Beautiful Cornwall is published!

Yes, my latest book, Beautiful Cornwall, is finally published and available through all good book shops, both high street and online. Coming out on 28th March, it was published bang on time, and since then it has been slowly working its way into bookshops across the southwest of England, as well as to the usual online sites, including Amazon.

Beautiful Cornwall front cover

What you can find in Beautiful Cornwall

At just 80 pages, this is quite a short book, but it is packed with my photography, showcasing many of Cornwall’s most beautiful locations and some of its most popular annual festivals. It is, in short, a very colourful book, and one that shows off Cornwall to be the truly spectacular region that it is.

Beautiful Cornwall contains five chapters, the first a mix of text and photos that sets the scene, introducing its landscape and wildlife, people and culture, and some aspects of its economy.

The remaining four chapters take a tour around Cornwall, looking at East Cornwall, the North and Bodmin Moor, the South Coast, and the Far West. The last chapter also includes a section on the Scillies.

Beautiful Cornwall makes a stunning memento of the county, both for visitors and residents alike.

Finding out more and buying Beautiful Cornwall

I hope you like the few sample pages shown here, but you can see full details of Beautiful Cornwall online, including sample pages and photos, by clicking on the link below:

See sample pages from Beautiful Cornwall

Beautiful Cornwall is available from many book shops (price £9.99) both high street and online. You can also buy it online by clicking the link below:

Buy Beautiful Cornwall here

Beautiful Cornwall is published by my own publishing company, Aquaterra Publishing.

Beautiful Cornwall: the next book

Yes, Beautiful Cornwall will be our next publication, set to hit the book shops from 29th March 2019. A lovely photographic book about this famous British county, we’ve almost finished designing the pages. What’s more, there is now a page on the website dedicated to the book, along with a gallery of sample images.

Beautiful Cornwall front cover

About Beautiful Cornwall

Beautiful Cornwall will be similar to our previous book Beautiful Devon, part of our new Portrait of a County series, and will be a largely photographically led book, showcasing some of the most beautiful landscapes in this famous county, as well as many of its well known harbours, moors and festivals. Essentially, although Chapter 1 will be text-driven, giving an overview of the county, most of the book will be a series of photoessays, each concentrating on a different part of Cornwall. I think you’re going to really like Beautiful Cornwall.

All writing and photography is by myself.

It’ll be a great souvenir book of Cornwall’s great beauty, for both visitors and residents alike.

Surfing at Newquay a photo from Beautiful Cornwall

Finding out more about Beautiful Cornwall

Sample pages will follow in a week or two, but in the meantime, I hope you’ll love the photos. A few are shown here, but to see a much larger gallery click on this link:

See a gallery of Beautiful Cornwall photos

It’ll soon be possible to pre-order the book, but in the meantime if you’d like to book yourself a copy just get in touch at nigel@nigelhicks.com

Botallack tin mine from Beautiful Cornwall


The coral reefs of Bohol

The final underwater photography for this first trip for the Wild Philippines project took place on the coral reefs off the southwest coast of Bohol, in the south of the Philippines.

Specifically, we did a few dives around Panglao Island and the nearby Balicasag Island. The former is quite a large island, one of the Philippines most popular tourism attractions, while Balicasag is a tiny island, a marine reserve, a few kilometres off the southwest tip of Panglao.

The reefs here are superb, with a huge range of hard and soft corals, as well as quite a mix of both reef and pelagic fish. A really exciting place to dive.

The video below shows some of the diving done over two days around these two islands. I hope you like it! You can also see this video at www.facebook.com/nigelhicksphotography, where you’ll be able to share the video with your friends and followers.

Underwater photography at El Nido

In this the latest video diary around my Wild Philippines photography work, I look at the few days I spent in beautiful El Nido, a magnificent place of rocky islands close to the northern tip of Palawan, in the far west of the Philippines.

Diving here brought up photography of a shoal of snappers, several turtles, and some stunning corals.

