The Blue Grotto, Malta

Very pleasing to have a sale of this picture reported yesterday because it is such a popular subject. It is a major tourist attraction and I was quite fortunate in finding just one boat and to be able wait until it swept around forming a pleasing arc to improve the composition. Many of the other images available either did not have a boat, or had too many boats, or simply a less pleasing – and simple- composition. The boat gives scale to emphasise the real size of the natural arch and limestone cliffs.

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The picture has been licensed for use in travel promotion.

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Coastal flooding risk at Bawdsey?

At Bawdsey, Suffolk, England the shingle beach has moved inshore, the lagoon has been reduced in size, and beach sediment has accumulated next to the coastal defence flood barrier. The beach is now several metres above the land on the other side of the flood defence wall. A beach is often the best defence against waves but in this case there is such a smooth gradient that in storm conditions the profile will take water up and over the defences. The co-incidence of high tide, low pressure and strong easterly winds could lead to a serious breach here.

 

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Time to catch breath-back from Madrid

I’ve just finished processing and captioning around 950 files from a recent trip to Spain. Around half are of Madrid, a truly vibrant, fun and interesting city, and the rest from various locations in Extremadura. These pictures are all now on Alamy and have been sent for editing to Agefotostock and Universal Images Group ( for Getty Images). They are available for browsing in two galleries on the homepage of Geography Photos

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So, a pause to catch up on my website and to write a blog entry, and just begin to think about the next trip.

I’ve chosen the image above not because it is typical of my images (it  isn’t)  but because it is a bit different. In the foreground is a man who creates huge soap bubbles for a living, and further in is a rather jaded superhero figure. In between is a woman running gauntlet through the street performers and off in the distance another women approaches. This is early morning ( about 11am in Madrid!) in the city’s main square Plaza Mayor.

Competition success….most amazed by!

I entered my first ever photography competition lured by the prospect of winning the prize of 100% of Alamy fees for a year ( no commission). This was the Open Oxford Photocall 2017 and the theme ‘Conceal/Reveal’

This is my entry:

Now,  obviously I didn’t win. But I was selected as one of the 20 panel of expert choices. The prize is having a framed print exhibited in Oxford.

Classic coastal landform 5 – Old Harry Rocks

This rivals Durdle Door as a favourite for schools in England, perhaps all of the United Kingdom. One of the pictures is the classic view from on top of the cliffs showing the succession in headland erosion – enlarged joints, cave, arch, stack, stump. The other is from the sea ( look out for the kayaker to give scale) looking at the cliff face with Old Harry on the extreme right. Below is a link to a 4 minute BBC Bitesize video explaining all about the processes and landforms. Old Harry chalk cliffs and stacks, Dorset, England

The Pinnacle stack, near Old Harry Rocks, Ballard Point, Dorset, England

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