Since leaving the UK: Part 1

It’s been a while since my last photo post so I thought I’d post an update on what’s been happening lately in the life of a travelling photographer.

I’m currently in Greece after leaving the UK well over a month ago. Since departing the UK I’ve been to Portugal, Spain France and Italy before arriving in Greece about two weeks ago.

To catch you all up on the latest of my work I’ve finally found the time to write a post outlining where I’ve been lately. As I’ve got a lot of photo’s, I’ve decided to split this into two parts. So this is Part 1.


First up we have the last of the UK. I did another trip to Whitby on a beautiful sunny day and got some great shots around the pier the southern side of the river/port entrance.

WhitbyWhitby


From the UK my girlfriend and I headed to Lisbon in Portugal. If I could go back and do it again, I would have spent a whole lot more time in Lisbon as three short days was not nearly enough. Portugal is an amazing country with such a diverse culture and history, not to mention great wine and port of course!

A great deal of walking was done in Lisbon, as well as a mountain biking tour in some beautiful coastal hills about an hour south of the city.

Lisbon

Lisbon City

View over Lisbon

Ponte 25 de Abril

A view of the ‘Ponte 25 de Abril’ (25th of April Bridge).

Prazeres Cemetery

Prazeres Cemetery


From Lisbon it was an overnight train through to Madrid in Spain where a few days were spent before heading to Valencia on the east coast of Spain. Whilst Madrid was a nice city, I didn’t find much photographic inspiration there like some of the other cities I’ve been to. It had some beautiful architecture, but overall felt very much like any other large city in the world. The food was amazing though and we got the impression it’s the sort of city you visit to just to gorge yourself.

Madrid

Madrid


Valencia was my highlight of Spain by far and in my opinion a photographers dream destination.
I love all forms of photography and had a lot of fun shooting the buildings, beach and great weather Valencia had on offer. The City of Arts and Sciences complex is an amazing sight, and very photogenic.

All about reflections

All about reflections

Portal to another world

Portal to another world

City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

Valencia's Beach

Valencia’s Beach


After Valencia it was a few short day in Barcelona before heading to Nice in France briefly.

Barcelona Beach

Barcelona Beach

Barcelona Beach


Nice was ‘nice’, and in between mixed weather, I got some keepers. The ocean had such a brilliant turquoise colour due the rocks on the beach slowly eroding away in the waves.

Nice Panorama River Mouth, Nice


From Nice it was into Italy and after a day of travel on the train we arrived in La Spezia on the west coast. La Spezia is a town that has more of a ‘local’ feel to it and hosts the majority of the Italian naval force in a large naval base. I took the time to visit Portovenere, a small tourist town about 20mins bus ride away from La Spezia which was very scenic and well worth it! Highly recommended.

View from La Spezia B&B

View from La Spezia B&B

Portovenere Coastline

Portovenere Coastline

Portovenere

Portovenere

And this is where I’m going to leave part 1. A lot of pics and that’s just the tip of the iceberg in my Lightroom Catalog!

Keep an eye on my Flickr or Facebook for my latest pics and I’ll post Part 2 soon!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this? Let me know in the comments below, especially if you want to know any more info about an image or location.

Review: Artisan State ‘Little Black Book’

Little Black Book Top View

Like many photographers out there, I recently saw an abundance of ads appearing in my Facebook news feed from Artisan State featuring their ‘Little Black Book’. I didn’t need much convincing, the product they appeared to sell looked good. Really good. A great price tag coupled with a unique design and plenty of options.

A few weeks ago I bit the bullet and bought a sample copy of the Little Black Book 8″x11″ (Landscape). After receiving my book, I can say I’m very happy with the results, read on to find out why.

UPDATE: I have created Lightroom print templates for the Artisan State Little Black Books. If you use Lightroom and want to create a little black book, then these are the templates for you.
I offer these for FREE, or you can choose to ‘Pay What You Want’ and pay what you feel is a fair price.
This allows you to create your layout in Lightroom and upload each page layout as a JPG to Artisan State.

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Photos: Looking good Wetherby

Wetherby Town Hall

Wetherby Town Hall
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I’ve done a couple of shoots now in Wetherby (where I’ve been staying for about 5 weeks). It took the weather gods quite a while to cough up something nice for me to play with so here we go. Above we have Wetherby Town Hall. Located in Market Square, the town hall is now a shop, but looks just as good as ever, especially at dusk when I took this photo.


High Street Wetherby

High Street Wetherby
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Dusk over Wetherby Bridge

Dusk over Wetherby Bridge | Store

Wetherby Reflections

Wetherby Reflections | Store

Sunset, Wetherby River

Sunset, Wetherby River | Store

Playground

Playground | Store

Wetherby Weir

Wetherby Weir | Store

Wetherby Salmon

Wetherby Salmon | Store

Paper Day

Paper Day | Store

Wetherby Bridge

Wetherby Bridge | Store

Hope you’ve enjoyed the photos!

Photos: Druid’s Temple, Yorkshire

The Long Road Ahead

The Long Road Ahead
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Wow it has been a while since my last post! I’ve been meaning to write this one up for ages but I’ve been carried away lately with setting up a ‘proper’ online store, the arrival of my family for a big reunion early next month, and planning the next part of the adventure around Europe. Anywho, so now I am finally getting around to it, here we go:

A week or two ago I had another awesome day out in Yorkshire. It was freezing cold with frost everywhere and 1cm thick ice on puddles. Various relatives have been kind enough to take us on all sorts of adventures, and this particular day my aunt and uncle took us to ‘Druid’s Temple’.

Druid’s Temple was apparently build in the 1820’s as a way to create jobs by the estate owner, William Danby. It bears similarity to Stonehenge and you could easily be fooled into thinking it is as old as stonehenge itself (like I was – a little research fixed that though…).

The day itself was foggy, and as I mentioned before, very cold. The fog really added some mystery to the stone formations and forest surrounding it. There isn’t much in the way of colour to be seen on a day like this, so I processed almost all my shots in B&W for a little added drama. My Favourite shot is the leading image above. If you’ve enjoyed this post, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Druid's Temple

 

Got Wood

Frost on wood

Foggy Forest

Foggy Forest

Photos: Ripon Abbey

Just a quick post with some shots of Ripon Abbey. Two photos for you:

Ripon Abbey

Ripon Abbey
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The first is the abbey from outside. I noticed the little crosses assembled in the ground and couldn’t help but think this would be a great shot. The building itself is magnificent, both inside and outside. Like many abbeys in the UK, it blows my mind to think how they were build using the most basic tools.

 

Ripon Abbey

Ripon Abbey
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Second and final we have the abbey from the inside. This isn’t even the main room of the abbey, merely small a room at the back. I played with a few different ways of showing this image, but Black and White stood out the most to me. It really helps capture the intricate detail.