About me..

Up until a couple of years ago I lived in Islington, London.  I worked as an inner-city school teacher, teaching youngsters year 10 through 13.  Some of the hardships these children endured were shocking.  Far too many did not want to go home at the end of the school day because school was the better option.  But, their resilience was inspirational.  When the doom and gloom, pedaled by journalists to make us all despair at the state of the world, got me down, a day at work would put it all in perspective.

The young people I worked with were a tonic.  Teachers are privileged people.  I  was reminded on a daily basis that the kids coming through, the ones that are going to inherit the mess that our politicians leave behind them, are just like we were.  Bright, energetic, keen to grasp life and learning despite what we are constantly told to the contrary.  Kids today are not, by any means, all knife wielding drug taking ‘hoodies’ with little respect for law, order or anything else for that matter.  They’re out there of course, but they are such a tiny minority.  Teaching reminded me of that, daily.

Sadly, I became ill and had to retire from work, way way too early.  I left the city, and the job I loved to move to Cornwall.  I first came to Cornwall at the age of 3 and have such vivid memories of that time.  My parents rented a house in Fowey.  It was a little way along from the Bodinnick Ferry terminus  We’d gather on the balcony, my brothers and sister and me, to watch the ferry come in below us.  Watch the little boat with its powerful outboard manoeuver the floating platform, that could accommodate half a dozen cars, to the slipway.  We’d wave at the Ferryman and the people in their cars on those bright, always sunny mornings.  We could fish from that balcony, the cellar used to flood at the highest tide and it was the most wonderful house.  The house is called appropriately enough, Ferry View and it can still be rented for holidays.

Coming to Cornwall was a big decision but I haven’t regretted it.  It’s not as sunny as I recall from childhood but then, I get to enjoy all the seasons here now.  I moved into a cottage in the heart of the Cornish countryside, just outside Roche.  From here it’s a 15 minute drive to the north and the south coasts and a great location.

I’m now for the most part reliant on a wheelchair if I have to walk any real distance but I’m not going to let that rather annoying inconvenience stop me exploring this beautiful county, photographing the journey and writing a little about the history of the places I visit along the way.

I have now received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS).  I half expected this outcome. The Internet is a wonderful tool for self diagnosis and self-misdiagnosis but on this one I got it right.  I will continue my journey and will continue to share it with you.  My photography is more important to me now than ever! :-)

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277 responses

  1. Some great photos on your site made more interesting by your narrative. I know some of the places you are visiting and enjoy reading your posts.

    Thanks

    January 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

    • Thank you. I really appreciate that.

      January 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

  2. I can tell from what you have written about the children who were your students and from the twist things have taken in your own life, that you know that we don’t always get what we hoped or planned for in life…but we do what we can to still enjoy it and find the beauty that’s there if we choose to look. You seem to have some resilience that is serving you well…and causing you to still cherish life.

    I’ve never been to your country, so it’s a pleasure to visit her through your photos. Thank you for sharing as you have thus far. I shall be visiting you often.

    Thank you, too, for visiting my blog today and for letting me know that you were there…for now I know that you’re here, too. I shall be visiting.

    Thank you, again…Scott.

    January 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    • It was a pleasure to visit your blog and thank you for taking the time to visit and comment on mine. Finding the beauty in the world and sharing it through the lens of a camera is very rewarding and I’m so glad I picked up the camera again.

      January 30, 2012 at 3:18 am

      • You are most welcome…and I will look forward to following your adventures.

        January 30, 2012 at 4:55 am

  3. First of all, thank you for stopping by my site, and clicking the like button. I am now going to have a browse at your site here.
    I love your narrative here.

    February 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

    • It was a pleasure and thank you.

      February 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm

  4. orchid

    such an inspirational story!
    your experience resonates on every frame you produce, there is depth apart from beauty.
    keep on shooting and blogging. great work :)

    March 8, 2012 at 7:25 am

    • Thank you. I will endeavour to keep posting my pictures :-)

      March 8, 2012 at 10:54 am

  5. Hej,

    I thought you should have “the Versatile Blogger” award, for your lovely inspiring photos!

    http://silvingbitsofliving.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/an-award-for-me-or-my-photos/

    Have a lovely week!

    Irina

    March 12, 2012 at 12:21 am

    • Thank you so much :-)

      March 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

      • you are welcome,you deserve it :)

        March 12, 2012 at 8:04 am

  6. Hello Chillbrook – just a little note to inform you that I have nominated you for the ABC Blog Award. I don’t know if you like to participate in this aspect of our blogging community, but I would like to offer you the award anyway. I thoroughly enjoy your blog’s content…it is always a pleasure to visit with you. If you choose not to accept the award, I will understand completely.

    Please follow this link if you’d like to accept the award: http://seekraz.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/tokens-of-appreciation/

    Thank you again for sharing as you do.

    Scott

    March 13, 2012 at 2:59 am

    • Thank you Scott. It’s great to have ones content recognised in this way. I really appreciate you following the blog and commenting as you do. I have a couple of other awards I have yet to acknowledge so I will be preparing a post accepting all three and passing them on to other blogs that I enjoy. Yours would have been one of the blogs I passed the Kreativ Blogger Award on to but Strawberry Indigo beat me to it this time. Thank you again. :-)

      March 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

      • You’re very welcome, Chillbrook…and thank you for your consideration, too. It seems that we’re in good company with each other. :)

        I truly enjoy your blog and look forward to visiting with you for a long time.

