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Below is the entire list of all the blog post I have written. By all means, click, read and leave a comment. Thank you.

Macro photos of the Raspberry Pi 4

The Raspberry Pi 4 is what is known as a SOC (System on Chip) and is probably the most famous little computer in the world; it has been to space, protected homes as a home surveillance device, and as a ‘proper’ desktop computer in its own right. Personally, I want ...
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/ personal, technology

Close up photos of a classic Fossil Watch

First of all, I hope you are all safe and being careful. It's rough and scary out there. Don't take any risks, please take Covid very seriously and comply with the rules given by your government. I am currently out of work. But I am keeping my mental health above ...
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/ personal

A closer look at the Canon 50mm f1.2 lens and recommendation.

A very unique DSLR lens There are lenses, then there is the Canon 50mm F1.2 , and my goodness it's super fast. The glass can see things other lenses cannon. It is a very special Canon lens with a very unique ability. This glass is truly amazing. I've taken it ...
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/ personal

An appreciation of the Nikon D7000 with Macro Photography

I have openly stated I prefer the ergonomics of the Nikon cameras. I have been a Canon photographer for many years now since migrating from Nikon; if I could go back in time I would have stayed with Nikon but for no tangible reason. The Nikon D7000 feels like home, ...
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/ personal

Nintendo Gameboy Original – 14 Macro Shots

Iconic is a word that reserved for very special things in our time; Marilyn Monroe, the Coke logo, the Eiffel Tower, and of course the world's first truly portable games console, the Nintendo Gameboy. As part of my love of macro photography, it just so happens I have an original ...
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/ personal

Akai Professional MPK Mini – 14 Macro Shots

I am a very simple person, I like simple structure and order, that is why I am drawn to macro photography and of course, it's an excuse to play with the Sigma 105mm Macro lens. By 2021 I want to explore more "arty" photos; take pictures without a real agenda ...
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/ personal

2020, personal log

This post will have very little to do with photography, but I wanted to keep a personal record of 2020 today, 31st December 2020. It's been challenging to say the least, but I was relatively lucky. In February I landed a First-line support role at an IT company. It was ...
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My favourite photographic moments of 2020

Always look on the bright side on 2020 My year has been amaze-balls. It is a year of mixed positivity. Like all of us, I missed out on so much but I also gained new appreciations, a new career path, new friends and catching up with old friends too. I ...
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16th October. Starting a new tradition walking around College Lake

I woke up this morning in a bit of a mood; now normally in these situations I potter around the house working on one of many unfinished IT projects. However not today, I went to my spiritual home to make myself happy again, away from people and game of life ...
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/ personal

Aylesbury Watermead in Black and White

Picking up my camera is a therapy for me. It focuses my mind, it keeps my sanity in check, and in my heart I know I used to be good at just playing photographer. A photographic sanctuary is Watermead on the outskirts of Aylesbury. So today I had to shut ...
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/ personal

Personal log: Dealing with my anxieties

I see people cope really well every day with everyday things. Deep within the labyrinth of my head, I know these are a facade of their projected personas. Yet I still compare their successes to my collection of failures. Just one of my anxieties many people, including myself, Since COVID ...
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/ personal

My Epiphany at College Lake, Tring

While nearing my walk around College Lake yesterday, I had an epiphany; but before I do, let me tell you what this place means to me. I have lost count how many times I've visited this beautiful quarry. It is a very simple idea, create a natural reservoir for wildlife ...
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/ college lake, personal

Many congratulations Rachel and Andrew 2012. Married at Notley Tythe Barn

Weddings are magical, but the wedding of Rachel and Andrew had half of the West End singing during the evening. They brought Disney to Notley Tythe Barn. Incredible! Many congratulations to Rachel and Andrew from myself and Kelly Bond ...
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/ personal, wedding

Helen and Elliot Pt3. Marlow Bridge.

