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Living in the northern hills of the Algarve has many dirt tracks, some of which are actually classed as main roads, some others you wouldn’t attempt to drive a car up. Therefore, when we first arrived here I was determined to invest in a Quad to get around the terrain. I opted for a CanAm Outlander Max which has the added benefit of 4×4 when the going gets really tough.

It enables me to get to some areas that would otherwise be a day-long trek. Carrying the 500mm lens and camera on the Quad has been tricky and therefore I am now looking at ways to customise it to carry equipment.

Today, I modified the front rack so that I can attach my Lensmaster RH-2 Gimbal (or any other tripod mounted device) to it. Originally, I was hoping to also carry the lens and camera on the Gimbal attached but I think I’m asking for trouble. So my next task is to make a custom rear box to fit the camera and 500 lens in securely whilst driving. The Gimbal will remain on the front rack whilst driving and I can then also use the Quad as my tripod, or rather Quadpod!

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I’m Now Available As A Guest Speaker


I was invited to provide a presentation and talk at the Rotary Club of Silves yesterday and decided to use this as a potential new service to offer.

I thoroughly enjoyed my talk which contained a selection of my photographs with a background to the work involved to capture the image. I also received very positive and pleasing feedback from the Rotarians. I have now decided to launch this as a service, if you have an event that you would like a Guest Speaker, or simply would like to have a bespoke presentation, I would be glad to open a discussion about it.

More information can be seen on the new Nature Photography Talk/Guest Speaker Page, with prices from just €50 I would be happy to present a topic of your choosing or a general Photography and/or Nature themed talk.

I can provide a 40″ high Definition TV Screen if required and would be happy to erect a printed gallery of my work with the option to purchase. If you are a registered charity, then my fees can be very flexible.

Win A Free Space On My Next Workshop


A short while ago I created a Facebook group for budding photographers in the Algarve to share their photos and build a community.

Each week there is a Themed competition in which the Theme is selected by the previous week’s winner. This week’s theme is “Country Flowers” and not only will the winner get to select the following weeks theme, but they will also win a free space on my next Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshop (which can be gifted if not wanted). Anyone is welcome to join the group it doesn’t matter on your level of experience or the equipment you use, the idea is all about fun!

If you’re a Facebook user, head on over to the Algarve Photo Fun Facebook Group and join in the fun.