Day 7, and our final day of our week in Exmoor , we set off for Woolacombe Bay , i had seen the name before but could not think where from. After a short drive we arrived and found the main car park along the bay. You entered the car park and only paid on leaving, there were no pay and display machines at all and at this point i could not see how you paid when leaving. Turns out when you leave a man is at the barrier and gives you a price based on how long you have stayed with a £5 charge for 3 hours and over. I have no idea how they can tell how long you have stayed and neither did i get a ticket or receipt , not open to abuse at all !Read More
Day 6 of our Exmoor trip we went to a place called Heddons Mouth, its where the river Heddon flows into the sea, its a sight i rarely see. This is a gentle walk and can be seen here on the National Trust Website. We stayed on the right of the river and crossed over a little later than shown on the map , and again there are plenty of other routes that you can go if you are feeling more energetic.Read More
Day Five of our trip to Exmoor took us to Horner Woods in the morning. This was a relatively short drive, we parked in the car park and headed off into the woods. There are plenty of opportunities to go off the default red trail and extend your walk, we however stuck to the shorter path due to wanting a more relaxing day after yesterdays coastal walk. Its a nice walk around the forest with the river and a few nice looking bridges to photograph along the way. We had the fortune of walking along the path when we could hear a noise in the distance getting louder, all of a sudden on the path ahead we could see eleven Exmoor Ponies trotting towards us on the path. Was really nice to see them in their natural environment, we moved off the path to allow them a choice of route and watched as the trotted on past us and up a steeper path. The walk took a few hours as we were slow and stopping every now and again to photograph a scene or just admire the views.Read More
Day 4 of our Exmoor trip took us along the coastal path from Lynton to the Valley of the Rocks and along to Wringcliff beach via a steep path. Great walk along the cliff side with the valley of the rocks to look forward to, well worth a visit if you are ever in North Devon.Read More
Day three of our trip took us to the rugged seaside town of Ilfracombe on the North Devon coast. Took us a little under an hour to drive here. Got to the car park and the weather was not kind to us. It pretty much rained all day on and off which made getting any usable images a little tricky. The above image is a five shot panorama i took of part of the coastline of Ilfracombe.Read More
On the second day of our week on Exmoor we drove the ten minutes down to Lynmouth. Its a small seaside town with a few shops and cafes etc. The village sits between the West and East Lyn Rivers , which converge as seen in the above image and flow into the sea.It takes a new path to the sea now after a devastating flood in 1952. You can watch about this from this footage from the BBC archivesRead More
Just got back from a week away in Exmoor. We stayed at Weir Bungalow in the small village of Brendon , ten minutes drive away from the towns of Lynton on Lynmouth. What a beautiful place, with a real rugged coastline and the green lush mooreland in stark contrast in one scene. We has a rough idea of areas we wanted to visit but no hard plans. We managed to visit Brendon, Lynton, Lynmouth, Porlock weir, Watersmeet, Valley of the Rocks, Ilfracombe, Woolacombe bay, Heddon's Mouth, Wringcliff Beach and Horner Woods to name a few places we managed to get to. As we stayed in the UK i always like to try and take all my gear with me so i can take what i need as i think i will need it. I have it all in a Pelican Case and use a Lowepro flipside 400 as a day pack. Although i also use a 35litre Lowe Alpine backpack which i found to be more comfortable to wear with the weight of the gear. I am not getting any younger so need all the help i can get.Read More
This year we decided to go somewhere different, we stayed in a little town called Lapad In Dubrovnik Croatia. We stayed at the Hotel Kompas a Four Star Plus hotel right on the beach. I say beach but it was all pebbles. Lapad is relatively quiet resort but it is still in its infancy as far as tourism is concerned, there are many hotels still being built. These hotels are high end four and five star hotels with high quality fixtures and fittings. Dubrovnik Old Town is a short bus ride away some ten to fifteen minutes away and is probably the busiest City i have ever been to. Its popularity has been boosted by the hit HBO series Game of Thrones as much of it was filmed in Dubrovnik as well as a little island , Locrum just off the coast of Dubrovnik.Read More
Today we did the City Wall walk of Dubrovnik Old Town. Tickets are 150 Kuna and include the City walls and entry to the fort the other side of Kings Landing . The walk of the walls probably took around two to two and a half hours , we got here fairly early on a cloudy morning which was perfect as we neared the end the sun was at its highest and the temperature rose quickly.
The cloudy start made for some atmospheric images again can't wait to edit the Dslr files.
Arrived safe and well in Croatia and today was our first full day and headed straight down to the old town as my wife was dying to see kings landing , what a place. Timed it right as we got off the bus we headed straight down to it. There were hardly anyone around so took advantage of getting some images before the tours arrived.
will post more as and when I can , look forward to editing Dslr files
A little late but i took i trip up to London with my wife , on Sunday . Decided to go to Canary Wharf area first as she had not been and then made our way to Bank and stopped off at Leadenhall Market past Lloyds of London and down towards Tower Bridge. From here we made our way along and over Tower Bridge to City Hall. Past PWC building and back towards London Bridge where we got a train back home. Nice walk around
Here are a few of the images i managed to capture along the way............Read More
As i was getting up i must have disturbed my wife , who quickly decided to join me, so we both got up and sorted out, quick coffee before loading the car for a short drive to Viking Bay Broadstairs.
