Photographing the Great Outdoors – Finally

On Tuesday evening, I finally managed to get out to do some photography. Prior to this, I hadn’t been out since mid-March for all sorts of reasons.

To say that I was rusty is a bit of an understatement. It probably took me about an hour and quite a few poor shots before I started finding compositions I liked. Fortunately, I was back at Carhead Rocks which I know well, so I was probably back into the swing of photography faster than I might otherwise.

Once things came together for me, I managed a few shots that I liked. Here’s the first one where I was shooting with a wide-angle lens looking back to the imposing Stanage Edge.

Stanage Edge in the Peak District viewed from Carhead Rocks. Fuji XT3.

This was captured using a Fuji XT3 and Fuji 10-24 lens at 15mm. It’s a tripod-mounted exposure of 1/15” at f/13.0 and ISO160. I didn’t want to use a filter on the sky initially but in the end, I had to use a 3 stop soft filter as the sky on the left was too bright.

Here’s another shot from a little later in the evening. I love the new bracken growth. It just seemed to glow in the light even though the sun was quite weak.

Carhead Rocks sunset in the Peak District. Fuji XT3.

This was also captured on the Fuji XT3 with Fuji 10-24 lens at 11.5mm but I used a 3-stop reverse ND grad filter for this.

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Also, if you use Lightroom to edit your photos, you might like this week’s YouTube video where I explain how to blur the background in a photo.

I hope you like the images and have a great weekend.

2 thoughts on “Photographing the Great Outdoors – Finally

  1. Robin, I really like these photos. I found astonishing how you can produce splendid images out of a relatively flat landscape. It seems that Ansel Adams once said that there are three mountains worth photographing in the world: the Everest, the Matterhorn, and the Half Dome. He was clearly exaggerating, but his point, I think, was that a great subject is required for a great photo. I always thought that he was right, but your pictures prove that I was wrong: you seem to be able to conjure great photos out of quite flat subjects. Thank you for educating me over several years! Andrea

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