the big picture gallery: Blog http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog en-us (C) the big picture gallery (the big picture gallery) Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:49:00 GMT Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:49:00 GMT http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/img/s/v-5/u379512889-o47623065-50.jpg the big picture gallery: Blog http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog 120 74 A visit to Suffolk http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2018/3/a-visit-to-suffolk Had the opportunity of a couple of days to shoot some images in Suffolk, I had hoped the weather would have been kinder, but you have to take what you can get sometimes. It sure was nice to get away from the Derbyshire hills, I had planned to shoot the pumping station at Herringfleet, it's a photography Honeypot location, but I always wanted to shoot some images of it, the idea was to do this fisrt thing, then drop down to Shingle Street on the coast for some Sea shots. However the weather was forecast to be a mixed bag, and indeed it was. The Herringfleet location was some 60 miles from where I was staying, along the way the weather looked decidely poor, with a gloomy day and a prospect of rain, my hopes were looking dashed. As I walked from the car to the location, the skies started to clear and some better light looked possible.

Bearing in mind the photographic attraction to the Mill, I started looking for compositions which showed the Mill as part of the Suffolk landscape, rather than of the mill itself, I found several views that suited both the composition and light. It's a shame that a couple of the sails were missing, these had in fact broken off, still the place is in a fantastic location, and is well worth a visit. All the images were taken using the Pentax 645z with a mix of lenses.

Herringfleet Mill Suffolk

Herringfleet Mill, Suffolk

 

 

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(the big picture gallery) ashbourne derbyshire derbyshire photographer fine art photography herringfleet mill landscape photography courses nick lukey the big picture gallery http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2018/3/a-visit-to-suffolk Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:47:16 GMT
Image Exposure 101 http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2018/2/image-exposure-101 I have been asked on numerous occasions how I get the colour into images that I post online. Do I enhance? How do I get the particular look I am after?.

As photographers whatever the scene before us, whatever has caught our eye, be it a particular composition, a Sunrise or Sunset, one thing to bear in mind is the given dynamic range of the sensor you'e trying to capture the image with. If the sensor does not have a large dynamic range, you will not be able to capture the shadow detail whilst preserving the highlights. Larger sensor cameras, DSLR and Medium Format systems have a larger dynamic range. The problem with the exposure rerading that the camera makes, is that it tends to be biased toward the brighter part of the scene, usually the sky. The downside to this bias is that it will leave your foreground underexposed. Most modern sensors can cope with some changes to alter the dynamic range during post processing, but at a sacrifice of leaving some shadow noise to deal with.

So how can you maximize the dynamic range (the ability to capture shadow detail as well as highlights) without losing one or the other. The following images will give you some idea of the steps you can take to get an image that will give you the optimum exposure detail to able to undertake your image enhancement.

My usual way of capturing a wide dynamic range scene IE a bright sky with cloud detail, is to use a graduated ND filter. By using a filter like this, it allows you to preserve the Sky details, whilst keeping the rest of the scene correctly metered. Here are some examples of this.

So in the shot above, I established my composition, using the suggested meter reading I captured the shot, while my Pentax made a good fist of the exposure, it left the sky overexposed thus losing some detail in a quite glorious sky.  I already knew that this would happen, and I would have to do the following, either use an ND grad filter, or by creating a series of images of differing exposures then create a blended image. What would be the reasons for choosing the latter?

One thing about an ND grad is that it will lower the exposure for everything that is within the graduation, my filter are 150mm and the gradient goes from the top down to halfway, so the remaining 50 percent of the filter is clear. This is all fine and dandy if you are shooting a scene like a seascape where you have a nice perfect horizon, but using it anywhere else can cause exposure issues if anything other than the sky sits within the gradient, such as this lovely Silver Birch tree.

The above image had a 1 stop ND grad filter applied, you can clearly see that the shadow detail in the vegetation is preserved, whilst the filter starts to preserve the sky. The red outline is where the grad was used

Using the 2 stop ND has shown the sky details but its starting to block the detail in the tree from being shown.

 

So finally a 3 stop filter ND filter is applied, The Sky has become darker, however the level of detail in the highlights is very much improved. The drawback is how the hill behind the tree has almost no detail, and has turned quite dark along with the tree.

 

The alternative method of getting a nice balance exposure on an image, is to bracket the exposure, most cameras have this ability, and will be within the menu system of the camera. I shoot in manual so the easiest way for me to do this is to choose the correct aperture for the depth of field required, and the correct shutter speed to preserve the details in the image, if it were a windy day for instance, and I was using a slow shutter speed then some elements of the image may blur. So the way I shoot in manual is to shoot a normal exposure one where the camera indicates it's correct. Then shoot one image over exposed, and one or two images underexposed. I usually don't bother going anything above plus one, you can do, but my preference is just the one shot over.

 

You can clearly see in this image that the highlights are blown, but the shadow area beneath the tree contains much more detail.

 

In this shot, the sky detail is being preserved but the shadow detail is being sacrificed.

 

Perfect sky, but no shadow detail retained in the foreground.

 

So with these 3 exposures chosen I can then blend these in Lightroom using the create HDR option, HIgh Dynamic Range. There can be negatives associated with using this technique, which I will cover at the end.

Here are the blended 3 images. An image that retains both highlight and shadow detail. Which is much easier to work on with fine-tuning and sorting out the various aspects of the image that you want to highlight, or bring out.

 

Please bere in mind when shooting your exposures for HDR, that if you are shooting during a windy day, then each frame you take may have some cloud movement during the exposures that have to be dealt with by the HDR algorithym, and may produce some image ghosting. Each method has poitives and negatives, it's whatever you prefer to do in your image workflow.

If you start your editing and enhancement process without a correctly exposed image which should have a broad dynamic range, then any adjustments you make can have in some cases a detrimental effect on other parts of your image. Having a good balanced image, is not only good practice, but by doing so you give yourself the best opportunity to enhance the image as you want. This especially applies to large prints, as any defects will be magnified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(the big picture gallery) ashbourne derbyshire derbyshire photographer fine art photography landscape photography landscape photography courses medium format nick lukey pentax 645z the big picture gallery http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2018/2/image-exposure-101 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:18:38 GMT
Storm Eleanore at New Brighton http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2018/1/storm-eleanore-at-new-brighton I fancied a change of scene, and a breath of sea air. Struck down with a severe man cold over Xmas and New Year, I needed to get outdoors. Hearing that Storm Eleanor was headed our way, I thought about going over to the west coast to try and get some images. I checked the tide tables and high tide at New Brighton was around 11 am, after a couple of hours drive through Cheshire I made it just as high tide arrived. I'm glad I made the trip, the wind and the high tide made for some great images.

