Dorset Landscape Photography : Sunset over Charmouth & Lyme Regis
30th January 2011 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape and Seascape Photography
Sunset over Charmouth, Lyme Regis & the Cobb

A couple of shots from this evenings outing along the Jurassic Coast to Charmouth, where not only did the light hit the cliffs along the coast to Golden Cap, but the sun set to the horizon, viewable all the way down over the Cobb in Lyme. A lovely evening, if a little cold.

Dorset magazine : February 2011
27th January 2011 - 0 comments
Here is a copy of the recent article in the Dorset magazine ...

Dorset Landscape Photography : Dorset Magazine
26th January 2011 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape photography : Dorset Magazine features photos from Graham Wiffen

The February 2011 issue of Dorset Magazine has included a selection of my photos in their Readers Photos section. The article is on page 32.

The images selected can be viewed in the Gallery, where prints can also be purchased.

Dorset Landscape Photography: Full moon sets over Golden Cap
21st January 2011 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape / Seascape Photography:
Full moon sets over Golden Cap

A second bite of the apple this morning as I ventured out to get the last few minutes of the nearly, almost, quite, 99.97% a full moon as it set over Golden Cap.

This time, as I was late getting out, I went to West Bay to catch the last glimpses of it before it went down bewhind the hills of Charmouth and the Golden Cap estate.

Another chilly start, but as it was setting so late, the sun had just risen and was lighting up the cliffs along the Jurassic Coast to make the scene really glow in the early morning light.
Dorset Landscape photography: Full moon sets over Lyme Bay
20th January 2011 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape Photography / Seascape Photography
Full moon sets across Lyme Bay

I decided to get up early this morning to catch the full moon again as it set down across Lyme Bay. I tried a couple of view points, but found Hive Beach in Burton Bradstock gave the view I was looking for.

I arrived well before sunrise and the reflections of the moonlight across the water were wonderful: forming a path across Lyme Bay right into the heart of Lyme Regis. It was so bright in the sky compared to everything else, that is was difficult to minimise the halo effect around the moon.

It was a cold morning, but well worth the trip. Gorgeous views and a great way to start the days.

I took a few shots from the hillside overlooking Hive Beach before moving up to the top of the cliffs and looking the other way to see the sunrise. Not much cloud about and rather misty, but the birds made it work. Thank you.

Dorset Landscape : Full moon over Colmers Hill
19th January 2011 - 1 comment
Dorset Landscape Photography :
Full moon rises over Colmers Hill

A full moon was due tonight at 9pm, so at around 4.30pm when it rose, it was almost there ..... to the naked eye anyway.

I decided to catch it rising behind Colmers Hill, a local landmark here in Bridport and West Dorset; a small hill with a collection of trees on top which can be seen for miles around.

There was a mist forecast which would have looked great, swirling around the hills and valleys, but alas, it didn't arrive. However, as the moon rose, the sun had only set a few minutes earlier and the clouds/mist/smog sitting on the horizon turned a pale warm pink colour to warm up the sky. Unfortunately, it also made the moon a little misty.

I used the new Nikon 70-200 F2.8G lens for this shoot, mostly on the tripod with VR turned off.

As it was an almost cloudless sky, I decided to check out the moonset the following morning too. See next post.
Dorset Landscape Photography : Sunset over West Bay
18th January 2011 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape Photography
Sunset over West Bay

The skies remained clear all day today and as the sun was setting, the final minutes gave a wonderful golden glow ..... hence Golden Hour.

I walked up the cliffs out of West Bay towards Eype and turning round, and watched the golden limestone cliffs of West Bay, Freshwater and Burton light up in the evening light.

I used the Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D lens, 35mm, f9, 1/40th.
Sunrise over the Chesil Bank
18th January 2011 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape & Seascape Photography
Sunrise over the Chesil Bank

A clear and cold morning today as I headed down to the beach to tackle sunrise. A falling tide meant that the beach was almost completely clear of footprints and the limestone cliffs were highlighted by the sun as it rose above the horizon.

The clear, cloudless sky made the high contrast across the scene very difficult to cope with and as a result I blended a couple of shots together to achieve the result I was after.

