Cucumber splash commercial photography

From an early age I think most parents have told their children not to play with their food… I’m glad I’m old enough to break the rules..

Setting the home studio up I had a ‘play’ day where I was testing the limits of my flash duration on my studio lights for future projects.  Throwing objects into a tank of water was a great way of testing the flashes to see if i could freeze the motion of both the falling object and the splashes that they created.  It was lots of fun but not without its’ problems.

If anybody wants to know how to shoot these type of images please drop me a line.

Heres one of my favourites.

…i now just need to find out where I put the goldfish…

Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II. 1/160s @ f10 at ISO640.


Canon Links to Digital Photo Professional and EOS Utility Software


Hi all,

After wasting 15 minutes trying to find the latest downloads to Canon EOS Digital Photo Professional and the EOS Utility I have finally found them so I thought I would post the link here so people can go straight to them if they are searching google and Canon like I was.  The links are through Canon Europe and for a Canon 5D Mk3 but it will work for all your Canon cameras (apart from the 7DII which i will presume they will release an update soon).

Here is the link to the software:

Just choose your operating system and language and all the latest software and updates will magically appear below.

After having a quick look at the DPP software it looks a massive improvement on the old one so I’m looking forward to seeing the details when I get round to having a play.


Christmas Gifts just for you!

As Christmas is just around the corner I have some great gift ideas for you.
Here are some high quality mounted prints.

They are selling fast so choose yours whilst they last!!

The 8″x8″ mounted prints are £8 each or 3 for £20.

The 16″x12″ mounted prints are @12 each or 3 for £30.


In the above image they are 5″x5″ prints in 8″x8″ mounts.

From left to right, top to bottom they are:

White Ibis in flight
Scintillant Hummingbird
King Vulture
Collared Aracari
Brown hooded Parrot
Red legged Honeycreeper
Orange Tip butterfly
Red Squirrel
European Roller feather detail
Speckled Wood on statue
Puffin with sandeels


In the above image they are 6″x6″ prints in 8″x8″ mounts.

From left to right, top to bottom they are:

European Bee-eater
Wing stretching Dunlin
Whiskered Tern carrying nesting material
Rufous tailed Hummingbird in flight (5″x5″ print in 8″x8″ mount)
Gannet over sea
White necked Jacobin in flight (5″x5″ print in 8″x8″ mount)
LIzard Orchid
Tree Frog silhouette


In the above image they are 12″ x 8″ prints in a 16″ x 12″ mount.

In the portrait collection (left to right, top to bottom):
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Scintillant Hummingbird
Eurasian Hoopoe
Atlantic Puffin
Orange Tip butterfly
Specked Wood butterfly on statue
“Reg” the Orangutan


In the above image they are 12″ x 8″ prints in a 16″ x 12″ mount.

In the landscape collection (left to right, top to bottom):
Red Squirrel
Pink footed Geese against sunset
Cottage in the Scottish Highlands
St Michaels Mount, Cornwall at sunset
White Ibis
Borneo sunset

Please contact me if you would like to buy one or all! 

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas!

Many thanks


230/365 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

One from the weekend at a falconry centre where a green background just didn’t cut it.  I decided to use a grey barn door behind the Peregrine Falcon as it acted as a very effective stormy cloud backdrop.

Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS and Canon 1.4x III teleconverter.

230 365 Peregrine Falcon

Canon EOS 1D Mk4 and Canon ET 1000 N3 extension cable for sale

Hi all,

I have for sale my trusted Canon EOS 1D Mk4 for sale. it is in excellent condition and has been extremely very well looked after as it has looked after me.  It has 110,000 on its shutter life and sensor is perfectly clean.

Details of it are here:


Also, I have a canon ET 1000 N3 10m extension lead in perfect condition that is for sale:


if anybody is interested, please either pass these links on or please get in touch with me.


Article: How to photograph Black Redstart

I have just finished an article on how I photographed a pair of Black Redstarts in a Hungarian garden in June.  Lots of information and details included for those who are interesting in setting something like this up from start to finish.

The pdf can be downloaded by following this link to my website:

How to photograph Black Redstart

Black Redstart