One day, ask me about the hardest group shot to negotiate I wonder if Kelly can recall the hardest group we ever have done? If you ever meet me again then ask. That one took Kelly and me by surprise. The Marlow Bridge photo was planned but still had surprises ...
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/ wedding, weddings

Jo and Richard Smith. Notley Tythe Barn. 2010

Notley Tythe Barn just outside Aylesbury is my most visited venue, and it just so happens my friend was getting married there on th 3rd September 2010. Fast forward today, 3rd September 2020, an all too fast 10 years have whizzed past without me realising it. So in a year ...
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/ wedding, weddings

Wedding Guests wearing Masks to protect from COVID 19

Just a quick post while I am powering through the wedding photos. As I was allocating my favourite photos to adjust I came upon the photos of the wedding guests. Are they smiling? I can tell. I remember at the time I was not able to see their smiles, BUT ...
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/ personal

Helen and Elliot’s wedding. Part 2

The morning was busy, objectives were behind schedule (but that’s normal) and of course, I was not where I needed to be at that time. Nothing to panic about, but I was aware I was a little out of position. Even so, Helen and Elliot were laughing and enjoy the ...
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/ wedding, weddings

Happy Anniversary Gemma and Danny

I photographed their wedding back in 2011 ...
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/ wedding, weddings

Helen and Elliot’s wedding. Part 1

I could not sleep, which is unusual for me the night before a wedding day. I had prepped all my photography gear; camera batteries were charging, flash batteries were ready, I had even purchased 16 new batteries in anticipation for any power issues. Everything was ready, but I could not ...
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/ personal

A professional’s guide on photo backups

Photo backups are part and parcel of the photography process. If you have never backed up your photos that is very dangerous. But if you do not have a system to regularly backup your new photos then that is just as dangerous. Digital files will fail on local storage at ...
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/ Tutorial

Quick Wedding Preview: Helen and Elliot at Macdonald Compleat Angler

Wow, just wow. An amazing wedding day in every way. Starting in High Wycombe and ending at the Macdonald Compleat Angler. This is just a tease post; I got home around 11pm. After a day shooting wedding photos I like to wind down with my photography partner Kelly over a ...
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/ personal, weddings

Falling in love with a cat called Popcorn

I do like telling this story. Back in early August 2017, I went with a friend to visit the local RSPCA in Blackberry Farm. We were just going to find a way to entertain her children for an afternoon. I had no intention of looking for another cat to home; ...
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/ family, personal

Looking back on Laura and Rob’s Wedding Photos in 2012

On 4th August 2012, I had the priveldge of photographing the wedding of Laura and Rob. 8 years later they a boy and a girl. Life is good for them. As a tribute I thought I would dig out some the highlights from that amazing wedding ...
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/ memories, retrospective, wedding, weddings

Ashridge walk in a sea of green

Yesterday (Sunday) I was enjoying time with friends playing a board game over the internet. But I had forgotten to plan for today. I had a day off but because of COVID I did not want to spend time alone, at home, bored out of my mind. I listed some ...
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/ personal

Contemplation in Fairford Leys park

It is not right to strip nature of its colour but I felt like a bit of menace this evening as I walked around Fairford Leys park. I had a good day (as good days go) but life was not sitting right on my shoulder. On the very short 1.5km ...
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/ personal

My thoughts and a walk to the Bugle Horn

COVID 19 has meant people like me are not getting enough exercise. Hence my new routine of trying to walk more even though it is painful. So on a bright Tuesday evening, I walked from my house to the Bugle Horn pub. It is highly doubtful anyone will read this ...
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/ nature, personal

Helen, Elliot, Tizzy and Nala. A pre-wedding shoot plus two doggies

That was a close one, at the time of writing (July 2020) we are still in a COVID 19 pandemic so I was not sure I would be able to photograph Eliott and Helen for a pre-wedding shoot. It was a Sunday afternoon, the clouds were threatening to pour down ...
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/ pre-weddings, weddings

Porsche car meet with a Canon 6D & Canon 24-70mm

Porsche are one of the most famous cars in the world, besides even if you are not a fan of cars you have to appreciate the engineering and aesthetic appeal of these German super machines. Back in 2018, an old friend (who owns a Porsche and a Ferarri) took me ...
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/ cars, porsche, shows, Transport

Gone but not forgotten beloved Pets

For two people who read my blog, then I apologize for showing photos of pets again, but I can't help it. I love them. Cats and dogs cover most of the animal spectrum, I've not yet been close enough to snakes and spiders to photograph them, but I do know ...
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/ family, Pets, RIP

