Snow Hits Coulsdon 2016

As the New York City, Washington DC and the rest of much of the US East Coast braces itself for 2ft of snow and blizzards (good luck everybody), my very own Coulsdon in Surrey experienced just enough slow last weekend to not have any real impact but to certainly make to place look beautiful.  It would be nice to have a little more (not 2ft and blizzards) beats the mild very very wet and damp winter we’ve been having.

Here are a few shots I managed to grab on an early Sunday morning stroll around the neighborhood.

Bradmore Green Pond, Old Coulsdon

Snow in Coulsdon with the Shard on the horizon

Cane Hill and Farthing Downs, Coulsdon

A great photography week for me.

James Bond Sunset

After blogging about having one of my pictures being included in Flickr’s #TwitterTuesday blog (Water theme) earlier this week I seem to have struck gold again and had another photograph featured in Flickr’s daily Explore gallery for the 30th of October.  For those that don’t know “Flickr Explore” is a daily listing on Flickr that captures the 500 most “Interesting” photographs of the day.  The images don’t necessarily need to have been taken that day, just uploaded to Flickr.  Flickr keep the algorithms that calculate “Interestingness” close to their chests but it is essentially a mix of number of page views, user comments and user favourites.

I’ve had the pleasure of having a number of my pictures “explored” this year and for me it’s always exciting to see, if what you felt was a great image, was also matched by the citizens of the web.  Overall when you excluded the web citizen’s obvious blind love for pictures of flowers and animals (usually pet dogs) I think there’s a correlation.  It is also very useful to prove that in order to take a good photograph you don’t need a professional camera just a good eye and a good scene.

The image here looking across the River Thames London to the MI6 and St George’s Wharf buildings next to Vauxhall Bridge was taken using my Samsung Smart Phone.  When walking along the River last week I could tell that there was going to be a clear sunset but alas did’t have my DSLR gear with me.  Never mind I thought, there was enough light to use my S3 in HDR mode and I’d probably get away with minimal noise on the picture.  So two shots later this was the result.  Not bad, possible not good enough for production quality but all in a good photograph.

Hello World from

Little ole me

Little ole me

A quick hello to the interweb from  I’ll shortly add further entries but wanted to first introduce myself and explain a little about what I aim to cover on my blog over the coming days, months and years.

First off, the facts.  My name is Andy, I’m a Lancastrian living in Coulsdon (near London) in the UK and amongst other things have a developing passion for all things photography, hence this blog.  My interest in photography initially started as a teenager and over the years this interest has decreased and increased as different hobbies and distractions have influenced my life.  One thing however that I noticed a few years ago is that for some reason, probably unconsciously I kept going back to my photography as a core interest.  So with this in mind I decided to take my hobby more seriously and invested in my first Digital SLR back in 2011.  Having owned numerous digital cameras and having a film SLR when I was a teenager I’d come to realise that the only way to get really creative and have full control over your photography was to go down the DSLR route.  I’d previously owned an early Canon Powershot G2 which really started to re-ignite my passion for photography but ultimately I was set on taking the leap into DSLRs.

So my first investment, after a lot of research, was the Canon EOS 550d (T2i) a very capable crop factor entry-level DSLR camera.  Having thoroughly genned up on the manual I set off into the world to take me some pics and that as they say is the start of my story.

Two years later and I’m loving it.  I’ve added some “decent glass” to my collection,  had some of my photo’s published and built up a vast collection and array of images… some better than others!! which are published on Flickr and now my recently launched site

So, what’s next I hear you say.  In my next blog I plan to talk about this year’s voyage of discovery, that is my 365 Project e.g. publish a photo per day for every day in 2013.  I’ll talk about my feelings on approaching a 365 project and what I think I’ve gained so-far.

Also, after owning my EOS 550D for over two years now, and being very well served by it I’ve recently upgraded to the long awaited EOS 70D so as I’m sure many of you Canon fanboys will appreciate I plan to write a mini review and my first thoughts on Canon’s latest DSLR model.

Happy reading everybody please feel free to check-out my new Site and Flickr photostream and I’ll be back soon with more blogging.