I hope you love it! You can also see this video on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nigelhicksphoto, where you can share it to your friends and followers.

Cebu: Coastal and Underwater Photography

Another video diary from the Wild Philippines project!

This time we’re on the island of Cebu, visiting Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary and then photographing the wonderful submarine coral reefs at Moalboal, on Cebu’s southwest coast. I hope you enjoy!

You can also see this video, as well as all the others, on the Nigel Hicks Photography Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/nigelhicksphotography.

 

 

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.

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!

 

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.

Iceland 2017 photography tour

This year’s photography tour has been held!

21-26 Sept 2017

As always, Iceland did not disappoint during this year’s tour, delivering up plenty of spectacular landscapes, coasts and waterfalls, along with some very challenging weather conditions. With weather forecasts changing every five minutes, we found ourselves regularly dodging showers, sheltering our cameras from rain and spray, reluctant to use tripods in the ‘bracing’ winds.

Rainbow in countryside near Rif, Snaefellsnes peninsula, western Iceland.

The upside of the conditions was that we saw more rainbows than you could shake a camera at, generating some wonderfully colourful and dramatic scenes. It all added to the mood of the wild and rugged landscapes for which Iceland is so rightly renowned – absolutely a landscape photographer’s dream, at least for those who like nature in the raw, and indeed still in the making.

This year’s tour concentrated on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, a 100km-long finger of land pointing into the North Atlantic from Iceland’s west coast. A mountainous and volcanic peninsula, much of the photography took in a few of the many waterfalls, rugged mountain scenes, lava fields and surf-pounded coastal lava cliffs.

The aurora forecasts for the week were rather low, and as predicted we got to see Northern Lights on just one night; a modest performance in the sky above the church in the village of Hellnar.

Northern Lights over the church at Hellnar, Snaefellsnes, western Iceland.

The return trip towards Reykjavik took a huge detour inland, passing the lovely Hraunfossar Falls (arguably one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls), and then passing along the wild and desolate Kaldidalur valley, skirting the western edge of the Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest ice-cap.

Hraunfossar Falls, near Reykholt, west Iceland.

Talking of Reykjavik, we also took in some architectural photography in this attractive city, shooting the magnificent Hallgrimskirkja church and the shoreside Suncraft sculpture.

Click here to see a gallery of photos from the 2017 tour

The Suncraft sculpture, Reykjavik, Iceland.

The 2018 Iceland photography tour

Details of next year’s photography tour – which is planned to cover pretty much the same route as this year’s – are already on this website, so click on the link below to find out more.

We’ve already had the first couple of bookings, so we’re up and running. Book early to get a 5% discount on the full price.

Find out about the Iceland 2018 photography tour

 

Lava cliffs along the seashore at Arnastapi, Snaefellsnes, west Iceland.

 

Autumn photo workshops started!

My programme of autumn photography workshops has started, kicking off on 9th September with my Atlantic Coast Landscapes photography course, held at Hartland Quay, on Devon’s north coast.

Hartland Quay coast, north Devon, Great Britain.

We had some pretty mixed weather, with a rain shower before we started out from the car park, and another shortly after we returned at the end. Inbetween we had a mix of sunshine and cloud, which gave us quite a useful variation in the types of light. It was also pretty windy, so we had plenty of good surf to complement Hartland’s rugged Atlantic coastline.

Photography was a mix of sandy beach, rocks, a wonderful waterfall, and clifftop views, all of which worked quite well, with photography running throughout the afternoon right up until after sunset (though heavy cloud cover alas stopped us actually seeing a sunset!).

Hartland Quay coast, north Devon, Great Britain.

A couple of photos that I took during my demonstrations are shown here. To see more of my photos click on the link below:

See some of my 9 Sept 2017 course photos

The next course in my autumn programme that still has spaces on it will be Exmoor in Autumn, taking place on 21st October around Lynton and Lynmouth. To get more details and to sign up click on the link below:

Find out more about the Exmoor photography course

Hartland Quay coast, north Devon, Great Britain.