San Francisco XL

More photos from my trip to USA in 2016. The 40 (XL in roman numerals) photos were taken in San Francisco.

Due to our tight schedule… and a bit of a nightmare with the hire car at the airport , we only had 24 hours in this amazing city. For a city with so much to see and do, this was nowhere near enough time to fully appreciate it.

Enjoy the pics.

 

Oregon XL

Another set of photos from my trip to USA in 2016. The 40 (XL in roman numerals) photos were taken in and around Oregon. I only feel I scratched the surface of this massive, beautiful State.
Personal Oregon highlights were definitely visiting Mount Hood ( and the hotel where they filmed the exterior shots of the Overlook Hotel in ‘The Shining’) and Cannon Beach (and the rocks from the end of The Goonies).
The evening we visited Canon Beach was slightly misty and a little overcast, but this just added to the atmosphere. Haystack rock and it’s other rock friends were breathtaking. I’d like to think that I will be back there some time.

Hope you enjoyed my photos of Oregon. Please Like, comment and share etc

Las Vegas XL – Part 1

NY? Vegas?

In July 2016 I had a bit of a whirlwind jaunt over to the U S of A.
Our trip started with a couple of day’s in Portland, Oregon… then to Las Vegas… another flight to San Francisco. From San Fran we took route 101 up the west coast back to Oregon.
During the trip I took wayyyy too many photos.

I have tried to split the photos into sets of 40 (XL in roman numerals) as I did have the joy of turning 40 while in Vegas.  This set of photos were taken on day one of two in Vegas.
Las Vegas XL – Part 2, San Francisco XL, Portland XL and Route 101 XL sets will follow at some point. Enjoy 🙂

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Lindos, Rhodes – July 2014

Just returned from a recent trip to the town of Lindos, on the Greek island of Rhodes. I’d like to  share some of my photos.
Lindos is a beautiful scenic town with some breathtaking views. It’s not a big place but it is tightly packed with fantastic restaurants, bars, shops and a couple of nightclubs (if you stay up till around 2am).
Lindos is an extremely hilly place, not ideal for the old or unfit. You could, however, just hail a donkey to take you up the steepest inclines to the ancient Acropolis overlooking the town.
Enjoy my photos and leave a comment. I’d really love to know your thoughts.

All images taken on iPhone 5 – Cropped and tweaked in Adobe Photoshop

The Lakes 2013

Recently, for my brothers 40th, I had a trip with 9 other lads, to the Lake District, a beautiful part of the world. However, it had been planned in March to avoid any adverse weather. :/ Mother nature decided otherwise and graced us with a freak spring weekend of heavy snow.

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The disturbing snow-swept journey meant we could hardly see where the road actually was. Not the greatest idea to be on country roads that gritters dont ever visit. Our first activity of the weekend was bike riding. (No pics of that – it’s almost impossible to ride a bike whilst taking pictures).

The bike riding was cut short as there was zero grip on the wheels going uphill and so much snow that you couldn’t open your eyes going downhill (Not really all that safe). Also, we were concerned the roads may become unusable. Night out with plenty of beers (… and kareoke – eek!) made up for the disapointing bike effort.

Day 2 – Hike

Again the snow scuppered the planned journey, but fortunately we had someone in the group that, i quote, ‘knows the hills like the back of his hand’.

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Despite the weather the trek was on!!

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Even the local residents seemed rather puzzled that we’d be up in the hills in these conditions.

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Although difficult going, the views were beautiful.

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Love the above shot as all the lads descend and ascend down a mini valley. The ‘V’ shape of the row of men mirrors the peak of the hill in the background. Also love how everyone seemed to pull the same ‘arm out’ pose while crossing a small stream.

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Some of the snowdrifts were over 4 foot deep. Not easy to get through with my little, unfit legs, ha!

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Sometimes the blizzards were almost unbearable but when the weather calmed, the hills, lakes and streams were stunning.

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We weren’t the only things brave enough to venture to the hills. The sheep gathered on a small mound of exposed grass seemed content. We also met an amazingly photogenic cow that happily posed for the above shot.

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The journey led us to the discovery of an amazing cave. The only way in – and out was via a series of well placed stepping stones (amazingly no one slipped into the water.) The cave was amazing, so many colours in the rocks. The contrast between the dark stone and bright white snow blew me away.

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It was shorlty after the cave that it the trek got more difficult – especially for me. We stopped for a breather and to contemplate our route. Someone pointed up the hill to the peaks and my heart dropped. As we ascended my legs cramped up and I almost turned back. I powered on with the help of a donated, well needed energy drink.

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After what seemed like uphill after uphill we reached the peak.

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Finally, to my relief, we had some downhill sections. Some of these did involve more snow drifts and the occasional hill-bum-slide.

All in all a great trip – hope to get back there soon.

Would recomend that everyone visits the lakes at some point. Lots to do, and amazing surroundings… Even when it snows.

Free as a Bird

Free as a Bird
Free as a Bird

I’m not sure if there is a legal age limit for driving a boat but the kid in the original photo of this didn’t seem to care.

The expression on his face is one of enjoyment and slight trepidation. Happy for now, but if anything goes wrong he’ll quickly rethink what he was doing at the helm.

Created in Adobe Illustrator I kept the colour pallette  of the background to muted greys and blues to allow the young lad with his, quite frankly, cool as hell hair to stand out.

Kiss Like a Fish

kiss like a fish
kiss like a fish

The subject of this image was very fond of the fish he caught. He wanted it imortalised into a cool illustration.

Adobe Illustrator was used to carefully trace around every contour. To keep a modern feel to the image, only block colours were used. All sense of material warping and folding was achieved with simple lines.

I’m especially happy with the hair of the guy in this image. It can be very theraputic tracing around spiky or messy hair.

I’m not sure whether the man and fish are still together, I may have heard a rumour that they bought a house and were trying for kids. I wish them and their nmermaid offspring well.

Where’s Mummy?

Where's Mummy?
Where’s Mummy?

Where’s Mummy? was taken at Malaga airport. I loved how Father and Daughter were gazing out onto the runways. The light streaming through the giant windows creates an amazing atmosphere. The Plane through the window is actually one of the scale model planes that hang from the airport ceilings.

The contrast of light and dark reminded me a bit of a starship window looking out into space. The fact that the Father and daughter also look a bit like C3PO and R2D2 may be something to do with this too.

the droids i was looking for

There’s an ape for that

Theres an ape for that
There’s an ape for that

This cool, posing fella was taken in Gibralta, Spain. Up at the top of Gib’ rock there is a large colony of barbary apes. They are curious and from what i could tell ‘mostly harmless’. The ape in the photograph was perched precariously on a railing above a sheer drop over the rock edge. Obviously not phased by this position or the fact i was shoving a camera in his face, he pulled his best ‘Magnum’ look for me.