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14
10
2013
Little Owl Book Published!!!
Finally it is here. The result of 10 years working with Little Owls, countless hours / days / weeks in the field, my beautiful Little Owl book is finally available on the online store......




The book is the story of three very different Little Owl families, looking into their lives and their daily struggle. It’s an intimate portrait of their lives, using all my styles of photography and pushing my photography to the limits. I am really delighted that I had help from two people too, Chris Packham wrote a wonderful foreword and Dr Emily Joachim wrote the inspiring conservation section. It’s a visual feast for all lovers of wildlife and photography, here’s a couple of spreads....






Trust me it’s really beautiful. 96 pages, 26cm square, packed with images and informative text. There is a section too for photographers, looking at a few of the images in the books and giving technical details for them plus some hints and tips.

It’s a wonderful study into a very very popular owl, one that belongs in our countryside.

The book is now available signed from my website and is NOT available from Amazon or any other sources at this time. This book is self published and printed in the UK, please support our enterprise by purchasing this book.

To order your copy simply click here to access our online Book Store.

Special Deal - ARWP Book Bundle

To celebrate our new deal with couriers UK Mail we have a special book bundle for you. You can get 2 of Andy’s self published books for £40, saving £10!



Yep you can choose from three packages - Little Owl + Gorilla, Little Owl + Tiger or 2 Little Owls for the discount price of £40. This is for UK mainland customers only.

Please click here to access our online Book Store.



Wild About Animals Tour


Thanks for all the nice comments about the Wild About Animals show last week and the weekend’s talk at Wild Photos. The theatre tour now starts in earnest with venues around the UK so please do come along and see some amazing images, hear some fun chat and that see that video of yours truly being well and truly upstaged by a Capercaillie!!! For all ticket details and venues please click here.



26
09
2013
R.I.P Olive my beautiful girl
Yesterday I started to hear the distressing news that our Olive, our much loved leopard of the Mara, had been killed. I decided to wait to write something on here until I had heard from Jackson, well this morning he sent me this image which confirms our worst fears:



She was killed by lions, which for such an experienced leopard was a strange way to go. She wasn’t young, 14 years old at the last estimate, but she was certainly no old, disabled leopard. I saw her about three weeks ago, hunting as normal, stalking flat to the ground and looking the vision of health. Of course things change and it’s a sad fact that she’s gone now for good. It’s a very strange post this one to write as the previous one on here showed my first morning in the Mara when you can see the elation that we had found Olive.

So why do we all love Olive so much? It’s simple really, she gave so many of us wonderfully intimate glimpses into the life of a leopard. Personally myself and my clients have shared some wonderful experiences with her, watching her hunting, killing, sleeping and just doing what leopards do. She’s been a great mother, with 4 different generations of young which have grown up to hold their own territories. Two of these, Bahati and Saba, have stayed in her territory and have growing fan clubs of their own. Of course some people might think it strange that we all have such a special affection for a single leopard, well Olive was just a very special cat and I know that this morning many many people will be very sad indeed. Jackson and I have always had a special place in our hearts for Olive and so I wanted to round off by showing you a gallery of images that I have taken of her over the years. Let’s remember her as the special cat that she was, R.I.P Olive, gone but never forgotten......





























Most of you will have come here from Facebook and I know it’s a pain to go back, but please do go and place a comment or a like on my Fan Page so show her the respect that she deserves.

Goodnight Olive, it will not be the same being on safari without you.



18
08
2013
1st morning in the Mara
My first morning in the Mara and I it started out great. After a brief spell with a herd of wildebeest we managed to get onto Olive, my beloved female leopard. She is my muse, I cannot stop photographing her as I have followed so much of her life. To me she is not just a photographic subject, as I saw a few others treat her as this morning, she’s a beautiful leopard that has shared so much of her life with me. I get a very special feeling when I spend time with her, whether it be a few seconds or a few hours. Anyway here’s a couple of my favourite shots from the sequence:






Beautiful isn’t she?

Now I know that you will all want to see more but posting will be very limited from this trip for two reasons. The first is to be fair to my clients that are about to join me, it’s unfair to post pictures taken with one group when a second group is coming out. And secondly because of fotoBuzz.....

