Another great chance to take the camera out on an Autumn evening in the city, this time in the historical city of York. No tripod meant high ISO’s, wide open apertures, and some post processing in Lighroom.
The third and final image from Sunday’s walk; the shimmering reflection of Autumn colours in the pond set perfectly in the aptly named Fishpond Wood.
We’d set off with the intention of visiting Guisecliff Tarn, in Guisecliff Woods, a second attempt after failing to find it exactly one year ago. Back then we took too long wandering along the river Nidd, captured by the stunning colours (below). This time Skrike’s Wood and Fishpond Wood, blocked our path.
Next week we’ll make a 3rd attempt!
Sunday’s journey to Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales proved to be rich pickings on the photography front with the second Autumn panoramic view, this time of Skrikes Wood.
In the past I’ve struggled with woodland scenes, which is slightly annoying given that they’re perhaps my favourite landscape, but on this occasion, concentrating on the hillock covered in the red Autumn fall and the composition of the tree trunks (rather than trying fit everything in) I came away reasonably content that I’d captured the feeling I had when I first looked through the opening in the dry stone wall. Printed big I think it could prove quite effective.
3 stitched images taken with the Sony RX1rII at f22 for big depth of field, at iso100, on a tripod, post processed in Lightroom and Elements.
I’ve be far too busy lately and nearly missed this year’s Autumn colours, but today, travelling through the Dales, we found a perfect view of Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. When the scene looks this good photography becomes simple 🙂
3 shot panorama, using the Sony RX1rII at iso400 & f9, stitched & post processed in Lightroom.
Over the last few weeks and months I’ve been putting in the miles in the Great British Northern countryside, in preparation for next month’s Everest Base Camp trek, accompanied by Polly, my kids Sam & Harry, my old friend Brad, and of course Morgan the dog.
Though the primary purpose was fitness and weight loss, I couldn’t resist taking the camera. The following images range across Cumbria’s Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors, and Yorkshire’s East Coast on the Cleveland Way.
I can’t say I’ve shed many pounds, but I’ve enjoyed every moment, except perhaps the popping the massive blister at the end of the three peaks 🙂
Hole of Horcum, North York Moors
Simon’s Seat From Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire Dales
Great End from Seathwaite, Lake District
Ingleborough and Whernside on the 3 Peaks Walk, Yorkshire Dales
Cleveland Way, Yorkshire Coastline
North York Moors
Leeds Light Night provided a great excuse to take the camera out after dark and capture some unusual images of usual scenes. Handheld @iso1600 to freeze the motion. Attached to tripod with a 4 second exposure to capture motion. Post processed in Lightroom & Analog Efex Pro 2 to add an extra dimension.
3 years ago, on the first leg of our 90 mile walk along the Dales Way, I came across this sad old tractor, and couldn’t resist taking its portrait with my Nikon D800.
Today, in training for a longer walk, a trek to Everest Base Camp, I came across it once again, slightly worst for wear, and a few more cobwebs, but still standing strong, and snapped it with Sony RX1rII.
On a tramp around our local woods we happened upon a farm machinery graveyard brim full of mechanical contraptions of all shapes and sizes, and for what purpose I have no clue, and in one corner, overgrown with weeds and ivy, this old wreck of a flatbed lorry, with more soul and pathos than the Mona Lisa. Surely some mechanical miracle worker should rescue it before it finally succumbs to its fate.
Sony RX1rII, hand held at ISO 100. F6.3.
Morgan the Whippet doesn’t often make an appearance on these blog pages, but she’s a constant companion on Polly and my travels … And so time for her 15 minutes of fame!
A first trip out with the Sony RX1R Mark II to Saltburn on the Cleveland Coast. All shots were hand held except the second, classic, shot of the pier, which was balanced on a railing (my tripod is stowed away ready for our Norway adventures). All have been treated in Lightroom, pulling back highlights and lightening shadows. First impressions are that this is a superb little camera.
Inspired by finding the 2011 shot of Spurn Point (the subject of the last post), and realising it had been nearly five (eventful) years since I last visited, on Sunday I plugged the Point’s co-ordinates into the Sat Nav, turned on the engine, and headed due East.
