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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Tips for Photographing Autumn Colors

At this time of year, we should be looking at capturing the colours of Autumn and this article from Terry Girard for our friends over at Picture Correct gives you a host of tips and information on getting the best out of your Autumn photos.

Photographing autumn colors can be the most fun you have with your camera. The fall is a great time of year for photography. There are an unlimited number of sights, sounds and smells to stimulate your senses. After reading this article you should be able to pick a great subject to display and dress it up with the fabulous colors of the fall season. This is a very emotional time of year. Think about that when you are out shooting. What you feel when the day is overcast will be different than when the day is bright and sunny.

To read the article in full go to Tips for Photographing Autumn Colors
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See below for a selection of my favourite autumn photos.
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River Thames at Marlow
The River Thames at Marlow, Buckinghamshire on a crisp November afternoon.
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Autumn Leaves
Autumn leaves at Warburgh Nature Reserve, Bix, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire in The Chiltern Hills.
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River Avon in Autumn
River Avon at Stratford upon Avon in autumn.
Autumn Leaves
Autumn leaves at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, England.


You may see more of my autumn images by visiting my Autumn Images Gallery
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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, duvet covers or tote bags. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.


Monday, 22 October 2018

Beauty of Birmingham

Even though Birmingham is known as being at the heart of the Industrial Revolution and the City of 1000 Trades, many people who have never visited there are surprised at how green the city is, even close to the City Centre.

The city has more miles of canal than Venice, more trees than Paris and more parkland than any other European City. All of the images below were taken within a couple of miles of the City Centre.
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Bluebells at Winterboune Botanical Garden
Winterbourne is one of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa garden in Birmingham. The garden was lovingly created by the homeowners, Margaret and John Nettlefold, of Guest Keen and Nettlefold, using the books of Gertrude Jekyll as guides and inspiration. It is located in Edgbaston, just about 2 miles from the City Centre
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Edgbaston Pool
Edgbaston Pool, located just two miles from Birmingham City Centre, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in Edgbaston. Also known as Edgbaston Park, the site is adjacent to Winterbourne Botanic Garden and Edgbaston Golf Course and close to the University of Birmingham. Access is via Winterbourne Botanic Garden.

Not far from Edgbaston Pool, we have Edgbaston Reservoir.
Edgbaston Reservoir
Edgbaston Reservoir, on a crisp January morning. Originally a small pool, it was extensively enlarged by Thomas Telford between 1824-1829 to supply water to the Birmingham and Wolverhampton Levels of the Birmingham Canal Navigations canal system via Icknield Port Loop at the foot of the dam. It was formed by damming a small stream. The dam is a 330 metre long earth embankment with a height of 10 metres near the centre.
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Birmingham City Skyline
Birmingham City Centre skyline as seen behind the dam of Edgbaston Reservoir. Showing the Post Office Tower to the left, and the new Birmingham Library in the centre.
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City View
The view from the roof of the Birmingham City Library (the orange building in the centre of the photo above) looking towards Edgbaston, demonstrating just how green Birmingham is. The building to the left is the National Sea Life Centre, while on the right is Birmingham's National Indoor Arena (NIA).

You may see more of my images from Birmingham by visiting my Birmingham Gallery.

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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, duvet covers or tote bags. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.




Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Cruising the Adriatic

In my last post I talked about our cruise last year to the Norwegian Fjords and said I would nest cover our cruise to the Mediterranean. Again we set sail from Southampton, but this time we headed south to the Mediterranean, where our first port of call was the Island of Sicily, and the port of Messina, which is protected by the Madonna Della Lettera.
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Madonna Della Lettera
The Madonna della Lettera, or Golden Madonna, which protects the port of Messina, Sicily. The inscription translates as “We bless you and your city”. It is a quote from a letter the Virgin Mary sent to the population of Messina in the year 42. It was inscribed on the old fort San Salvatore which now serves as a plinth for the 60 metre tall octagonal column that carries the statue of the Madonna della Lettera.

