September 10th, 2015
A growing collection of nature, wildlife and culture Fine Art images capture around Bulgaria for use in the home or office as greeting cards, prints, framed prints and canvas prints by Fine Art Photographer Cliff. Cliffs now turns his lens on the stars of nature, wildlife and culture of Bulgaria and news editorial in the Uk. Cliff career spans over 30 years as a news, feature photographer with many front page pictures world wide. A land time has forgot Bulgaria with the long hot Summer days and the cold winter landscape, morning frost in the Spring and goldern leafs of the Autunm with its slower pace of life is a photographers dream. Myself and my wife have been visiting Bulgaria for some years now during this time rebuilding a Bulgarian cottage (named Poachers cottage after the family regiment, Grandfather, father and now two sons) at the edge of a rural village. Patience is the only way to get the shots you want, wildlife, culture & landsapes you photograph do not always perform how you would like them to do so you have to work around their time. As a child one of the TV programs we wached on a winters night was Goodlife and the Darling Buds Of May myself and my wife Andrea now live that style of life in a county where it is possable for us to leave only your footprint on wildlife and nature. Please enjoy my photography if their is any-think you would like to known please feel free to contact me. If you would like to take a peep at my blog visit me at My Blog. Cliff runs photography holidays for the beginner to advanced photography looking to photograph something new join Cliff on one of his tours in Bulgaria you never known you may even learn some new tricks as well as enjoy good food, good wine, good landscapes and wonderfull local people. Bulgaria Photo Holidays is set in the rural hart of Bulgaria.
October 28th, 2012
With my growing collection of images, what to do next to promote my work was the idea i was thinking about when i started the new collections
of cards. Called Bulgaria, Yorkshire, Birthday and new Born, working with this in mind i had to come up with some thing new a style of my own so the Yorkshire and Bulgaria are in a masking tape on cardboard style frame with a hand tint in the old fashion light brown also known as sepia.
June 16th, 2011
As the light drops on a warm evning just a short walk away from the rural cottage and out in the open landscape with the Balken Mountains as your back drop for sunsets. Just a little help with the camera setting to enhance the reds and oranges of the skies.
May 19th, 2011
An early morning drive to Vaya Lake just ourside Burgas arrival early so time for a hot streaming cup of coffee just what the doc order at 4 am in the morning now its time for that trip around the lake on a small light boat to watch the wildlife wake up with wonderfull sightings. What away to start the day
As we rounded a reed bed we spotted a small flock of about 60 Great White Pelicans this is when i took this image as they set of in flight, we also had many more wetland birds.
March 9th, 2011
Kukerov den This old ritual is performed ever year around Cities, Towns and Villages of Bulgaria with colourful costumes and dance. March contact for more details. This ritual is performed in early spring,to chase away the evil spirits of winter and ensure a good harvest. Ritual includes Kukerski igri (kukeri games) and processions around the villages, towns and cities its worth watching the noise and merry parade of men dressed up in animal costumes with sheep bells ,and wearing wooden masks with multicoloured threads, and mirrors. Just calls out to the photographer would to see more photographs visit my web site www.ruffguidetobulgaria.com Editors ramblings
February 25th, 2011
Over night snow on the ground fill my flask full of steaming hot coffee and camera bag in hand of to the hide for a couple of hours or as long as i can last as the weather station is reading -10 outside. Its only a short walk to my hide at the bottom of the garden and thinking today is a good day for some nice snow backdrop images of the Woodpeckers that visit the garden trees on a regularly. Set the camera on the tripod camera take a manual reading to allow for the snow. Pop outside to place some peanut butter on the log and wait for the subject to arrive. Time passers bye and the cold breaks through my outer layers its time for a steaming hot mug of coffee. I thinks time i had enough no sightings of the woodpeckers just as i am about pack up and leave the Woodpecker lands on the side of the tree now is a waiting game and i am hope the will take the peanut butter bait on the log i just press the shutter a couple of times for some back-up images and then off the in full flight the the feeds by the side of the house next to my window were the digital work station sits. Its time for a warm by the open log fire and a cup of coffee better luck nice time with the peanut butter.
February 13th, 2011
Early bird catches the worm as the say, out early and my dome hide set up by a small tree were last year we had spotted a pair of Blue Tits useing the hole as a nest. Out comes the flask of coffee camera on tripod focused and its time to wait. This is the second day just sat around waiting but all comes to those that wait, a mornings photography and i was rewarded with a couple of lovely images of the Blue Tits and a nice shot of a Crested Lark on the ploughed field by the trees were i had stationed my hide.
June 29th, 2010
Use the top menu bar to find Layer Duplicate Layer (background Layer click OK)
Use the top menu bar to find Enhance convert to black & White click OK
Using the Side menu tool bar (left hand side of the screen ) find the
lasso tool (right click mouse to find options click Magnectic tool)
Using this tool (left click to start) move around the subject you wish to colour
when you are back at the start double click to start marching ants.
Using the Side menu tool bar (left hand side of the screen ) find the
Eraser tool (right click mouse to find options click Eraser tool)
Use this tool (adjust the brush size) (Fast Tip use this symbol on the key
board [ ] to adjust the size of the brush}
Left click (holding down and rub within the marching ants
to colour in subject.
Once the Subject is coloured, Use the menu bar to find Select (left click deselect marching ants}
Use the menu bar to find Layer (left click merge visble}
Two tone complate
March 21st, 2010
The long awaited arrival of the Storks to the Village of Malomirovo happen just a couple of days ago.
This means to the locals spring is here, storks live in villages and cities all over around Bulgaria. The Stork on this photograph taken at sunset lives just 30 feet away from our front door. So when you look out of the front room window you can see them and when you walk out the door you can list to them talk.
It is a truely a great to see i am lucky to have wildlife on my doorstep to watch and photograph.
September 8th, 2009
Traveling to the Vaya lake Bourgas at the end of August to photograph the Pelicans which for the this day was not to be, the flock of Pelicans turn out to be camera shy staying in the middle of the lake . So after traveling around to the photo points with no luck we headed off for a spot on lunch at a local cafe bar in Bourgas. Afternoon turned out to be the better part of the day with some lovely shots of the Squacco Heron tn the reeds looking for fish, and the inflight against a nice blue sky.
The Squacco heron breeds in small colonies at shallow marshy ponds and lakes with reeds, bushes and lines of trees. Outside breeding season the bird is mostly solitary spends his winters in Africa feeding on small fish and amphibians.