• hogwarts wizarding world of harry potter
    USA

    The Most Magical Photos of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    For those that love Harry Potter, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando is the holy grail. The amount of work that has gone in to the creation of the two parks is insane. You will feel as though you are within the pages of all your favourite books. There are two separate parks connecting by the Hogwarts Express, an experience in itself aboard a real-life train. One is based on the village of Hogsmeade covered in snow overlooked by the Hogwarts Castle whilst the other is Diagon Alley complete with the a fire-breathing dragon atop Gringotts Bank. You can drink Butterbeer and pumpkin juice, buy…

  • fujifilm's acros simulation in the real world
    Photography

    Fujifilm’s ACROS Simulation In The Real World

    I have always had a thing for black and white photography.  It has a timeless beauty to it and, for some reason, it pushes me to focus even harder on light and composition.  Shooting in black and white when travelling helps you push your own creative boundaries that little bit further.  We all know Fujifilm’s film simulations are awesome but ACROS is on another level.  It is legendary.  Now is the time for me to show you the use of Fujifilm’s ACROS simulation in the real world. So, first things first, if you want to get into the full details behind Fujifilm’s ACROS simulation, there’s a good blog post here. …

  • Paronella Park
    Australia

    The Magic of Paronella Park in Tropical Australia

    Hidden away in the lush rainforests of Far North Queensland lies the most unexpected of attractions. Paronella Park is the life’s work of Mr Jose Paronella who, from 1929 onwards, turned scrubland next to Mena Creek into a beautiful Spanish castle. Paronella Park is one of those attractions that really does not disappoint and it really is a one of a kind in Australia. Jose arrived in Australia from Spain in 1913 and planned for a perfect life for him and his fiancee, Matilda. Unfortunately after 13 years working hard on sugar cane farms and working his way up the ladder, he returned home to Spain to find that Matilda…

  • 2019: A Year in Review
    Blog

    2019: A Year in Review

    To say 2019 has been a busy year would be an understatement.  Both Emma and I turned 30, , we’ve bought our first home, we’ve visited Edinburgh, Cork, Crete, Florida and Guernsey and, most importantly, ended the year with our wedding. We only started planning the wedding in July so, as you can imagine, it’s been pretty stressful but I can’t imagine a better way to end the decade. Coupled in alongside all of that, remember the job I had just started in November last year? Well I’m now working as a solicitor again in a completely different area of law which, at the moment at least, is very rewarding…

  • 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
    Greece,  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’…