Autumn photography courses finished!

Photos now on the website

All six of my autumn photography courses have finished, and some of the photos are now on the website. Running from mid-September through to mid-November, they covered a range of subjects and techniques. They were also exposed to quite a range of weather conditions!

To see sample photos from all six courses click on the link below:

See all course images

The rocks of Hartland Quay at sunset, taken during the 14th September Atlantic Coasts landscape photography course.

Atlantic Coasts workshop

The season kicked off with the Atlantic Coasts landscape photography course, held on 14th September at Hartland Quay on the north coast of Devon.

Photography covered the beach and magnificent waterfall at nearby Speke’s Mill Mouth, the cliffs around Hartland Quay, and finally the sunset and dusk over the Hartland rocks (see photo above).

We were treated to some wonderful weather, with blue skies and calm conditions, culminating in one a magnificent sunset over the sea. A great finale to the day’s photography!

See images from the Atlantic Coasts workshop

Fishing gear, beside the harbour at Lyme Regis. Photographed during the 5th October Jurassic Coast photography course.

Jurassic Coast workshop

A day spent photographing a range of aspects of the Jurassic Coast, in Dorset, on 5th October. Subjects ranged from the huge fossils embedded into the rocks of Monmouth Beach, to boats and fishing gear around Lyme Regis harbour, to the rocky and sandy beach at Charmouth.

Conditions were not wholly ideal, with grey, misty skies, although there was the occasional glimpse of a touch of sunshine. Such soft lighting lent itself to great details, and many of the photos taken during the day reflected this.

See images from the Jurassic Coast workshop

Coastal cliffs at the Valley of Rocks, near Lynton, Exmoor National Park, Devon. Taken during the Exmoor in Autumn workshop, 19th October.

Exmoor in autumn workshop

A day of landscape photography in a small part of Exmoor, covering the cliffs at the Valley of Rocks, near Lynton, and the stunning woodland and river valley at Watersmeet, close to Lynmouth.

The day’s weather started off rather worryingly with a sharp, heavy shower, but this soon cleared away to leave us with a really quite nice day, as can be seen in the photo above.

We started the day photographing around the rugged rocks and cliffs at the Valley of Rocks, picking out not just the obvious views but also some of the less obvious details, things that a casual observer might miss.

In the afternoon we moved over to Watersmeet, where we concentrated on photography of the river flowing through the beautiful woodland that fills the valley here. Long exposures were used to blur the water, giving the images a sense of dynamism and movement, really creating atmospheric images.

See images from the Exmoor in autumn course

Autumnal bracken in forest in the Teign valley, near Fingle Bridge, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. Taken during the Dartmoor in autumn photography course, on 27th October.

Dartmoor in autumn workshop

A day of landscape photography, initially shooting in woodland along the River Teign, before moving to open moorland near Chagford, both in the heart of Dartmoor National Park.

Originally scheduled for Saturday 26th Oct, the weather forecast for that day was so awful (storms, heavy rain etc) that we took the decision to postpone for 24 hours. And what a difference a day makes! Instead of wind and rain, we had a day of calm, clear blue skies that gave us some wonderful photography opportunities.

The date of this workshop is timed each year to coincide with the peak of autumn colours in Dartmoor’s woodlands. However, this year’s mild weather had delayed the colour changes, so many of the trees remained stubbornly green. Still, we were able to do some great photography of the woodland along the banks of the Teign. A bonus was the areas of dying bracken, which glowed beautifully orange in the sunlight, as shown in the above photo.

The afternoon was spent on open moorland, where we photographed the prehistoric Scorhill stone circle, before finishing off with wind-gnarled hawthorns on an area of marshy moorland.

See photos from the Dartmoor in autumn workshop

A dusk view of the harbour in Exmouth, Devon. Taken during the low light/long exposure photography workshop, 3rd November.

Low light and long exposure workshop

This was a course designed to teach photographic techniques in low light conditions and at night, held on 3rd November in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.

The course started late in the afternoon, a couple of hours before sunset. Initially, we were subjected to some very flat grey skies, which didn’t go well with the kind of subject matter I was intending to use; Exmouth’s harbour and the apartments around it.

However, at sunset the skies cleared, allowing us to get some moody shots, initially on the low tide shoreline outside the harbour, and then some excellent dusk views around the harbour itself (see photo above).

This was followed, after dark, by some night sky photography beside the mouth of the River Otter at Budleigh Salterton. As earlier, once again we struggled with cloud cover, but eventually this cleared, giving us a beautiful starry sky, which lasted just long enough to get the shots we needed.

See some photos from the low light course

Red Deer in countryside near Dunster, Exmoor National Park, Somerset. Taken during the wildlife photography course, 16th November.

Wildlife photography workshop

The autumn’s season of photography workshops was rounded off by a day of wildlife photography on Exmoor, held on 16th November. We started off in countryside near Dunster, where there was known to be a herd of Red Deer, and finished at Lynmouth, where the plan was to photograph Dippers on the East Lyn River.

