I always enjoy discovering new locations, but Cornwall really took my breath away. I didn't have nearly enough time to fully explore this amazing county, but I shall be back again one day! These are a few photographs that I particularly enjoyed making. The weather was absolutely atrocious, but as I always say “the worse the weather, the better the photo”. The adage doesn’t always ring-true, but more often than not it does. I hope you like the images :-)
n the UK, around 83% of people live in an urban environment, so it's probably safe to assume many people don't have easy regular access to the countryside. City-scapes and street photography are really popular, so why not get your camera out and give it a go.
Below was taken on a tripod, to help slow down the shutter speed of the camera. But, you can achieve great results hand held as well.
It's often windy where I live, which makes those calm misty mornings quite rare, but because of that perhaps even more special.
I almost never take photo's of the sun - I'm not really a fun of over-saturated colours. But, when the sun is low enough in the sky, it can make for a great subject on such a morning.
I do love a good waterfall, and the Isle of Skye provides some of the very best. This shot, from a secluded spot near Uig, is helped by the lovely moss on the boulders in the foreground. A truly magical spot I think. I hope you like it.
While I was reviewing a number of my images for use on my website and facebook page, I came to realise there were a few common themes developing.
One of these themes was definitely my love of a long exposure, particularly when photographing water. A long exposure can be anything from 1/2 second upwards. If you haven’t already tried doing this, it can give wonderful results as the water and clouds in the sky can be blurred, making them milky smooth.
I love that effect, particularly when applied to seascapes or waterfalls. It gives images a real sense of movement - which takes a 2 dimensional image and levitates it to something much more 3-dimensional in nature (though obviously not truly 3-dimensional in the way the eye sees it).
To achieve long exposure, you need to slow your shutter speed down to at least 1/2 a second. Depending on the conditions, particularly the amount of light, you will almost certainly need a filter to achieve this. A standard neutral density filter is a wonderful compositional tool. I use Lee Filters, but there are a number of brands out there. Be careful of cheap filters though, they will often create an unpleasing colour cast. My advice would be to buy the best you can afford.
I cover long exposure techniques in much more depth on my workshops so do please check out upcoming workshops you may be interested in.
This particular image had an exposure time of 90seconds, which completely smoothes out the water and I really love the effect. Thanks for looking!
There is a real element of luck in landscape photography. How will the light be? What will the tide be like? Have I already missed the best time of day?
I think that’s true, but you can also increase your chances of being lucky by getting out as often as possible. This week I spent a couple of hours at my local beach, and really nothing was working photographically. I waited until sunset and was just giving up when the light suddenly appeared.
If I had followed my initial thought, which was to give up and go home, I would not have seen this light and would never have gotten the image.
So yes. we are lucky if we get great light - but can you increase your chances of being lucky by just being out there!