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Some thoughts on LPOTY disappointment

25 Jul 2016, Posted by Elliot Hook in competitions

This post isn’t written with any bitterness, just some reflection on photography competitions generally. It’s that time of year when I watch on as Twitter erupts with excitement at the receipt of LPOTY shortlist emails.  This is the third time that I’ve entered and not…

Bluebells 2015: Redux

19 Apr 2016, Posted by Elliot Hook in landscapes

As controversial a subject that bluebell photography can be amongst the UK landscape photography community (well, not bluebells per se, but shooting seasonally obvious subject matter with little imagination or thought for originality), they’re still a highlight of my photography calendar as they are indicative…

2015: A review of my photographic year

08 Jan 2016, Posted by Elliot Hook in landscapes, trips, wildlife

Around this time of year, I always enjoy looking back over the past year to think about what I achieved photographically and consider what I want to try and accomplish over the coming year.  I didn’t have a chance to pull this together before the…

Infrared Photography with the Hoya R72 filter

20 Dec 2015, Posted by Elliot Hook in guide, landscapes

I find myself really drawn to infrared photography. There is something about the naturally high contrast black and white images that IR can produce that just aren’t possible when shooting normally, with the visible spectrum. This is especially true in the landscape where foliage can…

Landscape Photography with a Telephoto Lens

08 Nov 2015, Posted by Elliot Hook in landscapes

I’ve written about landscape photography with telephoto lenses before, but since making the jump to full frame earlier this year, it is something I’ve found myself doing even more.  As such, I’ve realised a few interesting points that I thought worth sharing, as well as…

Photographing Puffins on Skomer Island

15 Jun 2015, Posted by Elliot Hook in trips, wildlife

Ahead of another trip to Skomer to photograph puffins, I’ve been looking back through images taken nearly 12 months ago, in July 2014, when I was fortunate enough to spend two nights on the island, just off the coast of Pembrokeshire, photographing puffins.  The island is…

Perseverance Always Pays Off

30 May 2015, Posted by Elliot Hook in landscapes

There has been one view that I’ve struggled to take a decent image of for around 5 or 6 years, but I think I’ve recently made some progress. It’s a view from the Bwlch y Groes pass, the mountain road that links Lake Vyrnwy with Dinas…

#Connected2015

20 Apr 2015, Posted by Elliot Hook in exhibition

This weekend is the launch event for #Connected2015, a photography exhibition that aims to showcase the work of both amateur and pro photographers united by a love of image making.  It’s the 8th annual exhibition hosted by the Nottingham Flickr Group at the Patchings Art Centre,…

Hello World (v3.0)

04 Mar 2015, Posted by Elliot Hook in admin, web

Welcome to the latest iteration of www.elliothook.co.uk. A couple of months ago I decided that my website needed a refresh, and here it is. I’ve moved away from the Zenfolio platform, back to WordPress, and so I’ve been spending a few hours here and there…