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The Design Guy blog features articles on design, creativity, commercial photography, tech, tips, and life. I add to this journal as the mood takes me.

I am also an avid landscape photographer based in Niagara, Canada. This site is the home of my personal photography project, Somewhere In Niagara, in which I travel the back roads and trails to discover the hidden beauty of the Niagara Peninsula. Enjoy.

Zebra at African Lion Safari

Happy Anniversary

Yesterday was our tenth wedding anniversary. To celebrate, Nikki and I are putting everything else on hold and taking a couple of days to head out on day trips. First on our list is the African Lion Safari near Hamilton, Ontario. We’ve been several times over the last decade. Just the two of us together,
Getting there is half the fun

Getting There

I have spent a significant part of my life on the road. Travelling from the tip of Scotland to the other tip of England every week, staying overnight where the whim took me (expense accounts are wonderful), I learned that getting there, as they say, is half the fun. Add international travel to a dozen
Bald Eagle landing

Raptors Revisited

Nikki and I celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary this week. We will be taking a few days off to mark the occasion. Some day trips are in order, to get us away from the computers and into the fresh air. On the table for consideration is another visit to the Canadian Raptor Conservancy. We have

SIN 365 day planners: The Unboxing Video

The series of 365 day planners and diaries have been available for a while. I ordered a full set and they are here. This is the unboxing video. The verdict? I am very happy. Very happy indeed. The books are available through this site and can be picked up by arrangement or delivered anywhere in
Port Colborne train station

IOTW: Train Station

The old train station in Port Colborne sits between West and King Streets, north of Clarence Street. The old Trillium building, once the ticket office and main building, is now home to a thriving restaurant. The tracks are largely overlooked by residents. Part of the scenery. Inconvenient. Yet still operational. Occasionally, for civic events like
Bride with bouquet


There are many things that can, and often do, go wrong at a wedding. One possibility that most don’t worry or even think about is media card or equipment failure. After a long day working hard to capture the event from start to finish, a photographer still has to put that card into a computer…
Here Comes Halloween design from GYST Services

Here Comes Halloween

As I type the second week of September is ending. Which means that Halloween is over six weeks away. So why am I posting this? Because designs take time to make and time to market and time to do their job. And because I like to plan ahead, this design is ready to rock and
Wedding sampler book

More Changes

Just a quick update to say that as part of the site makeover I have reorganised the menu system and added links to some of my portfolios under the Services tab, in a new Photography section. So if you want to see how my conference photography might look before hiring me, or check out my
Sunrise at Reebs Bay

Sunrise At Reebs Bay

Reebs Bay is popular with locals, horse riding groups, and passing beachcombers. It tends be quieter than other local beaches, possibly due to the deliberately limited parking. Possibly as it is a fairly small beach. Possibly as across the road is a cemetary. Most likely, the horses contributions play a role, too. All I know
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