Landscape Photography Vlogs

Landscape Photography in the Snow - Winter in North Yorkshire

Snow is the the theme of this landscape photography vlog. I travel to Roseberry Topping in North Yorkshire to make the most of some winter conditions and talk about how I capture landscapes in the snow.

Snow Challenges

Landscape photography in the snow can present some genuine challenges. Firstly the cold causes problems and in this shoot pretty much all my gear stopped functioning by the end of the day. It seems obvious to say, but snow is wet. It just doesn’t feel wet when it is falling out of the sky. The snow had been falling on me, my gear and my bag all day and, by the end, everything was wet to the core.

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Technical Challenges

Secondly there are the technical challenges to shooting in snow. This mainly comes in the form of exposure and white balance. When shooting in the snow the highlights created by the light reflecting off the snow can really confuse the camera’s meter. Putting your camera into manual mode is a must. Using the LCD and Histogram in Liveview will then help you get in right place with exposure. I always shoot in RAW which gives me a large amount of adjustment to exposure in post-production. With white balance, cameras often tend to capture snow with a very blue tint. You see this a lot on TV and it can be used purposefully to add to the cold feeling of the scene. However, have you ever seen blue snow? Again, shooting in RAW provides full control of white balance in post production and I always aim to bring my images to match the scene I visualised at the time ie with white snow. In the last shot of the day the snow had a slightly yellow, orange warm glow to it when it was bathed in the evening sun.

Location, Location, Location

In the video I also talk about shooting from the same location on numerous occasions. I am often asked how I find locations and do I run out of places to shoot. I am a big fan of returning to the same place and capturing an image of it over and over again. Capturing a scene in the different seasons, in different weather, in different light will produce very different photographs and the one you make on the 15th time of asking might be the one that really pops and gains attention.

Happy New Year

Finally I’d just like to wish you a very happy new year. I hope good things happen to you in 2018 and I look forward to running into you out in the landscape. Thank you so much for subscribing, watching, commenting and sharing. It means a lot.

Panoramic Landscape Photography with the Canon 24mm TS-E Mark II lens

The Canon 24mm TS-E Mark II tilt shift lens can be used to capture some stunning panoramas free from distortion. I travel to the LakeDistrict again to put it to good use in this landscape photography vlog. 

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Last week I used the Canon 24mm TS-E Mark II lens in London to capture some cityscape images free from distortion. The tilt shift lens can also be used to capture some beautiful panoramas free from the normal distortion created when you rotate a lens around a fixed axis (ie on your tripod). This is achieved simply by using the shift function. By shifting the lens left to right you can capture five overlapping images that stitch together in Lightroom absolutely perfectly. We get used to looking at panoramas and we get used to the distortion, sometimes it even benefits the image. However when you see a panorama shot with a tilt shift lens they have an extra element of quality. Even a feeling that you are standing in the scene yourself.

Panorama Photography

I am a very big fan of panorama photography. They are big and impressive and the files generated in Lightroom are large and detailed. There is a problem though. They do not share well on screen; and therefore on social media. To get the whole width of the image in, the height has to be reduced and you end up with the image looking much smaller than a normal 3x2 or 16x9. Screens are not designed to display panoramas. The only way to truly appreciate them is to print them and see them in person. When printing landscape photography, I am a true believer in bigger is better.

Winter in the Lake District

For the shoot I managed to get up early again and head over to the Lake District for what turned out to be an absolutely stunning morning.I wanted a more accessible day with locations close to the car so picked out spots at Tewet Tarn, Castlerigg Stone Circle and Bassenthwaite Lake. I have been asked a few time now to provide a guide and GPS details for the locations and vlogs I have done. Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in. It will take a lot of work, so I will not be able to offer it for free, but I was thinking somewhere in the region of £5 per guide. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cityscape Photography in London with a Tilt-Shift Lens

I am in London shooting some cityscape photography and use the very special Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt shift lens to capture some images with nice straight lines.

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It has been a been a while since I have a had a decent opportunity to shoot in London. This week I carved out some time so decided to hire the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt shift lens for the occasion. Tilt shift lenses are perfect for using with landscape photography, especially cityscapes where the shift function corrects the perspective distortion normally suffered by wide angle lenses. This distortion causes buildings, particularly those at the edge of the frame, to angle in towards the centre of the frame.

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Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt shift can also be used to capture some excellent panoramas but that is the theme of next weeks video.

London Baby!!

I truly believe that London is one of the greatest cities in the world and provides some great opportunities for landscape photography. The cityscape of London is steeped in history and impressive buildings and skylines exist in every direction, especially down by the river Thames.

