Kevin Jaffray on Fine Art America

Some visitors have asked me if they could see and maybe buy the original images before I “painted” them. Well now you all can. To prevent any conflicts with people ordering the wrong image I have created an account on the Fine Art America  website and have started to upload the more photographic images. Fine […]

Inquisitive Barbary Macaque

On a visit to the Monkey Forest at Trentham, this little chap came and sat beside me to pass the time of day. It’s a great place to watch and photograph monkeys, plenty of space for everyone and they are all fairly tame and used to the general noise and sight of humans. I decided […]

Footpath Along Lathkill Dale

A walk down Lathkill Dale is a beautiful experience any time of year, watching the ducks diving and the brown trout swimming. The river Lathkill appears from it’s underground route just before Over Haddon, years of lead mining in the area has been responsible for changes to the water table and the flow of the […]

Cromer Pier Norfolk

There has been a pier or jetty in Cromer since 1391. The present one, dating from 1901, was finally built after the previous wooden structure had been dismantled after heavy storm damage many year earlier. The modern entrance to the pier has steps formed by long, sweeping curves complimented by straight lines in the paving. The original […]

Spurn Point Sunset

This is my first attempt at producing a lithograph style digital painting which has worked out to my satisfaction. The appearance of the sun reminds me of a ghostly deep-sea diver or maybe an alien. I’ve included enough texture in the image to produce an amazing printed result. I recommend the matt finish for both […]

Corridor of Dreams

My latest digital painting is a semi-abstract of a long, dream-like corridor showing a mysterious figure loitering far away at the end, while 2 young girls take time out to study. The corridor is located in the Underground Gallery at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. My original image was captured with a Nikon D90 camera fitted with […]

By the Harbour at Sennen Cove in Cornwall

For as small as it is, Sennen Cove is a must visit place when you’re visiting the west of Cornwall. The lifeboat launch from there is amazing. This painting is of the coastline just to the west of the harbour wall and is a great vantage point when the tide is coming in. This image […]

Beach Huts at Southwold Suffolk

Taken on a cold, grey day in March 2012, these beach huts provided a pleasant burst of colour to lift the dullness of the English springtime on the coast. This image has been built from 3 separate exposures and processed with Photomatix and finished with Photoshop CS5. It was taken with a Nikon D90 fitted […]

Snowy Path in Derbyshire

A winter’s view along the footpath at the south end of Ladybower Reservoir near Bamford in Derbyshire. The bleak wooded area in the distance provides cover on the long climb up to the vantage point of Win Hill. This image was taken on 12th January 2010 with a Nikon D90 fitted with a Nikon VR […]

Edensor Village in Derbyshire

Edensor (pronounced as “Enzor”) Village remains one of the most unspoiled villages in the UK. St Peters Church dominates the village of Edensor. It was built in 1870 on the site of the old church, with parts of the old church incorporated into it. The archirect was Sir George Gilbert Scott. My digital painting was […]

Chatsworth House and the River Derwent

This is one of my favourite views of Chatsworth House, taken from Queen Mary’s Bower Bridge and looking down the River Derwent. Chatsworth House is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire and has been home to his family, the Cavendish family, since Bess of Hardwick settled at Chatsworth in 1549. This image was taken […]

Clumber Bridge over the Lake at Clumber Park

This view really jumped out at me as I walked around the lake at Clumber Park today. Taken by the side of a small weir, the bridge provides a great focal point. Clumber Bridge was the original approach to Clumber Park prior to the development of the famous lime tree avenue. It was built in the […]

Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

“Kedleston Hall, designed by the famous architect Robert Adam, was built for Sir Nathaniel Curzon in 1765 as a house to rival Chatsworth. Intended as ‘a temple of the arts’ and as the location for grand entertainments, the main house was never meant to be a family home, but a canvas on which to showcase […]

St. Michael’s Mount from Marazion

I have always been captivated by the view across to St. Michael’s Mount from Marazion, since I first drove through there about 20 years ago. I must add that the place has hardly changed in the years in between. This image was developed with 3 separate exposure shots, transformed with hdr software and finally post-processed […]

