I spent an evening on the North York moors yesterday, photography wasn't great but the work was. Anyway here is a photo from last month's visit.
Pool. Dunstanburgh castle. November 2017.
Bamburgh lit up. December 2017
Bamburgh lit up. December 2017
Sand castle. Bamburgh castle. Decemebr 2017
Bamburgh Castle evening
Coquet Island sunrise
Brief encounter. Low Hauxley. Northumberland
Sun odyssey, Holy Island, May 2018
Silhouette gap dawn. Sycamore gap at dawn, summer solstice 2017.
I love this photo but I have never been able to get the colours to project how I saw it on the day. It was bitterly cold and I was getting battered by snow storms but this photo always so I needed the photo reflect that feeling, now I think I’m nearly there. I’m looking forward to printing an A2 on Fotospeed Platinum Etching, here’s hoping I like the result. I could never get the sunlight right for this image as it raced with the storm across the land, when I got the light right on the farmhouse the foreground as burnt out, therefore this is a composite of two photos.
Dull. A description of the light not the scene. I had ventured on to Kielder with the slim hope of getting some sort of sunset but once I had searched out my compostion I could see it was not going to happen. So I decided on a very long exposure black and white image of the scene. So I took a test image and then the photo, a 5 minute exposure with a hard ND grad 0.6 and a lee full stopper. After I took the photo, I decided zoom in closer to remove a good bit of the sky and to retain enough of the water to have the full reflection. This one was a 8 minute exposure, you can appreciate how still the scene was as only the very top of the trees were showing movement. On getting the photo in lightroom I decided this photo needed to remain in colour and to a 16:9 crop, and here is the result. I still looking to do the first shot in black and white, we shall see.
An afternoon on the Northumberland coast, brilliant. On an uncannily mild February day and not a cloud in the sky I head up to Druridge Bay, a beautiful seven mile stretch of sand, one of the many jewels of the Northumberland coast line. A five mile walk up and down the bay looking for inspiration yields not a lot, for today the light is all wrong, but ideas for an early dawn start to percolate. In the distance I can see Coquet Island and as it’s a low tide at sunset I decide a trip further up the coast would be a better bet.
In the afternoon I had wandered back to this beautiful estuary and the tide was well advanced covering my tracks of the morning. The S of the estuary was still well pronounced so I decided a more intimate composition to capture the shape. I sat here for a while watching the tide taking the odd photo to record the change, finishing off with a series of the long exposures as the S complete vanished. During these latter photos I had the good fortune to share my cheese roll with a friendly robin, it does get better than this.
OK it's a fortnight since I ventured out to get some golden hour photos, so I decided to go down to the North Yorkshire moors and take pictures along the Wainstone escarpment, in Bilsdale. It was not looking to good as we had a 100% thin high cloud. It's only an hours drive so I thought I'd still give it a go. Well it was not a great sunset but definately worth coming back in better conditions.
Another photo from that super morning back in June. I have been lacking enthusiasm to get out lately and it’s nice to look back to this balmy dawn adventure to remember what it is all about for me. Hopefully I’ll get out soon.
I do like this photo, it captures the day for me. After a disappointing sunrise I walked a mile along the beach into the estuary until I could go no further. At the water’s edge it was like quicksand and my wellies soon started to disappear. The tidal landscape around me was amazing, I quickly back tracked to safer ground and set up the tripod. The sand has been shaped by the outgoing tide to remain until the sea returns. It was an hour from low ebb and I intended to hang around the bay until the sea cleaned this canvas like the return sweep of a child’s sketching toy.
Pefection. Absolutely nothing to do with my ability to take a photo. Nothing clever here. I just stop, stand the tripod and press the shutter. The scene in my eyes is pefection, sea, sky, beach untouched (yet) and the freshness of the morning. This is the beauty of the Northumberland coast. Yes it has it's castles but sand sea and islands is its forte.
Another sycamore gap photo or another shooting star, I'll let you decided. It's a classic shot but after talking to another photographer as she finished her star trail shots I had this place to myself and it was brilliant. To add to the beauty I get a shooting star. The (at home) plan in this composition was to get the plough arcing over the tree. I think I managed that.
Bamburgh Castles subdued solstice sunrise. The sunrise has been and gone, and we didn't see much of it hear. The dog walkers are out enjoying a very mild winters morning. Yesterday morning while walking my dogs the sunrise was brilliant, but I hadn't travelled 60 miles to get in an epic landscape. If you put in the effort one day you will be rewarded, so I'm told. Anyway I'm making a day of it so let see what else I can get today.
Wishing tree. I was just about to move on and I observed a walker go passed the tree and then stop, turn around and go back and touch it. It was like he was making a wish or hoping for some magic from the tree. A walker out at sunrise on New years day, I do hope his wish comes true.
Seven photos stitched pano of beautiful scene in a Northumberland woodland.
I have to admit it’s getting better a little better all the time. That is my woodland photography is getting better, if you work at something it’s bound too. I’ve always been fascinated by forests and woodland but I’ve struggled in the past to get photos that relive that emotion and usually come home with a set of photos that are uninspiring. I’m learning now to stop and look, wander more, rather than race from A to B hoping something jumps out at me or that biblical light breaks through the canopy. It helps if you know what you are looking at, recognise the tree in front of you, take more of an interest in the subjects, too that end over the last year or two I’ve read more about trees and through the seasons. I’ve tried to identify all the trees I pass on the dog walks, it’s leaves, it’s fruits and it’s bark it all help, the subject is vast and I’m still rubbish at it, but I have to admit it’s getting better a little better all the time. This grand old oak is doing a great job of framing the burst of colour on the other side of the river.