While on Sicily we took a taxi to the picturesque town of Taormina, where we had this view of Mount Etna.
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Mount Etna.
Taormina is a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily. It sits near Mount Etna, an active volcano with trails leading to the summit. The town is known for the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-­Roman theater still used today. Other Roman ruins may be seen in the foreground.

After leaving Sicily, we sailed around the boot of Italy and up the Adriatic to the romantic city of Venice.

I first visited Venice well over 40 years ago and never tire of walking around there. I find the back streets (I should say the back canals) as interesting as the more popular tourist attractions and below I have shown typical examples of each.

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Washing Day
Washing Day in a back street canal in Venice

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Grand Canal
The Grand Canal in Venice as seen from the side of the Rialto Bridge. You can view more photos of Venice in my Italy Gallery.

Leaving Venice, we sailed down to the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia. The 'Pearl of the Adriatic', situated on the Dalmatian coast, became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it is now the focus of a major restoration programme co-ordinated by UNESCO.

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Dubrovnik Old Town Port
Situated at eastern part of the Dubrovnik City. The walls of the old town can be seen behind the roof tops.
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Side Street
A typical side street, leading up from Stradum, the central street in Dubrovnik Old Town. 
More photos of Durbrovnik may be seen in my Croatia Gallery.

We completed our cruise by sailing to another Italian Island, this time Sardinia, where we docked in the island's capital, the city of Cagliari.
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Cagliari
Cagliari is known for the hilltop Castello, a medieval walled quarter situated high over the rest of the town. Architectural highlights include the 13th-century Cagliari Cathedral. Housed in a former arsenal, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari displays bronze objects, Roman ceramics and artifacts from the Nuragic age to the Byzantine era.

On leaving the Mediterranean we called at Gibraltar, and I could not resist including this image of Barbary Apes. Again you can see more photos from The Rock by visiting my Gibraltar Gallery.
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Barbary Macaque
Otherwise known as the Barbary Ape, they are the only wild monkeys in Europe, and unlike those of North Africa, they are thriving. At present, some 300 animals in five troops occupy the area of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. 

A popular belief is that as long as Gibraltar Barbary macaques exist on Gibraltar, the territory will remain under British rule. In 1942, after the population dwindled to just a handful of monkeys, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill ordered their numbers be replenished immediately from forest fragments in both Morocco and Algeria.


I hope that you have enjoyed this short tour around the Eastern Mediterranean and the Adriatic. Yo ucan see many more photos from Europe and Africa by clicking on the Galleries tag above.
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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, duvet covers or tote bags. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Cruising Around Europe

I was fortunate to go on two cruises last year, the first around the Norwegian Fjords and the second around the southern Mediterranean and Adriatic.

Back in June, 2017 we set sail from Southampton, heading for Norway. Our first port of call was Stavanger, Norway's third largest cruise portOld Stavanger, is a collection of old wooden homes nestled along meandering cobblestone streets, and is in fact the largest surviving wooden house settlement in northern Europe.
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Old Stavangar
On leaving Stavangar we sailed north to Nordfjord which is situated between the largest mainland glacier in Europe and Norway’s wildest coast at the western cape, with spectacular mountains and valleys, rolling farmland and a dramatic coast line. At the end of the fjord, is the pretty village of Olden.
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Approaching Olden
Farmland on the shore of Nordfjord, with snow covered mountains almost hidden by the whispy clouds.
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Olden
Olden is located at the mouth of the Oldeelva river at the northern end of the Oldedalen valley on the southern shore of the Nordfjorden, and is about 65 miles from the mouth of the fjord.