A sunset stroll around Watermead, Aylesbury

What does one do during the lockdown in Aylesbury? One grabs the Canon 6D and 105mm lens and goes for a photo walk. I met up with my friend Miriam for a catch-up and a stroll. I lent her my gear halfway through because I want to share a good ...
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Depression. A walk to find my happy colour

Depression is a very potent and real condition. I do not suffer from depression, but I sometimes feel on the verge of melancholy. My 'cure' for momentary sadness is to go for a walk, but when I go for a walk I take my camera and look around me. I ...
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/ flowers, purple, Uncategorized

I ticked off a bucket list today. I flew on a Microlight over Buckinghamshire

Iain, the pilot dude. The definiation of a bucket list is "a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime." Today, Sunday 12th July 2020, a friend invited to go on a flight on a Microlight with a mate, Iain, who owns ...
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/ bucketlist, flying, microlight, personal

Family Portrait

Did you hear that? A dove just landed on perch. Did you see that? A leaf just dropped from its branch. Did you feel that? A soul left this world for the next... Please allow my poor attempt at poetry. I wanted to express how important every little thing is ...
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/ personal, Portraits

Vietnam, a treasure for any photographer

An accidental double exposure of a Vietnam sunset beside a busy road Back in 2007, I was made redundant after 8 years of service at Microsoft. They gave me a lot of money as severance pay so I took that opportunity to take a year out to travel. My plan ...
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/ personal, travel

I will never be the Photographer I want to be

Ok, let's park the self-pity car right here; this is not about me being a poor photographer, or not knowing my craft. I know I am calm under pressure. I know my tools very well. I know how to direct pets, families and models. So I know I am "qualified" ...
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/ ambition, personal, travel

Pet photos, a magnificent Husky called Winter

With all the turmoil and chaos that is happening, we think of ourselves as intelligent, well-travelled, learned and knowledgeable creatures. But dig a little deeper and nobody has anything figured out. But when I ask a dog what she wants, she DOES have it all figured out; she wants love, ...
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/ dog, family, Pets, studio

Using Photography to fix my father

I am an introvert, much like my father. But not to the degree he is. My Dad and I are not close, not by any means. But he is from a generation of Chinese men who are stoic, non-commutative and lack curiosity about the world around them. My curiosity manifests ...
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/ life, personal, tutoring

Coombe Hill. As close to Heaven as I will ever get

I love Coombe Hill. I go there to be alone from always being alone. It's relaxing, peaceful and allows me to pause and reset my mind. Walking up to Coombe Hill facing the Sun As so it was after a frustrating day trying to organizing people I just gave up ...
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/ personal, spiritual, travel

I have one friend who…

I have one friend who I often disagree with her. Our views often conflict. I can find her frustrating, obstinant, and noncompliant. But above all, she is a fantastic teacher. As a photographer she has shown me an amazing work ethic that really puts mine to shame. As a friend ...
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/ black and white, dance, personal

This is why you need a Macro Lens in your photography

As I write this in June 2020, the world has crazy in a global scale, which made me think I had not looked at the micro world in a long time. One of my favourite Canon lenses to examine the micro world is my Sigma 105mm. Sigma 105mm Macro Lens ...
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/ lens review, Macro, personal

Music Photography

Since my last website crashed, I wanted to upload some of my favorite moments as a Gig Photographer from the past 15 years. Music Photography does not happen as much as it used to as the perceived value of live music shrinks year on year ...
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/ Music, music

Photographing Women

Photographing strength through photography It is possible to see the character of a person through a camera lens (unless that person is an actor). The way a man holds himself is very telling about his story; is he confident? Can that be challenged as confrontational? Can that be conceived as ...
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/ Portraits, studio, women

The Secret to Family Photography Outdoors

I lost count of how many families I have photographed in my career. Even so, when the weather, the light, the environment, and the children all behave everything comes together so perfectly that it's almost too easy to photograph a family. Keep the session very lose and relaxed Very important ...
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/ children, family, Portraits, portraits

How a home studio changed my Photography

Over 15 years ago I dreamt of having my own photography studio to expand my creative choices. I have always loved shooting weddings, but it was the control I had in a studio that really allowed me to do more. So, with the help of a couple of good mates, ...
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Pet Photography. Silver-haired cat Thomas.

