Spring photography workshops in full swing

May is almost over, which means that my spring photography workshops are in full swing, with three held this month, all of them in southwest England. All three have been both quite well attended and treated to some warm, sunny weather, making the photography a real joy.

Architectural and Travel Photography, Exeter

The first of the three courses was held in Exeter, in Devon, on 6th May, when the subject of our photography was architecture and travel. Much of the day was spent photographing both the historic and the modern architecture around the city centre, from the spectacular Medieval cathedral to a minimalist car park building. The evening, up until sunset, was spent at Topsham, a lovely riverside town just south of Exeter, where we used the golden evening light to photograph both some historic buildings and the town’s harbour and boats.

Architecture in Exeter, Devon, Great Britain.

Exmoor in Spring

A week later, on 12th May, I ran my Exmoor in Spring photography course, which concentrated on coastal, woodland and moorland landscape photography. The day kicked off at the pebbly beach and tiny harbour of Porlock Weir, in the eastern part of Exmoor National Park, before moving westwards to the stunning riverside woodlands at Watersmeet, just outside the village of Lynmouth. The day was rounded off by sunset photography at the lovely Valley of Rocks, just outside the village of Lynton. Despite being doused by a short, sharp shower while we were in Watersmeet woodlands, we were treated to a fabulous sunset, providing magnificent views along the Exmoor coast to the west of Lynton.

Sunset over coastal cliffs seen from the Valley of Rocks, Lynton, Exmoor National Park, Devon, Great Britain.

Dartmoor in Spring

The trio of workshops was rounded off on 19th May by the Dartmoor in Spring course. This day was spent photographing initially in beautiful ancient woodlands along the banks of the River Dart, and was rounded off in the evening by a session out on the open moors, specifically on Bench Tor, a remote site with stunning views across the Dart valley. Throughout the whole of this course we were treated to endless blue skies and sunshine, a real treat out in the Dartmoor countryside.

The River Dart near Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, Great Britain.

Seeing photos from the spring photography workshops

I hope you like the small sample of photos here. If you’d like to see more go to the Course Images section of the website, where you’ll find galleries of images that I have shot during my various workshops. Click on the link below:

See galleries of images from the May workshops

Joining future workshops

If you’d like to join a future photography workshop, just go to the workshops section of the website, choose your course and book up. Click on the link below:

Find out about and sign up for future photography workshops

I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

 

New book, Beautiful Devon, is published!

My latest book, Beautiful Devon, has just been published!

A fairly short book, Beautiful Devon is essentially a series of photoessays about the loveliest areas of Devon, a county in the southwest of England, and is intended largely as a photographic memento to this beautiful part of the UK.

Beautiful Devon is published by my own publishing company, Aquaterra Publishing, and is available through all bookshops, both online and high street, and in the UK at least it costs just £9.99.

You can see sample photos and pages by clicking on the link below:

See Beautiful Devon sample pages

  You can buy Beautiful Devon online directly from me through the Aquaterra Publishing website. Simply click on the link below to find out more:

Buy Beautiful Devon at Aquaterra Publishing

I hope you’ll like the book and will decide to buy a copy!

 

The forests of Mt Pulag

I’ve been falling behind on posting my video diaries from the Wild Philippines project, sad to say. Actually, part of the reason is good, because the reason I’ve been falling behind is that things have been pretty full-on, with a lot of photography, thanks to a lot of help from quite a range of people. More on all that in later video posts.

For now, here are two video diaries about the couple of days I spent up on Mt Pulag, third highest mountain in the Philippines, at just a little less than 3000 metres high. It’s a story of dense, tangled, wet forest, lots of mud, followed by a day in sunshine on the mountain’s summit grasslands above the forest.

Needless to say, I hope you enjoy the videos. If you do, feel free to share the link and/or leave a comment.

Here’s the first video:

 

And here’s the second:

Enjoy watching and please share!

Frustration in Puerto Galera!

A frustrating time at Puerto Galera! Last week I was supposed to be doing underwater photography around the stunning coral reefs at Puerto Galera, on the north coast of Mindoro, in the Philippines. It didn’t quite happen, however, as this video shows – at the start of the first dive I got into the water, dropped to five metres down, and then Ouuuch!!! A lot of pain in my ears – I just could not get the pressures to equalise. So I had to abort that dive, and then all the subsequent dives I was supposed to do there too, while I waited for my poor ears to recover. The hazards of underwater photography!

To find out more watch the video below:

A huge thanks is due to Asia Divers and El Galleon Resort, who put me up and provided the diving for those few days; a great team of people, highly recommended for anyone heading to Puerto Galera. They’ve already invited me to go back later to redo the dives, so that one is definitely going to get scheduled.

Wild Philippines!

I’m finally  just about to head off to the Philippines to start the Wild Philippines project! This has been in planning for quite some time, and has already become something of a saga, but at long last from tomorrow (ie 6th Feb) it’ll become practical action.

Male Visayan Tarictic Hornbill, Penelopides panini.

Wild Philippines will eventually turn into a new book of that name, a major publication about the natural habitats and the amazingly unique wildlife the Philippine islands, both on land and under the water. Publication will be by Oxford-based John Beaufoy Publishing and is scheduled for sometime in 2019.

There’ll be two trips for this project, this first one running until early March, with the second trip a little later in the spring or early summer.

