North Norfolk Coast, Hunstanton to Cromer

[singlepic id=688 w=400 h=300 float=middle] It’s amazing how popular the North Norfolk Coast is: I had only been there once, in the middle of winter, many years ago, but everyone I meet seems to have some connection with it. This is definitely the most scenic part of Norfolk, and a lot easier to photograph than the fens and Brecks of the the south-eastern part of the county, especially when the weather is good. I took Lindsey and the dogs this time, and we spent four nights

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Save The River Thame Update

Save The River Thame Update

Time flies! It’s a month since the Save The River Thame seminar in Aylesbury and progress has been gradual because it’s the holiday season, and everyone (including me) has been or is on holiday. This is not a problem as we are into a long-term project to secure a permanent improvement in the River Thame and its wildlife. It seems to be in quite good condition currently following the major sewage works upgrade by Thames Water and is running clear. I have seen some small fish

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Photographic Safari 2 to Norfolk – Fens and Brecks

Photographic Safari 2 to Norfolk - Fens and Brecks

South-west Norfolk is flat! The borders with Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire are fens, that is, reclaimed marshland that is mostly below sea level and drained by pumps feeding into rivers and channels. The land is very fertile and easy to till, so it’s great for agriculture, and the fields are vast, like the sky. Everything is done in straight lines, so the rivers mostly run like an arrow between dikes, and the roads don’t bend, they run straight then there is a corner and you are on

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North Downs – An Extra Photography Trip

[singlepic id=671 w=400 h=300 float=middle] I am making really good progress on the text for North Downs Landscapes (to be published by Oxbow Books early next 2015) and the theme is developing nicely. I was completing the East Kent section when I found that there were some more images of Kent villages needed. This is because I meant to go back, having spent a day dashing around and exploring, () but didn’t as I wasn’t sure what was needed: until now. So yesterday I decided to

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Exploring Norfolk, Days 2 and 3

The sky was very blue and the air clear on Wednesday morning, which was perfect conditions for taking photographs of Norfolk’s wide open skies and flat fens. My packing didn’t take long, and it’s worth noting here that I do not carry your standard hiker’s kit. I was using my medium-sized rucksack that I used to walk from Lands End to John O’Groats, which is still serviceable, though it has a lot of modifications as I was carrying a guitar and camping gear at the time.

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Work starts on another book – Norfolk (or East Anglia) – Day 1

My publisher, Oxbow Books, has signed me up to produce another book for them for publication in 2016. They have asked me to start work on Norfolk, or possibly East Anglia, on the grounds that it’s a lovely part of the World, they have a lot of customers there, and loads of people decamp to Norfolk for their holidays. As I don’t know the area at all well, it will be a real adventure, discovering the beauty and secrets of the east of England, and seeking

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North Downs Landscapes – Putting it all together for publication!

Having signed a publishing contract with Oxbow Books, I now have the pleasant task of actually producing the book content before the autumn deadline. I have started assembling images into a book of 90-odd pages, which I do using the BonusPrint software for producing photo books. This is a very exciting stage, as you see things start to come together into another beautiful publication, and it is also interesting finding out which images I end up selecting. The publisher wants more text than in Chiltern Landscapes

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North Downs Exploration 11 – Old Rocks and A Brimstone

[singlepic id=665 w=450 h=600 float=middle] North Downs Landscapes was planned for publication this autumn, but because I haven’t got any good winter photographs after our soggy year, I have held off. Now it seems that Oxbow Books will be publishing the book rather than myself, I need to start putting it together and writing the text; and the publisher wants more text than is in my current books. I also feel that I need to attain a standard that is at least as high as my

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Oxbow Books to Publish Doug’s New Titles!

I went to the London Book Fair this year to learn more about the business, sort out my distribution problems and meet some publishers to gauge interest in my work and the potential for a larger company taking on my work. The Fair was extremely busy and great fun, with thousands of meetings taking place and loads of intriguing people rushing about with interests in a huge range of things from signing big publishing or distribution deals to e-books and other new internet technologies, to finding

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North Downs Exploration 10 – Two Surrey Stately Homes

[singlepic id=592 w=300 h=400 float=middle] A brilliant Sunday morning with a clear blue sky and a little mist in the air got me out of bed at 7am, and I was soon on my way and arrived at the empty Polesdon Lacey car park around 8.15. There was almost no-one there and everything was closed up, though activity was starting. I entered the grounds and was immediately presented with a superb scene of the drive leading to the house on the right, lit by the early

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