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Frost 2 | January 15, 2009 11:11 PM

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Brook, Nr Godalming, Surrey
8th Jan 2009 | 10:57:50
Canon G10
n/a
n/a
24mm
200
0ev
Aperture Priority
none

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This is definitely one of my favorite shots of the year, the recent hoar frosts have created simply the most spectacular cold weather I have ever seen in England. On days like this I feel grateful to be a photographer, and appreciated how lucky I am to live in the beautiful countryside that surrounds Guildford.

This image is actually a stitch of 3 separate exposures, the widest lens I had on me was a 24mm , and that didn't quite show the whole panorama that I was seeing, so I re-constructed the shot using PTGui to stitch the images together. The color's have been slightly enhanced, with a warm cast removed from the snow.

Update

I've just been looking through some of the other shots taken on this day and realised that the pictures I stitched were taken on my Canon G10 not the Nikon D300, I've updated the EXIF info accordingly

The Chain | January 12, 2009 3:26 PM

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Gibbet Hill, Surrey
10th Jan 2009 | 10:57:50
Nikon D300
1/100
f/5.6
50mm
200
0ev
Aperture Priority
none

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Continuing with the cold theme, here's another shot from the weekend. I can't describe how truly beautiful the frosts have been here, maybe even more beautiful than fresh snow. I'll be putting up some more landscape shots in the next few days.

Light and shade | November 12, 2008 11:02 PM

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Bramley, Surrey
30th Oct 2007 | 13:44:27
Nikon D200
1/160sec
f8.0
32mm
200
0.0
Aperture priority
Not Fired

Additional information

This is a shot of one of my favorite trees, albeit a background feature in this image. I've been struggling to keep up with posting recently as my photography and web business has really taken off, which is good.

One of the other shots featuring this tree can be found here... Oak 1 and here Oak 2

Misty Dawn 4 | October 20, 2008 12:57 PM

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Petworth, Surrey
11th Oct 2008 | 7:55:29
Nikon D300
1/80sec
f4.0
12mm
200
1.7
Aperture priority
Not Fired

Additional information

This is probably the last in the series of posts and is one of my favorites.

Misty Dawn 3 | October 15, 2008 8:18 PM

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Petworth, Surrey
11th Oct 2008 | 7:21:01
Nikon D300
1/100sec
f4.0
28mm
200
0.0
Aperture priority
Not Fired

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One more from the current misty dawn series, I have one or two more to post and then that's it. This is one is taken just after sun up.

Dew Drops | October 14, 2008 11:20 AM

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Petworth, Surrey
11th Oct 2008 | 7:13:53
Nikon D300
1/250sec
f5.6
105mm
200
0.0
Aperture priority
Not Fired

Additional information

On the way back from shooting the sunrise, we stumbled upon these dew drop coated spiders webs. I've only isolated one here, but the whole area was covered in them, it was quite an amazing site, very hard to capture well on camera though.

autumn 2 | October 6, 2008 6:04 PM

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Petworth, Surrey
27th Sept 2008 | 7:18:43
Nikon D300
1/80sec
f4.0
70mm
200
0.0
Aperture priority
Not Fired

Additional information

Thanks to everyone who commented on the last one, this shot is not massively disimillar the last, but I like the rays raking across the tree and the warmth to it.

Autumn 1 | September 30, 2008 8:15 PM

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Petworth, Surrey
27th Sept 2008 | 7:12:53
Nikon D300
1/20sec
f4.5
36mm
200
0.0
Aperture priority
Not Fired

Additional information

You know summer has ended and you are in Autumn when the mist starts to appear in the mornings.

This happens to be one of my favorite times of the year, for photography anyway. This particular morning there was a lot of fog and the sunshine was just breaking through. I'll be posting a few more of these in the coming days.

Rainbow | September 1, 2008 6:41 PM

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Guildford, Surrey
19th Aug 2008 | 18:30:06
Nikon D300
1/90sec
f8.0
29mm
100
0.0
Aperture priority
Not Fired

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Well, it's seems i'm finding it harder and harder to find time to post at the moment. My VFXY ranking is slipping all the time, if anyone cares to add me as their favorite maybe I can climb back up :-)

The reason for the lack of posts is i've started a new business, which is going well, I just happen to be spending more time building other people's blogs that posting on my own.

