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N 4.6K B 107.6K C 335 E Jan 2, 2017 F Jan 21, 2017
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Flow

It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

Muse, Feeling Good

Whatever your view of world events, there's no doubt that things are about to get....somewhat interesting. But here's the thing- whatever happens in the next few months and years, the sun will always rise in the East (except in Australia where it rises in the West, of course) and the tides will continue their endless cycle. At least for a while.

So, kick off your wellies, grab a cocktail and you know..just go with the......

Technical: Nikon D810, Nikkor 16-35 f/4 VR 0.8 seconds ISO 64. Hitech 0.9 hard grad with reverse mounted 0.6 soft grad for the water. Gitzo GT3523LS with FLM CB-48 ballhead.Cable release.

Tags:   UNITED KINGDOM UK PIER SUNRISE DAWN SEASCAPE WATER MOVEMENT COLOUR POSTS REFLECTIONS SKY CLOUD NORTH EAST COAST LONG EXPOSURE ND GRADS STEETLEY

N 4.0K B 79.1K C 328 E Jan 2, 2017 F Jan 10, 2017
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In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a streetlamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

- The Sound of Silence


For Jon. You would have liked this morning, mate.


Technical: Nikon D810, 16-35mm f/4 VR @16mm. I second. ISO 64. Hitech 0.9 grad with Hitech 0.6 reverse neutral density grad. Gitzo GT3523LS with FLM CB-48 ballhead. Cable release.

Tags:   UNITED KINGDOM UK STEETLEY PIER HARTLEPOOL SUNRISE DAWN COASTAL SEA POSTS WATER MOVEMENT REFLECTIONS SKY WINTER NORTH EAST COAST LONG EXPOSYURE ND GRADS

N 3.3K B 88.6K C 246 E Sep 4, 2016 F Dec 31, 2016
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Whatever your thoughts as 2016 wheezes out it's last few breaths, there's no doubt that it's been a year of huge and sometimes unexpected change. From politics to pop, nothing will be quite the same again.

Am I happy to see it pass? No. I'm grateful that I've had another year on our beautiful planet. Another year to see how vibrant and amazing our world can be. Another year to forge friendships and smile.

To all my friends and contacts in the Flickrverse, I wish you a happy and peaceful new year. And I thank you for the incredible support you've shown me this year.

Tags:   PENARTH PIER UK UNITED KINGDOM BLUE HOUR SUNRISE WALES CLOUDS LONG EXPOSURE BEACH REFLECTIONS LIGHTS MOVEMENT WATER SEA OCEAN WET SAND SEASCAPE NIKON D810

N 3.0K B 76.1K C 286 E Dec 17, 2016 F Dec 21, 2016
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Clearing Winter Storm

I’ve always wanted to be one of those really sophisticated landscape photographers. You know the type- they stroll out of the hotel in the morning and return 12 hours later looking as if they’ve spent the day sipping green tea and having a Tibetan Scalp massage. Whereas in reality, you just know that they have in fact abseiled down Ben Nevis using only their teeth to arrest their fall as they capture another collection of award winning images. With one hand.

Ok, so that was never going to happen but just for once I wanted to return from a shoot without looking like I had been sleeping rough for a week.

And it all started so well. The overnight storm was just clearing as we reached our location and the cloudscape was truly spectacular as I set my tripod and waited for the swirling mists to clear the tip of the mountain. The swollen river fizzed and gurgled around my feet as I adjusted my filters and tried in some small way to capture the unfolding drama. It was a truly astounding scene.

And maybe I should have just left it there. I mean, I had a shot that I’d dreamed of almost since taking up photography 4 years ago. I was dry and relatively clean. And I’d only dropped one lens cap in the mud. All I had to do was return to the Hotel. Easy, right?

So why, then did I agree to walk up a mountain instead of returning for breakfast? In the grand scheme of stupidity, this would earn me an A*

They say that all life is a learning experience. And that education is for sharing. And so, in this spirit I would like to pass on some newly acquired knowledge.

1. When selecting a walk in the Scottish highlands in winter, it pays to ask for professional advice. And by professional advice, I don’t mean your friend saying “I’ve done a bit of walking”. So has my grandmother. To the shops for cat food. But that doesn’t mean she’s qualified to trek up a 1500 ft mountain.

2. Any booklet (bought on the internet) which confuses the word “elevation” with “erection” is unlikely to contain sufficiently detailed advice for the inexperienced. Particularly when the wording makes an instruction manual for flat pack furniture read like a Shakespearean sonnet.

3. When choosing from a selection of walks categorized A to C, this generally refers to the level of difficulty and does not represent the facilities en route. C does not indicate “Costa”

4. The correct preparation is to wake up fully refreshed, tell someone responsible where you plan to walk and have some form of contingency plan in case it all goes wonky. Nowhere have I read a recommendation to “just turn up”. With no water. And a hangover from a night at the Ferrie Inn.

5. A 2 hour walk should take 2 hours. Not 7. And it shouldn’t involve being lost 1300 ft up the side of a misty Scottish mountain with no phone signal and no water.

6. The correct way to descend in the fading light over slippery rocks is to carefully place one foot in front of the other in a considered approach using a proper torch. Which should be in a proper rucksack with all the other proper stuff designed to prevent you from getting lost and freezing to death. There is an admittedly much quicker way down that is very easy to discover when the light on your iPhone runs out. But I can’t recommend this.

7. Trying to pretend that the large tear down the back of your trousers as you sidle past the hotel receptionist is part of a new range of ventilated outdoor clothing would carry more weight if your jacket wasn’t torn too. And your skin underneath.


To all my Flickr contacts and friends, I wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas and I hope you enjoy the image.

Technical: Nikon D810, Nikkor 16-35 f/11 33 seconds, ISO 64. 6 stop ND filter as base with 0.9 soft grad for the sky and 0.6 soft grad mounted upside down (with blu tack to the front of the filter holder) to balance the water. Gitzo GT3532LT with FLM CB-48 ballhead. Cable release.

Tags:   UK UNITED KINGDOM SCOTLAND LANDSCAPE GLEN ETIVE MOR BUACHAILLE MOUNTAINS RIVER WATERFALL CLOUDS MISTY WINTER ROCKS BLACK WHITE MONO MOODY ATMOSPHERIC LONG EXPOSURE NIKON D810

N 895 B 10.9K C 151 E Oct 2, 2016 F Dec 12, 2016
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I've taken a leaf out of Steve Cole's book and reposted this image for a couple of hours to thank everyone for their support in 2016. It made the list of the top UK shots uploaded this year.

dailym.ai/2hA2gv7

Many congrats to fellow Flickr contacts Steve Cole, Steve Garrington, Jerry Fryer and Brad Eide who made the list with far better shots than mine.

Thank you :-)

Tags:   uk flickr top 10 daily mail ethereal selsey lifeboat station


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