For camera enthusiasts it’s the whole coastline that steals the show. Those steep steps down to perfectly curved white sand bays dotted with colourful parasols and a magnificent sparkling sea of every shade of blue imaginable, spells photography.Read More
South East Sicily boasts some of the most resplendent Baroque towns in the whole of Italy. If Photographing architecture, bucolic scenes and street life inspires you, then go and discover these relatively little visited superb photogenic towns. Take yourself on a photography tour.
Splashes of colour intersperse the vineyards. It is harvest time in Champagne and thousands of people are picking the grapes by hand which offers a great opportunity to take some superb, candid, sometimes funny and very varied photographs. I offer tours and workshops in champagne so am always in the area during this time of the year.Read More
I’m so excited that at this point I’m almost running with the cameras jangling round my neck and shoulders. There are plenty of photos to make as you can go up and look down over the craters.
Sicily is just dripping in potential photos. I will talk more about them in the next blog. I HAVE to organise a PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN SICILY!Read More
In order to take decent video with a DSLR camera a number of accessories are necessary and expensive. For a start, an optical viewfinder is a must, without it you will not be able to focus. A decent tripod with a good pan head is also vital. I recently bought a monopod for added flexibility. A camera monitor screen is a really good idea too, as the viewfinder at the back of the camera is pretty small and covered by the viewfinder so it is difficult to see what you are actually shooting and much harder to focus.Read More
Street photography is the essence of photography, it is a historical necessity that records precious moments that document life depicting the heartbeat of a place for ever. When I am coaching photography, I always say the most important thing is to seize the moment.. Use your energy framing the photograph as best as you can, the technical points can be sorted out laterRead More
Firstly, US and UK corporations cover themselves totally so you’d best get yourself some good insurance which doesn’t come cheap. As far as many corporations are concerned they pay you, your expenses, you shoot for them andit’s theirs. Copyright is one of the biggest bones of contention for a photographer.Read More
As I had already programmed a photography tour with Susan, a keen amateur photographer for that afternoon, I told her that if she was free she could accompany me in the morning to take pictures of the flooded Seine river around the Eiffel Tower in addition to her afternoon tour. She jumped at the chance.
As a professional photographer I often get asked to take environmental photos of people and goods, such as cars, telephones, bicycles, prams and other such items in situ. Today is a scouting day. I have been walking around Paris looking for places to shoot a luxury car that is clearly in the most exclusive and beautiful parts of the city.Read More
The Champagne area of France is unique, gorgeous and delicious and has justifiably recently been made a UNESCO world heritage site. I propose a photography workshop in Champagne as well as custom-made photography tours in the area for anything from 1 to 5 days or longer.Read More
We were assured that the place to go and photograph bulbs was Keukenhof, a 32 acre garden with over 7 million bulbs planted. We also went on the route to Den Helder and although not all the tulips were out yet it was a spectacular sight offering lots of photo opportunites. Workshop in Holland up and coming!Read More
Galle is our final stop on this preparatory photography tour. Galle’s charm cannot be denied and I end up taking masses of pictures all very different from anywhere else I have been to. Along the coast are the famous stilt fishermen’.....Read More
It’s day 4 and we are going to continue the cultural triangle to Kandy. I want to photograph more elephants. Lots of them, I love elephants so we decide to stop off at Pinawala where I heard they take them down to the river where they bathe and it is a wonderful sight.
It’s quite a drive and we arrive later than anticipated. The elephants are already in the river. As we walk down the main street of the village somebody pops out wanting us to pay, we do, but I think the fee is too high for watching them in a public place. $15 per person! It does include a trip to the elephant orphanage who organize all this. Only the bathing is worthwhile. Sadly, it has become a tourist trap although the elephants do look well cared for. I did take some really nice shots and I think other photographers would enjoy the experience.
We stopped off on route to our first tea factory. It was a little disappointing but we were thirsty and it offered a cup of tea. We arrived in Kandy at dusk and drove around the lake to our hotel which was a beautiful old colonial house. The bedrooms rather lacked the colonial splendour of the common parts but it was cool, quiet and comfortable.
For a photography tour I don’t think that Kandy warrants a lot of time. I have already been a number of times, the lake is lovely and there are some superb colonial buildings but Sri Lanka has so much to see that a short visit is sufficient.
Our plan is to drive to Nuwera Eliya where we will board the train to Ella. Our driver will pick us up and there and take us to a bed and breakfast where we will spend the night. We begin to panic on arrival in Kandy as we are told that ALL tickets are bookable in advance which was not the information we were given. I rush to the advance ticket counter where a beaming young man tells me how lucky I am as I buy the only remaining 3rd class seats for the 3.5 hour journey. I make another note that all tickets for my photography workshops will be bought in advance.
