Tors and beech trees a weekend of teaching photography

I taught two very different photographic lessons this past weekend, one out on the open plains of Dartmoor at Sharpitor and one at Cadsonbury woods near Callington in Cornwall.

On Saturday afternoon on a bright and breezy late afternoon I met my pupils at the car park off the main road from Princetown to Yelverton and we climbed the hill to the first tor of the afternoon, Sharpitor.





We circled around the tor getting some shots towards Burrator reservoir, it was so clear one could see Plymouth Sound from the Moor.


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The light changed in the last hour of the session (5-6pm) to a softer light and we managed to capture a hawthorn in it’s green glory.




On Sunday a cloudier day I met my student in the car park at Cadsonbury woods near Callingnton. This is a nice location as the woods lie next to the river Lynher and the iron hill fort towers above them both.


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I stitched this panorama together above in Photoshop elements, the result of three pictures….the bluebells were the first I had seen this year because of their late flowering on Dartmoor.

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We worked mainly on tripods in the thick of the woodland floor it was my students first experience of using a tripod out on location. The diffused light of the sky worked on these shots and later on I shot some hand held pictures of the trees overhanging the river.

It seems Spring has finally Sprung here in Devon and Cornwall late but better late than never!


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Spring waterfalls, woodlands and rain…..Devon in May.

Spring has come late to Devon it seems, the bluebells have yet to spread the woods with their blue carpets, although yesterday I saw some unfurl in the woodlands near Meavy.

Last week in a rare moment of warm weather I made the hike up the hill from the village of Peter Tavy to Peter Tavy Coombe, a wooded area of hazels and blackthorns which is home to a fabulous waterfall and stream.

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I was suprised how many of the thorn bushes are actually blackthorns (above) I presumed they were hawthorns. The hawthorns are in leaf here but not in flower yet. The path to the Coombe (above again), looked lovely with it’s unfurling undergrowth and scents of Spring.

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I walked up to the waterfall which looked lovely in the sun and set up the tripod to get some slower shutter speeds. I love this place, it reminds me somehow of the western woodlands of Ireland, it has that feel of wildness to it. I got a few nice shots that day …..

Last weekend my colleague and I ran a group workshop

at Burator reservoir, despite the rain we donned our waterproofs and explored the misty Dartmoor woodlands.

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The rain ceased and left a mist that made for some nice shots of the Spring foliage (see above).

This piece of woodland was carpeted with bluebell leaves so I plan to go back in a few days and capture them.

Finally I paid a quick visit to a lovely spot near Meavy, where the Meavy Brook has stepping stones over it in a pretty clearing. I managed to capture the lovely green of the beech leaves as they unfurled in a nearby woodland.

I love this time of year.


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