David Thompson Photography: Blog http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog en-us David Thompson drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:17:00 GMT Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:17:00 GMT http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u987090377-o1064722321-50.jpg David Thompson Photography: Blog http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog 120 90 My 2018 Landscape Calendar http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/12/my-2018-landscape-calendar

 

I am pleased to see my 2018 Calendar is doing well and it's great to see  the Durdle Door epic sunset in print which was taken a couple of weeks ago. If you would like to buy one please do contact me through my e-mail drt56@me.com or leave a comment. They are £10 which includes PP in the UK.Thanks for looking. 

 

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drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) 2018 buckroe calendar castle common corfe countryside door dorset durdle field forset fujifilm golden hampshire hour landscape new photographer poppy rockford roe somerset sunrise sunset west woods http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/12/my-2018-landscape-calendar Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:13:02 GMT
The Best of Autumn 2017 http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/11/the-best-of-autumn Now that Autumn is almost over for another year it's always satisfying to look back and reflect on the beautiful palette of golds, browns, coppers, bronzes and reds that adorn our landscapes. I always look forward to this season but unfortunately it's over far too quickly and balancing the full beauty of the colours with suitable weather conditions can be challenging. I am fortunate to live in an area that has easy access to some stunning locations but my favourite has to be Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire which never disappoints.    

Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire

I always find the timing at Stourhead is crucial to get the most out of the colours and balance the show across all the trees. I am pleased in the above shot that the ferns in the foreground had not yet be pruned as this adds interest. Last year they were being cut as I took the photo. Without doubt the best time to visit Stourhead is early morning and be prepared to make several visits. Being a National Trust member can be a great advantage. 

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My other great haunt at this time of the year is Hambledon Hill in Dorset, again owned by the National Trust. The views across the Blackmore Vale on a cold and frosty morning are quite spectacular. Although the view at the top of the hill is my favourite viewpoint, making your way up the steep hill can be quite challenging, especially in the dark but is well worth the effort. I find this location has so much to give throughout all seasons but the Autumn is a bit special. 

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The final image I want to include is one that is local, along a remote country lane in Henstridge, South Somerset. I walk this  lane nearly every day to an old bridge but on this evening the light was perfect with the late Autumnal sun just breaking through the trees, which by now had almost shed all their leaves. I particularly liked the golden glow in this image which gave it real atmosphere and decided to use the Fujifilm Classic Chrome simulation, as I wanted a filmic style rendering. Maybe next Autumn I will revert back to film to really bring out the glorious colours, now that would be interesting.  

 

 

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drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) autumn colours film frost fuji gardens golden hambledon henstridge hill lake mist national stourhead trees trust wiltshire xt2 http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/11/the-best-of-autumn Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:11:36 GMT
Somerset Lavender http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/6/somerset-lavender Another early start to visit the Lavender Farm in North Somerset. If only I could have captured the smell in the damp morning air. 

Fuji XT2 10-24 f4Somerset Lavender FieldsFuji XT2 10-24 f4 Fuji XT2 10-24 f4Somerset Lavender FieldsFuji XT2 10-24 f4

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drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) Early Fuji Golden Hour Landscape Lavender Morning Somerset Sunrise XT2 http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/6/somerset-lavender Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:30:35 GMT
In Search of the Poppy Field http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/6/in-search-of-the-poppy-field The Poppy Field is one of those subjects that every Landscape photographer needs to photograph and as I didn't successfully find one last year it was a real priority this year. I tried several places in Dorset but I knew in my heart Wiltshire was the place to go. I eventually found a field, not too far away from where I live but nestled in Wiltshire; the only issue was access. The poppies created a lovely red mist across the distant field which looked impressive. So off I set across the fields with my backpack, flask of tea and some fruit. I knew this would be a bit of a challenge as it was the hottest day of the year so far, at about 28 degrees and there was no clear route to the field. 

