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 facebook.com/NeilAlexanderPhotography

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.

Snowy Cheshire by Neil Alexander

Snowy Massey Ferguson by Neil Alexander

Just a quick post with a couple of images I made on my way home the other night. The M6 was in a state of traffic chaos, so I decided to pull off and try and head home via the back roads. It took me a while, but as the temperature plummeted to -12˚C I found that my tripod legs began to seize up and the zoom on my Olympus EP-1 (my carry around camera) began to get quite stiff.

The first image of the tractor was a rather fortuitous find - I'd pulled up a track to turn around and head back the way I'd come when I stumbled across a dilapidated barn on a farm. The farm was clearly in use, and I was concerned that I was probably on private property. The light was fading fast, and not keen to come across an irate farmer I cranked up the ISO to 1600 and made sure that the Image Stabilisation was enabled. Leaning against a post and breathing calmly, I managed to get a sharp shot at 1/5 sec. Hooray for IS!

Snowy farmhouse by Neil Alexander

The second shot of the farmhouse wasn't quite the image I'd intended to shoot. I'd pulled over as the moon was full and low and large in the sky. I spotted a silhouette of a farm with the moon over it, but with the 14-42mm lens I just didn't have the reach. Turning around I saw this scene with yet more snow clouds approaching from the South. Using my tripod I made this 40 second exposure to try and soften the clouds in the sky, get some car light trails and to try to capture the plume of smoke that was coming out of the chimney of the farmhouse.