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    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…

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    What Is In My Camera Bag?

    I’ve been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now and, as luck would have it, it’s been exactly twelve months since I wrote Ultimate Travel Photography Gear.  Not much has changed since then but I’ve travelled extensively with my equipment and made some additions. I think now is the time to share an updated post on what is in my camera bag. I’ve had a lot of compliments on my photography over the past year so I thought I’d share more details about my gear. What Is In My Camera Bag (Or Not) 1. Fujifilm X-T2 This has been my pride and joy for almost two years…

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    The Great Switch: From RAW to JPEG

    I appreciate that this isn’t technically ‘travel-related’, but photography is such a big part of what I do here that I just had to write this post. It’s mainly for the photographers out there though you could just be interested for a bit of background to my images!  For a rundown of my gear for travel photography, just click here. In a debate that’s been around as long as digital cameras, RAW has always come out on top.  For those unfamiliar, a RAW image is essentially a digital negative stored directly from the camera’s sensor.  Once you get that file into an editing software such as Lightroom, you are able…

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    Through The Lens: Staithes

    This week we’re sticking with the Yorkshire theme but this time we’re heading to the coast.  A little known fishing village, just above Whitby, Staithes is a gem on the East Coast of England. All shots were taken on a Nikon D5000 with a 35mm f/1.8 lens.  Old school I know! You can check out my other posts in the ‘Through The Lens’ series here.

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    Through The Lens: York

    This week I’m taking you to one of my favourite cities in the UK.  I lived in York for law school and then work for about seven years so I’ve had plenty of time to scour the streets for photo opportunities.  Most of the following photos were taken on my commute to/from the train station whilst I was living in Durham!  Most went towards my (failed) attempt at the 365 project. Let me know what you think of these photos in the comments!   All shots taken on the Fujifilm X-T2 with the 23mm f/2 lens. You can check out my other posts in the ‘Through The Lens’ series here.…

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    Through The Lens: Leeds

    To keep things fresh around here (and now that I’m not travelling Australia), I thought I would go through some old photos and start a new series of blog posts.  This is the first of a number of posts looking at different cities/places I’ve been purely through photos.  I’m going to add minimal words and just let the photos do the talking. The first place up is Leeds, a city in Yorkshire, towards the north of England.  After recovering from my hip operation, I wandered around Leeds on a Saturday afternoon (clocking up about ten miles!) before my first gig back with my band! If you love the photos or…

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    Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

    This week’s photo challenge set by The Daily Post is to explore what it means to find your place in the world.  Do you prefer the coast or a big city? Where do you go to feel inspired? For me, I love the coast.  I could sit and watch the waves roll in for hours.  It also inspires me to get creative whether that be with photography or writing.  

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    Eight Tips for Better Drone Photography

    If you’re reading this you’re most likely interested in drone photography.  At the moment, this type of aerial photography is incredibly popular due to the affordability of drones.  I’m still learning the craft of drone photography but I hope my tips help you! Use Exposure Bracketing This is my number one tip.  I’ll put my hands up and say that the quality of photos from drones generally is quite poor unless you’re spending thousands.  The drone I have, the popular DJI Mavic Pro, has the same size image sensor that’s in your smartphone.  Sure, 4k video quality from the Mavic is insane but the same cannot be said for its…

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    Weekly Photo Challenge: Favourite Place

    It’s my first time taking part in the weekly photo challenge set by WordPress so I’m glad I’m easing in gently. Whilst I may be travelling around Australia, I do miss the comforts of home and family. I spent six years living in the fantastic city of York and it will always hold a special place in my heart!