You heard me mention fotoBuzz before. Well apart from the tutorials, learning zones, assignments, competitions, mentoring and general photo fun there will be a section called Inner Visions. It will be the place where I will be able to do what I have always wanted to, shows you lots and lots of my images that you never see and tell you how I took them. I’ll will look behind the images and tell you my compositional, technical and creative thoughts. It’s gonna be amazing trust me and so I want to save a lot of images from this trip to use as teaching aids to improve your photography. So Andrew James and I will be doing just that. Anyway I promise to sneak a few images through this week so keep watching and as always please update FB / Twitter with your comments as it takes a lot of time to keep peddling the bicycle that drives the broadband connection here.

Oh I’d like to dedicate these images to the wifey, Jackson, John and Dickson, you all know why!



15
08
2013
BLOG Update August 2013
It’s been a busy few weeks for me and it’s gonna get a lot busier for the rest of the year. A couple of weeks ago I was photographing Ospreys in Scotland with some great clients. It was a fun time, we worked damn hard and managed to all come out with some great pictures. Here are a few of my favourites for you.....





I will be announcing next year’s tours in September so if you want to come with me (I already have one tour fully booked before announcing it!!!) then be quick on the button. One thing is for sure, ospreys are very very very cool birds and well done Rothie!



Africa Bound

I am heading to Africa now, for two weeks of client safaris in my own camp with my old friends Jackson and Johnny Njenga. I have some very very very excited clients too, which is great, I am really looking forward to mentoring them. Last year of course I was there with my friends Nozza and Dazza, it was all hush hush then as I was testing the 200-400. Well I will have it with me this time in the open and cannot wait to use it again. I am still thinking of taking my big 600mm too, just in case a client needs it in the vehicle. I will probably leave it to the last minute and decide tmrw. I definitely think that the 200-400 makes me a better photographer, anyone can fill the frame with a big lens, the skill is in the composition. The migration is always a fabulous time to be in the Mara and this year it will be very special as we have a unique bush camp exclusively for us.

Of course the Mara is not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s busy, if you want the one vehicle per animal type of sighting then you’ll have to head south and pay top dollar for it. But for me the Mara delivers as I know that all of my clients will be able to take decent pictures of lions, leopards and cheetah during their time with me. That’s my job and I love making their dreams come true.

Anyway here are a couple of images from last year.....





I will try to update a little on here from the bush but the main content of my trip will be saved for my fotoBuzz members (coming soon).



New Owl Workshop Date with Andrew James

Andrew’s first workshop is now fully booked so we have pleasure in announcing his next Owl Workshop on Friday the 25th October 2013. Perfect for a little Autumn colour, this workshop will be great for photographers of all levels. So come along and learn from Andrew’s extensive experience (ex editor of PP) and get some great pictures too! Click here for the info page.



Wild About Animals


The Wild About Animals Theatre Tour is selling well and we are starting to book dates for next year too which will be announced soon. Also a date has been scheduled for the RGS London for January 2013, tickets will be available soon. Anyway I appreciate everyone’s support for this tour as I am booking and paying for the theatres myself, so everyone is welcome!!!! Please click here to see ticket details for all events.



Wex Airshow on September 9th

As you all know I love aircraft and have been organising a few corporate airshows at Stow Maries aerodrome in Essex. Well together with Wex Photographic we have organised a superb day of photography, which includes 2 x 2 hour flying sessions with a full sized aerobatic duo, a stunning display by an aerobatic champion and then a superb display by 4 of the very best jet model pilots in the country. Check out these images I took of the models, they are awesome and soooo fast!!










I know, sooooooo cool. Anyway during the day I will be there to help you with your photography and will be showing you a lot of my latest work and talking photographically about how I took it. There will be Canon lenses to try too, a great day at your own personal and private airshow! There are exclusive offers too!!!

The event is being organised by Wex Photographic, click here to go to their event page. It’s gonna be a great day.



PhotoLive 2013

I will be giving three lectures per day at the all new PhotoLive show in London on the weekend of October 26th / 27th. It promises to be an amazing show, focussed purely on the photographer with a great line up of speakers. Future, the organisers, have given all lecturers a special 15% discount code to pass onto our people, so I am doing that to you. Simply click here to go to their website and enter "SC15" in the promo field. The discount is good for All Day and Weekend passes so hope to see you all there!  



