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05 Oct

Persistence Pays Off

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For several years now I’ve had a pre-conceived image in my mind of this scene. It’s taken down a tree-lined lane in East Devon and I’ve always imagined a photo into the setting sun. It is a photo that will only work in late September or early October.  In March the trees are bare and, in my mind at least, will not work as well as a photo.

So, with the sun setting in the right place and a promising sunset in the offing, I set off for my destination – about 15 minutes drive away. My first problem was parking up. This is a single track lane and hogging a nearby passing place wouldn’t go down well. I eventually found a place in the entrance to a nearby field and set up shop. My next problem was that
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12 Mar

Daffodils at Sidmouth

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For the last two years I have tried, and failed, to get a photograph of the daffodils at Peak Hill Road in Sidmouth. My vision has been to photograph them against the rising sun in the early morning. Now, I have a self-imposed rule to avoid shooting into the sun, but sometimes I have to break it. Not least because later in the day, when the sun is out of this particular shot,
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28 Jan

Moody Moorland Mists

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With sunrise still conveniently late, I’m taking my opportunities to put some miles in for sunrise shots. Today’s destination was Peek Hill on the west of Dartmoor, overlooking Burrator Reservoir. I’d been here a few weeks ago to a cloudless sky and I was hoping for better this time after overnight rain. I wasn’t sure what to expect after coming out of a fogbound Princetown so I parked up the car and strolled the short distance to the viewpoint with a sense of anticipation. I have to admit that the last thing I was expecting was
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25 Jan
The sun rises over the Dart Valley near Sharp Tor on Dartmoor Sharp Tor at sunrise

Sharp Tor Luck

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On Sunday morning I found myself at Sharp Tor on Dartmoor. There are several Sharp Tors and I guess that this one is one of the easiest to access. It’s the one just off the Ashburton to Two Bridges road and with a very convenient car park.

Truth be told, I was heading further west to Peek Hill above Burrator. For the previous twenty minutes I had been wondering why I had bothered as the sky was resolutely overcast. I was contemplating going home but thought
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03 Jan

To Crow Tor

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Ever since I first saw it, perched on the side of its hill in mid Dartmoor, I’ve wanted to visit Crow Tor. It’s not a straightforward walk in and a diversion from the Littford/Longaford/Higher White Tor ridge, or down and up from Beardown Tors is required.

I chose the latter and on an admittedly impulsive walk (I had planned to go elsewhere) decided to pay a quick visit as the low cloud was promising some dramatic side-lighting.

I got lucky and, despite not getting my pre-envisaged shot, I am quite pleased with the result here. It was a nice walk in and, in the calm after sunset, a nice walk back. As usual, I wished I could have stayed for longer.

Thanks for looking.

07 Mar

Return To Hay Tor

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Hay Tor, that big lump of granite that dominates the eastern moor and can be viewed from miles around.

Hay Tor, that big lump of granite that gets overrun by tourists and locals alike in good weather, simply because of its accessibility.

Hay Tor, that big lump of granite I drive right past every time I visit the moor.
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01 Jan

My Favourite Photos of 2012

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I can’t believe that its the end of another year — it seems to have gone in a blur. What do I remember, photographically speaking, of 2012? Well, it didn’t start off too well when my tripod collapsed and broke my camera on a wet Dartmoor morning, but it got a lot better. I think I can safely say that my output improved over the course of the last 12 months. There are still things I would like to improve — on location composition for example as I do tend to crop a little too much in post production — but I can look back over the last 12 months with a feeling of satisfaction.

When compiling this list of favourites I thought of just picking out my faves and posting them but, after a bit of thought,
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02 Dec

A Fine Morning in the Fog

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With fog forecast for Saturday morning, there was only one place to go. Well, that’s not strictly true as I had three places in mind depending on how thick the fog was, but all of these places were in West Dorset. In the end I plumped for a spot overlooking the Marshwood Vale which I had visited on several previous occasions, although not with my current camera gear which is capable of giving me much better quality shots than before.

I had tried and failed in this spot only a month ago — a big bank of cloud to the East ruined any prospect of sun playing with the mist — so I was determined to try again and hope for better luck this time. There’s something really satisfying about
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25 Nov

Fascinating Orford Ness

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In autumn 2010 I visited Orford Ness on the Suffolk Coast with my family. This is an abandoned cold war military test site, now run by the National Trust. In order to get there you have to take a short ferry journey from the village of Orford itself. It really is a fascinating place — an empty landscape of abandoned buildings on a shingle spit, with the famous “pagoda” buildings dominating the attention. I imagine that in many ways its a bit like Dungeness in Kent but, having never been there, this is just a guess.

One way that it probably differs from Dungeness is that you can only take one of
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