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New Summer Images

Below is a selection of new images taken over the summer months.

Brancaster Staithe
Brancaster Staithe at sunset on the North Norfolk Coast

Derwent Water Lake District
A fantastic sunrise over Derwent Water in the Lake District

Brancaster Staithe at last light on the North Norfolk Coast

Summer greens in the Lake District

Derwent Water at dawn

A vibrant sunset over Cromer Pier on the North Norfolk Coast

Summer Colour at Crummock Water in the Lakes

Castlerigg Stone Circle at dawn

Happisburgh Lighthouse during a long exposure

View over the Solway, Cumbria

Buttermere on a stormy summers morning

Summer colour at Castle Acre near Swaffham, Norfolk

Cromer Pier at sunset on the Norfolk Coast

Illuminated by light in the Lake District

Summer dawn at Derwent Water in the Lake District

Crummock Water, Lake District

Norfolk Barley Field


Summer stream, Cumbria

Castlerigg Stone Circle at first light

Cromer Pier at sunset on the Norfolk Coast

Crummock Water on a summers morning

Stormy skies at Castlerigg Stone Circle

Poppy field in the Norfolk countryside

Two horse riders in a field of wheat at Happisburgh on the Norfolk Coast

Derwent Water at dawn

Castlerigg on a summers morning

Cromer Pier

Lake Buttermere, Cumbria

Thunderstorm near Clippesby
Thunderstorm and straw bale field near Clippesby in Norfolk

The view from Over Owler Tor under a pasing storm in the Peak District

Summer light on the quay at Blakeney

Martello Tower Aldeburgh at last light

A vibrant sunset over the Hope Valley in the Peak District

Dead tree near Snape Maltings

Double rainbow over a freshly harvested field in the Norfolk Countryside

The town of Holt on a summers evening in Norfolk

Boats at Moston on the North Norfolk Coast

Summer heather on the dunes at Winterton-On-Sea, Norfolk Coast

Summer storm in the Norfolk Countryside

Last light on Carhead Rocks in the Peak District

Westleton Heath, Suffolk

Winterton, Norfolk Coast

Looking towards Higger Tor from Over owler Tor in the Peak District

Fishermans huts at Winterton, Norfolk Coast

Fairbrook in the Peak District

Storm captured from Over Owler Tor in the Peak District, Derbyshire

Last light on the dunes at Winterton, Norfolk Coast

Summer Storm

Sunset from Carhead Rocks in the Peak District

Some of the strangest colours I have ever seen as the rain started poring down just before sunset.

Warm evening light on Blakeney Quay, Norfolk Coast

First Light, Curbar Edge

The wonderful view from the top of Curbar Edge in the Peak District

Fairbrook on a summers morning, Peak District

The historic Hunters Fleet on the Norfolk Broads

Lindisfarne Castle

First light on the Heather at Curbar Edge

Mist above the village of Calver, Derbyshire

Cromer Pier at dusk on the Norfolk Coast

Morning light Baslow Edge, Derbyshire

Turf Fen mill at sunset, Norfolk Broads

First Light, Curbar Edge Peak District

A misty sunrise of the dunes at Lindisfarne, Northumberland Coast


Tulip Fields in the Norfolk Countryside Two Years On

Two years ago I posted a blog with some images captured at a Tulip field in Norfolk, UK. The original blog can be found here.

Well two years later I have shot another Tulip Field in the Norfolk Countryside and below are a few images from that shoot. This years shoot was at a different field to last time and I arrived a little late as quite a few of the colours had already been de-headed. The tulips are grown for their bulbs here so once the flowers are developed they soon get their heads cut off so more energy goes into the bulb rather than the flowers.  This year we had a really mild spring so the tulips were much earlier than normal too. This shoot required a 3.15 am alarm call to get to the location in time for sunrise. After around 90 mins shooting the tulips I was then leaving when all of a sudden a rainbow appeared so it was a case of quickly running back and grabbing a few shots.

Norfolk Tulip Field













































Shooting Star Trails & painting With Light

Shooting Star Trails

Photographing Star trails is actually a relatively simple technique that can conjure up some wonderful eye catching images. As the earth rotates, the North Star will appear to remain fixed whilst the other stars appear to rotate around it. During long exposures we are able to record the motion of these stars in our images.

