An unreliable memoir

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By The Dawn’s Early Light

By The Dawns Early Light

In the Golden Hour.

Nikon D7200 Tamron 17-50mm f16 17mm 1/60 ISO 100

# TwelveTrees: March


The TwelveTrees project.

Receding Into The Fog

Receding Into The Fog

For a while now I’ve been admiring the painterly quality achieved by some of my favourite landscape photographers. I’m starting to feel like I’m making progress. It’s all very ironic. Most of the time photography is about striving for sharpness. I suppose being able to turn softness on and off is some indication of mastery. I’m not claiming mastery, but I have learned that landscape photography is about limiting the field of view to a few simple objects. And if that’s not a metaphor for life, what is the point of photography?

More effective LARGE.

# TwelveTrees: February


The TwelveTrees project.


Nikon D5200 Tamron 17-50mm f8 24mm 1/500 ISO 250

I started my TwelveTrees project on New Year’s Day.

Nikon D5200 Tamron 17-50mm f8 50mm 1/350 ISO 250

Start as you mean to continue

Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f8 1/10 ISO 250

I’m sure that like me, you were up and out an hour before dawn on New Year’s Day. But just in case you missed it, this is what it looked like. Not.

My first action for the new year was to crank my TwelveTrees project into gear. I knew the weather would be marginal, and it was. A slight touch of frost but not one that showed up on photos, and a lot greyer that I would have liked. I was disappointed with the actual shoot (the shot above had to be gussied up in post in a 500px stylee…).

That was the year that was

Three Trees

I don’t know how many shots I took in 2015, somewhere between 10,000 and 100,000 (it’s complicated – 2 cameras, iPhone). 10% got deleted in the device and never made it out of memory, 89% got deleted in the first screen on the monitor. I have kept less than 1% and published far fewer than that. I’ve spent more money than I intended to on kit (although less than most people seem to be happy to spend). But I feel that I have grown as a photographer, and in that sense it’s been a good year. I’m now at the point where I can say I am happy (but not satisfied) with 0.01% of my shots. Like this one.

Three Trees. Nikon D5200 Tamron 17-50mm f8 18mm 1/250 ISO 100

Three Trees



Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we’re born
Into this world we’re thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan
Riders on the storm

After keeping me awake most of the night, Storm Desmond was responsible for cancelling my plans for the day.

Storm Desmond. Nikon D5200 Tamron 17-50mm f32 34mm 1/4 ISO 100



Nikon D5200 Tamron 17-50mm f16 31mm 2s ISO 100

#MonoMonday – not

Charley Woods

Tried hard to make a moody mono shot of this woodland landscape.
But the original is better.
My fight to the death with landscape photography continues.

Sony DSC-HX20V f3.5 7.7mm 1/50 ISO 100

Charley Woods