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Landscape and Outdoor Photography

Brian Northmore Landscape and Outdoor PhotographerWelcome to my photography page. I want you to enjoy finding out about my photography, likes, methods and philosophies on getting the very best out of our Art.

I am predominantly a outdoor and landscape photographer. I specialize in the UK landscape and the diversity it has to offer. I also enjoy other subjects and feature a selection of aviation, sailing, power boating, and visual art photographs on this site.

I have over 25 years experience behind the camera lens, leaning over the Darkroom enlarger and now sat at the computer monitor. I have during my photographic journey used and printed from Monochrome and Colour Film, Photoshop 4 through to CS6. I currently use Cannon cameras with Sigma optics and Mac computers, but have in the past used Nikon and Windows based systems. Through my workshops I have been lucky enough to experience using Fuji, Sony, Minolta and many more camera systems.

I enjoy capturing what the subject means to me; this does not have to be a true graphic representation of the landscape, but does have to convey the “right feel”. I want to share this vision through my images and blog posts, and social networks.

Do you want help with your landscape or outdoor photography?
I also want to pass on my knowledge through Workshops, guides and interacting with the global photographic community. So feel free to contact me join in ask questions and share.

Do you want to purchase or use one of my photographs?
If you are a photography, art collector, interior designer or want a photograph for yourself or as a gift my photographs are available to purchase.

Brian.

Latest Updates

B17 The Mighty 8th Photographic Project Released

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I have completed my B17 Photography Project. And please to be able to present it to you as series of 5 Sill photographs and a short Audio Visual Presentation. See it here now!

Waterfalls, Lenses and Photo Stacking
On  a wet Sunday Morning

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I had a few hours to kill on a recent Sunday morning. The sky was overcast, and frequent showers hinted at more persistent rain. Weather conditions like this are great for shooting water so I headed out to Norsworthy bridge near Burrator reservoir. The location was selected as it is close to home, easy parking provides refuge from the rain. The beauty of visiting familiar places (See my Dartmoor 20 Project) is that on each visit new things are discovered, or familiar subjects seen in a a new way. I have parked beside this stream several times but always turned my back crossing the road to Norsworthy bridge or walked up onto the moors following the Meavy to Blacktor Falls but on my last visit at the end of a Dartmoor 20 Photography Workshop I vowed to explore upstream and see what was on offer.

I explored along the bank of the stream, taking care to pass the scattered tents quietly. Obviously a location popular with wild campers. I probed the opportunities with my camera, testing compositions and absorbing the environment through all my senses, simplifying, distilling and understanding what I was attracted to and what I wanted to share with the viewer. I finally settled on this collection of waterfalls gently dropping off the moor through the woods. Our artistic intentions, what we see in our minds eye, and what is actually there often differ, and bridging the gap needs some technical intervention.

For me it is more important to consider the artistic elements of an image first. I simplified the photograph in monochrome reducing it to the contrasts in texture; flowing water, the hard granite rocks and soft grasses. The monochrome photograph strengthened what I wanted to show, and I was careful to ensure that the range of tones were in harmony with my message. The distance between the waterfalls is not obvious to the viewer and deliberately manipulated through lens selection. They are further apart than the two dimensional image shows. I was attracted to the view upstream of the water flowing over the waterfalls, and wanted to show the waterfalls one on top of the other like steps leading up stream. So a little focal length trickery allowed me to strength the illusion created on my mind.

Having decided on the important elements I wanted to capture in the image, I changed my reference to the technical choices that would deliver my vision. Mounting the camera on the tripod, selecting mirror lock up and using the cable release maximises quality by minimising camera shake. I mounted the Canon 75-300 L series lens, and selected a mid aperture to maximise optical quality, also enabling a shutter speed that retains some detail in the water. The only issue was a lack of depth of field. I took several images gradually moving the focus ring then combing the stack in Helicon Focus, selecting and painting in the water detail from a single file. The monochrome conversion was completed in Photoshop and Nik, separating the tones in the foliage to increase contrast, preventing the foliage becoming dull and lifeless. A little vignette ,sharpening and producing a complimentary warmer toned version completes the photograph.

I run personalised workshops for individuals and groups on Dartmoor. Deliver talks on my photography to photographic clubs and societies. Please contact me for more information.

 

Stormy Day On The West Dart

Wistmans Wood is a popular location for photographers on Dartmoor. Venturing out with a plan is good, but remain flexible, and you could be surpised.

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Recently I ventured out to Wistmans wood to try and capture the mood and feeling of the mysterious wood in the mist. Conditions were near perfect, maybe bit wet, but nothing that I couldn’t work around. I don’t know what it is about Wistmans wood, but just as I was about to start shooting, the mist started lifting and replaced itself with rain, luckily only showers, that I could shelter from and then continue with my quest for the singular defining Wistmans Wood photograph. My mind was fogged by the expectation of mist, the absence of which made it hard to settle on a composition I liked. To prevent the whole expedition becoming a white wash I move down hill and visited the West Dart. During my photography talks I preach the importance of remaining flexible and able to react to your changing environment, and hear was an opportunity to practice what I preach.

It is also true that the best photograph isn’t always in front of you - it’s behind you. After shooting upstream for a few hours, I packed everything away, the rain showers were getting more frequent and heavier so calling it a day, I turned around and started to follow the West Dart down stream.

Some photographs jump out and hit you instantly, but not this one it evolved, as I walked towards the tree it grew in stature. The composition coming together in the most natural way so that by the time I reached the edge of this bend in the river I had composed the image in my mind. deciding on the important elements to capture and how they should be arranged.

My normal workflow leads to the production of a framed monochrome print. I used a ND grad filter to Darken the sky, with a ND filter to slow the shutter seed and blur the water, keeping this stack of filters free of rain drops proved a little challenging but the collection of RAW files that I reviewed a few days latter were worth the effort.

00376bn LRGBut there was a surprise, the colours that came through were so clearly Dartmoor, that I decided to create a colour version first before returning to my monochrome creation. The resulting images are successful on my mind as they capture a great moment in time and enjoyable experience on Dartmoor. The colours and tones are reminiscent of the way the changing light brought the landscape life on a Stormy Dartmoor Afternoon.

Both photographs are available as Standard and Fine Art prints from the gallery.

I can also run photography workshops at this location.

Wildcat, Wasp & Lynx.

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I still enjoy other subjects between shooting Landscape. and have recently been trolling through some air show images from last year. As the Lynx has now retired from service giving up the role to the Wildcat with a tryptich of the very old, old and new. All Three helicopters have served with the Royal Navy Fleet Ari Arm, flying from the decks of Frigates and Destroyers. The Wasp was introduced in 1964, retiring in 1988 after see action in the Falklands War. The Lynx entered service with the Fleet Air Arm in 1981. The Wildcat has been with the Royal Navy for a number of years and has recently taken over from the Lynx.