Planning plays a pivotal role in achieving successful star trail images. Before heading out I pay close attention to the weather forecast to ensure it’s going to be a clear night, I find websites such as Metcheck and Wunderground are particularly useful as they will give a cloud coverage breakdown for set times every three hours. Subject matter is a personal preference but I like to include subjects with a strong outline against the sky in my images such as a church, barn, lighthouse or windmill, by using a compass I can also work out which direction the North Star will appear and if possible include this in my images. Once I have found my location I try to set up my gear whilst it’s still light and make sure everything is in order. By arriving whilst it is still light it is much easier to focus and compose the image. I begin by setting up my tripod and composing and focusing the picture, a good solid tripod is essential here and its important to make sure that it’s on solid ground with no chance of moving during the long exposure. At this point I also like to check there is plenty of memory and fully charged batteries in the camera.

Its then a matter of waiting for it to get dark enough before I begin shooting, if I want to recompose an image or re focus in the dark then a large powerful torch is really useful. Its very difficult to see much through the viewfinder so once I think I have everything set up correctly I like to take a short test shot. To do this I select a high ISO setting on my camera, I then take a test shot of around one minute using the bulb facility and a cable release and examine the image on the LCD to check for distracting elements and to check the focus. At this point I also like to check the exposure is correct, the test shot is also a great way to gauge how long the main exposure will need.

A little bit of Maths is required here, but just remember that every time we increase or de-crease the exposure by one stop we are doubling or halving the amount of light coming into the camera. So if a an exposure of one minute is correct at ISO 1600 and we increase that exposure by one stop to ISO 800 then we are doubling the exposure time so the new exposure time would be two minutes, just keep doing this until you get to your chosen ISO and aperture settings to give you your final exposure time.

 Stacking Method Or One Long Exposure

To capture star trail images for the main image we have two options, the first is to shoot one long exposure and leave the shutter open during that time, the second process we can use is to shoot lots of shorter exposures and then combine these later using computer software. Both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages. If shooting lots of shorter exposures then exposure times of around 30 seconds work well here. Long exposures increase the amount of noise in the image so the shorter exposures of around 30 seconds stacked together will have less noise. The disadvantages of this technique are that you use more space on memory cards and hard drives, your post production work is increased and the major disadvantage is you have tiny gaps in the star trails. One of the real advantages of the stacking method though is the ability to remove images you don’t want stacked in the sequence such as a frame where a plane with lights has flown through the image or you can even remove a number of frames afterwards to dramatically reduce the exposure of the image. There are a number of software options available to combine the stacked images but one that I have found particularly good is a free piece of software available at www.Startrails.de.

Begin by composing your picture and making sure your tripod is on solid ground. I like to hand my bag from my tripod for extra stability. Composing can be a problematic in the dark so its best to take a test shot.
Set you camera to bulb mode, use a large aperture such as F4 and a High ISO speed then take a short test shot. Review the test shot and make sure you are happy with the composition.

So to begin shooting using the stacking method we need to set our camera to continuous drive mode, this means when we lock open our shutter when setting a sequence of 30 second exposures.Set your shutter speed to 30 seconds and select your chosen ISO and aperture settings, ISO 400 and F8 often work well.

We need to illuminate our subject with some light, I find a large torch gives off a nice warm light and offers you lots of control over what parts of the scene you illuminate. You can also use flash. I save this part of the process to the last five or six frames, this means if we over expose the areas we paint with the torch we can simply take a few of the last frames away.

For the final image of the day attach the lens cap to the camera and take a dark frame as the same settings, the stacking software can then use this to help reduce noise in the final image at the post production stage. All of the images will look very dark initially right out of the camera however this is perfectly normal.

To start the post production stage open up the star trails software, click file, Open images and then select all the frames minus the dark frame. Now select file, open and load in the dark frame. Now we have all our image ready simply click build and then star trails, we now need to wait a while and let the software do its stuff, when the image is completed simply click file and then save as and the image is complete.

 Star Trail Tips

Star trail images are always eye catching, but just like photographing images in the day we need to find a good subject and a good composition. Whilst pictures of a night sky alone will result in good star trails if there is no subject matter to the image then they will rarely work well. For stunning images try locating the North Star in your composition, as the earth rotates the other stars will appear to spin around it.

Clear skies are essential for photographing star trails so avoid nights when there is a chance or thick cloud blowing in during the long exposure.

Exposures for star trails can range from several minutes to several hours, the overall exposure length will depend on the amount of motion you wish to capture. One of the major problems with digital cameras during long exposures is there are power hungry, with this in mind I normally limit my exposures to less than 90 mins unless I am using a battery grip with the facility to hold more than one battery at a time.

To help aid with focusing in the dark shine a powerful torch on your chosen subject, once your camera gets a focus lock switch your lens to manual focus so that it doesn’t hunt when you press the shutter button.

