Misty Oaks scoops 2nd Place - RHS Photographer of the Year 2017

22/05/2017

I am thrilled to be able to announce that my image below titled Misty Oaks has been awarded 2nd place in the Pure Plants Category of the RHS Photographer of the Year 2017. The image was taken during autumn in an area deep within woodland at Hodge Close Quarry in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria. It was one of those mornings where you can't really plan your images, as the misty conditions are very transient and tend to roll in and out of the wooded clefts so quickly that you have to be very reactive with your compositions. I literally had just a few minutes to shoot this before the scene was changed forever. I've been back to the location on numerouse occasions since and you can litterally walk straight pass the area without even a second glance. 

Click the RHS logo to see all the winning and commended images.

 

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40inch x 30inch Only £300.00 includes a 3inch double mount


Featured image Double page spread

30/03/2017

My starling murmuration image featured as a double page spread in the Wanderlust Travel Magazine. It's always a proud moment when an image of mine is presented in such grand style taking centre stage among so many other amazing images. This takes my total double page spread tally to twenty five!

 


Wanderlust Travel Photo of the year 2016/2017

05/02/2017

For the second year in a row I was invited to Olympia in London for the Travel Photo of the Year awards where my picture titled The Swarm was Highly Commended.

The story behind the image

Starling Murmuration over Blackpool North Pier

The birds gather at the north pier each winter to roost en-mass to save energy by roosting together but also to help evade predators. They arrive each evening in winter in relatively small groups and join other groups, which together begin to fly around the structure, until such time there are many thousands of individuals in the sky. As they move around in the sky together, they create a huge black living mass known as a murmuration, which is one of nature's greatest spectacles. The birds continue to fly around until such time they find the courage to dive beneath the structure where they will spend the night. Within minutes, they have all gone, the sky is clear again and an eerie silence falls over the pier.

 

I had been to this location a number of times over the years to photograph the birds, but I was looking for a less conventional shot. You commonly see great pictures of murmurations taken with long lenses from a number of locations across the country including Brighton Pier, Middleton Moor near Sheffield and at numerous reed-beds across the country. For me though, I wanted to create a landscape photo, one that made you feel part of the event. To do this I decided to shoot from just beneath the pier. I knew it was OK to do this because the birds had become accustomed to people being on the beach and their behaviour was no different to murmurations in other parts of the country. As an ecologist by profession and spending a lot of time observing wildlife, you become good at recognising behavioural changes in species! I got myself in position well in advance of the birds arriving and set my camera up with a wide angle lens and on a tripod. The fading light at this time of day means that shooting without a tripod is almost impossible if you want good a good quality image that will stand to be enlarged. Even then, I still had to increase the ISO to get some degree of sharpness to the birds. I typically wanted a sunset feel to the picture with the great structure playing the main part of the image, but with the birds all around it shown in a way that they were not static, but allowing the fluidity of their movement to be enjoyed in the shot.

 

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Landscape and Nature Photography representation in Keswick

04/12/2016 

As of today, Brave the Skies gallery in Keswick are stocking a selection of my work. Limited edition prints are avaialble to purchase on canvas or as framed prints. A selection of postcards will also be available in the gallery soon.


The BWPA Exhibition comes to my home town at Astley Hall in Chorley


British Wildlife Photography Awards BWPA 2016

06/09/2016

This week I had the pleasure of attending the awards ceremony for the 2016 British Wildlife Photography Awards at the Mall Gallery in London, where my picture of a porcelain fungi was awarded Highly Commended in the Botanical Britain category.

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Wanderlust Travel Photo of the year 2015/2016

This weekend I was at Olympia in London for the Travel Photo of the Year awards where one of my pictures of Bamburgh Castle was in the final ten of this years competition. Sadly it wasn't a win but with around 8000 entires it wasn't a bad effort! Picture of me below with the Editor-In-Chief of Wanderlust Magazine, Lyn Hughes.

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Scottish Landscape Photographer of the year 2015

The below picture was recently shortlisted in the Calmac Spirit of the Sea category of the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015


Facebook Community

I have recently started a new group on Facebook called Outdoor Photography

I am already a member of a number of Facebook groups, some very well used and some not so but all seem to target a particular audience, be it nature, landscape or travel. For anyone like me who indulges in all aspects of outdoor photography, these groups leave me frustrated. The group I have created adresses this by allowing for all aspects of outdoor photography to be posted, including allowing pictures to be offered for critique or just for people to enjoy posting and getting feedback in the form of likes or comments. As admin of this group, I am also allowing photographers to advertise their workshops too, which most do not allow. Please read the rules of the group for more infomation.

 


Incidental Landscape Photography Workshop - Beginners

Incidental days are exactly what they say on the tin. They are planned days when I am out shooting on location, which you can join in on. I will be working for the first couple of hours but will be available for any help afterwards for a very small fee. Unlike my main workshops, these are planned for my work, but they give you an opportunity to come along when the light is good (At least that's the hope) and shadow me. The small fee covers my time afterwards providing a short duration of tuition. These days are ideal for those with small budgets or those who don't feel they want to be in a group all day.

The days will be advertised on my Home page and flyers can be sent out if you want to join my mailing list.

Workshop price is £25.00 per person, which can be paid via Paypal. You will need to provide all your own essentials.

