Mark (@mark_and_willowdog)

I live in Hertfordshire with my wife, two daughters (4 & 0) & 5yr old Labrador (Willow). I take photos when I can! Member of @raw_members

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A sea of blue in the woods I missed the whole bluebell season last year for many reasons, so I've been looking forward to it this year, but with Charlotte's birth and going back to baby parenthood, it has bee challenging to get out. I took advantage of the early Bank Holiday finish at work to pop this wood on the way home, going via Tewin. I struggled with composition and wasn't overly satisfied, albeit still pleased to get out and get some new shots. I used my new 70-300 lens to get some closer shots, and a bit of depth, pretty happy with it ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #bluebells2019 #bestukpics #ukpotd #scenicbritain #igersherts #hertfordshire #visitherts #hertslife #eastherts #eastanglia #gloriousbritain #britains_talent #explore_britain #jessopsmoment #capturingbritain #fotocatchers #woodlandwalks #fiftyshades_of_nature #ordinancesurvey #thisprettyengland #raw_community_member #raw_alltrees #genuinebritain #yourbritain #photosofbritain #uk_greatshots #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery #sonyphotography

The flow of water I love long exposure shots, alas not much time to actually do them! This is at the bottom of a small artificial falls at Oughtonhead Nature reserve, just outside of Hitchin. I love how the water swirls around the rock, with the flow really brought out by the longer shutter speed. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ Sony α6000, Sony 18-105mm f4 lens @ 33mm & f7.1, ISO 200, 0.6 second exposure. Cokin Nuances Z-Pro series ND1024 filter, & Cokin graduated ND2 filter, Slik tripod. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #hitchin #hertfordshire #northherts #hertslife #visitherts #hertfordshirephotographer #igersherts #britains_talent #bestukpics #scenicbritain #explore_britain #excellent_britain #gloriousbritain #jessopsmoment #ukpotd #capturingbritain_rural #longexposurephotography #longexposure #raw_uk #thisprettyengland #ordinancesurvey #uk_greatshots #yourbritain #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery #1longexposhot #fiftyshades_of_nature #fotocatchers

There's something wonderful about being by the sea, you can't beat it. I live in a landlocked county, some considerable distance from the sea (although by no means that difficult to reach) but I just love being by the sea, standing there listening to the waves, feeling the sea breeze, and smelling the fresh air. Definitely a happy place for me Not long now before I'm back here! ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #sandownbay #shanklin #isleofwight #iow #pureislandhappiness #longexposurephotography #longexposure_shots #lazyshutters #longexpoelite #ordinancesurvey #britains_talent #bestukpics #explore_britain #gloriousbritain #scenicbritain #ukpotd #yourbritain #yourcoast #uk_greatshots #capturingbritain #capturingbritain_coast #1ukshot #raw_uk #ukreal #jessopsmoment #cokinfilters #sliktripod #lifewellappreciated

Blue hour Another from St Catherine's Oratory, on the Isle of Wight, looking across the bay. This lighthouse was built as a penance by a local Lord after he stole from a shipwreck. Not only was the lighthouse built, but an adjoining Oratory was built (where a priest prayed, and tended to the light). The Oratory itself went at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, but the lighthouse remained. Not an effective one, often ending up above the fog! I took this after the shot in my last post, I would have remained to take some more shots against the stars, but mist started to appear. The two figures in the left were a father and son, taking photos of the sunset too. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #stcatherinesoratory #isleofwight #pureislandhappiness #backofthewight #uksummer #igersherts #raw_community_member #bestukpics #ukpotd #yourbritain #scenicbritain #gloriousbritain #britains_talent #explore_britain #jessopsmoment #capturingbritain #fotocatchers #fiftyshades_of_nature #ordinancesurvey #thisprettyengland #genuinebritain #photosofbritain #uk_greatshots #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery #sonyphotography

Sunset at the Pepperpot Busy busy busy start to the year, new addition to the family, and prepping for promotion at work (which yesterday I found out I passed! A massive relief after a few attempts), not to mention the odd sickness bug. So, not really been out and about with the camera for a while, except for a few baby shots (well quite a few!). This is a photo from August 2016, and a glorious sunset at St Catherine's Oratory (known locally as 'the Pepperpot'), Britain's last remaining Lighthouse, looking over the back of the Isle of Wight. This is a shot I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to shoot again later in the year (I've learned quite a lot about photography since then) ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #stcatherinesoratory #isleofwight #pureislandhappiness #backofthewight #uksummer #igersherts #raw_community_member #bestukpics #ukpotd #yourbritain #scenicbritain #gloriousbritain #britains_talent #explore_britain #jessopsmoment #capturingbritain #fotocatchers #fiftyshades_of_nature #ordinancesurvey #thisprettyengland #genuinebritain #photosofbritain #uk_greatshots #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery #sonyphotography

