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Welcome

Welcome to my photoblog, which I hope you’ll enjoy. Concentrating on black and white photography, the blog aims to entertain and inspire. Like many photographers, I’ve been through barren spells when nothing has seemed to work – which is why I share tips and ideas about keeping your photography fresh and creative.

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Street photography : taking pictures from behind

I spotted this young lady and her poodle near Pall Mall in London. Following them down to Whitehall, I managed two shots before we went our separate ways. Not being an extrovert, I’d stepped outside my comfort zone by taking pictures in the street. Taking photos from behind might seem to be

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Zambian Group Portrait

Let me introduce these gentlemen. They belong to PF, the Patriotic Front party in Zambia. I met them last May on Labour Day. With the rainy season over, it was time to get out of doors and take some pictures. The day starts with a parade, which sweeps down Independence Avenue, passing

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Four Golden Eggs

In London the art of window dressing is alive and well. I found this goose and her golden eggs in Burlington Arcade, as I rushed to complete my Christmas shopping. With her gold crown and black bow she had a lot of admirers. Whether you’re in London to shop or take photos,

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Happy New Year

“I drink, therefore I am.”  W.C. Fields, actor and comedian

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Snow : exposure compensation

London grinds to a halt when it snows. Waking one morning I found that six inches had fallen overnight. The only way to travel was on foot, so I dressed warmly, put on boots and headed out with a camera. I love taking snowscapes, but getting your exposure right can be tricky.

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Patrick Bentley : Zambian nature photographer

If you want to be inspired, take a look at the work of Patrick Bentley, a Zambian nature photographer whose love of the African bush shines through in his pictures. Born and brought up in one of the wildest and most remote parts of Zambia, Patrick has always been most comfortable in

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Shadow dog : taking photos in Winter

It was Saturday and I had a plan – to take pictures for my Town Dogs project. I was heading for Brixton and its street markets, but never quite made it. Through the bus window I’d spotted Shadow Dog enjoying the winter sunshine. Getting off the bus I ran back to where

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What makes a good travel photo? Part 2

In October I asked you what makes a good travel photo. And whilst it was great to receive feedback, it wasn’t what I wanted to hear. Why? Because the overwhelming response was that people like colour in a travel photo and most of my pictures are black and white. For me, a

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Dan Quayle : political sage

“A zebra cannot change its spots.”  Dan Quayle, former US Vice President

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Available light portraits

Looking through our family albums, a lot of the photos are spoilt by harsh lighting. The built-in flash has gone off, lighting faces but creating unwanted shadows. So let me make a plea for turning off the flash and using available light. You don’t need a studio to take good portraits. The