Perfect patterns

I don’t know about you, but I find myself constantly astounded by nature and its many forms. I am always learning new things, even about species I thought I knew intimately. Some discoveries are through reading and research, others via observation. There is often a sense of perfection in nature’s creations, be it symmetry in a flower’s petals or the precision in the whorl of a snail shell. Beauty surrounds us, though many take it for granted. In this post I’d like to share with you some of details that have caught my eye in the past few months, and make an attempt to explain why I love seeking out natural patterns & textures. I have quite a few photos of things that I like but which often don’t get considered as additions to my portfolio. They are personal to […]

Demystifying Macro kit

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is what kit I use for my macro images, so this week I thought I’d explain and share a few tips along the way.   The main piece of equipment that will impact your macro photography is what lens you use. I have a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM which is fantastic and has a close focus distance of 30cm  making it particularly good for flowers and smaller, less active invertebrates. Of course there are a great number of lenses available on the market which are brilliant for macro subjects. If your budget won’t stretch as far as a new lens though, there are other options too. Extension tubes are the simplest in my view. These are basically hollow tubes which fit between your lens and camera body, that move […]

Outer Hebrides Heaven

I’m back from my latest adventure – I hope you enjoyed Ryan’s guest post while I was away? As I mentioned before I left, Scotland holds a special place in my heart and is a part of the world that I’m particularly familiar with, having been a great many times. This year though I was able to explore an area that I hadn’t visited before: the Outer Hebrides or more specifically, the Isles of Lewis and Harris. We took a couple of days to drive up to the Isle of Skye where we made a few brief stops at some of our favourite spots on the way. One un-planned roadside pause for me to photograph some lovely light on the hills between the Old Man of Storr and the Quirang, led to some lovely plant discoveries. Firstly a pristine Devil’s […]

Ryan Clark’s Garden Invertebrates

I have lived on an urban housing estate in Buckinghamshire for over a decade now and it has shaped my view on the world around me. Despite living reasonably close to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, I didn’t have the access to green spaces that others may have had. My connection with the natural world was through the window and investigating the garden. As a child I used to photograph butterflies in the garden on a cheap digital camera. I still have these photos and they are precious to me because this is when I discovered the natural world.  My connection with nature started at home for me, not through David Attenborough documentaries, but by getting muddy and exploring the garden.  I aim to encourage you all that you don’t have to travel far to see amazing wildlife!

Scottish Reminiscences

In anticipation of my trip to the Outer Hebrides which starts at the end of this week, I thought I’d share with you a few images and stories from previous trips to Scotland which, as I mentioned in my Welcome Blog, is one of my absolute favourite places on the planet! I have been visiting the West Coast of Scotland since I was a small child and have a great many fond memories of summer holidays spent rock-pooling, braving the chilly waters for a swim, walking in the mountains and eating great local seafood. There is something slightly other-worldly about Scotland for me. I think it has something to do with the vast open landscapes where mountains meet the sea and nature surrounds you completely. Every breath of air seems fresher. The smell of pine forests, bracken and dark, damp, peaty earth […]