We eat a massive and delicious breakfast at 6.30 in the pleasant dining room of the hotel anxious to set off as early as possible in order to have time to take pictures all along the route, which is beautiful. Our driver, who by now is not in our good books, loses more points as I have to call him twice as he oversleeps and ambles over to the car 45 minutes late.
Once on our way, it is very picturesque as we climb higher and higher, we are in tea country and it is luscious and green. I spy a pretty little church and yell out for the driver to stop. To my delight as I start to walk over to it, a class of young children with their teachers from an adjacent school run towards it so I talk to them and take pictures before we continue onwards and upwards. I want to stop quite a lot, there are people picking tea, their bright clothes like dots in the greenery.
The names of famous tea plantations start appearing and we decide to visit one of them. We choose Mackwoods as we are told the Queen drinks it! The machinery is all extremely ancient but seems to be mostly automated. I am a coffee lover myself and not particularly fond of tea but tasted some that were indeed better than anything I had tasted before. I do just want to say that what you drink and what you buy are two completely different products! BEWARE before you buy! Either they sell you old tea or something else but no way were the teas we bought the same as the ones tasted there. On another note, I found the local coffee in Sri Lanka delicious. I can’t survive those early mornings without it so always pack ground coffee and filters in my luggage almost everywhere I go.
We arrive in Nuwera Eliya which is under a blanket of cloud and take a quick look around. I make a note to stay longer next time and we continue to Nanu Oya, which is where the station is, a further 8 miles from the town. We arrive in plenty of time.
The station, like so many stations in old colonial countries is wonderful. There are loads of people sitting around, whole families with babies and young children sitting on luggage waiting. The train coming in the other direction arrives and I take loads of pictures of the hustle and bustle of people getting on and off. The guards office is straight out of the 19th century and like a museum. I ask if I can go in and take pictures and they nod their heads. The original old wooden ticket machines and ledgers are still there. I get engrossed taking pictures and then suddenly our train arrives at the station.
Our third class carriage is at the opposite end of the train to first class. It is full of families who bring out rice packed in banana leavesand within minutes a number of vendors rush on and serve various sauces and spices and the carriage is filled with the aroma of curry. We look on hungrily as all we have is a bag of crisps and some bananas. As the train moves off there is a party atmosphere in our carriage. It must be somebody’s birthday, there are balloons hanging from the ceiling, it’s very joyful and the children scream with pleasure each time we go through a tunnel.
I end up standing in the doorway, leaning out taking pictures of the train as it winds around and of the spectacular scenery of valleys and mountains. Most of the people in the other carriages in front of us are foreigners. We are pleased to be with locals. The train makes several stops and we buy some delicious spicy fried pasties from the vendors who rush on at the stops. The journey goes by very quickly and soon we are in Ella. I have taken tons of pictures. Travelling by train offers so many photo opportunities particularly if you are travelling with locals, which is always my intention. I always try and include at least one in a photography workshop in Asia as they are so colourful and a great opportunity to practice several photography stills.
Ella is also different from anywhere else we’ve been, and once again I am impressed by all that Sri Lanka offers. The final part next week!
I went crazy taking pictures! What an amazing sight! This is my first day in Sri Lanka and I know it is going to be a fantastic destination for a photography workshop, yeahhh!!! There were monks in colourful orange robes adding a splash of colour, monkeys everywhere.Read More
This magnificent medieval walled town is almost unknown to tourists visiting Paris yet it is only an hour and a half from Paris and can be comfortably visited in a day. It offers some wonderful photography opportunities particularly landscape,Read More
I choose countries or destinations that I love, that I find photogenic and where I have been several times. Then I go back again especially to research it thoroughly. I meet people, organise an itinerary, do the circuit, find out the best times to be places and how to avoid crowds.Read More
Weatherwise Paris offers a real diversity, there are lots of sunny days in all seasons and it rarely rains all day long when it does, and on those days, there are covered passages and wonderful moody pictures to take.Read More
Take care of your camera and lenses. Sand, dust and rain can cause damage. Protect it in a case and put the case in a sealed plastic bag whilst not taking pictures. In case of rain buy a rainsleeve or make one yourself with a plastic bag.Read More
It isn’t essential to have the latest camera and all the accessories to take the kind of photos that bring home the essence of a place you visit, or to join ptofessional photographers in workshops.Read More