Two hours in, and five minutes before it was deemed too dangerous to cross, I was stumbling across the sand, silt and mud of the breach that at high tide turns the Point into Yorkshire’s only island. I was now trapped! … at least for the next hour and a half.
Heading down the three miles to the end of the Point my motivation and inspiration were low, the tide too high, the wind too strong, my patience non-existent; I wished I’d headed up the coast, to Scarborough, or to Robin Hood’s bay, but I was stuck!
Rounding the tip of the Point I watched the boats go past, taking their cargo up the Humber, and then began the slow slog back to the car.
Stopping to take some shots of the old water tower, I noticed the sky taking on a pink tinge, but it did nothing to lift the mood.
But as I marched up the sands, the tide was literally turning, the spit widening, the sky becoming more interesting …
… and the last 30 minutes I found myself, as I often do, lost in the moment.
All good things come to those that wait!
Sigma Quattro DP0 & Sigma Merrill DP3, ISO 100, all using the obligatory tripod, all post processed using SPP and Lightroom.
Light was slowed down using B&W ND filters.
I took this shot of Spurn Point, a 3 mile long strip of land stretching out into the Humber Estuary, back in May 2011 and have studiously ignored it ever since. It was the last shot of the day before I turned to head back to car after a day of shooting the groynes protecting the shoreline. Back then the Point hadn’t been breached but in December 2013 a tidal surge destroyed the road and at high tide the Point is now an island and the image became part of Spurn’s long history.
Coming across it tonight, whilst looking back over my photo library, I started to play around with it it in Lightroom, and I’m glad I did! Resurrected from the image graveyard it’s become my favourite shot of that day.
Nikon D700, 2.5 Seconds at f22, ISO 100.
After spending 2 hours standing in the rain, failing to get any sort of decent Autumn shot in Sneaton Forest, I found myself at Whitby’s East Cliff one hour before sunset, ran down the 199 steps (counting each one of course) and frogmarched myself to the harbour. Forty minutes later I was running back to capture the classic shot from the steps as dusk set in and street lights flickered into life. Another thirty minutes found me balancing the DP3 Merrill in near darkness, hoping it was focussing on Whitby Abbey. As I climbed into the car for the two hour journey home it was still raining! That’s Britain for you!
We’d been driving around in the mist in the Vale of York all day, before finally heading up to Sutton Bank to see if we could catch the sunset. We arrived with minutes to spare, not really enough time to find the perfect location and set up the camera, but enough to rush from the car park and take a few shots as the sun disappeared behind the horizon … and to relax and take in the perfect scene. We’ll get there earlier next time!
I’ve finally put my money where my mouth is and bought the Sigma DP0 Quattro. Unfortunately, since it arrived, the North of England has been shrouded in mist, fog and rain, perhaps not the Quattro’s natural element. But I couldn’t resist taking the camera out just after dawn around Sheriff Hutton, near York, when we stayed at Polly’s cottage (www.ascotcottage.co.uk) last weekend.
I’ve been lucky enough to have the loan of a Sigma DP0 Quattro over the last couple of weeks. Sadly a combination of work and poor weather limited the time I was able to dedicate to the camera, and to understanding how to make the most of it’s capabilities.
Nevertheless Staithes, high up on Yorkshire’s East Coast, and Teasdale, just across the border in County Durham, aren’t bad places to try out the camera, even on dull, flat, days!
The above image is stitched from three shots. Even the DP0’s wide lens isn’t wide enough for Staithes!
The images are a combination of hand held and tripod steadied shots, at a variety of aperture’s and shutter speeds, all at ISO100, post processed in SPP and Lightroom.
The classic view of Staithes, North Yorkshire, taken in the early evening at hight tide.
Sigma DP1 Merrill, hand held, at 1/100th of second, f7.1, ISO100
When I see Emley Moor Mast, I know I’m nearly home.
At 330 metres tall it’s taller than London’s Shard; sitting on top of the Moor it’s even higher. On a night like to tonight, much more spectacular.
Temple Newsam House in evening May sunshine.