Landscape Photography in Cheshire, Dane Valley Sunset
I’ve been meaning to get out and capture some of the local cornfields this summer before they harvest, it’s just about time now, there’s been plenty of harvester activity around here of late so I ought to make a move . There’s quite a few large corn fields we walk the dog through or past, I’ve been keeping an eye on this one in particular for a little while now .
I know some of you might think corn field sunsets are a little clichéd but I really wanted a couple of classic summer time images, I still think this is what landscape photography is all about, classic views and locations. And heck, it makes a great spot to take 5 after walking the dog!
So rather than miss out I packed some kit and took Balto (My Husky pup, 10 months and ever-growing!) out for his evening walk.
This particular location is westerly facing and is lined with some amazing old Oaks, a favourite hang-out for some of the local Owls (a couple of weeks earlier one scared the life out of me by swooping in low over my head, I’m sure they did it for fun too the way it was hooting!).
We’ve been pretty lucky with the weather recently, fairly dry and warm for a few days now, so I was hoping it would remain clear to walk the dog and get the shot on the way back (hopefully with the dog worn out!). My luck held out and I manages to capture the setting sun over the corn as it made its way under the horizon.
I’m finally in the routine of bringing my kit along now whenever I walk the dog, not sure I’m getting any better at packing light, but I’m bringing it along all the same, any tips on packing light would be warmly received.
For this image I used a single Lee 0.9 ND filter to allow me to slow things down a little, on top of this I held the brightest parts of the sun back with a Singh-Ray 0.9 Reverse ND balanced just on the horizon. This has become my go-to filter of late, the results are fantastic.
There is zero cast from either filter, so no messing about with hue / cast discolourations. I think I’ve found my favourite landscape photography filter duo!
A great way to end the day!
Canon 1Ds Mark III
EF 16-35 L USM II @18mm
4 sec @ f/11, ISO 50
0.9 Reverse ND Grad (Singh-Ray)
0.9 ND (Lee)
Really Right Stuff TVC33+BH55 LR
A little dodging and burning
And NO HDR! A number of folks have been asking me about my landscape photography post processing recently, a few have been pretty insistent I HDR my work, to the point I even did a show-and-tell with my RAW files. Anyway, I don’t HDR. I sometimes bracket +/- 1.3 stops either side if the light is changing rapidly, but I never merge exposures. I do sometimes tweak the RAW colour channels in ACR, perhaps some local adjustments in PS, but that’s it. Glad that’s off my chest…;)
Have a great day!