A wonderful sunny day followed, which after the last week of grey clouds, rain and storms made a pleasant change. Long may it last !
A selection of prints now available in Bridport
16th January 2011 - 0 comments

The Blue Sky Gallery in Bridport is now showing a selection of my photographs, available as mounted prints.

The gallery also offers framing services, so if you'd like your new picture framed, thay can help you with that too.

Next time you're down in the area, please pop in and ask Mathew to have a look through the selection.
Stormy evening over the boats on the beach
14th January 2011 - 0 comments

Dorset Landscape & Seascape Photography
Stormy evening over the boats at Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock

A stormy evening down at Hive Beach and it was only just as the sun was setting that a break in the clouds, and rain, started to develop. I setup the camera and captured this shot using one of my newly acquired lenses.

As part of my medium term plan is to go to full frame, I have just upgraded my lenses and am now the happy owner of the Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8D and the 70-200 AF-S VR f2.8G lenses. I used the 17-35mm for this shot, to see how it faired.

The clouds were dispersing even as I took this shot, and soon after they had disappeared completely.
Sunset over the Fleet
11th January 2011 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape & Seascape photography
Sunset of the Jetty, the Fleet.

I headed out to what promised to be a great sunset tonight, but as the sun dropped lower in the sky, the high cloud dispersed and the lower cloud thickened. It was a low tide at the Fleet which could have been great with a colourful sky, but it wasn't to be.

I used the Lee Big Stopper again tonight to add some movement to the clouds and to smooth out the ripples on the water. I then decided it would be a much better shot as a black white, so I converted it using Silver FX Pro.

Taken using Nikon D90, ISO 100, Sigma 10-20mm at 11.5mm, F9, 5 minute exposure.
Winter storms, high tide and strong winds ...
09th January 2011 - 1 comment

Dorset Landscape Photography : Winter storms at Hive Beach

This weekend saw one of the highest tides of the year which was accompanied by some reasonably strong onshore winds of force 6 and above. The result was some very dramatic weather.

I had gone down to see the sunrise as the forecast has promised broken cloud. However, the sky was covered in dark and gloomy clouds, and although there was a very small break for a couple of minutes, it was mostly a grey and overcast morning.

The water was pounding up the beach, breaking over the small banks by the car park, moving the small local fishing boats back out to sea, coming up into the lower car park area infront of the cafe, and hitting the cliffs with such force that the resulting waves and spray were as tall as the cliffs themselves.

The sea spray was getting everywhere, including all over the lens, so I apologise as a couple of the shots are a bit blurry. The spray was being caught by the winds, rising up and over the cliffs and forming a cloud of its own.

I tried a long exposure shot while I was there, and although the lens took a load of spray during the shot, it has a misty effect I quite liked.

I hope you enjoy the results.

First Posts of 2011 - Dorset Seascapes
09th January 2011 - 0 comments

Dorset Landscape & Seascape Photography : Kimmeridge Bay

My first post for 2011 as I gear up to produce some great landscape and seascape shots from our wonderful county, Dorset and further afield.

Its not been great weather this last week, so I haven't been out much taking photos, but this weekend things changed ... in all sorts of ways.

Saturday saw a high tide along with a stiff onshore breeze which caused some wild and dramatic weather down at Hive Beach and along the cliffs .... more on this later.

I also spent Saturday down at Kimmeridge with Ross Hoddinot working on an assignment for DSLR Magazine, which I can't say too much about at the moment, but all will be revealed just as soon as I can.

I decided to return to Kimmeridge again this evening as the weather was good and there was a reasonably low tide, which means the many ledges, rocks and piers are uncovered waiting to be captured.

I met up with one of my photography buddies, Mike Ayles, and we set off round under Clavell's Tower to see what we could find. Kimmeridge Bay has double low-tides and we were catching it just as it was rising from the first low, heading into the 2nd a couple of hours later. This meant that the ledges we were on were getting quite wet, so we quickly moved back round to Clavell's Pier.

The skies were completely devoid of cloud, and although they were a wonderfully deep blue, there wasn't a lot of cloud to add colour or interest to the skies. I decided to get the Lee Big Stopper out and turn the scene into a magical, misty seascape.

Using the 10 stop filter, I used an exposure time of 6 minutes which turned the water milky and misty and smoothed out the gentle waves that were lapping up the pier.

