New Square Greeting Cards


New greeting cards just sent off for printing including 10 new designs! Will be available to buy from next week. Watch this space!
All greeting cards will be square and 148mm in size.

New designs include (from top left to bottom right):

Yacht at Sunrise
European Bee-eaters
Poppies
Great Malvern Priory in snow
Mute Swan with cygnets
Poppies and Cornflowers
Puffin
Robin in snow
Spoonbill
Sunflower
Tawny Owl
Whooper Swan in snow

Please contact me if you are interested.

New Greeting Cards

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Wildlife and Landscape Greeting Cards


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
IBP002 Kingfisher
IBP003 Robin
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

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Details:
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.

Fox Greeting Card

163/365 Gannet


An image from South Uist when I was photographing in a force 6 gale! These gannets were mesmerising to watch as they used different flying techniques to move over the ocean. The ‘shearwater’ technique of flying was most popular to get through the gales. I found a large boulder on the beach to hunker down behind to get out of the wind and spent at least 2 hours photographing their comings and goings. This image is one of the more abstract of the series and is actually a colour image. If you look very carefully you can still the yellow colour on the head of the gannet.

Gannet, Sula bassana, South Uist, Outer Hebrides, September, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 1.4x II converter.

147/365 Large Skipper butterfly


As it was forecast to be dry (at last!) and fairly calm last night, I decided to go out and try and find some butterflies.  Within about 5 minutes I found this Large Skipper on a Self-heal flower.

Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus, Herefordshire, July, 2012.
Canon 5d mk3 with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens and flash setup.

Along came a spider!


If you don’t like Creepy Crawlies then look away now!!
A week ago I saw a spider running along my living room floor.  Before I let it go outside I decided to put it in my studio to see what photographs I could get.  I wanted to get some reflections of the spider in a piece of glass with the white background but after spending 10 minutes playing chase the spider I gave up with this idea.  As soon as I lowered it onto the glass it would run off.  I had to get some heather out of the front garden to try and make it sit in one place.  This worked with great effect.  I was amazed at how quickly it made the top of the heather into a complete trap with strands of web going everywhere waiting for something to trip over it.   All of the images were taken with two Interfit Stellar X 600 studio lights and Canon 1D MK4 fitted with a Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

Mallards in snow!


After editing some images from last year I decided to give myself a break and head down to the local pond to see what I could photograph in the snow.  90% of the pool was frozen over and the other 10% was covered in roughly 150 Mallards, 1 Canada Goose, 1 captive Pintail and an assortment of feral geese type things.  After putting some grain down I concentrated on getting some pictures of the Mallards in the snow.  I quite like the Mallard flying so I will be going down there again soon when the sun comes out to play to better this picture.  There were Moorhen, Coot and a Green Woodpecker present aswell.  Here are the results: