A few minutes after the storm, some rays of light formed a rainbow near the cliffs of Mount Aiguille, in Vercors Natural Park. The green plants in the foreground and the yellow/red light illuminating the clouds gave a really particular athmosphere to the scene.
A spectacular winter sunrise greeted =PastyGuy and me after camping on the snow on Dartmoor. We got up about 40 minutes before sunrise. I peaked my head out the tent and proclaimed "There is a 100% change of a sunrise". 10 minutes later we were engulfed in a hail storm with terrible visibility. Fortunately things picked up after that and the light we actually got couldn't have been much better.
Pen Y Fan is the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons and in southern Britain. At 886m it is diminuative by continental standard but can still provide spectacular views and unforgiving conditions.
Photographically 2012 did not get off to a good start for me. Of the trips I have been on perhaps 25% have produced any images at all. It's hard to keep going when you keep hitting bad weather! Our hike up to Pen Y Fan was no better. Freezing rain made for quite unpleasant walking conditions and my waterproof shell literally became a shell of ice! Once the tent was up (on the summit of Pen Y Fan because I try not to do things in half measures) we were fine though. It was cold but down jackets and sleeping bags soon warm you up, as does hot chocolate with a spot of whisky! The night went well and I got up every 3 hours to check the weather (it was cloudy but still all night). By 5.30am a gap had appeared on the eastern horizon and with the high clouds overhead an wonderful sunrise became almost certain.
Getting out the tent revealed just how cold it had been overnight with ice covering the tent but photography was the only thing on my mind. Donning my crampons I set off around Pen Y Fan in search of compositions....
5dmkII, 17-40L, ISO100, f11 5 vertical frames at 17mm bracketed with a 3 stop range. Stitched in PTGui and blended in Photoshop CS4
You can read a blog about what it took to get this image here: [link]
A place ive been to many times but never with any success...
Staple Tor is incredibly accessible and one of the most photogenic tors geologically so getting it to yourself can be difficult...
Pretty much everything fitted into place for this shot, there had been thick cloud all day that seemed to break readily in the high wind so the chance of some good cloud at sunset and a gap in the clouds was promising. I headed to the western side of the moor watching the weather as i drove. After looking at a few different locations i decided that the rocks at Staple tor would frame the setting sun best.. The contrast of the light was difficult to balance i used a .9 soft grad and also bracketed shots to blend later.
Shot on the western side of dartmoor at Staple Tor
To have this on my doorstep (relatively speaking) is a privilege i am reminded of every time i go to the wonderful coastline that surrounds Devon and Cornwall.
This is a nine minute exposure teetering over the edge you see, hunched over the camera to prevent the wind buffeting and ruining the exposure. Amazing how little the thrift flower heads moved in that time, ive also noticed some incredibly still seabirds who don't seem to move for the same length of time....thinking about it with a veiw like this to savour why move.
Shot with lee 3 stop soft grad and a lee big stopper which makes all the effort involved in getting to these places even more nerve racking. If there is good light and you elect to shoot long exposures you may get one shot, so not a lot of margin for error. this has its advantages in that it focuses the mind a little more, something ive needed recently within my photography.
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The classic scene associated with the Drakensberg - Cascades of the Tugela river with the Amphitheater in the background. If you don't have this shot, then you can't say you've photographed the Drakensberg!
Coastline enveloped by sea spray during the golden hour, after an afternoon shower.
Golden hour (sometimes known as magic hour) is the first and last hour of sunlight during the day. Typically the lighting is more diffused because the sun is near the horizon, so the sunlight travels through more of the atmosphere, reducing its intensity.
This was one of the last shots of a beautiful evening just outside Grundarfjordur when the weather finally began to clear. The previous 2 days had been washed out with solid rain. I used manual blending of 4 exposures and a photomatix produced image in this one. In coming weeks, I hope to present a video on Iceland flicking through every picture I took there in 2010 case people were curious!
Another shot from the base of the Pinnacles in June this year when the weather was wild, swell was up - challenging conditions but a great reminder of nature's powers. You can access this area from a turn off to Cape Woolamai. From the farthest car park it was about 45 minutes pleasant walking (in the right conditions). Only the last part is tricky going down a slope in the muddy conditions.
Our visits to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland have been met largely with inclement weather and even a blizzard once! This scene was shot from the wharf at Arnastapi on a gloomy but still day. If features in www.inspiredbyiceland.com 's video at about the 2:00 minute mark. There are many images of this white house from the area but most focus on the rock formations along the shore. I tried to come up with an image that was different to the norm and so, I walked out on to the rocks of the breakwater /harbour to see what was possible. This was the result.
This was one of the strangest displays of light. During the magic hour the mountains were completely shrouded in clouds and there was no chance of any color that evening, or so I thought. After I had taken some exposures and it had gotten very dark I packed up my camera and tripod and started to walk back to camp. All of a sudden I looked backed and noticed the clouds starting to lift and a really strange glow hitting the underside of the clouds. I quickly ran back to the creek and tried to recompose in almost complete darkness. Was able to capture this strange light which disappeared second after this was taken.
After a hard day of working on the trail up to Bishop Pass I decided to go up to the top of the pass for sunset.
This photo was taken at about 12,000 feet looking down into the Bishop Creek drainage. The lakes from closest to background are Bishop Lake, Saddlerock Lake, and Long Lake. On the right you can see Chocolate Peak and in the background is Mt. Humphreys and Mt. Tom and in the far background you can see the Glass Mountains.