My first obstacle was a river that I needed to cross, fortunately I was wearing shorts so I just waded in and every so often used my tripod to steady myself. Once across I climbed an embankment and started to notice the increase in really large blood sucking mosquitoes, not a pleasant situation. However, the sight of that red field kept me going. My next problem was barbed wire, I had already had some bad encounters with this evil stuff earlier in the year and ripped open the bottom of my new Mindshift bag on it's first outing. I was going to take care. Once over the fence I had to wade through stinging nettles about a 5 feet high and again the trusty tripod came in useful. I also put my foot down a rabbit or badger hole and went straight over on my back into the nettles. This photo outing was not going well but on the plus side the poppies did look promising and the sunset was shaping up quite nicely. 

Fuji XT 2, 10-24 f4, Velvia VividThe distant poppy fieldFuji XT 2, 10-24 f4, Velvia Vivid

After a cup of tea and a bit of a rethink I scaled another barbed wire fence and then preceded to head down the side of a field of Barley. I knew this was not public right of way but I couldn't give up now and took care not to damage the crop. A short way along the side of the field I stopped and made a quick lens change to the 50-140 on the XT 2 as I had spotted a young deer in the middle of the field. The head sticking up out of the barley did make me laugh.

Fuji XT2 50-140 f2.8I can see youFuji XT2 50-140 f2.8

By this time I had been bitten on just about every exposed part of my body and blood was running down arms and legs, I knew I was going to suffer for this but the field was now well in sight. 

At the base of the field the poppies looked spectacular and the Velvia Vivid film simulation setting was perfect; really bringing out the gorgeous reds and vibrant greens. I walked along the side of the field and up to the top to face back into the setting sun. The mosquitoes were just relentless in attacking me and going for my supply of blood; couldn't  give up now. As I moved to the top of the hill I was just amazed as to how dense the poppies were, the best I think I had ever seen. Remarkably, as I was to later learn these were not planted but had just appeared naturally. I think this made it all the more important to get some decent captures. I took my wide angle, low pictures into the sun with the Fuji 10-24 and then one of those special, unique opportunities came about and It's these type of situations that make photography so special. In the distance I saw a Roebuck by the side of the fence and also two people at the end of the field. As they moved further towards me the Roebuck started to move across the field and a bit closer. I had the wide angle zoom on so I needed the quickest lens change on record. Fortunately, I had the matched TC for the 50-140 which just gave me that extra reach, which really helped. I didn't even have chance to set up the camera for continuous autofocus or change ISO so I just went wide open and took as many shots as I could. All this happened in less than a minute and I just preyed I had one decent shot. As luck had it, I managed to get one decent shot and the quality of the 50-140 f2.8 plus the matched TC did not let me down.

Fuji XT2, 50-14 f2.8 plus matched TCRoebuck in a Wiltshire field of poppiesFuji XT2, 50-14 f2.8 plus matched TC  

The layering of the poppy drifts and bokeh in front and behind the subject really enhanced the perspective and depth of the image. For my landscape work the Fuji 50-140 f2.8 is a must and although it adds extra weight to your pack it is for me an essential item of equipment. The TC also gives that maximum pull of about 300mm in Full Frame focal length. I would have preferred the 100-400 but this was a good compromise. Interestingly, as I was leaving the field at about 9.15pm I met the farmer who owned the land coming up the gravel track in his land rover and I was half expecting a right lecturing. However, as it happened he was really interested in my photography and gave me some useful facts on the field and how the poppies had appeared. I took his business card so that I could e-mail some  of the photos. 

Poppy Field SunsetFuji XT 2, 16-55f2.8, 3 stop reverse grad

Fuji XT 2, 10-24 f4, 3 stop reverse gradPoppy Field SunsetFuji XT 2, 10-24 f4, 3 stop reverse grad

A nice conclusion to this story of one man's struggle to get that poppy field picture is that I did e-mail the farmer several of the images and he was really impressed and after seeking my permission sent these to the Royal British Legion Society which was nice and we may very well be working together on a professional basis in the future.