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The Plan

I started the day with a very clear vision of the images I wanted to achieve. I aimed to shoot North to South across the river making several iconic structures my subject, including the Shard and Tower Bridge. These have been photographed many times so I was aiming to elevate my images. Firstly by ensuring nice straight lines with the tilt shift lens and second by creating and interesting and ethereal feel using long exposure photography. I purchased a 16 stop ND filter for the occasion to achieve exposure times of around 6 minutes.

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An Emotional Day

I ended the day on the Greenwich peninsula to shoot across the river towards the bank buildings of Canary Wharf. Overall it was a superb day where I got back in touch with London, a city where I lived for ten years and know very well. The day was actually quite emotional for me as I walked around and remembered all the history I have tied up in the place. I was also very happy with the images I captured using the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt shift and was a nice break from my usually landscape photography shoots in the mountains.

Landscape Photography - Sunset in the Yorkshire Dales

Landscape Photography at Grimwith Reservoir

I visit Grimwith Reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales in this landscape photography vlog. There are panoramas, sunsets and some beautiful golden light.

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Getting out and taking pictures of beautiful scenes is one of life's great pleasures. You can sit at home and watch a landscape photography tutorial but there is simply no substitute to getting off your backside and heading into the great outdoors. It is always a learning experience. Since creating these vlogs I have been going out more than ever and my recent learnings have been around the anticipation of how the weather and the light will develop as the day progresses. There is obviously a massive element of luck when it comes to the weather but every little observation and bit of experience you gather will add to your overall expertise.

Documenting the journey

It has been an interesting experience documenting my work in this way. The story of my day is all built around the images. Without the photographs there is no vlog (although I will be vlogging some of my other business activities at some point). This adds extra pressure to capture good images with the weekly video deadline ever looming. In the past I would often go out and return home empty handed when the weather did not play ball or my composition was not quite right. Now though, I am simply putting everything out - the good, the bad and the ugly. It has been fascinating seeing the reaction.

People clearly value truth and honesty and I am laying myself bare for all to see. However on several occasions people have loved the images. I simply would not have published previously. Whilst people are often quick to praise, the analytics afforded by social media really helps to back up this feedback. Enjoy the process, create the work, put it out and let people decide what they like. Trust in your talents and do not waste time criticising yourself.

Grimwith Reservoir

Grimwith Reservoir is the largest body of water in the Yorkshire Dales and was extended to it's current size in the early 1980's. It is now a beautiful location and important area for some of the local bird life. It is also a particularly remote and unforgiving landscape and high winds are the norm. On this occasion though the sun was out and made for a very pleasant Spring walk.

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Landscape Photography - Early starts and stunning sunrises

A Stunning Birthday Sunrise

An insanely early start on my birthday pays off with some amazing light and a stunning sunrise in this landscape photography vlog.

Getting up early to shoot landscape photography is never easy. Some days though, when you are rewarded with an incredible sunrise, it all becomes worth it. Then comes the hard work of making the the most of the available light.

Sunrise photography can often be harder than capturing a sunset. Shooting sunsets affords the luxury of watching the light develop, providing time to get into the right location and compose a shot. Sunrises on the other hand often develop quickly as the sun comes up. Composing the shot in relative darkness provides it’s own challenges as you have to predict how things will look once they are bathed in sunlight.

Filey, North Yorkshire

In this vlog I get up very early and travel to Filey on the East coast of England. My aim is to capture some beautiful seascape photography that makes the most of the stunning sunrise. Coastal images lend themselves perfectly to sunrise and sunset shots as the sea and water reflect all the colour and increase the impact of your image. I find a nice composition at Filey Brigg. To learn more about composition you can check out some of my best landscape photography tutorials on the channel.

Now that Spring has hit I also wanted to tell that story, using one of the classic signs of Spring, the daffodil. Happily there was a good number of daffodills growing on Filey Brigg so I composed a couple of images to try and make the best of these beautiful flowers.

360 Degree Views

Of course, there are also some 360 degree views, all the way around!

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Seascapes, sunsets and isolation - Landscape Photography Vlog

Spurn Point Vlog

I travel to Spurn Point in this landscape photography vlog. An amazing and isolated location that provides some stunning seascape and sunset photography opportunities.