        March 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

  7. Beautiful photos and a great eye you’ve got! WOW!
    Very nice to “meet” you :)
    anne

    April 29, 2012 at 2:10 am

    • Thank you very much Anne. Nice to “meet” you too. :-)

      April 29, 2012 at 8:13 am

  8. Sorry I have not commented on this sooner, but please know that I am moved by your narrative and circumstances. I admire your courage and resilience, and thank you for your positive energy.

    May 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    • That is very kind Mike, thank you.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

  9. Your strength is inspiring…

    May 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    • Thank you for visiting my blog Nancy and thank you for your comment.

      May 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

  10. brilliant effort. Loving it.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

  11. Enjoying your blog and identifying with a lot of what you’re saying.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm

  12. great story…and many wonderful photographs.

    June 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm

  13. Thanks for stoping by and following my blog. You have some beautiful photographs here. I am looking forward to seeing more.

    July 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    • Thank you very much. It was a pleasure to stop by your blog and I’m looking forward to following it very much.

      July 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog – your comments were much appreciated and the one on ‘Art of fraud?’ brought a smile to my face. Well said :)
    You have some wonderful photos here and Cornwall is a beautiful place. It’s interesting to see the shots you have of places I failed to make anything of! Sorry to read about your wheels but good on you for not letting it stop you.

    July 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    • And thank you for stopping by mine :-) I really appreciate your visit and your comments. It was a pleasure visiting your blog and I’m very happy to now be following your work.

      July 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      • I guess we’ll be going round in circles then because I’m following you :)

        July 13, 2012 at 7:47 am

      • :-)

        July 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

  15. I am also a teacher that no longer teaches but learnt a lot from the young people… I adore your banner photo. Beautiful!

    August 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm

  16. Thank you for your interest in my new site and for the follow back. I appreciate it very much. I am enjoying looking around your site. Your photos are lovely and the commentaries adds that extra spark. Blessings from Lizzie Joy

    August 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

  17. Mark

    Hi there,

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your site; your images bring back so many happy childhood memories for me of happy holidays spent in Cornwall :) I will follow your blog and enjoy your beautiful work.

    Regards

    Mark

    September 2, 2012 at 4:17 am

    • Thank you Mark. I’m so glad I was able to bring back those memories. :-)

      September 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm

  18. I’m enjoying your blog and background narrative, giving substance to places I visited and those that I would like to .

    September 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm

  19. Chillbrook, I’m not sure what ended up happening with your camera woes, but Nikon has their new d600 up for presale. A full-frame camera, and expensive, yes, but not so much as others. May be worth looking in to. Take care.

    September 13, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    • Hi James, I had to return the D7000 to Amazon in the end. A new sensor was fitted which became contaminated within a dozen or so pictures. I still don’t know what was getting onto the sensor but I couldn’t shift it once it was on there. I decided to replace it with the D800 and got it this week. I notice the D600 is just a couple of hundred pounds less. I’ve been getting to know the camera this week, the Rotten Tomatoes post contains some of my first few shots. I’m very impressed so far.. :-)

      September 14, 2012 at 7:33 am

      • I’m sorry to hear you have to deal with that, since it must have been pretty frustrating, but if it meant you entering into the world of full-frame sooner than expected, I’d say it was worth it. Enjoy!

        September 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      • Thanks James. I’m enjoying the journey so far. Just getting to know the camera and lens combination. Seems a match made in heaven. Will be posting soon..

        September 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

  20. Hi, you that you have been nominated for the Wonderful Team member Readership Award: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/

    September 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    • Thank you so much Esenga. :-)

      September 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    • Thank you very much

      September 26, 2012 at 7:21 am

      • Really thank YOU. I find the atmosphere of your blog wonderful.

        September 26, 2012 at 7:24 am

  21. poppytump

    Hi there Chillbrook I’m so glad to have found you from LizziyJoys Blog ! I couldn’t believe it when I read about the rental house in Fowey .. I am positive we rented the very same some years ago and husband and daughter ‘fished’ out of the window too altho someone I remember was distinctly disgruntled about it – even tho there was no real hope of a catch the way they were doing it ! ;-)
    How lovely to be living in such a wonderful part of the country . I shall look forward to more …. as I follow ..

    October 7, 2012 at 7:03 am

  22. Welcome – I’m inviting you to the Līgo Circle of Appreciation: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/ligo-circle-of-appreciation/

    October 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    • Thank you so much. That means a lot. :-)

      October 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm

  23. hi chillbrook, I see that you would like to follow my blog. Be glad to have you –welcome aboard

    October 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    • Thank you. I’m looking forward to your posts!

      October 15, 2012 at 5:20 am

  24. I won’t go into detail, my childhood was not much different.

    October 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

  25. Hi Chillbrook,

    I hope your adventure in Cornwall has been and will always be a great one. I can see it is an interesting place to live, with some beautiful sceneries too. So, you are lucky to be there, I suppose.

