Near Pork Hill Dartmoor, Devon last Thursday.

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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

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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.