The view out into the sea was just mental, waves crashing into the promenade as high as fifty feet,  our weather can be very spectacular. The light was not on my side  sadly. I  was hoping for some slanting winter sun to highlight the surf, but although we had a fleeting glimpse it stayed pretty much overcast. I got caught out a few times and ended up at one point in 2 foot of salt water, annoyed that I had left my gloves behind, my hands after a couple of hours were pretty cold.

Still it made for an eventful outing, and to witness the power of the ocean and the force of nature, was a real delight. All the images were shot with a Pentax 645Z, using the 35mm 45-85mm and the 80-160mm, all the shots were handheld, to breezy for the tripod. Hope you enjoy the images.

Storm Eleanor at new BrightonWinds and high tide at New Brighton

Perch Rock Lighthouse New BrightonStorm Eleanor Flooded Promenade New BrightonStorm Eleanor An Angry Sea New BrightonStorm Eleanor Big Wave New BrightonStorm Eleanor

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(the big picture gallery) . ashbourne brighton" derbyshire derbyshire photographer fine art photography landscape photography landscape photography courses monochrome new storm eleanor the big picture gallery http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2018/1/storm-eleanore-at-new-brighton Fri, 05 Jan 2018 01:08:53 GMT
Falklands revisited http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/12/falklands-revisited A year ago today, I arrived in the Falklands. This visit came about purely from a visitor to our Gallery in Ashbourne several months earlier. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Allan White and partner Jacqui Jennings and Bosun the dog, they were on a UK holiday and had stopped by chance in Ashbourne, one thing led to another and I was on my way back to the Falkland Islands. Full of trepidation I boarded the flight that was to last around 19 hours. Have to say that the flight was great and we were well looked after by the cabin crew.

I was met by Jacqui at Mount Pleasant Airport some 40 miles away from Stanley. Jacqui was preparing for her daughters wedding and was buying mountains of food, for the day. The wedding was taking place at Fox Bay on West Falkland, we would be driving over via the ferry MV Concordia, which runs from New Haven on East Falkland to Port Howard on West Falkland.

The following day found Allan and I driving out to New Haven, we had a small detour via Darwin, I wanted to stop and visit the memorial that lies on top of Darwin Hill, and overlooks Goose Green. I wanted  pay my respects to those that died, during the Battle of Darwin and Goose Green. As I walked up the small rise to the  monument I was struck with uncontrollable sadness, and spent the next half an hour pouring out my heart. It had been 35 years since I was on the islands, and those 35 years came tumbling out as my eyes filled with tears as I remembered events from that time.

2 Para memorial on Darwin HillOveooking Goose Green, East Falkland

I had carried this sadness around with me for all this time and I guess this was my chance to unburden myself of those memories, When we were on the ferry to Port Howard I had the time to reflect upon those events in 1982, when as part of the 2nd Parachute battalion (2 Para)  we landed on the Falklands. This was my  chance to see the Islands in a different, and more thoughtful way, and I was so glad that I had made the trip. As a photographer I wanted to capture images of the landscape, which makes this place so special. Reflecting back to 1982 I didn't like the Falklands at all, barely knew where it was.  It was wet, windy and pretty cold. A vast barren windswept land which held no allure for a young Paratrooper. I think we all wanted to get the job done, and get back home as quick as possible.

Travelling over West Falkland to Fox Bay the scenery was just epic, The gravel road went on for mile upon mile carving through the vast bleak moorland, finally arriving at the small hamlet of Fox bay which would be home for a couple of days. I was shooting the wedding of Nadia and Justin out at Leicester farm, and I couldn't wait to meet them, and their friends and family on their wedding day.

West Falkland Vista (The big country)

It's quite amusing even now as I sit here in Derbyshire typing this, having shot hundreds of weddings in the UK at Castles, and Hotels, and other venues. Never have I shot a wedding in the middle of a 55.000 acre farm.  The wedding would be held by a little brook over a very rickety bridge, it was quite simply amazing. Watching people turn up carrying plastic chairs in their finery, a walk of several hundered yards for most folk. The view of seeing 50 odd 4x4s perched on the hill overlooking the wedding place, reminded me of film Zulu. It was a simple ceremoney filled with little touches from their friends, and certainly is one wedding that I will think of for the rest of my life. A wedding on New Years eve, boy do these people know how to party, they work hard, and play hard.

Evening soltitude Fox Bay, West Falkland

Abandoned House Fox bay West Falkland

New Years day turned out to be the warmest day of my whole visit, it was brilliant sunshine with a gorgeous blue sky, Allan, Jacqui and I went on a 4 wheel drive adventure and ended up at a Penguins Rookery high up on a hill a few miles from Fox bay,  although the sun was out it was quite breezy (it is rarely calm on the Falklands) we were out a few hours and I actually got quite well sunburned, the lack of ozone and pollution helps. We found beautiful untouched white sand beaches, at times you would think we were in the Bahamas. The Falkland Islands are certainly full of suprises. On the drive back to Stanley, Allan and I went for a drive over to Bodie Bridge, the only suspension bridge in the Falklands, it must have cost a small fortune to build. We crossed over it rather delicately as it is quite a sorry state, and it won't be much longer before some of it will fall into the sea.

Penguin Rookery West Falkland

 

Fox Bay and beaches West Falkland Bodie Bridge Near Goose green

So it was back to Stanley for a few days, before Allan departed back to West Point Island, this sounded like a fantastic place to live, and I would join Allan and Jacqui at the end of my visit. Meanwhile I went on a battlefield tour with a wonderful guy from Stanley called Tony Smith. We picked a rather moody day to go, which suited my photography, sunlight danced around the hills and we had the occasional shower to contend with. A great experience and Tony, who is a real affable, and we spent the best part of the day touring around Longdon and Wireless ridge. His Landrover coped admirably with the terrain. Some great images captured, I did make my way back up to Wireless ridge later in the week and spent a few hours up there as dusk fell and witnessed the most spectacular sunset. As the light began to fade and the wind picked up, it felt quite eerie being there, I paid my respects and left them in peace.