Windmill at Sunset Going through my older photos at the moment, due to my newborn baby quite rightly taking priority over getting out with the camera. So, here is one of the windmill at Great Chishill, taken nearly 2 years ago one glorious evening. The windmill is in the midst of a massive restoration project, to save it for future generations. It was yet to start when this shot was taken, with a cover over the top to keep it waterproof, and shackles on the posts to stop it from blowing over. Nearly 2 years on, the restoration is nearing completion, and it looks really impressive. The tailstock, steps and sails are still undergoing restoration (I believe), and it should not be too long before it is able to work once again. An incredible achievement for the charitable trust who now own it. I've posted a portrait crop, and the original wider angle view. (yet again, the correct spelling of the village is missing on the location side of Instagram! It should be Chishill, not Chishall) ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #cambridgeshire #greatchishill #eastanglia #anglia #windmill #hertfordshire #northherts #visitherts #hertfordshirephotographer #igersherts #britains_talent #bestukpics #scenicbritain #explore_britain #excellent_britain #gloriousbritain #jessopsmoment #ukpotd #capturingbritain_rural #capturingbritain #raw_uk #raw_community_member #thisprettyengland #ordinancesurvey #uk_greatshots #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery #wearegreatbritain #colours_of_day

Very pleased to introduce baby Smith number 2, Charlotte Helen Marie, born at 5.21pm yesterday (8 days early), weighing 7lb. Mother and baby doing really well. Olivia is delighted to be a big sister (so much so, I thought she may explode!).

Life is very busy at the moment, so I'll have to dip into the archives. This is a long exposure shot of the exposed rocks in Sandown Bay, at Shanklin (looking towards Sandown). Whenever I go to the island, I seem to end up only being able to take photos at low tide, frustrating, but it did allow me to see these rocks. Two versions of the same shot here, a cropped one, and the wide angle one. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ Sony α6000, Sony 18-105 f4 lens @ 18mm, f20, ISO 100, 30 second exposure. Cokin Nuances Z-Pro series ND1024 filter, Cokin graduated ND8 filter, Slik tripod. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #sandownbay #shanklin #isleofwight #iow #iowshots #ukcoast #pureislandhappiness #ukseaside #visitengland #longexposurephotography #longexposure_shots #lazyshutters #ordinancesurvey #britains_talent #bestukpics #explore_britain #gloriousbritain #scenicbritain #ukpotd #uk_greatshots #capturingbritain #capturingbritain_coast #1ukshot #raw_uk #jessopsmoment #yourbritain #cokinfilters #sliktripod

'Life thru a lens' Used my lens ball on a walk a few weeks ago, more experimenting with it - I definetly need a stand too. Note to self - don't take Willow with you when using it, she'll think it's a ball for her!... 😅 (lucky she didn't bite down on it) 🐾. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #northherts #hertfordshire #hertslife #lensball #igersherts #igershertfordshire #raw_community_member #bestukpics #ukpotd #scenicbritain #gloriousbritain #britains_talent #explore_britain #jessopsmoment #capturingbritain #fotocatchers #fiftyshades_of_nature #ordinancesurvey #thisprettyengland #total_united_kingdom #genuinebritain #photosofbritain #uk_greatshots #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery #sonyphotography #sonya6000

Cows at sunrise I finished my night shift on Sunday morning, and thought I'd take advantage of what looked a promising sunrise. I hadn't planned anything, and drove around looking for something to shoot. I was very indecisive, not being able to decide what to shoot. A chance drive down this lane at Tewin, and I saw these cows eating breakfast, with the su rise nicely behind them. It was a glorious sunrise - swipe left to see the wide angle version ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #tewin #hertfordshire #hertslife #highlandcows #igersherts #igershertfordshire #raw_community_member #bestukpics #ukpotd #scenicbritain #gloriousbritain #britains_talent #explore_britain #jessopsmoment #capturingbritain #fotocatchers #fiftyshades_of_nature #ordinancesurvey #thisprettyengland #total_united_kingdom #genuinebritain #photosofbritain #uk_greatshots #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery #sonyphotography #sonya6000

