Yet another camera

Well here I go again. I sold, bought, sold, bought, sold and have now returned to the camera I started using 6 years ago in Chicago. Funnily enough every picture or video I have ever sold has been taken with this camera. Actually that’s not quite true I took a great shot of The Aqua...

Beckford Arms

Today, we were celebrating the birthday of our friend Cindi, an American chum and her husband Adam. Cindi gave us the choice of two locations for the birthday lunch and we chose the Beckford Arms as it was equidistant from both of us and looked great on the web site. And what a perfect choice...

Decorations up?

It’ll soon be time to put the Christmas decorations up. Honestly, no they haven’t gone up yet but we are nearing that time. One thing I would say, in mitigation, is that come the 26th December I want it all gone. I detest seeing Christmas decorations and cards anywhere after...

Another new camera

We’ll I’ve gone and done it again.  I sold my almost new Canon 700D with its marvelous lens and bought instead a Canon Powershot SX240 HS.  Now most of you, if anyone reads this, will think that I am bonkers, but ultimately the only good camera is one that gets used, am I...

New Camera New Start

Well I finally did it. After well over a year without a decent camera I bought the Canon EOS 700D for my birthday. This is the camera I’ve been waiting for. I’ve made some decisions over the last year. Which are: I’m only going to have one lens for the foreseeable future...

Whites Club Jul01

Whites Club

On our last visit to London we went for one of our usual strolls along the south bank but we ended up near Green Park as we were meeting friends. We strolled past Whites Club in St James’ which was one of the very location first locations I worked as an adult, as a Chef in fact! Whites...

& now Athens!

The Acropolis is simply stunning. What more can you say.

Trip to Venice

I’d recommend Venice to anyone for a weekend trip. Its a walking city centre trip to be honest but it is so different from anything you are likely to see anywhere else its a must see. We were in Venice to start our cruise down the Adriatic and on arrival the weather was quite pleasant but as we approached Venice by water taxi it got more uninviting. By the time we got off the water taxi it was chucking...

Spring has sprung Apr29

Spring has sprung

Well! I am feeling very perky these days. Luckily everything is going pretty well. I have a job I really enjoy, colleagues I actually like, a drive to work that is stunning and my garden is looking lovely. See slideshow below. I love fixing things, I like making people happy, I like...

Winter in Wiltshire

Well! The weather forecasters were spot on for a change and boy were they right. We got a huge dump of snow on Friday and it’s all still here with more to come on Monday. My office was closed for the day, although I worked from home and it all went off quite well. The problem with where I live is that even if the main roads are clear it can be impossible to get out of our square because the hill is so steep and it is not gritted by the council. This doesn’t bother me too much as we have the train but I don’t use the train to get to work. Sometimes it’s hard to convince other people you are snowed in when they...

Lovely Coffee!! Jan08

Lovely Coffee!!

I love a good strong cup of coffee. I’ve gone through years drinking mediocre, weak, insipid, heartburning coffee. If I am going to get heartburn drinking coffee I want to get heartburn drinking a decent cup of coffee. In Bradford-on_avon I used to get my regular fix from The Grumpy...

Christmas is over! Dec30

Christmas is over!

Not a bad Christmas as they go and rather enjoyable. Now we can all get on and start saving again for the next one. I do actually enjoy Christmas, or rather the build up to Christmas. I love seeing family and friends but I can’t really be bothered with the whole gift giving bit. I...

Blooming knackered Dec22

Blooming knackered

Well that was my first week back at work doing a full time job in around 6 years. I have, of course, been working mostly part time and remotely for the last 3 years and when we were overseas. So the last time I worked full time was in Luxembourg about 6 years ago. I forgot how draining it...

New Job Dec13

New Job

Hooray, I start a new job on Monday. After a brief job search someone has finally decided to hire me which is a huge plus for them I must say as I am completely fabulous and a very hard worker! Obviously I am not going to fall into the trap of writing lots of things about my job only to get...

Wintry scenes Dec13

Wintry scenes

OK peeps here are some wintry scenes snapped with my trust Galaxy S3 and tarted up using Instagram. I love Instagram but I do wish it would stop crashing. 1 2 3 4 5 6 ...