This was one of those photo outings I will not forget in a hurry and it was most certainly worth all the itching and scratching (antihistomine tablets did help) 

 

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drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) Countryside Deer Fuji XT2 Fujifilm Hills Poppy Field Roebuck Sunset Sunshine Wiltshire poppies http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/6/in-search-of-the-poppy-field Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:55:05 GMT
The Beauty of the Bluebell Woods http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/5/the-beauty-of-the-bluebell-woods Following on from my previous post I have managed to get out and about and explore the bluebell woods. So far it has been a glorious season and both Micheldever and West Woods have had stunning displays. However, for me West Woods in Wiltshire is most definitely my favourite location, 

The woods are just vast and offer so many opportunities for a variety of shots. When I photograph bluebells I tend to favour a relatively short telephoto or medium range zoom. The effect given with the compression of perspective makes for a pleasing look to both the drifts of bluebells and the towering beech trees. In some areas of the floor where the bluebells are sparse it can look like there are more bluebells than there actually are. I also like to use a circular polarising filter which really brings out the vibrant greens of the foliage and blues of the flowers.  

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drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) Bluebells Fuji Hampshire Micheldever Spring West Wiltshire Woods XT2 http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/5/the-beauty-of-the-bluebell-woods Mon, 01 May 2017 20:46:11 GMT
Return to Kimmeridge http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/4/return-to-kimmeridge

Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset is one of those locations as a photographer you just have to keep revisiting as it has so much to give. On this occasion I misread the tide times and although I was blessed with a great sunrise the tide was a bit further out than I would have liked. I do love the formation of rocks on this beach and will be back there again very soon.  

 

Previous images of Kimmeridge

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drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) Bay Beach Dorset Fuji XT2 Kimmeridge Rocks Sunrise Swanage http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/4/return-to-kimmeridge Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:23:22 GMT
My Favourite Time of Year http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/4/my-favourite-time-of-year

 

The Bluebell season will soon be upon us. I think next to Autumn this is my favourite time of the year, with the gorgeous carpet of blue contrasting with the vibrant greens of the beech trees. Lets hope it's a good season. 

 

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drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) Bluebells Colour Countryside Early Light Morning Sunrise Sunshine Woods http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/4/my-favourite-time-of-year Sat, 01 Apr 2017 09:42:00 GMT
Old Harry Rocks http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/3/old-harry-rocks

 

My first visit to old Harry Rocks, Studland, along the Jurassic Coast was in total darkness but thanks to some good research and a torch I arrived without incident. For me this site was quite a challenge, as I had a real fear of heights and the drop off the edge is straight down. My tripod was within 2 feet of the edge, that was close enough for me! I used my Fuji XT2 with 10-24 f4 lens and a 3 stop Graduated filter with 6 stop ND . My aim was to achieve a soft etherial atmosphere with slightly muted colours. Luckily the cloud structure was about right and blended really well into the horizon. 

The history of Old Harry Rocks comes from a legend that says the local, infamous pirate Harry Paye use to hide his ship behind the rocks awaiting passing merchantmen. There are several others but I quite like this one. 

I was pleased with the end result and it was well worth getting up at 4 o'clock for. 

 

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drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) Coast Dorset Early Harry Morning Old Rocks http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/3/old-harry-rocks Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:02:19 GMT
Quick trip to Dartmoor http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/3/quick-trip-to-darmoor  

Wistmans Woods

I decided to take a short trip to Dartmoor to visit Wistmans Woods and Nuns Cross Farm. Both these sites are near to Princetown and offer great opportunities for the Photographer

Wistmans Woods: Fuji XT2 10-24 F4 ISO 200Wistmans Woods: Fuji XT2 10-24 F4 ISO 200

Nestled on the eastern slopes of the West Dart river stands a wood of dwarf oak trees. Once you walk into the tangled web of trees you are transported into a mystical world of moss carpeted boulders, lichens of all descript, finger like oak branches, all engulfed in a wonderful smell of earth and age. Tales of Druids, ghosts and  supernatural creatures abound, some dating back to the long lost ages before man could write.  Locals will never venture near to the woods once  the sun begins it slow descent over the nearby granite outcrops.

