Thank you visiting my blog site and taking the time to get to know a little bit about me and how I approach my photography.
I was born Middlesbrough and lived there for some 29 years before marrying and moving to the village of Great Ayton. I got into landscape photography in 2008 following the sudden death of my mother. It was a depressing time for me and I felt I needed an outlet to help me deal with the bereavement and occupy my mind. Little did I know how much I would become obsessed about the art of photography and where it would take me.
I acquired basic knowledge/understanding from my father in law as well as from literature and of course lots of trial and error in the field. The latter I found to be more beneficial as it is from mistakes and experimentation we develop an understanding of what we are trying to achieve and eventually one’s own style.
Since starting out I have participated in joint exhibitions, displays and in 2012 held my first solo exhibition “Inspirations, Mood & Life” in the Inspired By Gallery at the Danby Visitors centre, North Yorkshire.
What do I look for in an image?
Having a passion for the great outdoors helps and often takes me to locations near or far as well as in all weathers. It’s not always convenient carrying all my camera equipment every time I go out walking, particularly true on family outings, so sometimes I create a sketch image using my iPhone with the plan to return to a location with my camera after researching lighting at certain times of the day/year and weather conditions.
I look to create images that convey the sense of mood & atmosphere that I experience as well as something that is worthy of hanging on the wall.
It’s rare I achieve my objective at the first attempt; it could take weeks, months or even years. Eventually I hope the culmination of researching a location and sheer perseverance gets me to that eureka moment when all the elements of a composition come together.
Living on the fringe of the North Yorkshire Moors, I have immediate access to some of the most beautiful locations both inland and on the coast. The majority of my work is done around dawn & dusk; it is at these times when the light can be at its most spectacular creating mood and breathing life into a landscape.
Although I do everything I can to get an image right in the camera, a certain amount of post processing is required to get it back to what was witnessed on the back of the camera at the time of capture. I never add or remove anything from my images, but I think as an artist you impart some level of creativity into an image, no matter how much someone professes they don’t, they do. After all how is possible to recognise someone’s style of photography without seeing their name?
Canon 6D (20.2 megapixels)
Zero Image 2000 Pinhole
Reality So Subtle 6×12 Pinhole
Canon 17-40mm L f/4
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8
Sigma 70-200mm f/4
Sigma 105mm Macro
Lee Filter Holder & Adapters
Lee Big Stopper
Hitech SE Grad Filter set 0.3, 0.6, 0.9
Hitech HE Grad Filter set 0.3, 0.6, 0.9, 1.2
Hitech ND Filter set 0.3, 0.6, 0.9
Hitech Neutral Density Filter set 0.3, 0.6, 0.9
Heliopan 105mm Circular Polarising Filter
Feisol CT-3342 Tournament (Rapid) with spikes
Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head
Arca Swiss P0 Ballhead
Adobe Lightroom 4
Adobe Photoshop CS5