With all that out of the way , I can talk about this entry. We've had lots of rain this summer in England, the only positives I can take from that are : there have been some fantastic cloudscapes to shoot!

This is the calm after the storm and I have resisted processing this one much, i'm trying to focus on natural colours and improve my photography in camera.

Corn Field 4 | July 18, 2008 1:13 PM

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Petworth, UK
13th July 2008 | 14:57:00
Nikon D300
1/800sec
f3.8
18mm
200
-0.6
Aperture priority
Not Fired

Additional information

Next in this series, this is one of my favorites in terms of composition.

Corn Field 3 | July 17, 2008 11:06 PM

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Petworth, UK
13th July 2008 | 15:21:00
Nikon D200
1/4000sec
f3.8
24mm
400
-0.6
Aperture priority
Not Fired

Additional information

Another shot from the field taken on my return trip from the Goodwood festival of speed. I took a number of shots and will be posting the variations over the coming days.

Corn Field 2 | July 13, 2008 9:44 PM

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Petworth, UK
13th July 2008 | 15:29:59
Nikon D300
1/500sec
f8.0
18mm
250
0.0
Aperture priority
Not Fired

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I went to the Goodwood festival of speed today, as I'm building my porfolio of motorsport images. I got some pleasing shots of the cars, and on the way back spotted this wonderful corn field.

Corn | June 11, 2008 8:58 PM

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Guildford, UK
5th June 2008 | 18:50:32
Nikon D300
1/200sec
f4.5
50mm
100
0.0
Aperture priority
Not Fired

Additional information

Last one in this series. A close up of a young head of corn. Don't have much time to write this evening, I'm packing to go on holiday.

Hopefully have some nice shots to post when I'm back in a few days.

Lock | June 10, 2008 7:50 PM

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Guildford, UK
5th June 2008 | 12:40:03
Nikon D300
1/400sec
f5.6
75mm
100
0.0
Aperture priority
Not Fired

Additional information

Thanks for all the comments on the Poppy shot, much appreciated feedback. This is another photo over the Guildford fields, and not as naturally beautiful as the others, i'm happy with the colours.

I have one more shot to post from the series, and then we're away for a few days in Austria, a big party, so I'm hoping to get some good portraits :-)

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Poppy Field | June 7, 2008 12:52 PM

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Guildford, UK
5th June 2008 | 19:38:36
Nikon D200
1/125sec
f10.0
16mm
100
0.0
Aperture priority
Not Fired

Additional information

Another shot from the fields near Guildford. This is one of my favorite photos from the series.

I wanted to catch the beautiful back light of the poppies in the hedge row being lit up by the sun going down, I'm happy with just being able to catch a glimpse of the rays without the sun blowing out.

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Corn Field | June 6, 2008 4:48 PM

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Guildford, UK
5th June 2008 | 18:43:24
Nikon D200
1/50sec
f11.0
12mm
100
0.0
Aperture priority
Not Fired

Additional information

This is the second shot I'm posting from the session I had yesterday, and was photographed in the fields near Guildford.

This is one of the many rural footpaths that cuts through farm land.

Not much processing on this one, just a little saturation boost to combat the RAW desaturated look from the D200, I wanted it to feel as natural as possible.

Scratch the above, on reflection and a little fiddling I decided a mono treatment worked better on this one! If you're interested the original post is here Corn field original

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Wow, I just noticed that this is my 100th post! Happy Birthday to me :-)

Poppy | June 5, 2008 9:05 PM

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Guildford, UK
5th June 2008 | 13:52:02
Nikon D300
1/50sec
f14.0
18mm
100
0.0
Aperture priority
Not Fired

Additional information

Firstly, thanks for all the comments about the dog, he really was having a whale of a time and was a pleasure to shoot.

