It's been two and a half years since I moved to The People's Republic Duchy of Cornwall. For 'Muricans and other non-Brits, Cornwall is that bit in the southwest that looks a bit like an elephant's trunk (see the map below). Before I met my other half, my forays into the county were fleeting. I… Continue reading Five Things I Love About Living in Cornwall
Over the last few years, there has been a movement in retail trends imploring consumers to have an #IndieChristmas - buying Christmas presents from places other than big business and to prioritise independent sellers. For many of us, the go-to place is Amazon. I'm not going to call for you to boycott them for any… Continue reading How You Can Support Independent Sellers This Christmas
I said I would branch out into photography and I have. In July, I opened my Alamy page of stock photos. I have around 80 images up at the moment and eagerly awaiting my first sale. The second phase of my photography services is now underway. Over the weekend, I opened a page at a… Continue reading Announcing the Opening of my Red Bubble Shop!
A little over five years ago with a divorce on the brink of finalising, I walked out of a job and moved some 70 miles back across the country to my family home. Then, as a man in his late 30s and still with debt accrued paying for a Master's Degree he'd finished nearly four… Continue reading I Never Thought Freelancing Would Last This Long For Me
...with my new 300mm lens. As autumn descends and we try to make the best of the good weather, my other half and I took a trip to Dartmoor Zoo Park last weekend. Visiting Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium two weeks before, we noticed a special discount on offer. Visit either DZP or NMA, and with… Continue reading I’ve Been Shooting Big Cats and Wolves For Fun
One of the first investments I was keen to make quickly when I bought my first DSLR in the spring was a zoom lens. I must have spent months looking at the various options: do I go up to 200mm or 300mm? Would that be enough for what I wanted to use it for, as… Continue reading I Now Have a 300mm Lens!
While I've only lived in this stunning county for two years, three years short of neighbour and tourism rival Devon, I'm already hooked on the stunning landscapes and green spaces. It was a fatal attraction, really, for somebody with a master's in landscape archaeology largely unable to separate the concept of green space from environmentally-engineered-over-thousands-of-years-space.… Continue reading My Favourite Cornish Photography Spots (So Far!)
When I got my new DSLR earlier this year, it gave me the opportunity not just to learn how to take high quality photographs, but also develop some basic photo editing and manipulation skills. I learnt early on that modern photographers edit images as a matter of routine. In fact, those who refuse to do… Continue reading First Impressions of GIMP Photo Editor
Or so the saying goes, but who says? As I develop my photography skills through this year, I'm quite adamant that I'm not particularly interested in photography that involves people - promotional events, weddings, etc. But animals are a different story. The weekend before last, I went to Newquay Zoo for the first time. It's… Continue reading Never Work with Children or Animals (Photography)
Whenever I move somewhere new (Exeter in the last decade and Petersfield about 7 years ago after my separation). I like to explore the place I will call home. I like a good walkabout and have so far done Truro and a little bit in Falmouth but I've not really done so in Penryn. It's… Continue reading There is Inspiration Everywhere for Writers and Photographers