Masai Mara Kenya 2014

 

England, Africa, Kenya and then Masai Mara, a journey I never thought I would do. This for me is a trip of a lifetime, one on the bucket list. I’ve tasted the Mara.It’s now a drug, and need to go back.  

I took the opportunity to go with David Lloyd a wildlife photographer and an expert on the Masai Mara. I hoped with his help, and know how I would get some wildlife shots I wanted . I was not disappointed 

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Baby Elephant Masai Mara

 

Masai Mara 101

Skokholm Island

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In July 2013 I went to an Island off the Pembrokeshire coast called Skokholm a bird sanctuary. It is know mostly for it’s Puffins,but there are other birds like Razorbill’s, Guillemot’s, Oystercatcher’s Peregrines’s and many more. I stayed for 5 days photographing these amazing birds. The accommodation is limited.The electric comes from solar power and only running water is in the rooms, no showers.The Island has been restored over the pass few years after it was closed in 2007.

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Here is a link to the restoration.

http://www.friendsofskokholmandskomer.org/2012/01/skokholm-restoration-report-2011.html

 

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Bluebells

Don’t you just love spring when the bluebells start flowering. It’s a good time to kick start your photography with a sea of colour. On my local patch we have a wood with a small covering of bluebells. Not to far away are Norsey Woods and Langdon Hills which are a lot larger woods with massive sea’s of bluebells.

Here are a few shots from my visits, some are a bit abstract.  

Bluebell

Bluebells

Bluebells Abstract

Bluebells Abstract

Venice

Another first for me, Venice and it’s Carnival time.

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I decided to go on a photography course to Venice with Artescape Photography lead by Steve Hedges. There were 6 of us in the group and it was brilliant. I got shots of buildings, people and canals. The sunsets were excellent and the characters just loved being photographed. I also went to the markets to capture the atmosphere.

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I have published a book called My Take On Venice which can we viewed here

 http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4308499-my-take-on-venice

Skomer Island

inflight puffin_My first trip to Skomer an island off the Welsh coast. I had seen a lot about it on TV and thought I would go and see the Puffins. It was a 6 hour drive to the campsite for a over night stay, and then a boat trip in the morning to the Island, where I would be staying for 2 nights.wings puffin_

 

Jurassic Coast

Durdle Door

Somewhere I always wanted to photograph was the Jurassic Coast and Durdle Door especially. So tent and dog packed into the truck off I set. I camped at Durdle Door campsite which is next to the sea.

I arrived in the afternoon, set up the tent, had a cuppa and then set off to explore, it looked like a good sunset was going to happen. I decide to photograph the beach first and then the sunset from the cliffs. I could not believe my luck with the weather. Durdle Door-2

 

My First Publication

greys fishing

This is my first publication, not an outstanding shot, but showed the Greys fishing products being used. It was featured in the Greys  Product Guide.

Richmond Park

Richmond Park StagI have always wanted to go to see the Red Deer, especially the stags rutting. In December I got the chance to go with a group of photography friends.

Richmond Park was the chosen place so early in the morning we set off to find the Red Deer and was not disappointed.

We arrived to be greeted by a great sunrise and a crisp frost. It was not long before we found the Deer and I was soon clicking away. We spent most of the day photographing and walking around just watching these fantastic animals.

Lets Get Started

I am going to get started by adding some past trips first