Foulshaw Moss – the Ospreys are coming!

The ospreys are expected to return to Foulshaw Moss in South Cumbria again this year, and are actually due any day now! Angela Simpson of Cumbria Wildlife Trust approached me about producing an aerial video to raise awareness of this imminent event, and we came up with the idea of an osprey’s eye view as it returns to Foulshaw Moss across Morecambe Bay and flies around to familiarise itself with its territory before landing on the nest. Visits to three different areas of the Nature Reserve were required, including a warden-accompanied visit to the nest itself, from which to piece together the film. It was a great little project to be involved in, with some slightly different challenges to other videos I have created. If you visit the Cumbria Wildlife Trust website the video is on their home page and there is a link to the osprey webcam, so you can sit patiently watching the screen and wait for them to arrive!

Foulshaw Moss is a fantastic nature reserve and easy to visit as it is immediately off the A590. If you have not visited before I would certainly recommend it. I definitely plan to revisit once the reserve’s celebrities have flown in from Africa!

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Whitehaven Golf Club

I have just completed and uploaded a project for Whitehaven Golf Club which involved filming on three days to create flyover videos of all 18 holes, plus the production of a promotional film of the facilities at the club. Above you will find a playlist that includes all 19 films. A big thank you to Andrew Morton and the others who provided help and support during my visits.

Instagram

If Instagram is your preference when it comes to social media and you enjoy my photographs, then you may be interested to know that I have started posting a picture every day on Instagram at, you’ve guessed it – aerialartwork

I have always been drawn to the square format so in many ways the Instagram platform makes a lot of sense for my work. I do like the way you can view the pictures as a grid as well as individually! I’ve only just started but I am pleased with the response I have received so far.

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Permission for Commercial Operation

I am delighted to report that the CAA has approved and renewed my Permission for Commercial Operation for a third year through to September 2018. My CAA ID number is 1281. I am looking forward to receiving requests for visual promotion work from new and existing clients. Please view my work and read my testimonials and if you are impressed please get in touch for a no-obligation estimate. It may well be a lot cheaper than you think!

Morecambe by air – Update

So the number of views on Facebook has just reached 40,000, with 661 shares and 246 likes. This has taken just 6 days. The YouTube video has been seen 530 times. The press release has led to a number of websites featuring the video in their news. Morecambe is certainly a much-loved, unique and special place and I am looking forward to being challenged to promote other places. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss what might be possible for you!

Morecambe

This is my most recently completed project, and again it is a film combining aerial and regular video. It was commissioned by John O’Neill for Morecambe BID (Business Improvement District) and the video can be viewed above. The film was posted on Facebook yesterday and I am amazed that 24 hours later it had been viewed 15,491 times, shared 304 times, with 28 comments and 118 likes. I was really bowled over by so many of the positive comments about both Morecambe and my film (there are lots more comments on the shares) and I really hope Morecambe BID are pleased with the response. There is a 30 second version over on Twitter (@MorecambeBID) and I took lots of aerial photographs too, so when I get a moment I will put everything together within my projects page in the gallery. I will also provide an update on the Facebook response later in the week.

Ross Bay Retreat – New Video

Above is an updated version of my video created for Ross Bay Retreat (rossbayretreat.com) in Dumfries & Galloway twenty months ago. We really enjoyed our stay there and if you like the idea of staying in a Scottish holiday cottage that looks directly out onto the sea then I would certainly encourage you to have a look at their website.

In the intervening months I feel I have learnt so much more about video editing and filmmaking. Although I am proud of the original I do think that this new film is an improvement on it for a number of technical and aesthetic reasons.