Mount Longdon, East Falkland

Light breaking over Mount Longdon, East Falkland

A moody Wireless Ridge east falkland

Moody Brooke East FalklandTwin sisters in the far distance

Wireless Ridge and Mount Tumbledown sunset

 

Toward the end of my first week, I made my way over to San Carlos where I spent the night at Matthew McMullan's farm, after spending an hour or to on the top of Sussex Mountain. I visited Bllue Beach and the UK Armed Forces Cemetary. Paid my respects to Colonel H and the rest of the lads, the cemetary is in a lovely quite spot overlooking Blue Beach, with nothing to disturb, other than the cry of an Oystercatcher.  Following morning I was away back to Darwin and Goose Green, once agian loitered at the top of Sussex mountain, remembering that bloody tab up from San Carlos, loaded up with ammunition and kit, easily carrying over a 100lbs on our backs, a tab I'm never likely to forget.

San Carlos from Sussex Mountain

Lafonia EAst falkland

As darkness falls, San carlos East Falkland

Old 2 Para postion on Sussex Mountain

UK Forces cemetary at San Carlos East Falkland

Having a full day over at Darwin and Goose Green, the light was simply stunning and I was in Landscape heaven, this rather benign landscape I was taking pictures of on this lovely January day,was such a different place 35 years ago.  A place where friends and comrades died, where fine and selfless acts of heroism took place amongst the sound and sights of battle. Once again I was brought to a halt by salty tears, not this time ones of sadness, but by a feeling of immense pride in our battalions, and it's endevours during those hours of combat. Over the next few days I really did begin to see how the Falklands had grown and prospered, and what we achieved back in 1982 was so worthwhile. 

Cemetary at darwinA little wooded copse under a rather magnificent sky

Killing fields at Darwin

Small Cove at darwinGoose Green in the distance

Goose Green East Falkland

Argentine cemetary at Darwin

Finally my visit was coming to an end, but for the last couple of days I would fly out to West Point Island, and join up with Allan and Jacqui. West Point is a truly specatacular place to live, and not for the faint hearted. A certain amount of resiliance is required, and the kelpers have it in abundance. Especially when you think of the cosseted life many of us enjoy in the UK. So it was with a heavy heart that I said my goodbyes to these 2 wonderful people. The flight back to Stanley was rather impressive, Sat in the crew seat with Andrew Azalia the FIGAS pilot, he asked me where i wanted to go, we had a memorable trip back flying over San Carlos and Ajax Bay, Goose Green, Fitzroy, Swan Inlet, finishing with a flypast of the 2 Sisters, Mount Tumbledown and the final views of Mount Longdon and Wireless ridge, before touching down at Stanley Airport, a truly amazing visit, amongst equally amazing friendly people.

Port SussexAerial view taken from the FIGAS Islander

Sunlight on a small inlet, West Falkland

Chartres, West Falkland

Wind scorched trees, West Point Island

FIGAS Islander landing on West Point Island Swan Inlet and the road to Stanley

Port Stanley Allan and Jacqui West Point IslandWithout these two splendid people my trip would not have happened. I cannot thank you enough.

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Winter Arrives http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/12/winter-arrives For a brief moment in time, the Derbyshire landscape was covered in snow, although it only lasted a few days it certainly brought a smile to my face. I love winter when we get some snow, usually it's wet and quite dour, the colours of dark greys and muddy brown do nothing to lift my spirits.

The day it snowed, we went out for a walk around the local lanes, the light was poor as it was quite late in the afternoon, I just hoped that the following day would be clear, and that I could get to capture a winter landscape in some decent light.

The following day was nothing short of epic, the light was spectacular and had a real alpine feel to it, I headed off to Minninglow Hill resplendent in its white coat. No one had been out before me, and the heavy covering of snow, untouched by human feet. Up on the hilll itself drifts were several feet thick, and I was upto my knees in places. Amazing how the sheep manage to get below the icy layer to get at the grass.

It's kind of special to have an opportunity to shoot in such pristine conditions. I hope you enjoy my images

All the images were taken with a Pentax 645z the lenses used 35mm, 45-85mm, and the 80-160mm.

Snow Marston Montgomery Snowfall Marston Montgomery Curious Sheep Windblown Trees Minninglow Hill Minninglow Hill, Derbyshire3 image panorama

Beech Copse in Winter Minninglow Snowdrifts Minninglow Textures of Winter Shadow play

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(the big picture gallery) derbyshire photographer fine art photography landscape photography landscape photography courses monochrome nick lukey the big picture gallery http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/12/winter-arrives Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:47:08 GMT
Let's talk about Autumn http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/11/lets-talk-about-autumn Autumn is my favourite season, as the nights draw in, and the air chills, we start to think of bonfire night, and dare I say it, Christmas.  As a photographer, I love autumns arrival.  It's quite remarkable how long the season takes to get really going,  as I write this, there is still plenty of colour to be found in the countryside, although this is diminishing rather quickly.

Capturing the colour of the season is all about timing, and of course the weather plays a huge role in this.  Early winds can take the leaves off really quickly.  A few days of a strong wind can leave you with nothing to admire.  We've been quite lucky this year.  The colour has remained for quite awhile, this combined with a few frosty mornings, has given me some great opportunities to capture the season at its best.

Some of the images in my blog, were captured after visiting the location on several occasions.  Your always competing with the weather, and many times the light is just not there.  It's never the case that you just turn up and the picture is just begging to be taken.  All the images taken below were captured with the Pentax 645z with a variety of lenses;  35mm, 45-80, and the 80-160mm.  Generally I will use an ND grad combined with a polarizer filter, this allows for a more balanced exposure, and deeper colour saturation.