My visit was early morning before the sunlight started to cast shadows in the woods. It is certainly an incredible place and I guess I wouldn't  want to stay the night there.

Wistmans Woods: Fuji XT2 10-24 F4 ISO200Wistmans Woods: Fuji XT2 10-24 F4 ISO200

Nuns Cross Farm
Later that morning I then dropped into Princetown and got some rather poor directions to find the abandoned Nuns Cross Farm. On my route to the farm I did come across a beautifully clear stream running through the boggy moors which prompted me to use a 6 stop ND filter to add some atmospheric motion blur to the water. I am pleased to say I managed to jump this stream with my backpack and tripod. 

Bubbling Stream acrros the moors: Fuji XT2 16-55 F2.8 ISO200 and 6 stop NISI ND filterBubbling Stream acrros the moors: Fuji XT2 16-55 F2.8 ISO200 and 6 stop NISI ND filter

The Nuns cross dates from at least 1240 when it was recorded in the 'Perambulation' of Dartmoor Forest by a small number of King Henry III's knights. Dartmoor Forest was a royal forest and hunting ground and the 'Perambulation' confirmed its boundaries. There is not a great deal of history about it or the farm but it seems to offer a unique thought provoking experience when you visit for the first time. 

As I parked up and made my way to the site (about a mile) a thick fog swept across the moors and it was soon very difficult to see anything. Fortunately I had a good phone signal and was able to use google maps to pinpoint the location of the cross and farm. As I had done my research I had a good idea of what the area looked like. The fog did add a certain atmosphere when photographing the farm and I was able to get the shots I wanted. 

Nuns Cross Farm: Fuji XT2, 16-55 F2.8 ISO 400Nuns Cross Farm: Fuji XT2, 16-55 F2.8 ISO 400

As the fog lifted the sun broke through and I was actually able to see across the moors. The scene did sort of remind me of "The Little House on the Prairie" 

Nuns Cross Farm: Fuji XT2 16-55 F2.8 ISO100Nuns Cross Farm: Fuji XT2 16-55 F2.8 ISO100

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drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) Countryside Cross Dartmoor Farm Fuji Historic Nuns Spooky Wistmans Woods XT2 http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/3/quick-trip-to-darmoor Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:05:36 GMT
Home to my roots with the Fuji X System http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/3/home-to-my-roots-with-the-fuji-x-system I first got hooked on photography in the mid 1970s when I was about and my first SLR camera was a Pentax Spotmatic. At this time in my life I was training to become a teacher of Design and Technology and I used up nearly a whole terms grant to buy it. The Pentax was a superb piece of kit which gave me many hours of pleasure and never let me down. I then progressed onto the Olympus OM system and absolutely loved the styling and innovative design of the OM1 and OM2, with a truly compact body and beautiful ergonomics. I still use an OM4 and OM1n today mainly with Black and White film.

Since these early film days I would dread to think how many cameras I have owned, including the big Nikon and Canon bodies and more recently some OMD models but strangely, I now feel I have come home to my roots with the Fuji X system. For me the range of cameras that Fuji offer are the perfect blend of analogue and digital that deliver beautiful colours and amazing detail in a unique way. I did have a brief encounter with the X100 when it first came out in 2010 and I think this may have paved the way to where I am now. Some might say the camera is just a tool but I think for me it is something a little bit more personal. Fuji X-T2 . Fuji XF16-55mmF2.8R @16,5mm . f/8 . 1/280″ . ISO 200Fuji X-T2 . Fuji XF16-55mmF2.8R @16,5mm . f/8 . 1/280″ . ISO 200 I am now retired from teaching and spend most of my time pursuing my real passion for landscape photography near to where I live in Dorset and Somerset. I acquired the X-Pro2 with the 35 F1.4 early last year and used this for a couple of months to see how I felt about the Fuji styling and results from the X-Trans III sensor. Looking at the OOC jpegs for the first time on the screen I knew I had the right camera in my hands and quickly bought the 10-24 F4 and beautiful 56mm F1.2. The light weight of both these lenses and camera were ideal for my type of photography when walking through the countryside, which can be challenging sometimes for someone of my years! As soon as the X-T2 was launched I just had to own this camera and was lucky enough to grab one on the launch date, thanks to the London Camera Exchange. Although I love the X-Pro2 one of the most annoying things about mirrorless cameras is the battery life and the fact you can only house one unit inside the body. The X-T2 on the other hand with the battery grip solves that problem perfectly, so you can easily shoot for a day without worrying about changing batteries, especially in the cold early morning conditions where drainage is a lot quicker. Having said that my X Pro 2 will always come with me as a backup and is mainly used now with prime lenses. Both cameras are set up identically which which I find really helps.

