Landscape Portfolio

I have selected fifteen images for my landscape portfolio and below I have posted them and explained why I have chosen them and my feelings on each one.

 

01: Ouse Valley Viaduct. Strong and tall, brick and shale built to carry a royal rail. This image signifies strength, power and dependability. I gave this a black and white high contrast treatment as I feel it made the viewer take note of the design of the bridge. Sometimes removing colour adds a lot to an image and I feel it works perfectly for this one. The repetition of the arches and even the arched shadows cast from the previous arch via the descending sun add a sense of gravitas to this image. EXIF F16 27mm ISO 100 2 seconds

 

 

02: Brighton’s dawn. Moon in the sky just before the dawn, here comes the sun to make us warm. Shot early morning on the seafront promenade, Brighton. Included to the right of the image in almost silhouette is the new i360 dwarfing the buildings. The inclusion of the moon next to the i360 makes one imagine that the tower is as high as the moon. Saturated colours and a narrow aperture to produce stars from the street lights adds to a spectacular shot of a seaside town shot at a time of day that many fail to see. The swathe of orange and yellow behind the buildings almost give them a 3D feel. EXIF F22 70mm ISO 100 5 seconds

 

 

03: Brighton’s Lost Treasure. An iron frame In the sea standing tall no more to see. Standing lonely and abandoned this structure emits sadness and a feeling of loss, stripped of everything but its framework. West Pier is a stark figure backed by two bands of colour one of the warming sky from the impending sunrise juxtaposed by the cold relentless flow of the sea. The use of a polarising filter with an exposure time of 30 seconds helped smooth the sea and sky and saturate the image with colour. EXIF F10 200mm ISO 500 30 seconds

 

 

04: Excalibur. Scabbard lost the sword remains to remind us of the heraldic days. Entombed in a rock on the side of a lake this sword is reminiscent of times gone by when a knight was a man of honour. I saw this sword and tried a few ways to photograph it. Even though this is a landscape shot I wanted the sword to be the dominant feature. I selected a narrow depth of field by using F4 (Widest Aperture on the lens) and moved the camera in position to frame the shot. Using live view I zoomed in on the sword and manually focused for pinpoint sharpness. This image would have been even stronger if I had been at this location around dawn as the sun would rise behind those hills in the distance. What a powerful image that would have been. Or in the night with stars in the sky and some light painting on the sword. EXIF F4 17mm ISO 100 1/200th second

 

 

05: Dutiful Swan. In the reeds hiding herself and eggs from danger waiting patiently for her signets to arrive, the warmth of the afternoon sun providing its last comfort before it vanishes from her sky. I was lucky to come across this Swan in a position where I could photograph her, The late afternoon sun gave the picture a warmth that only the golden hour can. I had to wait a while for her to move around so I could use the gap in the reeds to frame her head and neck. I had my 17-40 lens on and shot this at the long end of 40mm I like the negative space of the reeds and the view of the lake in the distance giving it some geography. EXIF F4 40mm ISO 100 1/125th second

 

 

06: Baldwin. Iron horse, a chariot of steam, engineering perfection a school boys dream. Taking a trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway, I had to wait while Baldwin the No 2 locomotive changed ends to pull us back to the middle station Pontsticill. With many people on the platform also taking pictures or capturing some video I wanted to frame them out to show just the engine. Due to the angle and wanting plenty of the train in focus but the background out I selected F8 as my aperture. I had my polariser on which has caused a slight Vignette due to the wide angle of the lens. The aperture gave me too slow a shutter speed to hand hold so I increased the ISO to 400 this gave me 1/80th second freezing the train but allowing some movement in the steam. EXIF F8 32mm ISO 400 1/80th second

 

 

07: On The Rocks. Receding water with a setting sun creating pools for some childish fun. Shot at F16 for a larger depth of field in the image with a shutter speed of 0.6 of a second. I used my Manfrotto tripod to steady the camera and affixed my polariser to remove some of the reflection in the rock pools. I would have loved a little more cloud in the sky as I feel there is a little to much blue and lacks the interest that could have been provided with the extra cover. Shot at 8 pm the golden hour was just starting to happen and I think this is prevalent in the foreground. I also like the tide line on the cliff left of the frame, you can see where the sea rises and helps bleach the lower part of the rocks. EXIF F16 25mm ISO 100 0.6th second

 

 

08: The Hermits abode. A rustic and rural composition of a small hand built dwelling shaded by trees and visited by bees. A timeless image of a past lifestyle, self-sufficient and peaceful. This is one of those images that when first viewed you think I would love to live there, but one imagines that life must have been hard for the inhabitants with only two rooms, no running water and no electric or heating save for a small coal fire. I think of The little house on the prairie when I see this cottage. This was shot during one of my challenge trips, on this occasion, the challenge was to use only a 50mm lens. Shot at 50 mm natural afternoon light with an aperture of F16 and an ISO of 800 to give me a shutter speed of 1/50th. The angle of the building takes the viewer on a trip across the image past the door to the pots on the rustic workbench through to the far fence. They say that the 50mm prime on a full frame sensor gives the same angled view as the average human eye and I can attest that the actual view and in the image follows that thought. EXIF F16 50mm ISO 800 1/50th second

