Category Archives: photography

My guide to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

January 25, 2016 § 1 Reply

Captivated by David Attenborough’s explorations of the place he calls “the most magical thing I ever saw in my life”? I was too. The Great Barrier Reef, a 2,000km stretch of coral that hugs almost the whole length of Queensland’s shore is, after all, nature on an epic scale. I spent a week there in November for The Independent, flying high above the reef in a seaplane and diving deep below the water in a magical underwater world.

Here’s the story of my first dive, at a bommie off Heron Island.

And here is my full guide to visiting the Great Barrier Reef.

Read on for a few photos from the trip.

Girl's travel guide to Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Girl's travel guide to Australia's Great Barrier Reef

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Discover Gower in Winter

January 11, 2016 § Leave a reply

“Gower is a very beautiful peninsula, some miles from this blowsy town… As a matter of fact it is one of the loveliest sea-coast stretches in the whole of Britain.”

Discover Gower in Winter

So wrote Dylan Thomas in letters to his first girlfriend, Pamela Hansford Johnson, and the more I visit the jewel in Wales’ coastal crown, the more I agree with the country’s best-loved poet.

I shared my love for this wonderful corner of Wales in the latest issue of Countryfile Magazine. Photography by Oliver Edwards.

Read the full article.

Hello 2016!

December 31, 2015 § Leave a reply

Another year of travels in the outdoors, and it’s fun seeing which of my Instagram pictures you’ve liked the most – they include some of my favourite places from 2015 – snow-capped Kenyan mountains, Australian desert islands, Swiss glaciers and the beautiful Gower peninsula. And me standing on my head a lot!

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Thank you so much for reading in 2015. I’ll be celebrating NYE quietly from a Cornish beach tonight and can’t wait for another year of adventures and faraway places.

xx Sian

How to film better sports video with your D-SLR

Think making movies takes time, experience or fancy software? Think again. If you own a DSLR, a tripod and a couple of lenses you already have everything you need to find your inner videographer. I headed to the Forest of Dean with mountain biker Jake Ireland to create this beginner-friendly guide for Digitalcameraworld.com

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How To: get started with surf photography

On what was probably the Best Day at Work Ever I put together this beginner’s guide to surf photography for N-Photo magazine. It’s easier than you might think to get action- packed shots, promise!

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#BestSummerEver part 6: hanging out in New York City

For my final Malibu #BestSummerEver adventure I learnt the death-defying art of flying trapeze in Manhattan. You know, just casually.

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#BestSummerEver part 5: escaping to the Catskills

For my fifth Malibu #BestSummerEver adventure my friend Bobby and I went roadtripping into the beautiful, bear-filled Catskill mountains in New York State.

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Competition: Win a Nikon Coolpix L310 camera with Duracell

I’m fresh back from Glastonbury (well, maybe fresh is not the word) with a very exciting competition indeed! Win yourself this lovely Nikon coolpix camera and rechargeable batteries, courtesy of Duracell, and get set for a summer of snapping.

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Climbing on the Dorset coast

Getting a serious adrenaline rush climbing the beautiful cliffs and quarries of the Dorset coast. My hands are ruined and I can now tie a nifty figure of eight knot – I must be a proper climber.

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Summer dressing for lazy girls

Hello sunshine! Here’s some fashion maths for you. Summery striped dress from Joules + sandals from Aldo at House of Fraser = easy peasy warm weather dressing.

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Places to stay: Damp on Dartmoor

It was my birthday last week (oh hello middle-to-late twenties!) and a big gang of us went to stay on Dartmoor for sunshine and barbeques. And then it rained a lot, so instead we went walking in bogs, met the Hound of the Baskervilles and drink a lot of gin by the fire.

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Summer brights from Joe Browns

It’s SPRING! The clocks have gone forward! It’s now ok to drink cider at lunchtime! This calls for some bright and beautiful biking trips in Joe Browns’ pretty togs. Because everything is better with multicoloured pompoms, amiright?

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Bristol by Cyclist

Last weekend I met the lovely Thom Heald, the photographer behind Bristol By Cyclist. He likes bikes and he likes Bristol, and that and a penchant for taking beautiful photos has led to a wonderful gallery portraying different faces of Britain’s ‘Cycling City’. Oh, and there are some very pretty bikes to lust over, too.

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How to: take environmental portraits

Taking portrait photos is one of my favourite things about my day job, so I had a very nice time writing this beginner’s guide to reportage-style people pictures for issue 26 of N-Photo magazine and for digitalcameraworld.com. These shots are of the lovely baristas at the Society Cafe in Bath, but environmental portraiture is perfect for the great outdoors too – try shooting surfers with their boards, climbers gearing up or just your mates on a country walk.

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Places to stay: Auckinleck house adventures

A gang of us headed up to Scotland to play at being lords and ladies of the manor for a week, staying at the stunning Auchinleck House, part of the Landmark Trust collection of properties. There was a lot of beach wandering, fireside reading and cuddling of Betty the dog involved and I took some nice snaps to share with you lot.

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Wassailing at The Ethicurean

Last weekend we went a-wassailing at Somerset’s beautiful Ethicurean restaurant, nestled in the Barley Wood Walled Garden. We recited poems to apple trees to bring about a good cider harvest, watched a mummer’s play and ate posh cheese on toast. Lovely.

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Climbing in the Mendips

Last weekend Pete the Younger, Pete the Elder and I went climbing in the gorgeous Mendips, around the corner from Cheddar Gorge. We also made friends with some mountain goats, had a go at vertigo-busting blindfolded climbing and wore some very attractive helmets.

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Review: Fjallraven rucksack from Complete Outdoors

I do like rugged outdoors gear that also manages to be über beautiful. Hence, I have a bit of a style crush on my new Fjallraven rucksack, £125.99 from Complete Outdoors, which I have been cycling with, hiking with and, er, pug cuddling with. I also made Pete cart it around on the beach. Doesn’t he look nice?

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Autumn layers: cosy parkas and yellow wellingtons

I spent the weekend staying near the beautiful Camber Sands in East Sussex and wrapped up in a fuzzy parka and some super-rad-amazing acid yellow swallow print wellies. I also competed with Grazia for Most Stylish Beach Photoshoot (guess who won).

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How to: take sun-drenched backlit portraits

Squeeze the last out of the Indian Summer by using the golden light of the evenings to beautifully backlight outdoor portraits. I wrote this guide for issue 23 of N-Photo magazine and digitalcameraworld.com.

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