Car Trails

This is actually the lights from two cars, one after the other. I found that one car wasn’t actually enough to provide enough light to balance the streetlight. Fortunately, two cars turned up, right on cue. This shot is actually taken just down the road from a similar long exposure of a train that I put up last week. As the road turns a corner where the streetlight is, there is a roadbridge that crosses the railway. That shot was taken from the section of footpath just out of view about a month after this one.

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Just as I walked over this hill, the sun passed behind one of the few low clouds in the sky. To get this shot of the sun and cloud next to Ratcliff-On-Soar power station required me to very quickly setup my tripod and frame the shot. It needed a crop when I finally got the image onto my computer, and also a bit of colour adjustment to make it a bit more interesting. But I think this is one of those shots where luck played a large part. You can’t really plan for individual clouds after all!

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Sunset Road

This shot was taken in the middle of summer, although this is definitely a location to return to when there is a covering of snow. It’s that kind of place where you can picture the scene in winter, and know it will give you at least several excellent pictures.

Sunset over a rural road

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A View from the Hillside

A lone tree sits on a hillside overlooking the countryside of rural Leicestershire. Lone trees like this one tend to be popular subjects for landscape photographers. I’m sure most have several images of these trees. I certainly do! I think the reason for this is the simplicity that they give. You can show a landscape spread out before you, with a focus on just one part of it, giving the picture the best of both worlds. It can be difficult to do something original with this kind of shot, but actually, originality is not always the be-all and end-all. Sometimes it is just as good to take a well-used idea, and use it to the best of your abilities.

A lone tree in the British countryside

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An Early Start

Sunrise over a foggy field. As I was walking towards the location where I intended to shoot this sunrise, it appeared a few minutes before I was expecting. Or I should say, I had stopped to take other photos on the way which made me a few minutes late. Seeing the sun just clearing the trees and shining through the mist, I decided to jump the gate to this field and ran to underneath this tree. I then composed and shot it in record time, even getting a few different compositions before moving off to my original location.

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Summer Sunrise

Sunrise over a wheat field in rural Cambridgeshire, UK. I had to wait much longer than I expected to get a photo of this scene, as the rising sun would not come out from behind a wall of clouds. When it finally did, I was left with this delicate, wispy cloud floating above the field. I originally composed so that the tractor tracks leading to the trees were the dominant part of the scene, but the appearance of this cloud made me change my mind.

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Cow Field

An early morning in a field of cows. After the sunrise seen in ‘Leicestershire Sunrise’ disappeared thanks to cloud cover, I walked on to see if I could find any other pictures. On crossing a small footbridge, I came across this path leading into the distance, surrounded by cows. I’m not entirely sure how often or when cows sleep, as they always seem to be awake and eating grass, no matter what the time of day or night. This was taken just after 6 am, yet they are still quite happily wandering around.

I shot this as an HDR to preserve that early morning ‘feel’ of the scene. It didn’t require too much additional work, although the stonework needed some colour adjustment and the cows movement between shots had to be fixed.

Dawn over a field of cows

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Winter Sunset

Sunset over the very flat fenland region of Cambridgeshire. This was taken on a cold, November evening. It was one of those evenings where, although the temperature was low, you felt comfortable; not too cold nor too warm.

The colours in this field were slightly unusual, and pretty much exactly as seen here. I think it had been sprayed with some kind of chemical to kill weeds, making the yellow-orange colour, whilst the blue was the last remains of old crops. Luckily for me, these colours fit perfectly with the cold of the evening air and with the rather blue colours of the sunset. Hopefully, I’ll go back to this location this winter and see if I can do better!

Sunset over a field in winter

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Leicestershire Sunrise

The sun was actually only visible for a few minutes before disappearing once again into the low cloud just above the horizon. Luckily, I had arrived early enough that I was already prepared to get the shot, and managed a few more in the moments whilst the sun was visible. The quality of light you get at sunrise can be seen in the tree. It’s easy to see how much more delicate it is than would be the case during the rest of the day. It’s next to impossible to see these kinds of colours at any other time than sunrise or sunset, although even at sunset the colours tend to be a lot warmer and lack that crispness you get on early mornings.

This photo is a good example of when you have to mask sky back in to an HDR. In this case, the clouds had moved between exposures, so large parts of the sky looked a bit odd. Blending back these areas of cloud allowed a much more natural finish.

Sunrise over a countryside field

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This was taken towards the end of a walk around the local area of some family we were staying with, towards sunset on Christmas Eve. I didn’t have much time in this location, so wanted to make the most of it, but couldn’t find that large sweeping landscape we all want to photograph. Luckily, I saw the sunlight picking out one tree on this riverbank and knew it would create an excellent ‘mini landscape’.

I shot this as the standard three exposure HDR, which then required some work in order to get it into a decent state. This shot needed a lot of desaturation in Photomatix so that it didn’t lose any detail. This left a fairly flat scene, without much of the green I saw when I took the photo. Using curves, I increased the green saturation and brightness, before layer masking it in onto the trees which really were green.

A riverbank covered in snow

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