Year Two (48) – Purbeck Hills and Coast

I escaped for a few days away enjoying the Purbeck Hills and coastline – the challenge for any traveling photographer is what kit to take and what to use … I was really pleased with my selection and think I got it right for the locations I was visiting… so I thought I would share. Continue reading

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Day 167 – Isle Of Purbeck – A few days away – 4

Another coastal and scenic walk… how do you know when to stop walking though and excepted that there might be a great view round the corner… but if you keep walking forever your legs will wear out!

These are just a random selection of shots that I selected from today’s walk, the polarising filter was on my lens, and I had my Sigma 18-250mm lens on camera. We climbed up and down as we explored the view.

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I love the circular bay below and the colour of the sea … the white sailing boat adds a sense of scale and tranquility to the image.

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The views from the cliff top were stunning… it was such a lovely walk… and we were lucky that the skies had puffy white clouds adding interest to the photo. Including my hubby and photo buddy gives the image a real sense of scale which it would otherwise lack.

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I had hoped for fields of red poppies in Dorset… but i was not to be … I spotted one on the cliff top – I gentle poppy battling against the elements, much like the soldiers on the battle fields which we remember with the poppy… so I took the opportunity to capture it there with the sea and cliffs in the background, trying to emphases it’s importance to the scene.

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The cliffs were made from huge chunks of rocks… the people in the background here, once again help show how impressive the landscape was.

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We made it down to sea level… the photo buddies had a swim… the polarising filter enables me to see right under the water and it enable me to capture the scene from a totally different angle. I have had a lovey adventure and can’t wait to go exploring again!

Day 166 – Corfe Castle – A few days away – 3

Corfe castle is a prominent landmark in the Purbeck Isle… I have seen many lovely photos of it on facebook and through other photographers and I wanted to see if I could discover where the best place was to capture the castle….

  • The light was too strong already at 10am in the morning which meant that the shadows were too dark and loosing detail
  • A tripod should be essential especially on an exposed hillside
  • Moving your feet is essential too.. a few meters can make a big difference
  • working with landscapes I really need to work out a way to get the colour balanced. Using the polarising filter to get a bluer sky… throws off some of the other colours in my opinion.PhotoChallenge-untitled-7538-1 PhotoChallenge-untitled-7540-2 PhotoChallenge-untitled-7542-3 PhotoChallenge-untitled-7545-4 PhotoChallenge-untitled-7551-5 PhotoChallenge-untitled-7572-6 PhotoChallenge-untitled-7590-7 PhotoChallenge-untitled-7593-8 PhotoChallenge-untitled-7596-9

I am disappointed with most of these images… but I do have an idea of where I would like to be if I go back and the light is right…. maybe one day I will.

Day 165 – Monochrome Village – A few days away – 2

A beautiful grey coloured houses of the Isle of Purbeck were images that I wanted to capture… and after a recent talk about at camera Club about monochrome images… I thought this would be an ideal time to experiment to see if I could capture the timeless quality that the villages reminded me about.

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I just wish that perhaps the sun had not shined so brightly .. as the harsh shadows are more apparent that I would have liked… but looking at the images, I really think you get a sense that time stood still here.

Day 164 – Star Trails – Chasing the Dark (part 3)

Off in our campervan for a few days… and from our camp site location … we have wonderful dark skies – so I am going to have another go at star trails.

My settings

  • F8 – I was not sure… and I choose this as mid range … lesson learnt, I should have remember it was a wide aperature – F3.5 would have been better
  • A tripod and shutter release
  • A camper van … I set the camera up inside the camper pointing at the hills beyond…. the star trails were dependent on my view – and the camper windows…

Star Trails another attempt

What I discovered

  • Take waterproof cover for the camera … if I am ever going to lay in the camper and try and sleep with the camera going off every 30 sec from 11.30pm till 3.02 am to get one picture … remind my not too…. grubby dogs, grumpy me and grumpy hubby in the morning!!
  • The position of the stars is essential to make the shot interesting… this is so boring and not worth the grumpy individuals
  • Wide Aperture is essential!
  • Winter is much better than summer… it is nearly the longest day and it takes forever to get dark.

Day 163 – A few days away – Part 1

A few days away… means an opportunity to enjoy the British Countryside, enjoy some great company and to walk and explore and take photos or memories away with me. I hoped to have some sunshine and to see some poppies as they are just coming into season… but equally I hoped to enjoy some different views.

Our adventures this time took us to the Isle of Purbeck – which is not really an island at all. We headed off on a walk with only my 18-250mm lens … on the idea to capture some of the scenery near our campsite.

Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F7.1, 1/500 sec
Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F7.1, 1/500 sec
This is my hubby .. he is included in the photo to give a sense of scale… I was further up the hill… and looking down the valley the wires lead you to a house.

Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F13, 1/250 sec - Follow the road to the sea.
Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F13, 1/250 sec – Follow the road to the sea.

Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/320 sec - Look there is the sea
Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/320 sec – Look there is the sea
We reached the sea … or we could easily see the coast line – we were so lucky to have a clear day … and again hubby is included partly cause they are my memories of the day and partly because I feel it gives the landscape a sense of scale.

Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F16, 1/60 sec - The water with my polarising filter
Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F16, 1/60 sec – The water with my polarising filter
At this point I remembered I had my polarising filter in my bag … a great time to use it as it really reduced the reflections on the water. I do wish though I had set the white balance to allow for the filter, and I made mental adjustments that the filter increased the time the shutter needed to be open.

Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/80 sec - Behind you
Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/80 sec – Behind you
My eyes were drawn to the coastline… but it was well worth turning round and looking behind me to enjoy that view too.

Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/50 sec - The Tower
Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/50 sec – The Tower
On our walk we came close to Clavell Tower – you can see my hubby pointing to it above … it really is true how an image can change as your angle to it changes, as the light reflects on it differently, and as you get closer.

Clavell Tower – which is available as a holiday let for two – how cool is that … was an interesting focal point on today’s walk as it sits on the headland over Kimmeridge Bay.

Sigma 18-250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/100 sec - The tower from the cliff edge
Sigma 18-250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/100 sec – The tower from the cliff edge

Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/250 sec - From the beach looking into sun
Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/250 sec – From the beach looking into sun

Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/80 sec - The Tower from Sea Level
Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/80 sec – The Tower from Sea Level
It was fascinating how just taking a few steps around Kimmeridge Bay created a different feel to the image as you could capture different foreground interest and explore the beach from a whole set of different angles.

Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/80 sec - The Tower from Sea Levell
Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/80 sec – The Tower from Sea Level

Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/100 sec - The Tower from Sea Level
Sigma 18/250mm lens, ISO200, F14, 1/100 sec – The Tower from Sea Level