I enjoy experimenting in photography with depth of field and using different camera shots to create enjoyable images. I hope you enjoy my photographic art work adventure.
Morehall Reservoir Reccie
I decided to get up, but not early enough to get the sunrise in time, and drop over to Morehall Reservoir next to Broomhead by Ewden Village. So here are a couple of pictures post golden hour. I love the cirrocumulus cloud that appeared. The wind was picking up by the minute, and it was cold.
Not the most defining shot I have ever created, but only for the wee cloud. I had to crop the final image as there was too much water. It was originally taken at the maximum focal length of 40mm; 50mm or greater would have been better I think. The cloud is the star of the show, with snow clipped hills towards Langsett.
Before walking further into the Morehall Plantation, I found a frozen part of the water, which was starting to melt a little. With the sun nicely behind casting some reflections on the surface.
I was quite impressed with my early December outing to Broomhead Reservoir. I have returned a couple more times over the holiday period. On both of these days it was very muddy and clarty, wellies were the footwear of choice. It is quite funny to think walking is more difficult to do than running in such conditions.
I used a ND 0.9 soft grad filter to help define the clouds as the sun was beginning to dip. The water was fast enough for a degree of motion blur. In fact this is my favoured graduated filter to capture the contrast in the sky. It has been used in all of the images, even with the little stopper
Using the 17-40mm lens, being a wide angle you have to be a little more selective on composition. For the The image above, I saw the opening between the trees as a great example of framing, the tree canopy, the reflections and the grass. The clouds on the horizon almost look like snow covered mountains.
In this image, I wanted to capture the motion blur of the water and some movement in the clouds. An interesting spiral had formed reflecting the last bit of light as the sun was setting.
The above images were taken on 19th December 2020.
Post Christmas Day
After having a relatively quite Christmas due to COVID-19 restrictions, even though they were eased for just one day. Skyping and zooming family was fun, after that I did not feel like much socialising. Friends had been pending test results. The decision was made, no cocktails or games at theirs. As the new strain is floating around I was happy to do a very insular Christmas.
My “long suffering partner” who is not only photography widow, he is also a running widow too; bought be the upgraded LEE filter holder and polariser attachment to go with it. I must say I am overjoyed, the fact that you can clip the holder and lock it, rotate it locked on and then add the polariser with the attached without juggling things to much is working well. Screwing the polariser on and off was quite problematic with the previous system. The new adaptor clips on and off. I have also managed to work a way of packing my 8 filters, holder and polariser into my filter pouch. The only thing that is a bug bear, there is no cover for the holder to allow you to keep it attached to the camera. Cokin have one, so why has LEE not done one too? I would like to leave my holder attached, as I do not trust myself in slippery conditions to carry my camera out of the bag….
A view of the pump house with the spillway bridge, just around sunset. That piece of wood still sitting there from my previous outing.
I knew the clouds were going to reflect the light from behind therefore I took a shot from the dam wall. The spillway is the continuation of Ewden Beck into More Hall Reservoir. Along with the moon rising, makes for an interesting shot, the two bushes clumped to the left, the trees lining the spillway and the body of water just glimpsing through the trees below the horizon, finished with the colours of the sky and clouds The grass is particularly green, which is quite astonishing as you would have expected some snow. It has been a particularly wet and rainy start to the winter this year.
I tried to get a shot with the bridge to the right hand side. This prove difficult, the light was very strong even for the little stopper, and people insisted in being in the frame. I gave up and waited for dusk. The highlight on the pump house and the reflections on the reservoir just add a little more to the scene. The ripples on the spillway are almost tangible and are like little meringue peaks in blue.
The last three images were taken on 27th December 2020
The collection so far.
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I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.
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Dusk was approaching at Broomhead Reservoir and I was keen to capture the clouds and their detail above the reservoir wall along with the reflections. I love the double arched bridge over the cobbled stone work on the spillway. This was photographed just with a 6 stop soft graduated filter at f16 ISO50 with a 4 second exposure time. I wanted to be creative with the colours, and with it being almost dusk I had visualised this outcome. I could also sense the rain coming.
It is popular with people walking around this reservoir. I am not so bothered by people being nearby these days (as long as they don’t photo bomb!!). I have learned, whilst out running, to say hello and thank people as I pass them, and them allowing me to pass.
Running has being a life changing hobby for me, after nearly two years I can now feel I can come back to my photography and find the time to do it. A conflict was inside me to find the right time to pop out with the camera, but like everything new [running ] you tend to put your all into it, to be good as you can be.
Here is an image of Broomhead just before the sun set. You can just make out the height level poking out of the water. The trees fading out of autumnal bloom into the winter browns. The vantage point was the pump house. The photograph from the previous post Fading Light at Broomhead Reservoir was soon after this, and light had began to fade, and the rain was on its way.
Thank you for visiting my blog today. It was a binge blog session, and hope you have enjoyed the posts.
A last minute dash across the north of Sheffield to the Stocksbridge end of Town, Sheffield part of the Dark Peak, not far from High Bradfield and less than 20 minutes from home by car. I was not certain I would capture the sunset, I was pleased as I arrived just in time.
Broomhead Reservoir sits above More Hall Reservoir. The construction of Broomhead began in 1913 and it was completed in 1929. It is designated as a ‘supply’ reservoir and More Hall as a ‘compensation’ store, aimed at topping up the nearby Ewden Beck and River Don during dry periods. It has a capacity of 4,937,282m3.
I have been eager to play with the Lee Little Stopper; a six stop neutral density filter, to capture the movement in the sky with some definition and the mill pond like stasis of the reservoir.
This was a 3 minute exposure at f16 ISO50. If I were to use the Big stopper (the ten stop density filter) it would have been more like an hour. I like the ISO50, it is great for low noise when doing long exposures, you do have tweak the exposure times a little. I used a 6 stop soft graduated filter with this shot.
I have done some colour and detail enhancement in LR4 and NIK colour EPro 4, and very pleased with the outcome.
I have not been here before and I must say I am keen to get back out there. It is larger than Damflask and Agden reservoirs, and has some dramatic views on route. I saw my first snow of the season coming up and over High Bradfield. I felt a little excited for the winter.
A view across Teesdale from the cauldron Snout Waterfall on a mid August morning. The falls drop quite dramatically almost a couple of hundred yards from the Cow Green Reservoir spillway. The Pennine Way is just a foot away to my left from where I am stood taking this shot.
A grey August day in Teesdale on the River Tees and the heather just about to bloom fully in the North East of England. The Pennine Way is routed right next to this waterfall. The winsill path is almost as rampant as the falls.