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Bethlehem

2nd January 2016

Bethlehem

The lights of Bethlehem just into the New Year 2016. OK not the Bible Bethlehem, but the town in KZN, SA. This is a two and half minute exposure taken looking across the shoreline of Sterkfontein Reservoir where we were camped for the night on our way back to J’Burg and the UK. It’s one […]

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

30th December 2015

Morning Hike

In the inimitable words of the Rolling Stones, “You can’t always get what you want, but you get what you need”. My wife and I had set out for a pre-dawn hike in the Drakensbug Mountains in South Africa, I hoping to get an epic landscape of some description and Charlie, well she just needs […]

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Retreating Storm, South Africa

27th December 2015

Retreating Storm

I’ve been wanting to shoot lightning for years, but getting a clear crack at it in the UK is pretty rare. Last week my family and I were camped out in a tiny game reserve near the Drakensburg mountains in KZN, South Africa, and as evening fell a huge storm rolled towards us from the […]

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iPhone Experiment #3.214

15th November 2015

iPhone experiment

Ok, I’m kidding about the #3.214, I may be a little anal, but nowhere near that much. I like trying out new stuff on the iPhone, though more for personal interest than professional, it’s still just a phone. This image was taken using a Slow Shutter Speed app, set at three seconds and panned during […]

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Looking Up

3rd November 2015

Looking Up

It’s so easy to forget to look up. We spend so much time looking at the ground, or worse hunched over glaring at out little screens. This just a snap on the iPhone (one of the good things about smart phones is the camera) taken whilst walking the dog. Not the resolution I could have […]

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Portraiture Workshop

25th October 2015

Amin Saleem Pic of Theo

Theo. Photograph by Amin Saleem. I had a lovely portraiture workshop with my student Amin last week. Once again blessed with good light we were able to work on black and white portraiture, and my model Theo looked good and broody while Amin worked on his composition and natural light technique. Well done Amin, good […]

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Professional Photography

23rd October 2015

The fabulous 1st Issue of Professional Photography is just out and I strongly urge you to get yourself a copy of what I’m sure is set to become an iconic magazine amongst photographers. Go here to make sure you don’t miss it. Of course there’s a certain – well a lot – of self-promotion involved […]

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Gerrards Hill

22nd October 2015

Gerrard's Hill-1

A quick snap of Gerrard’s Hill (Beaminster, Dorset, UK) up above the house the other morning. Howlingly cold!

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Professional Photo Magazine

Professional-Photo-Nov-2015-P51

Many thanks to Roger Payne at Professional Photo Magazine for his lovely seven page feature on my book A Show of Hands. So nice to see such great reproduction, and he covered it beautifully. It’s a fab mag and well worth a read www.absolutephoto.com.

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A blog about a blog

My thanks to Digital SLR Photography Magazine for featuring my post about the future of cameras from a while back in their Guest Blog spot in the November Issue of their great magazine. It’s a subject that fascinates me, not especially in a photographic way, but more in a future shock way.

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A Show Of Hands goes to Serbia

My thanks to Irena for this piece in Serbia yesterday. I’m so pleased that the project has a more international appeal than I had initially imagined. I had to limit the hands to UK subjects purely as the cost of flying round the world to shoot international hands was too high. Much as I would […]

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The Super Blood Moon Eclipse 2015

28th September 2015

The-Super-Blood-Moon-Eclipse-1

Boy it was freezing last night, probably should have changed out of my pyjamas to watch and shoot the Super Blood Moon Eclipse, here’s a before, during and after crack at it. Maybe by 2033 I’ll be able to get closer, sharper and probably shoot it through my phone rather than a telescope… If you’d […]

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The eyes have it

21st September 2015

Laras-EYe

My assistant’s (the lovely Lara Arnott) eye as a test shot for the shoot I did last week. Thanks to all the crew for their help during the shoot.

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Studland Shard

15th September 2015

Studland Shard-1

My last post made me think of this which I snapped back in June I think. Perched on the cliff edge in heck of a wind, Dorset’s superior answer to the Shard.

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Smoky Mountain River

14th September 2015

Smoky Mountain River-1

Well ok my Smoky Mountain River doesn’t have any smoke, and it’s not a mountain, but it is a river. I spent quite a while barefoot freezing knee deep in a small river in Cornwall looking at this rock I liked. I knew there was a shot there somewhere and eventually found it by looking […]

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Circus Camp Devotees

3rd September 2015

Simin Roberts

The lovely Freya and Simon at Circus Camp down in the Cornwall this summer.

