Tucked up in bed for a little lie in the other day I noticed through the window how frosty the grass was in the field by our house. On further inspection I just had to get out and capture the beauty that nature has offered up that morning. I had watched a youtube video the other week by a landscape photographer and he was saying how we can easily miss the beauty of our own area we live in just because we are so focused on getting to that fabulous scenic location usually somewhere else. The image below was literally shot in a field 100 yards from the house. Yes we are extremely lucky to live in a gorgeous part of the country here in Norfolk but the amount of times I have just walked past this scene and not give it any close attention is crazy.
A shortish drive out to the coast the other morning to Hopton on Sea, Suffolk. I'd noticed on Google maps the recent Rock Sea Defences there and wanted to see what I could come back with from that location. A lovely brisk morning was had and a nice chat with a local chap who had lived there for 28 years but was originally from the Northwest of England like myself. I'd noticed the baskets at the end of the Groynes and loved how isolated they had become. A long exposure shot seemed fitting creating a very minimalist look. I also got some of the rocks too!
A happy accident this one! I was visiting family up in the Northwest recently and planned to pop over to Malham to shoot 'The Lone Tree'. I'd found out about this great location via a great youtuber called Gary Gough.. Armed with all the details I headed up to North Yorkshire to get an early morning shot. A few dry stone walls climbed over and I was at the location. Sky and weather wasn't playing ball but I had to sit it out and wait for that break in the clouds. A couple of hours later it was in the camera. Just before heading off tho i thought i wonder what's over that ridge? Another field and another and then WOW. I was greeted by the view you see below of Gordale Scar. Fast forward 3 hours later and with a very knackered pair of legs I managed to get some fantastic images that were totally unplanned.
Starting off the new year I had a great day out one Sunday with a fellow Photographer around Hunstanton and the surrounding countryside. Unfortunately one of the locations we wanted to shoot was inaccessible so a quick drive round we spotted some fantastic trees along the roadside. Moving on we ended up on Old Hunstanton beach to capture the great rock patterns. A great January day with Fish n Chips for lunch too!
As 2017 was drawing to a close I wanted to get out on the last day of the year and shoot somewhere i'd previously not been before. I decided on Happisburgh, North Norfolk. Famous for its declining coastline and notorious sea defences. As the access to the beach was closed due to a landslide I parked up a bit further along the coast at Cart Gap and walked along the shoreline. A great afternoon was had and I very nearly ended up cut off by the tide along the Happisburgh rocks. Surprisingly I didn't take too many shots that afternoon but the ones I got I was happy with.
A bit of a strange one this.....some months back I found this Clown Puppet on its way to the big play box in the sky or more commonly known as the local landfill. Convinced it would make a good prop sometime I ventured out with it to the coast last week. I was down at California Sands, Norfolk shooting a few Long Exposures when I came across some lovely rocks in the sand. So out came the prop and I managed to get some various shots. I was finishing up and getting my gear packed up when a large wave came crashing in and forced me to stumble out of the way. Thinking nothing of it 10 mins later as I was walking back to my car I noticed the bag with my prop had gone! Tracing my steps back and a good search around the area proved fruitless and it appears it had been lost to sea. I can only hope that in the next few days it will get washed up somewhere on the beach and find it's next custodian for some more adventures.
Lucky enough this week to get a couple of images in the EDP (the Norwich Evening Paper) and I also got some prints made up at my local printers for a change. It's nice to see some images physical in print rather than just lost on the Hard Drive. Could do with finding a couple of Picture frames now ready for a wall!
This shot was taken a few months go just down the road from me at Hethel. Its the Water Tower that sits at the edge of the wood. The lens used was a wide angle at 10mm to give the image a slightly distorted look. Processed into mono and given a bit of a Sci Fi feel.
Sometimes you don't have to travel far to get a nice shot. We are extremely fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the countryside here in Norfolk and we see this composition everyday day out of the back window. Amazingly even when you travel hundreds of miles to get a shot some of the nicest are just right under your nose.
Fans of the Disney film 'Frozen' will instantly recognise Anna here shot on location in our - er lounge! This was one of those times where the weather is dark and wet outside and you give yourself a 15 min challenge to shoot something without planning. 5 mins later i've raided Betty's bedroom for one of her dolls and captured this image.
Back to Manchester this week to visit my family and had a cheeky nip down to Salford Quays. Had a mooch around near the new ITV studios at Media City and captured some of the great lights as night fell. Managed a couple of long exposures and found some lovely Blue lit Trees near to the Imperial War Museum. If you ever get chance pop down as there is loads of opportunities to capture and probably the odd photographer to have a natter with.
Had a lovely early morning out at Overstrand, North Norfolk this week. Despite having man flu (obviously feeling i was at deaths door) it was a very mild bright morning with some lovely clouds. Managed to get some long exposures and some nice splashing waves deep down in the sea defences. Didn't get too wet thankfully and on the way back to the car i spotted these lovely colours on the beach huts. Nice one for next years calendar i think!
I was just going through some old files from a shoot I did in Aldeburgh recently and its amazing how many images get overlooked just after you shoot them. I was prompted to do this after listening to an interview with a professional photographer who explained that often he goes back to the RAW files from previous shoots to review any images that may have been missed. This is good practice when you're not always able to go and get fresh shots and are looking to enhance your portfolio. The image below is one such case. I shot quite a few of the various boats at Aldeburgh and thought this might make a nice addition to the rest.
as we're getting into Autumn now i've noticed the misty mornings are creeping back. i'm really hoping to capture some beautiful woodland scenes this year with atmospheric tones and all those stunning autumnal colours. i took a few shots earlier in the year around the local woods to where we live and processed them with a mysterious vibe. i think we were watching 'Stranger Things' on the telly at the time and somehow this channelled into the photography. I have my eye on some lovely vibrant greens in the moss scattered around the wood that will hopefully make for some decent shots.
Hi world! Hopefully this will be a place I can express my ideas and thoughts on current photographic projects and along the way try to add some behind the scenes stuff. I'm currently working on Landscapes & Seascape shots. It's something I've only tried just recently and have to say i'm enjoying it. The early starts are a bit of a killer but now as we venture into autumn the sunrises are getting later. I have noticed though i've neglected the portrait stuff a we bit and need to get back on it like a tramp on chips.