Preparing Christmas Dec04

Preparing Christmas

I’ve just invested in a product called Riva Slider Pro which is the slide show plugin for this show below. I can now put some pretty cool slideshows on my blog which will I think enhance it no end. We’ve put up our Christmas decorations early this year as it’s so dark outside it cheers the place up. Plus I tend to pull them all down pretty close to post Christmas as it all feels so anti climactic once it’s over. SO I thought lets put them up early! 1 2 3 Christmas for me is less than what it used to be. I still thoroughly enjoy all...

Molly at work Nov30

Molly at work

I can never understand why some people, normally non cat owners, say cats have no personality or aren’t worth having. Cats are very funny creatures and can behave utterly different with strangers than with their owners. Unlike a dog who will normally love everyone, if brought up...

Empire Biscuits Nov27

Empire Biscuits

I have given up a few things recently which I think in the long run is good for me. Firstly I have given up going to the gym. The main reason I gave up the gym is because my area has no decent gyms and the closest half decent gym is in Trowbridge on top of a car park and it smells pretty bad...

Waters still rising Nov26

Waters still rising

I’m testing out a couple of slideshow plugins for Worpress and this one I think is quite a nice one.  It’s called easing slider and I’ll be using it a lot more as the blog progresses. I hear the floodwater in BoA is at 2.64 metres now and are lapping at the roundabout at the bottom of Silver Street.  This of course means it’s taking close to an hour to get through Bradf0rd-on-Avon due to the horrendous traffic that builds up combined with the flooding and the traffic lights, it’s a bit of a night mare.

Flooding in BoA Nov22

Flooding in BoA

Well, we certainly had a fair bit of rain in the last day or two but luckily it’s not directly affected us. The previous bad weather a few weeks ago had my father in law driving through a huge ‘puddle’ which killed the car. Can you imagine an 86 year old pushing a ford fiesta...

Cheddar Gorge

A day out I said! Despite the initial foggyness of the day we set off quite early on Sunday and had planned to go not only to Cheddar Gorge but also to Brean Down Beach near Burnham. Stunning view from on top of the Cheddar Gorge WalkLuckily the mist at Cheddar had...

Bought a House

On our last trip back home we bought a house about 9 miles from Bath. Some people would say we are a bit mad to do this what with house prices in the UK still going down. However, I am so glad we did as it makes me feel connected again to our home country. After selling our house in London last July the money has been burning a hole in my pocket. Consequently we found and fell in love with a gorgeous property in a place called AvonCliff on the Avon and Kennet canal near Bradford-on-Avon. To say this area is gorgeous is an understatement. The peace and tranquility, the canal walk ways, the open fields and rolling countryside make me want to...

Marina Towers Puddle

It was very humid and wet today, rained for most of the morning and some of the afternoon. I was desperate to get out into it to take some pictures but as soon as I got outside the heat was stifling. Anyway I took this great shot of Marina Towers in a puddle. As regular readers will know I love these two buildings and they came out pretty well in this shot too. The original shot to this was OK but a little flat. I imported the RAW file into photoshop CS4 and improved the levels, bumped up the brightness a bit and tweaked the contrast to create this shot. I am pretty happy that most of the time I can take a pretty good shot that requires...

In the clouds Apr30

In the clouds

I am currently sitting in my office and we are in a cloud. Our apartment is quite high up and from time to time i.e. when it’s pouring with rain like today we have a white out. This is a particularly peculiar sensation and it isn’t a likeable one. The first time it happened I...

Learning Photoshop

God I tell you these photoshop CD’s that come with my magazine PhotoPlus from the UK are simply amazing. I have about 50 of the things and for some reason have been avoiding them. It’s not like I don’t have all the time in the world but since I started watching them so many...

Evocative Images

I think this one is definitely one of them. When you leave the big cities which are of course full of Americana (from my perspective) you head out to the smaller towns and cities. Although if you are familiar with the one above you will know this is in Lincoln Park, but you get the...

Bloomington,IL – Sunday Apr27

Bloomington,IL – Sunday

Gosh what a wonderful weekend we’ve had. Pottering around Jan and Drake’s garden and even playing tennis on their court which has seen better days. Avoiding the cracks, weeds and stones on the court we had a good old knock about and I have to say I think between the three of us we must have sweated buckets. Most attractive. Watching the planes disappear overhead and listening to the frogs in the pond was a perfect way to spend a weekend. I hear they had rain in Chicago for a lot of the weekend, well we had none and it touched 80 throughout the whole weekend. ...

Thunderstorm Apr25

Thunderstorm

Just sat through a fabulous thunderstorm here in Bloomington / Normal in Illinois. We drove down last night in glorious 80 degree heat, the wind on my skin was just amazing as we stopped at a gas station for a coffee. You almost forget what a sensory experience warm wind is on the skin. ...

