Up at the crack of dawn for most of these

Corfe Castle

And so our annual club trip arrived and went in seemingly no time at all, but the first full day of me being there saw me heading for Corfe for sunrise. Having never been to the location, I just narrowly missed the sunrise due to trying to find the right spot, but I know for next time. Once on location, I wasn't going to waste the early start, so started snapping away first taking straight forward landscape images, then it occurred to me, this mist in the valley would look great in a panoramic shot, and here is the result. It's not bad, even if I do say so myself, at least it's pleasing to my eye. Met a couple of friendly photographers up there who merrily took the mick out of me missing the sunrise, but it was all good natured banter and they shared what they had got, I'm not jealous.... honest.

Shag on a rock

OK, so they aren't shags, but where's the fun in that? They are statues of cormorants on a rock at the start of the stone jetty in Morecambe. This was just about the best sunset we got, mostly we just got wet.

The Tombs of St. Patrick's

A short trip down the coast from Morecambe is Heysham where the remains of this chapel stand. We ventured out for sunset, we got a nice warm light, but the sun ended up being obscured by clouds as is often the case. These rocks are what's left of the original tombs cut out of the rock, you can see the crude human form shape in the rock, currently occupied by rain water from a very recent downpour.


Towards the end of a day of photography, we were presented with this sunset, just had to be done.

Dreams of Derwent

I have long admired shots of jetties and piers at either end of the day and I finally got chance to have a go. Massive cliche I know, but I had never tried it. This jetty is near the turn off for Ashness Bridge along the shore of Derwent Water in the Lake District, England. My camera club took it's usual annual long weekend jaunt, this time to Cumbria and Ben and I ventured out into the rainy evening, standing watching the rain waiting for a break for that all important sunset shot. The sunset came and went with cloud mostly obscuring it, but we scraped a few shots out of it making good use of rain sleeves for the cameras and waterproof clothes for us. For me, this is the shot that made the trip all worthwhile.

Lady Liberty

Liberty Island as seen from Ellis Island as the sun sets.

The Evening Before

This is Ben Nevis, Janette and her sister (Christina) decided to climb this mountain for charity. This shot was taken from just outside the B&B where we stayed the night before the climb. I was waiting for better light, but the midgies weren't leaving much flesh on my bones.

No canals here

A small back street in Castello district of Venice, the Grand Canal was behind me.

Padley Gorge-ous

On the hunt for a decent landscape for assignment 4 of my photography course, I made my way to Padley Gorge and spent a couple of hours there. I'm really glad I chose to wear wellies, it was really muddy and wet, and I really tested how waterproof they were.