 

 

09: Time to Reflect. Summer time and work is done, time to relax and have some fun. I love a good reflection, and while sitting on a bench I noticed how the buildings and sky cast a beautiful shimmering reflection on the canal water. I decided to get as low as I could and close to the water’s edge to maximise the amount of reflection I could capture. Using my polariser to good effect I rotated it till it saturated the image and enhanced the reflection in the water. A place that once was a working heavy industrial environment has now transformed into a tranquil bit of heaven, where one can relax and think of days gone by. Also taken from my 50mm challenge visit to Blists Hill. EXIF F18 50mm ISO 100 1/13th second

 

 

10: Lake Vyrnwy. An amazing sight to see is the Lake they call Vyrnwy. Another one of those images that I would love to go back and capture at a different time of day or maybe season. A night with a full moon perhaps, or after some snow has settled on the far off hills. I wanted to compress the image somewhat and use the dam to produce the all important leading line. Using my 70-200 at 70mm to produce the required effect with an aperture of F16 to give me a wider DOF I placed a six stop ND filter over the lens so that even on a bright sunny day I could slow the shutter speed down to 30 seconds to give the water that smooth semi-opaque glow. The addition of the polariser also helped saturate the blues and greens making the image pop from the screen or print. EXIF F16 70mm ISO 640 30 seconds

 

 

11: The big fall. Water falling from the sky rushing by, rushing by. Named as one of the seven wonders of Wales, Pistyll has the highest drop of any waterfall in Britain. It is hard to do this magnificent feature justice in a photograph, the size of it is hard to comprehend. This photograph helps with that by providing a person sat in the shot on a ledge a third of a way up the waterfall. Once you enlarge the image and note the individual, only then can you understand the size of this fall. I took this image while sat at the nearby coffee shop and was initially intended as a test shot, there was a polarising filter on my lens but no ND filter so the shutter speed is 1/200 and was taken handheld with my 70-200 lens. I was happy with the outcome even though it lacked the long exposure to give that creamy white water that photographers crave when shooting a fall, but when I realised there was an individual in the shot I had to use it, which is very unusual for me as I always try to eliminate people from my landscape shots. EXIF F9 78mm ISO 400 1/200th second

 

 

12: Their big day. Bride and Groom on their big day, we wish you love, life and happiness in every single way. Taken a couple of years ago during one of my wedding photography assignments, I wanted to create an image with an underexposed background and then using OCF light the couple in the foreground. To left of the camera was a Speedlight with a 60×60 softbox I took some test shots of just the background then added the flash and adjusted the power as required. When I took this image I only owned a standard camera speed light and remote. Since then I have purchased a high power 600 Watt seconds flash specifically to create images like this. EXIF F5.6 90mm ISO 640 1/15th second

 

 

13: Marina by night. Boats and ships all side by side, let’s go fishing enjoy the ride. Brighton Marina on a very cold stormy May evening is not a place to be standing to take long exposures without a lot of extra layers of clothing, lesson learned. The long exposure of 30 seconds makes the turbulent scene that was in front of me actually look very calm. I shot this at F20 to give a maximum DOF and to add a sparkle to the lights, I also warmed the image up a little as it was quite blue and when I compared this to the original it was more pleasing to my eye. Being night time there was no need for an ND filter and the exposure was still long at 30 seconds. EXIF F20 28mm ISO 1600 30 seconds.

 

 

14: To the Manor born. Renew our vows to say I still do, you love me and I love you. Taken at Hawkesyard Estate near Rugeley on July 10th 2016. Donna & Tim are a lovely couple who had been married for thirty years and could not afford a lavish affair back then. They pushed the boat out on this one and Donna had one request of her photographer (me), she wanted a picture of both of them in front of the hall. I thought this was an ideal chance to do an evening photo. using two Speedlights one behind them and one camera right I managed to achieve this image. Firstly I took a few test shots with no Speedlight’s operating to get my background exposure, then I turned on the rear Speedlight and adjusted its power to achieve the midground exposure, lastly, I turned the camera right Speedlight on and adjusted this to light the couple. EXIF F4 24mm ISO 2000 1/60th second

 

 

15: The Shires. Strength and power, determined mind, is what they require to pull the cart behind. When I look at this image it transports me to a bygone era, where horsepower came in ones or twos. These two magnificent shire horses as large as they are, stood there patiently as the stable hand talked about how they harnessed them ready for a days work. One horse forwards the other turned away to give the viewer an all round view of these magnificent beasts, the treatment I gave to itLightroomroom enhances the warm sunlight afternoon that this image was captured in. EXIF F18 17mm ISO 400 1/40th second

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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