Sofitel

Another striking shot of this building from across the road. This angle actually points out from the ground floor so it slopes out above your head. When standing up close it’s quite a scary view as the top of the building towers way above and over you. I’ll pop back and take some...

SkyScrapers Apr22

SkyScrapers

I took this walking along the lake front towards the city after coming back from Lincoln Park Zoo. I walked there and back from WaterTower Place. Most Chicagoans/Americans would think I was bonkers for walking that far (about 4.5miles). I miss living in Luxembourg for that reason. Lots of...

Beach Preparation Apr21

Beach Preparation

Lovely sunny day where I burnt my forehead a tiny bit but hey after our winter you can’t complain. You can see here some of the Volleyball courts posted in preparation for the summer season. The beach is amazing in the summer with 40 or so volleyball courts on the beach all full and...

English Channel Apr16

English Channel

I spent a couple of days at my mums house on the Isle of Sheppey when I was visiting a week or so ago. It was a stunning day approaching 70 degrees which isn’t bad for spring. The Thames Estuary/English Channel is a very busy area and you could see fortification, ships, boats and the odd...

Cloud Gate Apr15

Cloud Gate

Another shot of a city reflection in the Cloud Gate Sculpture in Millennium Park. The sculpture was constructed between 2004 and 2006 and was the result of a design competition. The sculpture was fully erected for the grand opening of Millennium Park on July 15, 2004. The sculpture is worth...

Reflection Apr14

Reflection

A picture taken of “The Bean” in Millenium Park with a reflection towards Grant Park. This sculpture is just jaw droppingly fabulous. The distorted reflections, perspectives and possibilities for photography are...

Skyline Navy Pier Apr13

Skyline Navy Pier

I took this shot on a little snappy camera from half way up the Ferris Wheel on Navy Pier. Fantastic skyline eh? Did you know the Ferris Wheel originated in Chicago for the Worlds Fair and was of course invented by Mr Ferris. The original wheel was twice the size of the current wheel and there are plans to build an even bigger one in the future. I couldn’t find the original picture for this blog entry so here’s one I took on another day from the Adler...

Frozen River

I actually took this picture a while ago and rediscovered it today while I was trying to catch up with this blog. I love this shot, it’s of a half completed trump tower reflecting onto a frozen Chicago river. The river freezes for a period during the winter and the reflections are...

Prairie Planet

This is a planet photo I took which involved creating a panoramic shot of our friends formal gardens in West Sussex. You then do some magic in Photoshop to turn it into this planet. I like the effect although if I spent more time on it I probably could have done a better job. Hey you have to...

Luxembourg – Daisy & Blanket Apr10

Luxembourg – D...

Adorable, look at that face. Taken in the kitchen in Luxembourg just before we were about to leave her probably for another year. Very sad. Still we are now back in Chicago with the winter finally over and a glorious summer to look forward...

Luxembourg – Pont Adolphe

This is a favourite spot on my morning walk with Daisy our dog when we lived in Luxembourg. The bridge is in need of some repairs after bits have fallen off it but it seems to be taking years for any real action to be taken. Consequently a chunk of the park has been off limits for nearly 2 years now which really is unacceptable. The City Parks in Luxembourg are really gorgeous, as is the city. The national day fireworks also take place off this...

Luxembourg – T...

Another spot on our morning dog walk is the view of the pink house from the other side of the valley. Completely idyllic and I would so have loved to have lived somewhere like this. Living in this location you have peace and tranquility yet you are a 5 minute walk from the center of town,...

Luxembourg – Daisy & Chicken Apr06

Luxembourg – D...

The poor rubber chicken getting familiar with Daisy against it’s will I am sure. Hopefully the next time we see Daisy she will be moving back in with us at some future destination whether in the UK or...

Our dog Daisy Apr05

Our dog Daisy

How adorable is this picture. This is the first morning after arriving in Luxembourg Daisy jumped on the bed. at 4 1/2 she’s starting to get a few grey whiskers bless her or perhaps they are white. Living in Chicago is great but not being able to take our dog was a huge heart wrench for...

The London Eye

OK this one caught my eye because of the birds, seagulls flying around or towards the capsules. The wheel is a big huge damn thing I have to say. At night it is usually lit up and in July I will pop along to create some more images when it gets a bit...