Nick Lukey Ashbourne photographerLone tree and a stormy sky.Autumn colour in the Derbyshire dales

Nick Lukey Ashbourne photographerFrost and Autumn colourAutumn colour at Osmaston Derbyshire

Nick Lukey Ashbourne photographerEarly morning sunlight at Osmoston ParkOsmaston park near Ashbourne and autumn colour Nick Lukey Ashbourne photographerA frosty start to the dayA frosty morning in the Derbyshire dales Nick Lukey Ashbourne photographerAutumn sunset Derbyshire dalesSpectacluar skies herald a cold night ahead

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(the big picture gallery) 645z" ashbourne ashbourne photographer derbyshire derbyshire photographer fine art photography landscape photography landscape photography courses medium format monochrome nick lukey peak district pentax the big picture gallery the peak district http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/11/lets-talk-about-autumn Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:30:02 GMT
Landscape 1-1 days http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/10/landscape-1-1-days One thing I always hope for when taking out a client into the Peak, is moderatly good weather. This gives us both an opportunity to work out the best composition, the best exposure to suit the mood. However when the weather gods go against you. it's always a tough call to sack it off and find a warm spot for a coffee, or persevere and hope the weather improves. Fortunately for us it did perk up a bit, and made for a challenging, but enjoyable day out. Pete my pupil for the day, was very affable and took things in his stride, and I hope learnt a fair bit along the way. A few images from the day. All the images taken with the Mamiya 645DF using a Phase One P21+ digital back.

Autumn at Padley GorgeLeaf carpet River of GoldPadley Groge River BurbagePadley Gorge

Owler TorA break in the weather

Natural balanceGritstone boulder finely balanced at Owler Tor

Moorland under breaking skyOwler Tor

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(the big picture gallery) ashbourne photographer derbyshire derbyshire photographer fine art photography landscape photography landscape photography workshops nick lukey owler tor padley gorge the big picture gallery http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/10/landscape-1-1-days Sun, 22 Oct 2017 03:41:38 GMT
Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017 http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/10/landscape-photographer-of-the-year-2017 I was very pleased to learn that 2 of my images from my submission this year, went through to the final round of judging, with one being commended to be in this years winners gallery and the LPOTY 2017 book. The book is a must buy for any landscape photographer, and when I look through it, I am always in awe of the photographers images, they are sublime. Sometimes controversial but by en large you can understand why the judges have picked them.

To judge this competition must be quite hard work, as some 250 thousand images are submitted, it's a nice feeling to know that one or two of your images has hit the right spot and caught the judges eye. When i submit a panel of images, I am very brutal in my choice, and spend quite a few hours looking at the merits of each image before sending my best.

I don't think there is a winning formula, but as long as you feel you've submitted your best work, no one can ask anymore of you. The rest lies with the judges. I personally think it's good to submit, as long as you don't get disappointed with the Dear John email you may get. Remember too that judging is purely what an individual feels about the subject matter, what makes the image standout among the thousands that they have looked at.

This is now the second time in 3 years that I have had an image commended, so I am pleased to think that my photography is going in the right direction, but I shoot for myself first and foremost, I don't shoot for the competition.

My 2 shortlisted entries were 2 very different images, one captured with the drone, and one with my phase one 645 back, 2 very different techniologies, the image of the tractor and the fields was very much a planned image, the other was a fluke. The image of the fields being mowed was the one that made it through to the final round. The fields had been mowed that morning I was lucky enough to drive past as they were doing it, so I figured the best way to try and capture it, would be when the sun was low enough in the sky to produce the shadows and texture. Fortunately for me the weather held and didn't cloud over, without the low sun the image would not have worked.

The second image was taken during a really cold morning with large amounts of mist surrounding our part of Derbyshire, it was one of those mornings when just driving around to various locations I had in my mind was the only thing to do. Lucky for me I caught this image by chance really. It remains on of my favourites, the soft light and the pastel pink rendition along with the mist isolated the small beech copse, combined with a telephoto lens to compress the foreground really made this image standout for me.

 

Evening Mowing Drone image captured with the Dji Inspire pro with zuiko 12mm

Beech copse The pastel light of a cold and misty dawn

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Peak District Year 2018 Calendar http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/9/peak-district-year-2018 My calendar has just been printed, featuring some of my favourite images of the nations favourite national park. It also includes free delivery. and would make a great Christmas present.

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(the big picture gallery) ashbourne derbyshire photographer fine art photography landscape photography landscape photography courses nick lukey peak district the big picture gallery http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/9/peak-district-year-2018 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:42:23 GMT
Confusion or Abstract http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/7/confusion-or-abstract  

Photo abstracts take the viewer away from knowing or recognizing the subject. Instead they invite the viewer to almost ‘feel’ the textures, forms and other elements of the subject.

Often abstract photography makes the object unrecognisable as an object in its own right. Instead it directs attention to the look and feel – the essence of the object.

Very often my work includes an abstraction of a greater view, where the subject matter is not intstantly recogonised, it may include a hard shadow or high contrast scene, or the way a shadow falls,  I see it in my eye as a pleasing pattern or shape, sometimes formed by the colour itself. It has to have some harmony for me.

Often as photographers we concentrate all our efforts into the Grand View, when something much more simplistic can be equally as rewarding.  I find myself thinking about shooting things more in an abstract fashion. I find buildings Architecture make great abstracts, its easier to see a shape or pattern. With nature the task becomes more confused, trying to find the composition, and the harmony.

Sometimes it can hit you right away, more often than not though it takes some time to figure it out. Whatever the subject abstracts can be a great talking point, the term Marmite can be used often when viewing an Abstract image. I guess alot of viewers just won't get it, but that's not really the point, your not meant to, as it will mean different things to different people. I often just go out to shoot this type of image, it's a great way of spending a few hours with a single subject.

Rape field, Cambridgeshire

II sometimes find that creating an abstract is actually created due to an image reference that I carry around in my head, the above image is one that I have been wanting to find for many years, quite a few people have commented that I made this up in Photoshop, in truth it was shot as i saw it, the only photoshop element was creating the uber staright line of the horizon. The image was inspired by Mondrain blocks of colour.

 

Conwy Seascape

This long exsposure seascape with the bands of clouds was taken after a long day out in Wales, shot off the Conwy coast. I was reminded of the Rathko works.

