When we were in Northumberland we visited Craster – famous for its kippers – and walked some of the cliffs around Cullernose Point.

We stopped and watched a group of people jumping from the rocks and cliffs, and we imagined that they were RNLI or HM Coastguard personnel training for their respective duties.

However, it turned out that they were a group of lads on a Stag Weekend! In that context I understand that jumping off cliffs is called ‘Tomb-stoning’! An apt name if it all goes wrong!

I took this shot on motor drive on the Olympus EM-1 with a 40-150mm Pro lens.


In the couple of seconds the ‘burst’ took, the camera captured around 15 images. I used half of them to create this shot of one of the lads jumping from the cliff into the water.

It was quite a blustery day : note the surf against the foot of the cliffs and the white tops of the waves.

I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have made that leap!

Holy Island Sparrows

Yesterday we visited Holy Island and after a long walk around we visited a local cafe. A guy was hand-feeding bread to the tubbiest sparrows I had ever seen! I wasn’t sure about the rights or wrongs of this – but it was a great photo opportunity – which, of course, I could not ignore. 🙂

These are some of my ( 60+ ) images. Lots of blur – but I hope that’s acceptable, given the fast moving subjects.


All taken on the Olympus EM-1 with the 40-150 f/2.8 Pro lens.

Farne Islands Grey Seals

We are in Northumberland at the moment, and on Tuesday we took the boat trip from Seahouses out to the Farne Islands. Not too many birds in residence – the Puffins were miles out to sea – but there were hundreds of grey seals, some in the water, most just lazing on the rocks. Very photogenic – here is a taster. There may be more to come.

Taken on the Olympus EM-1 and my new Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens. Very nice!

Red Arrows – Synchro Pair

This was taken at the Duxford Air Show on Sunday ( so pleased I didn’t go on Saturday – the event was effectively rained off! )

These are the Synchro Pair from the Red Arrows – and yes, the image is as it came out of the camera ( Olympus EM-1 ) – save for a little cropping.
The two aircraft were flying at around 400 mph, and so in the 1/250 sec of this exposure the top aircraft had moved about 2.4 feet.
And they say timing is everything! 🙂

Old Essex Barn

Today we went to a Flower Show at St Edmunds Church in Abbess Roding, Essex.
The show was great – and the all-day breakfast was brilliant – but just next to the church I found this old barn.

Taken on the Olympus EM-1 ( hand-held, I’m afraid ), processed in Lightroom, Photoshop and with a touch of HDR!