However, now she is back on track and the hotspots are as busy as always. I am not one to join the deli ques at the great locations such as Westonbirt or Stourhead, althougth the images I have seen of these places have been spectacular. This season so far has lead me to visit my favourite colourful locations. Just through habit and pilgrimage reasons, but also to see if I have missed a ticket in previous years. It is important to revisit previous locations for this reason because your photography skills develop, your composition technique will have become more refined and processing method should have improved also.
With all this in mind the river Dart, Teign gorges have been my playground so far this Autumn. Dartmoor as a rule is a few weeks later than lower locations of the same tree species but it seems to produce bolder displays when it eventually happens.
This year I have been more open about locations and shared a few with recent photo contacts. A two week half term break meant many miles driving but the trips have been productive and it has been great to enlighten several photographers from other areas as to the joys of Dartmoor shooting. We have been rewarded with dramatic skies, bursts of colour in the Dart/Teign valley and big skies at sunset. Heavy rain lead to very high river levels which cleaned the banks making for some vibrant waterway scenes and great access to the Dart and Teign gorges.
Another favourite photographic excursion at this time of the year is to shoot the foggy, misty mornings on the Somerset Levels. Already this Autumn I have made two trips and both have proven to be incredible mornings. The Glastonbury/Frome/Wells triangle seems to be the most consistent and magical with shots from these trips having featured in national photographic publications such as Photography Monthly and Digital SLR Magazine.
If anyone would like any pointers as to possible late season shooting on the moor or anywhere else I frequent then just drop me a contact mail and I will try to guide you to some areas with great potential.
Well the Autumn mists should swirl about for a while yet and with each day commanding different conditions I find it becoming more of a study of weather than photo excursions. With the weather experts all singing along and predicting another cold winter with possible major snowfall for the UK we can only hope that they have the Winter forecast nailed unlike their BBQ summer.... Bring on the snow.