Winter Trees


Winter trees, stripped bare, made vulnerable to winter’s whistling winds, the still, standing stock of unfelled firewood, yearly rings wrapped in goose-pimpled bark, readying its buds, parachute-packed with leaf to burst in the far-off prospect of spring.


My post on what to do with a camera in winter

Here’s wildlife photographer Paul Miguel with some tips on photographing frosty woodland.


Spelthorne Means Business – Photography at a Glittering Evening of Awards

You better believe it!

award winners

Great doing photography at the Spelthorne Business Awards, a celebration of hard work and enterprise that took place in the Orangery at Shepperton Hall. The awards were organised by Spelthorne Borough and the glamorous event was packed out. 
There so much appreciation showed for everyone, just getting on the shortlist was a great achievement. The main speaker was Julianne Ponan from Creative Nature who talked about beating a life threatening condition, braving rejection on TV’s Dragons Den and some mistakes made along the way. She also said the many awards she had won meant nothing compared to the achievement of building a brand and being surrounded by a fantastic team.

The winners of the 12 categories

  • Exporter of the Year – Experium
  • Creative Business of the Year – Stars Performing Arts
  • Best New Start-up – Nicola Ann Photography
  • Healthy Business Award – Harfield Dance
  • Best Business in Staines – McDonalds
  • Best Independent Business – Homeplay
  • Best Small Business – Hot Yoga Club
  • Best Business in Staines – Joint winners: The Thames Club/Vida Homeloans
  • Best Business in Ashford – Blackstone Printing
  • Best Business in Sunbury – Village Matters
  • Best Business in Shepperton – Quality Fruit
  • Best CSR Business – Quality Fruit  

Chessington Business Expo

Kingston Business Expo

Journalism Award Ceremony

Enter the awards this year

What to do with a Camera in Winter

pedestrians and traffic in the snow

tall trees under a blue winter sky

explore the structure of trees

What to do with a camera in winter is the question many photographers seem to ask themselves. The autumn is irresistible to most photographers. With the passing of the rutting season in the Royal Parks of London, the herds of stag-shooting photographers have retired to the warmth of their computers. Which is a pity because photography in winter offers some great opportunities to have fun and be creative.
ice on a pond

The patterns in ice and the reflections of the trees can make some fantastic patterns

For instance, with each gust of wind and flurry of leaves the trees are getting ever more naked. Look up at the shapes of their bare limbs, who knows what inspiration you may get! Nature’s putting on her drab winter coat, but there’s so much texture and pattern in the bark, or in the fallen foliage in ponds and streams. The mist and fog is a cloak of mystery that can utterly change a landscape.
I love the frost, especially when the sun comes and everything sparkles. In a proper freeze ice throws incredible designs across standing water and creates amazing sculptures around running and tumbling water. For those who care to look, it’s all there in the parks.
Winter is also a great time to photograph the built environment. The sun never gets high in the sky so when it does come out it casts huge, dramatic shadows. The sun creeps into the nooks and crannies of our townscape that never see it in the summer, illuminating surface textures and the rich colours of stone and brickwork. After sunset man-made lightshows fill the streets with twinkling jewels, particularly around the shops at Christmas. The open-air markets make vibrant subjects with their steaming food stalls, colourful products and characterful faces. Even the traffic going home has a romantic appeal as the stoplights of braking vehicles string rubies along the road.

freezing water in a woodland brook

it’s been freezing for days and the ice has grown like glassy fruits

I got very excited when it snowed and spent several days sliding around hoping not to fall on my camera. When it snows, everywhere is quieter, softer, somehow transformed. On its own, snow is a challenge for the camera to capture well. It takes good light to make snow into a good picture – light that can create or form a texture on what is potentially just a white sheet. But look at the people instead. The smiles and rosy cheeks of those enjoying the snow make marvelous pictures. Young children’s sheer wonderment, noses tipped with a dew-drop, laughing office workers snowballing in their suits. Photograph the brief lives of snowmen before they melt away, sledge pilots before they tumble into a drift and leaping dogs as they catch a snowball. But watch out for snowball fights lest you become a target!

 

These blogs have some ideas – winter photography ideas, winter photography projects. This one has tips on photographing ice.

Maybe this is Why I Have a Camera – Arizona Landscape Photography

storm clouds over the Painted Desert in Arizona

Landscape photography in Arizona – you see something that you just have to photograph, but you just don’t want to stop looking at it!

We were travelling to a wedding in Santa Fe, and flew into Las Vegas for the chance to drive across deserts. And because the flights were cheaper.  The sheer scale of north America knocks my socks off every time I visit, it just goes on and on and on. And of course the beauty of the landscape; I have to admit that the pictures in my mind’s eye of the Painted Desert in the Petrified Forest National Park are better than the landscape photography on this page!

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Far too big a carbon footprint this year- here’re some pics from a trip to Canada

Cycling in Italy

Scarves and Wraps made from Japanese Silk – Handmade Products – Photography in Teddington

Kumadori scarfHandmade products, photographed for our neighbour Valerie Timmis who makes beautiful scarves and wraps. We spent an afternoon in my Teddington studio photographing for her website. Val asked another neighbour, Graham to model. Such fun!