When we left Olden we travelled back up the Nordfjorden before heading further north to the town of Alesund, which has deservedly been called the most beautiful city in Norway. After a fire destroyed the city in 1904, it was rebuilt in the art nouveau style with around 600 pastel-coloured buildings, decorated with florid facades and fairy-tale turrets. There are panoramic views of Ă…lesund’s architecture, the surrounding archipelago and fjords from the Mount Aksla lookout.
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Alesund From Above.
Looking down on the town of Alesund from the Mount Aksla lookout. Ă…lesund sits on a narrow, fishhook-shaped sea-bound peninsula. 
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Alesund Centre
After leaving Alesund we set sail for Bergen, which has a reputation as the rainiest city in Norway, receiving 235 days of rainfall a year. Unfortunately, as we entered the port, the ship's captain announced that it had just set a record for the most consecutive days rainfall of 26 days. Needless to say, I did not take many photos that day!

I will end this post here, but check back in two or three days and I will post about our Mediterranean cruise - which had almost no rain!

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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, duvet covers or tote bags. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.






Sunday, 30 September 2018

Images of England and Wales

Looking through my photos taken over the last year or so, reminds what a great and varied place the UK is for the photographer. I have photographed a wide range of subjects stretching from South West Wales, across to Essex and East Anglia, England, and up to Northumberland in the North East of England. I am pleased to detail a selection of my favourites below.

SOUTH WALES

I started off in Pembrokeshire in the South West of Wales, and the first image is of Barafundle Cliffs at Barafundle Bay, a remote, slightly curved, east-facing sandy beach near Stackpole Quay which is part of the Stackpole Estate, managed by The National Trust
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Barafundle Cliffs
Moving east, we travel to Tenby, where we find a picturesque harbour and beach. Tenby Harbour sits in a central position in this beautiful Georgian town, often known as "The Jewel in Pembrokeshire's crown". It is located on the western side of Carmarthen BayTo the south of the harbour we can see the old and the new lifeboat stations, 

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Tenby Harbour
Continuing our journey eastwards, we arrive at the Welsh capital, Cardiff, where we visit the impressive castle. Here we have an image of the Castle Keep. The twelve-sided Norman Keep, is undoubtedley the finest in Wales and is known as a ‘shell’ keep, its outer walls providing a shell for smaller buildings within it.
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Cardiff Castle Keep

EAST ANGLIA

For East Anglia, I am looking at Essex and Suffolk, starting with Flatford Mill in Suffolk. Flatford Mill is a Grade I listed watermill on the River Stour at Flatford in East Bergholt, Suffolk, England. According to the date-stone the mill was built in 1733, but some of the structure may be earlier. Attached to the mill is a 17th-century miller's cottage which is also Grade I listed. The property is in Dedham Vale, a typically English rural landscape.

The mill was owned by the artist John Constable's father and is noted, along with its immediate surroundings as the location for many of Constable's works. It is referred to in the title of one of his most iconic paintings, Flatford Mill (Scene on a Navigable River), and mentioned in the title or is the subject of several others including: Flatford Mill from a lock on the river Stour; Flatford Mill from the lock (A water mill); The Lock. The Hay Wain, which features Willy Lott's Cottage, was painted from the front of the mill.
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Flatford Mill
Staying in the vicinity of Flatford Mill we have Valley Farm, which is near to Flatford Mill but on the opposite side of the road and dates from the 15th century. It is the oldest building at Flatford and is a Medieval Hall House.
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Valley Farm
Moving over the border into Essex we travel to Mersea Island, which is Britains most easterly inhabited island. The island is split into two main areas, West Mersea and East Mersea, and connected to the mainland by the Strood, a causeway that can flood at high tide. Here we see East Mersea Beach with the groynes stretching out to sea.
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East Mersea Beach

NORTHUMBERLAND

Finally in my Odyssey I travel right up to the North East of England and the county of Northumberland, where we find dramatic landscapes, history and wildlife. We must start with the wonderful island of Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island. It is situated off the Northumberland coast, just a few miles south of the border with Scotland. The island is linked to the mainland by a causeway which twice a day is covered by the tide.