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Remote Landscape Photography

When we are trying to capture our best landscape photography it often means travelling to remote and inaccessible locations. Spurn Point is one such place. It is a thin strip of land out on the East Yorkshire coast of the UK that juts out into the Humber estuary. It is full of military history and is an amazing yet strange place. In part due to its isolation and the weather conditions it must often be faced with. It is also an important wildlife sanctuary run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

East coast seascape sunsets

It is also one of the very few places on the East coast of the UK where you can capture some decent seascape sunset photography. I headed out with a good weather forecast for golden hour and stopped off on route at the Humber bridge, one of the worlds longest suspension bridges. I had a little composition in mind for the bridge whilst I was still test out the 11mm wide angle prime lens.

Spurn Point is accessed only on foot by a causeway where a road used to stand. It was washed away by the rising sea levels during a storm several years ago. Crossing the causeway adds an element of drama to the day and you risk being cut off by the high tide.

Landscape photography wise my aim was to tell the story of Spurn Point. Capturing some beautiful seascapes and picking up a signature sunset shot at the end of the day with some beautiful colour in the sky was my plan. However proceedings were more difficult than I had anticipated and the feeling of isolation out there in the sea created an unnerving feeling.

In the end it was a successful landscape photography trip and I came away with 2-3 images that I am very happy with.

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Striving for the killer shot - Landscape Photography Vlog

Landscape photography vlog in the North York Moors

I go out hunting for a killer sunset photograph in this landscape photography vlog.

In this landscape photography video blog I travel to the North York Moors to capture a big sunset photograph for the day. When heading out in this capacity you are always at the total mercy of the weather and how the end of the day will play out. Amazing sunsets are not common so photographing that special moment includes an element of luck. To get the killer shot you still need to have a good composition, an artistic idea of what you want to achieve and actually physically being in the right place at the right time. You will not capture amazing images sitting on your sofa.

There will be times when your landscape photography trips end without bagging a killer shot, in fact, probably most times. These occasions should still be viewed as positive. Focus on the learning that has taken place, the fresh air and experience you have benefitted from and you will likely still come home with a decent image in the can.

Invest in your photography

I have talked before about investing in your photography. Committing your time to heading out to capture landscape photographs is a big part of that. If you accept in advance that you may only capture a killer shot once every few times you head out, then we can define this as success. One good image in a day is a success. When the trips and the years start adding up, your portfolio of great landscape images will follow suit.

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Landscape Photography - scouting and planning High Cup Nick

Photography Reconnaissance

I get caught in more dreadful weather and drop my camera in a muddy beck when I travel to High Cup Nick in the English Pennines to scout and plan some landscape photography.

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Planning Landscape Photography

Planning is a vital part of landscape photography. Planning often sounds boring but when your job is to scout out a beautiful location, like High Cup Nick in the Pennines, then it is thrilling. High Cup Nick is a canyon in Cumbria that was forged out thousands of years ago by a glacier and provides an excellent scene for photography.

The weather forecast for the day was not great but that was not to prevent me getting out. I have not visited High Cup Nick before so I decided to use the day to scout out some locations for the future. My aim was to find some compositions that would be perfect when the weather was better and the sun was in the right place. I could then return at the right time of year to capture some beautiful landscape photography.

A new lens

I am also testing out a new super wide angle lens that has not been released yet. I am not able to talk about it too much but manage to capture a couple of images.

On reaching the top of High Cup Nick the weather changed for the worse and the wind, rain and cold arrived. This made the main shot of the day impossible but I turned it to my advantage and captured a couple of moody black and white landscapes.

Another brilliant day of landscape photography and some locations in the bank for future use.

Landscape Photography - Shooting on the edge of the world

Isle of Mull Part 3

In this landscape photography vlog I travel to the Isle of Mull in search of some big scenes and a sunset to conclude my epic trip. I also fall into a bog.

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Landscape photography in Mull

In the video I spend my last epic day in the Isle of Mull shooting landscape photography. Today I go in search of some huge landscapes to really tell the story of the island.

The day started well and conditions were still but a little cloudy. The first shot of the day was of an unbelievable road that is sandwiched between a mountain and the sea. It provides an imposing scene. I climbed up a little way to get the composition I wanted. It would be a scary place if the weather was bad.

Next up, Lyle and I, rescued a couple of nice ladies who had broken down. I forgot to film it though so I apologise for that. A quick water fall shot and we were moving on to capture the big sunset shot of the day.

The day, and entire trip, ended in a truly incredible landscape. I shot several compositions and captured a beautiful time lapse. I nearly fell entirely into a bog before capturing a huge scene after the sun had gone down.

The whole trip was amazing and I have made some very good memories and created some images that I am proud of.

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