Vixen Tor black and white rainbows and capturing the fade of Autumn on Dartmoor

I walked out to Vixen Tor which is only a few miles from Tavistock, my resident town. I expected to get wet as the sky was a wonderful mix of clouds and blue. This is actually a good mix for Photographers!

I think I saw four separate rainbows on this shoot and managed to capture a couple of them.

The surprising thing was that I converted the above image into a black and white picture and think it actually looks better!

I think as with all black and white images the highlights texture and lighting work with this shot.

I continued to the Tor itself and eventually found a way around a classic Dartmoor bog. I got a soaking walking towards the Tor but the haunting vista of the Tor in front of me …..

The hawthorn in front of the Tor made a great focal point and worked well in black and white.

As I walked back from the Tor I got a nice shot of the Tor highlighted by the light over King Tor, Dartmoor is great for this sort of shot the slanting light making for many a great image.

On the way back to the car I crossed a clapper bridge over the Grimstone and Sortridge leat and managed to capture this shot of it, these leats were used to carry moorstone and mine working equipment across the Moor


Leaves, berries, river, roots and photographing the start of the Autumn.

I realise it has been a while since I last wrote a blog and I have been out and about taking what the season has to offer in and around Dartmoor.

I visited Bere Ferres last week and got some nice shots of the hawthorn berries by the estuary:

I love time of year when the light shifts and so many plants are backlit and are turning wonderful colours 🙂
I wandered across to the field near to my flat on Sunday to take soem of the newly turning leaves in the Devon hedgerow.

I also captured a couple of small snails curled up on a bramble leaf :

On Sunday I also went to Magpie Bridge, near Horrabridge where the Walkham river runs through this lovely valley.
It was a dark cloudy day so I thought I would capture some moving water with the help of my tripod under the canopy of trees.

The chestnut leaves turning above caught my eye and I stopped quickly to take them.
I found a nice viewpoint by the Walkham river by an old beech that had a lovely root system. I kept the tripod at ground level and moved around the scene a bit before I framed a nice shot at f11 with an exposure time of four seconds.

I will also include the colour version of this shot below, although I think the texture in the subject matter lends itself to a black and white conversion.