I tell everyone that I’ve been planning this trip to see the total solar eclipse for the last 7 years. Honestly, it’s not really true. We had it in mind to see it in person on the 21st of August this year but it was only in January 2017 that we booked the flights and hotel. We wouldn’t normally fly thousands of miles to see an eclipse but we are in the USA already visiting family, so that gets us close enough to make the extra trip. Selecting an Eclipse Viewing Location The eclipse passes across the USA in a…

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From my own very British experience I have discovered 8 ways to not cope with rain on holiday. Get very cross Fail to bring the right coats and shoes Have no backup plans of things to do Fail to make the most of the gaps between the rain Have nowhere to dry out Have nothing else to enjoy about the holiday other than the outdoors Plan nothing else to look forward to after the holiday Spend too much time being cold We’ve just had a camping weekend in the Lake District with some extended family. It was a great weekend,…

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#26 in the Judging a Photograph Series . Cropping is pretty much the most basic photo editing action, but there’s a lot you can do to an image. If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you will know that I rarely leave my photos alone SOOC (straight out of camera). In my view photography isn’t just the bit where I click the shutter, it’s also the vision I have for the finished image. Sometimes I have that vision when I take the photo, sometimes I come up with an idea later when I see it on the computer.…

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#25 in the Judging a Photograph Series . I don’t really know how I ended up photographing weddings. There was no masterplan, it just happened. I got lots of work experience as a second shooter. A second shooter is the extra photographer who helps the “real” wedding photographer. I did that over several years but in the end I gave it up and didn’t become a wedding photographer in my own right – long story. Photographing Weddings – Behind the Scenes Being a good wedding photographer is 80% organisation and 20% photography. It’s about getting the shot in a dynamic…

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#24 in the Judging a Photograph Series . Last week in the “Judging a Photograph” blog series I talked about choosing when adding a presets or filters to a photo. I find that it only really works on simplistic images. Any photo with complex appeal is usually ruined by a filter, especially the fairly brutal Instagram ones. However I did also say there are exceptions and this photo of a peacock is the most striking one of mine. Why Use Filters Now? Now I know what you’re going to say; you’re going to say you prefer the original version in…

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