North London On An Autumn Day

I haven’t taken photos for ages, but recently I got a couple of Androids from the local phone shop.  The devices contain cameras (not too bad, in my opinion), and most people agree that phone cameras, while not perfect, have improved over the last few years.

I took these on Saturday afternoon.

Location: Highgate Wood, Old Railway Line Parkland Walk Hornsey



Power Walking, And A Dislocated Knee

The above might sound contradictory, but exactly two weeks after dislocating my right knee, I managed to power walk for a whole fifteen minutes without any problems.  A mate had organised a night out in a Highgate pub.  I looked up the times of the buses on my London Bus Checker App and saw that no buses were due (sort of forgotten about the roads works on the Great North Road). Since I didn’t want to miss the evening, I decided to walk there through Highgate Woods.

All went to plan.  I’m grateful to a recently retired GP friend of mine who gave the following advice shortly after I dislocated the knee: need to keep using it – gentle exercise- otherwise it will tense up.

Spring Weather And Muggy Heat

After a long winter, spring finally came a few weeks ago, but now the skies have turned mostly grey again and the weather has become humid.  I haven’t had much time to concentrate on my photos, but yesterday I caught several images in Highgate Wood, North London, while walking a friend’s dog.  For a long time, I’ve taken an interest in black and white photography. I worked on yesterday’s images in GIMP (Levels, Color Balance, Saturation and Hue), then turned one of the originals into greyscale and concentrated on the contrast.  Heady stuff.

 highgatewoodmay woodsin pringbw

More Snow

Snow hit the UK again earlier in the week, but most of it has gone now.  Below are some of the photos I caught in Highgate Wood, North London.


In the meantime, I’m working on a new novel, Silent, a psychological thriller set in the north of England about a group of music students brought together in a house with a disturbed history.  My other two novels – Secrets by Lawrence Estrey and EggHead (teen fiction) – are available from Amazon in paperback and e-book. 

Check out the reviews for my debut novel Secrets.

Newspaper article on author.

Local musician publishes crime thriller

Golden Hour Shots: Autumn

I took these photos in Highgate Wood, North London, on Monday afternoon, expecting to take advantage of the shifts and changes in light, but instead the shutter speed slowed down considerably due to the denseness of the trees, creating a certain amount of camera shake, which meant I had to discard many of the photographs.

Autumn, Black and White

More rain and mist and muddy leaves.   In recent months, I’ve developed a greater interest in black and white photography. I took these shots the other week and made them into black and white with GIMP using the Channel Mixer. 

Highgate Wood, North London:



Summer Shots: The Heat

I’ve recently finished the third draft of my new novel EggHead and am spending some time away from it, working on my photography.   I took these shots yesterday in Highgate Wood, North London, and edited them in Photoshop:



Meanwhile, my debut novel – Secrets by Lawrence Estrey – is available as a paperback and in e-book (Kindle)  from Amazon