    And I would like to thank you for following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint you. Thank you again. Many blessings and much love to you. :-)

    Subhan Zein

    October 16, 2012 at 6:35 am

    • Thank you Subhan for your visit and for your comments.

      October 16, 2012 at 6:43 am

  26. Thank you – beautiful story and images – a pleasure to see the old homeland from half a world away

    October 21, 2012 at 3:56 am

    • I’m so glad I could bring it to you. Thanks for your visit :-)

      October 21, 2012 at 7:19 am

  27. I want to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. To accept go to http://jimages.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/ and follow the rules.

    November 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    • Thank you very much Jim. I really appreciate that.

      November 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

  28. Simply beautiful….thank you for stopping by…

    November 6, 2012 at 3:26 am

    • Thank you. It was a pleasure.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:00 am

  29. You have a beautiful spirit, beautiful photos and definitely a beautiful blog. Lovely.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    • Thank you very much indeed. Looking forward to your company.

      November 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm

  30. You have an awesome blog with wonderful photos and background informations! I look forward to follow you. Thanks for sharing it, Katharina

    November 24, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    • Thank you very much Katharina, that’s lovely to hear.

      November 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm

  31. I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Here is the post, if you choose to accept. http://spiritualworldtravelerblog.com/2012/11/26/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    November 27, 2012 at 2:09 am

    • Thank you so much. I really appreciate your nomination. :-)

      November 27, 2012 at 8:02 am

  32. Enjoying your blog – Cornwall is a special place for me.

    November 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    • Thank you. Very nice to hear.

      November 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

  33. I’m sorry I haven’t taken the time to read your story before – but now I have! Beautifully written, and as I’m a teacher too, I understand that part very well. I went to Scarborough in June and met a lovely English teacher who I almost adore. You sound like her. I admire your determination and your work, your pictures and your writings.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    • Thank you Ann. I appreciate your comment very much.

      December 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

  34. I noticed you mentioned you got a D800 (in a comment) in September. I’m wondering if you still like it, as I’m in the market for a new body, and have heard the D600 has dust/oil problems on the sensor.

    December 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for your visit. I had to return the first D800 I had for precisely that reason, there were, what appeared to be, oil droplets contaminating the sensor. I was able to return the camera without a problem (Amazon) and a replacement was sent. I love the camera. It is superb and I am fervently hoping this problem does not recur as I don’t know what I could replace it with. I suspect that this is a problem that has affected a few but not all D800’s as there seems to be lots of very satisfied D800 customers out there. Me included despite the problems. I hope that helps.

      Adrian

      December 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      • Thank you, Adrian. It does help. If I get one, I guess I will have to be prepared to return it. Humbug, but what else can we do. My D90 is a wonderful camera and gives me no problems, but sensors, especially in the low-light range, have become so much better since then. I notice it more now that I am taking evening and starry-night shots. Your images are wonderful, by the way.

        December 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      • Thank you. :-)

        December 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

  35. I was too slow to write you about these awards I gave you today, it looks like you already visited my blog :)
    Enjoy it ;)
    http://mathiaslphotos.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/very-inspirational-blogger-one-lovely-blog-award-blog-of-the-2012-year-award/
    Cheers
    Mathias

    December 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    • Thank you very much Mathias. :-)

      December 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      • You are more than welcome :)

        December 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  36. Hello Adrian,
    I’ve nominate you for ´The Very Inspirer Award`. You can check it out here:
    http://zazumove.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/inspiring-world-the-very-inspirer-award/

    Congratulations and a great week!
    InLove, Katharina alias ZazuMove

    December 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

    • That is very kind Katharina, I really appreciate the nomination, thank you. Have a great week too! :-)

      December 17, 2012 at 11:46 am

      • This makes my day – so happy that you appreciate it! :)

        December 17, 2012 at 11:52 am

  37. Thanks for following my blog, I returned the favor! I like your photography very much!
    Happy New Year!
    ~Christy

    December 31, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    • And a very happy new year to Christy! :-)

      December 31, 2012 at 8:48 pm

  38. Hello mate, I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award! The rules will be on my next post. Obviously, I love your blog and you have been very kind to me , thank you. Scottie.

    January 5, 2013 at 12:19 am

    • Thank you very much Scottie. :-)

      January 5, 2013 at 7:41 am

  39. Photos close to home

    What wonderful photographs. They serve as an inspiration for my own efforts. You have a mature sense of composition and color.

    January 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    • Thank you very much. I really appreciate your comments.

      January 6, 2013 at 5:22 am

  40. We’ve nominated your blog for an award (or two, or three…), if you accept them. If not, just consider it a token of our esteem! ;-) See our post at http://windagainstcurrent.com/2013/01/13/award-appreciation-we-thank-our-readers-for/

    January 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    • I really appreciate. Thank you very much indeed. :-)

      January 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm

  41. Hi, cool blog you have here and I look forward to exploring it more. Thanks for dropping by my site :-) I’ve got good memories of Cornwall. Had relatives in Looe and spent six months in the bustling metropolis of St Mabyn when I was but a lad. Keep up the great work :-D

    January 18, 2013 at 9:25 am

    • Ahh the fleshpots of St Mabyn eh? :-D Thanks for your comments. A pleasure to visit your site! :-)

      January 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

  42. ajaytao2010

    Nice reading about you.

