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Day 6 – Iceland Trip 2014

Day 6 was always billed as being a 'free' day. Given the antics of some of our group .... not naming names (Rich, Danni, James, Rob & myself) - it was probably a good thing.

For the rebel group who stayed out all night away from the other Welshot peeps on Saturday night - we started to make our way back from the festival over in Snaefellsnes. A very kind lady gave James, Rob and myself a lift back to the hotels. That's the nature of Iceland, help out your friends. Its a great way to live life.

We eventually made it back to Reykjavik about 2pm. The rest of the day until about 4pm was ours to do as we wished.

At 4pm we greeted our new travelling companions, Sue, Gill, Gaynor and Phil. We then went on a walk around Reykjavik city centre. Just a few shots taken......

Reykjavic Cathedral, Hallgrímskirkja

Reykjavik Cathedral, Hallgrímskirkja

Long exposure of the Sun Voyager

Long exposure of the Sun Voyager

Welshotters in action at the Sun Voyager

Welshotters in action at the Sun Voyager

Reykjavic Opera House

Reykjavik Opera House

Reykjavic Opera House

Reykjavik Opera House

Reykjavic Opera House

Reykjavik Opera House

Aurora, Sea front Reykjavik

Aurora, Sea front Reykjavik

No antics today as some of us were very fragile. Glad I managed to stay out as long as I did though, even if it was just to catch a fleeting glimpse of the Aurora.

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Big 5 Safari – Recent images


Since getting back from South Africa over Christmas and New Year, quite a lot of people have been asking when are the pictures going to be uploaded?

I've uploaded a selection to my web galleries and they can be found here:


The big highlight for me was seeing the Cheetah. Absolutely stunning creatures.

The three days spent really pushed my photography skills, over 1000 images taken and about 10 percent worth viewing.

Well worth it though!!

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Super Bennie Westwood’s Calendar 2014

Cover Image

Calendar Cover


Well the cat's finally been let out of the bag now, as its been announced and is now on sale !!! So I can now blog about it......

Earlier this year I was asked to get involved in a project which I had to keep secret (well secret-ish). Bennie, who has been a good friend for quite some time now, asked me to do the photography for the production of his Testimonial Calendar. When I say "he asked", more like I was told and I had no other option to do it !! (Damn you Debbie Hudson!).

For some reason in the Rugby League World, the players can't wait to get their kit off. The mere mention of the word calendar to one of them and they've stripped off before you've had a chance to ask them to pose for it!! Bennie wanted something different with this calendar, he wanted the nakedness ..... just not with the usual white backgrounds or photoshop'd images. Normally we'd do these shoots in a studio where it's nice and private (and warm!), this time we had no such privileges. Bennie had done a deal with the sponsors for each month of the calendar to have the images taken at their place of work - Nice one Bennie! To make matters worse, we would only have one hour or so to get set up and take the shot. I think it was fair to say no matter how much background research we did on the Sponsors, the locations and types of shot we'd expect, we really only had a short time slot to really prepare - usually just before the player got naked!

Emma Bryan (Hattie Boo Designs - and myself spent the best part of the last 3 months running around various locations in and around Warrington taking the pictures of the players, desperately trying to get the shots required with the best lighting possible, but also protecting the players modesty (some were some done in public view!) and preventing camera phone shots from onlookers getting onto Facebook/Twitter etc.

I think all the hard work and panic has proved it's worth, the calendar is now available to buy from the Warrington Wolves souvenir shop (Wolfware) at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Calendar Club in the Golden Gates Shopping Centre Warrington. Its also available online from

The calendar features 13 of the current Warrington Wolves squad, each of them revealing quite a bit more than what you would normally see on the pitch! It's also a limited edition run, so once it's sold out there won't be anymore being produced.

Thanks to all the Sponsors, Players, Bennie's Testimonial Committee, Warrington Wolves and the man himself Bennie Westwood.


Primary Back Cover Image

Primary Back Cover Image



We made it home safe…..

Just to prove we made it home safe .... Shot of a Ferrari 599 GTB and 458 Spider in the mountains around Davos. It was fun driving these beasts up the winding mountain passes. More pics will be posted soon on Flickr / Facebook and Galleries site.


I'll put a new post up soon with details of the trip.


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The Church of St. Thomas, Stockton Heath.


Work in progress for the biggest project I've ever taken on.


Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Horse Pageant.

PY-CU6C8706-120512T58 by Padster1970
PY-CU6C8706-120512T58, a photo by Padster1970 on Flickr.

Full set of pictures are now loaded up on my Flickr photostream :

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New Website!

It's taken a while, but the new website is now live. It's probably still needs some tweaking, but we are getting there.

You can now order canvases direct from the galleries.

Future updates are already being planned, especially with regards to sales of images etc.

Hope to use the blog now for giving out advice on photography and highlight other interesting blogs that I may find.

Watch this space!

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Even more artwork!


More Artwork!


Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011


I've recently been down to Goodwood for the Festival of Speed 2011. We were lucky enough to be guests in the Ferrari hospitality area and had a fantastic view of all the action.

More pics can be seen in my gallery here : or on my flickr photostream:

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