Well I never….

So, this is getting real. It’s less than a week until my next photography exhibition. The prints are done and ready and there’s no going back… I can’t wait (Ok, ok, I know, it’s just me showing off but hey, photography still rocks!)


And here’s a thought I’m going to leave you with, the small cluster of stars in the top of this image are The Seven Sisters, Pleiades (and not Ursa Minor as I’ve thought over the last 45 years… That’s embarrassing) and they’re 444.2 light years away which means that the photons I’ve captured in this image left the source 120 years before Stourhead was even imagined… that’s mindblowing!

The print should be in situ within the next few days and I’ll post here and on my Instagram account to keep you up to date @focalthingy if you’re not already there.



Manual 365/336 Slim Pickings!


It might look very nice at this time of year but under the frosting and clear blue skies the struggle is just beginning for those who don’t shop at Tescos and haven’t got a nice warm radiator to cuddle up to. And, I know I’m anthropomorphising, but I’m positive this Kestrel gave me a shitty look as it perched in a tree (less energy than hovering) scanning the undergrowth for dinner and soaking up the little bit of warmth from the near set sun, then I pull up and start fuffing, farting and f*cking about with exposure compensations (+2 stops to get the detail in the bird against a brighter sky)  I only managed to get the one shot before it had had enough and buggered off but one’s better than nothing! ;o)

Peace Peeps!x

Manual 365/330 Please leave a message after the beep…

I am currently away from my blog but on my return, I will respond by posting pics from the next (last) couple of days rather than just trawling through my rather extensive catalogue of previous shots for example,  here’s some light pollution from the summer!dsc_8485-edit

Peace Peeps!

Manual 365/294 Trippin!

Everyone loves a sunset, even though it happens every day a decent one can stop you in your tracks, I’ve taken hundreds of photos but now I’m getting really savvy, the secret is, enjoy the sunset, take the photos, curse yourself for the blown out sky or pools of deeper than deep shadows that no one’s going to be able to recover. Then turn around…raw

The sky paints your surroundings…

Now for the techy bit; 24 three second tripod exposures in quick succession stacked in photoshop and blended using the mean tool, saved back to lightroom and some minor adjustments to shadows, highlights and sharpening etc. It was looking very blue so I chose a custom white balance using the pipet tool on the base of the monument and a very slight tweak to red saturation to bring out the subtle red colour of the sky reflected in the monument itself.

And now a confession, this shot of the 43rd Wessex Memorial situated about 2 hundred meters from where I’m typing this was taken last night but I’ve only just got around to finish editing so Pff!

Peace Peeps!

Manual 365/268 It’ll Be All Light…


Ok, I know, today’s shots are a tad on the abstract side and I will admit, I was struggling to find any inspiration  I have managed to scout a location for the obligatory steel wool on fire clichè. I know it’s been overdone but that’s by others and I’m dying to have a go and the nights are getting darker so it’s going to be soon!

dsc_5644In the meantime, the light was not great today and all my wide landscapes were flat and did nothing. So, slumped at my computer I thought I’d try my 36mm extension tube and get really… Really close to the subject and pop! Top one’s a little LED torch shooting from about 10mm straight into the light and the second’s a little battery lamp. Obscure I know but shots none the least!

Hope you guys are having a great weekend!

Peace Peeps!

Manual 365/262 He’s A Lazy Bugger!

I know, I know, it’s Sunday and I’m being lazy again by using one of last nights shots for the blog but I’m still feeling the effects from the ride (It’s nothing what so ever to do with the copious amounts of lager consumed) and fragile me is taking a cop out!

That said, I do love the effects from a one second exposure from the middle of The Sizzler!dsc_5295I did get a few!;o) you can see the rest here

Now, time for recovery… Peace Peeps! x