June 20, 2008


Originally uploaded by Mr_Chips

My Turville pictures have been published in a great new book – “The British Television Location Guide” http://www.splendidbooks.co.uk


May 10, 2008


Originally uploaded by Mr_Chips

There are some great rambles around the Cowleaze wood area near Stokenchurch. At this time of year ~ May ~ the bluebells are fantastic and if you quint your eyes they look like a blue carpet through the trees.
You could try moving the camera vertically with a small aperture and getting a blur effect. It is much better doing this than using Photoshop.

Thames at Hambledon Lock

November 16, 2007

Thames at Hambledon Lock, originally uploaded by Mr_Chips.

After an early morning photography I went to the Henley Rowing museum to see the ‘In the Footsteps of Henry Taunt’ photographic exhibition. A comparision of Victorian pictures of the Thames with early digital photography. I like the way the pictures were exhibited next to each other – the Victorian view with the contemporary one. You could see what had changed – very little actually.
I preferred the Victorian pictures. They seem to have more character than the current ones but I may be influenced. Old always seems better.
It was Henry Taunt who made the river a tourist attraction through his pictures.

Oak 29 Sept 2007

September 29, 2007

Oak 29 Sept 2007, originally uploaded by Mr_Chips.

I am very pleased to announce that this tree has now been registered as part of the Special Chilterns Trees and Woodlands project. You can see information about the project here


July 10, 2007

Chilterns, originally uploaded by Mr_Chips.

For the Utata guidebook project.
About twenty miles from London, a bank of rolling hills marks the Chilterns. Here amid the beech woods and fields there are delights to be found. This is the windmill that stands over the village of Turville, famous as a film set for ‘The vicar of Dibley”. The windmill itself was used in “Chitty Chitty bang bang”.
There are no flying cars here now though just Red kites and buzzards wheel around the skies screaming for joy. It is a walkers paradise as the countryside is so varied and there are many pubs to seek refreshment.
Nearby are the towns of Marlow and Henley on the River Thames – busy at present with the racing rowers. There are the National Trust properties of West Wycombe and Hughendon to visit and on a rainy day you can head for Windsor for some shopping.

Stormy weather

July 5, 2007

Stormy weather, originally uploaded by Mr_Chips.

I like stormy background to this brightly lit shot. The is a favourite place on one of my bike rides in the chilterns. I cycle up through the tunnel created by the trees.
There are many red kites and there is one in the shot high above the tree.

Oak 12 May

May 12, 2007

Oak 12 May, originally uploaded by Mr_Chips.

This tree is part of my “Tree in a year” project. The rest of the set is here.