 

River Burbage a riot of colour

I found myself in Padley Gorge near Grindleford with some really bright light searing through the tree canopy, the River Burbage tumbles dow a steep ravine and is often the place to shoot long exposures. I wanted to shoot something different capturing the power of the river, the reds and oranges are leaves that were trapped underwater and looked like layers of jelly in a trifle. Make of it what you will.

 

Colours in Slate

Slate Quarry Lake District

The above images were taking during a late March outing to a Slate quarry in the lake District. I could have spent the whole day there, it was wonderful, amazed by the patterns and colour in the rock. The chance to get some pictures out of this space was compelling. Hard work to find the right images amongst the quarried walls.

X factor The Gherkin

City in blue

A london photographic workshop I took in the winter, let me concentrate on the abstract nature of architecture, the above images were taken with a telephoto lens, which gives you so many options in picking out subjects, the other aspect about using the telephoto is the compression effect of the lens on the subject.

Thanks for taking time to read my blog.

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(the big picture gallery) Mamiya Phase One ashbourne derbyshire photographer fine art photography fuji x pro 1 landscape photography landscape photography courses medium format nick lukey the big picture gallery http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/7/confusion-or-abstract Tue, 04 Jul 2017 10:54:12 GMT
In love with medium format http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/6/in-love-with-medium-format  

A few months ago I took an ebay punt on a Mamiya 645df with a Phase One P21+ back with assorted lenses 80mm and 45mm. I had been scratching an itch about moving to medium format for quite a while. The heavy case duly arrived, and within a few minutes I was out in the garden shooting some test pictures. I was like a kid with his first bike. I wasn't particularly blown away when I first viewed the raws (Captures raw files only) in Lightroom, all were underexposed by a stop or so. However after a few tweeks I had images in front of me that were wonderful. What do I mean by wonderful, compared to my Fuji files what? never!

Yes they were wonderful with richness in colour and a lovely tonal depth. Different in many ways to my Fuji system. So after only an hour I was absolutely chuffed as a chuffed thing, that my itch had yielded a gem of a camera.

A little backstory here, for several months I had been thinking of upgrading my Fuji XT1 don't get me wrong here I love the Fuji, and its lenses. I have wrote several blog posts waxing lyrical about the fantastic quality of both image and lenses. As an all round picture taking tool it is possibly the best systemm I have owned. However for me personally the whole issue of menu systems and the plethora of Af modes and other modes that are being engineered into idgital cameras seem to me to be taking away the actual craft of photography. I have noticed this for several years now, it's called dumbing down, where the machine takes over, thanks to a software developer, design engineer, seemingly wanting to make our lives easier.

So the search for something pure and simple became a quest. Should I go back to film? maybe that's was the answer. Then I thought that my audience are pretty much all internet based, what seems the point of shooting film gettting it developed and printed, then scanning and digitizing the images. It really didn't make sense to me. So the only option to find that purity of picture taking and simple operation, was to choose a film camera that can accept a digital back.

Once I had made up my mind I scoured the net (as you do) to research my camera. I found a good resource in the GetDpi site as well as the usual Luminous landscape site. I aslo discovered during my research a thread called Fat Pixels, I won't go into the detail here but it's an interesting theory and involves some subjectivity about what is considered to be "magic colour", but from my months of shooting with the Phase One P21+ I do agree that the colour files it produces are more akin to Chrome films we used to shoot back in the day. Sorry for the digression, but it was discovering these snippets that led me to pick a back with the magic 9 pixel count.

So what are the drawbacks, and how does it perform in the filed?

First and foremost It's heavy,, in fact compared to the Fuji X series, it's a beast. Compared to a Nikon D3 not so much. My F Stop pack with the camera and associated lenses, batteries and tripod weighs a fair bit, out in the field all day you will notice it.

You need a Tripod, yep it's a must have, along with an associated electronic release.

The back I purchased came with 4 batteries, on a long day out you will use most of them.

The Camera itself comes with a AA battery holder (6 needed) I binned that off for the LIPO battery, it lasts forever (unless you leave the camera turned on) as I did a few weeks ago, and forgot until I got to my shooting destination.

Focus on AF is adequate but its limited to the centre focus point, so I usually focus on my subject then flick the lens to MF then shoot.

You need to use mirror lockup on anything under 1/200th of a second, the massive mirror has some slap, even on a sturdy tripod so I use mirror lock up all the time.

Auto WB is pretty good, with on average a cool tone (blue) but easily remedied in LR or Pshop.

ISO I leave it on base ISO 100,  it usuable upto 800 ISO, but is pushing the sensor tbh, and shooting Landsacapes on a tripod is not really difficult, so upping the ISO gains you nothing.

How does the Camera and back perform in the field?

Very easy to use, the back itself is rather uncomplicated as seen in the above image

The 4 chrome buttons are so simple

Button1 top left, access the play review and delets images

Button 2 bottom left, Menu to set time and date, format card, set camera shutter latency, Size of the raw file, WB and ISO a few other things like LCD brightness etc.

Button 3, top right sets the ISO on the fly, you can do this in the main menui but takes a few more presses to get to the ISO.

Button 4, bottom right, similar to the ISO button, just gives a faster route to set the WB quickly, you can alos choose to set a custom white balance very quickly.

If you compared this back and its features to the latest iterations from Fuji, the menu syetem is so simple a child could operate it. This was the main reason for purchase simplicity.

The Camera functions are simple to, yes there are some memory parameters that you can set, you can do this and apply them to either C!, C2 or C3 on the top dial, you get a cheat sheet with the camera which gives you the programming instructions, TBH I've never bothered with it.

I tend to shoot in manual mode most of the time.

The viewfinder is epic, bright with easy to read digital display, dioptre adjustment via a wheel. Point to note the rubber eyecup can easliy come off, and are as rare as hens teeth ergo quite expensive to replace, I lost mine within a few weeks, the new one is firmly in place with a drop of sugru.

Image review is not stellar, the viewing screen on the back is pretty small, and is a bugger to see in bright light, so I rarely chimp, I prefer to discover the results when I get back.

The meter is pretty accurate, I usually use spot mode, has a tendancy to be a slighly underexposed by about 1/2 a stop.