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As I moved over to the Fuji system from Olympus and Nikon I soon began to realise what a remarkable camera system this was and seemed to merge all the much loved features from these previous models into one. I remember my first real landscape outing was to try and capture the swirling mists of Corfe Castle in Dorset. I actually made 5 trips down to the South coast before I encountered these legendary mists and was intrigued to know how the X-T2 and in particular the dynamic range would cope with the early morning light and foggy, misty conditions. To get the best view of the rising sun coming up behind the castle you have to climb a neighbouring hill which is fairly steep and can be a little hazardous early morning, before sunrise. For my Fuji gear I use a Mindshift Trailscape backpack which will comfortably hold my X-Pro2, X-T2 body with 16-55, 50-140, 10-24, 35 F1.4 and 23 F1.4 and 56 F1.2. I may sometimes substitute the 50-140 for the 100-400 depending on the type of conditions and type of shots that I am after. The filters I use is the NISI V5 100mm system which I feel is a real game changer, with the built in Circular Polariser which is set behind other filters you may stack and eliminates any vignetting. For a my tripod I use a Benro Carbon Fibre model which I’m very happy with.

Fuji X-T2 . Fuji XF16-55mmF2.8R @16,5mm . f/8 . 1/55″ . ISO 800

Although I know the area of Corfe Castle quite well, I always try and arrive early which is often in complete darkness so it is important you know your camera layout well and remember to take a torch with you. However, with the simple analogue style layout of the Fuji bodies the shutter speed, aperture and ISO dials on the X-T2 are so easy to operate and access, even in the dark. When I eventually captured the photos I wanted at Corfe I was just so impressed as to how well the sensor had coped with the early morning light conditions and a little later after sunrise, shooting straight into the sun; the dynamic range of this camera is more that adequate for landscape work. I always try and expose for the sun in these situations to preserve the highlights, knowing there will be some loss of shadow detail which can be successfully recovered in post. I would always bracket exposure but now knowing the capabilities of the dynamic range of the new Fuji sensor I feel I don’t need to. I will always shoot RAW on one card and jpeg on the other. Using something like Velvia Vivid and a 3 stop Reverse Graduated filter the colours really pop and hold back the sun a little. For subjects like Corfe I tend to favour the 10-24 and 16-55 as I like to try and include the surrounding hills and background details. Most of my shots here are fairly wide.

When I can I always try and incorporate old buildings into my landscapes as they are part of our English Heritage and really important to me but sometimes I get drawn into distant detail and will turn to the 50-140 F2.8 or 100-400 F4.5/5.6. Using a long zoom lens helps convey a certain mood to the image and gives added depth. Living on the South Somerset/Dorset border we are always blessed with low lying early morning mists; especially late Summer/early Autumn. When these mists are captured early morning, pre sunrise, it will totally transform a scene into something magical. To get the best colours and light it is essential you get up well before dawn and arrive at the location with plenty of time to spare to get setup.

