Judgement Day
Photography Competitions. Everyone has an opinion but exactly what is it like to be a judge and faced with a wall of images? Well I thought I would give it a go and it's had some interesting outcomes and benefits...
Apr 20
Managing Risk In The Field
A big part of my day job is about managing risk and while I've learned to bring a lot of that discipline to my photography, it hasn't been without hard lessons along the way. This piece isn't going to focus in on data backups because others have more than covered that off, this is about how and why I buy the kit I do and what can happen when you haven't entirely thought it all through. The is actually my 100th blog post on this site and while I should probably use that opportunity to fanfare some images or something I'm going to use it instead to pass on what I feel is some pretty sage advice...
The Utopian Photographer
Long drives to and from work afford me the opportunity to take in a variety of radio these days and I've become an occasional listener of BBC Radio 4 because from time to time you hear something a little different. Sure enough a couple of weeks ago I listened to a piece about people who sought out their personal utopia. It was certainly a curious spin on modern life with some interesting conclusions and some of it really struck a chord with me...
Embracing The Bluebirds – Part 2!
I recently read Greg Whitton's latest blog article with great interest on shooting during those cloudless all blue days, timely given my imminent trip to the Lakes and the pending 'sapphire' forecast. For once the weather forecast delivered exactly what the BBC said it would and there was more or less wall to wall sunshine for the three days I was there. Rejoice or challenge, that's the question...
Flickr Inspiration for 2016
Picking favourites from your own work can feel like an almost impossibly difficult task so in true end of year review style, I've raided my Flickr favourites from 2016 and come up with a list of images, in no particular order, that made an impact or difference to me during the last year from other photographers.
Nov 06
Damage Limitation – Nikon D810 Top Plate Repair
If you read my last blog post, you'll know that I managed to fall over recently. This in itself isn't unusual for me in the field, it's a past time that is part and parcel of landscape photography - I've lost count of how many times it's happened. This time was different however, I tripped on a cobbled path while my Nikon D810 and 70-200mm was hanging around my neck and managed to land on top of it face down on the stone...
Back Up High With Greg Again – Lakes In Early Autumn
Following up from an outstanding workshop in Snowdonia back in April with Greg Whitton, as soon as the batteries were running low again I thought it was time for another go in the Lake District. There's nothing quite the Lakes in autumn, though it has to be said I really wasn't coming for the trees and colour, but for the opportunities afforded by the potential for quickly changing light and weather. But after the amazing light of Snowdonia surely I couldn't be that lucky twice right?
Aug 23
Unsociable Media
I went away on holiday recently to the wild open spaces of South West Wales but before going I had been reminiscing about how life had been much simpler in the late 70s and 80s when I grew up. For once there was broad agreement on this point from Mrs B, in particular how the role of media and news have changed massively while of course the internet itself revolutionised the speed and availability of information beyond all recognition. It's definitely not all for the better...
500cc – Revving Up With The Nikon D500
I'm always looking for ways to improve or evolve my photography. As much as the application of photographic technique very much depends on the individual, their interpretation and level of creativity, it is unfair to think all cameras are equal and offer the same opportunities. The D500 provides some complimentary options to a full-frame landscape kit that I wasn't expecting and it's now been in my hands for the last 24 hours...
BBC Countryfile Live Exhibition – Blenheim Palace
As part of the 10th year celebrations, Landscape Photographer Of The Year will have a representative exhibition of only twelve large printed images which have been selected to be shown at the BBC Countryfile Live event, taking place at Blenheim Palace near Oxford between 4th & 7th August. I'm very pleased to say that my photograph The Cotswold Way has been selected by the team as one of the twelve in the printed exhibition...
To Title Or Not To Title?
The initial responses to this innocent enough question posed by Doug Chinnery in preparation for his next print exhibition showed that there is more of a divide on this subject than I anticipated. Let me come out and say from the outset that adding a title to a photograph is something I’m strongly in favour of, though I fully appreciate that there will be a broad church of thought as to whether a couple of words leads, detracts, is a bit pretentious or completes an image…
Jul 08
Nikon Old Skool – Vintage glass without antique prices
Following the vote to leave the EU, one of the things British people were promised was simply less money in our pockets. However I guess very few were expecting that necessarily to happen within a couple of weeks where something as simple as photography equipment was concerned. Find out why and what you can do about it if you shoot Nikon like me...
Jul 04
Project X – Lessons in futility with the Fuji system
This particular piece centres on Fuji though and before they get around to releasing their much anticipated X-T2 I thought I would finish up a promise to put some words down about two periods of using an X-E2 and subsequently an X-T1. Obviously these are my own views, no doubt there will be one or two people who disagree with the underlying sentiment. Maybe, just maybe...
Climb Every Mountain – The Greg Whitton Experience
It's 5am, dark, I haven't eaten, it's zero on the temperature gauge, even though it's the middle of April there's plenty of snow underfoot, the equivalent of a small child is clinging to my back, head torches are an essential requirement and for some reason I'm scrambling up the base of a ridiculously steep hill in Snowdonia asking myself for all the world what on earth I'm doing there...