Whitehaven Full Moon

This is the Port of Whitehaven at night. It's also a Photoshop cheat, but you probably already knew that. The image is a bit of fun, but also an experiment on how to manipulate the scene, by removing the night sky and adding a super sized moon. 50mm F/22 ISO 100 30 Seconds Buy This... Continue Reading →

Nannycatch: Skull On A Fell

With Halloween around the corner, I thought I would share with you a photo of a sheep's sun-bleached skull that I found on the fell-side, at Nannycatch (near Cleator Moor) in West Cumbria. Morbid, I know ☠️ Nannycatch is an interesting, and intriguing place name. The English Dialect Dictionary claims that Nanny means to catch... Continue Reading →

Pocket Watch Close-Up

This is a Macro shot of an old pocket watch that had been handed down to me, as a family heirloom. I was quite surprised to see the dust on the inner workings, as it's not really visible when viewed through my myopic eyes. Extension Tubes were used to get this macro shot. Devouring Time... Continue Reading →

Once In A Generation Decision

I've been enraged of late, due to what's happening with Brexit. It's turning out to be a massive mess, when it doesn't need to be. Have our politicians never heard of KISS? Take for example the Irish border issue, which could result in a hard exit from the EU. When I visit a neighbour, I... Continue Reading →

The River Liza

I could sit for hours upon hours at the side of the River Liza. The roaring water; the nature; the tranquillity - they all add up to something special. The meandering River Liza, flows through the wonderfully remote Ennerdale Valley. The river spawns Trout, Salmon, Charr, among others. The name of the Liza derives from old... Continue Reading →

Autumnal Carpet

This was the scene to greet me on a riverside walk at Calderbridge in West Cumbria. The fallen leaves paved the way with a golden carpet of joy. The walk is a hidden gem, and follows the River Calder upstream. Access to the public footpath is located to the left of St. Bridgets Church. The... Continue Reading →

More Contrast With Black & White

I thought I would share with you a simple technique that I use in Photoshop to give a crisper look to my photographs, using black & white. I've also made a Photoshop Action to automate the task, and am offering it for free. You can download it here. I've only tested the action in CS6,... Continue Reading →

I Can’t Wait For The Snow

In recent weeks, we've seen temperatures plummet, with below freezing being recorded on some fell tops. Soon, there will be snow. Some people hate snow, but I love it. Don't get me wrong, I do understand all the hazards that come with snow, and like most, I avoid blizzard conditions like I would, the plague.... Continue Reading →

Fork In The Road

This photo is a little bit of fun, and was taken while on a walk up nearby Dent Fell. At its highest point, the fell stands at only 352 metres (1155 feet), but offers uninterrupted views of the Cumbrian coast from the Ravenglass estuary in the south to the Solway Firth and across to Scotland... Continue Reading →

Wet Dog

I think Poppy was born with webbed feet. She just adores water. The above photo was from a recent visit to Longlands Lake - the site of the former Longlands iron ore mine. In 1939, the mine started to subside, flooding the area to create what is now Longlands Lake. Longlands was acquired by Cumbria... Continue Reading →

Walking In Ennerdale Valley

Walking in the glorious Ennerdale Valley is one of my favourite pastimes. The valley has the River Liza meandering through its centre, is lined with an assortment of trees, has a wealth of wildlife and has impressive mountains at the sides. It's a truly stunning place, and offers up peace and tranquillity. The Liza flows... Continue Reading →

Small Gains – I’m Pleased

Recently, I said I was going to concentrate on achieving a ten minute mile. While, I'm not quite there yet, I am making progress. The gains are small, but noticeable. For my previous run, I achieved one mile in 11.19 minutes. Today, on an early morning run (3am*) I've done it in 11.02 minutes. I'm... Continue Reading →

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