    Thanks. for visiting my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

    February 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

    • Thank you.I was a pleasure to visit.

      February 11, 2013 at 8:18 am

      • ajaytao2010

        thank you very much

        February 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

  43. Great blog and fantastic pictures – thanks for dropping by my blog ! Have you looked at blipfoto – it’s a “photo a day” journal type of site – keen amateurs and professional photographers sharing the love – I’ve only recently joined and loving it :))

    February 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    • Thank you Steve. I haven’t heard of Blipfoto. I definitely check it out! :-)

      February 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm

  44. Photos close to home

    On Feb. 15, the U.S. Library of Congress posted on its Flickr page a series of color photographs of Cornwall. The photos were taken between 1890 and 1900. You might be interested in taking a look at these.

    February 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    • Thank you very much. I will take a look.

      February 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm

  45. poppytump

    ((ChillB)) I had an inkling . I don’t want to write trite stuff on here . I was searching for a contact me form but maybe you don’t have one … but I do .

    February 17, 2013 at 10:42 am

    • Thank Poppy. I’ll fill it out.. :-)

      February 17, 2013 at 11:10 am

  46. You are simply amazing! I have always heard of Cornwall and plan to visit at some time. Your photos are remarkable! You need to give me advice!
    I travel and I want to take interesting pics too. I’d be honored if you could take a quick glance at my blog and advise on pics, etc. I’d be very grateful! Also keep safe, and I pray that your health improves and you are well! Cheers!
    http://terrytreks.wordpress.com/about-2/

    February 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    • Thank you. I will certainly take a look at your blog! :-)

      February 17, 2013 at 8:53 pm

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  48. I don’t know how you feel about awards, but you are one of those I want to give a star from Blog of the Year. I’m not into playing games myself, but this time I tried…There are not many things you must do to fulfill…but it’s up to you if you feel you like it! Do feel my gratitude and joy over your great work.
    http://wp.me/p1hCI2-20N

    February 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    • Thank you very much Anne-Christine. I appreciate the thought very much indeed!

      February 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  49. 1annecasey

    Stunning photos!

    February 18, 2013 at 10:12 am

    • Thank you very much Anne. I appreciate you stopping by.. :-)

      February 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

  50. You have a wonderful blog! I look forward to following your posts. :-D

    February 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    • Thank you very much and thanks for your visit! :-)

      February 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

  51. WM

    Would you like to visit my blog? I write there about you.
    http://wandamichalakdomkuncewiczow.wordpress.com/

    March 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    • Thank you very much. I really appreciate the nomination and congratulations! :-)

      March 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    • Thank you very much, I really appreciate the nomination! :-)

      March 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm

  52. A friend of mine in Australia has had MS for decades, probably over 30 years and is still one of Australia’s leading Blues musicians – Jim Conway who also plays with a rhythm and blues band Jim Conway’s Big Wheel.

    I’ll give you some links separately and if they disappear as spam, post them in mangled form.

    March 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

  53. Hi I wanted to thank you for deciding to follow the posts on my blog – sorry it took a while to send this, I’ve been a bit unwell for a couple of days.

    March 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    • No problem Simon. I grew up in Aston End so I’m quite familiar with some of your locations. Living in Cornwall now, I still miss Hertfordshire sometimes.

      March 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      • I know what you mean but you live in a lovely part of the country now – must be hundreds of photo opportunities

        March 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      • There certainly are. It is great for photography.

        March 5, 2013 at 7:10 pm

  54. Chillbrook, hello. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, liking a couple of posts and following. I love your work, so inspirational and beautiful. I can’t wait to see more. Your photography is not only meaningful to you in fighting your MS, but WOW how it is inspiring others. Thank you for that. I look forward to following you on your journey. Blessings, Robyn

    March 16, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    • It was a pleasure to visit your blog Robyn. Thank you so much for your kind words.

      March 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm

  55. Hello! I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award because I love the photos you take! You can check out the details here: http://rusticrecluse.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
    Cheers!

    March 20, 2013 at 4:39 am

    • Thank you very much. I really appreciate that. :-)

      March 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

  56. I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award! No worries if you’re not into them, but details are on my blog http://www.volunteerfringe.com
    I really enjoy your photos.

    March 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    • Thank you very much Marney. :-)

      March 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

  57. It’s an all-too short journey before we pass into memory. A few realize to make the most of it before it’s too late.

    I hope you can continue to shape your journey for a long while yet.

    March 23, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    • Thank you very much. I hope so too.

