Category Archives: Summer

ff St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, England, UK

Another photograph taken about a while ago one summer, I suppose another ‘rediscovered’ photo that needed post-processing.

With this composition I wanted a higher tide as I wanted something to resemble those National Trust photographs, with the long exposure dawn shots with a blue/purple warmly lit sea gently lapping against the cobblestone causeway that leads to the ‘Mount’ in the distance.

My own photography has moved on since then, and I am no longer (so much) in awe of those classic shots. I just turn up and photograph what I see….And so, over time, these less glamorous shots with a harsh rocky foreground rather than a smooth long exposure sea foreground, are back in my good books!

It’s not that I didn’t like this photo, because I did. I have never thought any ill of it! But it didn’t have the same serene feel of those long exposure classics. In fact, I have been back a few times and never seen those classic conditions for that classic photo.

Not that I ever made the effort to wait for those ‘perfect’ conditions, so I can’t complain!

Veliko Tarnovo at dawn, Bulgaria

This photo is a rediscovered photo that I had originally underexposed by accident, before ignoring it on account of the under exposure. But, on reflection, it was never actually that bad and the contrast and brightness slider in photoshop dragged out the real photo that I saw at the time.

This is a dawn shot of the fortress in the picturesque Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo.

I was there for a few days and as usual had no idea where the sun would be or what would make a nice composition.

So I wandered around while it was still dark, and spotted the profile of the fortress against the sky, and the symmetry of the hill that the fortress is on

I put the tripod up and waited. The moon was a bit of luck, and I love the way it’s lit by the sun which is about to rise from behind the fortress.

Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England, UK

This is an image from Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. Rumour has it that the Peak District is the second busiest national park in the world, after Mt Fuji.

But actually, where I am here, near Kinder Scout, I saw only a few people along the footpath every hour or so, if that. It didn’t really feel busy, and I have been here a few times before in the middle of summer, and it’s always the same.

This isn’t a spectacular landscape shot, but the colours really struck me. I love these moody deep gray skies that sweep across the landscape threatening rain. After I had processed this, I realised that the sky looks added on, but it’s not! Even when you are there the light from the clouds contrasts starkly with the light on the landscape, and creates a very atmospheric look.

So, that’s that….I haven’t posted anything for a while, but I am back now and will be posting much more regularly again….!

Bye for now.