I actually got out and shot some new material today. I'm lucky that now i'm working from home for myself, I can pop down to the local coffee shop and work from there. Our local council have been kind enough to provide free WiFi for a year so I'm making the most of it.

My ride to town involves cutting through some fields, which are full of young corn and look amazing right now. I've got a bunch of pictures i'm happy with and will be posting them in the coming days.

Splash | June 3, 2008 8:07 PM

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Midhurst, UK
1st June 2008 | 13:52:02
Nikon D300
1/320sec
f5.6
200mm
400
0.0
Manual
Not Fired

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I've been trying to practice taking action shots in preparation for the Formula 1 races i'm going to later in the year. I've also been trying to improve my knowledge of exposure and have been metering manually.

Neither of which were as successful as I wanted in this shot, because it came out a bit over exposed and blurry! :-) That's said I still like the movement conveyed and action frozen in the shot. If I had of exposed a little under, I would've got the water a lot crisper.

The dog was having great fun chasing sticks into the water and i've got a couple more pics of him that I may post in the next couple of days.

Icarus and Daedalus | May 14, 2008 12:25 AM

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Milford, UK
1st May 2008 | 18:39:30
Nikon D300
1/100sec
f11.0
90mm
100
0.0
Aperture priority
Not Fired

Additional information

I was going to post another shot from the coast and then I caught this shot the other day and thought i'd put it up. We had some amazingly voluminous clouds the other evening and the light was incredible, really showing the shapes off in the clouds.

This is a close up of one section of a big tower of clouds, personally I find the shapes really beautiful, like you'd imaging heaven or something like an italian fresco. Didn't notice the 2 birds enter frame at the time, but I like them in the shot that's why I chose the title. This is pretty much straight out of the camera as well, just a small constrast adjustment and that's it.

Lastly , I have my first professional shoot tomorrow, some fashion pictures , which i'm really excited about.

Storm's a brewin' #2 | April 25, 2008 4:30 PM

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Godalming, UK
29th Sept 2007 | 17:53:33
Nikon D200
1/5sec
f11.0
18mm
100
0.0
Manual
Not Fired

Additional information

This was shot is in the fields near to our house, there was a strange weather system coming in that day, you can see the low lying mist on the horizon, as it was creeping over the green grass it looked really cool.

Burnt Common #4 | April 17, 2008 8:52 PM

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Thursley, UK
19th Feb 2008 | 07:41:21
Nikon D200
1/45sec
f5.6
12mm
200
-0.3
Aperture Priority
Not Fired

Additional information

This is the last of the shots from the foggy series I had shot in February, seems like a while ago as Spring is now definitely in the air. These are some of the other shots from this series. here and here & here

I have some great news! Tomorrow is my last day as an employee, after nearly nine years in my day job, I am leaving to run Lightflows as company and it feels great! Through this site and from contacts i've made from it, I will be pursuing my career as a photographer and (part time) web designer :-D

What this all means is that the site will be updated far more regularly and the new features i've been planning are going to be added. I will also be displaying some of my work in a few exhibitions over the summer, more news on this to follow.

snow in the common #1 | April 8, 2008 1:06 PM

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Thursley Common
6th April 2008 | 8:16:24
Nikon D300
1/320sec
f8.0
22mm
200
0.6
Aperture Priority
Not Fired

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Very unexpectedly and pleasantly surprising, we had a reasonable amount of snow at the weekend! Probably the most i've seen in the South of England for 10 years and in April too!

Idoya and I popped out pretty early before everyone had chance to disturb the pristine white covering and got first tracks at the local hill :-)

I've got a bunch of pictures that i'd like to post, the first being the burnt common again, featured in other entries on the site. I tried to frame this one a similarly as possible to the others, but found it difficult to find my bearings in the flat light.

The forestry commission has actually started to chop down the bracken now , as can be seen by the stumps that pepper the landscape. There are still some interesting shots to be had though.

Defunct | March 18, 2008 9:25 PM

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Hindhead, UK
1st March 2008 | 11:08:13
Nikon D300
1/100sec
f4.0
27mm
250
-0.6
Aperture Priority
Not Fired

Additional information

Thanks for the feedback on yesterday's post.

