Tag: National Trust

Wheal Betsy

Wheal Betsy

Back in June I finally got to visit Wheal Betsy.

I’ve driven past it many times and this time finally decided to stop! It’s accessed via a small track that was a bit difficult to find and access from the main road, but once on it, you just follow it down to an area where you seems to be able to park. You can see Wheal Betsy sitting above you over the parking area.


Take the path to the left and follow it up to the mine.


As you walk around the mine, and take a few steps back, you’ll notice something unusual. It has a leaning chimney stack. Wheal Betsy is quite well known for this!


The mine and scenery just cries out of a black and white version.


A bit farther up the track and gaining a bit of height you get to see the views that you glimpse from the road.


It’s a scene that you, (or at least me), just had to take a panoramic photo of.


It’s a love place to go to have a stroll around. It is also a National Trust preserved site, which is always good to see!

Vertoramas at the Gorge

Vertoramas at the Gorge

Vertorama photos can be great fun and have a real impact on the viewer.

If you don’t know, a Vertorama is a vertical panorama with images stitched together vertically. It can take a bit of practice to get them right, but the result is worth it.

They can be made from stitching just 2 images together, or multiple images.

I recently visited Lynford Gorge and this was a great chance to take some.

My first chance was when walking towards the Devils Cauldron, there were some very tall trees that I wanted to try and capture and show the height of them.

This images is composed of 6 images in totals.

My second vertorama was a lot more tricky, is was down in the cauldron itself. The lighting at the bottom where the water flowed was dark, in the middle, even less light then towards the top a lot brighter, making the exposure range very wide. Even so, I think it worked out ok. A couple of the exposure were 1/4 to 1/2 second, hand held.

Again, this was 6 images, stitched together.

My final vertorama was a lot easier. Just 2 images, but it really adds impact to the photo by showing it in this manner.

Vertoramas can be fun and it can seem like you are shooting in meduim format when you create the final image, at least with the 2 image versions.

This is something I am going to be doing more of and will be offering some tuition on it too!

I have more vertorama images in my Vertoramas Gallery

The Vyne

The Vyne

Last week we visited The Vyne in Basingstoke.

Its quite a nice place, with a river running through it and a woodland walk. The house was interesting, but what took my interest was the summer house.

I spent a bit of time taking a few shots, but didn’t really get what I was hoping for. So, I did a bit more processing and played with the colours a bit.

It was a bit of fun, and of course looks nothing like the colours when I took it, but I like the result.

The Summer House