The Cornish Mount
St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, on an April evening, back in 2017. This image was sitting on my hard disk for quite a while and waiting to be mangled through Photoshop a bit. Finally I found the time to do the job and here it is. I am so looking forward to visit my favourite places in Cornwall again…
A fallen tree with decorative clouds in the right position at Cannop Ponds in the beautiful Forest of Dean.
Back to the roots, creating a single 30s long exposure image with a Lee Landscape Polariser, Lee 3 Stop Hard Grad and the Lee Little Stopper.
Over the last few days, we all have seen many images of comet Neowise. Obviously I was thinking of getting my own images too but couldn’t decide to set my alarm at 2.00 in the morning, because from what I was reading, I expected it to be visible in the early morning hours, just before sunrise.
Yesterday around midnight, I turned the lights off, ready to go to bed and had a final look out of the kitchen window. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, just above the horizon, between the trees on the hill. There he was in all his glory. Quickly grabbing camera and tripod was a no brainer and here is what I captured from the pavement right outside my house.
The Milky Way over Breakheart Hill
According to google maps, this location is is exactly 750 meters in a direct line away from my home. It still amazes me that I was able to capture the Milky Way directly in my neighbourhood.
It’s busy in the Night Sky
In a time lapse of the milky way, photographed over only two hours, I noticed a lot of moving objects flying across the sky. So I decided to merge them all together in on single image. I’m no expert but apart from a few aircrafts and maybe one meteor, most of them are satellites.
Knowing that more and more satellites are to be launched, the night sky will never look as it used to be…
Milky Way Panorama at Symonds Yat Rock
I have created panoramic images of this iconic bend of the river Wye before. The reason why I chose this location for my recent night photography session was, that I wanted to create a panorama with the full arch of the Milky Way spanning over it. Well, here it is.
I also wanted to see if it can be done in a very light polluted area, nowhere near a really dark sky - turns out it is possible
Symonds Yat Milky Way
The heart of the Milky Way from Symonds Yat Rock view point.
The youngsters are always more curious than fearful and this one was observing me intensely while I was taking pictures of him. I had joyful few minutes with him, on one of my first walks out in the Forest of Dean, after the lockdown had eased.
The force awakens
The the milky way is rising over the Forest of Dean and the Severn valley.
Milky Way over May Hill
Everybody told me I couldn’t do it - so I went out and did it!
A photograph of the arch of the Milky Way from where I live, at the north end of the Forest of Dean, was on my bucket list for a long time. OK, Gloucestershire is not quite a dark sky area and there is a lot of light pollution. The clouds over the hills didn’t help either for getting a clean image. But in the end I am happy that I changed the time of my daily exercise walk and walked up a local hill in the middle of the night, to find out what I could achieve.
A 400mm prime lens can not only be used for Wildlife and birds
One more image from my refraction session. Instead of the monochrome pattern as a backdrop, I have simply used black and orange colours to create this distortion in the champagne flutes.
Easy techniques can lead to stunning results, when you work with glasses, water and simple backdrops.
I found this field of Wild Garlic right next to a field of Bluebells very close to where I live and of course I had to bring my camera up the hill.
Or just Dandelion seeds?
This is another result of my „Macro Art with a single Light“ session. As you see, it doesn’t always have to be a Dandelion seed. Can you guess what it is?
One single light, one single RAW file, no softbox, no focus stacking.
My goal was to proof that this can be done without fancy equipment and without advanced knowledge of Photoshop - but with simple household items and improvisation.
Rubber Duck Refraction
Refraction in water drops is a fascinating subject in macro photography and it’s really not difficult to do.
The Surprise Visitor
One of the surprises of my last macro photography session was this little guy. I didn’t notice him at all and only found out that I had company when I processed the images.
And again a bit of macro play. What about the colour scheme this time?
Dandelion and Water
My macro photography journey continues and it is such a pleasing process.
As a landscape photographer, I own a macro lens but never really used it. Now during lockdown is the best time to get rid of the dust and learn about macro photography. The first thing I had to lear is that it is not easy at all and the second thing is that it can be more time consuming than I ever expected.
At the end there is light
Fairy Glen Gorge in Snowdonia, Wales.
One single 60 second long exposure, using the Lee Little Stopper and the Lee Landscape Polariser.
Storms come and go
It’s the second week in lockdown and I realise how much I miss spending time with my camera at the seaside. Especially when there are storm clouds moving across the sky, illuminated by a gorgeous sunset. So here is one from last years visit at Burnham-on-Sea.
The Lee Big Stopper and Lee Landscape Polariser made for a 132 second exposure at f/14 and ISO 100.
Lights of Amsterdam
Amsterdam reveals its true beauty at nightfall, when the natural light is fading away and the city lights are turning the scenery into something magical. The lights of a canal boat passing by on Leidsegracht, passing Prinsengracht, added some dynamics and gives you an impression of how vibrant this city is.
Solid as a Rock
The result of a daylight long exposure from last summer. Some not so popular beaches on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales are always worth a visit.
Walking on the beach
It’s hard to believe but on our recent trip in January to Port Eynon in South Wales, we were really blessed with beautiful sunny and almost cloudless weather. Despite the very enjoyable time we had, these are not quite the conditions I prefer for landscape photography. But it gave me the opportunity to capture some unusual views, using the drone.
An afternoon at Tŵr Mawr
The western entrance to the Menai Strait is marked by the Tŵr Mawr Lighthouse on Ynys Llanddwyn, Anglesey, Wales.
Llanddwyn Island is a truly magical place and I’m really looking forward to spend some quality time here again soon.
Yes, it’s the boathouse at Llyn Ogwen in Snowdonia again. I can’t get enough of it because with every change of light and weather, it changes the mood of the scenery.
is the Welsh name of Fairy Glen Gorge in Snowdonia, North Wales, where the river Conwy forms this beauty spot near Betws-y-Coed.
As if there weren’t enough natural lead in lines, I decided to use the Lee Little Stopper to make the flow in the water visible and the Lee Landscape Polariser helped to bring out colours and details in the wet greens.
Do you now slowly begin to believe in Fairies…?
Tŵr Mawr Lighthouse
The Tŵr Mawr Lighthouse on Ynys Llanddwyn, Anglesey, Wales, which marks the western entrance to the Menai Strait since 1873.
While waiting for the sunset on the magical Llanddwyn Island, I was just killing time with some long exposures and this is one of them.
A Path across
Visiting St. Michael’s Mount in Marazion is always a highlight of a trip to and through Cornwall. I simply can’t get enough of this beautiful place.