The Devil’s Punch Bowl

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Mist Over The Punch Bowl – ISO 800; 14mm; f/5.6; 1/60 sec (click image to view larger size)

I’ve paid two visits to The Devil’s Punch Bowl at Hindhead over the past two weeks, firstly on a scouting mission for walking routes and secondly to conduct a 1-2-1 workshop which was then followed by a 2-hour stroll to scout out some more trails.

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In search of deer … and light!

Stag or Stick?

Stag or Stick? – 135mm; ISO 400; 1/25 sec; f/5.6 (click image to view larger size)

One evening last week I took a stroll with my camera in Richmond Park, hoping to find deer in a pleasing woodland setting with some nice late sunlight. It was a venture destined with failure!

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The day I became a wildlife photographer **

Autumn in the woods

Autumn in the Woods – (ISO 400; 250mm; f/6.7; 1/350 sec)

The day was October 2nd 2011. I can remember it as if it was yesterday. Which is strange, as quite often I can’t remember what I was doing yesterday!

It started off just like any other photography outing. I was in Richmond Park before sunrise, a routine I had become well accustomed to.

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Mist Over Iguacu Falls

Mist Over Iguacu Falls

Mist Over Iguacu Falls

I first visited Iguacu Falls in 1992 and was lucky enough to return for a second visit. It truly is a stunning area, with beautiful views all around as you move through the Brazillian and Argentine parks. Photographs really do not do it justice, you have to see it (and hear & feel it) for yourself to really appreciate how wonderful it is. There are literally hundreds of different falls, some small and some enormous.

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Australia – Sydney

Ferry & Opera House

Ferry & Opera House – 35mm; ISO 200; 1/680 sec; f/7.1 (click image to view larger size)

Australia trip part 2 (part 1 here – Blue Mountains).

Our visit to Australia started in Sydney, but we also returned there after our jaunt to the Blue Mountains and again at the end of our stay before flying home. So by the end of it, we’d grown quite accustomed to Sydney.

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Only One Little Tree

Woodland light

Woodland Light – 50mm; ISO 100; 1/125 sec; f/1.8; -1 EV (click image to view larger size)

For the last couple of years I’ve been making a series of images of a single tree. It’s a rather photogenic little beech tree set in a small but thick pine wood, with a lovely curved shape to the branches and foliage. It was certain contrasts that struck me when I first saw it. Firstly in scale, with the tall pines towering above it helping to emphasise it’s small stature. Then secondly in colour, with the muted browns of the pine trunks and woodland floor being outshone by the vibrant orange beech leaves as they held on through autumn and winter. Also, from certain viewpoints, it appeared very isolated being surrounded on all sides by tall trunks, almost penned in. Continue reading

Australia – Blue Mountains

Govetts Leap

Govetts Leap – 14mm; ISO 200; 1/125 sec; f/8.0 (click image to view larger size)

Having recently returned from a three week holiday in Australia, my first visit there, I’ve been struggling to get through processing my images, trying to find the best shots from the entire trip. Hence the delay in writing a post about it. So I’ve decided to break it up into distinct areas that we visited. First off, I’ve decided to focus on the Blue Mountains.

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DSLR Photography magazine cover

Sunrise Imminent

Sunrise Imminent – 29mm; ISO 200; 1/50 sec; f/8.0 (click image to view larger size)

No, I didn’t manage to get one of my images as a magazine cover photo, it’s just that I instantly recognised the location where this image was taken:

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Digital SLR Photography January issue (cover image by Helen Dixon)

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Wisley Common Detour

Predawn Mist on Wisley Common

Pre-dawn mist on Wisley Common – 14mm; ISO 500; 1/125 sec; f/4.0 (click image to view larger size)

After visiting an exhibition of images by talented Surrey based photographer Rachael Talibart, I was inspired to visit the Wey Navigation for a sunrise shoot. Visions of mist rolling over the water bathed in soft dawn light filled my head as I headed out early one morning a few days later. Turning off the A3 took me past Wisley Common where I noticed low lying mist through the trees, so it looked promising.

However, at the river the mist was hardly present, just a few thin swirls in small patches. So I headed back to Wisley Common, the draw of the mist being too great for a simple photographer to ignore.

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