Fuji X-T2 . Fuji XF16-55mmF2.8R @37,6mm . f/5.6 . 1/170″ . ISO 400

Misty landscapes are usually full of highlights and mid-tones and I generally always expose for the highlights and mid-tones in a scene. If you use a histogram to set your exposure make sure your graph is towards the right. I sometimes also use positive exposure compensation as you would in a snow scene, it really depends on the scene and level of mist/fog present. Another thing I always look for in misty scenes is the layering of shapes, which tend to be hills and trees. If you get this right it can give an amazing depth and compression of perspective in the image. This is where I really like to use the 100-400 as it pulls in some great detail and powerful compression. If you are exposing for the mist the shapes will be really prominent and almost 3D like.

Fuji X-T2 . Fuji XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6R @100mm . f/8 . 1/60″ . ISO 200

I have managed to use my X-T2 an X-Pro2 in a range of different landscape environments from waterfalls to dawn and dusk shots and I just love the look and feel of the images. One of the biggest surprises is how much can be pulled from the shadows, the detail is just superb for a APC camera. For my processing I have now settled on Lightroom and am currently experimenting with Iridient Developer as I have heard a lot of users adding this to their workflow. I have tried Capture One but for me LR gives me the best overall IQ, speed and range of tools that also include the Fujifilm simulations. To be honest when shooting jpegs SOC there is very little post processing work needed and using the Fuji Camera Remote App there’re times when you can get your images straight out there.

As we approached last Autumn I was really keen to get out and make the most of the beautiful show of colours; apparently the best we have seen for many years due to the very dry Summer. Setting the camera to shoot Velvia Vivid you just can’t fail to bring out the orange, browns and red colours. I am fortunate to live near Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire which is guaranteed to give a display of spectacular colours and is always flooded with many visitors during the months of October and early November. This year I was determined to try and get the timing right and capture the full glory of these lovely colours. The Fuji cameras just make you want to get out there and take pictures and when you have a bright, still Autumnal day, how can you fail. I shot jpeg and RAW backup using the X-T2 with polariser and a 10 stop ND filter. The use the ND filter was needed to give a mirror like finish on the lake and make the most of the perfect reflections, due to the still conditions. One of my photos on this occasion made it to two of the National papers The Times and Express and as a result of that, I was informed that it increased visitors to the gardens for the rest of that week.

My other major project in the Autumn was to visit the Four Falls Trail in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. I had been meaning to explore this area for a while and with the mid Autumn colours it was an ideal time. The terrain at these falls is very up and down due to the valley and each of the Four Falls I visited involved a steep climb back up to the main path. This is where I welcomed my Mindshift Gear backpack and the lightweight Fuji system. On this occasion I took the X-T2 with the 10-24, 35 F1.4 and the 50-140 and Benro tripod with NISI filters. The 50 – 140 might seem an odd lens to pack for this type of subject but I found it was needed for the Sgwd yr Eira falls rather than going in wide. Visitors tend to stand behind these falls so there was a little Photoshop work with the Content Aware tool. Probably my favourite fall was the Sgwd y Pannwr which combined with the fallen leaves was beautiful. I remember thinking at the time of taking how good the Velvia jpegs looked on the screen and when I got back to the car I transferred a couple onto my iPad using the Fuji Remote App to check sharpness and overall IQ, I was really impressed and again totally blown away by that famous Fujifilm rendering of colours. The best weather conditions for water fall photography is slightly overcast when you get a lovely diffused light (especially after rain) I was using my 6 stop ND filter to enable shutter speeds of 2-10 seconds and a circular polariser to reduce glare and add a further 2 stops of exposure. I would love to return to this area in the mid Winter weather conditions and hopefully get some icing up of the falls.

Seeing how the Fuji X-Trans III sensor handled the Autumnal colours has totally convinced me of how awesome this camera is to anything else I had previously used. The other big advantage for me is how well suited the Fuji system is for outdoor photography and in particular harsh environments. The cameras are really compact but built like tanks. When I was researching Fuji I watched loads of videos on the virtues of the cameras as a wedding photographer tool or street photography but less as a landscapers camera. However, it was when I heard about the new 24 MP sensor coming out I sort of knew this was going to up the game and be brilliant for landscape work with a superb dynamic range. I have not used my cameras yet in extreme conditions but do quite often experience sea spray and foggy, icy weather and too date the X-T2 or X-Pro2 have given me no issues whatsoever. However, one little tip when shooting in fog and mist is that because the filters and screen will quite often mist up, always take a clothe to cover the camera and lens when not in use, or just waiting for that perfect moment in time.