Possibly the holiest site of Anglo-Saxon England, Lindisfarne was founded by St. Aidan, an Irish monk, who came from Iona, the centre of Christianity in Scotland. St Aidan converted Northumbria to Christianity at the invitation of its king, Oswald. St. Aidan founded Lindisfarne Monastery on Holy Island in 635, becoming its first Abbot and Bishop.  Here we have the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, with part of the Lindisfarne Priory in front of it.
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Church Of Saint Mary The Virgin
We next move down to the Farne Islands, where we can view the famous Farne Island seals. The Farne Islands are home to thousands of grey seals (also known as Atlantic seals), and each autumn hundreds of pups are born here. 
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Farne Island Grey Seals

We finish our journey back on the mainland. First we have a view of Alnwick Castle, the home of the Duke of Northumberland and the second largest inhabited castle in England, after Windsor.
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Alnwick Castle
Finally, we travel inland to the beautifull scenery of Northumberland National Park and a view of Moorland Heather.
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Moorland Heather
I trust that you have enjoyed our photo journey around parts of England and Wales and ageree that we live in a beautiful part of the world. Look out for future posts of Europe and, after my next holiday cruising around the Eastern Caribbean.

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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, duvet covers or tote bags. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Monday, 10 September 2018

A Free, Personalised Photography Store

A few weeks ago, I reported that I had discovered Picfair, a new platform for photographers to sell their images - follow the link to read the post.

I can now report on some very exciting news from Picfair: later this month, they are unveiling free personalised stores for every photographer on the platform - a sleek, modern home for your photographs and yours alone. For free.

Stores are a major new addition to the Picfair ecosystem. For every photographer - from experienced professionals to budding amateurs - building an online home for your photography is expensive, complicated and disconnected. With Picfair Stores, they are making it simple - a single online home for your photography that does everything for you: beautifully showcasing your images, powering and managing all of your downloads & prints sales, while still connecting you to a global audience through the Picfair marketplace.

Because they know that all their photographers really want to be doing … is getting out there and taking beautiful photographs. Picfair can handle everything else. Once your store is activated, all you need to do is keep uploading!

Act now and get PRIORITY ACCESS once Picfair Stores are launched.


Monday, 27 August 2018

10 Macro Photography Subject Ideas

In our article today, Julie Waterhouse gives ten subject ideas for your macro photography. Julie writes for Ultimate Photo Tips, which provides friendly education and encouragement for photo enthusiasts around the world, presented in a way that’s clear, organized, and easy to understand

Are you looking for some interesting and out of the ordinary project ideas for your close up or macro photography? Want to break away from the usual flowers, leaves, plants and mushrooms? Tired of bugs, butterflies, and spiders? All of those can make great close up subjects, but certainly not unique ones. Here are a few macro photography project ideas that may inspire your creativity. Follow this link to read Julie's ideas:.....10 Macro Photography Subject Ideas:
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Here are a few of my attempts at macro photography which I hope you will enjoy.

Eye of an Elephant
An elephant close up in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, Africa.
Fly on Petal
Macro of a fly on the petal of a lacewing hydrangea at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, England.
Azure Damselfly
An azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella) seen in Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire.

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, duvet covers or tote bags. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.



Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Repetition and Patterns in Photography

Todays article is from Picture Correct and is written by award winning writer/photographer Tedric Garrison who has 30 years experience in photography.

The root word of repetition is “repeat”. When you repeat a certain size or shape or color you add strength to the overall image. Repetition is a basic concept in the world of art. If you want to make a statement, you repeat certain elements again and again. If you repeat something once or twice it  becomes more interesting. If you repeat something many times it becomes a pattern and takes on a life of its own.

To read the rest of Tedri's article, follow this link....Repetition and Patterns in Photography:
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Here are a selection of my photos where I have used repition to enhance the strength of the image:
Yew Tree Garden
The Yew Tree Garden at Packwood House, Warwickshire, England.
Lobster Pots
Lobster pots on the quay at Brora Harbour, Brora, Scotland.

Winter Logs
Winter logs seen in the mountain village of Jeravna in the Blue Mountains of Bulgaria.

