Seven Day Landscape Challenge

April 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

After completing my 365 challenge last year of a photo a day for a year, Good friend and fellow photographer David Gilliver nominated me again to take on the Seven Day Landscape Challenge. I want to share with the seven images i picked over the week in no particular order and by no means are these my most popular images but my favourites.

 

Landscape challenge day 1:

In the few days i was in Castro Urdiales i came across this old iron mine that was built in 1938. the first one was built in 1880 and destroyed by the weather, the second came along in 1894 and blown up during the Spanish civil war, a year in 1938 and this one was built then decommissioned in 1970 and later bought by the local government for 1 peseta, about a half a penny.

Took this back in 2011, still early days in my photography career but one of my favourite landscaped, just along the coast you will find the city of Bilbao with some of the funkiest architecture i have ever seen.

Taken on my old now decommissioned Sony A500 my first DSLR with my 10-24mm wide angle lens.

El CargaderoEl CargaderoIn the few days i was in Castro Urdiales i came across this old iron mine that was built in 1938. the first one was built in 1880 and destroyed by the weather, the second came along in 1894 and blown up during the Spanish civil war, a year in 1938 and this one was built then decommissioned in 1970 and later bought by the local government for 1 peseta, about a half a penny.

Took this back in 2011, still early days in my photography career but one of my favourite landscaped, just along the coast you will find the city of Bilbao with some of the funkiest architecture i have ever seen.
Taken on my old now decommissioned Sony A500 my first DSLR with my 10-24mm wide angle lens.

Landscape challenge day 2:

Definitely one of my favourite landscapes i took last year, and number 112 of my 365 Project.

Considering i have broke the so called "rules" with the horizon in the middle and no detail in the sky, i got away with it! and thats what photography is all about, breaking the rules.

I love the contrast in colour and layers of landscape, I'm actually quite happy there wasn't a cloud in the sky for this pic.
I feel i could build a hut on the beach, light a fire, listen to the tranquil waves, gaze at the stars after the sun goes down and just chill all night.

This was the first time id been down to this beach and it took me a good half hour to find a spot to compose before i put my tripod down and waited for the right moment just after the sun had gone down.

Port Soif DunesPort Soif DunesConsidering i have broke the so called "rules" with the horizon in the middle and no detail in the sky, i got away with it! and thats what photography is all about, breaking the rules.

I love the contrast in colour and layers of landscape, I'm actually quite happy there wasn't a cloud in the sky for this pic.
I feel i could build a hut on the beach, light a fire, listen to the tranquil waves, gaze at the stars after the sun goes down and just chill all night.
This was the first time id been down to this beach and it took me a good half hour to find a spot to compose before i put my tripod down and waited for the right moment just after the sun had gone down.

Landscape challenge day 3:

The phone call in the morning to say there was no work started the Tuesday off just right, this followed by a 5 hour photo marathon of snow pics around St. peters, this one stands out as one of my favourite from the day.

12th of March 2013, The Spring is springing and winter comes and slaps it in the face, and if it wasn't for that, this photo just wouldn't work. I done the same marathon capturing the same photos on the same day in 2014.

 

 

 

 

White Fort SaumarezWhite Fort SaumarezThe phone call in the morning to say there was no work started the Tuesday off just right, this followed by a 5 hour photo marathon of snow pics around St. peters, this one stands out as one of my favourite from the day.
12th of March 2013, The Spring is springing and winter comes and slaps it in the face, and if it wasn't for that, this photo just wouldn't work. I done the same marathon capturing the same photos on the same day in 2014, ill attach it in the comments below to give you an idea of what i mean

 

Landscape challenge day 4:

It wouldn't be right to not include a lightning photo, although it wasn't the most popular at the time, it was one of the toughest to take that night and probably one of the hardest pics I've ever taken. All in all i think i waited for about an hour after id set up to get the shot.
As the storm made its last round for the night, the sun started to rise, house lights started to turn on and there wasn't much time left, every car that came along seemed to turn of at some point but luckily enough this one drove the coast road and it all come together with a flash of light and finished what was a very long night of photography.

Lightning over Cobo BayLightning over Cobo BayIt wouldn't be right to not include a lightning photo, although it wasn't the most popular at the time, it was one of the toughest to take that night and probably one of the hardest pics I've ever taken. All in all i think i waited for about an hour after id set up to get the shot. As the storm made its last round for the night, the sun started to rise, house lights started to turn on and there wasn't much time left, every car that came along seemed to turn of at some point but luckily enough this one drove the coast road and it all come together with a flash of light and finished what was a very long night of photography.

 

Landscape challenge day 5:

Grandes Rocques never really had anything going for it from my point of view, until last year. I took a 2 hour walk around one afternoon and came away with a load of keepers and even more so, a shed load of ideas and compositions to use in the future. 
By far this area has been my favourite place for 2015 and i came away with more than i ever expected. 
Hopefully 2016 will bring them ideas to a final product.

Cobo RocksCobo RocksGrandes Rocques never really had anything going for it from my point of view, until last year. I took a 2 hour walk around one afternoon and came away with a load of keepers and even more so, a shed load of ideas and compositions to use in the future. By far this area has been my favourite place for 2015 and i came away with more than i ever expected. Hopefully 2016 will bring them ideas to a final product.

 

Landscape challenge day 6:

Love the way the warm colours of the morning and the blue colours from a cold winter night are split by the breakwater and the lighthouse.
looking closer at this photo reveals the beauty of the rocks we live on and actually contains 6 of the Bailiwick Islands.

I wanted to catch the light from the lighthouse and the silky smooth sea with out loosing the fishermen at the end of the pier, so this was taken at ISO 50, f16 @ 13sec.

This is defenetly an image that looks better printed, the large canvas i have in the kitchen really shows off the deep blue colours on the green wall.

Lighthouse SunriseLighthouse SunriseLove the way the warm colours of the morning and the blue colours from a cold winter night are split by the breakwater and the lighthouse.
looking closer at this photo reveals the beauty of the rocks we live on and actually contains 6 of the Bailiwick Islands.

I wanted to catch the light from the lighthouse and the silky smooth sea with out loosing the fishermen at the end of the pier, so this was taken at ISO 50, f16 @ 13sec.
This is defenetly an image that looks better printed, the large canvas i have in the kitchen really shows off the deep blue colours on the green wall.

Landscape challenge day 7:

I can be known to add a bit to much colour to my landscapes sometimes and ill admit now that it doesn't always work, this is one image colour really works for me.

Ill finish the challenge with the same location and a slightly different composition as David, just to show that now matter how good a photographer is they will have a different idea and put together something completely different with the same subject, so no matter how many times its been photographed it can be different every time.

ill admit now that i completely got this by fluke straight after id shot the breakwater image, one of the reasons i always look behind when i see something amassing happening in front of me, because 50% of the time the real magic is behind you. Colourful Castle CornetColourful Castle CornetI can be known to add a bit to much colour to my landscapes sometimes and ill admit now that it doesn't always work, this is one image colour really works for me.
Ill finish the challenge with the same location and a slightly different composition as David, just to show that now matter how good a photographer is they will have a different idea and put together something completely different with the same subject, so no matter how many times its been photographed it can be different every time.

ill admit now that i completely got this by fluke straight after id shot the breakwater image, one of the reasons i always look behind when i see something amassing happening in front of me, because 50% of the time the real magic is behind you.

 


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