Kid friendly walks – Kinder reservoir

The second of the Peak District walks, this time a bit more open but equally as pleasant and fun for the kids.

The march along the lakeside
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The start of another season

As the summer feels like it’s drawing to a close, for anyone shooting winter sports it’s the time to dust off the hand warmers and other bits and bobs and get ready. There’s a few things I might try out this year, as I try to continue improving both my photo and video skills while out pitchside…

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Mushroom hunting pt2

The temperature has dropped, there’s plenty of rain about, so that means one thing – Mushrooms! It’s been a while since I posted on this and now I’m starting my 3rd season collecting mushrooms on my own I thought it was worth a revisit.

One of the first finds of the year and a tasty one too
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Returning to surrealism

As a photographer who tends to hop from one genre to another (see previous post on genres), it’s not uncommon for me to forget about some ideas or inspiration then come back to them when they resurface. I’ve tried a few different ways to organise thoughts over the years to try not to lose anything good, including notebooks etc but the one that’s actually proven most useful was Google keep. I think this is largely because I can’t misplace it and I tend to get ideas at random times, so having a physical notebook that isn’t always with me never worked out (although the idea of a nicely bound collection of ideas is appealing). But returning to the topic at hand, I recently saw a few things that reminded me about the surrealism genre, one of the early things I dabbled in and it prompted my to go back and look in my ‘keep’ to see if I had any undeveloped ideas, which I did have. So I decided to realise some of those ideas, to varying degrees of success…

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Raindrops: Behind the shot

I recently posted an abstract photo of some raindrops with an umbrella showing through them (Instagram post below), and I had someone ask me how I did it and if I could share some of the details of behind the scenes, so I thought I’d do a write up of how I set out with the shot and some of the reasoning behind it.

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Tutorial – Football Photography

Following on from my previous post about starting out in sports photography, I thought I’d put something together about what I’ve learnt around shooting football matches. When I first started planning out a post on this, I wasn’t going to make it a tutorial (I’m still learning, so no master!) but as I’m writing this it’s apparent it is. So, this will be my take on how I shoot football games, and please comment/message me if you have any other tips or think I could do something better. One of my original aims for this post was that I could provide a sort of reference set, locations and focal lengths with example images to try to help people know what to expect depending on their lens availability and or location flexibility. Note – I’ve also included a video part to this tutorial so you can see what it looks like from where I’m sitting during the game (link to video). In the future I’d like to expand this to some other sports, so let me know if you have found this useful and I will try to make that happen, but for now I’ll start with football.

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Sports photography – of the amateur kind

One of the first genres of photography I really spent much time on was sports photography (alongside wildlife), but then after a while it dropped off as I moved away from the area of the team I was shooting. However more recently I’ve got the sports photography buzz back again, so I thought it would be a good time to share some experience of how I’ve gotten the buzz back, and how others may find that trying sports photography is easier than they thought (and definitely something to try at least a few times).

Sports

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Mushroom hunting

I’ve always enjoyed the process of growing or collecting my own food, whether that’s tomatoes, apples, other vegetables or even rabbits from the garden, but one thing I’d never explored was mushroom picking. It’s always seemed complex, risky and something people always have horror stories about. However in recent years we’ve gone out as a family with my father in law while visiting Poland, where this is much more common to the point where at the right time of year, everyone is out at their favourite patch. During these trips I learnt that while mushrooms are complex (There are roughly 15,000 species of fungi in the UK!), it’s possible to learn while being careful what can be taken safely, but more importantly I learnt that the process/experience is just as enjoyable as the eating.

Mushrooms001

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