King of the Moorlands

King of the Moorlands // 11 10 15//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js284 // 365

The general rule is (or so I’ve heard) that you are better off going to shoot the deer first thing in the morning. This is because they are less cautious then. As the day progresses people walk over the land where they live, and bring dogs with them.
This morning however I wanted a lie in, so I decided to go and look for the deer at 12ish. They weren’t that cautious! 🙂Hazy Afternoons//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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Sunrise and Stags

Stag at sunrise // 20 09 15263 // 365

Got up at 5.
Drove to Longshaw Estate and met up with some photo peeps for the first deer photo session of the season.
Misty sunrise.
Took back up shot involving floaty dress (not needed) just in case. This involved taking my watch off.
A wild stag appears!
In the excitement forget all about watch as pack up and move to another location.
Almost back at car. Remember lost watch. Trudge all the way back up to attempt to find watch.
Search frantically for 10 minutes in heather and long grass but cannot find watch.
Remember watch sync’s with phone.
Turns on phones Bluetooth. Watch sync’s up so must be close by. Search for another 10 minutes. Turn around in desperation about to give up – spots watch!
Huzzah!
Walks back to car, herd of deer bounce across the path.
Shoot shot 3 (second below this text).
Return home.

tl;dr – Don’t take you watch off in moorlands leave it on the floor and forget about it.

Sunrise over the Big Moor

: )Misty mornings

The Milky Way

The Milky Way // 12 09 15//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js255 // 365
After failing to capture the Milky Way whilst on holiday in the Isle of Wight, I became a little bit obsessed with getting a shot of it back home. The problem is it’s very cloudy most of the time in England, and I was back at work. Tonight however the forces aligned. After a very wet morning (wherein kB was driving super cars around a track and I was stood watching in the rain!), it cleared up in the late afternoon and the weather man promised that the clouds would stay away until about 11pm. They did – huzzah!
It took me 45 minutes to drive here, and we arrived just as Astronomical Twilight was ending. The moon had already set at about the same time the sun set (which I find a bit weird) and the sky was clear. We only stopped for about an hour (a good chuck of which was stumbling around minding cow pats) but we could see the clouds creeping in over the horizon. Not that we wanted to stop any longer though, it was 4.5 degrees! So that’s another to tick off the to do list.
The only think I can think of that I want to shoot before the end of the year/365’s is a fox! Milky Way//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

End of Days (& a few more night shots from yesterday)

Sunset

Fisheye at night Really flippin’ enjoyed last night. I was so excited to come home and edit the shots. Looking forward to giving it another go soon, as no doubt kB will want to go and have a look because he likes things like this. Also looking forward even more to going to the Isle of Wight. Looks like there are piers and things on the beach AND I found a picture that someone had taken of the milky way over Shaklin, which is where we are stopping *flails arms about*   End of days // 13 08 15

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I was even excited to go out and shoot today!

Sunset over the Longshore Estate

Sunset over the Longshore Estate // 02 11 14306 // 365

After a week off it’s back to work tomorrow. I’ve been meaning to go to the deer’s again, hoping to catch them rutting but it wasn’t to be tonight. If I’m going to be honest I’d left it a bit late anyway, as I was hedging my bets on either getting a deer shot or getting a sunset shot, so I only got there an hour before sunset.

As we were driving up (as kB came with me this time) I was a bit dismayed about the cloud situation but it turned out that it didn’t really matter anyway. As we got to the ‘adder wall’ the sun was just setting (as below) and so I took loads of shots with my 500mm (this was *really* in the distance) as I planned to stitch them together, but it didn’t work out on the small screen… Maybe if someone wanted to put it on a really wide screen cinema screen it would look OK? 🙂

Sunset over the Longshore Estate (2)

Sunrise at the Big Moor

Sunrise at the Big Moor // 05 10 14278 // 365
This morning I got up at 6 to go and shoot the deer again. I know it’s still a little bit too early for rutting, but I wanted to go in the morning to see where they were and what the light was like etc. They were miles away! Grrrr.
As I was arriving there was another photographer just about to set off so we spoke to each other a bit then split up and rejoined when we got closer to the herd. Never met him before but he was jolly nice and even though I’d gone on my own thinking I’d prefer some alone time it was actually nice to have someone to talk to as we just talked about the deers. He was quite funny too, which helped 🙂

Mr Stag Jr

When we went last time we (could have but didn’t) followed the path, so this time that is where I started off; only they weren’t there. Deers could most defiantly be heard but not seen. So I carried on walking forwards and ended up over the hill and down in the valley. There were a million deer all over the place. I could see two large herds and four stage just from where I was stood at the top of the hill. I chose the herd which was closer to the road and branched that way (better lighting and also logistically more sensible).

They are so loud and run so quickly that at times I was a bit concerned; but on the whole they were more interested in each other than us.
.Doe on the move

The walk back was an epic disaster as I decided it would be quicker to march through the marsh land and heather than walk back on myself to get to the path. This wasn’t a great move, and I fell over, lol. I say lol now but at the time I was in pain (knees and hips), I was soaking wet from the dew and I was tired… so I actually just wanted to lie on the floor 😛

Mr Stag

I am indeed looking forward to going back in a week or so for the rut; though now I think about it it will be pretty epicly scary to witness. I’ve read online that the rutting is better towards the end of the season as the bigger stags are tired, and this rather nicely coincides with half term ^_^

Onwards and Upwards

Onwards and upwards // 14 09 14

257 // 365

Today has been a busy day. My hips have been pretty bad, and it hurt to walk around WIckes (DIY shop). Despite this I’ve helped kB paint the edging border for the garden. Then he painted the decking so we are in effect ‘painted in’ as we can’t leave the house until it has dried.

This is not perfect, but I’ve run out of time on it so it is what it is.

Early morning at surprise view

Early morning at Surprise View // 13 09 14256 // 365

This was a ‘back up’ shot for today, but as soon as I saw it on the PC I knew I’d end up using it. I went with a photo friend back out to Surprise View this morning (We didn’t go for sunrise as it was cloudy so there wasn’t too much point). Surprise View is pretty much the same place that I took the heather shot last week, and it was my intention to take a partner shot to go with it.

My pose let the shot down; I knew I wouldn’t be using it as soon as I started to go through the photos but none the less I had a go at putting it together, but abandoned it after an hour or so. What I do have though is the heather / background for that shot so I will have a go at compositing me onto the background another day and see how that goes!

Of the captivating colours of autumn

Of the captivating colours of autumn // 07 09 14250 // 365

Working on themes, this is another one which I’ve been meaning to do for a while, but had to wait until the right time of year! This was taken in the Park District, Derbyshire, England. Where there is somewhat of an abundance of heather. I love heather, it is so pretty! ^-^

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