• Lumiere Durham 2019
    United Kingdom

    Lumiere Durham: The 10th Anniversary

    The UK’s largest light festival returns to light up the cold, dark streets of Durham this weekend and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.  Lumiere Durham is back for it’s 10th anniversary with a record 37 installations bringing back some classics (remember the snow globe?) along with exciting new commissions. It’s been eight years since my one and only trip to Lumiere Durham and, in that time, I’ve had many different homes and taken numerous flights across the world, but now I’m back and settled; it’s time to experience what my adopted hometown has to offer. Gratefully, I was invited by This is Durham, Artichoke Trust and…

  • Fujifilm 35mm f/2
    Photography

    Two Months With The Fujifilm 35mm f/2

    I’m just going to come right out and say it. I don’t love this lens. How honest is that?  I’ve spent over two months with the Fujifilm 35mm f/2 and I’m finally ready to share my thoughts. *if you’re looking for a proper, detailed review, you won’t find it here.  Instead, I’ll just be rambling alongside some example shots that should help you make your mind up.  For a better review and some unbelievable photos, Jonas Rask is your man. Let’s start with the basics.  As you probably know, Fujifilm offer two 35mm lenses; the older f/1.4 version and it’s more modern, younger f/2 brother.  The f/1.4 lens is said to…

  • Two Palm Trees in Kodachrome II
    Photography

    A Week in Crete in Kodachrome II

    As you all know, I love the colours that come straight out of Fujifilm cameras; it’s why I shoot JPEG. Every couple of months, I’ll mix up my fifth custom setting slot and try something a little different. This time I was intrigued by Ritchie Roesch’s Kodachrome II settings and dialled them into my X-T2. The Kodachrome II ‘look’ was one that I thought would match the summer vibes of a week’s break in Crete. Clean, colourful and slightly vintage; my kind of style. Steve McCurry, a brilliant photographer most famous for the iconic ‘Afghan Girl’ portrait, used Kodachrome extensively. He shot the last roll of Kodachrome ever. He described…

  • Fujifilm's Astia
    Photography

    Fujifilm’s Astia: The Versatile Film Simulation

    I’ll admit, whilst Classic Chrome is probably my favourite of Fujifilm’s film simulations, Astia is the one I use almost on a daily basis.  It’s so versatile.  I’ve used this for weddings, travel, newborns and even corporate headshots.  If you’re looking for colours that will bring the best out of a range of scenes, Fujifilm’s Astia is the one. I realised recently that a lot of people are interested in my JPEG settings but many don’t see enough sample images to do them justice.  Over the next few weeks or so, I’ll start separating my images into blog posts based on film simulations.  If these posts don’t make you consider switching…

  • Spennymoor: The Norman Cornish Trail
    United Kingdom

    Spennymoor: The Norman Cornish Trail

    “Spennymoor has all that a painter needs in order to depict humanity.” The North East’s answer to Lowry, Norman Cornish is a well-regarded artist who painted at a time when black coal coursed through the veins of every family. Not being from the North East originally, I can’t say that I’ve heard of Cornish or seen his works. However, now that I’ve just bought a house in the area, I’ll be making more of an effort to explore local areas. To celebrate the centenary of Cornish’s birth, a trail has been created to take you around Spennymoor to see where Cornish took his inspiration from. Many of the locations have…

  • Fujifilm's Classic Chrome for Travel Photography
    Photography

    Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome for Travel Photography

    If you’ve been following my photography journey, you’ll know that I shoot with a Fujifilm X-T2 and, 90% of the time, the 23mm f/2 lens. With Fujifilm’s incredible colours, I’ve learnt to rely solely on JPEGs and, over time, I’ve developed my own settings. Recently however, there’s one particular film simulation that has stood out for me. Classic Chrome. I use Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome for travel photography especially for urban scenes where the colour palette really shines. For me, Classic Chrome produces perfectly desaturated and gritty images. I’ve used it on the streets of Bangkok during monsoon season as well as cities closer to home including Edinburgh.  Even ‘pretty cities’…

  • Calton Hill Edinburgh
    Photography,  United Kingdom

    Exploring Edinburgh with the Fujifilm X-T2

    I recently returned to Edinburgh for the first time in over seven years and, honestly, I’d forgotten how much I love this city.  The capital of Scotland is built on the remains of an extinct volcano, evident by the huge castle dominating the skyline and Arthur’s Seat hiding in plain sight just past Holyrood Palace.  Edinburgh’s Old Town is full of medieval buildings, homely pubs and almost too many souvenir shops.  On ground level, the New Town is full of Georgian buildings and all of your standard high street shops.  Everywhere you look, there’s something to catch your eye and point your camera at. As I was only in Edinburgh…

  • The Great Western Hotel in Rockhampton, Australia
    Blog

    2018: A Year in Review

    Well I can’t believe we’re here with only a few days left of 2018! I’m not going to lie but the last year, up until August at least, has been my favourite so far. The year started with fireworks in Sydney Harbour followed by a road trip half way around Australia and a quick stint in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Since August, I’m afraid there’s not really been anything of note. It took far longer to settle back to the English way of life than I thought. I’m not actually sure that I have settled back in. I’ve managed to find a desk job (with flexitime) which is helping build…

  • Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool
    Blog

    I’m In The UK Blog Awards!

    It’s true! I’ve been shortlisted for the UK Blog Awards for the best blog in both the ‘Travel’ and ‘Photography’ categories.  To even be able to say that after only running this blog for just over a year! To have people actually like my blog is still unbelievable too. I’m up against some big names with big followings so I know I have little chance of winning but I’d love to give it a good go.  The voting stage accounts for 40% whereas the judging accounts for 60%. I would hugely appreciate it if you could vote for me in the awards! The ‘Travel’ category is full of great blogs…

  • Marina Bay Sands
    Singapore

    Staying at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore

    For those that have been following my travels, you’ll know that Emma and I went to Singapore on our return from Australia.  Whilst we were there, we spent two nights in an Airbnb so we could concentrate fully on exploring before our final night staying at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. If you’ve ever seen photos of Singapore, it’s very likely that you’ll recognise Marina Bay Sands.  With it’s three huge towers connected by an elevated platform, it looks oddly like a cruiseliner, but contains one of the most famous hotels in the world.  Not only that, it’s home to the world’s largest infinity pool where you can swim up…