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Photos Revisited

Photos Revisited

One advantage of having so many photo (about 100k) is that you always have something to revisit or reprocess. This week I’ve taken a look at a few photos I took back in 2009, 10 years ago.

It wasn’t long after I’d started shoot RAW, so many are unprocessed, and some I now feel I could improve on the processing.

I’ve been looking at some landscape photos, and 2 locals on one trip that myself and my then wife to be and done. It was too the lovely Isle or Wight. We’d visited Totland Bay in the evening and taken some long exposure photos against a lovely sunset.

Now, long exposure photography is something I really don’t do much, but these looked quite interesting, so I gave the processing another go.

The subtle colours in this image were amazing, and with a little processing, they nicely emerged.

The second image I took a look at, concentrated more on the sky and the lovely crescent moon that was in the sky. I think actually, it was taken before the other photo.

I then looked at photos from an amazing poppy field that happened to be out in Bembridge, near the fort.

I’ve processed these with a slightly ‘flat’ effect to give it a slight old feel to it. Not sure why, I just liked the result. It maybe in a few years time and don’t like it and change it again. The advantage of RAW.

The final image I’ve worked on, so far, was a portrait version with a bit of sky.

A Break in the Storms

A Break in the Storms

As I mentioned in my last post, we recently spent a couple of days on the Isle of Wight. As we all know, the weather has been very stormy recently and it was a bit hit and miss as whether we could get across and what sort of weather we would get.

Well, as with most of our trips there, we where lucky and had a few days of non stormy weather and even some sunshine.
On the first day we got down on to Bembridge beach. I always wonder just how many beach huts are still there each time we go.

This one look liked it had suvived intact, although getting to it might be a problem!

Day two took us in search of dinosaur bones on the southern coastline. I’d done some research into which of the beaches & bays would be good to find them on and it was a place I’d never been to before. Getting there was another issue though! The storms had caused the undercliff road to fall away, which meant a bit of a detour, up a very steep road! An hour after setting off we got to the narrow lane to take us to the car park at the very end, but blocking this single track lane, was a lorry doing some work on someones garden. This made it totally impassable! Giving up on that, I thought I’d try a couple of the Chines along the military road.

This is what we found

So we gave in and went to a fossil shop in Yarmouth. At least I got that photo from the cliff edge being buffetted by the wind. I was pleased with the result!

Day three, took as to the Dinosaur Isle Museum and then on to Havenstreet. That was closed as they were doing maintanance work on the tracks, even though it was half term. We were still allowed in to look around though.

That evening, we headed back to Bembridge beach in the hope of a bit of a sunset. I was quite lucky and got a couple of shots like this.

So, we had ok weather, but our plans were thawted a little by what had gone before.

More HDR photos from the Isle of Wight can be viewed here Isle of Wight HDR

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

Just got back from the Isle of Wight with lots of images to go through, so once I’ve worked up a couple I’ll post a small overview of our trip.

A Minor Update

A Minor Update

I’ve made a minor update to my website with regards to the background. If you are using IE8 or below, you wont see it, but everone else will.

I like the effect and it was very simple to do. The background was create from one of my own images, infact the top left thumbnail in the image

A Short Break

A Short Break

We had a short break on the Isle of Wight. We visit there once or twice a year, but this time was the first time that our youngest was walking around on his own, so he throughly enjoyed exploring all the places we visited.

I had wanted to visit some of the southern coastlines to get some interesting shots with rock in the foreground and long exposured water, but as with most things, time conspired against us.

So we I had to settle for the scenery where we were visiting, or where we were passing. As usual with the island, it didn’t disappoint.

Robin Hill adventure park was great for kids, but it was also great for scenery!

I had wanted to try some more vertorama photography (2 or more photos, vertical panorama), so I tried it out on a couple of occassions. This is a view at Robin Hill

View at Robin Hill

Another view that is great is Brading Down, so I tried the another vertorama

View from Brading Down

I have now created a few of these, so I am going to create a Vertorama section to the website, under Creative

Waiting for the Cat

Waiting for the Cat

During the week we did a day trip to the Isle of Wight.  Getting there we were delayed a few times by traffic and Portmouth was very very busy. I put it down to the holidays, but as you’ll see it was more than that.

We got to the Catamaran port in time to catch our second choice of crossing time, having missed the first, only to see that the second time was not running. Apparently it was a bank holiday time! But this is a school holiday, so why not as well?

Anyway, I wasn’t worried and headed back out side with camera in hand to photograph the fishing boat I saw on the way in. I love fishing boats, but have never really got a good photo, until now.


When I headed towards HMS Warrior and saw a Navy Ship coming in. This was the cause of all the traffic!! HMS Dauntless was coming home after its maiden voyage.

HMS Dauntless

After that I took my photo of HMS Warrior.

When we finally got to the Isle of Wight, we all had a pleasant time walking along the Ryde sea front and I photo the beach in the low light of the sun.

Ryde Beach

We all have a very lovely day.

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

Recently we visited the Isle of Wight.

This was our first visit this year and we had built up a list of places to visit and shot we wanted to try and get.

The as it turned out, the weather was nice, although rain did threaten to make it difficult for us.

We visited Ventnor and walked all along the coast, finding some interesting bays, passing through Steephill Cove and ending up at Orchard Bay!

We had planned to try and get some sunset images and a beach called Woody Bay. However, we didn’t know how to get to it. With a little driving and following a map, as close as you can when looking for footpath signs, we eventually found a sign to the bay. Heading across the fields and down on the beach, we’d made it! Now we realised that it was the wrong time of year for sunsets in that bay! Anyway, it was still very picturesque and I got a few lovely images.

For the sunset we went to St Catherines, and ended up waiting 30mins for it to set! We were early! The sky was dramatic and we watched the rain pass us by, only having to huddle over the cameras once!

Here are a couple of images from the day.

Steephill Cove

Steephill Cove (HDR)

Orchard Bay

Orchard Bay (HDR)

Woody Bay

Woody Bay II (HDR)

St Catherines

Catherines Fiery Skies