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WILDLIFE BABIES

By |15 May 2019|Categories: Africa, baboons, Big cats, Birds, Birds of prey, Costa Rica, Elephants, Farne Islands, giraffes, Grey seals, guillemots, Kenya, Leopards, Lions, North East England, Red kites, shags, Tips, Whales, Wildlife, zebras, Zimbabwe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve been a professional wildlife photographer since 2008 and for all of that time I’ve been trying to take pictures that will invoke an emotional response with people. In my experience, there is nothing that does that quite as well as baby animals. It’s probably got [...]

ANIMAL PORTRAITS

By |3 May 2019|Categories: Africa, baboons, Big cats, Buffalo, Cheetahs, Composition, Costa Rica, County Durham, Elephants, giraffes, Gorillas, Kenya, Lions, Mammals, Monkeys, North East England, Portraiture, Red squirrels, Technique, Tips, Uganda, Wildlife|

Look this way big fella! It's like herding cats... I tend to think of wildlife portraits as finding the essence of an animal. Just like human portraits, taking animal portraits follows a lot of the same rules with a few major differences. Whilst you'll have the [...]

THE BEAUTY OF BACK-LIGHT

By |25 Apr 2019|Categories: Africa, Birds, Birds of prey, Costa Rica, Deer, Hummingbirds, Kenya, Landscapes, Newcastle & Tyneside, North East England, Northumberland, RAW, Red deer, Running, Short-eared owls, Sport, Technique, Tips, Ultra running, Wildebeest, Wildlife, Yorkshire, zebras|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A rufous-tailed hummingbird in Costa Rica Back-light is, as you might expect, where the light on the subject is predominantly from behind. What this does is produce a dramatic effect, outlining the subject in rim light. All the more stunning if that light is warm in [...]

TEXTURE

By |18 Apr 2019|Categories: Africa, Big cats, Birds, Composition, Elephants, Grey seals, Kenya, Lions, Mammals, Plants, Technique, Tips, Wildlife|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I don't know how other photographers describe texture, but I always think of it as visually representing what you would feel if you reached into the photograph and touched the surface of the subject. By the way, don't do this to an elephant! Speaking of elephants, [...]

STUNNING SUNSETS

By |11 Apr 2019|Categories: Africa, Composition, France, Kenya, Landscapes, Sunsets, Technique, Tips|Tags: , , , |

There's something incredibly evocative about the colours at sunset and sunrise. (In fact, I wrote a whole article a while ago about it for Landscape Photography Magazine) In this blog post, I've collected a few thoughts about what I look for when creating a good [...]

CHIAROSCURO

By |4 Apr 2019|Categories: Africa, Big cats, Buffalo, Composition, Kenya, Leopards, Lions, Mammals, Portraiture, Technique, Tips, Wildlife|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

"What's that?" I hear you say. Chiaroscuro is an Italian word which literally means "bright-dark". It's an artistic term used to describe the use of strong contrasts between light and dark areas to enhance the 3D modelling of the subject and create drama. And I love [...]