You can push the file over quite a bit, recovery in Lightroom is easy, but it will start to blow the highlights at a about 1.5 stops over. The dynamic range is pretty good even by todays standard, but it will punish you for sloppy technique. Which is a good thing in my view !!!

You can shoot film on it :) with the appropriate back.

You can upgrade the back, without buying a new camera :)

Thje P21+ will shoot exposures for an hour, some other backs do not.

 

It does have the usual features found on todays cameras AFL and AEL lock, multispot metering etc, but for me, and I say this with all the caveats, thay this is my personal view, some may differ, which is fine by me, this review is purely subjective. This Camera and back set up, suit my work, I no longer have to worry about settings or firmware updates. This is an honest workhorse which takes great pictures if used and treated correctly, using it you must be familiar with the techniques of exposure, as it will punish you if you get it wrong, get it right and it delivers great files that print superbly well.

The lenses available are pretty damn good, and you can use the older film lenses on the 645, however you have to use stop down metering, the new Mamiya/Phase One lenses are seriously expensive :( I tend to use the 35mm AF, 210mm and the 80 mm this suits my landscape needs perfectly, although a lens with a longer throw would be most welcome. The Phase One P21+ (18mp) has a crop facotor of 1:3 so a 35mm lens has a 35mm full frame equivalent of a 26mm. (Crop factor divided into focal length). Ultra wides are not available.

The one great thing that using this Camera and back combination does,  is that it forces you to slow down,  makes you take time to look at your composition and lighting.  When using my Fuji equipment I would rarely use a tripod unless it was for some slow exposure work. The Mamiya is totally different in this respect, using this certainly has made me think more about my photography.

 

My very first medium format image, Mamiya 645Df with Phase One P21+ back and 80mm lens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A great sunrise http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/5/a-great-sunrise Whenever I plan to go out, one thing that cannot be relied upon is the weather, ofter it will just throw a massive spanner into the works. Last week we had some stunning summer weather, tempretures on par with Spain I decided to get out and shoot a sunset. I hadn't been out in several weeks, and was itching to get out of the office. So grabbed my gear and headed out to Winnats pass near Castleton. Bearing in mind this is a round trip of 70 miles, I hoped the weather would play its part. The nearer I got the lower my heart sank, cloud had moved in and turned what was to be a cracking sunset into nothing. Hey ho I thought I will still give it a go, planning on setting up and waiting to see if the cloud parted.

One thing I have always done in my years as a photographer is to always check my kit before I go on a venture, so imagine my anger and dismay when I got the camera out of the bag with a flat battery, and no spare. The mamiya 645 takes a lithium battery good enough for several months use when fully charged. To say i was annoyed would be an understatement. As it was the cloud never shifted. Whilst at the location I chose several points to check my compass readings and started planning a sunrise shot for later in the week.

Two days later and I was up at 3:15 am, and out the house within fifteen minutes, batteries fully charged ready to roll, dawn was breaking and I knew it would be a good one, very little cloud on the eastern horizon. On the way I noticed several areas along the A515 were really misty, now that would be the icing on the cake to get an inversion as well. I was also going to give the drone an airing as I hadn't flown for awhile. Parking up at the spot, my excitement hit new levels, the weather was fantastic, and no other photographers were about. I just love shooting at dawn, watching the world come awake, for that first hour the light and atmosphere are just magical. As the sun rose the inversion grew, and within half an hour of first light the whole of the Hope valley was covered. The sight was quite ethereal. Images were taken using the Mamiya 645df with Phase 1 P21+ back, using 35mm and 210 mm lenses. Drone used was the DJI Inspire pro X5 with 12mm zuiko lens.

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Spring is with us http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/4/spring-is-with-us A few days ago I took a trip out to Winnats Pass near Castleton to shoot some spring images, I was also testing out a new ballhead for my Gitzo tripod. My old ball head was looking seriously worse for wear cosmetically. I recently visited the Photography show at the NEC purely to go and test a few products I was interested in. Looking for a new ballhead in today's market gives you so many options to think about. I drooled over a few tripod heads the Arca Swiss was a trult fantastic piece of kit but I could not justify the expense. I wanted something that was well made, quite light and that had a very easy and smooth adjustment method. I settled on the Novo CBH 46 which ticked all my boxes. You can find a link for the Novo products here https://www.ukoptics.co.uk/brands

The head itself is extremley strong, and very well built in both fit and finish, it holds my mamiya 645df and Phase One back without any slippage. The arca swiss qr mount is easy to attach and locks into place without any fear of the camera flying off. Its very easy to use and has a level of adjustments that is really smooth, also features 2 panaoramic lock buttons and a easy to see spirit leve' Set up the tripod using the level, lock it off and attach the camera job done. All in all a really nice product and one that I am pleased to be using.

So the test in the field went well even though the wind was quite gusty the whole rig felt really well balanced, even did a couple of long exposures of 4 minutes to see if there was any movement. Nope locked solid this baby don't move. 

The light over the Great Ridge and Mam Tor was contantly changing due to the high wind and clouds, it was nice to see the light moving over the hills as the clouds moved so quickly in the strong winds.

All the images from the Winnats Pass visit were made using the Mamiya 645df Phase One P21+ back, using 35,210mm lenses. ND Grad and Polariser.

 

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The best laid plans http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/3/the-best-laid-plans

 

 

Having a good plan is always a good approach to getting the best out of the location your intending to visit. I am starting to venture further afield in my photography, as we have such a beautiful country to explore. I had been wanting to go to the Lakes since my last visit to Wastwater a couple of years ago. As usual things and weather get in the way, but this year I have made a promise to escape the confines of Derbyshire and get out to some of my planned locations.

So with a decent weather window I had pencilled in the Langdale Valley, and a disused slate Quarry as my preferred locations, it would suit the sunrise time and the view of the Langdale Pikes are perhaps the most iconic in the Lakes. A 3.30 alarm call got me up and out the door by 4am, and I made good time up the M6 feeling happy with my choice the weather was looking fantastic. An hour into my journey I saw the dreaded motorway closed sign, and proceeded to divert off the M6 due to a lorry fire. This cost me an hour in time, racing up thorugh Windermere and Ambleside I finally made the location well after sunrise, but hey ho what can you do.

