Discovering Muker – Composition

Yesterday’s beautiful day in Swaledale held the promise of a great evening’s photography, but as it approached closing time, and my chance to get out, the sky became overcast and the light flat. Nevertheless there was still chance to explore the countryside and search for interesting compositions so I pulled my boots on and headed out.…

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Discovering Upper Swaledale – Muker to Keld

An early morning walk from Muker to Keld, and back via Angram, to judge the morning mood. The weather was overcast, and light flat, until I arrived back at Muker, at which point the sun decided to come out, and then stay out all day. Sods law.    

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Muker Monochrome – Year of Discovery

Our new life in Muker, Swaledale at the Old School, provides the opportunity to explore the countryside around, understand the light,  read the weather, revisit scenes as the seasons pass, judge the moods, and develop a feel for the landscape with an intimacy I’ve never had the opportunity to do before. I’m sure it will take a year or two…

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New Life, Muker

Again it’s been quite some time since I troubled the blog with a new post, but since Nepal I’ve had no time to pick up a camera, let alone point it in the right direction,  but there’s good reason … … in that we’ve upped sticks, moved North, and bought an Art Gallery and Craftshop in the tiny village…

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Everest Base Camp – From Blog to Book

It’s been nearly two months since I last troubled this blog. Life has been fairly hectic of late (which I’ll save for a future post), but one background project that has now, finally, reached completion has been to turn my EBC blog posts into a book; not a book “available to the public from all good retailers and bookshops” you understand,…

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12 Images of 2016

Twelve favourite images from 2016; an unforgettable year of travel that took us to Norway’s Lofoten Islands, the Isle of Harris in Scotland, and the Himalaya of Nepal, but begins with two shots of my home county of Yorkshire, England. In order taken … click on a the image to see the bigger picture … 1. Hole of Horcum, North…

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EBC Trek, Nepal, Nov 2016 – Group Shots

For my fellow trekkers rather than the wider world, some shots of our party, John (Yorkshire), Charlie, Rob, Sarah, Cameron, Deborah, John (Aussie) and Reisa, plus our guide Dumbar and his assistant guides. Thanks for making it a fabulous trek!

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Kathmandu – The Sights, Sounds & Smells

After 15 days trekking in the serenity of the Himalaya the sights, sounds and smells, of Kathmandu hit you like a brick. Diesel fumes fill the air, people fill the streets, and crossing a road is ten times as exciting as crossing a suspension bridge. And though the hotel staff tried to be dissuade me from exploring on…

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Everest Base Camp, A Photo Diary – Decent

The final post of the diary covers our descent from Kalapatthar back down to Lukla, and from there to Kathmandu. Wednesday 16th November, PM : Kalapatthar (5,545m)  to Perchiche (4,280m) No photos. Thursday 17th November,  Perchiche to Tashinga (3,450m) Friday 18th November: Tashinga to Monjo (2,850m)   Saturday 19th November:  Monjo to Lukla (2,804m) Sunday 20th November: Lukla…

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Everest Base Camp, A Photo Diary – Everest

Part 4 of the diary focusses on the final upward trek to Base Camp and to our ultimate high point of Kalapatther, at 5,545m. Tuesday 15th November: Lobouche to Everest Base Camp (5,300m) then Gorak Shep (5,165m) Wednesday 16th November: Kalapatthar (5,545m) then down to Perchiche (4,280m) Diary Notes – Days 12 & 13 Tuesday 15th November: Lobouche…

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Everest Base Camp, A Photo Diary – Higher Ground

Part 3 of the Photo Diary covers days 9-11 as we leave the trees behind and climb above 4,000m, visit Ama Dablam Base Camp, reach the Khumbu Glacier, and trek to Lobouche, at 4,931m our jumping off for Everest Base Camp. Saturday 12th November: Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,576m) Sunday 13th November: Pangbouche to Dingboche (4,360m) Monday…

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Everest Base Camp, A Photo Diary – The Journey Continues

Part 2 of the photo diary of the Everest Base Camp, covering days 4-8 of the trek as we spend our time acclimatising below 4,000m. Tuesday 8th November: Namche Bazaar to Mende (3,700m) Wednesday 9th November:  Mende to Thame (3,801m) and back Thursday 10th November: Mende to Tashinga (3,450m) Friday 11th November: Tashinga to Pangbouche (3,863m), via Thyangboche Diary…

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Everest Base Camp, A Photo Diary – First Days

It’s a nearly two weeks since I landed in a cold, rainy Manchester, after three weeks trekking in Nepal, and it’s taken that time to get some photos and notes of the trip in order. The original intention was to set a limit of one photo per day and one post, but it proved too difficult and too limiting and so…

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Textures & Colours of Nepal

From the serenity of high mountain trails, to the shock and vibrancy of Katmandu, an assortment of textures and colours that instantly send me back to Nepal. Shooting Notes A complication of Sony RX1rII and Sigma DP3 Merrill shots, post processed in Lightroom. A prize for whoever can guess which shots come from which camera 🙂

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Illuminating York 2016 – Sony RX1rII

Another great chance to take the camera out on an Autumn evening in the city, this time in the historical city of York.  No tripod meant high ISO’s, wide open apertures, and some post processing in Lighroom.

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Autumn in Nidderdale – Postscript

We found it! At the third attempt, Guisecliff Tarn, at about 4:20pm as the sun was starting to set, and without a tripod. So iso800 at f4 for 1/60 sec, and a touch of camera shake, before a stroll back down the hill to the car and home, but already with plans to return next year.

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Mount Everest Base Camp Trek – Prologue

In just over a week, I board a plane from Manchester to Nepal to realise the dream of seeing Everest. I can’t recall when it started, this fascination with Everest. Perhaps it’s memories of Chris Bonnington led expeditions in the 70’s, when news reports on Everest were characterised by adventure, courage and national pride, rather than commercialisation and death statistics.…

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Autumn in Nidderdale 3

The third and final image from Sunday’s walk; the shimmering reflection of Autumn colours in the pond set perfectly in the aptly named Fishpond Wood. We’d set off with the intention of visiting Guisecliff Tarn, in Guisecliff Woods, a second attempt after failing to find it exactly one year ago. Back then we took too long wandering…

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Autumn in Nidderdale 2

Sunday’s journey to Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales proved to be rich pickings on the photography front with the second Autumn panoramic view, this time of Skrikes Wood. In the past I’ve struggled with woodland scenes, which is slightly annoying given that they’re perhaps my favourite landscape, but on this occasion, concentrating on the hillock covered in…

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