An INCREDIBLE Experience: Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre

Hey Everyone

How’s it going?

Well yesterday we got back home after spending 9 fantastic days down on the coast in Sunny Devon.

Had a great time and feel completely refreshed and raring to go:)

Of course whilst away I’d been out and about busy with my camera and I’ll be working on some new pictures now I’m back. In fact a couple of the new pictures that I shared last week I’m considering adding into a Bonus Chapter in my new book as they’re not normally the kind of images I shoot and retouch and I think there’s a lot that could be learned from it.

Anyway today whilst we get settled back in I thought I’d share a video with you from our day at the Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre where we had 1-1 learning about the birds and then learning how to handle and fly them free around the outdoor arena and then on a 2 hour Hawk Walk.

It was an incredible experience being so up close and personal with the birds; it made taking photographs a dream.

Check out the video and from 1:34 onwards where you’ll see Anne and myself:)

HUGE thanks to Rich, Sharon, Adrian and everyone else at the Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre for such an incredible day; we’ll definitely be seeing you again.

For more information about Hawkridge check out their web and Facebook details below:



Oh and if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about Birds of Prey, their care, handling and so on I’d highly recommend Hawkridge; their enthusiasm and passion for what they do was infectious and seeing people such as them all doing something like this for all the right reasons is a pleasure to see and an honour to experience!

Right that’s all from me for today…I’ve a new Peregrine Falcon picture to work on, so have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.


GREAT App for Successful Landscape Photography

Hi Folks

How’s it going?

We’re still away in Devon for a few more days of R&R and absolutely loving it!

So much to see and do down here and for Creatives this whole area including the Jurassic Coastline is an absolute gift; the scenery is simply stunning!

As I mentioned in the previous post I’m not normally one for taking landscape pictures of any kind but being here has definitely opened my eyes to it and I’m actually finding myself thoroughly enjoying it PLUS it’s always good to try something new and for fun; it keeps you fresh, forces you to see things in a different way and keeps you learning … and that most definitely is a good thing right:)

Yesterday morning I set the alarm even earlier (3.30am) so I could head down to Lyme Regis Harbour and photograph the sunrise. It’s only a short 10 minute drive from where we are staying but having seen how quickly the sky can change (literally second by second) I wanted to get down there in plenty of time to photograph the sun light as it came from behind the hills.

Ok so I just have to let you know about a GREAT App I’m using on my iPhone that has helped me out massively whilst away and getting me in the right place at the right time when photographing the landscape shots.

I put a message out across social media a few weeks back asking if folks could recommend a good app for indicating when and where the sunset and sunrise would be and so many of you responded. Thanks so much if you were one of them and yes I did check them all out too. The one that I really liked and have now ended up using all the time is Rick Sammon’s Photo Sundial.

For me it does what it says on the tin: looks great, easy to use and tells me what I want to know with no fuss.

There’s a saying that goes ‘the harder I work the luckier I get‘ but I’ll add to that … ‘the more I plan the luckier I get‘ because the times I’ve used this app it’s got me into the exact position and at the exact time I needed to be to catch the sunrise and sunset; it just couldn’t have worked out better.

Of course the app does a lot more than just telling you where and when the sunset and sunrise will be but the great thing is how intuitive it is and I love how rather than just being a compass directing you where the sun will be, the app gives you a google map view of where you are so you can orientate your device and see exactly where it will be. You can then just click and drag on the sun icon to see where the sun will be at times throughout the day…Brilliant!

Rick Sammon’s Photo Sundial is available for both the iPhone and iPad and definitely one to check out:

Photo Sundial on iTunes [LINK]

Right that’s all from me so have a fantastic weekend and to all our wonderful American friends aka family…Happy 4th July!

Catch you soon,

Landscape Pictures: Devon Sunrise and Sunset

Hi Folks,

Thanks for stopping by.

Now with today being Wednesday I’d normally have a brand new episode of my Weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Podcast / Show for you. However, seeing as we’re away for a bit of R&R I’m taking a week out and will have a new episode for you next week; in fact I’ve got 2 that I’ll be posting just to make it up to you:)

Despite being away the camera has been by my side all the time so as to take as many pictures as possible whilst down here in Devon.

