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Victory Over Nature

Given the popularity of the Pepperpot, one of the many otherworldly rock formations known as The Bridestones, I figured that this hulking monolith could do with getting some attention. It’s one of the first stones you come across upon reaching the plateau above Dalby Forest in the North York Moors. Splendid autumn colours meant that I set up a composition with a focussed subject: the stone and the wavering tree. I wanted to capture the sense of timelessness of this scene by utilising a long exposure. =) http://goo.gl/TbvVGO

The Bridestones, Dalby Forest, North York Moors, England.

ISO100, f/8.0, 61secs at 16mm (24mm full-frame equiv.) using a circular polariser, a hard 2-stop ND grad filter and a 10-stop full-ND filter stacked on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. Minimal editing to correct tonal imbalances at the RAW stage, then denoised and sharpened for the web.
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Champion of the Moors

Roseberry Topping stands alone under stormy skies; the last of the summer heather starts to fade as the autumnal colours appear, the cusp of seasons. I did do a 10-stop long exposure of this composition as well, coming out at around 3mins, but there was too much camera shake to make it usable. http://goo.gl/rkunoS

Cockshaw Hill, Gribdale, North York Moors, North Yorkshire, England.

ISO100, f/11, ⅕sec at 16mm (24mm full-frame equiv.) using a circular polariser and a hard 2-stop ND grad filter on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 attached to a Nikon D7000.
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Freedom out of Restriction

I’ve only shot Roseberry Topping once before, and that was hurriedly on a clear summer’s morning going home from Whitby. Ever since I’ve been determined to get more compositions of this iconic hill, especially given my love for the work of Joe Cornish. This composition was taken from near the summit of Great Ayton Moor (318m/1,043ft) after checking out Captain Cook’s Monument. We were tracking alongside this dry stone wall until we came across a gate barred with some whole tree trunks. I have to admit that this compositional idea of the tree branches pointing towards Roseberry Topping came from +Lisabet Woods-Jack not me… ah well. =) http://goo.gl/iVx85I

Great Ayton Moor, North York Moors, North Yorkshire, England.

ISO100, f/8, 1⁄13sec at 16mm (24mm full-frame equiv.) using a circular polariser and a hard 2-stop ND grad filter on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 attached to a Nikon D7000. The filters controlled the exposure properly for me on this moody day but I did shoot 7 exposures at different focal points so that I could later render the entire scene sharp from near to far via focus stacking.

I have some free video tutorials that you should look at! http://goo.gl/wRD61m

Click the photo and then "Photo Details" to see all the technical information and geolocation! Zoom in and pixel-peep the photo as well, it's full-res!

#Landscape   #Photography   #RoseberryTopping   #NorthYorkMoors   #NorthYorkshire   #Yorkshire   #Autumn   #Fall   #FocusStacking   #UK   #Britain   #England  
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Last Stand on the Moors

I’m back! +Lisabet Woods-Jack and I had a wonderful time staying in Staithes and exploring as much of the North Yorkshire coast and Moors as possible. And, thankfully, the weather treated us brilliantly. So let’s start… http://goo.gl/xqu3cl

This is one of many unreal rock formations that can be found on the moors high above Dalby Forest in the North York Moors National Park. Collectively, they’re known as the Bridestones (roughly translated to “rocks on the edge” from Old Norse), and this particular beauty is known as The Pepperpot. There are many of these sandstone monoliths that line the edge of the valley but by far and away The Pepperpot stands out the most due to its unique shape. The Bridestones were formed from alternating layers of hard and softer sandstone that have been shaped by wind, rain and frost erosion over millennia. With the clouds racing overhead, making the sun hide and peek, I set up this composition and waited for the sun to briefly appear again to illuminate the rock and patches of the valley below. =)

Dalby Forest, North York Moors, North Yorkshire, England.

ISO100, f/8, 34secs at 16mm (24mm full-frame equiv.) using a circular polariser, a hard 2-stop ND grad filter, and a 10-stop full ND filter on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 attached to a Nikon D7000. Using the polariser and ND grad allowed me to balance the exposure properly, and as the clouds were moving so fast I used my full 10-stop ND filter to stretch my exposure out to thirty-four seconds, streaking the clouds across the sky. Processed with Rawtherapee’s Velvia 50 and edited in GIMP.

I have some free video tutorials that you should look at! http://goo.gl/wRD61m

Click the photo and then "Photo Details" to see all the technical information and geolocation! Zoom in and pixel-peep the photo as well, it's full-res!

#Landscape   #Autumn   #Fall   #NorthYorkMoors   #NorthYorkshire   #Forest   #Rock   #Bridestones   #Pepperpot   #LongExposure   #DalbyForest   #UK   #Britain   #England  
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