Starting this Saturday (19th September 2020) my new exhibition is running at “The Bungalow” at the Carvoeiro Tennis Club. There is a selection of my work, including limited edition acrylics on display and of course are available to purchase.
The opening coincides with the open day at the Bungalow which is a therapy and beauty centre with various services available such as acupunture, massage and beauty. I will be at the open day so please come along from 11am onwards to say hello.
If you can’t make Saturday, the exhibition will run for at least the next two months, so plenty of time to take a look. Don’t rely on my mobile phone shots below, please come and look for yourself.
Tonight I spotted both a European Mantis and Banded Centipede in the same location. The Banded Centipede was just a small youngster and the European Mantis a fully grown adult. I grabbed my phone and started to record in case their paths crossed.
Both are serious predators in their own world but due to the Banded Centipede only being a youngster would it be an easy snack for the Mantis? I’ve often wondered who would be king of the predator if the two ever crossed paths.
If you’re looking for a big fight scene then you’re not in luck as both go their own way, however, I was still surprised, take a look for yourself. Of course, there may have been some activity before I got there as the Mantis did look unusually un-mantis-like. Maybe the Centipede had already bitten it beforehand. It’s almost as if they respected each others status of killer predator but I’d still say the Centipede had the upperhand!
Due to the popularity last year, I am again creating a Wall Calendar for 2021 and it is now available for pre-order.
This years calendar is titled “Naturally Algarve” and features 13 of my favourite photographs (not featured in last years!) that you will instantly associate with this amazing region of Portugal. The calendar features 13 months (January to January) with a different photo for each month. This year, I have added some extra features. There are detailed descriptions of each of the 13 photographs and also some fun facts too.
Each page is A4-sized and features a spiral binder with wall hook. To cut down on wasted paper it is printed back-to-back. The price is just €12 and shipping is available to all of the EU and the UK, pickup is also available. I expect them to arrive before the end of September and numbers are limited, so would advise purchasing sooner rather than later.
There are sunsets, seascapes, birds, insects all in amazing quality print. As with last year, they have been designed so that you are able to cut out and keep the photographs and of course large prints are also available in the Web Shop.
It’s always great to see my work in print and nothing comes better than seeing this Private Commission I have just completed on a huge canvas hanging in my clients living room.
This view in the Lower Alentejo is a favourite of my client and I was commissioned to photograph this view and deliver it printed on a canvas to fill an empty space on her wall. After visiting the property to view the space it was decided that a huge canvas of 180cmx120cm would be perfect. The photograph was taken before the hot summer turned everything brown meaning this late spring view can now be viewed at anytime of the year.
If you have a favourite view you’d like me to capture and deliver in any sized print (or even a digital copy) then please get in touch to discuss the options.
Firstly, a HUUUUUUUUUUGE SORRY for the lack of content lately. I have been very busy with my commercial side of photography that I’ve had little to no time at all for any wildlife and nature photography. Very sad, but of course, I’ve had to follow the work that puts food on the table and with the current state of the planet it makes it even more important.
However, with my monthly article for the Algarve Resident now due, I decided to take some snaps of the many Hummingbird Hawk-moths that visit the garden.
These super fast moths are incredibly difficult to capture pin sharp due to the high speed they move. It’s easy to just put the shutter speed on maximum and hope for the best, but to make it even more challenging, I like to have the body sharp but allow for movement in the wings as I feel this tells the story about their incredible speed they flap them at.
Of course, then there is the angle and I’ve learnt over the years to try and predict movement of wildlife and moths are no exception, just much harder. As you can see from the shot below, I certainly nailed both the shutter speed and the prediction of where it was to feed. I have many shots that I’ll share at a different time, but for now here is just one I captured this afternoon.