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Finding subjects in a dark January

Trunks at Shaugh Prior River Plym Shaugh Prior Mossy RockDSC_2665

It was a dark and dank January day when myself and my pupil set out at Shaugh Prior for the teaching session.
Finding subject matter at this time of year can always be difficult but once again the mossy rocks and boulders of such a wild place proved to hold a good few shots.

The heavy gloom and cloud allowed for shutter speeds of up to four or five seconds with no filters.

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 šŸ™‚
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.

Shaugh Prior Photographic Shoot; Dartmoor Devon August 31st 2012

I returned to Shaugh Prior for this photographic shoot and met with my student in the busy carpark. We went over some basic work with tripods and experimenting with shutter speeds and composition.
I love this location down near Plymouth, it has so many different points of interest, and amazing boulders to capture.
There was a dinstinct feel of Autumn in the air as we continued up the steep hill to the massive rock climber’s Dewerstone Rock. The rocks at the top of the hill areĀ dramaticĀ and the forest below makes for lots of interesting compositionalĀ opportunities.

I think I am looking forward to the Autumn colour at this location, the beech leaves always look so amazing come October.