Places are restricted to five so please contact me in the first instance for a place. 

 


New Branding

The website has long been over due a face lift and so I've spent a number of weeks adding new facilities such as framing, printing and workshops. Workshops are still in the infancy stage but new dates and locations will be added soon. As of today though, the site has also got a new logo.


New Service

Photography Workshops

Workshops

I am pleased to announce that very soon I will be offering a series of landscape photography based workshops costing from only £50.00 per participant. The minimum group size is three; and to be able to offer the best possible service, maximum group size is seven.

The workshops will focus on a number of my favourite locations on offer throughout the year, focusing primarily on the seasons. To fit in with your work commitments, the workshops will run at the weekends. You will be expected to make your own way to the location and provide your own food. To get the most from the day, the tuition will start mid morning working through the day culminating with a dusk shoot (weather permiting) whereby you can put your new found skills into practice.

Workshop duration is approximately eight hours, depending on season. Locations to be announced soon.

Register your interest here to be updated when the dates and locations become available.

 

 


Monthly Top Sale

Beautiful view of Darwen Tower in Lancashire licenced to telecoms company for 5 yrs

 

 


Illustrated Article

Latest feature out now in the August issue of Wild Travel Magazine

 

 

 


Illustrated Article

New feature out now in the November issue of Professional Photographer Magazine

Work Life Balance

Professional Photographer Magazine featuring Simon Booth 

 


Illustrated Article

My latest feature on the subject of amphibians is out now in the March Edition of Photographphy Monthly.

Hop Skip and a Big Jump by Simon Booth

Hop Skip and a Big Jump by Simon Booth


Hop Skip and a Big Jump by Simon Booth

 

Hop Skip and a Big Jump by Simon Booth

 


Illustrated Article

The Three States of Water - Photography Monthly

Water by Simon Booth

Water by Simon Booth

 

Water by Simon Booth

 

Water by Simon Booth


 

Canon EOS 1DX

I have finally taken the plunge and upgraded my ever faithful 1DS MK2 for the latest pro release from Canon; the 1DX. The 1DS MK2 was with me for the best part of 10 years and whilst it was mechanically sound and very robust,  I always felt that nagging feeling in the back of my mind every time I thought of those fellow photographers with the 1D series cameras with their faster frame rate and lighting quick and precise autofocus, especially when shooting nature. For years I have moaned about this problem, often saying that Canon should address this and actually put all their eggs in one basket for once! It simply wasn't fair that Canon should assume that those who participated in both landscape and nature should have to buy two bodies. And if they did, what about all that weight? Finally it seems my prayers have been answered and just last month I took the plunge and spent some cash. So what do I think? all that I can say so far is OH MY GOD!!! This camera is everything it needs to be. It's almost as if it knows what is expected of it. My moaning days could be over?... but then I doubt it! I haven't put the camera to the landscape test yet but as for nature, I'm shooting with ISO's in the region of 2000 and the images are superb. Pictures that were never possible before are suddenly within my reach. Shooting plants on breezy days, at f16 is for the first time ever, a reality!

Thank you Canon!

  

Coot chasing rival by Simon Booth Canon EOS 1DX

 Coot chasing rival male taken with The Canon EOS 1DX - Canon L series 500mm f4 IS lens

 


 

Gear Test

CamRanger

I received the new CamRanger today for testing. The CamRanger allows full control of your camera wirelessly though an I Phone or I Pad with full camera control and a live view beamed straight to your device. This sound like a great piece of kit for shooting wildlife remotely. You can read the the full test here.

 


Gear Test  

 

Interview

Photography Monthly Chasing the Fleeting Light Interview

Simon Booth

Click to read here.

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Gear Test

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Max

I've recently been asked to review the 2012 Trophy Cam from Bushnell.

Initial testing has revealed a bullet proof piece of kit that can withstand all that the British weather can throw at it. There are some irritating flaws though, which the manufacturer needs to address. The full test will feature in Photography Monthly online magazine and can be read here.


Illustrated Article 

I've been writing and illustrating the Wild Britain feature for Photography Monthly for almost twelve months now and I have enjoyed every minute, as I hope you have.  It's been a great challenge finding the many images each month that are of the quality that such a popular photography magazine demands. What may be of interest to those of you who are planning to write photography articles yourself; is hang on to your rubbish! It surprising how many you need to illustrate your point.

 

Becoming a Woodland Fine Artist - Photography Monthly

Becoming a Woodland Fine Artist by Simon Booth

 

Becoming a Woodland Fine Artist by Simon Booth

 

Becoming a Woodland Fine Artist by Simon Booth

 

Becoming a Woodland Fine Artist by Simon Booth

 

Becoming a Woodland Fine Artist by Simon Booth


Illustrated article

Winter Wildlife - Photography Monthly

 Winter Wildlife by Simon Booth

 

Winter Wildlife by Simon Booth

 

Winter Wildlife by Simon Booth

Winter Wildlife by Simon Booth


Illustrated Article

The Magic of Mushrooms - Photography Monthly

Wild Mushrooms, Photography, Monthly Simon Booth

Wild Mushrooms, Photography, Monthly Simon Booth

Wild Mushrooms, Photography, Monthly Simon Booth

Wild Mushrooms, Photography, Monthly Simon Booth