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, duvet covers or tote bags. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Women Behind The Lens 2018

Picfair, the fair photography platform, has launched its second annual Women Behind the Lens competition, seeking a new generation of female photographers to share their perspectives of the world.

2017’s inaugural competition saw over 4,000 entries from 350 photographers in 40 countries, with the shortlisted entrants exhibited at The Guardian newspaper’s in-house gallery in London. The exhibition will return to The Guardian this year, with the competition open for entries from 1st August 2018 to 1st October 2018.

Picfair - an open photographic platform for photographers of all levels of experience - launched the competition in 2017 to highlight the gender imbalance in the commercial photography industries, where just 2% of photographers on the books at major commercial agencies are women, and only 5% of the images used by leading photography publishers are from the lenses of female photographers.

The shortlisted entrants ranged from an engineer from the Forest of Dean, an archaeologist from the Scottish highlands, and an interior designer from Malaysia. The overall winner was Emma Williams, a paramedic from Milton Keynes, whose “freelensed” shot of her son returning to school through a rain-drenched car window wowed an esteemed panel of judges.

“We were blown away by the quality of last year’s entries, and want to build on the momentum we started by continuing to showcase the exceptional quality of female photography across the world,” said Picfair’s Creative Director Sally Hart.

“Picfair was formed to make the world of commercial photography fairer, more open and more representative. By opening our doors to every type of photographer, from every type of background, we believe we can give image buyers more authentic, lesser-seen perspectives of the world. It’s absurd that female perspectives are in such a tiny minority in this industry, and we want to help change that”.

Competition Details
Picfair's Women Behind the Lens 2018 invites female photographers to submit their images in the categories of: Portrait, Architecture, Nature, Street LevelSubmissions: 1st August 2018 - 11.59pm 30th September 2018

Winners announced: 1st November 2018

Exhibition dates: 29th October 2018 - 30th November 2018

For more information, please visit the Women Behind the Lens 2018 competition page, or email hello@picfair.com

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Picfair a new platform for photographers.

I recently came across a new site for photographers to sell their images. It is called Picfair and they claim to be the World's first fair photography marketplace, with a rapidly-growing community of photographers across the globe. Over 35,000 photographers in 130 countries have already uploaded over 6 million images to the platform. You can see a small selection of my images that I have uploaded to Picfair below.
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Franjo Tudman Bridge - Dubrovnik

So what makes them different from all the other sites that say that they will sell your images for you?

Their systems make it incredibly simple for any photographer to upload their images, name their price, and start selling - they add a 20% commission on every sale they make. Existing image platforms (Getty, Shutterstock etc) exclude “amateur” photographers altogether, and keep up to 85% of the royalties generated by the small percentage of photographers who they do let in. The company  is already working with global brands such as The Guardian, National Geographic, Time Inc., Conde Nast, Lonely Planet, Rapha, Jack Daniels, and Topshop among many others.
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Madonna Della Lettera - Sicily

And image licensing is only the beginning. By the end of 2018, Picfair's platform will enable photographers to make money through multiple additional streams - developing ways for photographers to sell prints to their networks and receive photography commissions across the globe, simply and fairly. They are building a platform for the photographers of the future - from amateurs to professionals - to turn their creativity into income.
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African Elephant - Kenya
The company has now launched a crowd funding campaign to raise £350,000 to take them to their next stage. If you are interested in learning more about this, go to Crowdcube.


Friday, 6 April 2018

Prepare for Summer Outings!

As a cold, wet winter makes way for sunny spring days (at least in much of the Northren Hemisphere), we can start to look forward to summer holidays and days out, whether it be a couple of weeks on the beach, or simple picnics on a weekend afternoon.

Now then is the time to start planning for the accessories we need to help make those trips something special. Stand out from the crowd with our lifestyle and beach accessories which can be supplied in matching or themed designs.

We provide medium, large and even round beach towels, tote bags in 3 sizes and extra large weekender tote bags, to help transport everything to the beach, as well as carry-all pouches, again in three sizes, to help carry your valuables. We can also supply i-phone and Galaxy cases to help protect your phones, as well as portable battery chargers for your phone or tablet, to help you stay in touch on even those longer days out.

