Landscape photography in County Antrim, Northern Ireland – Feb 2017

The Dark Hedges, Breagah Road, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Earlier this year I took  a commission across the Irish Sea in Northern Ireland, and being this was a part of the world I’d always wanted to photograph; I spent a few days after the job to shoot some personal … Continue reading

Hpa-an, Southern Myanmar

Landscape near Hpa-an at dawn, Kayin State. Myanmar, Asia

The final week of my Burmese adventure was spent in this little visited region in the South East of Myanmar, not far from the Thai border. This was a bucolic landscape of Karst hills, cave temples and misty mornings, and … Continue reading

A Walk in the Woods – Burnham Beeches

With no shoots scheduled I took the opportunity yesterday to venture out of the city to Burnham Beeches, just a 30 minute drive from London. If you recognise the trees then its because the woods have been used for many films, including: Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Goldfinger, Princess Bride and two of the Harry Potter movies.

Tech: I took  a few lenses out with me but in the end only used my most recent acquisition; the Nikon 45mm f/2.8 PC lens, mounted on the Nikon D810 with a Manfrotto L Plate and Manfrotto tripod.

Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, England

Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, England

Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, England

Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, England

Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, England

Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, England

Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, England

Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, England

The Peak District in Autumn

I always try and set aside some time in the autumn to get away somewhere and take advantage of this transient period, this year it was the Peak District. I’d visited and shot the area once before, but didn’t feel I had done it justice. As a photographer I feel I’ve improved a lot since my first trip three years ago. I spent two days exploring Padley Gorge and The Longshaw Estate, the colours were beautiful in the area.

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Sunrise from Chrome Hill, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Sunrise from Chrome Hill, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

This was a dawn shoot I’d planned, hoping for crisp early light catching the valley, in the end I had to wait for an hour for the sun ot finally break through the foggy start.

Autumn colours at The Longshaw Estate, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Autumn colours at The Longshaw Estate, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK (Shot as 3 frames on a 24mm PC lens then blended together in Lightroom CC)

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK (Also shot as 3 frames and blended to keep verticals straight)

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Padley Gorge, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

The Monday was very bright and sunny, I drove over to Mam Tor, found a location along the ridge and waited for the sun to descend into the skies above Manchester.

View from Mam Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

View from Mam Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

View from Mam Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

View from Mam Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

View from Mam Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

View from Mam Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

View from Mam Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

View from Mam Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire, England, UK

Northumberland

Earlier in the year we took  a trip up to Northumberland, a part of the world new to me but one that I’d been meaning to explore for awhile. Being so close to the Scottish border we tend to usually carry on travelling past the border but there is some wonderful unspoilt coastline to explore in Northumberland.

Northumberland, England

Nikon D800E with Nikon 14-24mm Lens, 2.5 Secs at F11, ISO50, ND 6 stop filter

Going with the Wideangle lens I was looking to get low and emphasizer the rockpool in the foreground, and use the natural lines in the rock to lead the eye into the picture. With such a dark sky a Neutral density graduated filter wasn’t necessary but I used a 6 stop ND to blur the incoming tide. In post production (Photoshop CS5) I selected the foreground rockpool area, feathered the selection then used the levels tool (Ctrl + L) to lighten this area.

Northumberland, England

Nikon D800E with Nikon 24-70mm Lens, 4 Mins at F10, ISO200, ND 6 stop filter

This was the same location but a little further down the beach, which is a few miles south of Berwick upon Tweed where we were based. In the end the dusk was a bit gloomy and I didn’t get the splash of colour I was hoping for.

Northumberland, England

Cheswick Sands, Northumberland, England

Nikon D800E with Nikon 24-70mm Lens, 1/100th  at F11, ISO200

The long grass at Cheswick Sands bathed in January afternoon light, although travelling to this part of the world at this time of year doesn’t guarantee good weather, you do get these locations to yourself.

Bamburgh, Northumberland, England

Nikon D800E with Nikon 24-70mm Lens, 1/60th  at F8, ISO200

I was wondering around in the long grass south of Bamburgh Castle, looking for a possible location, when the sun broke through the clouds briefly. I photographed it, then realised I should have been at the other end of the beach, north of the castle, from there I’m sure it was a better shot, live and learn…

Bamburgh, Northumberland, England

Nikon D800E with Nikon 24-70mm Lens, 1/100th  at F8, ISO200

Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, England

Nikon D800E with Nikon 24-70mm Lens, 20 secs at F20, ISO50, ND 6 Stop Filter

This is the lighthouse at Berwick upon Tweed seen from across the harbour, it had been another overcast day on the east coast but i wanted to salvage something from it. Using the 6 stop Neutral Density to soften the water gave this a minimalist low key look. I like the stillness and emptiness to this shot.

Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, England

Nikon D800E with Nikon 24-70mm Lens, 30 secs at F8, ISO50, ND 6 Stop Filter

Carrrying on with a similar theme to the afternoon before, again I had an overcast sky to work with, so went with the blue monochromatic look and  a simple composition. The pier was a natural lead in line,  I got down low so I could exclude the paving slabs on the lower level to camera right. This was shot after the sun had set, when even on the most overcast days you will still get a blue colour tone before night falls.

Bamburgh, Northumberland, England

Nikon D800E with Nikon 24-70mm Lens, 213 secs at f16, ISO50, ND 6 Stop Filter

A rocky part of the beach near Bamburgh Castle, looking across east across the North Sea, on the most unpromising of days appeared the hint of colour in the skies above.

St Mary's Lighthouse, Holy Island, Northumberland, England

St Mary’s Lighthouse, Holy Island, Northumberland, England – Nikon D800E with Nikon 24-70mm Lens, 25 secs at f16, ISO50, ND 6 Stop Filter

On the final evening of the trip, on the drive south I finally got some light i was happy with, This is taken at Holy Island, a great location just north of Newcastle. My photography began on winter evenings at Portland Bill, shooting long exposures of the lighthouse on the southern tip of the isle, I still love shooting them..

St Mary's Lighthouse, Holy Island, Northumberland, England

Nikon D800E with Nikon 24-70mm Lens, 281 secs at f11, ISO50, ND 6 Stop Filter

We stayed in Berwick upon Tweed for the five day trip at a beautiful cottage found on http://www.coastalretreats.co.uk, would highly recommend them to anyone else heading to the area. I’m sure I’ll be back to this part of the world some day, I didn’t do justice to many of the locations of this part of the north east coast.

 

 

 

A few days on the Cornish Coast

Last December I took a friend down to see the rugged beauty of the Cornish coast. As well the chance to show an American this stunning part of the world it was also an opportunity to see how my new … Continue reading