St. Mawes in Cornwall

My digital painting of the pretty village of St. Mawes, looking out over the River Fal towards Falmouth. This old fishing port boasts steep and narrow streets rising from the harbour. The best way to get here is by ferry from Falmouth, a short 20 minute trip and you arrive in the quaint harbour of […]

Robin Hood’s Bay

The lower part of Robin Hood’s Bay is a quaint, old village, with the cottages and houses built very close to each other. The alleyways and roads are twisting and narrow and there still remains an active, local population who live and work here. This image is a 3 exposure HDR transformation, taken with a […]

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

The Minack Theatre is a truly magical place, an open air auditorium carved out of a cliff top on the beautiful south coast of England. I managed to capture it without people thanks to the fact that a performance was impending and theatre staff cleared the place with the exception of me. This a a […]

View over Whitby from Church Stairs

This is a world famous view over Whitby, taken from the 199 steps known as Church Stairs, that lead steeply, to St. Mary’s Church on the way to Whitby Abbey. You can even see the curvature of the earth when viewing the horizon. This image was taken on 18th March 2010 with a Nikon D90 […]

Summer in Lower Lathkill Dale Derbyshire

Lathkill Dale is one of my favourite places in the White Peak of Derbyshire. The walk down from Monyash to Alport is always a pleasure and has many points of interest along the way. This image was taken on 29th June 2010 with a Nikon D90 and Nikon VR 18-200 zoom lens. The focal length […]

Treasurer’s House York

The name “Treasurer’s House” relates to the building that first stood on the site, which was built for the medieval Treasurers of York Minster. The first Treasurer was appointed in 1091 AD. This particular image was taken on 18th May 2010 and is a 3 exposure, HDR transformation. It was taken with a Nikon D90 […]

Thornseat Moor above Strines Reservoir

I love the wilderness feel to this area around the Strines Reservoir near Sheffield. I took this image on 11th May 2010 having just visited Boot’s Folly. The image is a 3 exposure composition post-processed with Photoshop CS5. It was taken with a Nikon D90 fitted with a Nikon VR 18-200 zoom lens at a […]

The Adam Bridge at Kedleston Hall Derbyshire

The three-arched Adam Bridge at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire was designed by Robert Adam in 1759, but only built in 1770-1. My image of the bridge was created on 4th June 2011 from 3 separate exposures, combined to bring out the fine detail in the stonework. I then decided to ‘paint’ the scene by making multiple […]

39 Steps at Flamborough Head Lighthouse

Click image to enlarge I have taken a small poetic liberty with the title as there are far more than 39 steps on the climb up from the beach. This image was taken on 17th March 2010 with a Nikon D90 fitted with a Nikon VR 18-105 zoom lens at a focal length of 18mm. […]

Afternoon Sun at Spurn Head

This image was created from 3 separate exposures to extract as much detail from the scene as possible. The coastline here is a photographer’s dream; wide, dramatic skies and miles of beach and sand dunes while remaining relatively free from people to hinder your shots. The technical details: This image was taken on 28th October […]

Kynance Cove

This is probably my favourite location in Cornwall. Kynance Cove is very picturesque and is important historically and geologically. To experience Kynance at its best, it is best to arrive at the car park about 3 hours before low tide. There is then a half mile or so descent down to the beach with several […]

Mountain Stream in Winter

The title suits the image although it may be a little misleading as it’s more of a hill stream than mountain. This image was taken on a cold February day in 2010 at Wyming Brook on the west side of Sheffield with a Nikon D90 fitted with a VR 18-105mm zoom lens at a focal […]

Basingstoke Canal at Odiham

The Basingstoke Canal runs for 32 miles, from Greywell Village in Hampshire to Woodham in Surrey. The canal is quite wide here to accommodate access to a small boat hire company. This image was taken in Odiham, Hampshire on 15th May 2010 with my Nikon D90 and Nikon VR 18-200mm zoom lens at a focal length […]

Youlgrave from Bradford Dale

Youlgrave, or Youlgreave, is a bustling, ridgetop village between Bradford and Lathkill Dale set in the White Peak are of Derbyshire. It is known as “Pommy” to the locals. The village spills downhill to the Bradford to the south in a topsy-turvy fashion. The river is often dry here in summer, having found an underground […]