South Bank Building

I love the curves and levels on this building. It reminds me a similar building that used to be next to Canon Street station. This was a modernist marvel and I think it houses a BT exchange. I just remember this white multi levelled confection that was incredibly noisy so it must have been...

London Eye

I know I have a series of these photos so you are getting to see what I consider the best ones. Here you can see 3 of the capsules, each of which can hold about 20-30 people. It’s a very graceful experience I have to say and as I have already mentioned well worth the money. It’s an...

My mum Mar31

My mum

Ah god love her. I do miss my mum I have to say when I am overseas. There is just noone on the planet that loves you like your own mother. However annoying or irritating she can be and however annoying or irritating I become the love between a child and a mother is never something you should...

Blackfriars Bridge Mar30

Blackfriars Bridge

Having been a South Londoner all my life, well until I left the UK of course, I know this bridge well. Since I have been away they have added better pedestrian crossings to this bridge which are far more graceful and attractive. It’s nice to be this close to the network south east...

Blackfriars Bridge 2

The pedestrian bridge in this picture is a post millennium addition which is quite welcome as the old pedway was much smaller and grottier. London is a fantastic walking city but it’s soooo big. Having been a South Londoner all my life, well until I left the UK of course, I know this...

Big Ben Mar28

Big Ben

The thing I like about this picture is that I have uploaded it at full resolution. I reduced the quality a bit otherwise it would have been 20Mb in size but even at 1.5Mb in size you can zoom in incredibly close and read the latin words around the clock face. When I zoomed in on the photo I...

Tate Modern

Another shot of this fantastic space . The sheer scale of what used to be the heart of a power station dwarfs the humans inside it. If you are in London you must visit this space, it’s free. All national museums are free in the UK which is a huge savings for families with kids too. Also there is a great restaurant which you can use which helps support the museum too. You can make this stop part of you walk from London Bridge Station where you can visit Borough Market all the way to County Hall and across the river to Big Ben. A fabulous walk visiting some amazing architecture and...

Big Ben Lion

I wanted to try this out after I saw a similar shot somewhere on the internet. Using my zoom lens I shrank the perspective to create this compressed depth of field. The clock tower is probably half a mile away down Whitehall but the lens made it appear enormous. I love these kind of shots. I...

London Eye

Another picture of the London Eye on full zoom. I love this close zoom of one of the capsules on the London eye. You can make out the peoples faces if you zoom into the picture. The eye moves quite slowly and you get a 30 minute journey up to over 300 feet with magnificent views over London....

Turbine Hall

I just love this space, it is so incredibly huge it makes you feel insignificant. I have been to a number of installations in this space one memorably by Anish Kapoor the guy who built Chicagos Cloud Gate or “Bean” as everyone calls it. The scale of the installation was incredible...

London Eye Abstract

You can see the London Eye in the distance courtesy of a mega zoom lens. I like this picture I have to say and next time I will take my lighter lens. I have just sold the lens I used to take this picture as I was finding it was incredibly heavy and large. I still have a zoom lens but half the...

London Landmarks

Here you can clearly see some of Londons most famous landmarks. The London Eye or Millennium Wheel to the left, The Clock tower attached to the Palace of Westminster, commonly referred to as Big Ben and of course Westminster Abbey. I recently went inside Westminster Abbey for the first time, and while I found it outrageously expensive it was a fantastic experience. Kings and Queens for a thousand years are interred in the building. I walked past the tomb of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I which was quite moving I have to say. The history of the kingdom is literally below your...

National Theatre HDR

Brutal London architecture in the guise of the National Theatre. It’s odd that I used to think this building was really ugly when I was younger. Now I look at it with a photographers eye and I love it. The corners, angles, sharpness and possibilities kept me busy for a while on my...

National Theatre HDR

Brutal London architecture in the guise of the National Theatre. It’s odd that I used to think this building was really ugly when I was younger. Now I look at it with a photographers eye and I love it. The corners, angles, sharpness and possibilities kept me busy for a while on my...

Marina Towers

I never tire of photographing these buildings, the curves, the repetition, the gracefulness of what was once almost written off as a mistake in modern architecture. I remember reading at one time these buildings were run down and really not considered to be desirable at all. I wonder if the...

Lake Shore Mar18

Lake Shore

A lovely early spring day with blue skys meant I had to get outside with the camera. Lake Michigan and the beaches offer some great photography. This one I took yesterday actually but they came out great so you lucky people can see another. You would think Chicago was on the Mediterranean...