Rainforest around Bulusan Lake, Bulsusan Volcano Natural Park, Sorsogon, Luzon, Philippines.

I’m hoping to run a bit of a video diary and blog as the trip progresses, so stay tuned to this page to see more! Meanwhile, here are a few sample images from previous Philippines trips, plus a little video clip – actually shot in the Maldives, not the Philippines – as a bit of a taster for what’s to come with the underwater photography. Just note that there is no sound with this little clip. I hope you like it!

Beautiful Devon ready for publication!

My next book, Beautiful Devon, a photographic publication showcasing some of the most beautiful places in this region of southwest England, has been printed and is ready for publication, a whole month ahead of schedule!

The first pages of Beautiful Devon coming off the press in Short Run Press, Exeter, Devon, Great Britain. 5th Jan 2018.

A rather short book, consisting of just 80 pages, but packed with about 160 photos, the series of photo essays that make up Beautiful Devon make this book a memento of the county for both residents and visitors alike.

Publication date is set for 1st March 2018. From then on Beautiful Devon will be available through all bookshops, both high street and online. Price within the UK is £9.99.

Paignton Pier at dusk, Paignton, Devon, Great Britain.

To see sample pages click on this link:

See sample pages and images from Beautiful Devon

You can also reserve your copy online now:

Reserve a copy of Beautiful Devon

Ottery Tar Barrels, Ottery St Mary, Devon, Great Britain. 4th Nov 2017.

We really hope you love this book!

 

The next book about to be printed!

A Happy New Year to everyone! Here’s to a successful 2018!

I’m kicking off rightaway with the great news that my next book is already at the printer and should be running off the presses in the next couple of weeks. Publication date is scheduled for 1st March, so we’re actually ahead of things for once!

A dusk view of Sutton Harbour, in the Barbican, Plymouth, Devon, Great Britain.

To be called Beautiful Devon, this book will be very much a photographic book, a photo memento of this lovely part of southwest England, which should be attractive to both residents and visitors.

Beautiful Devon is being published by my own publishing company, Aquaterra Publishing, making this the second book that this company has produced. It’s still early days for ATP, but things are starting to move!

A rainbow above Scorhill Rocks, standing stones on Scorhill Down, nr Chagford, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, Great Britain.

A gallery of sample photos and some sample page layouts have been posted to the website, so to get to see these click on the link below!

Find out more about Beautiful Devon

Let us know what you think!

You can also pre-0rder the book both by following the above link or by going directly to the Aquaterra Publishing website, here:

Go to the Aquaterra Publishing website

Torquay harbour at dusk, Torbay, Devon, Great Britain.

 

Two recent awards!

I’m pleased to be able to say that I’ve recently received two awards: firstly ‘Honorable Mentions’ for images submitted to the last International Color Awards, held annually in the USA, and secondly a long service award from the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), of which I’ve been a member for over 20 years.

It’s always nice to have my work appreciated! The photo below shows me holding the two certificates.

The 2017 International Color Awards submissions are currently in progress, and results will be announced in the spring of next year. Fingers crossed that I achieve something again!

 

New images available as signed prints

I’ve just added to the set of photos I have available as signed prints, so if you’re looking for something photographic as a gift this just might fit the bill!

Bluebells at Blackbury Camp, near Beer, Devon, Great Britain.

Most of the prints are landscapes of southwest England, but there are also some wildlife and worldwide landscapes available too.

All prints are made on high quality, acid-free paper using long-lived inks, so you should be able to enjoy any print for many years.

Provided you’re in the UK, there is still plenty of time to order a print and to receive it, unmounted, before Christmas.

Barn Owl.

Some of the images available are shown here. Needless to say, the watermark you’ll see on the images shown here will not be on any print you order!

To see the full set of images and to place an order click on the link below:

See print images here

Evening light on rocks and the cliff at Kilve beach, Kilve, nr Nether Stowey, Somerset, Great Britain.

2018 photography courses programme published!

All our photography courses for 2017 have now finished, so time to move on to 2018. The programme has just been finalised and is now on the website.

In summary, we have 10 one-day workshops next year, five in the spring and five in autumn. There are our usual favourites, namely Dartmoor and Exmoor in both spring and autumn (amounting to four workshops), plus architecture and travel photography in Exeter (Devon), and two coastal landscapes photography courses on Devon’s north coast.

Bluebells in flower at the base of a young beech tree in woodland, Happy Valley, nr Bishopsteignton, Teignmouth, Devon, Great Britain.

Introduced for the first time is a travel and architectural photography workshop among the beautiful old buildings in the city of Bath. A perfect place for this kind of photography.

So, all in all a great set of photography courses. And for anyone looking for a gift for a photography lover, as always there are our ever-popular photography course gift vouchers.

A dusk view of the harbour at Ilfracombe, Devon, Great Britain.

Finally, as an adjunct to this, a reminder that for 2018 we have three photography tours, going to the Isles of Scilly (in April), Ladakh (the Tibetan part of northern India, in June) and Iceland (in September).

To find out more about all this follow these links:

Find out more about the one-day photography workshops

Found out more about our gift vouchers

Find out more about our photography tours

I hope you’ll love what we have lined up for next year, and we’ll look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Hraunfossar Falls, near Reykholt, west Iceland.