Samye Ling Monastery

The Kagyu Samye Ling, a Tibetan Monastery and Centre for World Peace and Health,  now appears in the 12 Pics series here. The first Tibetan Centre to open in the West in 1967, it occupies a marvellous location in a peaceful valley on the banks of the river Esk in Scotland. As you can see […]

The best camera

The best camera …… is the one you have with you. How many times do we hear that? Now if you wanted to be pedantic you could argue for and against that statement. No matter how much gear you have (in value or quantity) is it any use if it’s not with you? I happened […]

A celebration

We recently had a chance to attend a celebration of two people committing to spend the rest of there lives together. Or in other words a wedding. Now I might of mentioned before that I enjoy a wedding. There is something special about standing up in front of friends and family and declaring your love […]

Snipe

Snipe – have you seen any lately? That was the question put to me in the bird hide. Actually I had. Only a couple of weeks ago at least four of these well camouflaged birds were about. Heres a couple of them: Snipe are reasonably common and love wet grasslands. The average lifespan is around […]

A walk in the woods

A walk in the woods – what does it do for you? For me, I get outside, get some fresh air, say hello to other people enjoying the outdoors, listen to the birds and get to look around for potential pictures. I also pay attention to the weather, if it has been raining or is […]

Deer

Deer, sometimes you see them other times you don’t. It could be weeks in between sightings at the local nature reserve. This morning I was fortunate: Once this young chap noticed me, he didn’t hang around very long. I tried getting closer but he decided enough was enough and wondered off further into the woods. […]

A quintuple of black and white

A couple of weeks ago I ventured out with the camera. The weather wasn’t too good and neither was the light but I decided to put together this quintuple of black and white images. Now if you are of a certain age and had a darkroom, you will know the nuances of using different papers […]

Dont take pictures into the sun

We are frequently told not to take pictures into the sun, preferring to try to keep it behind us instead. In fact when the wife is out taking pictures on her phone I quite often remind her of this. To which the usual response is it will be fine. Much to my amazement they usually […]

Seagulls

The other day I was out and about and happened to come across some seagulls at the local coastal town I frequent. Nothing too unusual about that. You get seagulls almost everywhere these days, not just on the coast. Quite. But have a look at the image below. I thought there was something odd about […]

Return to Albert Docks

An anniversary visit provided an opportunity to return to Albert Docks, Liverpool. This wasn’t a photography visit Per Se, so I just used my phone and added to the 12 Pics series here.   You can see that in some of the images the phones camera was starting to struggle a bit. Perhaps a flagship […]

Highlands 2018 gallery added to 12 Pics series

Highlands 2018 gallery has been added to the 12 Pics section after a recent visit. You never really know what sort of weather you will get in Scotland. You could get rain, sleet, snow and sunshine all in one day. Our last trip saw some lovely sunshine with warm temperatures. We also had some cloud […]

New pictures added to Eyes Down Gallery

There’s some new pictures added to the Eyes Down gallery here. Here is an example:   My son Andrew takes all the images in the Eyes Down gallery.  He has Down Syndrome and some communication difficulties but enjoys going out and taking pictures with his father. He is also has a gift to make people […]

Nikon 1 V1 macro

I’ve added a Nikon 1 V1 macro picture to the macro gallery. The image below was taken with the 30-110mm Nikon 1 lens with attached Raynox DCR250 adapter. A previous article here gives more examples of what this setup can do. It’s a lot lighter and more portable than my dedicated DSLR  lens and can […]