Vista Baby!

Sometimes you’ve just got to panorama the shit out of the landscape!

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The view from Coaley Peak, Gloucestershire across the Seven Valley. Sometimes it just pays to take the slow road home from work…

Over the last few months I have been to trying and recognise and exploit light and the different environmental influences with varying degrees of success. This shot for example, taken this afternoon at 4 o’clock if the sky had been clear with the sun high in the sky the light would have been harsh making the shadows hard and washing out the colours. Fortunately there there was a high layer of cloud across the area of the sun acting like a giant softbox, softening the light and in turn the scene. The lower cloud offers contrast and interest in the sky and shadow detail across the landscape. Then, a little further on, the classic British woodland in spring…

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Soft light, shadow and Bluebells. I’ve still got a long way to go but if the journey’s paved with views like this I’m not going to be complaining about the commute.

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