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A Whale Of A Time In Kerry

A Whale Of A Time In Kerry

Kerry, on the glorious west coast of Ireland, has a lot to offer, including some of the loveliest landscapes you could wish to see, great mountains to roam in and the Atlantic Ocean, where you can see seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales only a couple of miles from the coast. On our week-long holiday, the people we encountered were delightful and full of Irish charm, and our accommodation and meals were all great. The icing on the cake was that we saw it all in great weather which,

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Doug Kennedy Photography Bulletin

This is my second photography bulletin, which I’ve sent to my existing contacts list. If you would like to receive updates and new images, please send me your name and email address. Isn’t it wonderful that spring is here! April showers and the birds singing herald long days and a lovely summer (fingers crossed!) during which a lot is happening.4 Invitation to the Brill Art On The Hill Preview. I will have a display stand at Art On The Hill in Brill at the Brill School

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The North Downs Way will be on Google Street View. Get the book!

The North Downs Way will be on Google Street View. Get the book!

The entire North Downs way has been walked with Google’s street camera equipment and will be the first long distance footpath to be covered this way. “We’re putting the best of the British countryside where it’s never been before – on Google maps,” said Peter Morris, the North Downs Way trail manager. From 17 March, when the North Downs Way goes live, the national trails will start appearing on Google Street View. The Cleveland Way will be next. This means that you will be able to

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What It Takes To Take A Pic. 5: It’s all down to the light….

Holkam Beach in North Norfolk is greatly loved, particularly by those who have a passion for the area; and there are many. You emerge from the pine-covered dunes onto sand that stretches for miles to the east and west, and also quite a great distance out to the breaking waves when the tide is out. A lot of this coast is salt marsh, which is beautiful and fascinating in its own way, but darker and more muddy than this expanse of firm sand and dunes. Of course

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What It Takes To Take A Pic 4:

Most of the images in my North Downs Landscapes book were taken whilst rambling through the hills. I would decide on an area I wanted to cover, draft a walking route, then travel to the start by train or car sometimes staying overnight in a pub. The weather is always a limiting factor, so you can’t plan too far ahead: I learned that on a planned trip to Maidstone on what turned out to be a soggy, grey day, when I had to give up and go

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What it takes to take a pic. 3: Follow the sun!

2015 has not been an easy year for landscape photography: we have had a lot of cloud and wind and changeable weather, where the forecast changes all the time, often spoiling plans. East Yorkshire is not known for good weather and the combination has made getting good photographs of the area quite challenging. Hoping for some lovely spring sunshine, Lindsey and I booked a four-day break which would be both holiday and work (taking photographs isn’t work, is it??? Read on.). We arrived at the Fauconberg Arms

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What it takes to take a pic 2: The Cover Image

The cover image is really, really important: a lesson that I’ve learned the hard way having had mixed success with them. I think that the Norfolk Landscapes cover really works, but getting that pic. was a bit of a mission…. Back at the start in 2011, when I was putting together a BonusPrint book of Chiltern scenery for my own amusement (www.bonusprint.co.uk) I used the poppy field image right from the outset. This was fine when the book was only for my amusement, but as the

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What it takes to take a pic. – Number 1: Golden Moments.

What does it take to take a pic? Well, not just any pic, but one that is good enough to publish in a book of landscape photography, where the subject is right, the light is interesting and the setting is appealing. If you are photographing your neck of the woods this is relatively straightforward, as locations are close enough to visit on impulse, or when conditions are right, or simply by going for a walk (or run). This is how it was for my first two books, Chiltern

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What is our green countryside worth?

Our local council, AVDC, is under siege from property developers and house builders and, with the councils strapped for cash and shedding staff, the planning officers  have their work cut out. In addition, the Council’s ecologists have been cut back from three plus a manager to one, and he has been moved to planning. In the context of the current attack on the Green Belt it seems that, as far as government is concerned at national and local level, the environment and our landscape are to be

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