Ever since I came back from France I have felt I have got my passion back for landscapes – a change is as good as a rest I think 🙂 I decided to go local again and had a specific shot in mind near Haytor but this was scuppered when I got up there at 8pm by campers in my compositional view and also the lack of strong sunlight which I needed. After a few grumbles I headed north and then spotted Smallacombe Rocks. I had meant to shoot this for a while now and the plan was made.
As I walked from Haytor I noticed the heather had started to emerge giving lovely purple tinges to the vast amounts of bracken that has finally started to grow all over the moors now. I tried to track down some heather and found some on several small rocky outcrops. Unfortunately there was little light on the fore or mid-ground as the sun set so resorted to my usual composition of shooting into the subdued sun which became a deep scarlet as it set. I also wanted to practice at making panoramas with a new software program demo which I’ll post at some point. Some of the early shots however had more golden light in the foreground interest than I had picked up on location.
Given that I was wearing shorts – no ticks this time but the midges were out with an vengeance but I had some midge repellent in the camera bag. I ended up swapping my WA lens for the 24-105mm to be able to zoom into Houndtor with the red sun setting behind at the last moment. I tried my usual high f-stop sunburst but the sun was not intense enough so opted to keep it at f/11. I’m wondering if I like shooting into the sun because its safe or purely that I enjoy it. Tonight’s light was subdued. I went out for a different POV but came back making the best of it – but then again that’s Dartmoor!