      March 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

  58. Hi,
    I might be going in circles but need to ask. I am using the Canon 550D with a standard 18-55 and 70-300. I’ve been told the former is “no good” and changing to the latter when travelling is laborious.
    So in addition to needing some zoom and close-up for portraits / parties all in one, I also love experimenting with HDR – can one lens do all?
    I have seen the Sigma / 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM; the link is here:
    http://www.sacamera.co.za/product/1034235/
    An alternative is to buy a “close-up” and HDR lens all in one, and for travel / zoom buy myself a light compact with 30 x zoom or so.
    I was looking at:
    http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=canon_sx50hs&products=sony_dschx200v&products=canon_sx500is&products=fujifilm_s4000&sortDir=ascending
    I have asked a handful of chaps whose photography I really like – you are one of them.
    Some suggestions will really be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Andrew

    March 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    • Hi Andrew,
      I don’t think one lens can do everything but I managed perfectly well for a very long time with an 18-105 kit lens. I now have a Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 G ED and a very fast Nikkor AF-S 50mm f1.4G. I find the 24-70 covers me nicely for landscape work which is predominantly what I do and the 50mm is brilliant for portraiture and close-up photography. If I want to do some macro work, I use my 50mm lens with extension tubes. I’ve been considering a longer zoom lens but it’s not something I’m in a desperate hurry to buy for some of the reasons you mention.
      I know cannon have a similarly very fast 50mm lens and that’s the lens I would consider adding to you kit Andrew or perhaps as you’re using a DX format, a 35mm would be an equivalent. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-EF-50mm-1-4-Lens/dp/B00009XVCZ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364320913&sr=8-1 There’s a lot to be said for a prime lens and with a 50/35mm you can cover a whole lot bases. I have a little panasonic compact which I usually take along with me if I’m travelling, always useful to have it handy.
      I hope that helps.

      March 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm

  59. I am thoroughly enjoying studying your blog. And yes, teachers are privileged, something we must not forget to appreciate. Thank you for your candor, and courage, about MS.

    April 2, 2013 at 3:21 am

  60. Love your work; drop by more often. See you, harrie.

    April 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    • Thank you very much and thanks for stopping by. :-)

      April 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

  61. what a lovely childhood you have had, and now you;re sharing your journey in cornwall. even the name rolls off so smoothly. I can just picture your town from what I’ve read growing up, now I get to see it through your posts. thanks for sharing. I’d like to invite you to come visit my space..charu

    April 8, 2013 at 2:16 am

    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying my pictures of Cornwall Charu and thank you for the invite. I’ve visited your blog and I’m happy to now be following it. Such wonderful food and so nicely presented and photographed. I hope to try some of your recipes. :-)

      April 8, 2013 at 5:58 am

  62. I am glad to have “fallen” on your blog and looking forward to follow your posts… I am fascinated by Cornwall for quite a while already ever since I got to read a book with the place as a focus point of the story.
    A lot of readers probably told you something similar but I have a friend who has M.S for approx. 20 yrs now and is still going strong… walks everywhere, totally independent until now. She eats in a Macrobiotic way but not to the extreme. We hear more and more people who manage well this illness today.
    I wish you all the best with it

    April 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    • Thank you so much for your very kind thoughts. I appreciate that very much indeed.

      April 24, 2013 at 5:42 pm

  63. Hi Chillbrook, thank you for discovering my blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. It gave me the opportunity to discover, explore a bit and Follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy our journeys. Keep the spirits up, the mind positive. Best, Harold

    May 2, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    • It was a pleasure visiting your blog. Thanks for visiting mine and thank you for your kind words.

      May 3, 2013 at 5:40 am

  64. What a beautiful and inspiring blog you’ve created to share with us all. I look forward to stopping by again.

    May 7, 2013 at 3:33 am

    • Thank you Mary, that’s very kind.

      May 7, 2013 at 6:15 am

  65. Thank you for liking my recent post. I enjoyed visiting your blog. Your photographs are wonderful. Keep up the good work! :)

    May 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  66. Very inspiring blog you have here my dear friend…its an honor to know you :)

    May 13, 2013 at 12:06 am

    • You are very kind. Thank you. :-)

      May 13, 2013 at 6:10 am

      • your very welcome ….I hope you have a very good day and I get to know you more via your blog :) Keep blogging

        May 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

  67. thanks for the recent like on my blog. It is so refreshing to see someone who doesn’t let difficulties in their life stop them from moving forward. Your photos sre lovely. Keep up the good work.

    May 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    • It was a pleasure to visit your blog Eddie and thank you.

      May 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm

  68. Thank you so very much for visiting my blog today. I look forward to perusing your blog over a cup of coffee.

    May 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    • Thank you Melanee, I hope you enjoy the pictures. It was a pleasure visting your blog.

      May 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm

  69. Your blog is so inspiring!

    I especially love the colours of your photos: Because they are so intensive, your photos look kind of unreal and misterious. I love that!

    Greetings from CeriseArt!

    May 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    • Thank you very much. I really appreciate your comment and I’m glad you enjoy my photographs. :-)

      May 20, 2013 at 6:16 am

  70. Utterly stunning photographs

    May 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm

  71. Hmmmmmm Fowey…….. Lucie Attwell, I was brought up on her as a child and have visited Fowey a few times. Its a magical place. Thank you for sharing :)

    May 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    • Thank you for visiting Angi. :-)

      May 31, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  72. Your pictures are amazing! Can’t wait to see more.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

    • Thank you very much. That’s very kind of you to say! :-)

      June 2, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      • You’re welcome!

        June 2, 2013 at 11:32 pm

  73. As an ex-teacher, I read your ‘About’ and smiled. In so many ways, I think it’s the best job in the world (I’m afraid I gave up trying to fight the bureaucracy from the inside). Your photos look amazing and I can’t wait to see them pop up in my reader from now on.

