Komorebi is a beautiful Japanese phrase that means ‘sunlight filtering through trees’, and describes visible rays of light, either through mist or rain, as seen in woodland or forested areas.

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Posted Sunday, June 10th, 2018 by Simon Wilkes

The season of changes

Spring in Richmond Park is especially rewarding for the photographer willing to rise at an ungodly hour to witness the dawn mist and the magical atmosphere it brings.

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Posted Sunday, May 27th, 2018 by Simon Wilkes

The return of Winter

Snowpocalypse. The beast from the east. Whatever you call it, snow and sub-zero temperatures turned Richmond Park into a winter wonderland.

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Posted Sunday, March 4th, 2018 by Simon Wilkes

Winter is coming

November came and went in Richmond Park with an explosion of autumnal colour and misty, unforgettable sunrises. Now, as December begins, winter has some startling seasonal changes in store for visitors and photographers alike.

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Posted Saturday, December 9th, 2017 by Simon Wilkes

A tale of two deer

I’m sure you’ve all heard of golden hour, that magical time just after sunrise and before sunset, when the light is at its most photogenic. This is one of the best times to photograph Richmond Park in my opinion, especially if there’s a bit of mist around.

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Posted Sunday, August 13th, 2017 by Simon Wilkes

Instagram tips for photographers

If you’re a photographer who’s new to Instagram, finding your feet can be a bit daunting. Here’s a few helpful tips to get you started.

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Posted Saturday, August 12th, 2017 by Simon Wilkes

Richmond Park – a guide for photographers and visitors

Richmond Park is London’s largest Royal Park. 2500 acres of stunning grasslands, woodlands and open spaces, as well as plenty of unique wildlife, including the famous red deer. Find out how to get the best out of your visit in this handy guide.

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Posted Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by Simon Wilkes

From pixels to oils – how a photograph became a painting

A few months ago I was contacted via Instagram by Cambridgeshire-based artist Mark S. Payne, who wanted to paint one of my photographs of Richmond Park. This is the story of how a photograph of a tree in the mist became an oil painting

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Posted Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 by Simon Wilkes

Book review: Park Life by John Bartram

If you’re looking for a behind the scenes look at Richmond Park, then Park Life: The Memoirs of a Royal Parks Gamekeeper by John Bartram is a must-read.

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Posted Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 by Simon Wilkes