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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.