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Written ramblings about walking the countryside and my methods for landscape photography. 

Nyman’s woods is a lovely little woodland near Handcross in the north of Sussex. I wanted to visit some woodland for a change of pace and to experiment further with my new Circular Polariser. I really struggled to find compositions that I liked and felt this was more of a test shoot and exploration of the…

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I photographed the West Pier in Brighton using my new Lee Circular Polarising filter in this shoot. A polarising filter enriches colours and reduces reflections and glare from surfaces. These examples show a before and after using the polariser (left without – right with polariser). Polarisers also darken blues in the sky and enrich the…

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The hills over Alfriston were ripe with photo opportunities on this late September morning. All four of these images are still a key part of my portfolio, and I love each image for it’s different qualities. The walk initially started in Alfriston, and I came up a short footpath leading to these cross roads below….

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The Adur river isn’t the most attractive river in the south coast, particularly in the industrialised area around Shoreham. The river silt makes the water very murky and fairly unattractive. It’s always important for me to explore new locations and see what you can find, even if the area isn’t the most renowned location. The…

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Summer mist is a wondrous phenomenon. I can never decide whether I prefer photos with or without the sunrise. Selecting images for printing and the portfolio is so difficult! I whittle it down to a top 5/10 from a shoot and I’m looking for 1 or 2 great pictures. I don’t think I’ve quite got…

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A trip up to Devils Dyke to catch the Sunset over the Fulking Escarpment, a National Trust site on the South Downs. On the way up, there was this great light on the rolling hills to the west of the Devils Dyke road. I’ve named this photo above as Lines over Enfield valley, based on…

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Brighton Wheel at Dawn, 2015 This summer shoot of the Brighton Pier and Brighton Wheel were shot around 10 months ago. I try not to photograph the obvious subjects too much, as they’re so overdone, but I enjoy the challenge of trying to make a unique image of something that’s been photographed almost to death….

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Fire Beacon after sunrise, 2015 I was looking to get a great sunrise on the Firle Beacon slopes of the South Downs, as in the summer, the sunrise would hit the north of the downs as it rises to the northeast in summer, whereas in winter it’s in the southeast, usually over the sea. The…

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Cuckmere Haven, 2015 At this time of year, Cuckmere Haven is quite busy with people enjoying later summer evening walks before the sunsets. The area is famous for this stunning meander running through the valley towards the sea. It’s officially part of the Seven Sister’s country park, and there’s great car parking and tourist facilities…

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Walking up to Stamner Down at 5.00am to not get a good photograph can be a frustrating process, but I like to think about it as good practice, a new challenge and the opportunity to scout out new locations for landscape photographs. The main thing missing from these images is the early morning light thatI…

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This shoot of Lancing Bather’s Beach was originally scouted out on the back of a previous one, and this particular stretch of beach allowed a vast view at low tide where you could see Brighton in the distance to the East and Worthing pier, not too far to the west. Sadly, I didn’t get the…

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I was lucky enough last year to be invited to photograph a wedding at Lake Como in Italy. It’s a really beautiful place, and it’s not surprising that it’s a hot spot for destination weddings. The lake is surrounded with mountains and the small towns dotted around the lake are quaint, pretty and charming.  …

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Continuing to explore the area of the South Downs between Brighton & Steyning, I took a wander up Truleigh Hill, just along from Devils Dyke and the Fulking Escarpment. I thought I’d try out my first Panoramic shot, as I haven’t stitched images together in a ,long time. Sadly, this image really lacks subject matter,…

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Last June, I hiked up Mount Caburn, near Lewes at around 3.30am to catch the sunrise. Though the view from the top wasn’t as good as I had hoped, I still got a couple of shots I really liked. Glynde Church at dawn, 2015 On the way up the hill during the magic hour before…

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Ok, This isn’t actually Ditchling Beacon, it’s a hill called Streat Hill, just down from the peak of Ditchling Beacon. The beacon itself is little bland in terms of composition and, although the views are vast, they’re pretty dull. However, this little walk across the downs to the east is perfect for capturing a Spring…

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I had a good time photographing Steyning Bowl on this sunny morning but I also want to reflect on the fact that it’s important to critique your work in order to improve, as well as scout out locations to find out where the best views are and plan the time of day for the best…

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Sunrise over Rape Fields, Woodingdean 2015 – This trip was the first time that I managed to catch a sunrise properly on camera. I’d been out before sunrise a few times, but not quite gotten the hang of how to capture it or what to do. This was shot just as I was on my…

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Brighton Pier on a cloudy morning, 2015 Two iconic landmarks of the Brighton & Hove seafront. The weather was pretty cloudy so this was perfect weather to test out the Big Stopper ND filter. The filter reduces the exposure by 10 stops, so an exposure of 1/30th becomes 30 seconds and an exposure of 1…

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This is a new blog adventure for me. I’ve been running a blog on my wedding photography for over 4 years now but I’m  a bit of an amatuer when it comes to landscape photography. I’ve always loved landscape photography, I shot photographs in the lake district in college and in my major at university…

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