Photo Galleries Taking Shape


Posted by admin | Posted in Development, Galleries, Nature, Website, Wedding | Posted on 29-07-2010

I have put a lot of work into building the site now coding it all from pretty much scratch in html and css, it would have been a much quicker job if not for IE6!

Anyway, the new system to host galleries and to populate them with photos is now up and running (using slideshowpro plug-in for lightroom 3 & SSP director) and I have designed a new gateway page to access them here.

From now on the photo slideshows will just keep growing and increasing in number as I update them from the past several years worth of shots.

Stoat taking its prey


Posted by admin | Posted in Mammals, Nature, Photography, Wildlife | Posted on 16-07-2010

Caught a great wildlife moment cycling home from work last Friday.

A stoat was taking out a big rat…the screeching from the rat caught my attention and I managed to get one rushed shot:

Stoat & Prey

Stoat attacking Rat

I then lay by a wall waiting for the stoat to return and finish it as the rat was still breathing but could hardly move and, sure enough, he did pop out to inspect my bike, dance around and disappear again once he spotted me. Unfortunately at that moment I had my camera set up facing the rat!

Indonesia Travel Photos – now up…


Posted by admin | Posted in Bali, Hindu, Indonesia, Photography, Travel | Posted on 12-07-2010

After much filtering and editing (in Lightroom 2 and Lightroom 3 Beta) I have finally completed my gallery of travel photos from one month travelling a few corners of Bali and Java.

Enjoy the whole set at:Indonesia travel photo gallery.

The main areas in Bali are Sanur, Ubud, Mount Batukaru and Bukit including monkeys and surfers at Uluwatu. It was during the Balinese Hindu New Year – Nyepi – and features heavily on its festivities. One of my favourite moments – particularly in a photographic sense – was Melasti on the beaches of Sanur at dusk and dawn.

In Ubud you’ll see many shots from the Ogoh-ogoh parades as well as a sense of tranquility on Nyepi itself.

The other shots were from 3 weeks on Java – about 10 days of which were in the south western tip (Ujung Kulon in Bahasa Indonesia) in the remote and wild national park of coastal rainforest, mangrove swamps and idyllic islands, beaches (storm worn yet untouched by man) and tropical seas including superb coral reefs.

Inland in the central areas of Java you will see Jogyakarta (Yogya), a popular traveller’s base city nestles between famous volcano peaks and surrounded by many historical ancient religious sites such as Borobodur. I also feature shots of Candi Sukuh – a lesser known Hindu site on the slopes of the sacred mountain Gunung Lawu east of Solo. Sukuh features numerous sexual and erotic references in its carvings and symbolic temple structures.

Rice paddy terraces in Bali on hills of Gunung Batukaru

That’s just a flavour – there are also numerous wildlife photos among them along with candid portraits and, of course, many rice paddy landscapes…perhaps too many!