Blog 47 - Malvern Hills
The Malvern Hills rise dramatically above the Severn Plain on the border of Herefordshire and Worcestershire and with great views and a free supply of natural spring water at the side of the road.
The hilltops offer archaeological remains from many different time periods. The most iconic of which are the two large hillforts – Midsummer Hill (owned by the National Trust) and, one of the best examples of a hillfort in Britain - British Camp
I can get there within the 1hr so it was sunrise i was aiming for and a good walk along the ridge is must and at this time of the day you are on your own, you have choice carparks around the hills, but some are expensive and only accept cash.
Full details of carparks can be found on the trust website
Please be aware that taking off and landing a drone is only permitted with prior written agreement from the Trust.
Its worth taking a long lens when on the hills as the fields below are magical as the sun hits the them
Cornwall Lizard Peninsula
Cornwall full of childhood memories and as an Adult with a young family, now returning with my Grandson to the beaches i played and to the ice cream shops, just a great thing to do, this part of Cornwall the villages are picture book perfect with tiny thatched cottages clinging together at the ends of the valley in coves where a small fleet of fishing boats catch fresh crab and lobster.
Also i had planned a 2019 Calendar of Aerial shots around the coast of Cornwall, A lot went into the planning of this week, with the correct authorisations and take offs as this part of Cornwall has a lot of fast jets and helicopters from the large RNLI base at Culdrose, and have to say speaking directly to these guys at the tower is excellent and not an issue flying as long as you give the relevant flying area they gave me a timed slot to work in and once complete i phoned back to say i had completed, the only problem was the wind. every day for a week i had planned a sunrise and sunset shots so was up early but the wind beat me every time we had 50mph winds and gust of more, it died down now and again and managed a few outings but nothing i was happy with.
A week went by and my shot list didn’t get done well and truly beaten by the weather. It wasn’t all bad as the rest of time was eating great pasties, cream teas and of corse Cornish ale at great pubs and walks and relax in great little cottage in the village of St Keverne, which also home to the great Roskilly Ice Cream even in blowing gales I will eat an Ice Cream
Blog 45 - Bamford Edge Peak District
I love the Peak District just a stunning area and one i don’t visit enough try and will try and change that, I purposely booked this trip as the weather looked good so left at 5.00am and had good trip to Bamford edge its a great walk along the top over looking Ladybower Dam and reservoir below, my walk started before sunrise but it was evident that weather forecast had changed from the night before and really was a flat light but the walk and views are great and took a few shots.
circular route back to the car and drove towards Derwent Dam and realised how low the water line was, checked my aerial map and asked a local chap if I could take of from his land and sent my up drone for some arial shots as the village that was flooded back in 1944 started to show its walls and footings, just incredible I’ve never seen this water level so low.
Just a few from the day:
Blog 44 - Pistyll Rhaeadr
Planned this trip for a while and the weather look overcast but was happy with that as this would be perfect to photograph one of Wales highest waterfalls, Just west of Oswestry and Shrewsbury at 240ft high it could well be Britains tallest single drop waterfall.
As we got closer the rain started to get heavy and by the time we parked it was torrential, luckily a great little tea shop adjacent to the car park and we sat and had a pot of tea for two and cake. I don’t mind rain but this was on another level and was still coming down after an 1hr, there is a limit of weatherproofing on my camera and lens and how weatherproofing my wife was, at this stage was a resounding no!
So I managed to get a selfie of us and got soaked through, at least i had picture, this is my second time here, third time lucky in 2019 hopefully
Blog 43 - Dovercourt Lighthouse
At the 2017 photography show I watched an Adobe Seminar with Paul Saunders a truly inspirational photographer and really is on another level and one of his images flashed up up of Dovercourt Lighthouse, it was just a beautiful image so this place was put in my little black book and earmarked for a visit.
So had the chance to visit I new going at this time of the year the weather really wasn’t going to be how i had it picture in my head i wanted a dull misty day but instead had a sunny bright day, so the 10 or 15 stop filter would be needed.
There are actually two lighthouse 200m apart one on the beach and the one I photographed they have been scheduled as ancient monument by English Heritage back in 1975, The lighthouses, commissioned by Trinity House in 1862 and completed in 1863, served to guide ships towards Harwich harbour (some 1.5km to the north) their different heights enabling the two lights to be aligned on approach.
My long exposure was 210 seconds and I just love the way Lighthouse sits within the view, one of my favourite places visited in 2018
Blog 42 - Ragley Hall Firework Champions
Well if you ever wanted to photograph fire works this is place to come for a bit of practice.
The spectacular Firework Champions returned for it’s 3rd year at Ragley Hall, you can photograph the Ragley skyline illuminate with four spectacular firework displays, three of the UK’s best firework companies will be firing against each other to win the title of Firework Champion and you decide who will win via text vote, then a final display by MLE Pyrotechnics.
a great evening you take can take picnic and chairs or plenty of food and stalls for food.
Camera in manual mode, ISO 100 f/8 and in bulb mode with a shutter release and sit and watch, just a few of the many many photographs i took.
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