David Thompson Photography | The Best of Autumn 2017

The Best of Autumn 2017

November 30, 2017  •  2 Comments

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.  




Dan Ryan(non-registered)
David - hi from Australia! I came across your site via a discussion in DP Review in 2014 about 28mm Nikkor lenses.
Your work is exceptional, all of it. However I really enjoyed these shots from 'your' autumn, probably because in sub-tropical south-east Queensland we don't have such weather!
Your landscapes generally make me think of James Ravilious (in colour) and a wonderful book "The Old Ways" by Robert Macfarlane. That, and another of his books - The Wild Places - are favourites for me and my wife; I read them to her some nights so we can both re-live our love of being out and about on the mountains and in what we Aussies call "the Bush".
By that we simply mean the countryside. We trekked the Pennine Way the year before last and fell in love with the wildness of it - the mountains, the moors, the streams and the storms in the Dales. I took the Fuji X100s which has been my lone camera on the Camino to Santiago in 2013, the Chemin Le Puy in 2014, and the Camino del Norte in 2016.
These voyages are my landscape photography outlet ;-) As you will see from my website my main work is in the theatre. Maybe someday we will get to walk through Somerset - didn't someone play a clarinet tune about Somerset? Can't remember. I'm from the days when the Nikkormat Ftn was a modern marvel ...
kind regards
Helen Howlett(non-registered)
Beautiful photos/paintings with light and colour Dave. Absolutely nothing like my photos of Stourhead this year ;-) The final photo of the little bridge down the back lane is heart-breakingly lovely.
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