New Photo Sharing Platform – 500px

David Carvey's Page on

Many of you will be familiar with Flickr, probably the pre-eminent photo sharing site at the moment, but personally I have been getting a little ambivalent about using it lately. I find that I have been visiting it and uploading less and less over the last few months, so I have been looking around for an alternative. I think I may have found what I have been seeking in a relatively new site called 500px. Above is a screen grab of my page on the site. This is the default layout and I think it looks very attractive. What differentiates it from Flickr though is the quality of the images to be found there. Users are encouraged to only upload their best photos and the quality shows. Go to the site and take a look under the Editors Choice or Popular tabs under Photos and you will be greeted by a selection of large thumbnails. A lot of the images are simply stunning and best of all if you click on a thumbnail you will see a large version of your chosen image (subject to the uploaders settings). From the image page you can clck on a “like” or “dislike” button and if you are a member can record the image as a favourite. Why not take a look as I am sure you will find it a rewarding exerience.

You can go to my 500px page by Clicking Here

You can follow me on Twitter at @magiccornwall

Introducing my E-Book

The Magic of Cornwall - Photo Journal

The Magic of Cornwall - Photo Journal - Issue One - Summer 2011

I have just finished production of my first e-book, entitled ‘The Magic of Cornwall – Photo Journal – Issue One – Summer 2011‘. It runs to 16 pages in PDF format and is available as a FREE download. As this is my first issue I have included some of my favourite images from the past 12 months together with brief text accompanying each image. The PDF format is a cross-platform document protocol and is readable under most operating systems including Mac, Windows, Linux and IPad.

I had great fun choosing the images to include and I hope you will enjoy it as well. Let me have your feedback and comments which are always welcome.

To access the download page – Click Here

New Images – St Mawes Gallery

St Mawes Harbour

St Mawes Harbour

I recently visited St Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula and have just added about 40 new images to the gallery including a Panoramic shot. You can view the new gallery HERE. The picture I have chosen for this post was taken along St Mawes Seafront and captures the essence of the town. From this point you can enjoy a lovely level walk towards the town along Marine Parade eventually arriving at St Mawes Castle.

The image was composed so that I had a natural frame with the two trees either side of the image. I took the exposure reading from the centre which has allowed the trees to become silhouettes. The camera was mounted on a tripod to avoid camera shake although the image was made with my wide angle 10-20mm lens set at 11mm at 1/250 sec and could probably have been made hand-held.

Updated Seaton Gallery

Seaton Valley Nature Reserve

Jogging through Seaton Valley Nature Reserve - Seaton, Near Looe, S.E. Cornwall

I have just updated my Seaton Gallery with new images taken in early August. The image above was taken during a walk along the Seaton Valley Nature Reserve, just after I was passed by these two early morning joggers. The Nature Walk winds its way through the Seaton Valley towards Hessenford, through a heavily wooded area. If you visit this location take a walk along the valley, it’s quite flat and is ideal for the casual walker or cyclist.

The beach is a popular holiday recreation area and gets very busy during the summer holidays and parking is at a premium. View more photos from this location.

New Image Gallery – Castle-an-Dinas, St Columb Major


Northern view from Castle-an-Dinas, St Columb Major, Mid Cornwall

I have just uploaded a new gallery of images taken at Castle-an-Dinas, Near St Columb Major. This is the site of an iron-age hill fort which retains many of its original features including concentric rings of defence ditches. It is approached along the route of the old A30 from Victoria and then by a marked turn-off up a rough road at the end of which is a small car park close to the site. You can walk all the way around the site following the concentric defence rings, and from almost every point you can enjoy superb panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

There is a wealth of wildlife to be discovered here and I spotted heather, bell heather, birds-foot trefoil, ferns and grasses. When I was here which was in late August a particular feature was the bell heather which is a glorious rich pink colour and contrasts with the nore subdued colours of common heather.

Next time you are in this area do take the trouble to have a look, I am sure you won’t be disappointed. You can see more pictures from this shoot HERE

Gallery Representation

I am pleased to report that selected images of mine are now available from two Cornish Galleries. Images are available as mounted prints or high-quality canvasses from Polperro Gallery in Fore Street Polperro and from North Shore Gallery in Bossiney Road, Tintagel.

My images will be displayed as a featured artist alongside work by Helen Dixon, Ross Hoddinott and Andrew Ray.

If you are in either of these locations or on holiday there do pop along and take a look


Polperro Gallery

Web Site Redesign

I have just uploaded the brand new redesign for The Magic of Cornwall. I have about 1400 images available to view, many of which are new to the site. I have integrated the site with my Photoshelter archive to provide a professional quality site more in line with modern photography websites.

New features include a Searchable Archive, the ability to download a small image for evaluation purposes, Social networking links including Facebook and Twitter, email an image link to friends or colleagues. The Shopping Cart has been completely overhauled and now includes instant image downloads

All the most popular pages have been retained, including Old Cornwall, Desktop Wallpaper, Walks and Cornish History pages.

I have many more images to upload and I will be blogging regularly to let you know of new developments on the site.