We are still in the Christmas period (sort of), so it's still acceptable to post some shots of Christmas lights. These were taken around Regent Street, just before the big day.
Friday, 30 December 2016
Thursday, 22 December 2016
Friday, 16 December 2016
Hartland Quay is one of my favourite spots in the world. I visit, at least once, whenever I am in Devon. Yet it remains somewhere I have never managed to take an image that I am truly happy with. One that captures the wild, rugged beauty of the place. But, still I try.
Saturday, 10 December 2016
I spent a couple of days last week back in Devon. With limited time for photography, I stuck with two of my favourite places, Westward Ho! and Hartland Quay. I was able to make a couple of trips to Westward Ho! The lower set of images are from the first day. I arrived in Devon on a foggy afternoon and made it there in time for the last hour of daylight. The low light, freezing fog and vast expanse of sand gave a surreal and empty landscape, that I struggled to do justice to.
The next day I was able to spend more time there. It was a grey day, but I was also there at low tide, so I was able to see and shoot a couple of relics of Westward Ho!'s history. The first is a series of pillars at the rocky end of the beach. These are all that remains of a Victorian pier. Built in 1870, it only lasted 10 years, due to the battering it took from Atlantic storms. The second is an oval of decaying timbers buried in the sand. This is all that remains of an 18th century shipwreck, thought to be the merchant ship Sally. The amount of the timber visible changes from year to year, due the shifting sand. At this time, most of the outline is visible. Given the conditions on the day, I felt both features would benefit from a moody, mono 10-stop treatment.
Friday, 18 November 2016
I visited Richmond Park on a much better day than my trip to Winkworth Arboretum. The sky was blue, it was frosty underfoot and the low morning sun was gave some lovely light. I was in search of rutting deer. Sadly, the rut seemed to be over. I did find one stag with a small harem of hinds and a few younger males. The big male was making his presence known with some enthusiastic bellowing. At the right angle his breath caught the morning light. I spent ages trying to capture this, the first shot here being my most successful.
Friday, 11 November 2016
Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey has been on my 'to do' list all year, as a place for autumn colour. The day I chose to visit it rained non-stop. This made photography rather challenging, but at least the wet conditions made the colours shine.