Birds

WILDLIFE BABIES

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 [...]

THE BEAUTY OF BACK-LIGHT

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

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, [...]

CLUTTER: THE ENEMY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION

A good photograph must grab the viewer's attention. That usually means that the subject of the photo mustn't have to fight with a lot of other distracting stuff in the frame. If there's one thing that kills a photo immediately, it's having a cluttered background. The eye likes things [...]

20,000 gannets, a tent and a lot of beer: the gannets of RSPB Bempton Cliffs

In mid July I spent a very enjoyable couple of days filming gannets with my friend and fellow pro wildlife photographer, Alan Hewitt. There are about 22,000 gannets at RSPB Bempton Cliffs as well as 180,000 other seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes and even a random albatross seen shortly before [...]

Tits on the Town Moor!

A blue tit forages for insects in the dead leaves   Looking thoroughly stumped a few days earlier: all the wildlife had vanished. Like the train companies say: wrong kind of snow. As part of my #bbctownmoor project, I popped out yesterday to take advantage of [...]

Kenya Photo Safari 2015 Blog Part 2

Day 2 Now then, if day 1 hadn't been gripping enough, day 2 was about to get off to a unimaginably good start. We headed out early - always just before dawn for the best light - to see what was out and about. Then one of the drivers got a [...]

Kenya Photo Safari 2015 Blog Part 1

    It's only taken me four months to get around to this! I've been busy on video projects until Christmas, but now I've finally been through all my Kenya images, I thought I'd blog the trip. Anyway, now BBC's The Hunt has finished on telly, I need another dose [...]