This page contains a selection of my favourite photographs, of the over 15,000 I’ve taken in the last few years, presented in roughly chronological order. Some of these date back to when I was taking photos with a shoddy little point-and-shoot camera that took manual zoom to its ultimate extreme – in order to zoom in, you actually had to move closer to the object you were trying to photograph.
I’m very proud of these photos, which represent not so much photos of memories, but photos which should need no explanation. There still is explanation, of course, because I like doing that bit.
If you like this lot and hanker for more, then head on over to Creative Splurges, where I post photographs far more often than I update this page, and there is a far wider selection.
I’ve updated the navigation of these photographs; click the arrows or use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move between photos, or scroll down and select one of the thumbnails that takes your fancy.
Strawberry Hill House
An all-time favourite shot of Strawberry Hill House, part of St Mary's University in Twickenham.
A nice shot of one of the steam locomotives on the Swanage Railway, at Corfe Castle station. As you will see in the next shot, the ideal spot for the photo is on the other platform, but in our defense we did then run across the track and board this train.
Swanage Railway Diesel
The diesel locomotive on the Swanage Railway, this time with the Castle in the background.
You will probably find quite a few photos of my cat in this lineup. She does photograph quite well.
There are two types of fireworks photography that I like: a slightly longer shutter that gets interesting trails, and a short shutter that captures the particles of the explosion.
I love the display of colours in this one, and the varying progression of each firework.
Much like the last one, although I captured more of the 'particles' than the streaks.
This is an image I produced in 2009. It was produced for an internal project at work, but I ensured the copyright of the image remained with me (on my own time with my own kit in a public place).
A shot of a path in Bushy Park. I like the look of it in black and white (one in the orignal autumnal colours follows), but think I should probably add a touch of vignette.
Bushy Park in Colour
The same photo as the last, in colour. I like the autumnal colours but slight prefer the black and white version.
Down the Telescope
George again, this time down the telescope. Given he was quite hyperactive at the time, I was quite lucky to get this shot.
End of Christmas 2009
A bauble amongst the mass of pine needles that came off the Xmas tree. I like the shallow depth of focus and the reflection in the bauble.
A wintry shot of some trees on the other side of the river. I like the winter sky in this one.
I'm sure there's a technical name for a baby goose, but it would be cheating to look it up. I've removed most of the colour from this image and like the effect.
I seem to photograph a lot of ducks. I think it's because of the fine detail you can pick up on their feathers, combined with the reflection on the water.
A great example of one of my duck photos; the water has a fine ripple and there is some great detail on the duck's face.
Some other flowers at Hampton Court. I removed most of the colour - except the red. I like the touch of red that remained in the wall.
A deer in Bushy Park, scratching its head. I enjoyed the fact that even deer need to scratch behind their ears.
A fake HDR shot of the fountain in Bushy Park, created by lowering the level of the highlights in photo.
Ducks Still Fighting
Another still of the fight. I love the psychotic look captured on the duck's face.
Old Harry and Peveril Point
Old Harry Rocks and Peveril Point, framed against the trees on the Dulston Coast Path.
My wife against the backdrop of the Mediterranean. Taken using the built-in HDR feature of the iPhone 4.
Train Snaking Through
A train curving along the coast. Taken from the top of Cap Roux in the Esterel mountains.
A slightly different angle on the River that leads into Lac de Ste Croix. I prefer this one due to the juxtaposition of the road.
At the end of the Verdon Gorge route, you come across a town in the mountains, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.
The Church in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. A perfectly normal town shot, save for the mountain in the background.
A wider shot of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, much like the last: a normal town shot with a ruddy great hill behind it.
The Verdon Gorge
The Verdon Gorge in the rain. Even in the rain the water is an astonishing light blue.
A Praying Mantic got into our caravan; it turned out to be an attention whore and was only too glad to pose for the camera.
Heavenly Wood Pigeon
A lower shot of a wood pigeon on some guttering. I love the light in this image.
Snow at Home
A shot of the snow at home last year. I love the strong colours in this one. Taken with an iPhone 4.
A weird goose thing that looks like Beetlejuice. Taken in Syon Park (the picture, not the bird. We left that there).
Bird on the Water
A bird on a duck pond in Richmond Park. I love the silhouetting of the bird and the light reflecting off the water.
A wider shot of the duck pond. I love the silhouetting of the people at the water's edge, as well as the unusual flower-shaped lens flare on the iPhone.
The sun setting through the trees, putting a lovely glow onto the trees and highlighting the tiny stream in front.
A shot of a tree by the Thames somewhere between Richmond and Kingston. I love the plane trail above the sun.
Something else I like, as well as wintry trees, reflections and colour, is perspective shots. This photo has it all.
Bushy Park again
Much like the earlier shot of Bushy Park; this one is taken from the opposite angle however.
Squirrel in a forest
Well okay, it's in York House Gardens in Twickenham, but it looks like it's in a forest.
A closeup of a squirrel, staring straight at me. This is just dying for a caption (I believe I came up with one when I posted this over at Creative Splurges)
This one looks like a scene out of the Narnia films. Or at least it might, if it wasn't out of focus.
Another close up of a squirrel. You'll find I have a few of these; I'm rather fond of them. The photos, I mean.
The "Super" Moon
A shot of the moon whilst it was closer to our funny little planet than it's been in years.
I used a slightly higher contrast to bring out the splashes of water against the deer's skin. Taken in Bushy Park in May 2011.
Yet another squirrel
A squirrel looks like it has been caught in the act, in some gardens in Exmouth, June 2011.
In a slightly more composed shot, the lifeboat sails past the RNLI flag flying above Swanage Lifeboat Station, with the Isle of Wight in the background.
With me again trying to be artistic, this black and white shot is of waves hitting a rocky outcrop at Peveril Point.
I like this sort of image; close up, shallow depth of field. This is also shot at Peveril Point.
Much like some of the earlier shots of plant life, however this one has far better colours, and I've caught a bee in the act of pilfering pollen.
Now experimenting with a big aperture, this is a shot of my cat with a shallow enough depth of field that only her face is in focus.
Looking out the window
Again with a big aperture (f/1.8), I love this shot; it's your traditional 'looking out the window' portrait, only with a cat. Note how only one side of her face is in focus - a side effect of the big aperture, but a nice one, I think.
Caught at a high shutter speed of 1/6400, individual droplets of water splash off of a rock. I really enjoy the composition and colour contrast of this shot.
Swan on the Water
A swan swims on the River Thames at Kingston. I love the glasslike quality of the water in this image.
A slightly more stylistic shot that I usually produce, of the London-Surrey Cycle Classic passing over Kingston Bridge.
Cone in the River
A cone lies in a stream in the Lower Gardens in the aftermath of flooding in Bournemouth in August 2011.
The BReitling Wingwalkers perform a crossover manoeuvre at the 2011 Bournemouth Air Festival.
Another Red Arrow
A Red Arrow shoots over the smoke trail left by another during a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival 2011.
Reds 1 to 5 - collectively known as Enid - fly in formation at the 2011 Bournemouth Air Festival.
Landing with Flare
One of the Tigers display team passes a signal flare on his way to landing on Bournemouth beach.
The SWIP Team Twister Duo perform with pyrotechnics as part of the Night Air displays at the 2011 Bournemouth Air Festival.
Two Arrows shoot past each other performing Opposition Barrel Rolls during a display at the 2011 Bournemouth Air Festival.
Caught in the Sun
The Breitling Wingwalkers perform a loop and cast shadows on each other and their own smoke trail at the Bournemouth Air Festival.
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