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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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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Misty Coniston

Autumn Mist on Coniston

Autumn Mist on Coniston – 14mm; ISO 200; 1/12 sec; f/8.0 (click image to view larger size)

This weekend, my wife and I traveled up to the Lake District for a family birthday party.

On the Saturday morning, I headed out before sunrise in the hope of catching some mist on Coniston. And boy, was it misty! Really foggy in fact, and I had to drive carefully.

It was so foggy, I missed the car park I was heading for (without realising at first) and ended up parked about 100 metres further along the road, and this put me away from the easy path to the lake. Because I headed off hurriedly in the general direction of Coniston, I became soaked from walking through waist high ferns!

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Bellow in the mist

Bellow in the mist

Bellow in the mist – 300mm; ISO 100; 1/90 sec; f/11 (click image to view larger size)

Richmond Park is a wonderful location, especially in the autumn when the Red Deer rut is on. I’m sure most wildlife photographers would admit that the combination of rutting deer, mist and soft dawn light is definitely a winner!

On the morning I captured this image, the mist was so thick you could not see the deer. Luckily there was plenty of bellowing, so following the sound I knew I would find them easily enough. The hard part was avoiding walking into them!

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