Walkhampton Common

On 19th May we did a 10-mile walk on Walkhampton Common. These pictures will give some idea of the varied landscapes and terrain we encountered. If viewing in email, click the post title to click into the images and see them larger.

The Moor

Merrivale Circle

We set out on 18th May to walk the Merrivale Circuit, a 6.5 mile walk that took us past some beautiful scenery and to another tor. If viewing in email, click the post title to click into the images and see them larger.

Sampford Spiney and Pew Tor

After checking in to our AirBnB we took an early evening stroll up to Pew Tor for some magnificent views. Tors were to figure in many of our subsequent walks. If viewing in email, click the post title to click into the images and see them larger.

Roman Wall and Rougemont Castle

Whilst in Exeter we also walked some of the ancient Roman Wall and through Rougemont Gardens and Northernhay Gardens to the remains of Rougemont Castle. Click any image to see them all enlarged.

Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove

Note the extremely clear Mediterranean or Caribbean waters. The kayaker in Stair Hole climbed up and hung from the top of the hole, then we progressed onward to Lulworth Cove (last 2 pictures – click any of them to see them all enlarged with captions). And see the panorama below…

I created the panorama below by stitching together 14 individual handheld shots, sweeping across the horizon. For those interested in technical details, Photoshop stitched them together, evening out changes in sky tone and filling in gaps at top and bottom like a Mercator map projection. The file is 11.5 feet wide and 17″ tall at 300 dpi! Photoshop saved it as a psb file as it wouldn’t fit in the standard .psd format and it was over 4GB. To save space I flattened the image and saved it as a TIFF but it’s still about 1.4GB. You can’t see it here, but opening it up in Photoshop you can zoom in and traverse it like an interactive gaming space. I shot several series like this over the course of the 2 week trip but the files are frankly too large to do this for every set so I’m not sure I’ll bother just for a pretty landscape.

South Coast Path – May 16th

The next day, we only walked about 3 miles in a circuit starting from Lulworth and ending at Lulworth Cove .

If you succumb to any of these hazards, you may find yourself with a Scratchy Bottom:

Click any image below to see them all full-sized, with captions.

Golden Cap, continued

This past semester my photographic practice has been exploring the subject of inequality: wealth and income inequality as well as gender and ethnic disparities. I have been incorporating text from signs into scenes using Photoshop. For the summer, my tutor suggested placing text-based images I create into the landscape and rephotographing them. So before departing on this trip I prepared 3 images. One simply says “Broken Promises,” a famous graffito from the Bronx, another shows mathematical symbols for inequality, “<>” and “≠,” and I also abstracted a sign I saw in the car park of the Palm Springs Art Museum on a trip several years ago that simply says, “Imagine Art Here.” Then I asked Margaret to hold them for me while we were near Golden Cap. I also found places along our walks to place them in the scene. I’m not sure they’re really doing that much for me. Click any image to see them enlarged.

Golden Cap, continued

As a lifetime urbanite, the idea that one can simply take a walk in the country and encounter sheep and cows up close and personal is a bit thrilling. We walked among the cows, being careful not to startle them. See last post for more details of this walk – click any image to see them all enlarged.

May 15th – Golden Cap

We took our first short (4.3 mile) hike in the Lyme Regis area to Golden Cap, “arguably the highest point on the south coast of Great Britain.” The views were breathtaking and I’m not sure these pictures really capture the feeling of being there. Click any image to see them all at full size.

Driving South

Next we took a combination of A3x roads towards our destination of Lyme Regis and I managed a few snaps out the window as we went (I wasn’t the one driving). As we grew closer to Lyme Regis we passed through thick fog, or maybe a cloud.

Trees Ago

While I mostly shoot with a Fujifilm X-T4, I still have my X-T3 with a longish zoom (55 – 200mm, or about 85-300 full frame equivalent) usually mounted on it. When I’m traveling I can therefore carry both cameras go all the way from 16 wide to 200 tele without switching lenses. Now and then I take a few random shots with the long lens in between travels and even less often I remember to unload the chip to Capture One and see if there’s anything on it. Here’s one such from months ago, taken from my window on a frosty morning and converted to Fuji Acros.

Farnham, Surrey

Camera Obscura

In the same camera-making class mentioned in my last post, Peter Renn turned the room itself into a camera obscura (a dark room) with a large single lens you can see in the first image. It has a focal length of something between 1000 and 2000mm, casting a massive image circle. In the first picture above you can see the lens and part of the image on the floor. In the next couple of images you can see different parts of the image transmissively through a large, hand-held roll of tracing paper bringing different parts of the image into focus by moving back and forth. Next we used a large foam stage flat, and I took pictures of different parts of the image projected onto it. Click any of the pictures to see them all full-sized.


As part of a workshop in alternative cameras I took a few shots with an old Canon Powershot A570 which had it’s infrared filter removed and a piece of orange gel taped over the front of the lens. This yielded some interest color IR effects. Click any image to see them all enlarged.