Category Archives: Blog

Piece on composition in Outdoor Enthusiast

There’s a short article of mine on some (very) basic compositional ideas in this month’s Outdoor Enthusiast magazine… (read more)

Favourite Lake District views in the Great Outdoors magazine

You may have seen a few shots of mine on the front cover and in the pages of the Great Outdoors before… (read more)

Moments of calm at Crummock Water

‘All that paused water, unsure of its obligations….’ Robert Macfarlane, The Old Ways…
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Summer wanders …..

… to where, we do not know… (read more)

Bagh Steinigidh in Outdoor Photography magazine

There’s a little guide of mine to one of the Isle of Harris’ less photographed beaches, Bagh Steinigidh, in this month’s Outdoor Photography magazine… (read more)

Low energy, Low Fell

June (and, as it was a couple of hours later, today, July) is no time to be in the hills as a mountain photographer… (read more)

Langdale, helicopters, Leo and Charley…

Ok, I’m a photographer who lives in the Lake District. There aren’t many mornings where I don’t have to pinch myself just to make sure it’s all real… (read more)

Washing Up

I know every time I write something here it seems to be related to the last hit of winter…. but yes, yet again we’ve had another fresh covering on the hills this evening… (read more)

Winter clings on…

As I write this I’m listening to the sleety rain lashing the windows, and crashes of things being hurled around the garden that probably shouldn’t be hurling around the garden… (read more)

Low Fell

As a member of the Wainwright family unassuming Low Fell may have managed to achieve a certain level of fame… (read more)

Last of the Lake District winter?

After spending the morning photographing a guest house in Keswick on Wednesday, I decided I could sneak an afternoon in the hills before heading back to finish the edit… (read more)

Cat Bells, Castle Crag and Country Walking

Last spring during Keswick Mountain Festival I joined a few of the Country Walking magazine team… (read more)


Under timid grey skies that threatened nothing more than frustrating spits of rain, I headed into Deepdale with the the finest of plans – none at all… (read more)

Coniston Old Man and fresh snow

After yesterday’s snow, the Lake District is looking splendidly wintry once more… (read more)

The Prison Band

It may not have the knife edge thrills and exposure of Sharp Edge or Striding Edge, and doesn’t lead to a summit as famous as Blencathra or Helvellyn, but the Prison Band is a fine little rocky ridge leading to the summit of Swirl How. (read more)

Buachaille Etive Beag

I can’t make too many bold proclamations when I’ve yet to climb most of them, but the two Munros of Buachaille Etive Beag… (read more)

2014: a photographic review

Lists! It’s time for lists!… (read more)

Winter! Scafell Pike

In amongst all the Christmas fairs, the mounting and framing and general frantic festivities, I found a little window of escape yesterday… (read more)

A’ Mhaighdean (almost) from Poolewe

When I left the house for this trip I was aiming to spend a few days around Assynt, and spending a bit more time exploring this wonderful area after a rather washed – out debut there last year… (read more)

Bagh Steinigidh

On a stretch of Harris coastline streaked with beautiful swathes of sand, Bagh Steinigidh is just another small beach that’s easy to pass by… (read more)

Loch Clair and Liathach, Torridon

Careering into Glen Torridon in autumn after an eight hour drive and just ten minutes before ‘sunset’ is just a wonderful time to deposit yourself in the Highlands… (read more)

Walking and landscape photography

There’s a short article of mine in this month’s Outdoor Photography about the act of walking as being an inherent part of the landscape process… (read more)


There’s a simple grandeur about Luskentyre. It’s a big, empty beautiful beach, lapped by sparkling water and backed up by views to the fine mountains of northern Harris… (read more)

Pike O’ Blisco wild camp

The first half of this summer in the Lake District was, as summers go, spectacular. It was warm and sunny for a start, which is an improvement on the majority of them… (read more)


I occasionally wonder (usually when I’m atop a mountain in a deep winter freeze) if your current physical condition can affect the photos you’re taking… (read more)

New work from Harris, Lewis and Skye

The more observant amongst you may have noticed that the Skye gallery has now become a Skye, Lewis and Harris gallery… (read more)

New greetings cards

I’ve just taken delivery of a brand new range of greetings cards, and this time there are a few Scottish images mixed in with the new Lake District ones… (read more)

The Great Outdoors cover

You can find one of my photos (and me) on the cover of this month’s The Great Outdoors magazine… (read more)

Hell Gill

The Langdale Hell Gill, that is. Not the Mallerstang one. My default route when… (read more)

Composition – a toe in the water

In there’s one topic that’s almost guaranteed to crop up in any pre – workshop chats with participants about what they struggle with, or what they’d like to learn more about, it’s composition… (read more)

Langdale Pikes from Hawk Rigg

On Friday I headed towards Tilberthwaite for a walk over Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs and back down via Wet Side Edge… (read more)

Easter Sale now on – 20% off!

As I’m a generous sort of soul, and to celebrate the new season (it means we’re one step closer to next winter) you can now get 20% off your order… (read more)


I always think Langstrath occupies some kind of middle ground between the Lake District and Scotland in terms of feel and atmosphere… (read more)

Wast Water

I looked up from the laptop at about 6pm on Tuesday evening, noticed how pleasant it was outside… (read more)


What, you were expecting daffodils?! Sorry, you’re in the wrong place… (read more)

Caudale Moor

Yesterday didn’t quite go as planned. Amidst an endless spell of high pressure and liberally daubed blue skies… (read more)

Mellon Udrigle

I don’t do much coastal photography, but not because I don’t have a passion for it… (read more)

An Teallach

For the most part, the relatively straightforward climb to the summit of An Teallach’s highest munro Bidein a Ghlas Thuill gives little suggestion of the drama to come… (read more)

Blencathra photo in The Great Outdoors

You can find this Blencathra photo of mine spread across two pages in the current issue of The Great Outdoors magazine… (read more)

Fresh snow and Pike of Blisco

After a commercial job in a surprisingly sunny and blue skied Kendal yesterday afternoon, I took the cue to have a late run up a hill hoping to catch some dusk light… (read more)

Scafell Pike via Mickledore

Despite this being a very mild season so far in the Lake District, it is most definitely winter on the higher fells at the moment… (read more)

Country Walking magazine cover

You can find this Skiddaw from Cat Bells image of mine on the front cover of the new issue of Country Walking magazine… (read more)

Hints and tips for winter landscape photography

This is a ’40 great tips for winter landscapes’ piece I put together for the January 2014 issue of Outdoor Photography magazine, which also featured this shot of mine on the cover… (read more)

Dollywaggon Pike

I live on a hill. Not a proper hill, just a small hill on the edge of a small town… (read more)

Kentmere Horseshoe

Weather conditions can play a big part in the enjoyment of walks, and given there are usually more ‘bad’ days than ‘good’ sometimes… (read more)


The forecast for yesterday’s workshop was a little on the damp side, but thankfully the rain came in bursts rather than persistent sheets… (read more)


Sometimes as a landscape photographer you have to appreciate the grandeur of your surroundings without being able to view it through a lens… (read more)

Stony Cove Pike

I honestly, really, definitely, truly, definitely, honestly was planning to stay in the office and do my accounts and tax return today… (read more)

Pike O’ Blisco from Bowfell

This afternoon blue skies at home tempted me out for a wander up Bowfell. Of course those blue skies didn’t extend into the central Lake District, and the summit was swathed in thick cloud… (read more)

Blea Tarn

I’ve spent a few days at Blea Tarn recently, mainly on workshops and we’ve been blessed with some great light on the whole… (read more)