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Weekly photo challenge: sunset

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Sunrise in the Cevennes

I enjoy the subjects provided by the Weekly photo challenge.  This week I’ve cheated, just a little, as the theme is Sunset and I have posted instead a sunrise. I like this photo so I thought I could get away with posting it.

While on holiday in France in July, I woke up very early one morning and, leaving the family still sleeping in their beds, climbed to the nearest peak. The Cevennes mountains are very wooded, and so often the views are limited unless you are in a clearing or at the very top of a hill. I found a viewpoint with great views across the stunning wooded hills in the pink of dawn (see another photo I took that morning but looking West). I waited patiently as the red glow increased in the East and took many photos as the sun appeared as a glowing giant ball behind the wooded ridge. You can see why photographers refer to this time of day as the magic hour.

Sunrise in the Cevennes

Sunrise in the Cevennes, France. DMC-GF2, 200mm (400mm 35mm equivalent), f11, 1/250 sec, ISO100, tripod.

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Gabriel Hemery

Weekly photo challenge: fall

September 25, 2011

Gabriel Hemery

Walnut collecting family with donkeys in Kyrgyzstan
Walnut collecting family with donkeys in Kyrgyzstan

Fall (Autumn) in the walnut-fruit forests of Kyrgyzstan, I came across a father returning home with his two young children and a large horde of walnuts. Photo: DMC-GF2, 15mm (30mm 35mm equiv), f4.0, 1/125sec, ISO100, handheld.

For this week’s photo challenge and theme of ‘fall’, I thought that this image was very fitting. It’s a double entendre, as not only was the photo taken in the Fall (Autumn), but I was amazed how these three managed to balance on the donkey without falling!

I was pleased with the photo as all three of the family are looking at the camera, and I like the way the youngest is just peeping over her father’s arm.

This was a good example of the advantage of always having a camera ready; not just by having it in your hand or around your neck rather than tucked deep in a bag, but also by having it ready with the best settings. I normally prefer to shoot using as many manual settings as possible but I am not proficient enough to be able to take successfully a quick shot of the unexpected. So, I normally leave the camera on the ‘idiot’ or full automatic mode just in case I need to fire off a quick shot without thinking of all the settings I might need.

Deep in the walnut-fruit forests of Kyrgyzstan, miles from the nearest track passable by a 4×4, I was climbing a narrow path when the family group suddenly appeared around a corner. I asked quickly (with gestures only as I don’t speak Kyrgyz) whether I could take a photo, and after Dad’s nodding approval I managed to take just two frames as they carried on past.

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Gabriel Hemery

Weekly photo challenge: flowers

August 25, 2011

Gabriel Hemery

Wild cherry and hawksbeard
Wild cherry and hawksbeard

Smooth hawksbeard (Crepis capillaris) shimmers on a windy day in a young plantation of wild cherry (Prunus avium). DMC-GF2, 90mm (180mm 35mm equiv), f22, 3.2 sec, ISO100, ND8 filter, tripod.

It’s always a challenge photographing flowers in a woodland. Very often you have to battle with low light conditions due to shade, so a tripod is essential. Being outdoors, the wind is often a problem in trying to capture the detail of flowers. In this case I made the most of a very windy day; when these yellow flowers were waving violently under the bright green canopy of young cherry trees.

I used a tripod for this three second exposure; using a ND8 filter reduced the light to allow the long exposure. I like the way that the tree stems slowly disappear into the flowers, almost as if into shimmering water.  Read more about Tree Photography.

You can see another of my flower photographs here.

Gabriel Hemery

Weekly photo challenge: mountains

August 9, 2011

Gabriel Hemery

Sunrise in the Cevennes
Sunrise in the Cevennes

Sunrise in the Cevennes, France. DMC-GF2, 120mm zoom (240mm 35mm equivalent), f11, 1.0 sec, ISO100, tripod.

Sunrise and valley mist in the Cevennes mountains of south east France.  The forests contain a large proportion of sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) trees, alongside downy oak (Quercus pubescens) and various pines and spruces.

Gabriel Hemery

Weekly photo challenge: hot

July 18, 2011

Gabriel Hemery

Swallow and trees
Swallow and trees

Swallow and trees. DMC-GF2, 103mm zoom (206mm 35mm equiv), 1/1600 sec, f6.3, ISO100, handheld.

“One swallow doesn’t make a summer!”

This seemed an apt saying to sum up this year’s British summer.  It’s been difficult to photograph anything ‘hot’ to meet this week’s photo challenge, at least in the British countryside.

Gabriel Hemery

Weekly photo challenge: morning

June 10, 2011

Gabriel Hemery

Dawn in rural Oxfordshire

Early dawn in rural Oxfordshire, England. DMC_GF2, 7mm (14mm in 35mm equiv), f22, 1/13 sec, ISO100.

Early dawn in rural Oxfordshire, England.  The sun was about to rise over the Chilterns (left) early on this morning in June, and would soon illuminate the Wittenham Clumps, visible in the centre distance.

Gabriel Hemery

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