The weather was quite kind, with a mix of sunshine and light clouds throughout the day. This certainly made the deer tracking, through a mix of woods and moorland, quite a pleasant stroll. It did take rather some time to find the herd, but we eventually stumbled upon them high up on a moorland hill.

Although as nervous as Red Deer always are, we were able to follow them at a distance for some time, every now and then able to get close enough (thanks to cover from birch scrub) to grab a number of good shots (see photo above). A satisfying morning!

The afternoon session of photographing Dippers, a bird that lives on Exmoor’s fast-flowing streams, was less successful. We initially started at Watersmeet, near the town of Lynmouth, but without success possibly due to high water levels caused by the recent heavy rains.

So we moved down to nearby Lynmouth, where we found a Dipper on the river, right in the middle of the town. He performed beautifully for us, not at all bothered by our presence. However, we weren’t able to get close enough for truly great photography, and by this time light levels were really starting to drop away as sunset approached. All the same, it was great to watch this bird skipping from rock to rock, regularly diving in to the water to hunt for food. And at least we did manage to grab a few photos of its antics.

See photos from the wildlife photography course

The night sky over the estuary of the River Otter, Budleigh Salterton, Devon. Photographed during the low light photography course, on 30th March 2019.

Photography courses for 2020

The next programme of one-day photography courses kicks off at the end of March 2020, starting with a low light and long exposure course, to be held in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton. Hopefully, everyone coming on this course will be able get night sky photos like the one above.

The programme of courses continues through the spring, takes a break during the height of summer, and then resumes in the autumn, finishing in November.

The full programme is on the website. To see the courses click on the link below.

See details of our 2020 photography workshops

Join up for any of the courses at any time. I am taking bookings now!

Nigel in the television news

I recently made it onto the television news, appearing in the BBC’s Spotlight Southwest programme to discuss my trio of books about southwest England.

Spotlight Southwest is the BBC’s daily evening news programme for the southwest of England, attracting quite a significant regional audience. As a result, this provided me with major exposure for my books.

Nigel (right) talking with the hosts of BBC’s Spotlight Southwest about his three southwest books

The three titles in question are Wild Southwest, Beautiful Devon and Beautiful Cornwall, each of them covering different aspects of the the southwest region. The spur to this publicity is the recent publication of the newest of these books, Beautiful Cornwall, which came out at the end of March.

All three books are widely on sale, and you can see more details of all three by clicking on the link below:

Find out about my southwest books

The covers for Nigel’s three southwest of England books

Naturally, I really hope you like these books. To buy any of them, they’re widely available through high street books shops, as well as online stores, including Amazon.

You can also buy them directly from my own publishing company. Just follow the link below.

Buy any of the southwest books

Photographing for AirBnB Plus

So here’s something a bit different from my usual, an aspect of my photography that may not seem so glorious but which pays the bills – interiors photography.

Interiors photography of an apartment in Exeter, Devon, southwest England.

For the past couple of months I’ve been doing quite a lot of photography for AirBnB Plus, shooting some of their more upmarket holiday lets in southwest England. This is an ongoing project, and is likely to continue for some time.

Irises in a vase; a bedroom detail in a house in Devon, southwest England.

As you can see, I’ve included a few shots here, but you can see a much bigger gallery on the website by clicking on the link below:

See a gallery of photos I’ve taken for AirBnB Plus

I hope you like the photos, of course. If you have a building you’d like me to photograph then get in touch!

A modern minimalist bathroom.

New photography courses listed

Well into October already, and my programme of autumn one-day photography courses is steaming along. In fact, there are just two left to go: 20th and 27th October, covering Exmoor and Dartmoor in Autumn, respectively. We still have spaces on both, so if you’d like to come along get in touch.

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

Photography courses for 2019

When it comes to next year, I’ve managed to pull together my programme of 2019 one-day photography courses, and it’s all now up on the website, along with details of this year’s two remaining courses.

Building on what I learned in the survey I ran during the summer, I’ve introduced a couple of new courses, one of which will be a low-light photography workshop. This will in fact be the first workshop of the spring, kicking off on 30th March with some late afternoon, dusk and night photography. Another new course will be on South Devon coastal landscapes, to be held on 4th May.

For the second time, I’ll be running the architectural course in Bath, and there will also be the usual Dartmoor, Exmoor and Jurassic Coast workshops. The year will round off in November with a wildlife photography workshop, somewhere in Devon, though I’ve yet to decide exactly where – details will follow in due course.

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

Finding out more

Details of most of next year’s courses are on the website.

To find out more about all the courses, both those remaining this year and all those so far listed for next year, click on the link below:

Find out about one-day courses

I hope you like the attached photos, to whet your appetite! Needless to say, please get in touch if you want to join any of the courses.

Meanwhile, a programme of tours for 2019 and 2020 is slowly coming together. I’ll be publishing this soon.

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

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!

 

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.

 

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.