I’ve even been shooting some landscapes which is something I don’t normally do but I must say, even despite the early (make that very early) wake up alarm, have been extremely enjoyable. Witnessing the morning come alive with all the wildlife around here and seeing the sun waking up is something very special indeed and definitely worth missing out on some sleep for.

Anyway here’s a couple of shots (sunrise and sunset) from where we’re staying at our friends’ cottage on Spillers Farm; all taken with my new Fuji X-T1…


Spillers Farm


Right that’s all from me for today as we’re off to do some sea fishing in a short while and then tomorrow off to fly birds of prey for the day (Hawks, Eagles and Owls) which I can’t wait for…especially for the photographs and how I can use them in some future pictures.

Have a great day whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here next time.


SWAN ON LAKE: Natural Born Beauty

Hi Folks and Good Morning from Beautiful Devon!

Thought I’d kick the week off by sharing a new picture with you; one that I’ve been after for some time now of a Swan down on a Lake.

We’re away to recharge the batteries for a few days and seeing as the weather here is simply gorgeous I don’t want to waste a moment of it. I’ve been setting the alarm for 4.00am each morning so far, in order to head on down to the lake, sit with a coffee and just watch and listen to the day wake up.

There’s a couple of nesting swans where we’re staying and there’s two pictures that I’ve been wanting to get; this one where the swan in against a black surround and another with the swan on the lake amongst the early morning mist so plenty more early starts ahead but I tell you…getting up at 4am has never been so enjoyable:)

Have a great day whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here next time.


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COMING SOON: My First EVER Book on Photoshop

Hey Everyone

Just had to share some news with you that I’m REALLY excited about!!!

Those of you who follow me on social media (Facebook ,Twitter, Google +) will know that I am now working on my first EVER book and which will be published by the great folks at Peachpit Press.

The book which is titled The Photoshop Workbook – Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks and Techniques will be released in time for Christmas and as time moves on I’ll be sure to keep you posted with how things are going plus an insight into some of the content.

In the mean time though, now that that book title and front cover design has been agreed and signed off I wanted to give you a sneak peek.

I’m totally and utterly stoked that the front cover has been designed by my best buddy Dave Clayton who was commissioned by Peachpit Press; the fact that we are so close as friends and only met because of this industry makes it extra special. In fact it was Scott Kelby who introduced us when he came over to London for a trip (on the quiet) a few years back and thought that Dave and I would get on…geez was he right or what:)

Since I shared the cover of the book on social media the response has been quite literally overwhelming. Writing a book has always been on my bucket list but only when the time felt right, so now that it does feel the right time it’s fantastic to see such great comments…thank you!!!

Oh and just to answer a few question posed so far…the book will be available worldwide just in time for Christmas AND a Kindle version will also be released. Amazon already have the book listed but in the next few days the cover will be visible and the ability to pre order.

Right that’s all from me so have a fantastic weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.


  • June 27, 2014 - 11:57 am

    Michael Butcher - So looking forward to reading this.

  • June 27, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    Dave Clayton - Mate, so, so proud to be at this place right now with all the things we’ve already experienced so far since that day in October. Totally deserved, it just shows that hard work and being genuine pays off in all the right places. So pleased to be part of this, thank you.

  • June 27, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Casey - I’ve added your book to my Christmas list. Hopefully there will be a digital version as well as a traditional print version.

  • June 27, 2014 - 3:29 pm

    DaveT - Thoroughly deserved Glyn – and another rung on the ladder of success. Look forward to seeing it.

  • June 27, 2014 - 3:31 pm

    Oliver Kremer - Go Glyn, Go Glyn, Go Glyn. This is gonna be my bibel in the future on compositing …

  • June 28, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    Rami Sadi - that’s really Great, but what about people in Nigeria, we can’t purchase your Arts on line, they always refer Nigeria as a scam country and exclude it from countries list!
    please try and find solution for me and other Fans here in the other corner of the earth.

  • June 29, 2014 - 11:46 am

    Mup - Excellent. One for the Christmas Stocking!

  • August 1, 2014 - 9:08 pm

    Janet Vandever - Keep me posted! I want copy!