Category Archives: Clouds and skies

Lone figure looking out to sea.  Kessingland, Suffolk, England

Lone figure looking out to sea.


I love beach scenes because it’s a minimalist landscape and allows the photographer to concentrate on single elements, and in this photo I was inspired to take a photo because of the figure in the distance, engulfed by sky and sand.

I love the mood and atmosphere of a beach, and they are places of freedom. You can play an impromptu game of football on it or play catch with a frisbee….and there are never any ‘no ball games’ (well, not usually!)

They are places where you can be on your own and be disturbed by no one. You can have a picnic on your own or with friends…and no one will move you on or disturb you.

They are places of nature where town planners have been told to keep away, so the beaches belong to everyone, and that’s why I love the beach.

ff St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, England, UK

Another photograph taken about a while ago one summer, I suppose another ‘rediscovered’ photo that needed post-processing.

With this composition I wanted a higher tide as I wanted something to resemble those National Trust photographs, with the long exposure dawn shots with a blue/purple warmly lit sea gently lapping against the cobblestone causeway that leads to the ‘Mount’ in the distance.

My own photography has moved on since then, and I am no longer (so much) in awe of those classic shots. I just turn up and photograph what I see….And so, over time, these less glamorous shots with a harsh rocky foreground rather than a smooth long exposure sea foreground, are back in my good books!

It’s not that I didn’t like this photo, because I did. I have never thought any ill of it! But it didn’t have the same serene feel of those long exposure classics. In fact, I have been back a few times and never seen those classic conditions for that classic photo.

Not that I ever made the effort to wait for those ‘perfect’ conditions, so I can’t complain!

My Paradise…

Photography and words by
View across Lake Ohrid, Macedonia View across Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

This shot is a dusk shot looking towards mountains in Albania. I am on the Macedonian side of Lake Ohrid. I made this trip a few years ago, but thought I’d post it here for the Photofriday challenge, which this week is ‘paradise’.

For me, this image represents a kind of paradise as I was on a cycle touring trip around Europe, and I love cycletouring. This is a photograph looking across to Albania into the mountains where I would be cycling through over the following days. It’s these moments when I rest in a town or village that I look forward to more cycling adventures to come…..

I have a few more images from this evening here