Beautiful Skye.

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These are some of the images I photographed while on a trip around the Isle of Skye. This has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been fortunate enough to visit. With its rugged landscapes, secluded coves and the impressive rocky backdrop of the Black Cullins it’s a photographers paradise. It almost impossible to get a bad picture here whatever the weather throws at you, in fact I would rather have a dramatic storm and Moody skies than a complete Blue out and bright sun. Hope you like them.
Mark .

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Grab The Moment

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This was a photo I captured while on holiday last month.  Normally I don’t carry my camera every single second, who does. Luckily we all generally carry our cameras to get those all important holiday snaps.
It was a hot day (in November might I add) and I was sitting having a quiet drink before boarding back on our cruise ship when this gentleman walked passed me and sat down several tables in front of me. He wore a grey fitted suit, a type of cowboy hat together with a chin strap, cowboy boots and what a presume was a pocket watch due to the chain hanging from his right waistcoat pocket. He was extremely smart in his appearance. He caught my eye instantly , his face oosing with character, I just had to get a shot. Unbelievably he sat in what I would say was perfect light. Sitting under a parasol the bright sunlight, harsh though, it lit him perfectly. Using a fast shutter speed I could minimize the background light as this was in shadow and just consentrate my camera on him.
Just goes to show its always worth carrying your camera everywhere, you never know when that moment for a great picture is going to materialize. 

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Photographing Waterfalls

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Photographing waterfalls can be challenging at times but get it right and you can produce some fantastic images.
Loving in the north of England I’m lucky to have a varied choice of falls to visit with the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales on my doorstep.
I’m a big fan of the morning and evening sun as most landscape photographers are but what do you do when it’s an overcast but bright day, head for the trees and forrests of course. These conditions are absolutely the best you can have for photographing scenes like this. You absolutely do not want bright sunny days as the harsh light will cast unsightly shadaows accros the soft smooth tranquil feeling that we are trying to emulate.
The time of year too has a dramatic effect on the image and my favourite time is Autumn.
I will also use a polorizer to enhance the colours and to reduce reflections. Using a polorizer in overcast conditions is a is a brilliant technique as you can polorize in any direction because light is coming from all directions due to the overcast sky. This wouldn’t work if it was a bright sunny day.
Experimenting with exposure time too is another key to inject emotions in to the shot. Use a fast shutter speed of 1/2000sec to freeze action such as water droplets, be aware though as an increase in iso will be needed which may increase noise in the image. If like these images you like a dreamy silky smooth look an exposure of around a 2 seconds is all that’s needed, any more then several seconds though I think the water looks too much like a fog, I still like to retain some details in the flow of the water. Another piece of kit too is essential and that is a tripod. This will help keep everything still as its necessary with long exposures, your image will be blurry with out one. A microfiber cloth to is handy to wipe away any spray/mist that is undoubtedly going to end up costing the front ellement.
So get out and try this technique on an overcast day when you think it’s not possible to get a good image, these are the conditions I look for.

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Buttermere Reflections

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Buttermere in the lake district national park has to be one of my favourite places in Cumbria. We have visited here many times now and this year was a bit more of a highlight as we managed to climb Haystacks. I would have liked to have taken along all of my usual equipment along with me but that’s for another time. I wanted to talk about these images and the dedication you have to put in to get them.
I’m sure some might say “Ah but you photoshoped those reflections” , nothing could be further from the truth. It’s all about putting the effort in to getting them.
I always know what I want in an image beforehand, time spent on preperation knowing where the location is first and then working out a time suitable for the light to be in the right place is a start. I use an app on my phone called sundroid which can tell me where the sun is at any time of day any day of the year, very handy once you have found the location but the lighting is wrong this little app can give me an indication of when to return.
The wether is the next factor. Wether forecasting is a good way to get an idea of how it’s going to fair but I have this attitude to just go with whatever it’s doing on the day I just go and enjoy it anyway. If as in these images you want reflections then mornings are a must. The wind is always at it lightest in the morning and that’s key to reflections. I will return as many times as is needed to get the shot and it’s taken me some 2 to 3 years sometimes to get the image I want but perseverance will pay off in the end.  You only get shots like this by putting time and effort in to it. Unless your lucky. 
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Make Them Pop

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If you want to make some images pop with vibrancy and colour try low light photography.
Taking pictures at night can be extremely rewarding and fun, it’s also inexpensive as there is no need for expensive graduated filters and polorizers etc.  What you will need though is a tripod and a cable release, but not essential , just handy as a 2 second timer can be used. I have to say there is one exception to this with the image of the bus where I used a flash synced to the second curtain, more on this In a later blog.
Most of these images have been shot with an exposure time up to 30 seconds, any longer and its in to bulb mode where you are in control of closing the shutter, I prefer letting the camera do this for me.  I also keep ISO to its native setting, which for a Canon is 160 iso not 100 (more on this if you Google it)
When I shoot at night I will use an f-srop of around f8 to f16 to get a good depth of field. Experiment with exposure time till you have a good exposure, look at the histogram, check the black side of the graph which is to the left and make sure it’s not too far over.  If it is double the exposure time or double the iso rather than open up the aperture.
Another trick to get those sparkly star street lights is to put your aperture to f22 which gives you that star effect. There is a trade off here though where you can lose sharpness across the image. Do not fear though take 2 shots at different aperture setting, one for the sharpness and one for the street lights at f22 , then blend the images together in Photoshop.
There are loads of things you can shoot in low light, and this sort of photography can impress your friends, be fun and extremely satisfying. If anyone would like any tips on photography please let me know.
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One Of My Favourites.

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Whitby and its 199 Steps has to be one of the most photographed locations of the North Yorkshire Moors.
The original picture by Joe Cornish has inspired many a photographer to make the pilgrimage to photograph this view.
I my self have taken the same shot on many occasions with great results which hangs on my wall right now.
This image sat on my hard drive for many months, until one evening I started to browse my HD . I had not been out with my camera for several weeks due to moving house and decorating. I was biting at the bit, so the only thing left to do in between 1st a and second coats of paint was to look at older images. I am so glad I came across this image and processed the RAW file to what you see now. It’s lovely to peruse through your images at a later date, a bit like going through your old albums , well before the digital era, (those were the times) it can give a fresh perspective to what you originally thought was below standard. Hope you like the image as much as I do. Love to hear any comments you may have.  Share this image if you wish.

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