York Minster

It’s been a while since I’ve updated the site, so thought it was about time I uploaded something.

During the summer holidays, we spent a week in York during August. I didn’t get much chance for photography, but managed a few images of the fabulous York Minster during dusk one evening.

A Lost Art

A Timeless Art

A display of the timeless art of spinning wool at The Old Schoolroom Edingley’s Christmas Brunch.

Thanks to Ed Compton for the spinning demonstration, and congratulations to The Old Schoolroom Edingley Association and all their supporters on the momentous occasion they celebrated this weekend at the Christmas Brunch and Topping Out ceremony.

The Old Schoolroom Edingley, Sun 13th December 2015

Beeston Weir Time Lapse

My first attempt at a time-lapse sequence, shot at Beeston Weir (from the Clifton bank of the River Trent).

I had hoped for considerably more movement in the sky, but sadly there was a fairly homogeneous and slow moving blanket of cloud today, so had to focus more on foreground elements. For a first attempt, I’m reasonably pleased, although more planning is needed for future shoots.

Some technical details:

No of Frames: 619
Interval: 1 Second
Time Frame: 10 mins 19 Secs
Shutter Speed: 1/40
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Filters: Lee 0.6 GND Hard
Tripod & TC-80N3 Intervalometer


50 Mile Sponsored Ride - Life Cycle 5

50 Miles For Life Cycle 5: Gearing up to BEAT Dementia

Recently, I have taken up cycling wanting to improve my fitness, and it’s quite timely that this opportunity arises.

My wife’s Grandfather has recently been diagnosed with the early stages of dementia. A terrible affliction that has affected several people very close and dear to me over the years, including both my Grandfather, Grandmother, and now more recently, my Grandfather In-Law.  Coincidentally, our daughter (Veila), brought a flyer home from school the other day publicising  the University of Nottingham’s Life Cycle 5 event in aid of research in the field.

In a moment of what I can only describe as a lapse otherwise sound judgement…….. I signed up for the 50 mile ride, much to Veila’s delight…… If only she knew how hilly it is out Belper way!

It seemed a very opportune moment to do some good: in memory of all those currently afflicted by, or caring for family members with dementia, and to help raise valuable funds to combat this terribly destructive disease.

In it’s fifth year, Life Cycle 5, organised by the vice chancellor of the University of Nottingham, will be raising money for the ground breaking research undertaken by  the team at the University of Nottingham with their Nobel Prize winning MRI scanner into all forms of Dementia.

The ride will take place on the 23rd August, starting at Highfields, most likely fairly early.  From there, the route will take me via , Ilkestone, Heanor, Belper, Shottle, Duffield, Little Eaton, Breadsall, & Stanely. The 2.5 Mile climb out Belper to Shottle is somewhat daunting!

My Just Giving page can be found here:    https://www.justgiving.com/James-Clay/
More information on Life Cycle 5 can be found here: Life Cycle 5: Gearing up to Beat Dementia

If you can, please consider sponsoring my ride with whatever you can, every little counts!

I’m initially hoping to raise raise around £400 as an initial goal, although I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to push the target a little further as things get going.

As well as the JustGiving page, I have also configured JustTextGiving to allow small donations via text message.  Donations of: £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 can be made by texting:

  • JIMC48 £1 to 70070
  • JIMC48 £2 to 70070
  • JIMC48 £3 to 70070
  • JIMC48 £4 to 70070
  • JIMC48 £5 to 70070
  • JIMC48 £10 to 70070

GustGiving and JustTextGiving both support Gift Aid, so if you are eligible (UK tax payer), please consider increasing the value of your donations by 25% allowing reclamation of the tax paid on the donation value from HMRC via Gift Aid.

Also, if you could share with any friends and family that would be willing to support the cause, that would be most welcome, even the smallest donations help

Support me on a 50 Mile cycle ride on 23rd August in aid of Life Cycle 5: Gearing up to Beat Dementia




Thanks for all your support



Well, it’s been a fair while since I added anything to the website, so thought it was about time.  Having just treated myself to a Wacom Inuos Pro graphics tablet & pen, a bit of post processing was a perfect opportunity to put the Wacom Intuos Tablet through it’s paces.  So off to the image archive in Lightroom  I went, and dug out an unprocessed image of the Outflow at Chapel Point, Chapel St. Leonards from a shoot back in 2012.  I’ve previously uploaded another image from this shoot here.

