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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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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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Autumn Update

Well it’s Autumn already, this year really seems to have flown by. The summer has been really busy with both workshops and commercial work and I have really struggled to do much landscape photography for myself at all. Luckily I have now finished most of the commissions and it felt really good to get out and do a bit of landscape photography in October, now with the shorter winter days I am hoping to make the most of November and December over the coming weeks.

 I had a really good October workshop wise with some fantastic weather for once on both the Peak District and the three day boat workshop. I changed the format of both workshops slightly. For the boat workshop I decided not to head up to Berney Arms Mill, as much as I love this remote location in the previous years when ever we have headed there we have always had rotten weather. I decided to keep the travelling down which made it a much more relaxed weekend. We ended up with perfect conditions photography wise, nice clear nights for star trails, nice light throughout the days and some fantastic stormy sunrises for two mornings in a row. Even I grabbed a quick picture below whilst no one was looking.

 For the Peak District weekend workshop the following week it was again a slightly different format to last years, I made the decision to reduce the numbers on this one and stay in a cottage in the village of Tideswell. Using a cottage in Tideswell would mean we were in a fantastic location to quickly reach excellent areas in both the Dark and the White Peak. The smaller group and the cottage ended up working really well and this is the format I have decided to use for next years workshop with a small group of just three or four photographers.

 Weather wise we couldn’t have asked for more perfect conditions. The first afternoon we met was  a bit overcast, however this ended up working well as we just photographed the nice waterfalls with the autumn colours at Padley Gorge. Day two saw a nice sunrise with a bit of mist on a very cold and windy Mam Tor, the light on Edale and Kinder combined with the Autumn colours made for some fascinating pictures though. Sunset didn’t disappoint either, we headed up to , but walked along the edge until we reached the wonderful autumn trees near the 2nd car park. I have a rule on workshops not to shoot images myself, however the light at sunset was fantastic and even I couldn’t resist two quick shots myself.

 

Day three saw another fantastic morning, we headed up to Curbar Edge and we were standing above a spectacular cloud inversion, the mist just didn’t budge for hours and there were endless shots to be had here. Eventually we headed back to the cottage for breakfast and a bit of a break before heading back out to the White Peak for an afternoon of shooting picturesque sunny skies and autumn landscapes. Sunset ended up being a strange affair, we were again greeted with a cloud inversion which made for some excellent images initially, but suddenly the cloud thickened a bit too much and called an early halt to the sunset shoot. The final morning we were greeted with light drizzle so I decided to take the group to Chee Dale near Buxton. The overcast light ended up working really well for this location and even though the weather and rain was awful I really liked the shots everyone captured here and am looking forward to heading back in the future to shoot the place myself.  Both the boat workshop and the Peak District group were full of fantastic people and certainly made for two really enjoyable weekends, so much so I am actually looking forward to next years already.

Hopefully the winter will be nice and cold this year as I really want to try to do more photography myself in some of the Peak District and Lake Districts more remote location, especially those on higher ground looking down with fantastic views.

 

New Images

It’s been a busy few months shooting mostly boring commercial images so I haven’t been out shooting as many landscapes as I would like but here a few recent ones from over the summer.

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A thunder storm over Happisburgh Lighthouse on the Norfolk Coast, UK

 

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Sailing on the River Thurne, Norfolk Broads

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Thurne Mill on a misty summer’s morning

 

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Summer harvest in the village of Martham, Norfolk UK

 

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West Somerton in the evening sunshine

 

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Happisburgh

 

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Summer fireworks over Wellington Pier at Great Yarmouth, UK

 

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Old Hunstanton at sunset

 

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The historic Hunter’s Fleet boats sailing on the Norfolk Broads

 

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Approaching storm

 

 

 

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 14, Brograve Level Drainage Mill

I am really fortunate to live just a few minutes from one of my favourite mills on the Norfolk Broads, Brograve Level Drainage Mill. Brograve is a derelict mill originally built in 1771 to drain water into the Waxham New Cut, the mill last worked in the 1930’s. The mill can be reached from a start point of the nearby restored mill at Horsey, it’s also possible to park at Horsey Gap and follow the footpath through the fields and marshes to the mill.

One of the unique things about Brograve is the wonderful colour of the river in front of the mill, the Waxham New Cut is stained brown because of the rich peat in the area. I personally thing the Mill photographs best from December to March when the reed turns a lovely golden colour and looks fantastic when illuminated by the low winter sun.

Ghostly Remains, this is quite an old shot now, for this image I selected a slow shutter speed to slightly blur two walkers as they passed the footpath.

The derelict state of the mill means stormy weather works particularly well, the light illuminates the front of mill perfectly first thing in the morning and if there is a chance of stormy weather this is the ideal time to head to the mill in the hope of catching a rainbow over it.

At this time of the year it’s also possible to capture the mill as a silhouette at sunset.

This image was taken back in March following a very good overnight hoarfrost.

Windmill Advent Calendar Day 13, Berney Arms

Berney Arms mill built in 1865 is one of the tallest mills built on the Broads. The seven storey mill stands at over 70 feet. What also makes Berney Arms unusual is its remote location, the mill stands on the Halvergate marshes with no road access nearby. The best way to reach the mill is by boat, it is possible to walk over the marshes but this normally takes well over an hour. Berney Arms does have a railway station at what must be one of the remotest stations in the country, this is a request stop only.

Berney Arms Mill rising from the mist

 

When photographing the area I normally park at Wickerhampton church and then follow the footpath over the marshes.  Windmills photograph particularly well in stormy weather where the white sails really stand out against a dark stormy sky. When shooting the mill previously I have kept an eye out for stormy weather.

Following a forecast for stormy conditions I headed across the marshes to be in position for the stormy clouds. For hours I waited with perfect clear skies, eventually the stormy conditions arrived and I managed a few shots before it chucked it down. Out on the marshes here there really is nowhere to shelter from the elements, after getting absolutely soaked for over an hour I decided it wasnt going to clear so I began walking back to the car. By the time I got back to the car after the long walk, the sun suddenly decided to come out and I was greeted with a fantastic double rainbow whilst cursing myself for not staying put at the mill for a bit longer.

There are a few nearby vantage points around Berney Arms Mill, here I shot with a 400mm lens to capture the sails rising above the morning mist.