    July 11, 2013 at 4:54 am

  74. Congratulations on your ‘Introduction’ on Leanne’s Blog. Stunning photographs.

    July 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    • Thank you very much Angi. I was so surprised and very flattered that Leanne should have chosen to showcase my work like that. She is very generous.

      July 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      • You deserve it. :)
        I can only hope that one day I will be able to take such ‘wow’ photos.

        July 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      • You already are Angi. Just keep doing what you’re doing! :-)

        July 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      • :) :) :)

        July 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

  75. You are an inspiration.. Keep those photos coming!!!

    July 30, 2013 at 8:33 am

  76. Very inspirational story, and I can see why your students treasured you as a teacher…your work is amazing, and it is clear you put in the time and passion to inspire others. Thank you.

    August 1, 2013 at 2:50 am

    • Thank you very much Randall. Appreciate it.

      August 1, 2013 at 7:28 am

  77. I clicked the “like” button a while ago but didn´t leave a comment – so now I´m doing just that! Your comments rang a bell with me – thank you for that and your simple courage!
    Charles

    August 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    • Thank you Charles. Appreciate your visit and your comment! :-)

      August 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

  78. I somehow missed looking at your ‘about’ page, Adrian. Your story is so interesting, and I’m sure those school children in London really miss you, but will retain fond memories for many years to come. It was great to meet you whilst we were visiting Cornwall. I love your photos and always look forward to your new posts. :)

    September 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia. That’s very kind of you to say. It was a pleasure meeting you while you were here and I’m so glad you got to enjoy a few days of relatively good weather. ;-)

      September 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  79. Chillbrook,
    You have been one of my top followers and commenters on my Unas Picturas blog. I am really thankful for that! I am moving to another blog this year for a school project, and I would really value your continued support and commenting (and maybe even some more critiques!) as I am beginning a new journey with HDR photography. I truly find your end product inspiring and your work ethic as exemplary.
    Thanks a bunch,
    Jack
    http://jvierephoto.com/

    September 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    • Thank you for the compliment Jack. I will look forward to following your new project.

      September 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

  80. Some amazing work. Look forward to seeing more!

    September 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

    • Thank you very much Bob.

      September 12, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      • My pleasure!

        September 12, 2013 at 7:42 pm

  81. Love your work. I can’t see how to like the photo’s is that possible?

    September 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    • Thank you Trevor, really appreciate that. Glad you found the link.

      September 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm

  82. Sorry just seen link.

    September 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm

  83. Lovely photos, they could almost be paintings, max

    January 13, 2014 at 7:56 am

  84. Really enjoy your work, and your inspirational spirit. May you shoot and shoot and shoot…
    Jim

    January 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    • Thank you very much Jim. I really appreciate your visit and your comment!

      January 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm

  85. Such a beautiful blog and pics…Uao stunning and also an inspiration for me!
    I’d just start few days ago :)

    January 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    • Thank you very much. I wish you all the best with your blog. Vintage certainly is cool. :-)

      January 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm

  86. great PF…photography is sometimes therapy…have a nice WE

    February 9, 2014 at 10:19 am

    • Thank you. Photography has certainly been great therapy for my. Have a great Sunday!

      February 9, 2014 at 11:42 am

  87. You sound like an absolute gem of a person Adrian, how sad for the children to have to lose you. But how lucky for the rest of us that you can reach a wider audience with your photography. You work is wonderful, I’m so glad to have discovered it.

    March 4, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    • Thank you so much Tina. I’m really glad to have been introduced to your blog as a result. :-)

      March 5, 2014 at 8:57 am

  88. Enjoy your posts, both your images and your words, and glad to see (as a fellow MS sufferer) that you’re determined to get as much out of life doing the things that you can, especially photography…. Ring the bells that still can ring.

    March 8, 2014 at 11:25 am

    • Thank you once again Sue. Life plays some pretty rotten games on occasion and I’m sorry to hear that you too have MS. Through my illness, I found photography and for that I’m thankful. I do on occasion wish I could just walk that cliff path or take a peak around that corner. I’d love to photograph the hidden coves and little known beaches that don’t have the access the tourist beaches do but I have no shortage of places that I can visit and never say never! I wish you well.. :-)

      March 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      • Thanks, Adrian. Never say never is the best attitude! :)

        March 8, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      • :-)

        March 8, 2014 at 6:03 pm

  89. You are an inspiration!

    April 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm

  90. Beautiful photos, I love the colours!

    April 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

    • Thank you very much Gabrielle! :)

      April 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

  91. I’ve got some great childhood memories of holidays in Cornwall too. Your photos are beautiful – keep on posting!

    May 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    • Thank you Kathy. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the pictures! :-)

      May 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm

  92. Great Blog, nice place , i invite You to my dungeon ,REGARDS

    May 28, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    • Thank you very much. I have visited you ‘dungeon’ many times, I love your work!

      May 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

  93. great site – great pics.
    I´m impressed.
    Best wishes
    ChrSpaMi

    October 30, 2014 at 8:06 pm

  94. It took me some time to get to the bottom of all the comments. You have an awesome blog

    November 3, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    • Thank you very much Rajiv! I appreciate your visit and comment!

