Pups of Boa… (Sub post)

She keeps crunching the comp but methinks she know exactly what she’s up to! 


I Keep Telling The Cats

dsc_7204-animationHappiness is a ball, a wave and a complete disregard of wetness…

They still hate me… Grumpy funkers!

And just a little tip, If you take shots in burst mode and upload them to Google Photos it will automatically create a Gif file. Maybe I’ll just get some photos of the cats next time… Not moving… Looking grumpy…

Manual 365/355.1 The Great Optimist…

This place makes things…dsc_5721It makes happy dogs. I know most dogs are happy whatever the weather but there’s something that just pops when these guys get too the beach…

It kinda works on photographers too!


Needed an early (dark) start to get the mile and a half to Tresaith but it was most definitely worth it!

Peace Peeps!


Manual 365/100 It’s Just A Number, A Simple Sequential Symbol

… To denote that this blog follows the last blog…

But, I am human, and we do like our milestones!

So, to celebrate the fact I made it to 100 this blog is going to be Photo heavy and now that we’re home I’ve used all the tools at my disposal to bring out what I think is the best in some of my shots taken over the last week. Lightroom, The Nik Collection, Photoshop but mostly Cornwall… I thank you!

Port Quin

DSC_1222(18mm @f/6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO 100)

DSC_1550-EditSame cottage, different aspect and long exposure, edited in Silver Efex Pro2  (18mm @ f/22, 20 sec, ISO 100)

DSC_1552I’ve used this shot a few days ago but I’ve had a play with it in Lightroom (18mm @ f/22, 20 sec, ISO 100)

DSC_1508_HDRThis was shot from a little further west of Port Quin and is a HDR edited in HDR Efex Pro2, its a combination of 8 shots, all shot from the tripod at 2 stop differences with each shot and then blended together to increase the dynamic range.

Hayle Bay

DSC_136355mm @ f/8.0. 1/640 sec, ISO 100

DSC_1322300mm @ f/8.0, 1/500 sec, ISO 100

Reece300mm @ f/8.0, 1/500th sec, ISO 100

This one didn’t turn out as well as I hoped for, Reece is actually stood there and it’s a blend of two shots in Photoshop, one of him in focus and then a second with him out of focus and the background sharp. Unfortunately, I shot it hand held and moved slightly, hence the blurring around his left side and across the bottom. I’m sure there’s another way of getting the effect but I need to work that out.


DSC_1942-Edit-Edit55mm @ f/8.0, 1/500th sec, ISO 100 Silver Efex Pro2

and last but most definitely not least, Bossiney Bay

DSC_1711A panorama of 3 shots taken from the path up from the bay. all 50mm @f/8.0, 1/400th sec, ISO 400 (Not sure why I had my ISO high) edited using Photoshop and Lightroom.

DSC_2199_HDRThis HDR shot is a combination of two 30 second exposures blended using HDR Efex pro2 (Gawd bless Nik and all who sail in ‘er!) I bracketed using the ISO rather than the shutter speed. The first shot was at ISO 100 and was dark the second was at ISO 800 (It was near pitch black the only light source is from behind and left)  Other settings were 18mm @f/3.5. And just for the record, when I was a kid I was sure this cave contained something sinister so this shot documents the fact that I was being a silly little boy!

And a special mention to a decrepit old water pump in the middle of nowhere. I’ve utilised some of the HDR tools and filters in the aforementioned software for this combination of 6 shots. I know that some don’t like it but hey, my blog, my pictures so phooey!


Thank you all for your support over the last 100 days and a special thanks to my family who’ve had to put up with Dads obsession* and hogging of the PC! Not even a third of the way through it yet guys!

*Mid life crisis

Here’s to the next 265 days!

Still Twittering

and Facebooking

and Flickring

Peace Peeps! x




Manual 365/72 To The Winterbourne

I do love weekends. The phone stops ringing and there’s no real need to rush anywhere so what to do? A leisurely drive from Mere to Amesbury (to visit my Grandfather) on the A303 offered up a Iron Age hill fort, spring flowers next to a crystal clear stream (complete with dog) and a fast flowing fully operational Winterbourne (Complete with swan).

Lets start at the end of the list, I pass through Winterbourne Stoke on my way to or from work often but I’ve never actually stopped and had a mooch around, that changed today. The River Till passes just to the East of the village and under the A303 right next to The Bell Inn, most of the time the water levels are low or non existent but at the moment the water is fast flowing and as clear as glass, the plant life in the river is thriving and, while  Spring is taking its time on dry land it is thoroughly underway underwater. I even spotted a young Brown Trout darting against the current.

18mm @ f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO100DSC_9205

18mm @ f/8.0, 1/125sec, ISO 100DSC_9184

55mm @ f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 100DSC_9199

River Wylye in Berwick St James the weather was warm enough to walk about in a t-shirt and not feel the chill at all. The water still looked bloody freezing though and judging the amount of time the dog was in the water I think I’m not far wrong!

40mm @ f/4.8. 1/250 sec, ISO 100DSC_9153.jpg

24mm @f/5.4, 1/250 sec, ISO 100DSC_9145

55mm @ f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 100DSC_9150

And, as I said, I’ve done this in reverse order, The Iron Age fort of Yarnbury Castle, lies just to the North of the East end of the Wylye by-pass, there’s not really anywhere to stop unless you know of the little track and are willing to take the risk of following traffic not realising you’re turning, that’s where a flashing beacon comes in handy!

None of the shots I got up here could do justice to the monument and the view was quite misty so landscape shots were out too (even though I’m going to post a couple), but as before, a revisit, maybe at Midsummer while the rowdy neighbours are crowding around the “common” stones just down the road…

Taken using the Easy Panorama effect built into the camera.DSC_9090

18mm @ f/8.0, 1/250 sec, ISO 100 (All my pics are ISO 100 unless stated from now on)DSC_9088.jpg

Thanks to the Lady with the dog who unexpectedly got a card thrust into her hand. And thanks to you for looking, liking, commenting and generally just being!






Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Peace Peeps! x




Manual 365/41 Who Would Love A Wonky Faced Dog?

A guy with the most amazing beard that’s who. He did look a little perplexed when I gave him a few Euros but his face lit up when I asked if I could take his picture. (I think he was taking a rest.)


It rained today so not many shots were taken but I did get Lobsters…


And they didn’t give a shit about the weather!

I have decided to only do my links occasionally but always sign out with…

Peace Peeps!


Manual 365/37 You Beautiful, Beautiful People!

I’ll let you all into a little secret, today is my 44th birthday. I had no idea I would eventually get here and I must admit, now that I’m here, I had no clue it would be like this and the best bit is I still have no clue to what is to come!

If I’m going to offer some advice, Baz Luhrmann style, (For those of you who don’t know, Google Sunscreen) It would be this…

Look More:


Love more:


And, no matter what, you are beautiful… All of you!








All of these were taken on the seafront in Alburfeira today. And now I’m off to get really drunk! ;o)

Loves Ya! xxx