Mark Smith (@mark_and_willowdog)

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

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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

Well, another year has gone by 2018 has been a very challenging year for me, and I've learnt a lot about myself, but there's a lot to be positive about for 2019, including the impending birth of our 2nd daughter (due in March). I've continued to learn from the amazing and incredible talent on Instagram. Here's the top nine photos in terms of likes on my profile this year. Not necessarily my favourites, and there is a bit of a bias to July and August, so I'll be posting an alternative tomorrow, like previous years, of the 'ones that didn't quite make it'. I hit 400+ likes on two shots this year, and exceeded 300 on a dozen more. Nearly all of my posts have exceeded 200 this year, with a few exceptions, which I'm really chuffed about. Thank you all for the likes, shares, and comments, I have, and continue to really appreciate it. ↖️ Sandown Bay (Shanklin), Isle of Wight. Long exposure ⬆️ Hitchin Lavender, Hertfordshire, on a summer's evening ↗️ Shanklin Old Village, Isle of Wight ⬅️ Sunset across a Datchworth field, Hertfordshire ⏹️ Sunset at All Saints Church Datchworth, Hertfordshire ➡️ Summer fields of the two trees at Waterford, Hertfordshire ↙️ Harvest at Chale (across to the Needles), Isle of Wight ⬇️ Poppies at the two trees at Waterford, Hertfordshire ↘️ Harvest at Chale, Isle of Wight ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #2018bestnine #bestnine2018 #2018photos #isleofwight #iow #hertfordshire #hertfordshirephotographer #igersherts #igershertfordshire #hertford #chale #hitchinlavender #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #hertfordshirelandscape #longexposurephotography #longexposure #sony #sonyphotography #sonya6000 #sonyalpha #sonyimages #selp18105g #cokin #cokinfilters #sliktripod

Merry Christmas to everyone. My thoughts are with those that are working over Christmas to keep us all safe, thank you. I hope you all have a great and peaceful Christmas, and a happy, prosperous 2019 ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ ▪️ #christmas #festive #merrychristmas #churchofengland #church #crib #nativity #ukpotd #capturingbritain #instabritain #bestukpics #jessopsmoment #capturingbritain_churches #uk_greatshots #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery #sonya6000 #sonyalpha #sonyimages

Swans at Audley End Went to the fantastic Enchanted Audley End last night with Claire, Olivia and friends of ours. Really enjoyed the illuminations, and the themes. Very clever use of lighting and effects, with animated 'talking' trees, beautiful lighting, dancing fountains, and fairies - Olivia was in her element! Great food too, including some toasted marshmallows over a fire pit. Didn't get many great photos, mainly because we were enjoying it more than it being a photography trip (and a lack of tripod, so handheld photos in the low level light were a challenge...), but I managed to captire these swans in the Broadwater in front of the house just before we left. First time we have been here, we must visit here in the spring ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ Sony α6000, Sony 35mm f1.8 lens @ f16. 8, ISO 1600, 1/15th second exposure. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #epicukchristmaslights #essex #audleyend #ehenchanted #ukwinter #christmas #visitengland #igersherts#igersessex #igershertfordshire #ukwildlife #lazyshutters #britains_talent #bestukpics #ukpotd #capturingbritain_rural #capturingbritain #raw_uk #uk_shots #ukscenery #1ukshot #thisprettyengland #uk_greatshots #nightphotography #nighttimephotography #genuinebritain #photosofbritain

The Christmas Tree A close up of Tewin's fantastic Christmas Tree on the lower green. Very much looking forward to some quality family time over Christmas, not to mention the Carol and Midnight services ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ Sony α6000, Sony 18-105 f4 lens @ 42mm f20, ISO 640, 30 second exposure. Slik tripod. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #epicukchristmaslights #tewin #christmas #christmaslights #hertfordshire #visitherts #visitengland #igersherts #igershertfordshire #longexposure #longexposurephotography #longexposure_shots #lazyshutters #britains_talent #bestukpics #ukpotd #capturingbritain_rural #capturingbritain #raw_uk #uk_shots #ukscenery #1ukshot #thisprettyengland #uk_greatshots #nightphotography #nighttimephotography #genuinebritain #photosofbritain #stars #sliktripod

