Dorset Trip – March 2013 – 28th March.

I decided to get up very early on the 28th of March. The weather forecast wasn’t very good but it looked to most promising of the week to get a sunrise in. I decided to go a spot high up to the west of Chesil Beach; from this point there should be a good view of Chesil Beach. I had done my calculations – the sun would come up at about 6:20 am – so I made sure that I was there from about 5:30 am to give me plenty of time to set up and catch the colours that occur just before the Sun shows it’s face. It was freezing – no I mean real ice! There was a sea fret which gave it a misty appearance, but not as I had imagined it. It turned out that my calculations were a little wrong – oh yes, I got the time right, but the Sun came up behind a hill to my left and not over the Beach and out to sea as I thought, so it was well up in the sky before I saw it:-

Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach Sunrise

Chesil Beach Sunrise

I went from there to West Bay, near Bridport. By the time I got there there sun was up and it was a lovely morning around the harbour – still a bit cold though:-

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

Oh Buoy!

Oh Buoy!

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

West Bay Harbour.

 

 

Dorset Trip – March 2013 – March 27th.

I had quite a day on the 27th of March. I went to Abbotsbury (I was staying quite close by):-

Abbotsbury, Main Street.

Abbotsbury, Main Street.

Abbotsbury, Main Street.

Abbotsbury, Main Street.

Abbotsbury, Parish Church.

Abbotsbury, Parish Church.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine’s Chapel.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine’s Chapel.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine’s Chapel.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine’s Chapel.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine’s Chapel.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine’s Chapel.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel. detail.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine’s Chapel. detail.

Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel - detail

Abbotsbury, St Catherine’s Chapel – detail

Abbotsbury - The Abbey

Abbotsbury – The Abbey

Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury - The Illchester Arms

Abbotsbury – The Illchester Arms

I went to Dorchester – Home of Thomas Hardy of Literature fame:-

Thomas Hardy.

Thomas Hardy.

And then Poole, Dorset:-

Poole, Dorset.

Poole, Dorset.

Poole, Dorset.

Poole, Dorset.

Poole, Dorset.

Poole, Dorset.

Poole, Dorset.

Poole, Dorset.

 

Lomography.

Lomography:-

It began with a fateful encounter in the early 1990s, when a group of students in Vienna, Austria, stumbled upon the Lomo Kompakt Automat – a small, enigmatic Russian camera. Mindlessly taking shots from the hip, and sometimes looking through the viewfinder, they were astounded with the mindblowing photos that it produced – the colours were vibrant, with deep saturation and vignettes that framed the shot – it was nothing like they had seen before! Upon returning home, friends wanted their own Lomo LC-A, igniting a new style of artistic experimental photography that we now know as Lomography!

In actual fact it has come to represent the cult movement followed by those who like to “play” or “experiment” with a range of very basic “toy” cameras. I bought myself a Holga 120 – from which I am still to develop a film – at the same time I bought a couple of Holga lenses to fit my Sony digital kit and it is early experiments with these that I am showing here. I like the effects and I hope that it might be of interest to you too. These images were made during my recent trip to Dorset:-

Hardy's Monument.

Hardy’s Monument.

Hardy's Monument.

Tolpuddle Martyr's Monument, Tolpuddle, Dorset.

Tolpuddle Martyr’s Monument, Tolpuddle, Dorset.

Tolpuddle Martyr's Monument, Tolpuddle, Dorset.

Tolpuddle Martyr’s Monument, Tolpuddle, Dorset.

Bovingdon Tank Museum.

Bovingdon Tank Museum.

Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Trip to Dorset – March 2013 – 26th March.

During the month of March this year I went to Dorset on a “photographic holiday”. I had hoped for good weather; crisp mornings followed by spring like sunshine. What I got was constantly overcast and grey,still, determined to make the best of it, I set out in search of photographic scenes and subjects. Here is some of the images that I made:-

Lyme Regis, Dorset, England in the sun.

Lyme Regis, Dorset, England in the sun.

Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Lyme Regis

Hardy’s Monument – you could be forgiven for thinking that this monument is for the famous Dorset author Thomas Hardy, but you would be wrong. This monument commemorates Lord Nelson’s friend Hardy as in “Kissmet Hardy” when he fell at the battle of Trafalgar:-

Hardy's Monument.

Hardy’s Monument.

Hardy's Monument

Hardy’s Monument

Hardy's Monument

Hardy’s Monument

Bovingdon Tank Museum:-

 

Bovingdon Tank Museum.

Bovingdon Tank Museum.

Bovingdon Tank Museum.

Bovingdon Tank Museum.

Bovingdon Tank Museum.

Bovingdon Tank Museum.

Bovingdon Tank Museum.

Bovingdon Tank Museum.

I paid a visit to Corfe Castle. I wanted to photograph it from the East – I had photographed it from the west on a previous occasion. There is a large hill on each of the east and west sides – fortunate eh!

Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Corfe Castle, Dorset.

I had wanted to go to Kimmeridge bay since I first say photographs of it in the photography magazines; now I was finally there:-

Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset.

Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset.

Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset.

Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset.

Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset.

Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset.

Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset.

Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset.

Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset.

Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset.

More soon………………………..

 

Monochrome photographs from an Infra-red camera.

These photographs were taken with a camera that had been converted to “see” infra-red light –  to allow infra-red light through instead of blocking it. Monochrome photographs were then created from them.

Butterflies.

I took these photographs whilst on holiday in Brittany, France – with a very long lens on a very sunny day.

Meet Arthur.

Many subjects interest me, particularly when it comes to my photography – but in this case it was another reason that drew me to meet Arthur and his friends. Arthur was the first parabolic reflector (in this case – Satellite dish) to receive and transmit television across the Atlantic. The Satellite was Sputnik and to capture the signal Arthur had to be very nimble; he had to be able to track Sputnik as it travelled across the sky and so Arthur had to be able to turn 360 degrees in a horizontal plane and 180 degrees in a vertical plane. Arthur is a hero – he is also a “listed building”. Arthur lives on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall at Goonhilly Earth Station. Sadly, most of his “friends” have been dismantled – including Merlin, the biggest of them all because they are no longer needed. All satellites are in geo-stationary orbit; their position stays constant in relation to the earth and so much smaller ones are now adequate – including the one on your house!

You can still visit Arthur and I would advise you to do so if you are down his way.

Arthur

Arthur and friend – Arthur is the larger one in partial view.

Arthur in profile.

Northumberland – Continued!

Lindisfarne boat detail.

Embleton Beach with Dunstanburgh castle in the distance.

Embleton Beach with Dunstanburgh beyond.

Dunstanburgh Castle over the Boulder Field at dawn.

Boat rope.

Boat hut canvas – detail.

Bamburgh Castle.

Bamburgh Castle.

Embleton Beach monochrome in slow motion. Dunstanburgh Castle beyond.

Lindisfarne Boat Monochrome.

Lindisfarne Boat Monochrome.

Lindisfarne Castle – Monochrome.

 

 

That’s all for today folks!