I visited the Boat Show at Excel today with work…there’s some money sloshing around that exhibition!

I popped out to catch sunset down the Thames towards Canary Wharf in a 5 image panorama.

Well that was all a disappointment…Snow, Snow, Snow, ran the headlines, weather warnings galore…and we go about a mm of snow – admittedly, there would have been much more if the rain that preceded the snow by about 3 hours had arrived later…then we would probably have had something to talk about!

When I got out of bed an hour before dawn I was somewhat underwhelmed when I looked out the window, still, I got up and went for my normal walk around Dunmow. I could see the cloud moving in and picked up the pace to make sure I reached Doctors Pond bang on sunrise and I was (for once) rewarded with a cracker. Hope you enjoy!

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This week I am working in London Olympia at the UK Security Expo, as such, opportunities to grab a shot are reasonably limited, so here’s a mobile phone pano of the stand and our next door neighbours just before the doors opened on what turned out to be a huge success for us.

I’m in London for a few days working and add a spare hour after dinner to jump on a tube and pop down to Knightbridge and Harrods. This is a quick pano showing the whole store…the problem is, unless you can get into/onto one of the buildings opposite this is the only angle you can get where you show the iconic Harrods logo…which means you can’t really see the Christmas windows and themes.

The trees completely dwarf the church – 9 shot pano – 3 shots wide, 3 shots high

The forecast suggested that we might have a rather nice sunset this evening so I packed up my kit and headed over to Thaxted and an area of the edge of the town that has recently been cleared of a lot of hedges opening up the view of the church and windmill…Issues I had

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After a week (well, 6 days) in the US it was nice to get back to dear old blighty, the cold, damp autumnal England that we all love so much ;-). I really enjoyed visiting the States and hope I can go back for a longer period next time. I had been warned about the jet lag – I got it bad in the US but have been fine here…probably becasue I was so tired after the jet lag in the States 😉

One of my more regular places to photograph is Rowney Woods near Debden and Saffron Walden in Essex. This, as you will gather, was not taken in the woods, but rather out on the wheat fields behind the woods. The farmer had just harvested the wheat and had left these large bales of straw on the field. This was shot at sunset (as I’m sure you can work out). This image definitely benefits from being seen full screen – just click it and you’ll get the larger version.

This was my first go at a “Little Planet”. Just to complicate matters I did an HDR version of it, so 55 shots were taken to make this image…probably a little excessive!

It was good fun to make and I do like the effect…and, of course, it’s Doctors Pond, at sunset 😉

If you would like a print of this picture you can get one here –