Thursday, 30 July 2015

Personalised Shower Curtains

All of our images are now available for you to buy as shower curtains, so why not brighten up your bathroom or shower room with a new curtain chosen from one of our photos. My favourite for the shower curtain is this one of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Just imagine you are there as you are standing under your shower!

Or perhaps you would prefer something restful, such as this beach scene in Mauritius:


We have over 750 images to chose from, ranging from landscapes and wildlife, architecture and cityscapes and much more, from all over the UK, Europe and Africa. Simply click on our galleries from the top menu and chose your favourite image, or if you want one of the images shown, simply click onto it and be taken direct to the relevant page.

Our shower curtains are made from 100% polyester fabric and include 12 holes at the top of the curtain for simple hanging from your own shower curtain rings. The total dimensions of each shower curtain are 71" wide x 74" tall.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Africa from A to Z - A

Many photographers undertake a 365 Challenge, whereby they take one photo every day for a year. While I would love to do that, I am aware that I do not have that kind of commitment but thought instead that I could manage an A to Z Challenge over 26 weeks (I hope!).

I have chosen Africa as my theme as I have visited Central and Southern Africa on several occasions, travelling to Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mauritius over the last five or six years and what I will endeavour to do over the coming weeks is to post at least one image a week, with its title following the appropriate letter of the alphabet. Some weeks I may only post one image, but on others I may post up to three or four where I feel have good enough images using that letter.

I will not use the same image under different letters (ie African Buffalo, Buffalo or Cape Buffalo), but may well use different images of buffalo under the three letters! The images will be mainly of animals and birds, with some flora and landscapes thrown in. I do have an idea of what I will use for most letters, but at present I am struggling to think of something for Q and X - but am sure I will come up with something by the time I get to those letters!

So lets stop chattering and make a start with images beginning with A.

Africa from A to Z - A
Agama Lizard
An Agama Lizard in the Serengeti, Tanzania, Africa.

African Buffalo
An African, or Cape buffalo in Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa.
African Wild Dog
The rare African Wild Dog photographed in the Masai Mara, Kenya.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Free Photography Resources

I am pleased to share with you, a fantastic resource that I have discovered - The Explorers Club — a place for photographers who are passionate about their art, and excited about learning! 

It is run by my friends Lauren and Rob, through their website Picture Correct. They want to help you with your photography, no matter what level you’re at. And to do this, they’ve created a TON of totally free photography resources…

This website is packed with tons of great content to help you improve your photography and business skills. But the very best content – freebies, tips series, discounts – are sent out only by email. And they send it only to members of the Explorers Club – a group of 46,000 awesome photographers from around the world!

The club is totally free, and gives you access to their legendary Freebie Library, plus exclusive content and deals that go straight to your inbox!

So whatever you level of skill, from a novice through to a seasoned pro, go and have a look at Explorers Club - you have nothing to lose!

Friday, 10 July 2015

Grey Seals

Monday bought a bright sunny morning and we took a stroll along the beach to the south of the river. This stretch of the beach is a great deal rockier than that to the north.


After walking just over half a mile we came across our first view of a seal. 
Grey Seal 
Unfortunately that was the only one we saw that day. On the way back to the cottage, I did enjoy this view of the sun shining on these buildings in Brora against  a backdrop of gathering storm clouds. 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Brora Beach and River

Sunday in Brora was dry with a combination of sunshine and mist, and in the morning we took a stroll past the small stone harbour and across the river to the wide, long and sandy beach. 
Brora Harbour 
Brora Beach 
Our Cottage from the beach 
We saw plenty of seagulls but no sign of dolphins or seals. 



In the afternoon we walked along the River Brora, by this time the tide was in giving a much better view of the harbour. 
Brora Harbour 
River Brora 
River Brora 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Holiday to Scotland

On Friday I began the long trip from home in Bicester, Oxfordshire up to Brora on the north east coast of Scotland. As it is a journey of nearly 600 miles, we stopped half way on the Friday evening at Arrochar in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park at Fascodail B&B, which I can highly recommend. 
Fascodail Bed and Breakfast 

This is a view of Loch Lomond taken in the village of Aldochlay.
Loch Lomond 
After leaving Arrochar on Saturday morning we drove up to Fort William.
Fort William High Street 
Church of Scotland, Fort William 
From there we made our way up to Inverness and Brora, driving alongside Loch Ness. 
Loch Ness 
We eventually arrived at our cottage in Brora, which is close to the river estuary and the sea. 


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Photography Composition

Our article today covers the importance of composition in your photography and comes from our friends over at Picture Correct. It is written by Gregory Colvin, a fine art photographer and author. His work has been exhibited in the Naples Fine Art Museum, Naples Florida and is in the collections of Hilton Hotels, Tampa General Hospital and the US Government.

Composition is the heart of the photo. Composition leads to the work of art that starts from inspiration. Inspiration begins when you disconnect with the interior struggles of everyday life and free the spirit to experience the world around you. Truly being in the moment and experiencing nature links you with everything around you.

It may sound like meditation, but awareness of your surroundings without interference of outside thoughts clears the mind and sharpens your senses. Images appear where you did not see them before. The elements begin to align and art emerges.

Joseph Cornell, in his book “Listening to Nature How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature,” suggested this exercise:

  1. Walk into an area that you would like to photograph. 
  2. Instead of setting up the camera and shooting. Sit down. Wait. Relax. Be still and sense the moment. 
  3. Very quietly become conscious of nature.
The Native Americans called this “silent hunting.” Nature will speak to you, but you must be quiet. Nature speaks softly. If you are patient, nature will reveal herself to you. And incredible images will appear.................

To read the full article and to view some brilliant images follow this link: Photography Composition – PictureCorrect