Desktop Wallpaper for October 2013 by Neil Alexander

With only 90 days until Christmas and another month drawing to a close, it's time for another desktop wallpaper. Made some years ago near Dunham in Cheshire, this photograph is also available to purchase as a fine art print in my Cheshire gallery here, but I'm also giving away digital versions to you free to use on your computer's desktop. 

Links to download the wallpaper are just below. 

Free download - October 2013 Desktop Wallpaper

As usual, I'm running a little competition running revolving around this photograph, but to be eligible and party to the competition details you need to be in my "Image of the Month" club. Sign up here - you've got to be in it to win it! Don't worry, I don't spam and will never ever pass your details on to anyone else.

Before I sign off for another week, I thought I'd include a few of the better links that I've found worth sharing on the social networks over the last month. If you're on Twitter then feel free to follow me - I'm @NeilAlexanderD or on Facebook at

And on my blog, there's: 




Download Instructions

Windows Users

Method 1:

1. Click on the link that matches your screen resolution to open the image in a new browser window (if you do not know what your screen resolution is you can find out by right-clicking on an empty area of your desktop, select Properties, then the Settings tab, and it will show you the Screen Resolution on the right-hand side of the box)

2. In the new browser window that has opened with the image in it, right-click and select Set as Wallpaper or Set as Background.

3. Your wallpaper will now appear on your desktop

Method 2:

1. Follow the steps as above but instead of selecting Set as Background, select Save Image As. Change the file name if you with, and save the file wherever you wish to store it.

2. Right-click on an empty area of your desktop, select Properties, then the Background tab.

3. Click on the Browse button and find the image file where you saved it, select it, then click OK.

4. Your wallpaper will now appear on your desktop

Mac Users

1. Click on the link that matches your screen resolution to open the image in a new browser window (if you do not know what your screen resolution is you can find out by clicking on the apple, select System Preferences, then Displays).

2. Ctrl-click on the image in the new window, select Download Image to Disk and save in a place you will remember

3. Hold down Ctrl and - at the same time - click on your desktop

4. Choose Change Desktop Background and click on the Desktop tab in the Desktop & Screensaver pop-up menu.

5. Select Choose Folder, Desktop and navigate to the downloaded image then click Choose (bottom right) and close the Desktop & Screensaver menu. 6. Your wallpaper will now appear on your desktop


Desktop Wallpaper for April 2012 by Neil Alexander


 Another month has flown by and summer is approaching. Before you know it, it'll be Christmas again... I'll stop right there.

This month's desktop wallpaper was a photograph I made one misty morning a couple of weeks ago around Dunham in Cheshire. I like the simplicity of this image, and the echo of the tree in the foreground with the one futher back in the frame almost under it's wing. It's almost like father and son.

I've done the same sizes as last month, but also added a 1024x768 for smaller screens. Knock yourselves out:

April Desktop Wallpaper - 2560 x 1440

April Desktop Wallpaper -1920 x 1080

April Desktop Wallpaper -1280 x 800

April Desktop Wallpaper -1024 x 768

The simplest way to download is to right click on the appropriate size for you and select “open in new tab” or “open in new window”. You can then set it as your desktop background from there.

If there’s a specific size that you want, or it looks a little stretched on your monitor, let me know the dimensions you require in the comments below.

Winter sunset in Lymm, Cheshire by Neil Alexander

Woolstencroft Cottage, Lymm

 Well I hope you all had a fun filled an over indulged Christmas and New Year. I know I certainly did. The older the kids get, the more fun it seems to be. Can't imagine that upward trend will continue forever so I make sure I enjoy whilst I can.....

So to the photographs. These two images were made on a trip out around the Lymm area of Cheshire late November. The cottage above had caught my eye previously but the light that day had been somewhat dull. But on this particular late winter afternoon with the sun due to set in under an hour's time, I knew that the light would be great and would really pick up the features of this little place. I don't believe that it was inhabited at the time, but within seconds of dropping my tripod's feet I was accosted by the local farmer demanding to know what I was doing. Fortunately a few placating words later, he left me in peace. Just as I'd made three bracketed frames for this image, out of the corner of my eye, I caught site of the cyclist below rounding the bend towards me. I quickly grabbed my other body which had the 70-200mm f2.8 on it  and fired off a few frames of him heading off into the distant sun. I knew the sky was going to be horrifically overexposed, but somehow it didn't matter. There was so much soft diffused golden light around to pick him out nicely that I don't think the lack of definition in the sky really matters one bit. There both up on my Cheshire gallery here if you want to see them larger, or get copies.

Winter cyclist, Lymm

Anyway, I've spent a not inconsiderable amount of time working on my business and marketing plans for 2012 over the festive break, some of which I'll share in a post in the not too distant future. But one of the immediate up-shots is that for the first few months of 2012, I'm going to be scaling back my posting a little. For the most part of 2011 I posted every Tuesday and Friday, and I also ran the "Image of the Week" Newsletter for the latter 3 months. I'm going to keep up with the newsletter which I'm going to enhance a little by including a little more news along with a concise tip or two each Friday, but I'm going to drop the Friday blog post. Fridays just seemed to be getting too hectic towards the end of last year, and often ended up eating into valuable shooting time. You could always sign up to my weekly email newsletter to make up for the lost post....

One final comment, and it's a little late as the offer has finished (DPS had a coupon to get 20% off) but I signed up for Kelby Training over Christmas and I'm blown away by the volume and quality of content they have available for Photographers and Photoshop users. I'm absorbed by Matt Kloskowski's Compositing book at the moment, and felt I ought to give the Kelby Training package a whirl whilst I was at it - and I'm very glad I did. There is such a wealth of knowledge available. Definitely worth a look.