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Durdle Door – The Challenges Facing Our Jurassic Coast’s Heritage

Search for the words “Durdle Door”, and you’ll probably find something relating to a “natural limestone arch”, an “UNESCO World Heritage Site”, or even part of the 12,000 acre “Lulworth Estate” which is owned by the Weld family in Dorset. Stood on top of the cliffs looking out over this dramatic archway that pierces the coastline, it’s difficult to not be impressed by its presence – as I was the morning I shot this amazing […]

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Frame Averaging – A Complete Guide To The New Long Exposure Triangle

It’s been around 18 months since Phase One first launched the concept of Frame Averaging in their IQ4 series of digital backs – a technology that can produce an in-camera long exposure image, essentially “decoupling” time from the traditional exposure triangle, with no need for filters in front of the lens. As one of their global ambassadors, it was great to see it develop through from those very first images I shot for the Phase […]

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Yoga vs Photography – One good for the back, one… maybe not so much.

That, there, is a bead of my sweat. It’s fallen on my yoga mat after participating, willingly, in one of Vic’s online sida yoga sessions. And for balance, here are some other things I never thought I’d be saying, if I went back to a year ago today: My elderly relatives are proficient in “Zooming”, and how to “connect to audio”. I’ve managed to make a tank of fuel last 4 months. I got quite good at […]

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Comet Neowise – NeoWhere? Finding the Coolest Thing in the Night Sky

As the brightest comet in nearly a quarter of a century, you’d think that catching a glimpse of the huge cosmic ice-ball otherwise known as C/2020 F3 “NEOWISE” would be easy. After all, many had reported seeing it in the pre-dawn sky, and it’s a pretty decent size at 3 miles wide. As it travels through space at a rate of 144,000 miles per hour, nearly 70 million miles away from earth, NEOWISE has become […]

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AR – See Your New Print in Your Own Space, with Augmented Reality

We’ve finally made it happen – Our new Augmented Reality (AR) tool can bring your chosen fine art print to life in your own space, using an iOS or Android device, wherever you choose to be! It’s been a busy few months here “back at base” – despite having our travel wings well and truly clipped for a while, there hasn’t been a moment of down-time for us since the worldwide lockdown began. Instead, we’ve […]

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Digital Camera Magazine – Frame Averaging and XT One to One Masterclass

Head down to the UK newsagents this week – and you’ll find the latest edition of Digital Camera magazine, with a special feature on why I shoot in Medium Format, Frame Averaging (and what it means for consumer level cameras in future), using the Phase One XT in the field, editing with Capture One and a lot more besides… I have to admit, shooting an editorial with Niall and Rod from the magazine during the […]

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Patagonia – Part Two: Mt Fitz Roy, El Chaltén, Argentina

Nearly a year on, and we return to “Part Two” of my Patagonia trip – following on from the time already spent in Chile’s Torres Del Paine National Park. It turns out, there’s a LOT of paperwork involved in taking a car from Chile to Argentina – something that Mark had (luckily) flagged before we picked it up in Punta Arenas. Without all these documents (and fees) being arranged when you collect your car in […]

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Milford Sound – The Superstar of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park

Standing tall and majestic in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, the peaks that surround Milford Sound can capture light in truly magnificent ways, all through the year. Whether it’s the deep, misty haze that each morning can bring, or the final rays of sunlight on a spring afternoon, there’s something special about this iconic view that just keeps pulling me back to visit time and time again. They say the journey is often just as […]

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Greenland – Capturing the Glaciers & Icebergs of the Arctic Circle

There’s something inherently mysterious and special about visiting arctic circle locations such as Greenland. Whether it’s the months of nightless days or dayless nights, the extreme temperatures in which people still manage to survive, the stunning scenery by itself, or the first-hand view you get of what is happening to our world’s climate – there was enough attraction to convince me, along with Thomas from Rollei, to head north and explore. Having decided to head […]

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San Francisco – The City, The Bay and The Golden Gate Bridge

Our cities are, by nature, ever-changing entities in their own right. From skylines that morph into different silhouetted shapes each year, to businesses and people that come and go as their needs and successes change – these moments in time that I capture in my cityscape images are never the same from one day to the next, and the ones I’ve taken of San Francisco are no exception. From high above the rooftops, blue hour […]

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Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney – South East Australia’s Cities & Beyond

It’s a horrible trap we fall in to, when flying “down under” from London: Sydney becomes our target, to the exclusion of many other locations. It’s the primary advertised route from the UK, and after travelling 20-24 hours to get there, our appetite for further travel can sometimes fade a little, meaning we focus purely on this one “cool city” on Australia’s south-eastern coastline. And, in part, rightly so – it’s an amazing place to […]

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Review – Launching the Brand New Phase One XT Medium Format Field Camera

Just when you thought the image quality of Phase One’s stunning IQ4 150MP full frame medium format system couldn’t get any better, today, the team have once again pushed the industry even further forward – launching the world’s first compact, digitally integrated, Field Camera – the Phase One XT. Designed primarily for ultra-detailed landscapes and cityscapes, where compromise is not an option, the new camera delivers that promise in a much more travel-friendly form factor […]

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No, 100+ megapixels will not make you a better photographer – but this might…

It’s one simple concept: Learn the fundamental principles of photography, and learn them well. Those skills cannot be traded for megapixels, and will help you get the most out of any hardware in which you do decide to eventually invest. The problem with more pixels… You know what’s worse than 24 million poorly exposed, out of focus, diffracted, useless pixels that need “fixing” on a computer screen? That’s right – over 100 million poorly exposed, […]

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Get the Free Interactive Guide to Long Exposure Photography with Phase One

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally been released: The Phase One Guide to Long Exposure Photography You can now get your virtual hands on our free interactive guide to getting the best out of your camera when it comes to long exposure photography, compiled and presented by Phase One and, well, me! Whether it’s the look of silky water and cloud movement you’re trying to achieve, capturing light trails at night, brightening […]

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Photographers, Instagrammers – Stop Being So Damn Selfish and Disrespectful

What does it take to push a farmer to this point? The point where, fed up of thousands of disrespectful photographers, wannabe “influencers” and narcissistic tourists, they feel the only way to get them to stop damaging their business and property, is to damage those people’s photographs? I guess those visiting the lavender fields of Valensole, Provence – in the south of France, just found out. I write this, obviously, with a slight tinge of […]

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Fire in the Hole! – Grand Teton’s Snake River & Mormon Row

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – one of my favourite towns in the world. I say “town”, rather than “city”, as while it has the population and designation of the latter, this amazing little place still manages to exude that feeling of a classic American wild-west town from years gone by. Nestled to the south of Grand Teton National Park and its mountain range which spans for miles to the north towards Yellowstone, the views here are […]

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Mono Lake – Shooting ‘The Other World’ for Nearly 20 Years

While managing to remain relatively hidden and “off the beaten track”, Mono Lake (and its Tufa State Natural Reserve) has managed to capture the imagination of photographers from all round the world for many years – those keen to explore beyond the obvious nearby locations such as Yosemite National Park and Death Valley. My first encounter of this other-worldly destination (above) was very much a “drive-by” on a road trip nearly two decades ago (from […]

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A Winter’s Tale – Yosemite in the Snow

The elation at making it through the storms and into Yosemite National Park in the deep winter snow soon fades as you start focusing on the next challenge in a few day’s time: Getting back out again. Awesome though it was to be surrounded by deep walls of ploughed snow on the one remaining open road in and out of the park, you know you’re only one storm away from being trapped in the valley […]