My Work – Wingwalkers Reflection

Another experiment. I think the reflection adds impact. The ‘water’ almost looks tropical compared to the water they usually fly over along the coast at Sunderland.

Wingwalkers Reflection | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.


My Work – Sunderland Tempest

A few tricks with Adobe Photoshop.

Sunderland Tempest | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

I used the following image and used Adobe Photoshop to add a water reflection and a lightning bolt. Mainly experimenting with layers, etc.

Original image used:

Taken back in July 2009. This storm arrived as we were heading home from Roker in Sunderland. It was audible for some time before it arrived and then soaked us through.




My Work – Red Arrows Reflect

Red Arrows Reflect | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

I applied a water reflection using Adobe Photoshop, I love the illusion of the planes flying much lower.


Robin Williams..what a great man!

It was 1am and I was staring at my phone looking at news updates when I noticed a breaking news story about the death of Robin Williams; I was dumbstruck.

I normally do not get upset or dumbstruck over celebrity deaths; but I kind of feel a different profound sadness over the loss of Robin Williams, he is in my list of greatest people along with Billy Connolly, Whoopi Goldberg and Tina Turner to name just a few.

Today at work over lunch my colleagues and I were discussing Robin Williams and how a person can become suicidal; we realised that each of us new someone who had committed suicide. I just want to share my sympathies with family and friends of Robin Williams and my sincere gratitude towards him for making me laugh and happy through his films and stand up comedy. A comedy legend may be gone but he leaves a great legacy behind for countless generations now and to come.

I grew up with many of Robin Williams films, the first one was Popeye:

I used to watch that film all of the time. Only Robin Williams could bring Popeye to life; no other actor could have done it so well.

Dead Poets Society is another favourite and it really shows how versatile Robin Williams is as an actor. I think I am like many others who like this scene best:

The world needs more teachers like John Keating

Back in 1991, I went to the cinema with my Gran to see Hook, an amazing film that I still love to this day. Robin playing Peter Pan along with another legend Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook. The scenes are beautiful, the music and Peter Pan is brought to character by the amazing capabilities of Williams.

I confess that I have never seen Good Will Hunting as of yet! I will indeed dig out this film and give it a good watch, certainly after watching the Bench scene (please not contains swearing):

Another film that I enjoyed was Flubber, a silly film but for the right reasons:

Mrs Doubtfire was definitely the film of the 90s and a role that Williams was perfect for, such an enormous talent:

Bicentennial Man is another fantastic film:

Robin Williams is also a great stand up comedian, he takes thing that he sees or reads about and shares them in his own unique way:

WatchMojo has a list of top ten Robin Williams performances:

A sad day for the world of entertainment, but he leaves behind a massive amount of goodness for us all to enjoy, fond farewell Robin Williams.



Video – Splitscreen: A Love Story

This video is excellent and really imaginative.

Splitscreen: A Love Story from James W Griffiths on Vimeo.

Shot entirely on the Nokia N8 mobile phone. Winner of the Nokia Shorts competition 2011.

Director: James W Griffiths
Producer: Kurban Kassam
Director of Photography: Christopher Moon
Editor: Marianne Kuopanportti
Sound Design: Mauricio d’Orey
Music composed by: Lennert Busch

Get the music on iTunes:


First transmitted in 1979, writer Colin Ward sets out to discover the truth about Britain’s New Towns. Video includes my home town of Peterlee. Cannot believe I was around one year old when this was transmitted.

Link to video


Happy Birthday Mum!


Today (5th August, 2014) marks the 68th Birthday of my mum, who sadly is no longer with us; however her memory lives on as strong as ever.

I have read that mum’s birthstone is a Peridot, I have never heard of this stone until now. I have just searched it on Google and it is an amazing green stone:

The Peridot stone would make a fantastic ornament, especially this one:

The stone can used in Jewellery and certainly the colour looks so green and fresh. However mum was even more beautiful than her birthstone; you can learn more about this wonderful woman in my other postings:

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My Work – The Red Arrows Retro Style

The Red Arrows

Taken at Sunderland International Airshow

I used a Retro Style effect in Adobe Photoshop on one of my pictures of the Red Arrows. You can find the tutorial here:

More work can be found here:



Sharing a fantastic photo taken by a fellow blogger.

Originally posted on Life in a Photograph:

New photo, as promised! :)

HDR created with three photographs.
Location: Calhau – Madeira island – Portugal
Shutter speed: 1, 2 and 4 seconds.
F: /5.6
Focal Length: 18mm
ISO: 100
filter: Hama PL CIR and Hoya ND16

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My Work – Sunderland International Airshow: The Red Arrows


The RAF Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, are simply amazing and I am so proud to have them represent Britain. 2014 sees the Reds celebrate their 50th Anniversary. The whole nation and the world should be proud of them. The pilots are so courageous and yet determined to work at 100% and they absolutely show it, their displays are faultless and effortless.

Here are a few pictures of the Red Arrows taken at the Sunderland International Airshow:

The Red Arrows

The Red Arrows

The Red Arrows

The Red Arrows in Monotone

More work can be found here:

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My Work – Sunderland International Airshow Part 3

Some further pictures of the Sunderland International Airshow:

Breitling Wingwalkers

Breitling Wingwalkers

Breitling Wingwalkers

Breitling Wingwalkers

Breitling Wingwalkers

Breitling Wingwalkers


The Lynx is the British Army’s primary battlefield utility helicopter and has been used extensively within the Army Air Corps for a wide variety of roles and tasks throughout the world.
It is predominantly a battlefield utility helicopter although it has been used for anti-tank, reconnaissance and escort operations. The addition of Aviation Crewman has allowed Lynx to operate in the very close air support role in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ferocious Frankie

Ferocious Frankie is an immaculate 1944 Mustang with a 1760 horsepower Merlin engine and a maximum speed of 505mph.


An autogyro – also known as a Gyroplane, Gyrocopter, Gyro – is a type of rotorcraft which uses an unpowered rotor in autorotation to develop lift, and an engine-powered propeller, similar to that of a fixed-wing aircraft, to provide thrust.



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