Shooting Sunset Images

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I think my favourite landscape styles to photograph is a good old fashioned sunset (and sometimes sunrises too).

Other than the ‘being in the right place at the right time’ mentality I love the patience and skill it takes to get the right shot. Also it’s more fun in the editing process as there’s a wider range of colours. Adding a little extra contrast really gives the image the wow factor.

I have loads of sunset photographs but one of my first was taken at the top of the Empire State Building – November 2014.

A few years later I was lucky to get this shot whilst camping in the desert in Dubai – March 2015. It took me a while to get the angle and settings right so it is a bit darker than I like, but the colours are satisfying.You really have to work against the clock.

The sky definitely looks different depending on where you are in the world and what season it is. I can’t remember when exactly I took this image of the London Eye (I think summer 2014). You can see I have added some extra contrast to bring out the orange in the sky.

I dont travel with my tripod as its just not logistical. Although I have to hold the camera steady (limiting my shutter speed options) it is also good as I am not tied to one spot. I climbed over rocks to get this image (Sydney – Spring 2017). I was at quite a well known spot and there were quite a few other photographers there.

I’ll be honest about this next image.. I took it on my Iphone! You don’t need to be professional photographer or have expensive equipment to take nice images. This was in Brighton – Autumn 2016 on an unplanned trip so I didn’t have my camera with me. With modern technology the way it is, it has never been easier to take photographs.

My final image is actually a sun rise. I dont have a lot to say about it except it has good memories with it Miami – Autumn 2016. Taking meaningful photographs with good feelings is an important part of photography, so that I why I have included it.




Shooting landscape images at night

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I took me quite a while to figure out which style of photography is my favourite. I tried out so many. Ranging from studio to editorial and from landscape to pack shots.

Eventually, I realised that I had a knack for (and quite enjoyed) landscape photography. I have a few different collections but one of my favourite styles is Landscape at Night. There is something very satisfying about the glistening city lights.

Due to the lighting differences it takes a lot of patience to get the image right. If you have the shutter speed too high then it’s too dark, too low and it can blur without a tripod (which I don’t always carry). Higher ISO makes it more noisy and lower too dark. However, the patience pays off when you get your final image.

One of my first successful images was of the Brooklyn Bridge in November 2014. I think it took about 50 shots to get this just right..

brooklyn bridge

I was on a role that evening as I managed to also get this shot of the Manhattan Skyline.


We walked around for hours trying to get a good view. Here’s me, taking the shot:

me taking image

I’ll try not to drone on too much about the New York skyline but here is another image I took of the city at night. This was a few days later. Taken from the top of the Empire State Building:


I did take a break from photography for a while but here is a shot I got a few months later of a taxi boat in Dubai (April 2015):

dubai boat

I recently experimented with black and white night photography. I found there was less of a glare. Here is the outcome of the Sydney Harbour at night in black and white (April 2017).


Although Night Landscape Photography isn’t my strongest genre it is one of my favourites. Keep an eye out for my next blog post where I showcase my sunset skills.



BIG Dreams Photography – My First Camera

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When I was about 6 or 7 years old my dad gave me a little black camera. I can’t remember the exact model, it was something similar to a Nikon Nice Touch 35mm. For about a year or so I was really devoted to carrying around this camera and taking pictures of literally everything.

I had about thirty 35mm films that needed to be developed. These sat on a shelf and gathered dust until a few years ago when I took them all to Boots so I could finally view my childhood masterpieces.

Alas, about 90% of them where poorly lit, blurred, or my finger was covering the lens or flash. The photos that were salvagable fell into one of 3 catagories; my cat Sootz, my twin brother or my garden. Or on occasion all 3!

I had actually forgotton about this year long obsession that I had experienced until I was in my final year of college – where I was studying photography!

And with that we reach a full circle.

I don’t really practise photography much anymore since leaving college and gaining so many other commitments, but I still enjoy taking my trusted Nikon D3100 out on adventures with me.

So if you want to read about my on-again-off-again relationship with photography and see some fairly average photographs or want to get into photography and would like some tips, feel free to subscribe or follow my social media.




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