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14 favourite images from 2014

I can’t belive its been a year since I did my favourite 13 images of 2013. Here are my 14 favourites from 2014.

2014-2041---2Turf Fen drainage mill on the River Ant during a passing thunderstorm on the Norfolk Broads

Cromer PierCromer Pier at sunset on a summer’s evening on the Norfolk Coast

2014-0101Derwent Water on a June morning in the Lake District

2013-8664Tulip field & rainbow in the Norfolk Countryside

2014-2387Blea Tarn and rainbow at first light in the Lake District

2013-7971Herringfleet Drainage Mill on a frosty winters morning in the Suffolk countryside

2013-7840-2St Benet’s Abbey on the Norfolk Broads

2014-2553Rydal Water at first light in the Lake District on a November morning

2014-9514Happisburgh Lighthouse on the Norfolk Coast

2014-6408Turf Fen mill at sunset on the River Ant, Norfolk Broads

2014-1247A storm passes over a field of straw bales in the Norfolk countryside

2014-2633Autumn reflections in the Lake District

2014-6537-2A storm passes over Brograve Drainage Mill on the Waxham New Cut, Norfolk Broads

2014-6626One from just a few day ago from the Great Ridge above Castleton in the Peak District

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Latest Images From December 2012

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.

2012-0930LWBerney Arms Windpump on a frosty morning on the Norfolk Broads

2012-0779LWMuscles and rocks at Old Hunstanton with the Hitech 10 stop ND filter

2012-0864LWThe flat Halvergate Marshes on a frozen morning on the Norfolk Broads

2012-0805LWWinterton at first light on the Norfolk Coast

2012-0927LWBerney Arms Mill

2012-0792LWChristmas lights at Burnham Market in North Norfolk

2012-0908LWBerney Arms is hard to reach but it is such a fantastic location to visit, this was shot at first light on a frosty morning.

2012-0821LWFirst light on the beach at Winterton on the Norfolk Coast.

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Top 12 From 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.

_MG_9992Frosty Edge in the Peak District, UK

_MG_0108Frosty Ramshaw Rocks at First Light, Staffordshire, UK

_MG_0658Tulip Field in the Norfolk Countryside, UK

_MG_0740Standing out in a crowd

untitled-4204Barley At Last Light, Norfolk

_MG_4508-2CroppedSummer Storm at Happisburgh on the Norfolk Coast

_MG_0671More Tulips

2012-9883Autumn On The Norfolk Broads

2012-0007Stanage Edge in the Autumn

2012-0345A frosty dawn at Thetford Forest

2012-0821sssaWinterton on the Norfolk Coast

2012-0927One of the last shots I took in 2012 is Berney Arms on a frosty morning on the Norfolk Broads.

Autumn On The Norfolk Broads

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.

Norfolk Broads Windmill Sunset
Turf Fen mill with a dramatic sunset on the perfectly still River Ant

Berney Arms
Berney Arms rising above the mist filled Halvergate marshes at dawn

Thurne Sunrise
The best sunrise I have ever witnessed was this stormy morning on the River Thurne

Ormesby Broard
A frozen Ormesby Little Broard at dawn


Rainbow at first light on the River Ant

Horsey Windmill
A calm afternoon at Horsey Mill on the Norfolk Broads

Misty Reeds
Reeds at dawn

Turf Fen Sunset
Sunset at Turf Fen on the Norfolk Broads

Berney Arms Dawn
Dawn on the Halvergate marshes captured with a tele-photo lens

St Benet's Windmill Norfolk Broads
St Benet’s Mill at last light on a November afternoon

Horsey Windmill
Horsey Mill

Cows Grazing At Dawn
Grazing at dawn on a misty morning

Brograve Sunset
One of the older mills that still survive is (Brograve) originally built in 1771

Thurne Windmill
A misty dawn start on the River Thurne

Summer Dawn
Sailing boats moored on the River Thurne

Turf Fen Mill
Turf Fen Mill at sunset

Winter Light
St Benet’s mill on a frosty morning at first light

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Favourite 10 images from 2011.

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.

Sea Palling at dawn on a frosty beach on the Norfolk Coast

Dead Tree at sunset in the Norfolk Countryside

The derelict Brograve Drainage Mill following an overnight winter hoarfrost on the Norfolk Broads

Breckland in the Autumn

The River Thurne at sunrise following an overnight winter hoarfrost on the Norfolk Broads

Horsey beach on the Norfolk Coast during a dramatic summer storm

Turf Fen Windpump at Sunset on the River Ant, Norfolk Broads

A misty morning over Thetford Forest on an Autumn morning

Southwold Pier at sunrise on the Suffolk Coast

Thurne windpump reflecting into the River Thurne on a frosty morning

Herringlfeet Smock Mill, Suffolk

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.

Here the mill is illuminated at last light reflecting in a small dyke in front of the mill.

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.

Here the mill was captured on a summers morning from the back of the mill, the fantastic colours of the old iron pumping shed next to the mill can be seen here.

Warm evening light illuminates the reeds and the mill.

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.

Herringfleet mill at sunset

Herringfleet following an overnight winter hoarfrost

Turf Fen mill on the River Ant, Norfolk Broads

Turf Fen mill located on the River Ant and built around 1875 is one of the best mills to catch a sunset on the Norfolk Broads

The mill photographs well at all times of the year, although its generally better between October to March when there are less holiday boats blocking the view to the mill.

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.

Turf Fen mill reflecting in the River Ant at sunset

Turf Fen mill at sunset shot a few months back

Windmill Advent Calendar Day 22, St Benet’s Level

St Benet’s Level mill illuminated at first light on a frosty morning

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.

St Benet’s mill illuminated by stormy afternoon light shortly before sunset on a November afternoon.

St Benet’s Drainage Mill and the surrounding marshes at dawn following a heavy overnight hoarfrost.

St Benet’s mill to the right and Thurne in the distance on the left shortly before sunset.

Windmill Advent Calendar Day 21, Heigham Holmes

 

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.