Below are samples of our products, all of which are available in over 1,000 different designs for you to chose from.

BEACH TOWELS

Beach Accessories - Beach Towels

Our round beach towels are 60" in diameter and made from ultra-soft plush microfiber with a 100% cotton back.
Our standard beach towels are provided in two sizes, 32" x 64" and 37" x 74".

TOTE BAGS
Beach Accessories - Tote Bags
Our tote bags are made from soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric and include a 1" black strap for easy carrying over your shoulder. All seams are double stitched for added durability. Each tote bag is machine-washable in cold water and is printed with the same image on both sides. They are available in three sizes, 13" x 13", 16" x 16" and 18" x 18".

WEEKENDER TOTE BAGS
Beach Accessories
Our weekender tote bags are chic and perfect for a day out on the town, a staycation or a weekend get away. The tote is crafted from soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric and all seams are double stitched for added durability. The 1" thick cotton handles are perfect for carrying the bag by hand or over your shoulder. This is a must have for the summer!

CARRY-ALL POUCHES
Beach Accessories - Carry All Pouches

Dress it up, or dress it down, oruse it to stay organised while you are on the go. Our carry-all puches can do it all. thye are crafted with 100% poly-poplin fabric, double stitchad at the seams for extra durability, and include a durable metal zipper for securing your valuables. They are available in three sizes:- 6" x 4", 9.5" x 6", 12.5" x 8.5" and there are two bottom styles to chose from, regular and t-bottom.

PHONE CASES

Beach Accessories - Phone cases

Our phone cases are available for the i-phone 5 up to the i-phone X or the Galaxy phone from the S4 to the S8. The image is printed directly onto the impact-resistant, slim-profile, hard-shell case and wrapped around the edges for a beautiful presentation. Simply snap the case onto your phone for instant protection, while maintaining full access to all the phones features. 

PORTABLE BATTERY CHARGER
Beach Accessories - Portable Battery Charger

You'll never run out of power again! If the battery on your smartphone or tablet is running low...no problem. Just plug your deviced into the USB port on the top of this portable battery charger and then continue to use your device while it gets re-charged. With a recharge capacity of 7800 mAh, this charger will give you two full recharges of your smartphone or recharge your tablet to 75% of its capacity. When the charger runs out of power, simply plug it in to the wall using the cable supplied and it will recharge itself for its next use. 

So if you want to stand out from the crowd, get over to our site and start putting together your own collection of lifestyle and beach accessories - PS - we also offer a full range of Wall Art and Home Decor.


Monday, 5 March 2018

Capturing Birds in Flight

Todays article is from Picture Correct and is writen by Andy Long, who gives some excellent advise on the difficult topic of Capturing Birds in Flight. Andy is an award-winning photographer/writer who devotes his photography work to the beauty of the world around us. As a leader of workshops (http://www.firstlighttours.com) since 1994, Andy likes to help people explore new areas and to go home with a memorable experience as well as great images.

A shot of a bird in flight has always been a challenge to photographers. Seeing a perfect print image only serves to make them eager to create the same result. Photographing a bird in flight presents one problem, but capturing that one special bird-in-flight shot that’s in focus and has good composition plus good light can represent a whole set of problems. Everyone has their share of good flight shots where the bird may be just a tiny bit soft. Those are easy. But, how do you get a great flight shot?

Follow this link to read Capturing Birds in Flight and I am confident that you will find it extremely valuable.
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Here are a few of my attempts at capturing birds in flight, but having read Andys article I will certainly be attempting to capture some more Birds in Flight.
Capturing Birds in Flight - Black Kite
Black Kite
Capturing Birds in Flight - Juvenile Herring Gull
Juvenile Herring Gull
Capturing Birds in Flight - Birds in the Mist
Birds in the Mist
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, duvet covers or tote bags. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.