Saturday, 21 April 2018

Robin Hood Hill - January / February 2018

Two separate visits to Robin Hood Hill in late January and early February started with some fine winter sunshine which then disappeared behind clouds. Both times I hung around waiting for the light to change. The first time I was beaten by the cold and the wind but the second time there was a brief reappearance before the sun set below the horizon.

The best light was on the path leading to Robin Hood Hill:

Whilst waiting for any change to the light, I took these cloud and moonscapes:

This was the brief reappearance of the sunlight on the second visit. I am not sure if it was the angle of the light but there was an almost purple-like hue on the fields below Robin Hood Hill:

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Winter on the Southwell Trail - Part 8

The photography conditions at the end of January were bright and sunny and far removed from the dull and rainy conditions we are currently experiencing in the first weeks of April. Making the most of the opportunity I captured this selection of images along the Southwell Trail:

The sun enriched the golden tones in the fields:

Only a week or so before the ash trees on the path to the Hexgreaves Estate had be shivering in the snow and now looked almost spring-like:

Lastly, some nice highlights on bare winter branches plus a catkin laden hazel tree:

Friday, 13 April 2018

Winter on the Southwell Trail - Part 7

I continued with the winter series on the Southwell Trail after the snow with the new Canon M6 camera providing some additional impetus.

The 18-150mm lens allowed me to select a long focal length  to condense the perspective and emphasize the tunnel-like nature of the trail. The exposure was set for the highlight in the distance and the shadows were left uncorrected in post processing:

I also used the long focal length for these backlit bramble leaves:

The wider angle focal lengths were used to capture the fine winter sunlight along the trail:

One of the interest buildings on the trail is the Victorian Pumping Station at Farnsfield. Normally it is difficult to get a clear view of the station due to the trees but some hedge trimming further along the trail allowed me to get following shot. I have also included a later image taken in the snow:

The Pumping Station sits at the head of a 54ft well and was opened in 1898. It is still in use today pumping water to Newark on Trent (about 12 miles away) although electric pumps have replaced the original steam mechanism. The links below provide more information about the Pumping Station including an aerial photograph taken in 1947.

Information about the pumping station on Geograph Britain and Ireland

Miles of Mains article in the Newark Advertiser including a photograph of the pump house taken in 1948. The chimney is no longer standing.

Aerial photograph of Farnsfield Water Pumping Station (1947) on Britain from Above. This also shows the original railway line which is now the Southwell Trail. Amazingly, a comparison of this photo with its equivalent on Google Earth reveals how little has changed in the immediate vicinity over the last 70 years although pressure to build new housing is gradually moving residential properties ever closer to the pumping station.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Curbar Edge - January 2018

A trip to Curbar Edge was the second outing with the new Canon M6 and an opportunity to test the camera in a familiar location.

I don’t particularly see the M6 replacing my DSLR and tripod for landscapes but the reach of the 150mm lens on a crop sensor provides an alternative to wide angle compositions:

I find the compact camera most useful for detail and close up work. It is much easier to compose and set the focus with the compact camera’s touchscreen screen than it is with an eye level viewfinder on a DSLR. The weight of a DSLR also makes it awkward to use liveview in a similar fashion to a compact camera.

These are a selection of gritstone close-ups taken with the M6 include a partially completed millstone:

Whilst taking pictures of the gritstone I noticed these marks on the side of one of the edges. The regularity suggests that they are not natural and I assume that they were made to split the rock in the process of quarrying and making millstones: