How long can you keep going for, after 3 hours of sleep? Well, in my case, at least 21 hours! Not bad for an old man, I reckon. June 1st Glenn suggested that we set off in the early hours to go and capture the sunrise at Castlerigg stone circle, near Keswick in the Lake … Read more Castlerigg Stone Circle
Okay Google, set an alarm for two AM. Gah! Two in the morning is a toughy but Glenn and I had committed to an “East Coaster”, and getting to Bempton Cliffs on the East coast for about 5am. And so a 2am start for me was what was necessary. As is almost always the case, … Read more An East Coaster
The last time Jen, Rose and I got together for a photoshoot at Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds was over two years ago. We had such a good time that we swore we’d organise another shoot immediately. Of course we had no idea, while being disorganised in the following months, that ahead of us loomed 2020. … Read more Shibden Hall Photoshoot
For obvious reasons, caring for my dad in recent years had gradually become my main priority. As a consequence of that, my photographic output fell to an all-time low over the last couple of years and, particularly over the most recent winter months, even stopped completely. Now, with Spring here and Summer on the way, … Read more Changing Gear
For many years, every time I left dad in Haworth, every time we hung up the phone or disconnected on Skype, our parting words were always “bye for now”. I can’t even remember which of us first used those words to the exclusion of any other concluding phrase. Regardless, these words came to mean everything … Read more Eulogy: “Bye For Now”
I really thought I’d lost my photo mojo. Grabbing the camera and heading out had become a chore; something that I did, even though the thought actually wearied me. I thought I’d lost interest in the craft and that I’d had enough, and that the only thing to do was wait for the denial to … Read more Now I Know Why
Snow Schmow! For a truly magical Winter Wonderland scene, you don’t need snow, you need a hoar frost! Not to say that you don’t want snow too, if it should be available! But the magical fairy dust sprinkled on a Winter Wonderland scene is the crystallisation of tiny shards of ice, on the tips of … Read more Hoar Frost
It’s been a tough summer. At the beginning of August the workhorse that was my car broke down for the first and the last time after over five years of service. With over 175,000 miles on the clock, my beloved car finally rolled to the side of the road and gently died. I wept. Maybe … Read more Static Interference
I’ve complained before about my dog, that she’s.. shall we say.. resistant to having her photo taken. She’s remarkably adept at dodging the lens. Well, this week things changed a little, and I had a lot of fun. My neighbours were away working this week and needed help to make sure their two dogs – … Read more New Muses
I made this! 🙂
Best viewed directly on Youtube. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzOEZpyW9vc
I shot this one morning in Lower Wharfedale, which itself is no small feat. Near where I live, and so very accessible, it is also very much in the shadow of Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA). If you know about the rules governing drones then you’ll know that CAA rules prohibit flying within 5 miles of any airport in the UK. Much of Lower Wharfedale falls within the 5 mile exclusion zone of LBA, and this flight was just on the outside edge of that zone. Much of the view in the footage, however, is within the exclusion zone.
When you live near an airport (I live about 2 miles from the LBA runway), it means that any time you wish to fly your drone you must drive a distance. It’s a nuisance, frankly, and means I barely get to fly. But the rules is the rules, and I knew them before I bought my drone.
These days I have keyboards and synthesizers, so I’m delighted to be in a position to write my own musical accompaniment to the videos that I share. I’m particularly fond of this piece, which is simple and – for me at least – reasonably musical. I wouldn’t describe myself as a musician. Most of what I write is best described as elevator music. It’s nondescript and uninspiring. Funnily enough, that often works well with the videos that I produce, but everything is a work in progress and hopefully will get better over time. 🙂