Welcome to my website!
Everything went live on January 23rd 2012 and since then I have been uploading images and keywords to allow searching within the site. It is all still happening, but inevitably not as fast as I would like, as I'm still out in the field taking pictures. However I now have just over 10,000 ready-to-use images posted: that's an average of more than 7 every working day!!! If this is your first visit please return soon, as images are being added frequently.
Still to come are sizeable collections of images of - in no particular order - Ecuador, Madagascar, British landscape, British natural history, Peru, Rome, Spain and Zimbabwe, plus significant expansions of existing galleries. In fact the only galleries that are definitely complete (until the next visit there) are Easter Island, Chile, Botswana, Venice and Iceland, which came up with the goods on my Northern Lights trip on the very last night. Relatively recently I have been to the Scottish Highlands, Amazonian Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Spain, New York, Canada, Venice and Prague. So watch this space!
Despite photographing seriously and successfully for many years, it was only late in 2015 that I decided to enter a few of the major national or international competitions for a bit of fun. Thus far I have entered just six. In the Bird Photographer of the Year 2016 competition I had one image shortlisted, and I have just discovered that I have had two images shortlisted in the 2017 competition: I must be getting better. In the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 I had four images shortlisted (one in each of four different categories) and after final judging one image was given a Highly Commended award in the Close to Nature category. Recently I have had three images shortlisted in the Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2016. You can see all my award-winning and exhibited images from 2015-17 in my gallery of the same name (http://www.martingracephotography.com/-/galleries/exhibited-and-award-winning-images-2015-17). And keep a look out for the books showcasing the various competitions. The judges of Landscape Photographer of the Year obviously did not like my rather off-the-wall take on landscapes!
For the technically-minded, I use Canon DSLRs: currently an EOS 5D Mark III and the phenomenal high resolution 50.6 MP EOS 5DSR, with lenses ranging from 8-15mm fisheye to 500mm in focal length. The 5DSR is wonderful, with supreme image quality coupled with fantastic focusing accuracy. I try to do little post-camera manipulation of images, apart from changes in levels etc., though both cameras will do HDR imaging, and give some very interesting results, especially with moving subjects.
All images displayed on my site are ready for use and are offered on a rights-managed basis (that is, you pay for a specific use of an image). An image can be purchased easily and at very reasonable cost: an image for a single private and personal (non-commercial) use, such as wallpaper on a computer screen, costs less than 10GBP (about $15 US). It can then be downloaded after secure payment by credit or debit card or from an existing PayPal account. Original RAW or TIFF files (the latter from from Nikon use in South Africa) are available for the majority of images on request. If you have any queries about usage, for example clarification about the pricing for your prospective use of an image, any comments - complimentary or otherwise, or would like a quote for royalty-free usage, please get in touch via the Contact page. I'm always happy to negotiate on fees. I'll reply to any enquiry as soon as I can, though the net is drawn fairly feintly in some parts of the world!
I hope you enjoy browsing the site, and if you would like to be kept informed about new collections, new projects, planned expeditions etc please register on the site and I will include you in my next emailing.