August 14, 2020 11:25 AM The Blog
late last year, I visited the city of Ulm in South Western Germany,I'd known of the place for a long time,and had always been curious about it.Climbing to the top of the tower of Ulm cathedral gave a pretty good view,it's about 1000 feet high, apparently it's the tallest cathedral in Europe.which makes you a bit dizzy, looking down.
September 25, 2018 06:04 PM The Blog
I wanted to see a famous painting.well - it's more than just a painting - it's the Isenheim Altarpiece and it's in Colmar.so I went to Colmar, found the Altarpiece and was suitably impressed.but sometimes - on a journey - it's the things that you don't expect to see, that make the trip memorableAnd opportunities for photographs arise - which would never have happened - if I hadn't made the trip to see the Isenheim . . .picture : man on his mobile - inside a concrete nautilus.second picture : the ......
September 24, 2018 05:52 PM The Blog
Travelling in France - I wanted to stay in the area around Verdun,so that I could have a wander around some of the historical sites.I like to stay somewhere a bit special - every so often.So when I found this Chateau on the internet - and found that I could afford to stay here,it just had to be done.The place was absolutely lovely - with beautiful landscaped gardens going down to the river Meuse,after breakfast - walking in the gardens - watching the mist rising from the river . . . Then in ......
September 17, 2018 05:36 PM The Blog
I went to Waterloo in Belgium.I'd always wanted to have a look at the battlefield - to see what is there now.The picture above shows aeroplane contrails, over Waterloo at sunset,in the foreground, are some of the monuments now on the battlefield of Waterloo.The big cone shaped thing is a monument built to commemorate the spot where a Dutch prince was wounded in the shoulder,he was so inept - apparently - he positioned troops in places where they'd be slaughtered by cannon.But he was a prince, so ......
July 17, 2018 05:07 PM The Blog
I was in Antalya, Turkey. I'd heard of a place called Termessos - and I knew it sounded interesting, but I'd always thought it would be one of those places that I'd never ever get to see.Well I found a taxi driver touting for business, asked him if he could go up into the mountains to see the place, and he said yes ! The ruins are basically on a mountain top.The ancient remains up there are absolutely staggering. There are places where old stone sarcophagi (coffins) are simply tumbli ......
In search of a different viewpoint . . .
January 20, 2018 04:12 PM The Blog
I noticed seven photographers making pictures.No real comment on this - apart from an observation that whatever it is they're photographing . . .they're all going to get a picture of it.
January 20, 2018 03:59 PM The Blog
Fleeting shadows in the dark.People hurry on their way home, their silent shadows sweep across the facade of a building,and then are gone. Ghosts.
Vienna. In search of Beethoven.
January 4, 2018 11:47 AM The Blog
Spending time in Vienna,my thoughts turned to one of my heroes - and I remembered that he's buried here.So I went on a search for his grave.Very slightly bad timing here : as it was dusk when I entered one of the largest cemeteries in Europe - in which it is possible to get lost very easily.And the place was very gothic, and just a little bit creepy !But did I find Beethovens grave before it got too dark ? . . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ......
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, ......
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 travelling in Austria last year,I stayed in a castle.And, as one does . . . I got into a very high place . . . and got myself a picture of the rooftop.I was lucky enough to stay in a suite just under the bit of roof on the left . . .You can't see it from this ......
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 I HAVE to turn back . . . this road is getting dangerous . . . Then suddenly - the stunning view revealed its ......

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