Sunset on a very cloudy evening. This was taken looking up a small rise in the landscape. The advantage of taking shots like this is that you tend to lose most trees/hedges and the like, since they are hidden from view by the hill itself. Of ourse this only works if the hill doesn’t have anything growing on it! If you can get lucky though, the simple, uncluttered scene you are left with can produce a landscape that is just as good, if not better, than those that are crammed with detail and objects.

For this shot, I tried out the open source LuminanceHDR program. This is supposedly a replacement for Photomatix Pro, with the great advantage of being totally free! A comparison of both programs with work in progress shots can be found here.

Sunset over a recently plowed, rural field, under a stormy sky.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Towards Sunset

A tree sitting in a field near sunset. I got a few different shots of this tree, all taken from different angles and positions, but I think this is probably the best of the lot. I like how the tree is in a kind of dip in the land, with the field rising towards the left of the picture.

It took quite a lot of processing to get this into a finished state. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do for most of it, and think the end result is probably over-saturated, but oh well. Although I seem to shoot a lot of HDRs around sunset, they always seem much harder to process than HDRs taken at any other time of day. I’m not really sure why this should be the case, but it must be something to do with the amount of yellow in sunset light.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

The Manor

A Georgian house shot towards sunset. The colours in the sky were helped along by a couple of textures, and the birds were added in to make it a bit more interesting. When you start playing around with textures, it soon becomes apparent why they are so popular. It is possible to transform an otherwise slightly boring shot into something much more interesting without too much effort! In this case, I also had to do some layer masking with the house to make sure it stood out from the scene.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Frosty Field

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

A cold, wintry morning walk, just after dawn, led to this photograph. I love that delicate light you can get in the Winter that doesn’t turn up at any other time of year. It gives that pink tinge to clouds that always photographs well.

This morning, there was also a frost on the ground, which provided a kind of sharpness to the soil. Hopefully, all taken together, this typifies the Winter scene.

Fox Hill

Sunset over a meandering path

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

On the day I shot this, I had intended to only have a short-ish walk of about 3 hours. This was taken about 6 hours in! With hindsight, it might have been better to wait the extra half an hour for the sun to reach the horizon, but I had already taken several hundred pictures by this point and had, by several hours, run out of the snacks and water I took with me. Being thirsty, hungry and tired really does encourage you to get home a lot quicker and not stop to wait for the conditions to be perfect for a photograph! This was the first photo I have processed out of this trip, but as I get around to doing others I have selected, you should be able to see the rest of my seven hour journey.

Morning Light

Sunrise over a field

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

This is taken just after sunrise, very early one morning.¬†Within a few minutes of the sun rising, it had gone behind the low cloud and became far less spectacular. This seems to frequently happen around the beggining and end of the day. That is, the sun always manages to find a gap in the clouds just above the horizon where it shines brightly for a handful of minutes. If you are ready, you can usually extract a decent picture from the scene, even if there isn’t much of interest on the ground, as in this case. Having a long enough shutter speed to just give a hint of movement in the clouds can also add some needed drama to scenes like this.

A Morning in the Field

A beautiful Sunrise

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

This picture was taken very early in the morning on one of the hottest days of the year.

I had previously seen this clump of poppies in the middle of a crop field, with the tree nearby and thought a decent picture might come from it. The ground mist you can see is actually quite common in the summer, particularly at the start of hot days. Few people see it though, since it burns off in the heat of the sun within about 30 minutes of sunrise.

When I got to this spot that I was going to take the picture from, I realised that it would be pretty difficult to shoot without putting the electricity pylon in. So, I composed the shot to try to show a juxtaposition between the tree and the pylon. One a natural tree, one a man-made tree.

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