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Although our main goal with this trip to Exmoor was to break slightly away from coastal landscape photography, the truth is that misty sunrises were absent and the opportunities for good sunset shots were along the coast.
The only sunrise that we were able to photograph, due to weather conditions, didn’t bring anything extraordinary. The day before we spent some time locating possible good spots, and this was the best we could find for what we had in mind. I would rather have some mist on this valley, but since it was really cold, part of the field was slightly white due to frost on the vegetation. But better than the image was the sound, dozens of sheep, flying crows (you can actually spot three on this image), cows and the start of another day in the countryside. A digital recorder is indeed something I need to acquire for my next trips.
The other morning shot that I like, and one that I was looking after, is this next one. For a desolate landscape like the moors, nothing better than a harsh weather day and a lonely tree shaped by the elements. You may have seen the ponies in the snow from my last post. This was shot minutes before when it was starting to snow again. I used a Lee Big-Stopper filter to bring the image a more dramatic feel. The clouds and wind took care of the rest.
The sunset landscapes weren’t easy to photograph. It was a bit of a gamble, we usually started our quest around 3 hours before sunset when we didn’t even know if the weather was going to be ok for a good shot. But the worst part was that it usually involved a few kilometers of hill climbing with all the gear on our backs. But as the saying goes, no pain, no gain… These first couple of images were shot on the hills east of Lynton. The later couple were shot in Hangman Point, east of Combe Martin, a place we discovered thanks to a travel guide featuring an interesting image by David Noton.