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Taken in Florence, Italy, this was a trip to celebrate my wife’s 50th birthday. An absolutely fantastic location. We spent four days there experiencing and expolring the old city. You can’t help but take good photographs in Florence, there is so much beautiful architecture and works of art. All you have to do is point the camera and take the picture.
This image is of the statues above the main door of the courts of justice. This medieval palace was thirty feet away from our superb hotel.
Taken on an Olympus E-620

This was taken on a visit to the National Trust property at Canons Ashby in the autumn of 2010. The ivy on the front of the building had turned a gorgeous red and gave me the impression that the whole of the wall was on fire, with the flames licking around the window.
I have done several versions of this image, and in fact the one in my book ‘MMX’ is not quite so strident as this. This time, I wanted to try and bring out the fierce colour of the ivy even more, so I put it through Nik Color Efex Pro’s tonal contrast which increased the vibrancy and then enhanced the light in the area around the window.
Taken on an Olympus E-30.

This image was my submission for a club project entitled ‘beer’. I tried various different cans of beer, glasses and tankards in many different setups and eventually settled on Guinness (my favourite tipple) and a pewter tankard. I particularly like the lighting on this image and the simple yet effective arrangement of the objects.
Taken with an Olympus E-620.

This image was taken in the lake district with an Olympus E-30. It was a gloriously sunny day but very windy. We had pulled into a lay-by by a stream to get some shots both up the valley from where we had just come from and down the valley in the direction  we were headed. When we stopped at the small lay-by, there were no other cars parked. Within five minutes three other vehicles stopped and other people got out with their cameras.
Just as I set up my camera and tripod to take the road disappearing into the distance a man got out of his car armed with a point and shoot and stood right in front of me to the right of the boulder as you see it in the photo. He completely ignored me and carried on taking pictures. After three or four minutes he had apparently finished and walked back to his car. I took this picture just as he disappeared behind the boulder.

This picture was taken on a chilly day in September in the Lake District.  This is Watendlath tarn which lies in the hills above Derwent water. I used a 2 stop neutral density filter to help bring out the sky, and the camera was on a tripod. It was taken with an Olympus E-30.

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