In this image, I really liked the off-centre composition of the outflow, with its angular, textured concrete and steel surface contrasting nicely with the silky smooth rendering of the sea by the 30 second long exposure obtained using a 10 stop ND filter (LEE Filters Big Stopper) in conjunction with a hard transition 0.6 Graduated ND (LEE) to retain the detail in the sky.  In terms of post processing, I knew instantly where this image needed to go: Black & White, which was in-line with my original vision for the shoot back in 2012.

Post processing in this image was performed in Lightroom alone, and consisted of some minor local adjustments to highlights and shadows & contrast, curves, and B&W conversion.  Overall, I’m quite pleased with the image and don’t know why I never got around to finishing it earlier!

Working with the Wacom Intuos Pro within Lightroom and Photoshop was a breeze, and became intuitive pretty quickly.  The pen really does give a much finer control over local adjustment brushes and tools, with the pressure sensitivity of the pen making the brushes and tools even more useful.  I can really see it coming in to it’s own within Photoshop, but is equally useful within Lightroom and I’m certain it will be replacing my mouse in my workflow.


Chapel Point Outflow, Chapel St Leonards, Lincolnshire.
Canon Eos 7D, Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 at 10mm
Exposure: 30 seconds, f/11, ISO 100
Filters: Lee Big Stopper (10 stop ND) + Lee 0.6 Grad ND (Hard)

Exhibition at The Old Schoolroom Edingley: 19th - 20th October 11:00am - 3:00pm

Exhibition – The Old Schoolroom, Edingley

The Old Schoolroom Edingley presents a two day exhibition featuring the work of five local photographers.

The Old Schoolroom, in the small Nottinghamshire village of Edingley (between Farnsfield and Southwell) is hosting a photographic exhibition over the weekend of the 19th and 20th October.

Featured photographers include:

• James Clay (Nottingham) (website)
• Declan Joyce (Kirklington) (website)
• Malcolm Yates (Farnsfield)
• Cathy Clay (Edingley)
• Wendy Raines (Edingley – Event Organiser)

The event is hosted to help raise funds to improve facilities at the Old Schoolroom and keep it running as a vital community resource for future generations.

The historic old Schoolroom, originally opened as the village school in 1912, now functions as the village hall and a centre for community events in the small rural village of  approximately 350 inhabitants.

The exhibition will feature a variety of photographic subjects, styles and techniques ranging from landscape through studio to macro photography and promises to be a great event.

Exhibition Details:

Where: The Old Schoolroom Edingley – Main Street, Edingley, Nottinghamshire. NG22 8BE
When: Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October, 2013 – 11:00am – 3:00pm
Entry Fee: Entry is charged at £2.00 per adult* (Children Free)
Refreshments: Coffee and Cake served from 11:00am – £1.50*
Lunch: Sausage and Bacon Cobs served from 12:30pm – £3.00*
Parking: On-site parking is available (free)
*All proceeds to the Old Schoolroom Edingley

Make a Day of It!

Edingley is situated between Farnsfield and Halam, approximately 3.5 miles outside of Southwell. Why not make a day of it? While you are visiting the exhibition, why not take your camera for a wonderful photo walk around the beautiful and historic Minster town of Southwell, walk the Southwell Trail or enjoy a good Sunday lunch in the Old Reindeer. Personally, I would highly recommend that you pay Edingley’s St Giles Church a visit, a beautiful little church dating back to around the 14th century.

For anyone planning on visiting the exhibition, Edingley itself offers a variety of photographic opportunities which should not be missed, as I am sure the following images will illustrate.

St Giles, Edingley

St Giles Church in Edingley, Nottinghamshire

St Giles Edingley

St Giles Church in Edingley, Nottinghamshire. 2011

St Giles Edingley

HDR image of St Giles Church in Edingley, Nottinghamshire. 2011

Allesford Lane, Edingley

Looking down Allesford Lane from it’s junction with Greaves Lane, Edingley, Nottinghamshire

Sunset over Edingley

Sunset over the fields of Edingley


One of the gravestones within the churchyard at St Giles, Edingley.
Boxing Day, 2010