Take a compass with you and work out the position of the North Star. As the Earth rotates the North Star will appear to stay fixed and the rest of the stars will appear to rotate around it.

It can get very cold at night particularly when standing around waiting for long exposures so warm clothing is essential.

Safety In Numbers

Night photography can be quite daunting, I like to photograph subjects in remote areas where you don’t attract as much attention. Strange noises & wildlife moving in the bushes can be quite spooky especially if you are on your own, but you soon get used to it. This does put a lot of photographers off from shooting night photography especially lone females. With this in mind I began offering one day workshops photographing at night in Norfolk, UK. I usually hold two or three one day Painting With Light & Star Trail photography workshops throughout the year, these are priced at just £50 and are offered on a first come first served basis. For more details on one day workshops offered in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex & Derbyshire please visit the workshop section on my website at http://www.theuklandscape.com/Workshops.htm

All Quiet

Apologies for being so quiet on here of late it’s been a hectic Spring & Summer this year. I hope to begin with lots of new posts in the coming months but for now here are some new images from the last few months.

I had an incredible hour of light back in April at Horsey Mill on the Norfolk Broads

Due to the long winter the Daffodils were very late this year. Here are a few captured in a Norfolk Field

Stormy last light illuminating Horsey Windpump

South Creake ford in North Norfolk

The old disused Dilham Canal lock at Ebridge Mill

Stormy last light at Heigham Holmes Drainage Mill near the village of Martham

Horsey Mill with some stormy light about an hour before sunset

Something a bit different for me, I was commissioned to write an article on photographing derelict buildings for a UK photography magazine and here is one of the images I shot of an old derelict mill in the Norfolk Countryside.

Dream light as the last rays of the stormy light illuminate Horsey mill and the sky above.

Derelict Detail shot

Norfolk Moods

This is probably one of the least photograph mills of all the Norfolk Broads mills that have some sails. This is Heigham Holmes and sit’s on an island that is only open to the public one day a year.

Norfolk Mill at night

Reed bed glow

I loved the grey mixed with the red brickwork in this shot at an old flour mill

The very last light on Horsey Mill and my very last shot of the day on this particular evening

Horsey Mill, Norfolk Broads
A misty morning start at Horsey Mill on the Norfolk Broads

Oil Seed Rape field in the Norfolk Countryside

The picturesque West Somerton Staithe on the Norfolk Broads

Horsey Windmill
Horsey Windpump at first light

Winterton Windfarm
Probably one of the laziest images I have ever shot  as this one was done practically over the garden fence with a telephoto lens.

West Somerton, Norfolk

Horsey Mill

Cart Gap, Norfolk Coast with the Lee Big Stopper, ten stop filter

Happisburgh lighthouse
Happisburgh Lighthouse shortly before a storm passes overhead

Cromer Pier following a colourful sunset on the Norfolk Coast

Rainbow captures in the dunes at Wells-Next-The-Sea beach on the Norfolk Coast

Happisburgh Lighthouse & Oil Seed Rape

Last light at Winterton dunes on the Norfolk Coast

Summer field near Repps With Bastwick, Norfolk

Weybourne Shingle Beach & Fishing Boats

For Sale. Beach huts at Wells

Morston Quay

Cromer Town reflecting in the wet sand at dusk

Oil Seed Rape on a windy day at Happisburgh

Stormy light looking towards the beach huts at Wells

Happisburgh Lighthouse

Wells Dunes

Weybourne, Norfolk Coast

Cromer Sunset


Sunset at Winterton, Norfolk

You are probably getting board of Happisburgh by now but here is another, all taken on a number of different visits to get the Oil Rape Seed at different stages.

Norfolk Field near Repps With Bastwick

Winterton Dunes at last light

Wells Next The Sea

Winterton Light

Cromer Pier

Winterton Sunset

Stormy golden light over a freshly harvested barley field in Norfolk

Summer poppies near Burnham Market

Long exposure over the old pillbox on Horsey Dunes

Poppy field at Castle Acre in Norfolk

Sunset and golden light near Repps With Bastwick, Norfolk

Castle Acre Poppies

Poppy field just outside Burnham Market, North Norfolk

Horsey Dunes

Castle Acre

A rare opportunity to see St Benet’s Mill illuminated at night as part of a summer wedding on the Norfolk Broads

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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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Norfolk’s Underrated Stretch of Coastline (Winterton to Happisburgh)

My favourite stretch of the Norfolk coastline happens to be one that is often ignored by visitors and photographers alike. This 12 mile stretch of coastline and countryside is rich and diverse offering fantastic potential for photographers. Whilst most landscape  photographers head for the North Norfolk Coast to shoot popular locations such as Holkham, Wells or the picturesque Staithes at Brancaster & Blakeney. I love heading to this underrated and much quieter stretch of coastline. Here the Broads and the coast run side by side offer a great deal of variety all just a short distance away.