'Rushing water' The weir on the River Lee, on Hartham Common, Hertford. Two photos, taken a day apart. The first was on Friday last week, with the snow melting causing a high river level, and fast flowing water through the weir. The second was taken the day before, during the winter mist, as you can see a totally different water level. I've got a shot pictured in my head of the perfect shot of this weir, with the wooden bridge in the foreground. I have no idea how I'll get it yet though (well, not without getting wet!) ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #hertford #hertfordshire #eastherts #hertslife #visitherts #hertfordshirephotographer #igersherts #igershertfordshire #britains_talent #bestukpics #scenicbritain #explore_britain #excellent_britain #gloriousbritain #jessopsmoment #ukpotd #capturingbritain #longexposurephotography #longexposure #raw_uk #thisprettyengland #ordinancesurvey #uk_greatshots #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery #fiftyshades_of_nature #fotocatchers #genuinebritain

Frosty mornings Bit hit and miss with the camera on Thursday morning, in my first proper outing with my camera of 2019. I had hoped for a glorious winters morning, instead I got freezing fog, albeit with nicely frosted grass and scenery (a few hours before the snow fall). This is the River Lee Navigation, near to Hertford Lock ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #hertford #riverlee #canal #hertfordshire #eastherts #visitherts #hertslife #hertfordshirephotographer #igersherts #bestukpics #britains_talent #scenicbritain #explore_britain #gloriousbritain #excellent_britain #jessopsmoment #ukpotd #lovegreatbritain #capturingbritain_rural #longexposurephotography #genuinebritain #raw_uk #thisprettyengland #ordinancesurvey #uk_greatshots #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery #fiftyshades_of_nature #fotocatchers

Summer sunsets A church and a stack of freshly harvested hay. Two things that sum up rural England. Hopefully should be able to get out with the camera in the next week, it's been a while, but what to shoot? - suggestions (in Hertfordshire) greatly received. So here's a flashback to the summer, late August at Datchworth. Not sure why I didn't post this at the time, I much prefer the angle and the church tower being visible. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #datchworth #hertfordshire #hertslife #churchspire #ukharvest #uksummer #igersherts #igershertfordshire #raw_community_member #bestukpics #ukpotd #scenicbritain #gloriousbritain #britains_talent #explore_britain #jessopsmoment #capturingbritain #fotocatchers #fiftyshades_of_nature #ordinancesurvey #thisprettyengland #total_united_kingdom #genuinebritain #photosofbritain #uk_greatshots #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery #sonyphotography #sonya6000

Lifeboat launch Like a lot of people I'm sure, I've been unwell with a winter bug since Christmas, it just doesn't want to go (I'm better than I was though), seems to be more around this year probably because our winter so far has been mild and damp. So, no time for new photos really, so here's one from the summer. The Tamar Class Bembridge lifeboat launching for training. I've posted a similar shot before, this is the next one in the sequence, as the Lifeboat Coxwain opens the throttle to full. A great experience watching it, we plan to go back next year (I hope to be in a position looking straight down the slipway, rather than to one side) ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #bembridgelifeboat #bembridge #bembridgeledge #ukcoast #rnli #SavingLivesAtSea #isleofwight #iow #iowshots #pureislandhappiness #ukseaside #visitengland #bestukpics #ukpotd #scenicbritain #gloriousbritain #britains_talent #explore_britain #jessopsmoment #capturingbritain #ordinancesurvey #total_united_kingdom #genuinebritain #uk_greatshots #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery

12 months, 9 shots, 4 seasons, 2 trees Here's the grid for the #TwoTreesField at Waterford, Hertford. It was a 12 month project to catch the changing seasons of this field, from winter, to spring, to summer, via harvest to autumn, and to winter again. The plan was 12 photos, but due to various reasons I ended up with 9. I'm happy though and have covered all of the seasons, albeit I'd have loved to be there to capture the harvesting of the field. I took the idea from @lonepinepics after he did an excellent series (of which this is a pale imitation) of the Sycamore Gap at Hadrians Wall. I didn't realise how much I'd changed the proportions of the scene from photo to photo (depending on whether I wanted the sky to be heavily focused on or not). All roughly were taken with the same focal length of 35mm ↖️ (2) January - winter (although it doesn't look it!) ⬆️ (3) February - winter ↗️ (4) March - winter ⬅️ (5) April - spring ⏹️ (6) July - summer ➡️ (7) August - summer ↙️ (8) September - autumn ⬇️ (9) November - autumn ↘️ (10) December - winter ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #waterford #HertsTwoTrees #hertfordshire #visitherts #eastherts #igersherts #igershertfordshire #hertfordshirephotographer #12monthproject #longexposure_shots #explore_countryside #natureoverhorizon #raw_trees #britains_talent #bestukpics #ukpotd #capturingbritain_rural #raw_uk #uk_shots #ukscenery #1ukshot #uk_greatshots #ordinancesurvey #thisprettyengland #genuinebritain #fotocatchers #fiftyshades_of_nature

