My best images of 2013

Published December 21st, 2013

This is possibly the best way to review your own work and as you gain more experience you can compare your best shots year on year.

As I don't have a field of expertise or genre I concentrate on, my selection is a fairly mixed bag of images. In my opinion, my best work of 2013.

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Nature & Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Published January 14th, 2013

Two years after picking up my first DSLR, I fell in love all over again with my passion for beautiful images. Moving on from point and shoot cameras, I settled on a 2nd hand Nikon D3000 and began to learn how to use it by reading online tutorials and magazines. It was a few weeks later when I applied to Digital Photographer Magazine for their 'improve my skills' workshop and I went along to Hamerton Wildlife Park in Cambridge to photograph the 'big cats'. I got a 4 page spread in Digital Photographer which spurned me on to improve on what I'd learned.

Soon after, I upgraded my camera body to a Nikon D90. I already had a couple of lenses which I'd purchased beforehand. I entered more and more competitions, both online and through various magazines. I found a lot of my images had been successful and won a few prizes such as camera bags, holidays and books.

So in August 2012, I Joined The Societies (SWPP) and joined their forum where I noticed they ran monthly competitions. I had ...

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Gosh it's cold

Published February 10th, 2012

But I'm not put off, at least I can put on layers of clothing to keep warm. Unlike our Wildlife, the animals and creatures have to endure the ever changing weather. Visiting Kelsey on a regular basis can become tedious, the same scenes, wildlife, people.. I always keep an open mind though and go to the park in the hope of capturing something different. There are Cormorants and little Grebes which like to keep out of the way a lot so being patient is the key. I saw 2 Cormorants yesterday, perched on the same branch but they are always out of lens reach (well my 300mm lens anyway) Still to get a good shot of one of them at least.

I have managed to capture one flying, he was way to high for me to pull any detail out though so I must keep trying until I manage to get a bit closer or they come within lens reach.

The Grebe on the other hand has a little hiding spot at the top of the lake, I discovered him fishing the other day but he's so fast! he also has to be aware of the many s ...

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Then and Now

Published January 25th, 2012

September 2010 was the time I got my hands on my first DSLR. As a total beginner, I didn't want to spend too much money and I wasn't even sure where to start.

Of course I had used cameras before and I purchased a bridge camera which I used in auto mode all the time because I didn't understand the other command dial controls. That camera 'fujifilm s6500' ended up going for a swim when I took it to Ireland and lent it to my cousin 'Aiden' to take shots of me fishing, Ironically his young lad of about 10 years old was jumping around playing a bit close to the waters edge and ended up falling in, my cousin; without thinking reached in after him, camera strap still wrapped around his wrist and pulled him out and at the same time letting the camera drop into the water.

We done the usual and left it to dry for weeks. It never turned on again. Aiden gave me the money I'd paid for the camera so I decided to see if I could get a better one online. The prices seemed a bit steep for someone ...

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Belleberry Exhibition

Published October 20th, 2011

Fantastic night at a local exhibition. Meetings some famous people and getting inspiration from a few others. Whilst there I met Yvonne Devine ( winner of Dragons Den april 2011) and DJ Talent who came to browse the works by myself and other artists.

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