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On cloud nine at Circus Camp

29th August 2015

Matthew Black Trampoline

Matthew Black has a laugh. Oceane Peillet floats. Had some fun on cloud nine at Circus Camp with Swamp Circus down in Cornwall. While the wife was teaching Aerial Silks I (with the assistance of the ever buy cytotec cebu helpful Simon) took some snaps of the circus crew having fun on the trampoline. Marion […]

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To see a world in a grain of sand…

17th August 2015

Peter Layton Glass Blower

“To see a world in a grain of sand, And heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palms of your hands, And eternity in an hour.” William Blake. Peter Layton, Glassblower. From A Show Of Hands by Tim Booth Book out October 2015

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Behold the hands…

10th August 2015

Jonathan Pryce Actor

“Behold the hands, how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate, refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of variation which makes the tongue envious.” ― Michel de Montaigne” #AShowOfHands Book out October 2015

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Michael Morpurgo, Author, from A Show Of Hands

16th July 2015

Michael Morpurgo Author

In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence. – Sir Isaac Newton. As an athiest I guess I have a slight problem with the sentiment, but I love the quote. Here’s a image of Michael Morpurgo’s hands (of War Horse fame) from my forthcoming book A Show Of […]

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Finally it’s here.

29th June 2015

I got back from a shoot this afternoon and it was sitting on my desk. The first advanced copy of A Show of Hands. Opening it was nerve wracking. My friends know me to be a bit of a perfectionist and a tad anal, but I have to say I’m more than pleased with the […]

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Elephant spotted drinking from channel yesterday.

3rd June 2015

Elephant spotted in English Channel

I went down to Bournemouth yesterday to meet up with the Dorset Community Foundation who do fabulous work raising funds to help those most in need in our fabulous county. They’re running a fundraising event called #LoveDorset this month, where you send in a £5 donation and a shot of your favourite place in Dorset […]

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The Moon Tonight – 28th May 2015

29th May 2015

The Moon Tonight - 28th May 2015

The Moon Tonight – 28th May 2015. At last got my camera back from the doctor, and the moon’s out before sundown :).

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What sort of camera will you be holding in your hands in ten years time?

19th May 2015

My guess is it won’t look anything like a DSLR, and you won’t be weighed down with a clutch of lenses either. The move from film to digital has taken over fifteen years to get from crappy to pretty outstanding. In 2000 I still had all my film cameras, but took the first tentative step […]

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The Moon Tonight 30th April 2015

30th April 2015

The Moon Tonight 30th April 2015

The Moon Tonight 30th April 2015, what a cracking night, it’s breathless out there. Just the occasional bleat from the lambs and the odd owl.

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The Moon Tonight 29th April 2015

29th April 2015

The Moon Tonight 29th April 2015

The Moon Tonight 29th April 2015, bit of pre-nightfall moon action tonight (though I think that’s oxymoronic).

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The Moon Tonight 28th April 2015

28th April 2015

The Moon Tonight 28th April 2015

The Moon Tonight 28th April 2015, sitting quietly behind a curtain of light mist.

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The Moon Tonight 27th April 2015

27th April 2015

The Moon Tonight 27th April 2015

The Moon Tonight 27th April 2015. My birthday so a little pissed… might be a tad out of focus.

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The Moon Tonight 26th April 2015

26th April 2015

The Moon Tonight 26th April 2015

The Moon Tonight 26th April 2015. Can’t quite believe how sharp she was tonight. Here it is a little closer.

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Colmer Hill at Dawn

24th April 2015

Colmer Hill at Dawn

Colmer Hill at Dawn. Very chilly up there the other day, and rather fun watching Bridport wake up in the distance.

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The Moon Tonight 23rd April 2015

The Moon Tonight 23rd April 2015

The Moon Tonight 23rd April 2015. Sorry, bit late with this one, too many caipirinhas last night, which is also why it’s a little blurred!

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The Moon Tonight – 22nd April 2015

22nd April 2015

The Moon Tonight - 22nd April 2015

Just so wonderfully clear and sharp tonight, the last crystal clear night for some time I think.

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The Moon Tonight 21st April 2015

21st April 2015

The Moon Tonight 21st April 2015

The Moon Tonight 21st April 2015. The light side and the dark side. Low on the horizon so slightly hazed, but nice to see both faces.