A very Happy New Year and I hope you enjoy the shots.

Christmas Eve sunset
24th December 2010 - 0 comments

As I was travelling over to spend Christmas with family, I had to go close by Christchurch Harbour and Mudeford Quay to drop off presents to friends. As I got close the sunset was developing nicely so I parked up and got the camera out ready for a lovely sunset.

The tide was out and the mudflats were uncovered with the evening light reflecting off the wet banks and the swans and ducks were enjoying the newly exposed mud to dig around in to find some food. It was a chilly night, with many people out watching the scene develop and taking a few photos.

The sun was setting out to sea, down behind Hengistbury Head (one of my favourite places to visit and go walking)and the clouds were breaking up across the sky, reflecting the colour too, so it was a lovely sunset and great start to Christmas.

After the sun had set, the temperature dropped again and the sky cleared very quickly of the remaining clouds, so I packed up and headed to visit my friends.

I hope you all had as good a Christmas as I did and I'm now looking forward to New Year.

Snowmen Firemen
20th December 2010 - 0 comments

As the fire crew of Bridport were on standby today to dig out anyone who got stuck in the snow & ice, they joined thir children to build some serious snowmen, infacnt a pair ... his and hers snowmen. I passed them on the way up to the top of the hills by the A35, overlooking Eggardon Hill, where I nearly got stuck and had to turn round to make sure I could get back home.

Another cold and snowy day, with many folks getting stuck on the roads. Here's to a thaw!

The shop is now open : Fine Art Prints and Greetings Cards
19th December 2010 - 0 comments
The shop is now open on the website.

All of the images on the website are now available to buy, in a variety of different sizes. Some sizes are listed below the image, but many other sizes are also available, so if you cant see what you're looking for, please make contact and I'll get back to you with details.

A number of the images are also available as A5 greetings cards. There is a minimum order of 5 cards so please either select 5 different images, or go to the 'Shop' page where I have added selection packs of cards for you to choose from.

Payment options include PayPal, but if you wish to pay by cheque, then please contact me so we can arrange that.

Thanks to all those who have ordered so far and I hope this will make it even easier to order from now on.
Bridport & West Bay under the snow
18th December 2010 - 0 comments

Today brought even more snow (overnight) and left the area under a white blanket, so I stayed local and had a walk about Bridport and ended up in West Bay as the sun set. Just for fun today, and a few gallery shots for the Hive Beach Cafe.

Snow covered Dorset once again
17th December 2010 - 0 comments

I woke this morning to a smattering of snow covering everything you could see. NOt deep, but everything was white, so I headed off to the beach to see what it was like down there.

Sunrise over the beach was quite a spectacle this morning. I even met one of my blog-readers who was out taking her own pictures. Good Morning Barbara!

It was a mixed day, with snow, sunny spells, snow clouds blowing across the valleys and then more sun.

I spent the day driving around various bits of the local area to capture the scenes.

I hope you enjoy them.

End of the day with the boats on HIve Beach
15th December 2010 - 0 comments

A lovely sunset developed tonight with the sky getting a deeper and deeper blue, the high level clouds lighting up golden and then going into dusky pinks. It was lovely.

I was down at Hive Beach and after trying a few different angles and viewpoints, decided asto use the local fishing boats as the foreground. Using a Lee hard grad 0.6 filter to allow some detail in the foreground, the sky and its colours set the boats off wonderfully, with the light reflected off the water and the boats themselves.

As time went by the clouds dispersed and the colours faded, leaving a golden band along the horizon for some time after sunset.
Mist & Fog over Dorset
15th December 2010 - 0 comments

The forecast was for mist and fog this morning, so I got up to check it out and found thick fog rather than low lying mist. I decided against going out early, but did pop up to the cliffs near where I was working today to see if the fog was rolling off the cliffs or anything else was going on.

As I got to the top, I saw this enormous golden globe of the sun hanging in the sky, just above the horizon and just below the fog and cloud bank. I grabbed my camera bag and ran to the fence where I wanted to take the shot, and just managhed to get off a couple of shots before it disappeared into the fog. I was lucky enough to have my Sigma 10-20mm lens already on the body as I didn't have time toi change the lens even.

Somewhere in the fog is Portland and Chesil Bank with Cogden and Hive Beaches in the foreground.