May the Forth Bridge be With You
Stayed in Auld Reekie where I went up to a viewing platform on the Forth Bridge as part of my LPOTY prize. I had forgotten what a beautiful city Edinburgh is, especially in the near tropical conditions we experienced. Got some classic views at dusk from Calton Hill and Arthur's Seat. Also made a wee trip oot tae Falkirk to see they Kelpies pal.
Back to the Lakes
Lucky enough to get one morning of snowy conditions around Derwent Water, courtesy of the 'Mini Beast from the East'.
London Lumiere Light Show
Made separate trips to Kings Cross and Canary Wharf to catch the evening light displays. I thought the angle poise lamps would be the star of the show, turns out it was the Waterlicht laser display at Central St Martins School of Art.
My award winning LPOTY image has appeared in the December 20 issue of Rail Magazine and in issue 50 of the online magazine Photography News.Click here for link to Photography News and scroll to p28
It's All About Me!
On-line article published showcasing some of my travel images. It's called 'Quit your job and travel the world like Jon Martin'.
Click here to see the article
Landscape Photographer of the Year Award Presentation
Took a break from our stay in the Lake District and travelled to Waterloo Station to receive the Lines in the Landscape award at the opening of this years LPOTY exhibition. Here I am being presented with the award by Network Rail's Managing Director of Property, David Biggs. You can just see my image on the screen in the background and Charlie Waite is there too.
A Month in the Lake District
Don't know why I hadn't been back here for years, it must rank as the best place for landscape photography in England. It's just beautiful in autumn, even without a spectacular display of colour. Stayed at Grasmere, Great Langdale, Butteremere, Kewsick and Wast Water. Must have visited the right places as I bumped into David Clapp again and again and again!
Canada, around Jasper and Banff
Enjoyed some early snow as well as fall colors and wildlife on a trip to Canada with David Osborn. The snow made for a spectacular journey for our trip along the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff. Shared a field with some magnificent elk during rutting season (the elks not mine!) Also had some lovely early morning colour and reflections at Patricia Lake.
Take a View - Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017
Thrilled that my image of the 08.52 from Barmouth has won the 'Lines in the Landscape' award in this years LPOTY competition. Part of the prize is a visit to the Forth Bridge with special access to areas not open to the public. The image is in the awards book which is available now and will be on display at Waterloo Station. Click here to see all the awarded images.
British Athletics Supporters Club Award
Chuffed that I have won a prize for the best image taken at the World Championships in London by a member of the British Athletics Supporters Club (BASC). My image shows Mo Farah winning the silver medal in the mens 5000m race. The prize is two tickets for the World Indoor Athletics Championships taking place in Birmingham next year, plus a big print of my winning image.
I know it's not far from Norwich and I know it's been photographed to death, but we couldn't resist a short holiday in Southwold a few weeks ago. In an attempt to get something a bit different to the usual pier images, I used a big stopper for some of the sunrise pics and also took some shots at night.
Mid Wales Coast
Have just added some images from our twin centre holiday in Borth and Barmouth on the Mid Wales coast, back in January. The weather was frequently dull, but there were a few bright spots. Highlights included a wonderful stormy walk along the beach at Ynyslas and some weird gloomy lighting on Barmouth bridge. Unusually, my favourite images were taken close to midday.
Frost and Mist in Norfolk
There was some glorious weather for photography in Norfolk between Christmas and New Year. With both frost and mist forecast, I decided to pay a visit to St Benet's Abbey. For once, the forecast was spot on, with the reeds looking wonderful covered in frost and low lying mist being slowly burnt off by some early morning sunshine.
Take a View LPOTY Opening
Delighted that my image of Gunnerside was commended in the 2016 Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. It's in the awards book which is out now and will also be on display at Waterloo Station until 5 February. Here's me and my image at the opening night.
Click here to see all the awarded images.
An early start yesterday to photograph Thurne windmill at sunrise. Unfortunately no clouds were present, but there was plenty of warm morning light on the reeds.
Spent three weeks in America for Sarah's birthday treat, visiting Chicago, Washington, New York and Boston. Highlights included nice sunsets from up high in Chicago and NY, also a fire not far from our hotel In Boston. See recent images for some edited highlights.
Belatedly added some images from a recent trip to Yorkshire, where we stayed at Whitby, Gunnerside and Kilnsea, near Spurn Point.
Just returned from a trip visiting family in Wiltshire. Managed to fit in a few bits of photography, including this one taken from Martinselll Hill, near Marlborough.
Take a View - Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015
Shocked and stunned to find out that I was runner up in the urban category of the 2015 LPOTY with my shot of St Paul's from the Shard. Tidal Surge at Cromer and Walking on Bamburgh Beach were also commended. All three pictures will appear in the 2015 awards book, which will be published very shortly. Click here to see all the awarded images
First Images with New Camera
My new Canon 5DSR got an extensive test around Glencoe today. Here's one of the first results, see recent images for a full size image.
Guess Who has a New Camera
Taken delivery at our B&B in Fort William of Canon's new 50 mega pixel camera, the 5DSR. I will mainly be using this for landscapes and it will be pretty much glued to a tripod. I will still use the Canon 1D-X for sport, wildlife and high ISO photography.
The Answer is Today
The question: when will I get my picture in the paper. Nice 3/4 page article in the Eastern Daily Press and Evening News about me and my award winning image in the 2015 International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.
International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015 - Update
Double delighted to find out that my image has won the Snow & Ice award in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition 2015.
Click here to see the awarded images...
International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015
I was delighted to discover today that one of my images is among the 101 photographs selected by the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition 2015.
Click here to see all the accepted images...
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Spent some time shooting the area around the Guggenheim Museum. Interesting shadows late afternoon and some nice clouds for night shots of the giant spider.
Back from three weeks in Northumbria, a week in each of Bamburgh, Lindisfarne and Alnmouth. Some nice sunrises at Bamburgh, also people walking on the beach, mist at Lindisfarne and fluffy clouds at Alnmouth. ...more