#28 in the Judging a Photograph Series .One of my favourite things about our self-drive trips to France has been the chance to stay in a few different places on one holiday. One time, after a week near Guerande in the Loire Atlantique region, we had a second week in western Brittany. On the drive between the two we stopped to see the Carnac Megaliths. These ancient avenues of stones are as old as Stonehenge but are smaller, irregular shapes. Around 3000 standing stones stretch in eleven lines for over one and a half kilometres. Roadtrain Tour We decided to…

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There’s more than just thundering water and breathtaking views on a visit to Niagara Falls. Plenty of other attractions, rides and experiences have sprung up in the area to make a visit into an all-round resort experience. On the Canadian side is Clifton Hill, the vibrant resort centre and the heart of the fun. Getting to Clifton Hill The views of the Falls themselves are better from the Canadian side, but don’t let that put you off if you have already booked your USA hotel. Making a day visit to Canada is easy. Of course there are border formalities and…

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#27 in the Judging a Photograph Series . If you take a photo of a person – whether a formal portrait or not – then you will get a different feel to the image depending on where they are looking. If their eyes are looking straight into your lens, then it’s all pretty unambiguous. It starts to get more interesting when they are looking somewhere else. You are drawn to follow their gaze. When you have two people in a photo together then it’s great to get a shot of them looking at each other. Wedding photographers do this a…

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In August we went to the USA to see relatives in the north of New York state. I’m not a city-break person but who could pass up the opportunity to see New York City just one time? We do like to tick boxes on our family trips and now I can say we have done the Big Apple. It’s quite difficult to plan a good trip to NYC when I have never held any ambitions to see it. Most people I’ve spoken to seem to get pretty excited and have dreams about the place. It’s easy to get recommendations from other…

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I think I should have realised years ago that turkeys are wild animals in the USA. Unlike here in the UK, they don’t  just live in a Bernard Matthews enclave, spending the whole year dreaming of Christmas. The first hint that I got about this alternative turkey lifestyle was on a trip to the supermarket. In a modest branch of Walmart (only twice the size of my local Asda) I found myself in the hunting section. The “entry level” hunting aisle was dedicated to turkey shooting. Clearly turkey shooting is a mild hunting activity. Only extreme sportsmen go in for…

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