Posted on November 28, 2013
I’ll be running a landscape workshop on Sunday 26th January 2014 in the Peak District National Park (England) I’ll provide all tuition and lots of opportunities for outstanding landscape images.
To reserve your place and further information, please drop me an emailor call the office on (0034) 627 242 417 for a prompt reply and to register your place.
Maximum of 6 participants – Cost £125.00 per participant. All standards welcome and post-workshops field notes will be provided to aid what we have learnt.
If you want to learn the latest techniques such as double exposure, creative effects with waterfalls or just find your own creative process in landscape photography, if you want to accompanied by a professional photographer whose iconic images of the region are source of much inspiration then you need not look any further. My knowledge of the region in which I lived in for 45-years is second-to-none.
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Posted on November 27, 2013
I’ve heard it said many times that the Castanea (Sweet Chestnut) forest of the Serrania de Ronda is world-class, though having been away on the previous 2-years at this time of the year I had to take the words of others that this was in fact the case. As a professional photographer who has seen quite a few fabulous autumnal scenes in his time from east coast of the USA to the Highlands of Scotland the colour gold has always eluded me…… vibrant yellow maybe but gold? more a case of artistic license and pump it up in Photoshop. So you can imagine to my absolute delight that the favourable autumnal climatic conditions had resulted in sea of gold and the vastness of a forest I had never seen the likes of before.
Posted on November 21, 2013
Male Panther Chameleon (Nosy Be)
Like all Old World chameleons, the Panther chameleon, Furcifer pardalis is listed as threatened by CITES. There large size, attractiveness and accessibility had meant that they have become prime targets for exportation by the commercial pet trade since Madagascar relaxed its restrictions on exporting reptiles in the early 1980′s. Today only a restricted number can be exported legally. Without some regulation exploitation could threaten some populations on a local level.
Probably the most potentially significant impact of the panther chameleon for chameleon conservation is threefold.
- The panther chameleon is sufficiently appealing and hardy enough to make it an ideal candidate for large-scale managed breeding, both in Madagascar and in first-world consumer countries. Such endeavours would be profitable to commercial herpetologists and would satiate much of the consumer market for captive chameleons in the zoological, educational, research and private sectors. This, with legislative supervision, could remove much of the exploitation pressure on the more fragile, threatened species which include most of the fifty-plus chameleon species.
- The panther chameleon can serve as a model species to develop and standardise nutrition and husbandry techniques for chameleons in general. While other, more threatened species with different ecological niches are likely to vary on their husbandry requirements, sound knowledge of one or a few species will serve as a good starting point to develop techniques for establishing satellite colonies of species with restricted distributions or from fast disappearing habitat before they are critically endangered.
- Mainstream conservationists have begun to realise the inevitability of widespread degradation of many tropical ecosystems. Even if slash-and-burn agriculture, land development and human-population growth come to a screeching halt in Madagascar, global warming, in part caused by technology in the developed counties, may be great enough to cause changes in climate that result in significant warming and drying of much of Madagascar’s original rain forest. Forty of Madagascar’s fifty-plus chameleon species are rain forest endemic species and may possible become extinct “naturally” with this climatic change alone. Madagascar’s chameleon fauna may have to diversify all over again. In this scenario, hardy generalised species, which are generally diverse geographically and can serve as founders for diversification, take on special importance. Panther chameleons, along with other widespread species such as C. oustaleti and C. lateralis, are excellent candidates.
Posted on November 20, 2013
The autumnal colour of gold produced by the Castanea trees is dominant throughout the Serrania de Ronda simply no where else in Europe can compare for the sheer intensity of colour.
If you would like to join me in November 2014 I running a 4-day long-weekend landscape workshop near Ronda, Andalucia, Spain where we will photograph the autumnal colours of southern Spain and yes it’s cold as you will be working in excess of 1500m above sea-level.
Andalucian Landscape Workshop November 2014
Interested then please drop me an email or call the office on 0034 627 242 417
Posted on November 13, 2013
Being the most southerly region of Europe, autumn has only just started in Andalucia or to be more specific the Serrania de Ronda where I live. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll post a selection of my favorite images covering various aspects of autumn in Sierras. The amazing Castanea trees are turning gold and it’s these beauties that will court the attention of my lenses more than any other as part of a project from a well-known high-profile editorial magazine in the US. More on this and other editorial work later………..
The Castanea forest of the Valle del Genal are the most golden of all forests in Europe and early evening side-light only accentuates the vibrant palette of gold.
At the head of the Valle del Genal lies the small white mountain village of Cartajima.
Posted on November 11, 2013
Just received this nice email from last weeks tour guests Candace & Curt Mayer from Newhaven, Conneticutt, US.
Dear Geoff & Fee,
Back home safe and sound and elated with Geoff’s tutoring and meeting both of you! Your tutoring was the motivation for our trip and the absolute highlight and as you’re being compared to the Alhambra and Sevilla that’s truly “world class” competition!
We so admire how you have created a creative and successful lifestyle that is so nourishing. The first time we saw the levante was on the way to the airport the last night and it clued us into why your images are so incredible: when the weather has the potential to become spectacular you’re ready to be at the right spot to showcase it and of course that doesn’t happen on a planned workshop schedule which we totally understand, but we got lucky with the storm and that was so special.
Candy & Curt
Posted on November 10, 2013
Every so often as a photographer with a passion for Mother Earth you come across a subject that’s so very, very special indeed. Explore and discover are two qualities that are needed and last winter I discovered this stupendous Abies Pinsapo (world’s rarest pine/fir tree species) skeleton high (1992m) in a remote corner of the Sierra de la Nieves, Andalucia, Spain. It reminded me very much of the North American, Bristlecone Pine. No doubt I’l be spending much time over the coming months photographing this iconic speciemen in all kinds of adverse weather.
There was something very special about being next to it…. it may have seen a thousand or more winters and I was it’s new admirer even in death. conditions and from all angles.