These photos were taken near Whitchurch Down on Tuesday.
I decided to take my camera along to my Falconry lesson on Wednesday, (http://www.westcountryfalconry.com/index.htm)
a good idea as it turned out as I managed to get some lovely shots of the birds and the landscape on the walk we took.
The falcons the handler had were two Harrier Hawks one youngster and one aged, 26!
We set off walking and I go some quick shots of the lovely Tamar Valley on the way. It was a nice day so an ISO of 200 was used for the landscape shots, in the open. I increased the ISO to 400 for some of the woodland shots later in the walk.
I was handed the gauntlet , as it were and the hawk flew down to get the piece of meat I held in my hand.
The bird seemed light and I enjoyed seeing such a lovely animal so close up.
We walked through the new Tamar trails and came across some interesting mine working including this bridge. (Above)
I enjoyed photographing the birds in the trees, it was lovely to see them flying loose around and about.
At the end of the session another of the group kindly took a shot of me with this European Eagle Owl much to my delight!
The light at this time of the year can be great and the turned bracken and mid distance made a wonderful combination.
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.
This blog installment is to share the images I have taken over the weekend… On Saturday dodging the showers, I walked across to my local haven, a field, five minutes walk away from my flat. En route I saw a marvellous rainbow and managed to capture it… I walked to the field and the hedge was being lit up by the Autumn sun and I caught some close up shots of leaves, including oak and bramble.
On Saturday me and my partner went up to the edge of Dartmoor to Pork Hill car park to take advantage of the amazing skies yesterday
Today I went to Shaugh Prior (in the rain) and took some pictures of the river Plym and also a self portrait:)
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.
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.