• 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…

  • View from the top of the central tower at Durham Cathedral
    United Kingdom

    Getting High at Durham Cathedral

    No, not that type of ‘high’ before you ask.  The Central Tower at Durham Cathedral has now re-opened after three years of pain-staking reconstruction.  For you and other travellers to the city, this means that you can experience the best views of Durham from the highest point.  You can also take in how hard the restoration must have been.  The particular stone used to build Durham Cathedral weathers very quickly.  So whilst the new stone might seem bright and very out of place, it won’t take long before it ages and this whole process starts again. Durham Cathedral is a must-do for any visitor to the city.  The interior is…

  • 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…

  • 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’…

  • How to find the cardwell spa pools
    Australia

    How to Find the Cardwell Spa Pools

    At the halfway point between Townsville and Cairns lies Cardwell; a small coastal town in the Far North Tropics of Queensland.  If you’ve been heading north along the A1, this is probably the closest you’ll have driven to the sea for sometime.  Other than for a toilet stop and a place to stretch your legs, there would seem little else to do.  However, this little town holds a secret.  The Cardwell Spa Pools.  10km inland lies the brightest, bluest freshwater stream imaginable complete with a natural jacuzzi.  If you’re in the area, this is a must see and, if you’re lucky, you’ll have the place to yourselves!  The only difficulty…

  • kings park perth cbd
    Australia

    The Ten Best Things To Do In Perth

    I have fond memories of Perth; the world’s most isolated capital city.  After our campervan decided it had had enough in the middle of the Outback, we (eventually) flew to Perth to re-group.  The three weeks I spent in Perth left me feeling comfortable and safe after a nightmare of a week.  Now, even though I visited in winter, Perth was full of endless clear blue skies and mid-20 degree days.  What makes this city even more beautiful is how isolated it is.  The nearest capital city is Adelaide.  Imagine living in London and your nearest capital city being Moscow.  There’s a great feeling of togetherness here and it results…

  • Temples in Chiang Mai
    Thailand

    24 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Chiang Mai

    Unless you’ve visited Thailand before or dreaming of visiting, you might not have heard of Chiang Mai.  Chiang Mai is often referred to as the ‘Rose of the North’ and is heaven for food lovers, temple lovers and even those that love shopping!  Whilst I’ll go into detail as to what exactly you should be doing in another post, I’ll let the photography do the talking here.  So I’ve put together 24 photos to inspire you to visit Chiang Mai! It only took a few hours in Chiang Mai for me to fall completely in love.  From the golden topped temples to the countless bowls of khao soi (here’s everywhere…

  • 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…

  • Byron Bay Surfer
    Photography

    My Travel Photography Prints Are Here!

    Yes, you read that right, I’ve finally gotten around to putting some of my favourite travel photography prints up for sale! I’m not sure how popular these will be but there’s 34 photos from my travels around Australia, Bali, Singapore and Thailand.  There’s even two from Europe! Who wouldn’t want to be reminded of that time they took a crazy tuk-tuk ride in Bangkok, chilled with elephants in Chiang Mai or watched the surfers in Byron Bay. If I could, I’d print all of my photos… Anyway, if you’re even the slightest bit interested, please check out my gallery and let me know what you think. All you have to…

  • 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…