Behind the shot: the Northern Lights and me

This photo of me with looking out at the Northern Lights makes me so happy every time I look at it. But the story of how we got the shot while we were on holiday in Iceland is not what you might expect… I had a good feeling about Hofn from the start, which is odd given that it is not a place that makes a spectacular first impression.  It turns out that I had great intuition: it was a town full of surprises. First there is its name, which is not pronounced Hoffen, as we’d been calling it before…

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10 glimpses of Italy in fish-eye photos

This is nothing more than a little bit of fun, and a few little glimpses into what I got up to in Italy recently. To take these fish-eye photos I used an Olloclip attached to an iPhone 4. They are far from the best examples of fish-eye photography in the world, but I really enjoyed taking them, as it’s often difficult to convey the size of Tuscan piazzas, with their tall towers, in a single frame.

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Postcards from Brighton

As much as I’m a huge fan of London, I’m also a huge fan of leaving London. I find quite often that the city takes so much out of me during the week that leaving at weekends seems like a huge deal. And yet, whenever I do, I feel glad. Usually when I leave London it’s on a plane, or on a train speeding north through countryside I hadn’t even realised I’d missed until I watch the hills softly rising and falling through the pendolino window. This weekend was rare in that I ventured away from markets and museums and…

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7 Super Shots

This post has been inspired by two things: firstly I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots, the challenge from the HostelBookers blog to post seven travel photos I’ve taken that fit into various categories. Secondly, the Ansel Adams exhibition at London’s Maritime Museum in Greenwich, which I visited last weekend. It not only allowed me to check out some of my favourite landscape shots of all time up close, but encouraged me to work harder on improving my own photography skills. It’s closing in just over a week, so get down there fast if you want to catch it…

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