Category Archives: Travel

High Altitude

High Altitude Title: High Altitude
Location: Arctic Circle, Caihnavarri, Norway
Camera: Praktica MTL5B / Auto Rosley 38-95mm f/3.5
Film: Kodak Gold 200
Notes: This image evokes wonderful memories of a fantastic holiday I had in Arctic Sweden and Norway in April 2003 – mushing a team of dogs with a sledge. There were six of us on the tour in total, and we each had our own team of dogs to look after to pull our equipment. We made it all the way to the high hills on the Swedish/Norwegian border. Having camped overnight at the mountain hut at Caihnavaggehytta, we set off for a quick tour around Caihnavarri before heading back down the valley and into Sweden. The scenery was fabulous and the experience was unforgettable.

Pienza Hillside

Pienza Hillside Title: Pienza Hillside
Location: Pienza, Tuscany
Camera: Canon EOS 50E / Canon 100-300mm USM
Film: Kodakchrome 200
Notes: I spent a blisteringly hot week in Tuscany visiting a friend who was studying in Siena in June 2001. We hired a car and drove about to some of the remote towns and villages. These few lonely trees stood out on top of the hillside ridge and made a great addition to the scene. Strong lighting and a polarising filter helped to saturate the colours.

Dusk Over Downtown

Dusk Over Downtown Title: Dusk Over Downtown
Location: Toronto, Canada
Camera: Canon EOS 600 / Canon 28-105mm EF
Film: Agfa CTX 200
Notes: This is one of my favourite city skyline views anywhere. I took a whole series of shots as dusk fell over the skyline. This was one of the better ones as there is a good balance between light in the sky, the building illuminations and their reflections in the water. What a wonderful spot to sit and watch the view unfold.

Château de Monbazillac

Château de Monbazillac Title: Château de Monbazillac
Location: Monbazillac, Bergerac, France
Camera: Canon EOS 650 / Sigma 21-35mm EF
Film: Ilford FP4 125
Notes: This majestic castle sits atop a small hillside near Bergerac. It is surrounded by gently-rolling vineyards, and this well in the main courtyard is a fine example of its type. I used an ultra-wide angle to get it all in the frame (a wall behind me prevented me from going farther backwards). My position was chosen to make the top of the well co-incide with the top of one of the turrets. This was one of the 10 images I used to gain my LRPS distinction in 1995.

Gateway To A Vineyard

Gateway To A Vineyard Title: Gateway To A Vineyard
Location: Loupiac, near Bordeaux, France
Camera: Canon EOS 650 / Canon 28-70mm EF
Film: Ilford FP4 125
Notes: The Garonne river joins the Dordogne just north of Bordeaux, but to the south-east of the town lies the Garonne valley. It has many pleasent little villages along its banks, and Loupiac is just outside the walled town of Cadillac. The vineyard itself was sited on a gently rising hillside facing southwest, perfect for vine cultivation. The textures on the gateway stone pillar took my eye, and I used a wide angle to accentuate it in the frame. This was one of the 10 images I used to gain my LRPS distinction in 1995.


Rigging Title: Rigging
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Camera: Canon EOS 600 / Sigma 21-35mm EF
Film: Kodak Elite 200
Notes: A day’s yatching was the perfect opportunity to take some shots of the crew in action. Here, I was right underneath the mast as the girl was pulling up the rigging, and using a wide angle lens empahised the height of the mast and exaggerated the perspective.

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Space Shuttle Endeavour Title: Space Shuttle Endeavour
Location: Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Camera: Canon EOS 600 / 75-300mm EF f/4.5-5.6
Film: Kodakchrome 200
Notes: This was taken on a bus tour around Kennedy Space Center in November 1993, through the window of the bus. Not my greatest picture ever, but I’m really pleased I managed to photograph at least one Space Shuttle on the pad during the lifetime of the programme. My one regret is that I never got to see it launch.

Blue Luzzu

Blue Luzzu Title: Blue Luzzu
Location: Marsaxlokk Bay, Malta
Camera: Canon EOS 650 / Sigma 21-35mm EF
Film: Kodak Elite 100
Notes: The beautifully painted bows of these traditional Maltese fishing boats are normally in the water, but this one was sitting on the harbour side for the winter. This enabled me to show a low viewpoint and have the boat placed against an almost identical blue of the sky.

No. 1247 At Darnholm

No. 1247 At Darnholm Title: No. 1247 At Darnholm
Location: North York Moors Railway
Camera: Zeiss Ikonta Medium Format (2¼”2) / 75mm f/4.5 Novar
Film: Agfacolour CT18
Notes: My first ever published photograph. It shows GNR 0-6-0ST No. 1247 pulling the 16:00 Grosmont-Goathland train at Darnholm in August 1976. I was just 7 when I took it, on a family holiday in Yorkshire. Dad has always been a steam head, and on this particular occasion I asked if I could have a go at taking a picture with one of his cameras. He wasn’t expecting much, but set up the shutter speed and aperture for me, and said “press the button when it comes round the corner”. I did, and I panned along with the movement as well! He was so impressed he sent it along with some of his photographs to Modern Railways magazine, who published it in their May 1977 edition. Start ’em young, eh?