Val’s business is called Kumadori, have a look at the website. Her gorgeous scarves and wraps were a joy to photograph. They are unique, made from the silk of vintage kimonos which, Val says “combines Japanese aesthetic, luscious quality silks with fine, innovative decoration.”

A few doors up from me – and a few doors down from Val is the home of Charlotte Duff, who created the Kumadori website.

Food and Product Photography

Chessington Business Expo – Event Photography

Celebrating business in the South of Kingston BoroughKingston event photography

Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, Councillor Margaret Thompson opens the second Chessington Business Expo, organised by Kingston’s Chamber of Commerce. The event was buzzing, full of energy, lots of great business people to meet and a chance to catch up with old friends. With Ed Davey, the parliamentary candidate for the Kingston, Chamber President Martha Mador and Chief Exec Forbes Low.

 

The Chamber of on the river

 

Love the Autumn – Do Photography!

sunbeams in an autumn forest Trevor Aston PhotographySummer has holidays, winter has Christmas. Autumn, sandwiched in between has nothing but colour.  But, oh! What colour

moss and ivy-covered cottage in autumn Trevor Aston PhotographyAutumn’s the best. Yes, photography in spring is beautiful when everything bursting into life. Winter is wonderful in its sharpness and starkness. And of course, long, sultry, summer days are magnificent. But Autumn? Autumn is golden, it’s crunchy underfoot and smells of sweet wood smoke and musty damp leaves, it’s the sensual season. We should love autumn.

Autumn should be walked in, listened to, breathed and touched. Autumn is definitely a time for photography. In fact, producing half a dozen good pictures of rich, autumn colours should be compulsory for anyone with a camera.

The colours are fantastic – the oranges, reds, yellows and browns. All made more spectacular by the light from the sun shining low in the sky, streaming through the trees, punching out the colour. Unless, in the dark of the night, the chilling mist has risen to shroud the landscape in mystery.

Bloated spiders spin colossal webs, strung with tiny lenses made from morning dew, focusing sunbeams into lines of fairy lights. While birds come back to the gardens searching for treats to fatten them up for winter, squirrels scamper through branches and flower beds burying family-packs of conkers and acorns.

The camera might almost have been invented for autumn – a tool for saving splendours to savour in the grey of winter.

bench in Bushy Park Teddington Trevor Aston photography

Stag in Bushy Park Teddington Trevor Aston Photography

The Lords of London’s Bushy Park, the growling grouches, noses in the air, nostrils twitching, sniffing for rivals, strutting stags watching over their herd.



Six beautiful words to describe autumn

Can you identify these autumn leaves?

Find your nearest National Trust property to enjoy autumn colours

10 mindful walks to enjoy in the autumn


Wow! Canada!

No one really wants to see someone else’s travel (holiday) photography, in which case, click away from this post now!

Vancouver skyline Trevor Aston Photography

Reaching an age milestone (I won’t see 39 again) we decided to take a family trip to Canada. We had high hopes for the trip, and weren’t disappointed.

We loved Canada, the word ‘awesome’ should be reserved for describing it. Not just the incredible landscape, but the wonderful people of Canada, so friendly and welcome. We were never left to doubt our welcome!

We travelled with Canadian Affair

We loved riding at the Montana Hill Guest Ranch

The Eagle’s Nest at Spences Bridges, BC was an amazing place to stay

Please don’t leave your holiday pictures languishing on the memory card, share them!


Green is the Colour that Should Always be Seen

conifer forest

Who doesn’t love the colour green? It’s a bringer of hope when the first shoots pop up from germinating seeds. It’s diverse in the seemingly endless variety of shade and tone in the tree canopies, the garden borders, the verges and the hedgerows. It’s fruitful and fertile – even if it’s the lawn needing mowing yet again. Green appetises on the plate in summer salads and winter leaves. A green light sets you free, a green wall calms your soul. It’s beloved of the eco-warrior, it’s my favourite, and it’s the colour that every other hue wants to be. Yes, they are green with envy.

I wondered who decided red in the colour of danger?

I do like colour in photographs

Jennifer Bourn reflects on the meaning of ‘green’

For the Love of Ice Cream

Lazy afternoons in the sunshine, running through the surf with the children, long, long days, no need for jumpers or jackets.

How we love all the things of summer. Whip them up with sugar and vanilla and you get the best thing of all – ice cream! 

Woman in ice cream parlour serving an ice cream cone Trevor Aston Photography
"Ice cream Makes Your Sadness Go Away"
photograph of a boy with ice cream cone sticking out of his mouth -Trevor Aston Photography
"Don't let your ice cream melt while you're counting someone's sprinkles"
"I followed my heart and it led me to the freezer'
teenager with ice cream candid portrait Trevor Aston Photography
"Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy ice cream"
Woman with 2 cartons of Oppo non-dairy ice cream Trevor Aston Photography
"My head says go the gym, my heart says ice more ice cream"
photograph of a young boy with gap teeth eating an ice cream -Trevor Aston Photography
"Tomorrow we eat broccoli, but today is for ice cream"
girl licking ice cream in a cone - Trevor Aston Photography
"Thinking of you is like remembering there's ice cream in the freezer"
man serving ice cream cone from an ice cream van Trevor Aston Photography