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Birds of a Feather - Canon PhotoPlus apprentice shoot

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Birds of a Feather - Canon PhotoPlus apprentice shoot

 Paul Sharman, Peter Travers and Ben Hall.

Paul Sharman, Peter Travers and Ben Hall.

Earlier this year I spent a glorious day down near the Welsh border at the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent, Gloucestershire with the editor of PhotoPlus - The Canon Magazine, Peter Travers, and their technique editor, James Artaius. They had invited me down to be their 'apprentice' for the day, a regular feature in the magazine, and had lined up professional wildlife photographer Ben Hall to be my tutor for the day. It was a fantastic opportunity and Ben was a great teacher, fine tuning my settings and technique to make the most of the day's subjects.

This is featured in issue 140 of PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, to buy your print or digital edition, or go to www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/photography/PhotoPlus-Member.html


Click the link below for a full-screen readable version of the PDF

>>Here is the full feature, re-published with the kind permission of PhotoPlus.


Alternatively - here is a quick scrollable version below to view just the photographs.

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Product Review - Saal Digital Acrylic Glass Wall Product

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Product Review - Saal Digital Acrylic Glass Wall Product

"Coneflower carnival" by Paul Sharman Outdoors - printed by Saal Digital on their acrylic glass wall product

I took advantage a while back of an online offer from the folks at Saal Digital of a voucher towards a wall product featuring one of my photographs in order to sample their work. 

That seemed like too good an offer to miss, so I picked out one of my favourite colourful garden images and used their simple online ordering software to place my order and pay the balance of the total after applying the voucher.

I decided to try their 'acrylic glass' product as it promised "bright colours and fascinating spatial depth." I have had this on the wall for a few weeks now and have to say I am impressed with the overall richness of colour and have had some nice comments from visitors also so I would say that claim passes. The clarity and depth of the acrylic glass also certainly does add an little extra impression of depth to my photograph but I suspect a larger landscape scene with more depth from the foreground to background would benefit much better.

There was a choice of 3 wall mounting solutions and I opted for the aluminium subframe, as seen below, as it helps keep the product off the wall at an even spacing from top to bottom which I like the effect of. It is an additional cost though. 

 

 Aluminium subframe mounting solution

Aluminium subframe mounting solution

Choosing an alternative to the standard canvas or paper print is becoming a more affordable option nowadays for something different to display in your home, and costs will continue to come down as the novelty wears off and technology improves. Whether it be a print on aluminium or under acrylic glass like this one, it is worth experimenting to see what suits your images best.

You can view the full range of Sale Digital products for your photos on their website at https://www.saal-digital.co.uk


Ordering...

If you'd like a print of "Coneflower carnival" for your own wall, drop me a line via my Contact page and we can discuss sizes and options.

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Wild Trout Trust - featured photo for World Fish Migration Day 2018

 Leaping Sea Trout heading upstream to spawn

Leaping Sea Trout heading upstream to spawn

A weir'd way to travel

Pleased I could donate one of my leaping sea trout photos to help publicise Professor Jonny Grey of the Aire Rivers Trust and WTT's Tim Jacklin's fundraising paddle up the River Aire following the fish's migration route from the sea 50 miles up river.

Have a look at the full story on the Wild Trout Trust website by clicking here...

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In the Far North Magazine by Inari-Saariselka Tourism

I was delighted that the Inari-Saariselka Tourism office in Finnish Lapland wanted to use my local salmon fishing story in their official tourism magazine. It starts on page 24 (Salmon Fishing By The Light of the Midnight Sun) but it is worth flicking through all the magazine to see what a visit to Finnish Lapland might have in store for you! I can highly recommend it and I will be going back as soon as I can for more fishing and wilderness adventures.

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Trout & Salmon Magazine photo debut

When I hatched a plan with Paul Procter last year to visit his main stomping grounds in the Cumbrian region of England, little did we both know what was to follow. Brown trout in the local rivers were the target but we could have never dreamed how the day would turn out, ending in his largest UK river trout ever. Paul wrote about the day's fishing in an exclusive story for Trout & Salmon Magazine's March 2018 issue and I supplied the photographs.

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Fly Fishing for Cumbrian Gold - FishandFly.com

 The superbly marked cheek of a large Cumbrian brown trout.

The superbly marked cheek of a large Cumbrian brown trout.

In a county better known for the copper mining history of the Lake District, it was in fact the stunning golden-bellied brown trout of the wild Cumbrian rivers that had drawn me north from my home in Sussex in early May. I stayed at the wonderful Hole House Cottage courtesy of The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages and spent 2 days on the rivers with Paul Procter, fly fishing for large and superbly marked brown trout...

>>Read the full article on FishandFly.com here...

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2016 Azores Big Game Fishing - Saltwater Boat Angling Magazine

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2016 Azores Big Game Fishing - Saltwater Boat Angling Magazine

The 2016 Azores Airlines Big Game Fishing Tournament drew in teams from both sides of the Atlantic to these idyllic islands and the weather was much better than my last visit 2 years ago. Being on the winning boat meant I got to see and photograph the winning blue marlin for my article published in Saltwater Boat Angling magazine. 

>>Click the main title to see the full article...

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Fly Dreamers - photo of the week

It was a nice surprise to see my photograph of a pike being held low in the water prior to be being released named as Fly Dreamers photo of the week earlier in the month.

 The eyes of the water wolf!

The eyes of the water wolf!

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Leaping Sea Trout Becomes Cover Star

Sea trout like their cousins the salmon make their way upstream to spawn.

I was very pleased to be able to help out the Institute of Fisheries Management with their need for a sea trout image to grace the Spring 2016 cover of FISH, their very interesting members magazine. 

Visiting likely locations to view and photograph leaping sea trout the last 3 years takes a lot of time and patience and there are plenty more occasions where nothing is seen than the few where I timed it just right. Still, having the chance to witness such a spectacular sight local to me in Sussex even just once a season makes all the cold muddy hikes across the countryside in the dead of winter worth it.

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Come Rain or Shine - Zambuni PR Blog

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Come Rain or Shine - Zambuni PR Blog

Zambuni PR organised a recent press day on the Orvis beat of the famous River Test in Hampshire. A collection of my fellow journalists and anglers braved the extreme conditions early on and were rewarded with some healthy brown and rainbow trout which were all returned. We also got to try out some of the latest Orvis fly rods and reels.

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Chasing Redfish in SW Florida - Eat-Sleep-Fish Magazine

 A tailing redfish - the stuff fishing dreams are made of!

A tailing redfish - the stuff fishing dreams are made of!

Paul Sharman heads to Florida with his fly rod in his case in the March 2016 issue of Eat-Sleep-Fish magazine.

The Boca Grande Pass from the Gulf of Mexico into the protected waters of Charlotte Harbour beyond at Boca Grande in south west Florida is famous amongst specimen tarpon hunters. Triple digit fish arrive in the high season which peaks around June, feeding on crabs and baitfish being washed out of the bay. During this time the pass can become like a parking lot with dozens and dozens of drifting boats hoping to hook their anglers into a fish. While you could try a fly on quieter days it is really a bait fishery best suited to heavy gear in the strong currents. Save the fly fishing for hunting along the beaches for pods of fish and inside Charlotte Harbour itself. As much as I love tarpon, it is the other species that live in the bays, channels and flats of Charlotte Harbour and Pine Island Sound to the south that really get me excited and none more so than the bull of the flats, the redfish.

>>Continue reading the full article by clicking here.

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