Monday, 25 January 2016


With the weather being so awful in recent months – rain, wind, dreary grey skies – when a day is forecasted for decent weather, particluarly at the weekend, it makes the choice of what to do hard since these opportunities have been so rare.  The choice usually comes down to wildlife or landscapes.  I don’t ‘specialise’ in either as I enjoy both, each having their advantages and particlular enjoyments.

I love photographing landscapes or seacapes because you can be at a location and capture a moment at a time of day or year which can be beautiful or dramatic.  I never get bored at seeing a sunrise over the sea and I’m amazed at how many people who live near the sea, have never seen one.  With wildlife it can be more of a challange but therefore a dissapointment if unsucessful, but the skill both technical and the fieldcraft, make it feel more satisfying if sucessful.  Even if unable to get an image of an anmimal (which is more often than not), simply seeing it can give me a buzz especially if it’s elusive.

I think with photography, sucess is as much down to regular attempts, but without the opportunity due to the rotten weather, there has been few attempts recently and certainly no images that have stood out from those times I have been out.  At least the decision as to choose between wildlife or land/seascapes has been a bit easier – mud.  Everywhere waterlogged, damp and mud, lots of it.  Below are some of my better attempts at both options despite the weather.

For months I’ve been trying to get a decent sunrise but it usually ends up grey skies for the clouds are in the wrong place to get the ideal colour.  Also because the tide was wrongly timed for the moment of sunrise, I was unable to find and ideal foreground to help make the image.








The wildlife have been particularly elusive not helped by my poor timing, often when I do see something it’s been too late or, like the Roe Deer below, too far away to get a good shot.  The Pheasant was a bit more obliging.







  1. Despite all the constraints you've mentioned you've still got some wonderful shots.
    Like you I love sunrises over the sea - but I live way, way inland so only get opportunities when I go on a longer trip than a weekend.

  2. I guess it's easy to forget that I'm lucky to live within traveling distance of the coast and that it's east facing for the sunrise. I'm trying to make the most of the late morning sunrises to get the 'right shot', before this time is too earlier than even I fancy getting up for!