Happy Christmas and here’s to the new year

Two Swans
One of my most popular pictures taken in 2017, two swans on the River Lambourn in Berkshire

Happy Christmas for 2017! I haven’t posted anything here for a while for the simple reason that November and December are my busiest months in the year by quite a long way. Doing three markets per week instead of two per month, extra sales through the web, plus all the restocking that’s needed, leave no time for going out taking photos. That’s all finished now and hopefully back to normal. Weather permitting I hope to be back in the hills next week and taking more photographs. Here are some other new things for 2018:

  • Facebook

You can now find me on facebook. I have a page at @artoflandscapephoto on which I’ll be posting updates and news. Please take a look.

  • Market dates

I’ve started adding market dates to my events page on the main site.

  • New pictures available to buy

I’ve been slack at keeping up my galleries page and my Etsy online shop with my latest work, so I’ve started adding new work to Etsy and will continue with that over the coming days and weeks.

  • Photography workshops and tuition

I’m planning to start offering photography workshops and individual tuition at some point in 2018. Not sure when yet but I’m currently trying it out on some willing test subjects. Let me know if you’re interested.

That’s all for now. Good shooting for 2018.



Snowdon under a blanket

Working at the computer for any length of time is currently giving me muscular problems, hence why I haven’t been posting much. Here’s a shot from yesterday that I like. I did a round of Snowdon, up the Rhyd Ddu path and down the Snowdon Ranger path. As usual, Snowdon itself was under a thick blanket of cloud. This isn’t just bad luck, as Snowdon usually makes its own clouds even if everywhere else is clear.

Anyway, this is a shot looking north-west from the ridge of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu towards Moel Cynghorion and Y Garn. This also marks the return of my lovely little Olympus OMD-EM10, for which I’ve finally managed to save up and buy a replacement lens. I’m now convinced that the picture quality from the Olympus is better than from my Pentax so I’m really happy to have it back.


Windgather is a wonderful outcrop of perfect gritstone on the western edge of the Peak District, not far from Macclesfield. It’s a wonderful rock climbing crag, especially if you like easy climbs (which I do). Good rock, easy access, wonderful views. I wanted a bit of bouldering and soloing and thought I’d have the place to myself on a weekday. No such luck. There were several minibuses-worth of school children on a day out, though they did stick to just one part of the crag so no too much of a problem. Continue reading

Around Llangollen

Joy and I did a lovely walk around Llangollen a couple of weeks ago. We started from the top of the Horseshoe Pass, and the deluxe and homely Ponderosa Cafe, a throwback to the 1950’s and very popular with bikers. The walk was lovely but I didn’t expect to take many pictures so here are just a handful.

iZettle again

I wrote about iZettle some time ago when I got myself an iZettle credit card reading device. I was delighted with it at the time but I had taken a chance because officially my phone wasn’t a supported device. This finally bit me, as the card reader became increasingly unreliable and finally just didn’t work. Fortunately, the customers were patient and I didn’t lose any sales but it couldn’t carry on.

So I checked with iZettle and I’ve spent £70 on a new, bluetooth-connected, iZettle reader.

Old (left) vs. new

This worked first time out. Set-up was easy and in fact, compared to the previous model, this one is almost instantaneous in use. I no longer need to engage the customer in polite chit-chat while we wait for the swirly image on the phone to indicate “ready”.

In use, it’s basically the same as the old device except you don’t need to plug it into your phone. I’ll write again if I have any trouble with it but for now I’m going to be optimistic and assume it will work.

Wild Garlic

Today we went walking in the most garlicky place I’ve ever been – around the world heritage site of Pontcysyllte in the Llangollen valley, north Wales. Acres and acres of wild garlic in the wood and along the river banks, all in full flower. I took a few shots, here’s one of the better ones. Apologies for the recent dearth of posts, I was a little under the weather.


By the way, this is an example of a picture that looks quite different on my laptop screen than it does on my calibrated/profiled external monitor. God knows what it’ll look like on your screen. Colour management – pah!