Landscape

Mayfield Lavender Sunrise

Set up in 2006 to help revive the historic lavender industry in the area, which boomed during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Mayfield Lavender is a 25-acre organic lavender field on an original Victorian site situated on the North Surrey Downs.

Mayfield Lavender Sunrise
Mayfield Lavender Sunrise

Devils pulpit Scotland

Another photo from a revisit to the Devil’s Pulpit near Glasgow. A 3 bracket photo with the Sony A7R and an orange filter just to help slow the shutter down.

Quite a hard little place to find but well worth a visit. Nearest Postcode is G63 9QL. In order to get to this part you need to wade through the river for a few minutes and it gets quite deep in parts.

Devils pulpit Scotland
Devils pulpit Scotland

Devils pulpit revisit

The other week I headed back to the Devil’s Pulpit in Scotland with my wife and a couple of pals who had been wanting to see it for a while. Even though I’ve been before still damn hard place to find. Nearest Postcode is G63 9QL, you need to park in the wee pull in at the road by the wee bridge and walk down the path jumping over the barb wire. When you do get to the steps that lead down it’s still a mission getting down the stairs and I would not recommend trying on a wet day. Fortunately on this visit we had glorious weather.

A 3 bracket HDR taken with my Sony A7R Camera. Some photoshop tidying and Nik color effex.

Devils pulpit revisit
Devils pulpit revisit

Sunset at Mow Cop castle Nikon D200

When my Nikon D800 died the 2nd time I was in Derbyshire taking photos along side a river with my camera on a tripod when a dog ran into my camera and knocked it into the river. The camera was submerged and ceased to work. Whilst the D800 was out of action I was using my backup camera a trusty older Nikon D200.

The Nikon D200 is a great camera and semi pro model as is weather sealed and shoots 9 set brackets which is quite unusual for that age camera. I would still recommend the D200 if your shooting on a budget as you can pick these up used for less then £150. Although a crop sensor it does benefit from an autofocus motor so you can use older lenses unlike the entry level model Nikons i.e. 3000 / 3100 / 3200. Great camera for the money.

Where the D200 lacks is its high ISO gets very grainy over 800 ISO and its battery life is very poor even though it has no live view.

This photo was taken at Mow Cop castle in Derbyshire using the Nikon D200 with the Samyang 14mm Lens at F11, ISO 100 and 7 brackets. With tweaks in Photoshop, Nik and Topaz.

Sunset at Mow Cop castle
Sunset at Mow Cop castle

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