Coming Soon

Andrew James and I are now working hard on a very special photographic community, where learning is fun and you are surrounded by like minded people. Geek free, learn from the pros. Coming soon, the world of fotoBuzz.....







23
07
2013
RIAT Fairford Last Weekend
As a kid I loved airshows, we went to all of them and I remember Phantom’s and Lightnings screaming right overhead. I remember the first time that I saw the RAF Red Arrows, they just left me open mouthed and I decided there and then I wanted to be a pilot. Unfortunately that dream was scuppered at selection by a history of hayfever, which then was a bar to entry. And there my love affair with air shows ended, since it was difficult for me to watch as I so wanted to be flying!

Well a lot of time has passed since then, a lot of hairs have been lost from my head and I have forged a career as a successful professional wildlife photographer. But deep down I have never lost my love of aircraft and over the past couple of years it has been re-kindled by working with Russell at Stow Maries Aerodrome ( more on that another time ). Gradually I have started to re-kindle my interest in aircraft and have started to photograph them regularly. Of course I am not an aviation professional so get no special favours or access, but I don’t do it for that reason. I’m taking the pictures solely for pleasure, without any commercial pressure or expectation, I’m right at the bottom and learning everytime I shoot. Of course I have a good eye, and fantastic gear, which helps a lot, but I’m still a novice at it. I do see light well, always have and always will, so that coupled with good reactions have started to yield me some images that I am quite pleased with. So I thought I would share them with you today, purely for your interest and to show that we should never get pigeonholed into one photographic genre. Photography, at its creative heart is all about having fun and enjoying your day out, and I certainly did that!

All images below were shot with the Canon 1DX and the new 200-400mm (using the built-in converter throughout). I have picked a few of my favourites, for the complete gallery just click here. Enjoy!!!

I thought I would start with the Red Arrows as they were totally amazing:






















It was the first time I have photographed the Reds and I will be better next time. I tried to concentrate on getting good composition and leading lines, taking a slightly wider approach. Next time though I will have a 24-70 to hand as well as the Reds did some beautiful patterns the sky. I support the Reds because they have had a hard few years, losing two of the pilots so tragically a couple of years ago. Well they are back to their best now, a really exciting and well thought out display with such precision it was astounding. I’m in touch with Red4 on Twitter and I made sure after the display that he knew how inspired I was, how proud to be British. For those that have yet to see the Reds this season click here to see the remainder of their 2013 schedule.

Now to the fighters. Here you can see some of my efforts showing the Eurofighter / Typhoon, the Dassault Rafale, a madman flying the MIG-29 and an equal madman flying the f16!






















And now to one of my favourite aircraft at the show, the AVRO Vulcan. Conditions were not great for photography when she flew but hopefully I will get to see her again in a different place:






The take off was spectacular and we all heard the famous Vulcan howl. Such a beautiful aircraft to see flying, real elegance in the air. Named The Spirit of Great Britain, the delta-winged Vulcan XH558, gave a wonderful display.

When she landed I saw droves of people flooding from the display area to see her parked, she is such a popular aircraft. Sadly she is the last one flying too, kept in the air by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, a dedicated group of volunteers who are determined to keep her flying for as long as possible. It costs a small fortune to do this, and it looked like 2013 was going to be the last year that we would see this amazing aircraft fly. But they started Operation 2015 to keep her airworthy and fundraising is going well. How do they get the money, simple, FROM YOU! You can join the trust, make donations, take tours and get souvenir Vulcan stuff, all proceeds go towards keeping her in the air. So please help, I am a proud member and am working on some ideas for her. Anyway click here to go to the website and find out about this wonderful lady, a legacy of the V winged bombers.

My ambition with XH558 is to fly with her air to air to get some shots but that is only for the very lucky few so I will just content myself with trying to keep all efforts publicized to keep her in the air.

To see more images from the show check out the complete gallery, just click here.

Of course this page is all jets but I also love my propeller jobs so more on that in the future as I have been busy with this too! Anyway I hope that you enjoyed this brief interlude from wildlife, just some fun like I said.


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