Landscape photography workshops on the Yorkshire Coast

In the summer of 2014 I delivered a number of landscape photography workshops on the Yorkshire Coast. Saltwick Bay near Whitby, and the more remote Boulby Cliffs, have again proved to be ideal locations for teaching, and for giving us the opportunity to create some fabulous images. I thought I would share some of those experiences and some of those images here....


Saltwick Bay

image from my landscape photography workshops on the Yorkshire Coast

 image from Yorkshire Coast photography workshop, Saltwick Bay

 Boulby Cliffs

Boulby never ceases to amaze me, and never ceases to provide powerful images. Reputedly the burial place of Beowolf, Boulby has the most incredible sandstone architecture on its Upper Tier, and below, a very rich source of colours and textures in its alum shales....


Boulby Cliffs, alum shales, image from landscape photography workshop, Yorkshire Coast


 Late June, 9.00pm, sun setting on another successful workshop...


Boulby Cliffs / image from Yorkshire Coast landscape photography workshop


 Honing in on the fine details, the rich textures and colours.....

Boulby Cliffs, image from Yorkshire Coast landscape photography workshopBoulby Cliffs, image from Yorkshire Coast landscape photography workshopBoulby Cliffs, Yorkshire Coast landscape photography workshop



Tour de France - Le Grand Depart, Yorkshire

Last weekend I was lucky enough to join up with friends to watch the first two stages of the Tour de France ~ an amazing and unforgettable experience!

The last weekend in June saw us busy with landscape photography workshops on the Yorkshire Coast ~ spring tides, sunshine and high summer were the ingredients for two very successful and enjoyable workshops. Thank you to my four charming clients on the 28th and my two wonderful clients on the 30th for their good company and good humour ~ it was a real pleasure to introduce you to the secrets of this amazing coast.

Here are a few images I made in quiet moments on the workshops at Saltwick Bay and at Boulby.


A swift return to the Lake District two days ago began with a run up and over Bowfell and back down to Dungeon Ghyll in Langdale.... and then a couple of sublime hours alone at Hodge Close ~ what an amazing and powerful location it is.... here are my favourite images from that evening.

Hodge Close

Just back from a fantastic week photographing in the Lake District ~ spring time really is a great time to be there. We photographed around Derwentwater, Crummock Water, Buttermere, Honister, Bassenthwaite, and Great Wood in Borrowdale.Highlights were the Rannerdale bluebells, courting common sandpipers on Crummock Water, and the pied flycatchers at Buttermere.

A selection of images from the week.


It's now the middle of May, and we have been enjoying seeing Springtime unfold up here on the Moors. The moorland birds are a real draw for me and I feel privileged to step out of the house for a hike or a run on the Moors and be in the company of lapwings, golden plover, curlew, greylag geese, woodcock, oystercatchers. Highlights have been hearing the cries of the black headed gulls, and finding three woodcock chicks. Last week the swifts arrived back, and a month before them, the swallows. We have heard cuckoos, and last month, Ruth saw an osprey overhead.

The colours and textures on the Moor have gradually changed and softened, even though we have had keen frosts and misty morning until quite recently.

A few recent images from Danby Dale and Westerdale.


Back in early March, I was preparing for a landscape photography workshop in the Yorkshire Dales. In the two days prior to the workshop I visited a few locations that had been on my list for a while, and here are a few of the images from those two days on Ingleborough, in Crummackdale, in Kingsdale and on Scales Moor.


We are delighted to announce news of our forthcoming exhibition "Colours of the Wind" which launches at Newby Hall and Gardens, North Yorkshire.

"Colours of the wind" features a wide range of work, from landscapes (North Yorkshire, the English Lake District and the Hebrides) to flower studies and abstract images.

Newby Hall is one of Britain's finest Adam houses, set in 25 acres of award winning gardens, and the 2014 season starts on Tuesday 1st April, open daily except Mondays, through to 28th September. Please do come and see our exhibition and enjoy a wonderful day out in a really beautiful setting.

We have passed the Spring Equinox, the clocks have gone forwards into British Summer Time, and tomorrow we enter April, so here is a recent image from the North York Moors to celebrate the arrival of Spring.


Heartfelt thanks for all the lovely people who came to our recent lectures "Mountain Landscapes" and "Hebridean" here in Danby a couple of nights ago ~ your warmth and enthusiasm made for such a lovely evening...

Another image from a recent trip to Ben Nevis, on a very snowy Tower Ridge, this time courtesy of my friend Mark.


Just returned from a short trip to Scotland ~ there are incredible amounts of snow above 700 metres, so the skiing and ski touring is fabulous. The strong winds have been a problem since the New Year, though we were lucky to do part of the Ballachulish Horseshoe and also a brief sojourn up Ben Nevis. Unfortunately, the climbing conditions aren't great at the moment as any ice that is present is well buried under the snow, and in the West Highlands there hasn't been the freeze - thaw cycles necessary for a good ice build up.