Oh deer

Opening door number 21 of our Advent calendar and you can see that UK photographer Mark Bridger has a real knack for wildlife photography. His favourite subjects are deer. Cue: his gorgeous Deer calendar. We particularly like this wonderful creature, however, there are many more … (Btw, Mark was one of our very first UK self-publishers when Calvendo launched in the UK in late summer 2014!)

Mother Nature’s gift

So graceful: Hidden behind door number 15 of our Advent calendar is this beautiful flamingo. Photographer Dave Knowles has put together a whole collection of images for his Just Flamingos calendar featuring this type of wading bird in all its glory. The colours are delightful, showing that Mother Nature simply always does it best.

CALVENDO self-publishers in conversation: Paul Iddon

“Then suddenly, I discovered something amazing … “: Meet Paul Iddon, a self-taught photographer and Calvendo wall calendar publisher whose big passion is macro photography. Here, he tells us why, talks about his technical equipment and gives some good advice for Calvendo newcomers.

Paul_CalvendoPaul, can you talk a bit about your background as a photographer and how and when you took up photography?

I found an interest in photography 20 or 30 years ago, back in the days when 36mm film was the standard. After trying a few film cameras, I decided that I wanted an SLR, and my first SLR was a Canon EOS. I never had any training on using a quality camera, and so became self-taught, but in retrospect I was limited in my abilities. I did landscapes and people, much like everybody else. I suppose, looking back, all my photos were pretty average – even if at the time, I thought they were good myself!

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