Walking The Ridgeway

Walking The Ridgeway National Trail in South West England in May/June this year, I had expected to have plenty of opportunities for some photography. The walking route from Wiltshire through Oxfordshire to Buckinghamshire is quoted as being Britain’s oldest road. It winds across some of England’s most picturesque countryside taking in the Chiltern hills and the chalk ridge of the Berskhire Downs.

Unfortunately, Spring was not kind and most of the walk was spend huddled under hoods trying to escape the driving rain (and on one occasion, hailstones). Not ideal for photography. However, on the odd occasion when the weather settled and the sun appeared, there was a lovely soft light which was great for capturing some black and white landscapes.

Yosemite

USA2014_J016150314Travelling along the USA West Coast during Summer 2014, one of my highlights was our stop at Yosemite National Park. Keen to explore this area of stunning natural beauty, this was a dream location for a landscape photographer. Hiking around the Half Dome, it was impossible not to recall the wonderful photography of Ansel Adams, and to understand how he became so captivated with this immense and beautiful landscape.

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It was far more challenging than I had expected, in the blinding light of the August sun, to capture the scale and magnificence of the landscape, and the detail of the forest against the rock formations. But a great photography challenge nonetheless, and it was a wonderful few days photographing. The results are in the Yosemite Photo Gallery.