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Some thoughts on LPOTY disappointment

25 Jul 2016, Posted by Elliot Hook in Blog, 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 Blog, 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…

Infrared Photography with the Hoya R72 filter

20 Dec 2015, Posted by Elliot Hook in Blog, 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 Blog, 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 Blog, 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 Blog, 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…