As it was the Pikes were under some brooding clouds, I set up shop at Blea Tarn and waited to get some light on the scene in fornt of me. I had opted to shoot some really long exposure frames, but the weather for that first hour was bloody horrible, with strong gusts of wind bringing in a few rain squalls, fortunately I had brought along a rather large brolly which kept the kit dry. The couple of long exposures I shot were trashed as over a preriod of a few minutes light drops of rain found the front of the filter. I was beginning to think that the journey up was going to be a washout. I was getting deeply frustrated, and also a slip on a rather wet bank left me with a soaking wet backside.

The sun then appeared round the back of Lingmoor Fell and the whole valley was lit with this gorgeous light, I was once again a happy camper. Taking advantage of this I moved around various viewpoints looking for good compositions. I was satisfied with what I had managed to capture. I went on to recce a couple more spots for a later visit. Then headed off to find the Quarry.

The Quarry was a fantastic place to visit, and concentrating on getting some abstract images I was not disappointed, the light was getting rather flat though and bt about midday I headed into Castleton to grab some lunch and a brew. The whole of the Lakes was bathed in glorious spring sunshine, and a fantastic blue sky, but for me the day had ended, I like my light a bit moodier. Making tracks back to the M6 i thought I would be home for around 4pm, except the southbound section was closed and the jam I was trapped in would take another 8 hours to clear. I finally got home at 10pm totally spent.

All the images taken, were shot using the Mamiya 645df, using the 35mm, 80mm, and 210mm lenses. The images are 16bit raw files processed in Adobe CC and Lightroom. I used the following filters nd grad .6/.9 and a colour polariser.

 

First light Langdale Pikes, Cumbria

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Fleeting Moments http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/3/fleeting-moments Shooting the Landscape as many have discovered is all about Fleeting moments. The weather is undeniably the photographers saviour, as well as tormentor, what you think is going to happen, usually doesn't and vice versa. We had a prospect of some snow last week, the prospect of some snow on higher ground was inviting. The day broke and looked pretty good for some images. I had an idea  that snow would be lying above the village of Tissington, as this is about 800 feet higher than my village.

Snow was around, but the weather was poor, low visability, with little contrast. Some snow was still in the air, and it was bloody cold, so i decided to leave it for awhile.Parked up in a layby on the A515 with a nice hot coffee and waited. I gave it an hour and could see the sun trying to break through. Mad dash to get to a couple of spots I had recce'd earlier, I could not hang about too long as the snow was already thawing. A couple of hours later I was done, the snow had vanished in a blink of an eye. I was pretty happy though I had captured some nice winter snow scenes. Mind you the car was absolutely bogging. An hour of jetwashing when I got home.

Sheep on the Rake near MonyashWaiting to be fed

Mamiya 645 df Phase One P21 with 35mm lens. The sheep thought I was bringing them some feed.

 

AutoWB: 2.94; 1.00; 1.03, Kelvin=5941, Tint=-0.0021

Mamiya 645df Phase One P21, 210mm . Rolling hilside near Pikehall

 

AutoWB: 2.98; 1.00; 1.10, Kelvin=5778, Tint=-0.0059

Mamiya 645df Phase One P21 with 35mm, I have always wanted to take this image with snow on the ground. Worth the wait I think.

 

AutoWB: 2.99; 1.00; 1.13, Kelvin=5706, Tint=-0.0073

Mamiya 645df Phase One P21 with 35mm. Breaking light near Alstonfield.

 

AutoWB: 3.08; 1.00; 1.07, Kelvin=6075, Tint=-0.0063

Mamiya 645df Phase One P21 with 35mm. A small hillside copse near Alstonfield

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In the depths of Winter http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/2/in-the-depths-of-winter What crazy weather we have been having this winter. Fog and Fog and even more Fog. The weather has been so benign, hardly any frost or snow. Still it's made for some interesting winter landscapes. I have been out on a few occasions since I returned from the Falklands, and found shooting the Fog so frustrating, as there is no pattern to it, nor does it do what you want it to. I went out yesterday -3 in Derbyshire and the fog so thick in parts you barely saw anything over 50 metres away. I tried to find a break in it as I knew the dawn would be special, found a decent spot over by Alsop en le Dale, got the drone up in the air, even though I kept getting warning notices that the batteries were cold and that performance was being limited, so I flew it out to where I thought I could get a decent image from, it was 150 feet up and in a waiting hover, the sun finally broke for a few seconds, then the fog rolled back in. I took half a dozen images.

Image taken with the Dji Inspire Pro with Zuiko 12mm

Alsop en le Dale DerbyshireSunrise though hill fog

It took a further 12 miles or so before I found the edge of the fog, and was rewarded with some spectacular light. A quick stop and whipped out the Mamiya 645df with the 210mm, I was after some compression and minimum depth of field, the telephoto is one of my most used lenses when out in the field. The Mamiya 210mm is perhaps not quite long enough for me, but its a great lens for an oldie, very sharp. Not as contrasty as the new digital designed lenses, but has a nice quality to how it renders objects.

Image taken with Mamiya 645df with Phase One P21+ back. 210mm AF

Beech Trees in the foglayers of fog near Pikehall

So the mad dash continued, thought Minninglow may be interesting. When you see rolling fog like this the light can change in seconds, a chink of sunlight last only a few moments before it's smothered by the grey blanket.  It certainly is quite exciting chasing around like this.

Image taken with the Mamiya 210mm Minniglow Hilllayers of hill fog near Pikehal,l Derbyshire

My last image of the morning was perhaps the most excting, a little knoll and a tree appeared around a bend in the road, the sun was just trying to break through, quickly setting up with a 35mm having chucked the X trail into a partial ditch, I managed a few frames before the light went completly.

 

Mamiya 35mm MF with Lee ND Grad

Sun breaks through the fogOn the road between Pikehall and Parwich Derbyshire

I tried to get a more detailed shot of this little Hawthorn tree but the light just got worse. I waited for awhile but I knew that by the time it cleared the sun would have moved out of the frame. A place to go back and explore further though.

 

Image taken with the Maiya 645df 35mm MF lens In the gloom of winter

The above image was shot just a few moments after the amazing burst of sunlight, thats how quickly the light can change. Always be prepared to move from your initial choice of photo location, as 9 times out of 10 the weather will do it's best to screw up your day.

