On Friday I was doing some cycling for charity at Beverley Building Society. Along with staff and volunteers they are cycling a total of 597 miles, the distance of the Tour De Yorkshire in the build up to the race at the beginning of May. I managed 30 miles for them in the hour and a half I was there which may not seem to far for a lot of you road cyclists but I didn't think it was to bad for a mountain biker. The money raised will be going to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance so if anyone would like to donate or volunteer to do some cycling you can pop in and see them. They are also running a competition to win a pretty nice looking road bike and I have donated one of my most popular limited edition Tour De Yorkshire prints as a prize as well.
Yesterday I was up near Malton for a meeting but it was such a nice day I thought I'd go up a few hours early and stop off at Castle Howard for a wonder round to take some photos. I've been past many times but never actually been into the grounds. There was a lot of wildlife in the ponds and gardens including Kestrels and one pond which was full of Newts. Unfortunately they were a bit difficult to photograph through the water but I got plenty of photos of the house and grounds including this one. For more photos of Yorkshire click here.
Yesterday I had seen a few people online talking about a White Stork in a nearby village but the weather was terrible and I already have quite a few pictures of them in Morocco and the Netherlands. However I had a bit of time this morning and the sun was shining so I went for a walk to see if it was still there. Luckily it was and I managed to get a couple of photos before I had to head off. Here is the White Stork stood on the banks of Wansford Canal. For more wildlife photography click here.
On Sunday 1st April I will be at the Creative Lab on Flemingate in Beverley along with the other artists and photographers who sell their work there. You're welcome to come along and say hello. For full details visit their facebook page here.
After a brief spell of warmers weather the beast from the east has returned bringing more snow and gale force winds. This time I went down to Bridlington to try and get a few shots of the big waves crashing over the harbour wall. The conditions weren't ideal with the snow showers and the strong winds blowing spray onto my lens every time I pointed it towards the waves but after a lot of lens cleaning and numerous attempts I managed to get this shot of a big wave. The shot is available through my Alamy page here.
I recently delivered five bespoke canvas prints to Ullyotts Estate Agents in Driffield. The Tour De Yorkshire image was taken from their office window so it seemed fitting they should have a print of it. The others feature local scenes from around Driffield and the Yorkshire Wolds. If you're interested in prints for your home or business you can contact me for more details. Here is a photo of some of the canvases now decorating their offices.
The Beast from the East has arrived this week, bringing with it lots of great photo opportunities if you're able to reach the place you're trying to get to. Luckily it wasn't to bad on the drive down to Tophill Low Nature Reserve and I'm glad I made the effort. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find the Ermine Stoat that I had seen a few days before but I did find some of the Roe Deer sheltering in the woodland which looked very picturesque in fresh snow. Here is one of the Stags. For more wildlife photography click here.
I recently produced two Canvas prints for a company in Scarborough to decorate their office. When they arrived there was a faint line across each print, presumably from a printer error. It was only faint but I rang up and the company sent out two replacements and told me to just bin the first two. This seemed like a waste to just throw them away so I decided since they were scenes of Scarborough it would be better to donate them to Scarborough Hospital. Today I received an email and a photo thanking me for my donation and letting me know they have been used to decorate one of the rooms in Oak Ward.
Today I was on location at a local Tesco store taking some editorial images for The Grocer Magazine. The brief was to photograph the store manager with the Tesco signage for use in an upcoming feature. For more information on editorial and portrait photography click here.
Tonight I was out for a walk on the Yorkshire Wolds and as the sun was setting I noticed this scene in the distance. I only had one lens with me and while it is a very simple photograph I love the contrast between the light and shade. For more Yorkshire landscape photography click here.
I was busy with a number of commercial shoots and family portraits today in the run up to Christmas but I had an hour between jobs so I went to Hessle Foreshore to grab some lunch and take a few photos. This view over the Humber looked so peaceful that I had to take a few photos.
There are many great places in the UK to see Grey Seals and the Yorkshire Coast is no exception. Today I was up in North Yorkshire to photograph one of the local Seal colonies. It's the first time I've visited this colony and although you can't get as close as you can at places like Donna Nook. I think the scene is much more natural. Most of the Seals were sheltered in amongst the rocks but I noticed this Seal out on it's own with the North Sea waves crashing behind him.
This evening I drove up to Saltwick Bay near Whitby to photograph the sunset over the wreck of the Admiral Von Tromp. The sunset was stunning with an amazing orange light reflected on the rocks of Saltwick nab. For more Yorkshire Landscape Photography click here.
