|Landscape Group presents..... continued|
Robert urged us not to include any patches of sky in our compositions of trees as these can be very distracting. An image taken in a glade of beech trees in the New Forest showed how golden light can reflect around a wooded scene. He also showed that focus stacking can ensure that an image is sharp from front to back, as in a lovely image of the Kennet & Avon Canal at Wilcot. He also showed us several beautiful images from Stourhead, Bowood, Rockley and Savernake Forest, where he said that the light is best at or just after sunrise, before it becomes harsher and more contrasty.
Robert also stated that Autumn is also a very good time for astrophotography, showing us many images, several taken on Landscape Group outings over the last few years. He said he particularly likes to take photos under a gibbous moon when it is waxing towards the full. Examples including images taken at Avebury, Lacock, Wilton Windmill, the church at Winterbourne Bassett, and the sea stacks at Ladrum Bay in South Devon.
In the second half of the evening, Dave Gray gave a presentation covering some of the activities of the Landscape Group over the last few months. He started by describing the purpose and activities of the group for the benefit of new members.
In May, the group spent a weekend based at the Camelot Castle Hotel in Tintagel, from where sub-groups travelled to various photographic sites recommended by Dave. There were images of the waterfall at St Nectan’s Glen, the cove at Tintagel and several taken along the cliff tops. Ladies’ Window, a hole in the cliffs between Tintagel and Boscastle provided an interesting set of images, as did the view of the estuary of the River Valency taken near Warren Point above Boscastle.(right)
At the Strangles the main subjects were the sea stack, Samphire Rock,(left) and the sea arch as well as the interesting folds in the slate rock formations.
There were more rock formations at Crackington Haven (right), as well as several excellent sunset images.
On to Pentire Point and shots of The Rumps, which Dave suggested looked like the head of an ancient dinosaur emerging from the sea.
And finally to Trebarwith in the evening as the tide was coming in. Several great shots of rock formations, including a rock bridge, were taken before the tide chased the photographers up the beach.
There was still time to take some stunning sunset shots towards Gull Rock as the light faded to deep orange on the horizon.
There was also an evening outing to Cherhill Down to photograph the downs, the monument and the white horse in the evening sunshine. Several member’s images were showcased, including orchids and a thistle covered in bees taken during a cloudy spell.
Dave took the opportunity to remind the audience of the purpose of the Landcape Group and that it meets on the first Thursday of each month throughout the year, before signing off for the evening. DF
Cornwall images by Dave Gray