The last shot from the Two Trees Field (highly original name I know, but it was fine for a hashtag) at Waterford near Hertford. I took this shot around 10 days before Christmas on a clearish night. I thought a night shot to complete the set would be good, and I was pleased with how it turned out. I quite liked the small amount of cloud moving through the sky. This was part of a 12 month project January to December to capture the changing seasons. My intention was 12 shots, one a month, but for a raft of reasons I ended up with 9. I've managed to get a different shot for each season however, with the same basic composition, which I'll be posting all 9 as a grid shortly. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ Sony α6000, Sony 35mm f1.8 lens @ f1.8, ISO 800, 25 second exposure. Slik tripod. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #waterford #TwoTreesField #HertsTwoTrees #hertfordshire #visitherts #eastherts #igersherts #igershertfordshire #hertfordshirephotographer #longexposurephotography #longexposure_shots #lazyshutters #britains_talent #bestukpics #ukpotd #capturingbritain_rural #capturingbritain #raw_uk #uk_shots #ukscenery #1ukshot #uk_greatshots #nightphotography #ordinancesurvey #thisprettyengland #genuinebritain #fotocatchers #fiftyshades_of_nature #sliktripod

Two more shots to share from my 12 month project, photographing the changing seasons of the field. This was taken in November, with the leaves a vivid golden colour, a few days later the leaves had all fallen off the trees I started the project with a plan to take 12 shots of these two trees and field, one a month, to show the changes across the seasons. Illness in late April to June put paid to that idea, and I didn't take a shot in October (for reasons unknown), but I've managed to get 9 shots across the year, and each one has been different, even managed to get one with snow in March! ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #bestukpics #ukpotd #scenicbritain #gloriousbritain #britains_talent #explore_britain #jessopsmoment #capturingbritain #fotocatchers #fiftyshades_of_nature #ordinancesurvey #thisprettyengland #igersherts #igershertfordshire #hertfordshirephotographer #total_united_kingdom #genuinebritain #explore_countryside #uk_greatshots #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery #sony #HertsTwoTrees #TwoTreesField #hertfordshire #waterford

The second grid for 2018, the ones that didn't make it to the best nine (either because they weren't quite as good as the others, or because of the dredded Instagram algorithm 🤔😅). My best nine grid also has a bias towards July and August, so I've tried to pick my favourites from throughout the year. As it's my last post for 2018, I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year in 2019! 🎉 🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊 ↖️ Sunset across the 'Back of the Wight', with a great barrel reflection of the sun. Isle of Wight (July) ⬆️ All Saints Church, Datchworth at night. Hertfordshire (December) ↗️ Moonlit shot of the Great Chishill Windmill. Cambridgeshire (November) ⬅️ Oughtonhead Nature Reserve's waterfall, a great find of the year. Hitchin, Hertfordshire (October) ⏹️ Down to Compton Beach, one of my favourite photos of the year, mainly due to the colours and light. Isle of Wight (July) ➡️ Lifeboat launch at Bembridge, a fantastic sight to see. Isle of Wight (July) ↙️ The two trees at Waterford, in the snow. Hertfordshire (March) ⬇️ Night time shot of Cromer Windmill, Ardley. My first shot to reach over 300 likes. Hertfordshire (January) ↘️ Coventry Cathedral at night. West Midlands (March) ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #pureislandhappiness #isleofwight #iow #hertfordshire #hertfordshirephotographer #igersherts #igershertfordshire #igerscambridge #cambridgeshire #blackgangchine #backofthewight #greatchishillwindmill #cromerwindmill #northherts #eastherts #rnli #lifeboat #bembridgelifeboat #bembridge #coventrycathedral #datchworth #2018bestnine #bestnine2018 #2018photos

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