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Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK

I took this photo whilst wandering around aimlessly around the town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England.

I liked the symmetry of the yachts as they sailed by. There was a constant stream of boats, sometimes filling the bottom half of this composition with those little white and red triangles from the sails.

I loved the cloud formation in the sky too. Splitting the frame in half allowed the patterns made by the soft clouds to sit nicely against the patterns made by the ripples in the sea’s surface.

Back in photoshop I applied a subtle-ish HDR effect using Nik Software. And using their ‘structure’ facility I was able to bring out the subtle details of the ripples in the sea. All of that enhanced those lovely textures in both the sea and sky.

corfe castle at dawn. Dorset, England, UK

Long time, no post!

But I will start to put that right from now on…in fact, I’ll probably bore you silly!!

Here’s a photo taken in May, of Corfe Castle in Dorset silhouetted against a dawn sky.

I’ve never been at Corfe castle when it’s been misty, so I have never been able to take one of those wow factor photos of the castle on a misty morning.

So, as I wandered around aimlessly, dreaming of mist and missed opportunities, I popped my head over a gate and saw a rather stumpy looking castle ruin against the dawn sky.

I wrote it off at the time as I could only see mist in my minds eye….but looking at it with fresh eyes, I like it more now than I did then. And with a little polish in post processing, the dawn sky lights up very nicely….

Early morning mist in a cotswolds forest, England, UK

Early morning mist in a cotswolds forest, England, UK

I was cycling along an empty country lane, and passed through this forest. The mist and fading trees grabbed my attention. I loved the silence too, as this was early morning last summer. So the air was still and there is the impression that you are the only one awake. That’s the great thing about being on a bike, I can travel large distances, but at a pace that I can take in my surroundings and stop if necessary. It also makes me more sensible about how much gear to take out….and putting it in bags on my bike relieves me of the weight!!

I was reminded of these images because here in the UK there is a lot of mist around at the moment, and I haven’t yet been able to get out early. But hopefully I will over the next few days. There has been so much wind over the last few months, it makes a welcome change to have this lovely still air and sunshine….!