Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

November 10, 2014  •  1 Comment

I had an email on Saturday saying that my image, "Bowdown Berries", has won the Your View category of the Take a View, Landscape Photographer of the Year competition,  I also had another image from Murlough Dunes commended as well.

I have visited the exhibition every year and have taken great inspiration from the amazing images that are always on display.  I have entered the competition a few times over the years, but this is the first time i've had anything accepted for the Exhibition and Book.

To say I am chuffed is an understatement!

Bowdown BerriesBowdown BerriesA dank misty morning turned my local woods into a different and unfamiliar world. In the past I'd walked past this spot on numerous occasions and never gave it a second look. However, the relatively subdued colour palette of the lichens, mist and some dew laden spider webs together with the vibrant red berries attracted my attention this time.

I spent a few hours in this immediate area and made several images I was really
Murlough Dunes - IMurlough DunesWith the forecast for changeable conditions I headed to a new location for me - Murlough Dunes in Co. Down, a National Nature Reserve. These ancient, 6000 year old, dune systems are in the care of the National Trust and lie below the Mourne Mountains on the edge of Dundrum Bay.<br/><br/>The strong winds made keeping the tripod steady pretty difficult and crisp images were obviously off the menu. Instead I tried to convey a sense of movement and I was pretty pleased with how the Marram Grass in this image form a flowing circular ring, with the dunes leading to the brooding bulk of Slieve Donard.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

July 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I am really please to say that my image of Star Trail over the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland has been selected for inclusion in the Exhibition taking place at the Royal Observatory Greenwich till the 22 February 2015 and is also included in the book.

The competition attracted a record 1700 entries and had images from astrophotographers in over 50 countries from as far afield as Colombia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the Philippines.  There were some fantastic images submitted and I was very pleased to be included in such illustrious company.

Star Trails over the Giant's Causeway

Bowdown revisited ...

January 19, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I managed to get out and about in the freshly fallen snow this morning down at Bowdown Woods. This is a take on a composition i've taken a few times in the past.

Bowden Woods - Winter Panorama My Step-son Ryan came with his camera and we had a good time wandering round the woods before retiring to the local McDonalds to warm up.

Ryan making Pano







Bowden Woods - Misty Panorama The scene a few weeks ago enveloped in mist

Bowden Woods - Early Autumn Panorama ... and again a couple of months ago with the bracken in full autumnal colour

Snow at last...

January 18, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

A quick trip to my local woods to get an image of this scene with a covering of snow.

I didn’t want to hang around too much this afternoon as I thought I might get stuck in the car park! It was a shame really as there was some nice images to be made - roll on tomorrow..

This image was taken about 20 metres from the car park and i'd taken a similar composition earlier in the year when the autumn colours where at their height.

I was initially drawn to the simplicity of the background - a snow covered holly bush. This offset the silver birch trees and the last remnants of some beech leaves very well. I also quite like the sprigs of bracken poking out the snow...

Further into the wood there is a small "heath" like clearing with a few scattered Caledonian Pine trees, several with large low hanging branches.

The blanket of snow on the ground acted like a giant reflector and the colours and patterns of the branches seemed to glow in this reflected light.

This is another shot of the same tree this time looling almost straight up the main trunk.