Daymark Tower

A Brief History

I started this blog back August 2016 and shortly after that, I posted my first video over on my YouTube channel.  When I made that first video it was just something I wanted to do and I didn't really have a plan for growing and developing a YouTube channel.

However, after posting a few more videos I realised that I enjoyed the process of creating video content so I decided to keep it going.  I then started getting some positive feedback and my subscriber count grew.  I've always been committed to my website and blog, but I now also wanted to develop and grow my YouTube channel.  Soon I had a long list of video content that I wanted to shoot.

I remain committed to my blog which is my primary output channel for my landscape photography stories and as long as I'm out taking pictures I normally have something to write about.  Creating video is a different ball game though and while I have some grand ideas and themes for my videos,  producing them takes time, so the rate of delivery is going be slower than the blog.

A New Video Series

So this brings us nicely onto this video I've just made on shooting Daymark Tower.  I decided to shoot it as I've just had the following image used in Outdoor Photography this month (issue 208, June 2017, page 55).

I thought it would be useful if I shot a brief video on the location so other photographers could get a better idea of what the location is like before they visited it.  It's only a short video and unlike most of my other forthcoming videos it will be about one location only so it will be quicker to produce.  So this video marks the start of what I will hope will be a series of short videos that introduce photographers to locations they may not have visited before.  A little dose of inspiration!

My website and my blog will always be my home and I will continue to produce regular content there as I have done before, but by producing more frequent video content I hope to share my landscape photography journey with an even wider audience.

The Daymark Tower

So onto my first location in this new series, The Daymark Tower. 

I hope you enjoyed that video and that it's given you a better idea of what it is like to shoot there.  Here is the final image I captured there in a bit more detail:

Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm VR f/2.8 @ 45 mm, f/13, ISO 100, 1/15 sec, 4:5 crop.

Unfortunately I didn't get the light I was after to produce a really stunning shot but hopefully, you've seen enough from my images and the video that you too will be inspired to visit this great location.  If you do decide to go, here are my top 3 tips for shooting the Daymark Tower:

  1. Shadows - While shooting at sunset will work at most times of the year you will be casting a long shadow if it is behind you. So if you want to include the path in your composition, check which direction the sun is setting so your shadow isn't cast along the path. Something which I failed to check in my planning for this video!

  2. Wide Angle Correction - If you are shooting with a wide angle lens be aware that the tower may be distorted in the frame. This is generally easy to correct in post production, but it normally involves the image being cropped. So be sure to include some extra room around your composition so you don't lose anything critical when the image is corrected and cropped. Though I spend 99% of post processing life in Lightroom, I found the wide angle correction feature in Photoshop to be much better at correcting the distortions in the tower.

  3. Timing - My preferred time of year to shoot Daymark Tower is when the crops are approaching harvest. I shot the video a little early which still works very well, but by around, mid-May the crops swaying in a gentle breeze looks very nice indeed.

I hope you enjoyed reading about and looking at the Daymark Tower.  Hopefully by the time you read this I will have already shot the video for the 2nd location.  I should also be well on my way to shooting some of those bigger videos that I have planned.  If you want to know when those videos are published you can of course subscribe to my YouTube channel or you can follow me on the Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Google Plus where I will also post notifications when new video content is posted up.  The video and additional content will always be available here on the blog as well.

Do you include man-made elements in your landscape photography?  Are there are any locations in the South West that you would like me to make a short video on?  Let me know in the comments below.