I’ve dabbled with handmade greeting cards over the past few years for friends and family but it was about time I started to produce these on a more commercial basis. Well it’s now happened and the first 10 greeting cards are available to buy directly from myself. The designs are listed below:
Portraits from left to right:
IBP001 Red Fox
IBP004 Red Kite
IBP005 Red Squirrel
IBP006 Bornean Orangutan
Landscapes from left to right
IBP007 St Michael’s Mount
IBP008 Pink-footed Geese
IBP009 Borneo Sunset
IBP010 Great Malvern Priory
Cost: £2.00 plus p&p
The front image is sized A5 (half of an A4)
Printed on thick 300gsm card with a soft silk finish and luxury white envelope.
All cards are left blank inside for your own message.
They are really excellent quality and I’m very proud to add them to my product collection. If you would like to order any of these designs either contact me directly or go to my website in the gallery section under Greeting Cards.
Image no 075 is of a view you have from the Malvern Hills when looking west at sunset. The main hill at the top of the image is Hay Bluff, part of the Black Mountain landscape in Wales. It is approximately 60miles from the Malvern Hills. On clear days it is a prominent feature on the horizon.
Image 041 is a ‘regular’ sunset from Kota Kinabalu. Due to Mt Kinabalu dominating the weather systems in Borneo, there is always a lot of cloud about during sun set. This makes for great images every night of the week. Heres another one of my favourites.
Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia, April, 2010.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 L lens.
One for yesterday… 😉
Looking through my images to see what to post next, I found this one which I completely forgot about taking. Utilising a slow shutter speed and panning movement, I captured a variety of images using different shutter speeds. I’ve done this in the past with wide angle lenses such as the 17-40mm or 24-70mm but this one was taken with my 500mm! It shows you can do landscape photogrpahy with a supertelephoto! This is one of my favourites and has a very soothing quality about it. Maybe its the smoothness of the scene or just the pastel like colours. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia, April, 2010.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.
Image 017 shows a sunset taken last year from the warm sunny climes of Menorca. I thought it was quite apt to post a warm image since its -2c outside my office at the moment. The silhouette of the land mass (for those wondering) is Mallorca looking across the Balearic Sea.
Sunset overlooking Mallorca from Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. October, 2011.
Canon 1d MkIV and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens.
To bring me to date, image 004 is of an abstract landscape that was taken down at Sand Point in Somerset. This was taken by using a slow shutter speed and panning the camera from left to right. Its interesting what results you can get in low light.
Canon 1d Mk4, Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 lens, handheld.
I’ve always had difficulty with photographing bees but spending any time with any subject will always pay dividends. Sitting next to a Hebe bush for two hours in the neighbours garden photographing the comings and goings of all the insects was amazing. The amount of insects that were present was varied from really small aphid type species, to hoverflies and to the huge bumblebees. I created around 600 images of the various species and was very pleased with some of the results. I’m still going through them, but here are two that have already been processed. The top one is of a Buff-tailed Bumblebee and the second is a honeybee. Finding out the species of these bees was a learning curve as didnt realise that there were around 250 species of bee in the UK!! I must read more on these especially as they are in decline and some are even threatened with extinction. I found out about these species on the Bumbleebee Conservation Trust website which can be found here: http://www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk/
The next two images were all taken from a local private site that I have access to. Its an amazing site, with a rich flora and fauna. I wanted to get some attractive images for cards and calendars so concentrated on this. The ladybird on a young orchid spike, and the Common Blue butterfly on an ear of grass I thought were particularly suitable.
Spending all afternoon till sunset at this site enabled me to get images of the local rookery coming into roost. Although the number of birds at this roost are quite low, it still made for some nice images. A perfect end to the day.
As always, all of my images are for sale, so please contact me if you are interested.