Tag: landscape

My office for the day

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My Office for the day working for the National Trust, found me west of Prawle Point looking towards Gammon head in the near distance.

One of the most scenic and stunning views I have seen in five years working for the trust. A cold but very bright day went unnoticed as I was completely lost in the beauty of my surroundings, and gathering the images for the job.

This part of the Devon coast requires you to have the stamina of an Olympic athlete and the agility of a mountain Goat. The coastal path winds up and down steep cliff edges, and weaves between other worldly rock formations as you make your way along the path.

Also to be seen on this stretch of the coast are Orthostats, or ancient field boundaries whose exact age are not known. Evidence that at some point this part of the coast was heavily farmed by our ancestors.

Easily accessible for the fit and able, this path is quite daunting for the infirm or those among us who remember being a twenty something only vaguely. It is though, manageable  with care, and a realization of your own limits. Anyone who wants to get out and enjoy this stunning piece of our local coastline, get going.

 

The Milky Way

So, I have just achieved something that has been simmering away for some time now. An image of the Milky way captured in my local coastal Landscape. For those in the know Astral photography has its own skill set which not all Photographers can achieve. I don’t say this because of it requiring a particular expertise or experience as a photographer but sadly you can be limited in your results by the equipment you use. In a perfect world we would all be able to afford the best cameras and lenses money could buy, but most of the Togs I know are not in this position. To achieve the very best results would need a wishlist going something like:- DSLR with a very high ISO capability, F1.8,  8 to 20mm prime lens, sturdy tripod, cable release, flask of Coffee etc, etc, a knowledge of how to focus your lens manually in the dark( AF wont work) and an understanding of how to use your DSLR in manual mode.

Milky way over Wembury
Milky way over Wembury

A full frame DSLR will tend to have a higher Dynamic range and a greater ISO capability than a crop sensor DSLR, allowing the camera to suck in more light during the exposure. You also need to work out your exposure time by dividing your focal length into 500 on a full frame sensor  ie, 500 / 24 = 20 seconds which is the maximum exposure time before you will pick up movement in the stars. Then instead of a starry sky you will be shooting star trails. On a crop sensor multiply your focal length by 1.6 for Canon or 1.5 for Nikon before using the 500 calculation. This will allow for the different sensor sizes and give you the correct exposure time for your camera and lens combination. Experiment with your ISO settings to see which setting gives you the cleanest image as this will vary greatly between cameras and manufacturers. Lastly, and probably most important you will need to pick a dark night with no moon and wait until after astronomical twilight ends to get the darkest night sky as far away from any light pollution as you can get. A tool like the Photographers Ephemeris (free on your computer) will give you this information. Sadly for normal people this is between 1am and 3 am during the summer months in the UK, when the Milky way is higher in the sky.

East Soar National Trust Panorama

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This is a first for me. Took a shot for the National Trust to showcase the South Devon coast at East Soar.

Even though one panel of the shot to the left is missing this is the biggest I have ever had a shot printed. Actual size of the full image is 18ft x 6.6ft. It is a panorama of 48 images taken and merged into the final shot at 300 dpi so that people standing right against it can see all the detail without pixellation being obvious.

The missing panel on the left shows a NT ranger looking at the view. Hope to get a shot of the complete pano when they get the missing panel back from being repaired.

For the techie freaks amongst us the image actually contains 1’735’311’360 pixels or in English one billion, seven hundred and fifty three million three hundred and eleven thousand, three hundred and sixty pixels. The File size is over 6.5 Gb.

More Prints for sale.

I have just recently updated the selection of prints from my Landscape portfolio on sale at my local farm shop, the Countrymans choice at Ivybridge near Plymouth in dear old Devon.

If you live locally go and have a look, and browse the fantastic produce on offer to support this local business. All of the fresh produce is sourced locally and I personally buy all my meat from this butcher. The quality is outstanding and the prices compare favourably with my local supermarket. The big advantage? All the meat is from Devon Farmers so its provenance is well known.

And while you are there also browse my prints sale and enjoy my work. All of the images on sale can be re produced on canvas if framed prints are not your thing. Just contact me for a personal quotation to suit your requirements. 🙂

 

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Christmas Past

So Christmas has been and gone, 🙂

Plenty of photography related gifts received, looking forward to using them in anger. Hope my readers had a good christmas and that you received as many camera related pressies as you wished for. Thanks to all my customers for your business in 2013, and I hope to see you all again in 2014.

As the New Year approaches at speed I am looking forward to getting out and about for new shots. As my business grows my enthusiasm for photography grows with it. Already have two weddings booked for 2014 and canvas/prints sales have been flying out in the lead up to Christmas. Have a happy  New Year and a great 2014.