Old Fishing Boats

A couple of old derelict fishing boats resting on the bank of the river Blythe at Southwold Harbour in Suffolk. The subject of any composition is always a personal choice and based on both what the photographer in you sees and what the artist in you also sees. I always knew that I wanted to […]

Chatsworth House Steinway Piano

A cosy location for a Steinway grand piano, tucked in the corner of a library by an open fire in Chatsworth House, Derbyshire. This small library was fitted out from the former Long Gallery for the 6th Duke of Devonshire. As a matter of interest, if you can play the piano then staff at Chatsworth […]

Crashing Waves

Unless the weather is really windy, taking action shots of crashing waves can be difficult. To keep your feet dry, a good zoom lens and a sturdy tripod are essential tools. On this shot, the light wasn’t great so the ISO had to be boosted to catch the action. The shot was taken at Kynance […]

Portrait of a Young Lion

I’m not a great fan of photographing wildlife but sometimes it’s good to have your camera handy when timing and patience meet and pay off. This young lion is part of a large pride at Africa Alive! near Lowestoft in Suffolk. On my first pass all the lions were sleeping or behind wire mesh; just […]

Whitby Harbour East

An evergreen view of Whitby from Saint Ann’s Staith across the harbour. This image was taken on 21st March 2011 with a Nikon D90 and Nikon VR 18-200 zoom lens at a focal length of 28mm. The image is a three shot HDR with final post processing in Photoshop CS5. The image size is 4309 […]

Rowing Boats on the Meare at Thorpeness

On the warmest day of Spring 2012, I was lucky enough to be touring around Norfolk and Suffolk when I found this amazing coastal village, Thorpeness. The rowing boats were doing good business for so early in the season and I was pleased to find such colour. This image was taken with a Nikon D90 […]

Time Flies

One of the great things about photography is being able to take an image and develop it into something new and different. I like to work with macro images and make them into more than they were originally but try and leave enough for the viewer to know what the starting point was. This image […]

Low Tide at St. Ives 2

This is the second image from a series of shots I took at St. Ives in Cornwall in July 2010. The dull day’s tend to reduce the impact of multiple exposure shots and so I always prefer to post-process directly with Photoshop CS5. The equipment and settings were, surprisingly, the same as for the first […]

Low Tide at St. Ives 1

This image was taken at low tide in the harbour at St. Ives in Cornwall on 13th July 2010. The sky was dramatic as rain was always threatening as I walked along the sandy bottom of the harbour. Taken with a Nikon D90 fitted with a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8G wide-angle zoom lens at a focal […]

Summer Meadow at Hardwick Park

I stopped off at Hardwick Hall to take a few images and decided to take a longer walk around the park and came across this beautiful undisturbed meadow. The image is an HDR transform of three exposures to gather detail from the sky and flowers. Taken on 15th June 2010 with my Nikon D90 and […]

Whitby Harbour West

I thought this particular view of the buildings on the west side of the harbour looked very interesting, especially with slight foreshortening courtesy of the zoom lens. The ‘painted’ effect was created in Photoshop using several techniques on top of a 3 shot HDR image. The image was taken on the 21st March 2011 in […]

Durgan on the Helford River, Cornwall

I love it when a new viewpoint appears from nowhere. On a visit to the National Trust’s Glendurgan Garden in Cornwall, I found this little gem at the end of the garden path. The image was taken on July 17th 2010 with my Nikon D90 and Tokina 11-16mm f2.8G, wide-angle zoom lens using an 11mm […]

What is HDR?

I’ve had a few messages asking what is HDR? and how is it done? HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a process that provides the opportunity for a greater dynamic range of exposures through digital imaging techniques. It captures the full range of luminosity between light and dark in a single scene. What this means in […]

St Michael’s Mount Harbour, Marazion, Cornwall

I just love visiting St. Michael’s Mount when I’m visiting Cornwall. The village of Marazion is host to great food and beaches as well as providing access to St. Michael’s Mount. In my opinion it is one of the most photogenic locations in Britain. This image has been processed in several passes to heavily accentuate […]

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