This shot was taken in a derelict building near where I live. There is a tunnel being built through our local hill and some major roadworks underway, partly in preparation for the 2012 olympics, but also to remove the current road which runs through a nature reserve, near to the place i've been taking the foggy bracken shots.

The upshot of all of this work is that lots of houses and buildings along the route have been ear-marked for demolition, and this has been providing me with plenty of shooting opportunities :-)

Burnt Common #3 | March 16, 2008 7:21 PM

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Thursley, UK
19th Feb 2008 | 07:30:29
Nikon D300
1/80sec
f4.0
26mm
200
+0.0
Aperture Priority
Not Fired

Additional information

This is another of the shots from the foggy series I had shot last month, again these were taken at the same burnt common as these , here and here & here

This area is a small enclosure of bracken that was burnt badly, it has a really eerie atmosphere in the fog, and I really like the look of the landscape, it's very unusual.

On another note, i'm going to shoot some new material next week , weather permitting, fingers crossed :-)

evergreen | March 11, 2008 10:13 PM

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Godalming, UK
18th Oct 2008 | 15:00:37
Nikon D200
1/200sec
f5.3
105mm
400
+0.0
Aperture Priority
Not Fired

Additional information

Well, still got the cold, so haven't got much to say, sniffle , sniffle :-D This was shot last year in Autumn at a local lake to us, called Winkworth Arboretum.

Root #1 | March 5, 2008 10:37 PM

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Bramley, UK
29th Feb 2008 | 07:37:26
Nikon D300
1/125sec
f3.5
18mm
200
-1.0
Aperture Priority
Not Fired

Additional information

This is one of the shots from the foggy series I had shot a couple of weeks ago now.These are taken at the same burnt common spot I have posted images of previously, here and here.

I knew I'd want to go and shoot this place when the fog came in, it had a really eery feeling with the mist and barren landscape.

Oak#2 | March 3, 2008 10:13 PM

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Bramley, UK
26th May 2007 | 14:05:14
Nikon D200
1/250sec
f8.0
20mm
100
+0.3
Aperture Priority
Not Fired

Additional information

As promised yesterday, this is the wider version of the shot, I'm torn between which I prefer, but I think this one edges it slightly.

Oak#1 | March 2, 2008 10:46 PM

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Bramley, UK
26th May 2007 | 14:05:04
Nikon D200
1/250sec
f8.0
32mm
100
+0.6
Aperture Priority
Not Fired

Additional information

This was taken last year in the fields near us, there is some beautiful rolling countryside around here and this tree always catches my attention when I take a shortcut through the backroads to our house.

I'm going to post a wider version tomorrow.

fog | February 27, 2008 12:22 AM

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Godalming, UK
20th Feb 2008 | 07:17:17
Nikon D300
1/60sec
f4.5
18mm
400
+0.0
Aperture Priority
Not Fired

Additional information

Hello again, i'm back, apologies for not posting the last few days , I've been busy with work and house stuff! Anyway, as it's late , I'll keep it short tonight.

This is one of the shots I took last week in the fog of which I'd been promising to post. So here it is.

Thanks to everyone on the feedback on the last picture,I know that style is not to everyones taste, but I enjoy the experimentation, it's good to hear different reactions.

Gibbett Hill | February 9, 2008 7:15 PM

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Gibbet Hill, UK
9th Feb 2008 | 17:10:34
Nikon D300
1/125
f5.6
105mm
400
+ 0.6
Manual
Not Fired

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For February the weather today has been amazing, sun all day long. We've been sitting outside on the deck for the first time this year taking pictures of the cats playing and just relaxing in general.

Being such a clear day, I thought there might be a good sunset , so we went for a walk at our local mount, Gibbet Hill, which overlooks the intriguingly named Devils Punchbowl an area of natural beauty.

Sure enough , as the sun went down, we were treated to a gorgeous misty sun set. Here's one of the better ones that I took today.

It looks like its going to be a great day tomorrow as well, so we are off the the coast with friends, I'm looking forward to the photo opportunities.