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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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.

ITV Aerial Video Work

It was great to have my services requested by ITV this week. Yesterday I went to a well known local tourist attraction to capture some footage for a piece that was being created for This Morning. I was due to also do a little aerial filming of a certain celebrity but unfortunately he called in sick on the day! When I know when it is going to be used and aired on TV I will post details.

3000 visitors

Every visitor to my website is of course equally important, but everyone likes round numbers and so I am pleased to announce this latest milestone!

Perhaps the more significant thing is that visitor numbers have been steadily increasing since I launched my new website. I have endeavoured to document and present the work I have completed as clearly and thoroughly as possible. I have enjoyed doing this and I hope you enjoy viewing it.

Of course, if you like what you see and feel you could make use of my services, I would be delighted to provide you with a quote.

NEW WEBSITE!

website

May I invite you to visit my recently upgraded website! I am so pleased with the beautiful clean layout, and I have worked hard to make it as easy as possible to navigate. The new site features direct links to all my most successful projects, and the many testimonials from satisfied clients. If you are looking for aerial photography or video for your business, please get in touch if you like what you see here. I operate my drone for filmmaking and photography throughout Cumbria, the Lake District and the North West.

Lake Coast and Dale Leisure, Carnforth

 

In August Lake Coast and Dale Leisure contacted me about providing them with aerial photographs and an aerial video of their site just north of Carnforth to be used to publicise their static holiday home business. Despite the close proximity of road and rail, I was able to safely acquire the photographs and video footage I needed, and in addition to a collection of photographs I was able to create a longer video, and a shorter video to use on social media. I am pleased to say they were more than happy with the results.

 

AERIAL ARTWORK EXHIBITION

My exhibition of aerial photographs has now opened at The Forum in Barrow-in-Furness and will be on display throughout the whole of December and January. It really has been great fun putting it all together. I would be so pleased if you could find time to visit the show, and I hope you like the prints that I have chosen to display. I would be so grateful if you could share this post to let as many people as possible know about the exhibition. Thank you very much!

AERIAL ARTWORK PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Just a week to go now. On Monday 5th December an exhibition of my art photographs will go on display at The Forum in Barrow-in-Furness and will be open to the public throughout December and January.

I am currently in the process of making my final selection of images, which is not easy! There should be around 30 photographs, plus a TV screen showing a number of aerial videos.

It has been a busy year and I have enjoyed the challenge of producing aerial photography and video for a wide variety of clients for different purposes, but as we now move into the quieter winter period I am enjoying focusing for a time on the artwork I have produced for myself.

If you enjoy my work it would be great if you were able to make it to my show, and also please like my Facebook page and/or follow me on Twitter.

More updates to follow during the coming week!

HEVERSHAM HOTEL SIGN

I took some aerial photographs from above Heversham Hotel (formerly The Blue Bell Inn) earlier this year for the owners Samuel Smith’s Brewery while it was being renovated. There is a link on the hevershamhotel.co.uk website to the 360° photograph I created and you can view it here:

HEVERSHAM HOTEL 360°

One of the photographs from above the hotel looking out to Morecambe Bay was then recreated in paint by artist Gabrielle Slater to be used as the new pub sign. Now the hotel is open and ready for business the sign has been erected and I am delighted with the result which I post above. I would be very interested to know if any other aerial photography businesses have had their photographs used to create a pub sign!