Chicago – Lakeshore Paradise Mar17

Chicago – Lake...

A lovely early spring day with blue skys meant I had to get outside with the camera. Lake Michigan and the beaches offer some great photography. I only wish the 8 lane lane shore drive wasn’t right next to it as you kind of lose something. What would be great is if the city buried a...

Chicago – Beac...

This building is along the Chicago shoreline and is a very busy hot spot when the beaches are open. It looks like a ship sunken in the sand and is very 20′s in some of it’s design and architectural aspects. In black and white with a bit of contrast adjustments I think it could...

Chicago – Pola...

Very entertaining bear at the zoo in Lincoln Park. There is a huge glass window into his pool and he really plays up for the crowds when he is in the water. I visit Lincoln Park Zoo often, it’s not so interesting in the winter as a lot of the animals are locked away as it is too cold...

Chicago – Rais...

OK so I bought the software and luckily I found a $15 off coupon online which brought the price down to about £50. It really is amazing software although not everyone will like the results. With HDR production you can go extreme or subtle. This example is one I did earlier but pushed to make...

Chicago – St Patricks Day Mar11

Chicago – St P...

I actually took this a year ago to show anyone watching what happens to the Chicago river at this time of year. The colouring is incredible and it really turns the river an incredibly vivid green. I think this year I will pop down and take some more pictures as the skyline has changed little...

Chicago – City View Mar10

Chicago – City...

Along the Chicago river walking back towards the Michigan Avenue bridge you have this fabulous vista. On Saturday the river will be filled with green dye to celebrate St Patrick’s day, I’ll add one from last year...

Chicago – HDR ...

This is another HDR shot composed of 5 shots combined to give this effect. I am kind of cheating here as I am on a trial version of this software which has expired. However it still lets you create an HDR but you can’t save it. SO I am taking a snap shot of the screen to get used to it....

Chicago – Mari...

A landscape version of the shot below. The resolution of this while good has been reduced by 60% to make it viewable. This file would otherwise be 16Mb in size which is a bit too much for this web site to handle. If you continue clicking on the image you can see it magnify up to its original...

Chicago – Mari...

A lovely balmy not quite spring day with the sun out. Consequently I was out in the open like a shot. It was a gorgeous day and I made the most of it. I have wanted to update this shot with my new lens and new camera and the difference is clear to see. The original jpeg is near 6000×4000...

Experimental –...

This half of a bridge crossing the Chicago River is by the new Trump International. I took 6 shots with varying exposures and combined them to create this interesting HDR image. I love the colors and what the HDR effect has done to the bridge and bridge office. I think I shall be taking a lot...

Chicago – Ston...

I have taken this buildings picture before and I still love it! I took 3 exposures here and blended them together to create an HDR image. I think it’s quite effective and needs to be redone to improve this image. If I took 1 shot only then the underneath would be too dark so combining...

Chicago – Sunr...

Another stunning sunrise over the frozen lake. This is about 6:30am and you can just make out the factories/refineries on the other side of the lake in another state. I often find it amazing how far out the lake can freeze. This isn’t just any old Lake, I think you can fit England into...

Chicago – Hancock Shadow Mar03

Chicago – Hanc...

I think this will be one of the last times this year to photograph the skyscraper shadows on the iced Lake Michigan. It really is simply stunning to watch the skyscraper shadows creep taller and taller across the lake as the sun sets to the west of the city. The Hancock Tower is 1,000ft tall...

Chicago – Navy Pier Mar02

Chicago – Navy...

Navy Pier is a nice summer walk to the end to view the water intake islands. It contains the Shakespeare theatre, IMAX center, food court, conference center and a stained glass museum. All good fun! Also you can get some amazing views back to the city. At the moment though its too bloody cold...

Chicago – Frozen Tennis Mar01

Chicago – Froz...

This frozen snow covered tennis court hides the promise of summer somewhere under an inch of snow. I love the way this remains floodlit which is completely pointless as it’s obvious it’s impossible to play. I must by another set and drag myself down to play this spring. Around the...

Chicago – Froz...

The beginning of sunset over the frozen lake Michigan. I love this shot it’s about 4:30pm and sun is way behind us setting to the west. As you can see the sun is hitting all the skyscrapers including mine and is heavily reflected onto the lake. Some of these buildings are 1,000 feet...

Experiment – S...