      November 3, 2014 at 9:26 pm

  95. The way you deal with your illness and go on with your life is amazing and comforting, Adrian.
    Best wishes,
    Dina x

    December 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    • That is very kind Dina, thank you. I can’t really see any other way. :-) x

      December 11, 2014 at 8:13 am

  96. RMW

    Your story is as inspiring as your photography.

    December 22, 2014 at 6:09 am

    • You’re very kind, thank you!

      December 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

  97. I love your tenacity and spirit. I hope to see many more gorgeous images.

    January 12, 2015 at 9:02 am

    • Thank you. Photography takes me out of myself which is why I love it so much. I certainly plan to keep on taking pictures! :)

      January 12, 2015 at 9:20 am

  98. Thanks for your blog. Your photos and life story are an inspiration.

    January 17, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    • Thank you Rob and thanks for your visit!

      January 17, 2015 at 9:30 pm

  99. Beautiful :)

    February 4, 2015 at 11:11 pm

  100. Your story is inspiring and as a teacher of young children in my past career, I can appreciate your love of the profession. Photography is a wonderful creative outlet.

    February 10, 2015 at 2:42 am

    • Thank you for your comment Jane. Photography has really been my saving grace I think. It’s given me a new purpose and interest at a time I really needed one.

      February 10, 2015 at 3:28 pm

  101. I’ve enjoyed looking through some of your posts – your photos are extraordinary. I look forward to following your blog although your photos and description of Iceland made me experience the cold!

    March 5, 2015 at 5:24 am

    • Thank you very much Carol! I’m happy you’re feeling something, the cold is very intense..!

      March 7, 2015 at 6:49 pm

  102. Its a very inspiring stories for me. I like a captivating combination of your words and images. Nice, nice…

    March 5, 2015 at 8:03 am

    • Thank you very much indeed! :-)

      March 7, 2015 at 6:49 pm

  103. I found your story very inspiring and a great read. I have to visit Cornwall now !

    March 12, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    • Thank you Lucy-May. I hope that you do! :-)

      March 12, 2015 at 10:43 pm

  104. I stumbled upon your wonderful blog by following a WP link as “followed by sites I like.” I’ve just spent a wonderful few minutes looking at your lovely photos and reading your very inspirational story. I don’t know how you physically manage to get the shots you do, but I’m delighted your able and that you’re sharing them with all of us. You’ve got yourself a new follower and I’m looking forward to browsing your blog more and to see the new posts you share!

    March 19, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    • What a lovely comment, thank you so much Stacy.

      March 19, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      • It’s my absolute pleasure, Adrian.

        March 22, 2015 at 6:19 pm

  105. Hi
    I came across your web page today and what a find. My wife and I spend a lot of time in Devon and Cornwall in our caravan and it was great to find your sight. I recently spent a lot of money on a 11/16 mm lens for night sky/ landscape and was a bit worried about it, but seeing the photos that tookhave taken at 14mm has made me realise that I have made the right decision.
    Your milky way tutorial was first class and its great that you add the settings that you used to take the shots which really helps noobs like myself.
    Lastly I would like to say how sorry I was to read about your illness. A friend of mine has just been diagnosed with ms and he is devastated.
    Keep up the great work fella. Your an inspiration.
    Andy.

    April 1, 2015 at 8:25 am

    • Thank you Andy! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment like this. It’s so nice to hear when a tutorial you’ve written has helped someone like yourself. I’m sure you will get a lot of use out of your lens. My 14-24mm is a permanent fixture in my kit bag! Good luck with your photography!

      April 1, 2015 at 3:37 pm

  106. That’s a mean disease. Your photography, though, is gorgeous. Wishing you well.

    April 17, 2015 at 11:04 am

    • Thank you Ellen! That’s very kind! :-)

      April 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm

  107. It’s amazing how many so crucial emotions you can create in your photos. Thank you, I always has pleasure to watching your pics.

    May 25, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    • Dziękuję bardzo Wiolka. Bardzo dziękujemy za komentarz! :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm

  108. Hi! you have some outstanding clinks in here. I only wish you’d let us comment under each of your pics. Mind blowing stuff! Thanks to Dina who led me to you!

    May 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    • Thank you very much! Not sure how I’d make it possible to comment on each picture unless I created a slideshow.. I’ll give it some though, thank you for the suggestion! :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      • @chillibrook – thanks for taking it positively :) If you are not too particular about your current theme, you can explore other options under themes that will enable you to add comments section. Do explore the widgets under the current theme (settings) & see if this option needs to be enabled.

        May 25, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      • I will, thank you! :-)

        May 25, 2015 at 6:11 pm

  109. What an amazing blog, your photos are spectacular. Our histories are similar in that I taught for over 20 years in a school in an area of multiple deprivation as the powers that be call it. I loved every minute and the kids and majority of families were wonderful ~ except the odd drug dealers, racists and thieves! I too had to retire too early due to ill health but thankfully I am well enough to care for my husband who is in a worse state than me! he uses a wheelchair. It is still a beautiful world and the blogging community is a great support and audience for our creative outpourings. Good luck in Cornwall ~ you chose a beautiful place to live!

