Water has always had a draw for me, the sea especially. From windsurfing as a child, to training as a commercial scuba diver as part of a coastal engineering degree, I have always felt a need to be near, on or under the water. Now as an occasional photographer I often find myself perched on a rock, feet wet, waiting for that perfect combination of wave and sky.
For me it is the interaction between land and sea that fascinates. The movement of the water, even when calm, as it flows over rocks and river banks creates a feeling of power and conflict that is intoxicating.
While my preference is for water to be included in my photos, occasionally I do partake in that crazy photographer habit of getting up at an unearthly time to stand on a hill waiting for the warmth of the sunrise to bathe the landscape in a blanket of warmth. If I am honest, those mornings are generally the ones that give me the addictive buzz and the connection to photography and landscapes that you don’t always get when other people are awake.
Get the tide right at Bossington and it is a fantastic place to take landscape photographs. The old timber groynes keeping the large pebble beach in place make for fascinating coastal subjects.
This shot was taken looking to the west towards Porlock, the pink glow lasted for about 30 seconds before the sun finally dropped below the headland. Once the sun had gone, we began the frantic attempt to find the narrow path back to the car using the pathetic torch on the back of a rapidly dying iphone...
Close up of the timber groynes that retain the large pebble beach at Bossington. The Longshore drift is very much in evidence at the beach with the difference in levels from one side of a groyne to the other occasionally being over 6ft.
The beginnings of a future project... The rivers and the sea have been a draw for me as long as I can remember hence the preference for my landscapes to include some water and, of course, my day job as a flooding and sustainable drainage engineer.
It has always been the movement of the water that fascinates me, especially the way it creates flow patterns over rocks.
One of my experiments with film (not surfing, I am rubbish at that!).
I waited for ages for this surfer to get a wave (he was pretty much the only one out) having seen him doing well on my walk to the water. Sadly he stopped being good as soon as I started shooting. Maybe he noticed the the white Canon lens?
The light was fading and the waves were slowly dropping off so most of the surfers started heading in. This was a snapshot taken after looking back as I walked to the car.
A bit of a rush I have to admit after a crash on a mountain bike ride earlier in the evening meant hobbling up through the woods with a swollen knee, not the most pleasant way to reach a spot you have had your eye on for a while!
That combined with the fact that I was supposed to be picking up the wife on the other side of town at the moment this was taken...
Good old Lilstock, not the easiest place to shoot but a good challenge.
Situated on the north coast of Somerset and overlooked by the Hinkley Point Nuclear Power station it is an odd place but one that has a weird draw for me. It is very similar to Kilve with its rock shelves and abundance of fossils, but the atmosphere is very different in a way that is hard to define.
Why is it that the one time you manage to arrange a trip to one of your 'tick box' location, the weather doesn't play ball. This shot, which makes me think of Game of Thrones for some reason, was my favourite of the day, even if it did result in the inevitable wet feet.
"Clevedon Pier was built in the Victorian heyday to receive paddle steamer passengers from Devon and Wales" ClevedonPier.co.uk
"Clevedon Pier was built in the Victorian heyday to receive paddle steamer passengers from Devon and Wales"
My one and only trip to Durdle Door which was carried out in such a rush after a work meeting that I didn't take my tripod, and hadn't noticed my 5D wasn't in my camera bag (only the film camera). Thankfully there was enough film left to get a few shots, this being my favourite even it is isn;t actually of Durdle Door itself.
This was taken on the way from Lulworth Cove along the coast path. I can't remember the mans name, but he was on holiday and excited to finally be able to tick Durdle Door off his 'to do list'.
Toadstool hunting was something my wife and I used to do to keep the children entertained on walks. The challenge to find the first decent Fly Agaric kept us going for weeks!
Of course the children wanted to know more about what they were finding and so we started reading and discovered that toadstools are completely bonkers and fascinating. Just the description of how some can kill you is worth looking up!
Flora and Fauna
Flowers are awesome and should be something every photographer takes photos of. Admittedly there are too many photos of flowers on stock sites, but the fact that you have a good looking, interesting subject that stays still means you can concentrate/experiment on lighting, staging, and post production for as long as you like. The fact that they are everywhere helps too.
Portaits are where I tend to play a bit more with my photography. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
My first test shot with the incredible Fuji 56mm f1.2.