Another attempt at the creek. This time rather than trying to capture the whole scene I walked down the beach towards the waters edge, and this is more zoomed in attempting to frame the picture using the boat on the left. The eye should lead from the muddy shoreline in the foreground to the boats and then to the distance on the right; looking up the river towards Totnes. Raw tools got me the right colour balance to show the hazy layers and the golden evening sunlight highlighting the scene.
I have had plenty of attempts at getting a nice shot of my local creek and beautiful though it is I’ve never managed to capture the scene in a sufficiently serene way. Maybe I’m after a more arty look; perhaps a different lens, or maybe some more creative post processing, or maybe I’m just missing something from my composition. Either way; it’s really nice down there ; )
This picture was taken mid evening after the Sun had set and a thick mist had formed in the low lying valleys around the river. In the foreground you can just make out one of the campsites in Galmpton, then behind the fields of South Hams roll all the way to Dartmoor; notice the unique double-peak outline of Haytor to the right on the distant horizon.
I’m not short on picturesque locations where I live but the weather and lighting has to be just right as well. Looking from this side of the river, Torbay side, I’m usually shooting towards the Sun but these shots are both looking 90 degrees to the left of the Sunset direction and with softened sunlight through some cloud. Direct sunlight isn’t always a good thing for photography. The picture above is looking in the Dartmouth direction from ‘Buttercup Field’ near Galmpton Creek.
Only the second day out with my new DSLR (December 2005), having just upgraded from a cheap pocket digital camera. One of my favourite and most photogenic places that I visit is Galmpton Creek, it is a private boatyard but parts of it are open to the public. This picture really shows the peace and tranquility of the moment, still waters creating an almost perfect reflection. Walking in either direction from the creek brings many more photo opportunities.