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Landscape Photography Blog


Sunrise over Hexham Abbey

05/04/2011 13:11:00
by Roger Clegg
Sunrise over Hexham Abbey, Northumberland
The sunrise that nearly never was ...........................

I awoke early in anticipation of a possible colourful sunrise. The previous night's weather forecast indicated there might be one, but a quick glance out of the window indicated not. It wasn't worth getting in the car to drive in search of a great sunrise image. A short time later the cloud rapidly fragmented and filled the sky with colour. I quickly grabbed my camera and tripod and crossed the road from my small cottage into Hexham Abbey Grounds to be presented with this picture. Somtimes we forget what is on our own doorstep and feel complelled to travel to find the spectacular.
Hexham and Corbridge are five miles south of the course of Hadrian's Wall. If you are visiting Hadrian's Wall and have the time to make a detour you will not be disappointed

Capturing Movement

22/04/2011 13:36:00
by Andrew Whitaker
Marsden Bay, South Shields, South Tyneside
One aspect of Landscsape Photography that I have been exploring a lot more of recently, is movement. I'll show you some examples throughout this blog.

The most important judgement to be made, is will this scene be enhanced by some sort of movement and if so, how can this be achieved. If this isn't clear, the wonderful benefits of digital photography allow you to experiment at the time to see if it will suit the scene. It is also dependent upon what you are trying to capture, if it is a still scene or you wish to portray an element of calmness and serenity, then perhaps movement is not what you want.

There are many different types of movement to be captured - wind (rustling grasses, fast moving clouds, trees), waves (large stormy waves, normal tidal waves), rivers, car lights in urban scenes, moving trains, etc and there are also a number of different ways to catch them, all with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Photographic techniques you can employ to capture a sense of movement, could be long shutter speeds from just half a second to minutes. For this, you would need either low light conditions or alternatively, for daylight conditions,a filter like an ND3.0. This will allow the camera to use a slow shutter speed, and for both of these approaches, you will need a tripod. Another technique, without a tripod, is panning. This is particularly useful for catching moving objects such as bikes or cars.

The next thing to do, to add even more impact to the image you are trying to create, is to catch these scenes in the right conditions - even harder!

With this scene above of the rocks down in Marsden, South Shields, I used a shutter speed of about 30 seconds and the very early morning colours enhance it further. This has the effect of turning the water misty and suggests the movement of the sea.

With the image of Newcastle City Centre, I needed busy traffic, the right time of day and a shutter speed of about 30 seconds.

Central Motorway, Newcastle Upon Tyne Northern Horizons

The Angel of the North picture below, I'm combining low light with windy conditions but also an ND filter to really blur out the trees (shutter speed was something like 2 minutes).

Angel of the North, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear Northern Horizons

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sceNE at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne.........................
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Sunrise over Hexham Abbey
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24 March 2011

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Seeing the light- part two
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Relics of a bygone era.
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Winter spectacle
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sceNE in Northumberland National Park
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Winter by the River
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Sugar Sands
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Low Light
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A great idea ...............
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