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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