2012-0821sssaWinterton has a wonderful beach and some wonderful Sand Dunes. It’s great to photograph at first light.

East Sommerton

_MG_2290wwwJust a short distance between Winterton and West Somerton is the tiny cluster of houses at East Somerton. Here there is a derelict church with a giant oak tree growing straight through the middle.

West Somerton

_MG_2305West Somerton has a wonderful example of a traditional flint built Norfolk round towered church.

_MG_0434West Somerton on the Norfolk Broads has a delightful chocolate box staithe with picturesque cottages and small boats.

Horsey Mill

_MG_1549Horsey Mill is great to shoot at last light, particularly in the summer when the boats add that extra bit on interest.

Horsey Gap

untitled-4259Horsey Beach is best known for the hundreds of Seals that have their pups on the beach every year. From November to the end of January its extremley busy with visitors that come to get a glimpse of the pups. At other times of the year it’s a fantastic peaceful beach with great sand dunes and beach patterns for the landscape photographer.

2011-7278A summer storm out to sea, viewed here from Horsey Beach


2011-5232Brograve is one of the lesser known mills of the Norfolk Broads. Very few boats come down the narrow stretch of water named Waxham New Cut. Beacuse the mill requires a walk of about 45 mins from Horsey Mill or a 20 min walk over the muddy fields a lot of people don’t bother visiting. It’s a wonderful peaceful location and is excellent to see lots of wildlife.

2010-4886Winter is a great time to capture a sunset behind the mill


2010-4933Waxham beach is located a short walk between Horsey and Sea Palling. It’s a great place to capture the rising sun.

Sea Palling

2010-4912Sea palling is best known for it’s sea defences that consist of high rocks placed out to sea. These can be see in the distance of this image. The location does have some nice sand dunes and is just a short stroll from the car. Here the beach was captured at dawn on a frosty morning with the sand and dunes coated in a white layer of frost.


_MG_8744-Happisburgh (pronounced as Haze Boro) is a much-loved location with a fantastic picture perfect light house and a beach that is always battered by the sea.

_MG_5506-01-The sea defences at this location make for some fascinating pictures and add an extra element to the scene.


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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.

New Images From November 2012

Here are a slection of new images taken in November. All shot in Norfolk, England.

2012-0313LWDramatic early morning colour on a frosty November morning at Thetford Forest

2012-0320Frosty light at dawn in Thetford, Norfolk

2012-0327LWAutumn sunrise over Brettenham Heath, Thetford, Norfolk

2012-0345LWMorning sunrise in the Brecks

2012-0371LwFirst light on a frosty morning in the Brecklands, Norfolk

2012-0384LWAutumn colours at Rishbeth Wood, Thetford

2012-0390LWOn the 12thNovember I added a post on my facebook photography page about a dramatic sunset but unfortunately I didnt have a tripod with me. I couldn’t resist stopping for a quick shot anyway and this is the resulting image. The iso had to be pushed up to ISO 1600 and it was raining quite hard when this was taken.

2012-0434LWBacton Wood, Norfolk

2012-0593LWAutumn colours in Norfolk, UK

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Backing Up

Not long after I first got into Digital Photography back in 2003 I suffered a hard drive failure and lost a number of pictures. Back then I never backed anything up, however I did learn my lesson. I now make sure everything is backed up over at least two of three different hard drives and make sure some of my main images are aslo kept off site too.

A couple of the shots that I lost I actually had as low res version online from a photography forum.  I was able to copy these so at least I had a low res version. Whilst going through some old files earlier today I stumbled across one of those images so I thought I would post it her. The first image is the one I lost in 2003 and I liked it so much at the time I went back a few times to try to recreate the image. In 2007 I eventually managed an image I was happy with and as it happens, I much prefered the 2nd newer one anyway. The 2nd image has much better stormy and dramatic light where as the original image was prtty flat.  The 2nd image was taken on a Canon 5D mk1 and is of wooden groynes at Hunstanton on the Norfolk Coast.

Untitled-1-HunstantonsHunstanton groynes captured on a Canon 300D back in 2003

_MG_7166-sThe same groynes as above taken at a slightly different time of the year with sun further to the left.

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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