The Walkham valley on a chilly Sunday morning

I decided to go and out with my camera and photograph the Walkham Valley yesterday, not far from my home.
This valley is home to the Walkham river and was the site of mining for copper in the nineteenth century.
Its a haven for wildlife, livestock, and dog walkers now.
The light was so nice through the mature beech and hazels and I got a few shots of the backlit woodland.

The beeches overhanging the river can make for interesting shots so I set the tripod to get a low shot of the river in the early Spring sun. The sun was going in and out a bit by this point. So in the end the best shots I got I feel were some slower shutter speed shots, that I was able to get with a more overcast sky.







I varied the ISO speed between 100 for the water shots and 400 for the wider hand held tree shots. It’s amazing when the sun goes in how different the settings that you need can be.

I walked back to the car at 11am before the Sunday walkers through some moorland sheep that had gathered in the trees, a surreal site ins some ways I have seen moorland ponies here too the open moor is a short walk away.



Tors, trees, and windswept photographers.

I was determined to get out with my camera on the brief blustery sunny day here in Devon yesterday and decided to go for Pew Tor a great location with lots of windswept trees to capture.

The light at this time of the year can be great and the turned bracken and mid distance made a wonderful combination.

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The colour shots of the trees also convert well into black and white and the moody subject matter works well.
I climbed to the top of the tor and got a couple of shots looking down and across to Cornwall.



I also caught this pennywort growing on sheer rock, proving that even a tiny life form can survive out on the Moor.

Sheepstor a holy well and a waterfall Dartmoor February 2013

Yesterday was the first time in a long while that I have managed to do a shoot involving more than one location, the winter sunshine tempted me out with my camera bag and tripod. It was very windy but I was weighed down by my photographic equipment. I drove to the village of Sheepstor on the south west slopes of Dartmoor I had originally planned just to explore the church more and the holy well but there was no parking in the village so I drove up to the massive tor itself and decided to walk up to it and get some images.




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The huge tor shielded me from the excesses of the wind, as I headed back to the car. I managed to park at the side of the narrow lane and jumped out to photograph the beautiful well and church in the village.



I then drove back past where I knew there was a lovely waterfall that the river Meavy makes when it tumbles down a steep slope in the Burrator reservoir woods. So I headed into the woods with my tripod and back pack.






This waterfall is always difficult to capture but I scrambled over the mossy rocks dutifully. As always the best shots were the unexpected ones I captured of the tors or rocks in the woods on the way back.
When I got home and looked at the images I was pleased to see that I has indeed got a few that were usable !