Montañas del Fuego

The Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) were dramatically created between 1730 and 1736 when more than 100 volcanoes, covering more than 50 km², rose up and devastated this part of the Lanzarote landscape. The last eruptions were way back in 1824, however due to the low rainfall (and therefore lack of erosion) the area appears…

Fountains Abbey

The deer rutting season is upon us again, so with that in mind I had a little scouting trip to Studley Royal Park near Fountains Abbey in the Yorkshire dales. I had a good look around the deer park ready for an early start one day soon. I then spent the rest of the afternoon…

Lake Panic Sunrise

One of my Flickr contacts – Hettie Naude from South Africa creates some wonderfully atmospheric images by capturing a minimal amount of light in her photographs. This year I was inspired enough to try my hand at some silhouette images of my own. These shots were taken at Lake Panic in the Kruger park at…

Camera Club – Waddington

On Tuesday Ribblesdale and District Camera club ventures out in the miserable summer weather to the local village of Waddington. The church was opened for us and there were lots of opportunities on offer including wider images of the interior, some fine detail shots of the bright stained glass windows and also some of the…

Clitheroe Castle & Pendle Hill

This was the shot that I have wanted for a couple of years now, Clitheroe Castle but with a slight difference. There are many views of this ancient Norman Keep but from just one position on the outskirts of Clitheroe the backdrop is Pendle Hill, normally it’s the sky that forms the canvas. The weather…

The Buttermere Pines

This location has been well & truly covered by thousands of photographers over the years with some fantastic results being shown, so it was time I had a go I suppose. We had been promised a sunny February day and were already staying in the north lakes so it was the opportunity that I needed,…

Full Moon & Sigma 400mm

I have wondered for a while whether my Sigma 120-400mm telephoto lens was sharp or not. I have done tests before but they were inconclusive. So, time for a scientific approach; what could cause soft photos:- camera shake, poor focus, image stabilisation, technique, quality of lens. Camera shake: To eliminate this I put the camera on…