I always seem to be a bit behind with processing my images by a month or two. Here are a few images captured in December 2012.
Looking back at 2012 it was certainly a hard year to get out and do as much landscape photography as I would like, especially with our first (and last) child who was born at the end of 2011 . Lot’s of people wrongly assume being a professional landscape photographer photographer you can simply go out and shoot what you want when you want and because of this you can get the best light. The reality is finding time can often be a real challenge. Workshops and commissioned landscape photography left me with probably less than one morning or afternoon a week to get out last year to shoot what I want. So I was certainly more selective with the locations I choose, most being quite close to home.
With commissioned photography shoots I did have the chance to shoot lots of locations I had not shot before. Often with commissioned landscape photography you can be shooting those locations that are less photographic or those locations which are not really shot by many photographers, hence the shortage of material out there and the need for a photographer to be commissioned. Although I must admit I did get the chance to spot one or two really nice locations and I am looking forward to getting back to them for my own photography some time.
The plan for 2013 is certainly to continue being more selective about locations rather than just heading out for the sake of it. I am hoping to get in a few more trips to other locations in the UK this year, if the weather plays ball. And I must remember to shoot more panoramics as they always sell really well, but I am forever leaving the panoramic tripod head at home.
Throughout 2012 I invested in a large format A1 Epson printer which has been a fantastic, albeit expensive to run if you don’t use it lots every day. We also have a family friend who is a picture framer and he trained me up on framing throughout the year and before I know it I had invested in a full framing workshop. This has been great at handling my own orders, especially Christmas which was my busiest yet with framed Print orders. I have also been doing a bit of framing and printing for other photographers I know and will begin offering this service to other photographers over the next month or so. The website is almost built, it just needs a few last finishing touches.
The Norfolk Broads really comes alive for Photography at this time of the year, with fantastic autumn colours, misty & frosty mornings and the best thing of all is that all the ugly tourist boats have disappeared and it has a wonderful peaceful feel. Below are a few of my favourites taken at this time of the year.
Turf Fen mill with a dramatic sunset on the perfectly still River Ant
Berney Arms rising above the mist filled Halvergate marshes at dawn
The best sunrise I have ever witnessed was this stormy morning on the River Thurne
A frozen Ormesby Little Broard at dawn
Rainbow at first light on the River Ant
A calm afternoon at Horsey Mill on the Norfolk Broads
Reeds at dawn
Sunset at Turf Fen on the Norfolk Broads
Dawn on the Halvergate marshes captured with a tele-photo lens
St Benet’s Mill at last light on a November afternoon
Grazing at dawn on a misty morning
One of the older mills that still survive is (Brograve) originally built in 1771
A misty dawn start on the River Thurne
Turf Fen Mill at sunset
St Benet’s mill on a frosty morning at first light
Here are my favourite 10 images from 2011. It has been my busiest year yet, a bit too busy with workshops and commercial shoots with hardly any free days so I did not have too many chances to get out and shoot much myself.
I hope everyone has a fantastic new year and thank you to everyone who has viewed this blog and my Facebook page throughout the last few months, I hope to add a lot more content throughout 2012.
Herringfleet is a unique black smock drainage mill on the Suffolk side of the Norfolk & Suffolk border. The Mill was built around 1820 and is one of the fine st mills to photograph in the UK. The mill stands in the middle of the Herringfleet Marshes and photographs well at all times of the day.
This image was captured at sunrise following an overnight winter hoarfrost. If you look carefully it’s possible to see the reeds covered in tiny delicate ice crystals. By placing one of the reed stems in front of the sun I was able to illuminate problems with lens flare from the rising sun.
This image sat on my hard drive unprocessed for two years before I processed the raw file. In the first month of sending it to image libraries and my customers it appeared on five magazine front covers around the world.
This image of Turf Fen on a summers day is five panoramic images stitched together. The image has sold really well for me over the years. I love shooting in the panoramic format but often forget, hopefully over the next year I will get round to doing more pano images.
I am a bit behind but hope to add the other two mills throughout today St Benet’s Level Drainage Mill was built around 1775 besides the River Thurne on the Norfolk broads. Today the mill is still standing and in excellent condition, the remote location and fantastic viewpoints around the mill make this one of my personal favourites on the Norfolk Broads.
Heigham Holmes drainage mill stands on the Heigham Holme nature reserve which is an island surrounded on water by all sides. The mill stands besides the River Thurne and can be photographed from martham Staithe. The island is only open for one day each year, it is possible to shoot the mill from the footpath on the other side of the River Thurne though.
It’s a mill that I really want to get a good shot of, even though it’s right on my doorstep I never really get round to shooting it though. I live just a ten minute walk from this mill so for 2012 there are going to be no more excuses and I hope to get a good shot I am happy with.