This is a fascinating technique I picked up from the Digital Photography web site called shaped Bokeh. Bokeh is the fuzzy out of focus background you can get when you focus on something near to you with a wide open lens, preferably a fast lens like a 1.4 or 1.8 aperture. Anyway you can put a...

Experiment – W...

This is highly frustrating. So I have the technique and it’s a bit more focused and interesting due to the color but the focusing is a bitch. A macro lens would allow me to get a lot closer and to fill the frame more, this is heavily cropped. I think that this is as far as I want to go...

Chicago – Amer...

These two massive statues have been standing opposite the Wrigley Building in Chicago since before Christmas. I am assuming they will be leaving soon but they look amazing. They must be 20ft tall and are looking distinctly unhappy at the long Chicago...

Experiment – W...

Gosh, while I need to work on the focusing you can see the crown created by a droplet of water from the tap. This is most exciting. The speed is 1/125th of a second at 105mm. I need to up the resolution too as this was on low res so I could do a fast burst of shots. Now I have the technique...

James – High C...

Mucking around with some hgh contrasty cropped shots generated this. I will need to redo this as the vignetting is a bit extreme and looks a bit...

Chicago – Pano...

My attempt at a skyline Panorama. Unfortunately it’s going up at the ends when it shouldn’t be. Perhaps my camera holding skills or something to do with the stitching software. This is 5 or 6 shots stitched together. I shall attempt this again when it gets a bit warmer. Update: I...

Chicago – Ston...

I bloody love this building. Its so retro, spaced 1999, concrete, ocean liner type architecture set amidst lots of ugly buildings. Some would say its ugly too but it’s SO different from anything around it it just looks bizarre. Plus with the demolition of another hospital building...

Chicago – Rush Street Feb20

Chicago – Rush...

Rush Street is a small neighbourhood near where I live. Lots of restaurants, boutique type shops, cafe’s and the like. It’s great for people watching as the poseurs drive up and down or have their expensive cars valet parked. All those enhanced faces, boobs and hair pieces it does...

Chicago – Plan...

I have been experimenting with some new software for black and white conversions and I am extremely impressed with the results. I took the above shot on a relatively sunny day and have carried out some processing to create what I consider to be an awesome shot above. Hope you like...

Chicago – Michigan Avenue Feb18

Chicago – Mich...

Michigan Avenue towards the Art Institute and the Chicago River. We had just taken a Taxi to the Planetarium and were walking back. We like to do a walk of a few miles on the weekends even when it’s -10 just to get out and enjoy the...

Chicago – Squa...

I really like this shot of the Marina Towers in the distance, the shapes, textures, different buildings and eras look great. I think I will go back and take this on hi-res with a tripod and make a study of...

Chicago – Train Tracks Feb16

Chicago – Trai...

The Metra runs along part of Michigan Avenue and under the Art Institute. All of Millennium park used to be train tracks in the distant past plus this is all reclaimed land so it used to all be the lake. Apparently there is a family of Coyotes and all sorts living under there...

Chicago – Mich...

Using a 400mm lens the depth of field is massively compressed to give this view of Michigan Avenue. This view is towards Millenium Park and the Bank sign in the distance is probably about 1/4 mile away or...

Lincoln Park –...

A slightly bored looking Lion in the big cat house. I know there is a tendency to anthropomorphize animals in zoos but he does look like he’s bored. That and he would probably love to rip my throat out. These guys don’t get out too much in the Chicago winters and their enclosures...

Chicago – Fogg...

After the unseasonal surge in temperatures and the melting of snow it was inevitable that we would get some fog. Living above the clouds created some amazing opportunities for this kind of...

Chicago – From...

Leaving for Mexico we took this picture out of the window of the plane. Stunning views of Chicago covered in snow and ice. This picture was actually taken when we left for Mexico. Great view eh? James took this...

Mexico – Toile...

At the hotel we stayed in this was a decorative toilet roll. Very...

Mexico – Pier in PDC Feb06

Mexico – Pier ...

Playa Del Carmen beach...

Mexico – Tulum Temple Feb05

Mexico – Tulum...

Tulum on the Playa Del Carmen stretch of Mexico. These ruins date back 1500 years which is incredible. The ruins are well worth a visit and are an hour south of Playa Del...

Mexico – Tulum Feb03

Mexico – Tulum

Tulum on the Playa Del Carmen stretch of Mexico. These ruins date back 1500 years which is incredible. The ruins are well worth a visit and are an hour south of Playa Del...

