My Flickr Faves January 2017


Well it has now been a year since I started choosing my monthly favourite images by other photographers, and it seems to have been well received. As it is the start of a new year, I have decided to add a few honourable mentions at the end of the post. Sometimes it is really hard picking just three images, so I thought it would be nice to mention the other photographers and their pictures that almost made it. Like before my chosen images will be put together in a gallery on Flickr along with all the previous ones.

Curbar mist by Matt Oliver

Curbar mistAs soon as I saw this picture I knew it was going to feature in this month’s selection. I’m sure you will agree, the misty light in this picture is stunning. From the highlights on the foreground rocks to the rays in the distance, it all adds tremendous interest and depth to the image. Apparently moments before this, the visibility was only about 20 feet due to low cloud. I can just imagine the joy that Matt felt as this scene began to appear in front of him.

Frosty Footpath by Robert Birkby

Frosty Footpath

Robert has captured a super image here with some lovely sharp detail. I love the way the hoar frost frames the path into the woods. Then that path draws you into the wood and the lovely soft mist in the background. Beautiful work Robert.

Spine by Neil Burnell

I could probably pick a top three from just Neil’s pictures alone. Neil definitely has a eye for what makes a great image. It was a close call between this one and his Stilts image from the Essex Coast. But this one just had the edge as I’m a sucker for a moody mono square. I like the way this has the feeling that he has travelled to the end of the earth to capture it. The mixture of the jagged rocks and the curve of the shoreline also work really nicely together. Keep up the good work Neil!

Well done Matt, Robert and Neil.

honourable mentions

As mentioned above here is the list of photographers that also deserve a mention. Click on the names to see their images.

Claire Zaffin Roger Voller Neil Burnell (Again) Matt Lethbridge Matthew Dartford



January 2017

Well, we are now one month into 2017.

Like most people I have to say January isn’t a favourite month of mine. It’s true that we are more likely to get some great weather for landscape photography, with frost, snow and mist. But due to work commitments and the sunrise being so late, I am not able to make the most of these conditions. I only managed to get out with my camera ten times during January, which for me is pretty poor but here is a selection of my best images from January.

January was quite a busy month for catching up with some admin. I spent some time organising and signing up for some future exhibitions. One of these is Bucks Open Studios, where I will be opening up the family home in June again. Another exhibition is the Connected exhibition at Patchings Art Centre. The demand for entry to this exhibition is quite high, so I was pleased that I managed to get in this year. A list of all my upcoming exhibitions can be found here.

Just a quick reminder that there are still some copies of Woodwork left, if you have not had a chance to get your copy yet.


Choosing my Favourites Images

A insight into me Choosing the images each Month.

I’m hoping to continue choosing my favourite images from other photographers throughout 2017. I am constantly impressed by the enormous amount of wonderful images that I see daily. But with this amount of images it is easy for some of them to get lost. By sitting down and choosing three images it gives me a chance to catch up and take some time to look at the talent out there and look at their images in more detail. It also gives me a change to say well done to the photographer and will hopefully mean something to them too.

I thought I would give you some insight how I make some of the decisions, as sometimes I see some images which I would like to include but can not. It might also tell you why I have not choosen one of your images in the past.

Some Rules

All of the images need to be posted on Flickr as this monthly selection started as a set of Flickr galleries. I will continue to grow these galleries along with the monthly blog post. So I need to be able to add the image to a gallery. There is the option to stop people from adding your images into galleries in the Flickr settings, so if you have this turned on I can not use your image.

Another option in the Flickr settings that prevents me from using images is the “Allow others to share your stuff” option. If this option is set to no, I can not embed your image in my blog post. All of the blog posts need to link back to the photographers Flickr page. I feel it would be very wrong for me to make screen grabs of any image and then post it to my blog. I have seen plenty of images with this option set to no and would have chosen them as probably the number one image. But I respect that they do not want others using their image in their blog posts.

Sometimes I also need to double check whether the image was taken in the month that I am working from. Images that are not obviously from that month or have their exif data disabled will sometime get put to one side if I can not be sure that they were taken that mouth. Again I understand some photographers like to hide their exif data, which I totally respect.

Apart from those rules that’s about it. Interacting with me on Flickr or Twitter is going to give you a big advantage. I like to look through a couple of groups like Doug Chinnery’s natural landscapes and the private UK Twitter Togs group. But apart from them I just take some time looking through your photostreams and picking out the ones I like. Sometime I will make a list of the ones I like as I see them in the month or just sit down and make a selection when the month is over.

Keep up the good work everyone, I look forward to seeing what you capture in 2017.

Flickr Faves December 2016


Each month I pick three of my favourite images and group them together in a gallery on Flickr. The full collection of these galleries can be found here. These are my favourites from December. A little insight on how I pick these images can be found here.

Plantation – by Michael Gibbs

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This is a super image by Michael that lets your imagination run wild. I have stood next to Michael and watched him build up these layers of exposures to create something magical.
This image really draws you into it with the tunnel effect from the surrounding arch and the light from behind the trees in the background. Very inspiring work Michael well done.

Midwinter – by Cathryn Baldock


Another beautiful multiple exposure from Cathryn filled with golden light and refections. It looks like a little world in the sky with a heavenly floating feeling. I really like the line of trees at the bottom, and how there is no real up or down.

A Glimmer of Hope – by Karl Mortimer

A glimmer of hopeThis is a rather melancholic image from Karl, but it has the feeling of reaching out towards  better things. I like the central position of the main branch and how it separates out in all directions. That velvety green moss and the few orange leaves add a nice touch of colour too. Oak trees are always such interesting trees with their contorted branches, Karl has framed this one perfectly.