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DFDS Shortlist Nomination… again

DFDS Shortlist Nomination… again

At the beginning of 2015 I was fortunate enough to be nominated by DFDS Seaways for inclusion in their shortlist for the title Travel Blogger of the Year Award. This year one of my photographs has been included in the 50 strong shortlist in the DFDS Winter Photo Competition. Having got as far as the shortlist it is now down to the public (that’s you, my readers) to vote for their favourite. I would be really grateful if you would vote for my photograph. You can find all 50 photographs by clicking on this link – DFDS Winter Photo Competition. The photograph you are looking for is the one featured below taken when I was in Finland. You might need to scroll down to find it. You can read more of my winter adventures adventures in Finland here. Some of…

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Sunset over Valletta

Sunset over Valletta

Having been distracted by Mint, a coffee bar in Sliema, we did not arrive in Valletta till mid afternoon. Being November we knew that our daylight hours were limited but this was only a preliminary wander to recconoitre Malta’s capital. From the ferry we climbed up to Republic Street, the main thoroughfare through Valletta. We wandered from square to square exploring but could not find the definitive view of the Grand Harbour the subject of so many photographs. A quick look at the map and we realised that the walled city of Valletta was on a peninsula between two harbours. Having discovered this we headed down the other side towards Victoria Gate. As we did so we were greeted by the instantly recognisable vista of Malta’s Grand Harbour. The best place to view the Grand Harbour is from the battlements…

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Darwin photographer

Darwin photographer

The Outback landscapes of the Northern Territory are sweepingly majestic. All too often though those same landscapes look less than impressive in photographs. On a recent trip to the Top End of the Northern Territory I had the opportunity to meet with Darwin landscape photographer Louise Law of Create Evoke. Louise has managed to capture the essence of the landscapes of Darwin and the Top End of Northern Territory. She has built a business selling these landscapes to the residents and corporate clients who, even though they are surrounded by the very same landscapes, are keen to have her photographs hanging on their wall. So what is Louise’s approach to photography and how does she capture such evocative subjects? The way I approach my photography is to try and avoid simply making pretty pictures, it’s more about being able to…

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Sunsets over Darwin

Sunsets over Darwin

Darwin sunsets In Paris it’s the Eiffel Tower that is the most photographed attraction; in Rome it’s the Colosseum; in Copenhagen it’s The Little Mermaid. However, in Darwin there is no iconic landmark that everyone photographs in such numbers. Instead there is an event that would give any of the above a close run in the “most photographed” stakes. The Darwin sunsets are an attraction in themselves and are different each day. I am no meteorologist so cannot explain why they are so stunning and so regular. All I know is that of the 20 days I was in the Northern Territory’s capital, Darwin, there were 18 fabulous sunsets including the one that was the backdrop for my daughter’s wedding (more of that in a moment). Darwin is also blessed with many parks along it’s coastline ideal for a picnic…

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Birds of Prey Experience

Birds of Prey Experience

I have always been dubious of so called wildlife experiences. In my experience they never live up to their billing. So I did not have very high expectations for the birds of prey experience with Feathers and Fur. Among the experiences offered by Feathers and Fur is a photography session with a selection of birds of prey. It sounded great on their website; a small group of six, freedom to move around for the best shot and even direct the falconer to get the shot you want. The group size is limited to six so there is little chance of someone getting in the way. I thought it worth giving it a try The three of us arrived to find that the other three photographers booked on had cancelled. After the mandatory health and safety talk we headed to the field…

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