    June 6, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    • Thank you, that’s very kind. The blogging community is definitely that! :-)

      June 6, 2015 at 2:18 pm

  110. Hi. Just stumbled across your beautiful blog. I lived in Iceland for 5 years in my twenties and so enjoyed the images on your blog of that beautiful country!

    September 12, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    • Thank you very much! I’m glad you enjoyed the images. Brought back some good memories I’m sure. :-)

      September 12, 2015 at 1:33 pm

  111. lindywhitton

    Really enjoyed your photos and your story. Will keep looking in as the images are wonderful.

    February 21, 2016 at 9:11 am

    • Thank you Lindy, for your visit and your comment! :-)

      February 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

  112. Hi Adrian, I wanted to leave a note after reading this page. You’re an inspiration and a force of strength. Stay that way, strong, resilient, and keep showing us the world as you would see it.

    March 20, 2016 at 6:11 am

    • Thank you very much for your lovely comment! I will certainly do my best! :-)

      March 20, 2016 at 6:47 am

  113. So happy to see the book cover. That photo is terrific, foreboding with malice!

    April 2, 2016 at 8:20 pm

  114. Hello! Your outlook on life is simply second to none – a great inspiration indeed. It’s a pleasure to meet you and your beautiful images too :)

    April 4, 2016 at 11:42 am

    • Thank you again Sóla, that’s very kind of you to say. It’s a pleasure to meet you too. :-)

      April 4, 2016 at 2:26 pm

  115. The media are to busy sensationalising the bad bits that the average is ignored, and even the good stuff is only mentioned if it really stands out.
    But if we stand in our own truths, as your photography does, then it is a beacon…and for the right reasons.
    Well done, it is an art form to produce as you have. Take a bow my friend and continue being that light :)

    May 8, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    • Thank you very much Maek! I really appreciate your comment.

      May 9, 2016 at 11:43 am

  116. You are making magificent photos

    May 27, 2016 at 11:53 am

    • Thank you so much Lou! You’ve been taking some pretty amazing pictures yourself lately! :-)

      May 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm

  117. Thanks for sharing your inspirational story. I’m looking forward to seeing more. :-)

    August 29, 2016 at 11:53 am

    • Thank you for your visit. You’re very kind. I will try not to disappoint! :-)

      August 29, 2016 at 4:57 pm

  118. Hi Adrian, Thank you for following Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. Your story and blog are inspiring.

    September 5, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    • Hi Jane, It’s a pleasure and I have absolutely no doubt I will enjoy your work! Thank you for your kind words! :-)

      September 6, 2016 at 7:28 am

  119. VEEEERY Good posts, beautiful blog.
    Congratulations.

    September 9, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    • Thank you very much!

      September 10, 2016 at 8:24 am

      • You’r welcome

        September 10, 2016 at 9:36 am

  120. You have a very inspirational blog. Thank you for sharing your work. Looking forward for more of your posts. :-)

    October 16, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    • Thank you very much indeed! I’m glad you find my blog inspirational. That’s a real compliment. Sorry for my late reply to your comment but I’m now back from Fuerteventura and once more connected to the Internet. It’s been nice not to be for a while.. :-)

      November 7, 2016 at 10:10 am

      • I can learn a thing or two from your photos…And yes, sometimes it’s nice to be disconnected from the rest of the world once in a while. :-)

        November 7, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      • Thank you, I hope that you can. I spend a lot of time looking at other people’s photographs. It really is a great way to learn! :-)

        November 7, 2016 at 4:56 pm

  121. Hello,Amazing talent You have,i am very happy to be here,hey please if you have some time take a look on my site as well and tell me what You think about my photos,i appreciate ,not much people visit me because i am very narrow , i want to know Your opinion ,if You can tell somebody about me maybe friends ? I do not want to die in silence of art , Take care good soul i will follow You ,EM

    March 13, 2017 at 11:33 am

    • I will be happy to take a look at your work. I will be in touch! :-)

      March 13, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      • Sure friend ,i am from Poland ,small village,almost two years i am sick and that photos that You see i make in times when i was free and healthy ,now i just a prisoner in my room but i love to watch and i have many good emotions inside,Bless

        March 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      • I’m sorry to hear that you are not well. I know what it feels like to be a prisoner due to illness.

        March 13, 2017 at 3:07 pm

  122. Mike Callahan

    Your work and your journey are very inspirational – I have taken some time out during my lunch break (teacher ) to look at your photography. I am a keen photographer and like to take landscapes of nearby Neolithic sites such as Avebury. How do you get your black and white photographs to be so dynamic and vibrant. I have played with various settings in a basic photo editor but can’t create what I would like to – any tips in terms of B and W settings? Thank you again for sharing, I will keep popping in…

    March 22, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    • Hello Mike, Thanks for your comment. I use Silver Efex Pro when processing black and white pictures. This set of filters is part of the Nik Collection that can now be downloaded free from Google. Lots of filters and effects to play with in there. You can use the filters with both Lightroom and Photoshop and recommend them very highly although it is easy to overdo things a little so a light touch is best.

      March 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm

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