In this week’s vlog, I take a trip to Sycamore Gap in Northumberland to photograph the world-famous tree that has been photographed several times and is also featured in feature films such as Robin Hood Prince of Thieves(remember the part where the young lad is being chased by dogs, that’s the tree).
In this video, I discuss the images I took and why you shouldn’t be put off from visiting these well-known locations to capture an image that is unique to you.
I found photography very challenging on the day, for a number of reasons. This is a place I have read about, and even studied a little in high school, but have never visited. We arrived quite late in the day, so the light was fading and it was a dull overcast day, and the sky was very flat.
I am also very much out of my comfort zone in the landscape. As you can see if you have view any of my previous videos, I am happiest in the urban environment, and rarely struggle for compositions, in the wilds of the landscapes are a different story. I don’t know if its a case of being out of practice with landscapes, but is something I am going to focus on more in the next twelve months.
It did allow me to try out some new filters from NiSi, that I’d recently purchased. I’d been looking for a better filter system as an upgrade from the rather ordinary Zomei kit I bought rather cheaply on Amazon. I’d had some decent results with the ND’s filters from the kit, but the Grads are awful, so an upgrade to Nisi was a welcome change. Expect a comprehensive review in the future. (Ps I bought the kit with my hard-earned money and is in no way a paid endorsement from me!). I will always praise good kit.
Here are a few on the images I took on the day, plus a few others that didn’t make the video. Some are taken with my Olympus EM1ii and others with Hipstamatic on the iPhone.
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