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The Moon Tonight 8th April 2015

9th April 2015

The Moon Tonight 8th April 2015

The Moon Tonight 8th April 2015, well at 4.15a.m. on the 9th. Looks a bit like the Death Star today.

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The Moon Tonight – 5th April 2015

7th April 2015

The Moon Tonight - 5th April 2015

The Moon Tonight – 5th April 2015. All bloody and shimmering at moonrise.

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The Moon Tonight – 6th April 2015

6th April 2015

The Moon Tonight – 6th April 2015. More the mood tonight than the moon tonight.

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The Moon Tonight – 4th April 2015

4th April 2015

The Moon Tonight - 4th April 2015

The Moon Tonight – 4th April 2015. Easter Day tomorrow, doesn’t get much fuller than this. Happy Birthday Bro.

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The Moon Tonight – 31st March 2015

31st March 2015

The Moon Tonight - 31st March 2015

The Moon Tonight – 31st March 2015. It really looks like a big lump of rock tonight. Something to do with the angle, a bit to do with the amount of shadow I suppose, but there’s no getting away from it’s big ball of rockness. Which of course should come as no surprise I suppose.

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The Moon Tonight – 26th March 2015

26th March 2015

The Moon Tonight - 26th March 2015

The Moon Tonight – 26th March 2015. The clearest night we’ve had for a while. Breathless and almost balmy out there, she looks fat and sharp. I’m amazed at the difference between two nights ago and tonight, I never really clocked before how much of a change there is every night. Oh to able to […]

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The Moon Tonight – 24th March 2015

24th March 2015

The Moon Tonight - 24th March 2015

The Moon Tonight – 24th March 2015. Looks like it should have a boy fishing from it tonight I thought.

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The Moon Tonight 22nd March 2015.

23rd March 2015

The Moon Tonight 22nd March 2015

The Moon Tonight 22nd March 2015. Waffer thin mint tonight. A bit hazy, but beautiful just the same.

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A natural light photographer?

20th March 2015

West Dorset Valley Mist

I am at heart a fairly old-school natural light photographer. I’ll get to the old school another time, but as for the natural light bit… I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that people who say they’re ‘natural light’ photographers would be at sea in a studio and think speedlight flash is for event photography. But […]

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The Moon Tonight – 5th March 2015

5th March 2015

The Moon Tonight - 5th March 2015

Well the cloud that was threatened arrived. Just managed to catch it as it rose through a chink in the cloud. Bit grainy, but it’s a bugger when it’s low on the horizon. Nice to catch it one last time before the banks roll in. Waning soon no doubt.

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The Moon Tonight – 4th March 2015

4th March 2015

The Moon Tonight - 4th March 2015

I wanted to wait till full moon, but the cloud’s coming in tomorrow for a what looks like a longish spell, so it’s adieu to the moon for a while. She’s almost there, though actually I’m looking forward to her waning as she benefits from more cross light. Bar the whole ‘Ooooh full moon’ thing, […]

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The Moon Tonight – 3rd March 2015

3rd March 2015

The Moon Tonight - 3rd March 2015

Rather a small and blurred moon tonight, but the moon nevertheless. I was down at Portland to take another shot entirely, but got blown and ‘sprayed’ off the cliff, so came leeward to snap this.

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Another Rainy Day in Paradise

2nd March 2015

Downpour

Barreling down with rain, a passing downpour on Kho Libong in Southern Thailand.

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The Moon Tonight – 2nd March 2015

The Moon Tonight - 2nd March 2015

Think I might make this a regular thing, well, for as long as I can borrow the telescope anyway. Only just caught it before the clouds came in, by seconds, so rather lucky to get at all. Still a little obscured by cloud, but not that noticeable. The rabbit’s really clear tonight and the bottom […]

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The Moon Tonight

26th February 2015

The Moon Tonight

The moon tonight looking very cratery, first time I’ve got this close and seen the mountains like that. And boy it moves fast, so silent so quick, rather spooky.

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iPhone Photography Course, The Cobb at Lyme Regis

25th February 2015

The-Cobb-iPhone

Spent a lovely day down at Lyme Regis last week teaching iPhone Photography. Ludicrously gorgeous day, it was like summer, people everywhere, though wisely bundled up in winter kit. And the iPhone 6 pulled it off again.

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Well I’d buy a copy

13th February 2015

No Angel

Mucked about in the studio yesterday shooting the pic for Charlie’s next gig. Thought this might make a nice album cover.

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