This is Thomas. Sadly this gorgeous kitty mysteriously passed away last year. Every time I visit one of my closest friends his presence is tangibly missed. He was affectionate, soft and just loved the attention. They are silent, intelligent and beautiful. It is impossible to be in the same room ...
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/ Pets

Pet Photography Australian Silky Terrier Lilly

This is Lilly. She is literally the smallest doggy I've ever photographed. I'm posting this photo again because we were talking about Pet Photography last night with a good friend and her name came up. Tilly is old (12 I think), unwell and all she wanted was to be fussed, ...
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/ personal, pets, Pets

Pet Photography. Milo and Ted. Two beautiful Labradoodles

This is Milo (black and white) and Ted. Two beautiful boys who I absolutely adore. Every time I see them, their pesky humans want to talk to me and get in my way of over fussing them 🙂 I love dogs. Their lives are not complicated. They love you, and ...
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/ personal, pets, Pets

Becky and Anthony, 10 years later (sneak peep)

"Tempus Fugit" - Time Flies. Ten years ago, I photographed Becky and Anthony's wedding back in 2010. Yesterday I photographed their ten years anniversary and renewing their vows. I'll be writing a full blog post later, but for now, here are a few highlights from last night. More to come ...
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The Only thing that matters in a photo

The past 18 months have been a rough ride creatively for me. I have trouble thinking of an idea, I enjoy discussing photos in galleries and editorials. But the big thing I am missing is evoking an emotional response in my photos. Let me explain. This is Popcorn (or Pops) ...
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Is it time for film cameras again?

I started with a film camera when I was very young, and I mean a time when it was pre-digital anything! But I loved it, it was novel, creative and challenging. Back then I did not know what I was doing; all I knew was I could immortalize moments better ...
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Falling in love with the Apple iMac again.

Starting off in photography I knew I needed the right tools; cameras, lens, clients and of course something to edit on. That's when I bought my very first iMac. It had served me well over 18 months however I quickly outgrew its abilities as I needed more power. I sold ...
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College Lake, a little natural paradise in Buckinghamshire.

I feel at home at College Lake. I love the vibe, the peace and the type of people who go there. If you don't know, College Lake is a nature reserved that was once a chalk quarry in Pitstone, just outside Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. I have been there many times, with ...
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Cliveden House. A venue fit for a Princess

When I heard Megan Markle was staying at Cliveden House before her wedding, lots of memories came flooding back to a wedding I covered at Cliveden House back in 2013. Before I talk about Cliveden House, I just wanted to step back to appreciate how much my life has changed ...
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A bit of Aylesbury Waterside History

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre was opened on 12th October 2010 by Cilla Black. It is the crowning glory of Aylesbury's entertainment hub. Situated in the centre of Aylesbury, it has always been surrounded by controversy starting with the massive budget which doubled from the originally quoted £25m to the final £47m ...
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Dinton Folly, Dinton Castle. Aylesbury, Bucks

Back in 2016 my good friend Lee recommended I go a few miles outside of Aylesbury to photograph a derelict building. My initial reaction was "why?" but curiosity got the better of me and off I went. Dinton Folly, as it is known back then, is just over 3 miles ...
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/ aylesbury, personal

Bringing the fun back into Photography

2019 was another great year for me personally. As a "creative" person, I am constantly seeking more ways to be original, to be inspired as well as inspirational. As a result of that I was not enjoying photography, instead I was too focused on trying to better myself. But around ...
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Photographing a lost soul.

While I was driving Kristen home one night after some drinks loaded with peanuts (don't ask), she was saying to me how she doesn't like to disappoint anyone. She always sees the best in people. After more discussion about life, sports and goals her mind drifted towards her future. She ...
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/ Uncategorized

Kristen, my model friend

I struggle to start these blogs so I'll just say that over the next few days, I will be releasing photos from a very personal project Kristen and I have planned over the last week. I won't say why this project is personal (otherwise it wouldn't be personal), but I ...
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/ model, Uncategorized