 

My last frame of my morning outing was of a small copse. Quite like the contrast of the trees against the fog. Thanks for reading and your comments are always welcome.

Small copse in the fogA freezing cold morning near Parwich Derbyshire

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Apologies http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2017/2/apologies Yep I have an apology to make, I've been missing in action for several months, kept meaning to update my blog, then something got in the way, then it became harder for me to write a catchup on my work. So apologies for that.

So whats new ?

I'm using medium format

Returned to The Falkland Islands after 35 years.

Had a wonderful Autumn

Flying a Drone

Got Married

This is no particular order by the way, and of course getting married was by far the best thing that happened to me (honest dear). So plenty to write about and catchup on.

The move to Medium format for me was a tough move, especially as I've waxed lyrical about how much the Fuji system is such a joy to use when out in the landscape. However I have had this thought in my head for sometime, that despite Fuji's attempt to bring the analogue style shooting concept back into fashion, they keep making the cameras seemingly more complex with loads of bells and whistles that I don't really need. When I look back at my first Fuji (X100) it was quitea simple camera to operate. Looking at the latest iteration the XT2 it has got so many features that for me it has become far removed from what I really want a camera to be.

I want a simple picture taking machine one where you set the aperture and shutter speed according to your requirements, set the focus point and press the shutter. Simple isn't it? thats all I require, for the majority of my work I don't need Live view, hundereds of focus points, programme modes and the like. I want a machine that gives me a good exposure, has good build quality and delivers nice image files. Bearing this in mind I began looking at medium format as the way to go. I settled with a Mamiya 645DF coupled with a Phase One back a P21+. The reason for choosing this back was simple it had a great reputation for delivering very good colour files, albeit at the expense of low ISO use only. Allowed me to take images upto 1 hour long, great build quality, and an ease of use in its menu system that a child could operate. One other factor was that although this is quite old tech, the back when it was new cost about as much as a decent car. Nowadays they are quite cheap and as an investment make so much sense. You can change the back without losing the camera, you can scale up the back to a higher MP rate at any time. Plenty of lenses to go at, both old Mamiya manual focus, as well as the newer tech from Phase One. You still get AF if you want it, you can get leaf shutter lenses which allow for higher flash synch.

The Mamiya 645 system has been around for ages, and has a good reputation, the 645Df is built like a tank, and yes it's a weighty beast, so hand held only in super light conditions. It's pretty much stapled to my tripod, its very rare I shoot handheld, although on a recent London workshop I took, I did shoot it hand held mainly with a 210mm and I was pretty pleased with the results. The one caveat I have is that mirror slap at low shutter speeds is an issue, so I usually shoot mirror up mode, tripod mounted, cable release. The Mammy is so easy to use, set it in manual and use the dial to set shutter or aperture. The exposures are pretty good. Although now I have the benefit of a super light meter, as an aid to exposure measurement, and comparative results show the camera is pretty much on the money exposure wise. It has been such a joy to use, simple no fuss photography.  My favourite lens at the moment is the 35mm MF given the crop factor of the Phase One back this equates to around 23mm in 35mm terms. No super wide angle I know but the widest lens on offer is well over 2k and is outside my budget at the moment. Though the 28mm Phase One lens is very very nice. Some recent images shot using the Mamiya 645df and Phase One P21+

 

 Images taken using the Mamiya 35mm MF

Sunrise Ratcliffe on Soar

Dawn breaks River Tame Staffordshire

Old Barn Peak Dsitrict Derbyshire Images taken using the 45mm AF

Autumn colour swirling leaves Padley Gorge Derbyshire

Autumn Padley Gorge Derbyshire

Dawn small meadow pond Satffordshire

Image using the 210mm AF

Storm over Winnats Pass Castleton Derbyshire

 

I am sure you will agree the colour rendition out of the Phase One is quite stunning, even for old tech I am using colours are the best I've seen. In fact I shoot very little monochrome with this combo. My Fuji kit is still with me and I won't ever give that up in a hurry, I still have weddings to shoot :) My next blog will be covering some City shooting in London. Thamks for reading, please post a comment, any questions just ask.

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What an Autumn http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2015/10/what-an-autumn As a photographer I just love Autumn, the colours,  and the light are simply wonderful things to experience. Days are drawing in now the clocks have gone back, spent a few hours out earlier this week, started out in typical Peak district fashion of real gloom over the hills, then the sun broke through and the real magic of Autumn came out. A few images from the day, all taken with the fuji Xt1 combination of lenses 55-200, 18-55, and 35mm.

Stoney Middleton


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Autumn in the peak http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2015/10/autumn-in-the-peak Well it's my favourite part of the year again, and have been out and about with visits to Curbar, Padley Gorge, Burbage amongst others. Trying to capture the autumn colours, the weather has been a bit hit and miss, wonderful days found me stuck in the gallery biting at the leash. When i did manage a few hours out the weather was less than inspiring. Still I think I've managed to convey the autumn mood.

River Derwent reflections Shades of autumn River Derwent bridge at Calver

River Derwent at calver The River Derwent is a beautiful and quite tranquil place to spend an hour or two exploring it's banks. Fuji Xt1 with 55-200 and 10-24 lenses.

 

Silver Birches at Burbage

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Dungeness visit http://www.thebigpicturegallery.com/blog/2015/10/dungeness-visit I have been wanting to visit Dungeness for quite some time, it's a fair old trip to get down to the south coast from Derbyshire. So last Sunday Trudy(my long suffering partner) and I decided a trip to the coast was needed. After some gentle hints and we were off to Kent. Had a fantastic day, the late September weather was perfect for a day at the coast.


Dungeness is a strange but quite wonderful place to visit, Ok I know it's got a Nuclear power station by it, but the landscape is just incredible. I would think on a raw winters day it would be quite foreboding. It's seems that the place over the years has attracted all types of flotsam and jetsom, the decaying hulks of old boats and fishermans sheds provides a wonderful photographic opportunity. You can easily understand why its been used as a location for film and TV.

The scattered remains of livelyhoods litter the shingle beach. All the images taken on the Fuji Xt1 using 10-24mm and 55-200mm lenses.

 

 

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