Experiment – M...

I saw this software recommended for creating mosaics of hundreds of pictures. This is my first attempt. I think there is sales potential in the end product i.e. creating photos of people out of their familes, experiences, friends. Will need to work on it...

Lincoln Park – Cat House Feb01

Lincoln Park –...

We arrived to find the lioness and lion at full roar filling the inside enclosure with roars. Amazing sounds and I captured her mid snarl at the Lion. I think she was feeling a bit fruity actually based on what happened...

Experiment – L...

Because I am a bit lazy and a wimp when it comes to cold weather I tried to think up something to do indoors. I have always been fascinated by light trails and here is one of my first attempt at playing with light. Shutter speed is an amazing thing! I just ordered a green laser so I can have...

Chicago – Park...

Looking back to the city from the Northern Pond of Lincoln Park. This was taken at about 200mm which compresses the depth of field hugely so everying looks a lot closer than it is. The Hancock Tower (Big black building) is over 2 miles...

Chicago – Nort...

North Pond at Lincoln Park in Chicago. The geese and ducks seem to be having quite a good time here and it was a very snowy pastoral scene. This was taken on one of our regular walks with my new zoom...

Experiment – M...

I created this using layer masks and taking multiple copies of the same picture and then blending them together. You need a tripod for this and photoshop elements. It was surprisingly easy and makes a great and fun...

Bloomington – ...

I created this shot out of 4 shots of the same little metal house at Jan and Drakes. Using Elements 6 and layer masks I basically combined all 4 pictures so you could see the 4 different sides of the house in the same shot. Works well I...

Chicago – Pian...

These two sit on the piano looking quite sheepish for dogs. I think they are supposed to represent me and James. I am the one on the left looking all bright eyed and perky and poor James a bit down trodden and wrinkled. Bless his cotton...

Experiment – Zoom Lens

Mucking around with my new zoom lens. Slightly out of focus around the lens, I’m working on this. I do like this shot though even if the part I wanted to be in focus wasn’t quite there.

Bloomington – ...

Our friend Jan and Drake had this metal house on their mantle and I thought I could do something creative with it. I love the reflection and the bokeh effect of their garden in the...

Bloomington – ...

Jan and Drake’s Christmas decorations I think? These two chaps were sitting on one of their sofas. Testing out my new 100-400mm L series Canon lense generate this nice crisp...

Bloomington – Abe Lincoln Jan22

Bloomington – ...

Abe Lincoln sculpture on one of Jan and Drake’ walls. I loved the deep texture on this which gave it some really life like...

Bloomington – ...

Wild deer ran across Jans property along with the Turkeys and Racoons. This deer had just caught me moving in the Kitchen. I used the 400mm setting on my Canon 100-400mm L series lens through a dirtyish window to capture this...

Bloomington – ...

Still life. An Orange on...

Bloomington – ...

These amazing little birds all go to bed at night together! It’s adorable, you can see 4 of them in their basket above. I also love how the lens focuses on the birds and completely wipes out the presence of the bars in front of this nest. Very...

Bloomington – ...

I was testing out the full 400mm on my new lens to create this compressed depth of field effect. This road was probably half a mile long but the long lense squashes it all up to create this amazing effect at...

Bloomington – ...

Another dusk landscape shot across the Bloomington area cornfields. Clearly all the corn has been picked and the ground is frozen but this dusk shot is very...

Bloomington – Windfarm Jan16

Bloomington – ...

There is a massive windfarm near Bloomington, south of Chicago, with some 300 wind turbines. Standing underneath one of these massive turbines is an incredible sensation and the noise is quite unique too. This picture gives you an idea of the size of these...

Chicago – Zoo view Jan15

Chicago – Zoo ...

You can see the Hancock Tower in the distance along this path in Lincoln Park Zoo. I enjoy the zoo all year round but all the animals are indoors at this time of...

Chicago – North Pond Jan14

Chicago – Nort...

This is the entrance to the North Pond restaurant in Lincoln Park. This is part of our regular weekly walk although we have only been to the restaurant once for a real Gastro Sunday breakfast. It was 3 courses for about $35 and quite...

Chicago – Hanc...

I love this shot. There some polarizing filter action going on here from the room of our building. I love the angle and the fluffy clouds. Very...

Fat Squirrel

A big fat squirrel. These were some major squirrels let me tell you. Still I suppse they need to pack it on as Chicago’s winters are so long and so brutal its a...