Brake brake brake! I've been wanting to try light trails here for some time, didn't get the compositions I'd envisioned (I'd hoped to have more emphasis on the 'S-bend' , but I did managed or get a few decent light trails. The amount of people who thought my camera was a speed gun though, this was an Audi, he braked quite heavily! (probably a good thing too, he was going too fast!) 🤣 ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ Taken using Sony α6000, Sony 18-105mm f4 lens @ 18mm, f13, ISO 1600, 30 seconds exposure. Slik tripod. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ #tewin #b1000 #hertford #visitherts #eastherts #hertfordshire #easthertfordshire #igersherts #lighttrails #1ukshot #britains_talent #ukpotd #bestukpics #gloriousbritain #scenicbritain #longexposure #longexposurephotography #longexposure_shots #lazyshutters #longexpoelite #nighttimephotography #ukshooters #uk_shots #ukscenery #hertslife #sliktripod

"Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright" Another shot from Sunday nights visit to Datchworth. Was really pleased with the shots I got here, a nice clear night too. This one was taken using a wider angle lens to get more of the fantastic sky in. With the edit of the shot, I think I've managed to get a real Christmassy feel to it. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ Sony α6000, Sony 20mm f2.8 with fisheye attachment @ f4, ISO 200, 25 second exposure. Slik tripod. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #datchworth #allsaintschuch #hertslife #villagechurch #hertfordshire #visitherts #visitengland #igersherts #igershertfordshire #longexposurephotography #longexposure_shots #lazyshutters #britains_talent #bestukpics #ukpotd #capturingbritain_rural #capturingbritain #raw_uk #uk_shots #ukscenery #1ukshot #uk_greatshots #nightphotography #ordinancesurvey #thisprettyengland #genuinebritain #photosofbritain #fotocatchers #fiftyshades_of_nature #sliktripod

'A light in the darkness' An impromptu visit to All Saint's Church Datchworth on Sunday night, I was driving past and noticed the floodlights were on, which I'd totally forgotten they had. So I took the opportunity to stop and take several shots of the church and the night sky. Taken around 9pm, with the streetlights of neighbouring Stevenage still fully on (they turn the vast majority off in Hertfordshire between midnight and 6am), the sky was still pretty clear. I got very muddy feet too (I must take wellies next time!) ✨ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ Sony α6000, Sony 18-105mm f4 lens @ 29mm & f4, ISO 800, 25 second exposure. Slik tripod. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #datchworth #allsaintschuch #hertslife #villagechurch #hertfordshire #visitherts #visitengland #igersherts #igershertfordshire #longexposure #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

Christmas is coming! I love Christmas lights and decorations, light in this quite dark time of year. I particularly like touches like this large Christmas tree right on Tewin's village green (with the Rose and Crown pub on the left). Simple, yet effective, and almost beacon-like in the centre of the village (you can see the odd star too in the 2nd in particular). Christmas for me, is a special time of year, a time for family, friends, church services, and carols. Not long now! ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ Sony α6000, Sony 18-105 f4 lens @18mm f5, ISO 125, 20 second exposure. Slik tripod. ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #epicukchristmaslights #tewin #christmas #christmaslights #hertfordshire #visitherts #visitengland #igersherts #igershertfordshire #longexposure #longexposurephotography #longexposure_shots #lazyshutters #britains_talent #bestukpics #ukpotd #capturingbritain_rural #capturingbritain #raw_uk #uk_shots #ukscenery #1ukshot #thisprettyengland #uk_greatshots #nightphotography #nighttimephotography #genuinebritain #photosofbritain #stars #sliktripod

'Dusk in flight' Busy busy (aren't we all) at the moment, but have managed to put something together for family. One of the shots I chose from my 'archive' was this one from a Falconry Photography experience I did late last year with @teamcoda at Lee Valley Park Farm (who I'd highly recommend). It was a great opportunity to capture these birds in flight, with this flight down a woodland, pathway being the best location. 'Dusk', the barn owl, was the perfect model! I've reedited the shot, particularly making the crop tighter to emphasise the owl much more ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #igersherts #igershertfordshire #hertfordshirephotographer #leevalleyparkfarms #owlsinflight #barnowl #birdsinflight #ukwildlife #bestukpics #britains_talent #scenicbritain #gloriousbritain #excellent_britain #jessopsmoment #ukpotd #lovegreatbritain #capturingbritain_rural #capturingbritain #longexposurephotography #genuinebritain #raw_uk #thisprettyengland #ordinancesurvey #uk_greatshots #1ukshot #uk_shots #ukscenery #fiftyshades_of_nature #fotocatchers

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