This afternoon I was at Tophill Low Nature Reserve and as I was walking around I saw a Kestrel drop into the long grass and emerge with a kill. Luckily it was preoccupied with it's meal which allowed me to get quite close to get this photo. For more Yorkshire Birds & Wildlife Photography click here.
Today I was in Driffield to photograph the Tour De Yorkshire. Ullyotts estate agents Kindly let me take photos from their office window allowing me to get a great angle looking down the Main Street as the peloton came through. Here is my favourite shot.
Today I travelled up the coast to RSPB Bempton Cliffs to photograph some of the sea birds. Afternoon is usually the best light for capturing the birds in flight but I means the cliffs themselves are in shade. I noticed this Gannet clinging to one of the last sunny spots on the cliffs. For more Yorkshire Wildlife Photography click here.
Last night I was in Hull to photograph the firework display launching them as the UK City Of Culture 2017. The display was pretty impressive and it certainly launched the new year with a bang! If you're interested in firework photography you can read my guide on 'How to take Firework Photos' here.
Today I was out on the Yorkshire Wolds photographing a local cyclist as part of my cycling photography project. For more portrait & sports photography click here.
I've just returned from a few days in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. One of my favourite walks is always the Ingleton Waterfall Trail which has numerous stunning waterfalls to view. Here is one of the small waterfalls. For more waterfalls and Yorkshire Landscape Photography click here.
This afternoon I was in North Yorkshire to visit a couple about their upcoming wedding. After the meeting it looked like it was going to be a nice evening so I drove over to Whitby to capture a few sunset photos. The sunset itself wasn't very dramatic but I took a few more shots just after the sun had dropped over the horizon resulting in some very calm and tranquil images of the harbour which doesn't happen to often. For more Yorkshire Landscape Photography click here.
I recently created this image for a local jewellers. Unlike a lot of the product photos I take this one was also to be used to decorate the shop wall which meant it needed to be very closely checked because the slightest blemish or speck of dust will stand out easily on an image that size. Lucky the attention to detail was worth the effort and the finished product looks great. Here is the digital version. For more product and advertising photography click here.
This weekend I was photographing a local wedding at Driffield Church with the reception at a private venue near by. We had a beautiful sunny day from start to finish allow us to make the most of the venue and take lots of images outside. Here is a shot of the couple with their wedding car.
In the run up to Christmas I'm always busy with portrait work and this year was no different. Today I was out photographing two energetic Spaniels on location for their afternoon walk. Location shoots are always great fun especially if the dogs can run around and enjoy themselves. Here is one of the Spaniels having a brief sit down while waiting for his stick to be thrown. For more information on Dog & Pet Photography please contact me.
Today I was photographing a Dressage event at a local equestrian centre. With any sports photography it's about capturing the right moment so I had to learn quickly and capture the right moments in the sequence. I always enjoy the challenge of sports photography so if you would like me to photograph your event you can contact me for more details.
This year I was fortunate enough to get two images shortlisted for the NHM Wildlife Photographer Of The Year. The images are from last years trip to Svalbard & Jan Mayen. One featured a rare scene with hundreds of Harp Seals hauled out on the sea ice of the North Atlantic while they were molting and the other I've shared below is a shot of a Bearded Seal returning to the sea. For more arctic wildlife and landscape images click here.
This week I've been in the Yorkshire Dales photographing the Red Squirrels. It's great to know there are still some populations of these amazing animals in Yorkshire. The Red Squirrels where very active getting ready for Winter which gave lots of great photo opportunities. Here is one of my favourites. For more Yorkshire Wildlife Photography click here.
I'm happy to say this image of a Cormorant in the Yorkshire Dales was shortlisted for the British Wildlife Photography Awards. Unfortunately it did not win anything this time but it's still one of my favourite wildlife shots. For more Yorkshire Wildlife Photography click here.
This past week I have been in Florida photographing a destination wedding at the stunning Costa d' Esta in Vero Beach. Photographing a wedding abroad is always an exciting opportunity and with such a beautiful location and great couple to work with it was a pleasure to photograph. For more information on wedding photography click here.
I'm proud to say this image of two Polar Bears yawning on the sea ice of Spitsbergen got through to the semi finals of the NHM Wildlife Photographer Of The Year. It's been one of my most popular Polar Bear images and while it didn't win anything I hope it still helps to raise awareness of how vital and unique the arctic eco systems are! For more images of arctic wildlife and landscapes click here.