All in all my experience with the Fuji system so far has certainly exceeded my expectations and I feel confident in saying it has really enhanced the act of Photography for me in many ways. I’m not going to list all the advantages of the XT 2 as you probably already know that. Instead however, I will say I’m getting the best possible images ever out of this camera and my X-Pro2, with minimal effort and post processing. The analogue experience, ergonomics and iconic form factor just make me feel happy and confident in taking pictures and for me that is just as important as the final image. Thank you FujiFilm.

 

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drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) Corfe Castle Countryside Dorset Fog Fuj Fujifilm Mill Mists Sunrise Water http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2017/3/home-to-my-roots-with-the-fuji-x-system Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:11:52 GMT
My three top images for 2016 http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2016/12/my-three-top-images-for-2016 As the year comes to a close I thought I would just share my three favourite images for 2016. I have continued to pursue my love of Landscape Photography and have been particularly successful in that some of my work has made it to the National papers. I think Corfe Castle in The Times was the highlight for me and Stourhead Gardens in the Telegraph and Daily Mail actually increased the numbers visiting the gardens for that week. During 2016 I also changed my camera to FujiFilm and just love the capabilities of this system. 

My three favourite photos shown below are Corfe Castle (of course, The Glowing Tree at Stouhead and the Misty photo of Sturminster Mill. 


Lots more to come next year. Happy New Year. 

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drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) 2016 Countryside Dorset Mill Mist Water best photos http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2016/12/my-three-top-images-for-2016 Sat, 31 Dec 2016 18:25:23 GMT
Cutt Mill in Dorset with a Grisly Secret http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2016/12/cutt-mill-in-dorset  

Cutt Mill and Pond

Up early this morning to capture some pre sunrise images of the now derelict Cutt Mill in Dorset, near Sturminster Newton. Whenever I see frost appearing on my weather App I feel I have to get up and go out to shoot pictures. It's becoming an obsession. There is just something about the frosty coating of a hard frost in the Winter months that's is hard to beat. On this occasion I had visited the scene the day before and had planned where I was going to setup and take the photos. There wasn't much chance of a spectacular sunrise, as the sun was positioned behind me but I wanted to balance the light  in the scene and bring out the nice detail in the brickwork and distant orange glow on the horizon. To soften the water and create a reflection I used a 6 stop ND filter which resulted in a shutter speed of about 30 secs. This was enough to show the circling flow of the water and add further interest in front of the Mill. I was using my Fuji XT2 and 10-24 F4 lens and NISI V5 filter system. 

 

To the left side of the Mill are the old sluice gates now well rusted up and padlocked but i do love these sites where there is evidence of a past industrial era. On researching Cutt Mill I discovered there has been a Mill on this site for about 2000 years, although most of the crumbling structure you now see is about 200 or so years old.  I believe the Mill stopped working in 1920. There is also documented evident of a grisly murder that took place in 1932. 

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drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) Countryside Fog Mist Somerset Sunrise http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2016/12/cutt-mill-in-dorset Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:42:08 GMT
Somerset Mists http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2016/12/somerset-mists

For a long time I've been meaning to go to Evercreech in Somerset, which is about 12 miles from Glastonbury. This area is  very prone to early morning fog and mists. On this occasion I was lucky to capture this image. When I arrived the view was completely shrouded in fog. I sat and waited until the right moment and also had the satisfaction of a beautiful sunrise. 

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drt56@me.com (David Thompson Photography) Mist Fog Sunrise Somerset Countryside http://www.davidrthompson.co.uk/blog/2016/12/somerset-mists Sat, 17 Dec 2016 15:45:45 GMT