normal up here).Guess why the picture is taken under trees . . .( big clue : it doesn't rain under trees).:) ......
Mirror rorriM
March 14, 2016 05:30 PM The Blog
Both pictures are taken in mirrors;they are of the same girl. The first image was taken whilst she was getting ready for her wedding.The second image was taken as she descended the staircase with her father, on her way to be married.The pictures are tied together by their use of mirrors,and of course - the girl is the same in both.To see more images from the wonderful wedding of Caroline and Gustavoat Wedderburn Castle in the Scottish Bordersclick hereWedderburn castle weddin ......
Incoming tide clears all memories.
March 14, 2016 11:33 AM The Blog
Pictures that tell a story.Footprints in the sand . . .They show who was here, and where they were going.But when the tide comes in, the sand will be smooth again.And no-one will know - or even care about who was here before.
Apes
March 13, 2016 10:14 AM The Blog
Some Barbary Apes on Gibraltar.I'd never been to Gibraltar before - and had the opportunity to spend a day there in November.The Barbary apes on the rock were very much in evidence,they weren't very difficult to photograph - they are very comfortable with humans.You just have to watch your camera, your bag, your sunglasses . . . anything portable really,as they like to grab things and run off with them. ......
Barrel
March 12, 2016 11:00 AM The Blog
I guess this will only be of interest to males . . . I found this gun barrel in Normandy, when I was touring the old D-Day landing sites with my father.Despite being more than 70 years old, and standing outside in all weathers,the gun barrel is still very much intact, the rifling in the barrel is clearly visible,and there are even some registration marks stamped into the front of the gun barrel.There is a story behind this gun and it's bunker.The gun was resisting the Allied invasion, ......
Moonrise
March 1, 2016 12:57 PM The Blog
As I was packing my car to leave a wedding at Durham Castle, I glanced over my shoulder, the moon was beginning to rise over Durham Cathedral.I watched the scene for a few moments, then realised what I had to do.You see - the groom at the wedding I'd just left - is an astronomer,and this picture would mean so much to him. It could be the final picture in his wedding album.So - with my camera firmly clamped on a tripod,I made a series of exposures, and I got thi ......
Castle roof
February 15, 2016 04:56 PM The Blog
When I'm photographing a wedding, which sometimes happens in a castle . . .I often try to get onto the roof.(There will be some odd reason for this . . . god knows why . . . I'm random like that).So when I was on holiday in Austria last year,as a special treat for my beautiful wife - we stayed in a castle.And, as one does . . . I got into a very high place . . . and got myself a picture of the rooftop.We were lucky enough to stay in a suite just unde ......
Meteorite strike
September 29, 2015 05:01 AM The Blog
I took this picture in a town called Nordlingen, Nordlingen is in Southern Germany.The towns main claim to fame is that it is situated in a meteorite crater. The picture is taken from the top of the church tower (the tower is called Daniel, for some odd reason) and you can see the curve of the old town walls at the top of the picture. The town is circular - the old town walls follow the rim of the meteorite impact crater.I'm guessing that in the middle ages - when they ......
Lake and Mountains
September 25, 2015 04:57 AM The Blog
This place is called Alleghe, and it's on the Italian side of the Alps ( the Dolomites ).When I looked at a map, I realised that there would be a view from this side of the lake , but I wasn't prepared for how narrow the road became, it got narrower and narrower . . . I thought . . . let's turn back . . . Then . . . hmm, I think we HAVE to turn back . . . this road is getting dangerous . . . Then suddenly - the stunning view revealed it ......
Mountain thunder
September 15, 2015 04:56 AM The Blog
I like Clouds and I like mountains.This picture has both,and it also contains history.An often forgotten part of the first world war was fought in these mountains.In 1915, men clung to these mountain peaks, they tunnelled into the mountain tops,and rained bullets and explosives down on each others heads.It's a peaceful place now - excepting for the occasional thunderstorm.Thunder in the mountains, echoing the thunder of guns in past wars. ......
Timing
September 9, 2015 03:03 PM The Blog
You might expect a picture that displays good timing to show a birds wings in flight, maybe a football frozen in mid air, or a raindrop about to hit a pool of water.Well, timing is important to documentary wedding pictures too,for this picture - I knew that the bride was leaving for the church in just a few moments,she was following her father down the staircase, and the little boy in the doorway was waiting with the rings.I had realised that the stairwell might make a good c ......
Face
September 8, 2015 05:04 AM The Blog
Like a fragment of some historic age, this bronze face gazes at a river bank.I like sculpture a great deal, and enjoy its changing shape as I walk around it
Love notes
September 5, 2015 12:11 PM The Blog
Mark loves AnnaSue loves JamesMultiply these sentiments a thousand timeswritten by a thousand couples - and this is the result.I saw the wall in Verona, Italy.Every single message on the wall, is a message of love.This is one heck of a piece of art ( In my humble opinion ).
feet in the door
September 5, 2015 11:50 AM The Blog
An old doorwaySometimes it's good to relax your mind and to try to imaginehow many people, and what kind of people, have walked through an old doorway.In this case, quite a lot of people will have walked through. The doorway is Roman. I stumbled across it in Verona.It is in a heck of a good state of repair (for a two thousand year old door).What sights this doorway must have seen over two thousand years, eh ! ......
helicopter cafe
September 5, 2015 04:51 AM The Blog
I was sitting outside at a cafe; I was up a mountain in Italy at the time.There was a terrific clattering noise, and this big whirly thing roared into view, It was the Italian air force on manouevres. Quick, grab camera, point it in the right direction . . . click . . .Oddly enough, the helicopter frozen in flight, and the landscape make a really balanced composition.
Lines direct the eye
September 5, 2015 04:49 AM The Blog
A sharp angular line pulls the eye around this picture.You can't help it, your eye is led around the picture by the lines formed by the shadows, and your eye will always settle on the bicycle. That's the power of composition.
aeroplane on a pole
September 5, 2015 04:38 AM The Blog
I came across this scene whilst driving through Germany In September, Concorde is supported on a metal gantry, on the top of a big pole, like a giant lolllipop,whilst two men jetwash the underside from a scaffolding tower. I hadn't planned to go to see Concorde,but driving past it - I couldn't quite believe my eyes - so had to pull over and get a picture.

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