When we arrived it quickly became apparent that there was a lot of cloud and we were going to be extremely lucky to get a good sunrise. With that in mind i decided i was going for a longish exposure to blur the incoming waves. I Found a composition i liked and set about taking images and trying to time it right with the waves on the retreat to get the white trails as it retreats back.
The above image was at ISO 100 F/22 for 13 seconds. I tweaked the white balance to get a softer feel to the image.
I took a few images at this spot and processed them all slightly different to see what a difference processing makes to a image and converted one to black and white. Not the best sunrise but still a nice thing to do, just not to often !Read More
Took a trip over to Margate tonight to try and capture the sunset, this turned out to be a bit of a non event really due to a large bank of cloud which blocked the setting sun. So i decided to stroll along to the newly re opened Dreamland Amusement Park . I wanted to capture the new signs on the building along with some light trails to mimic the neon signs around the building. I first tried the Lee Big Stopper a Ten Stop ND filter but this was giving me a two minute exposure time, this was a little to long and just seemed to burn the light trails out. I then turned to my Kood 0.9 3 Stop neutral density filter which gave me this 8 second exposure at ISO 100 F/16.
Love the new look Dreamland, very retro ! I am pleased they have done away with the entry fee and gone back to the free entry and pay per ride or purchase wristband, this was as it was when i was a kid. Sure this will help increase their visitor numbers.
They are also making great improvements all the time including now putting on live bands. I wish them every success in the future , it can only be good for Margate and the wider Thanet area.
The above image of the waterfall on Madeira Walk Ramsgate, was taken on a tripod as the exposure time was 120 seconds at Iso 100 F/8.0. I had a Circular Polariser on with a Lee 0.9 soft grad filter and a Lee 10 stop big stopper. This is what created the movement in the clods and the soft falling water.Read More
Photographing children really is a challenge , a lesson i will bear in mind in future is to be ready and set up before your subjects arrive. I wanted to use a few more lights in my set up but the kids did not want to wait for me to get ready and were getting bored with it all.
I purchased a couple of items such as the basket and a pack of laminate floor to put it on, so pretty low cost shoot really.Read More
Have not been out for ages with the camera due to on going home improvements . Tonight i decided i had had enough of decorating and headed out with the camera. I headed over to Margate to try and capture the sunset. Well the sun obviously set but not that it was seen by anyone, the cloud just rolled in at the last minute and completely blocked it. I continued walking along Margate seafront from the Turner Contemporary to the train station. I found an island in the middle of the road that i thought might make a good location to shoot from looking down along the seafront.
There was nothing happening with the sky at all so i decided to do a long exposure to blur out the traffic and create some light trails. I set up my camera on a tripod and composed the shot. I used a Lee Big Stopper , a 10 stop ND filter. This gave me a exposure of 80 seconds at iso 100 F 8/.0 The image was processed using a single RAW file in Lightroom and finished in Photoshop.
Dreamlands new sign, which i think is based on the original, really does dominate the seafront , lets hope they make a real success of their venture and help attract much needed tourists to the area.
Its been a while since i managed to get some time for photography, been very busy after buying a house and now putting in a new Kitchen, but today i reached a point in the kitchen where i cant do anymore until the worktops go in so i headed off down to Ramsgate Harbour to see this years Christmas light display. I have tried to photograph this the last couple of years but always struggled to get decent weather and a calm sea but this year was better conditions than previous attempts.Read More
Just got back from a two day trip to Wales. I went with a couple of friends, both experienced hikers who have done this route before. We Took the train from Ramsgate at 04:55 hrs and a couple of changes later we arrived at Llandudno Junction. Graeme had arranged a hire car which he collected and then drove us down to the Youth Hostel we were staying at.
We stayed at the YHA in Pen-y-Pass Snowdon, the perfect location for climbing Tryfan. We had planned a shorter hike on the first day but the weather on arrival was poor and visibility was not great so we decided to go look at some routes available to us for the big climb the following day. I enjoyed walking up the first part of the assent to get a better look at Tryfan and a possible route via The Glyders , just like being out in the hills , so peaceful even in bad weather.Read More
This is my first attempt at a time lapse video. I used a Gopro Hero 4 Silver at 2.7 k resolution of 12 mpix wide. Dropped into a 1080p timeline and positioned where i wanted. I wish i had recorded for longer as this was one image every five seconds for about an hour. Next time i will shoot every two seconds for as long as i can.
Look forward to trying more in the coming weeks
Just back from our Holiday and now settled back in at home. So today in a bid to help burn off the calories gained while we were away we decided to head out for a walk. We drove out to the public car park by The Devils Kneading Trough and walked part of the North Downs Way.Read More