Meandering on the Moors

Earlier this month I took a trip down to Exmoor and Dartmoor, two landscapes that I've often wanted to explore, both are uniquely different and yet share a certain wildness and beauty. Exmoor is the master of variety with its hills, heather and the moorland sweeping towards a pebbled coastline beyond. Dartmoor is rugged, with it's tors and sparse, expansive terrain. Both have wild ponies roaming the moorland, adding to the mystery and atmosphere, but my images of them I'm saving for a separate post. 

This photo set is all about the landscapes, captured on my Fujifilm X-T1 with my newly acquired 10-24mm. I hadn't realised how much I missed an ultra wide until I buckled and purchased this lens, and I'm so glad I did. The 14mm was sharp and beautiful, a prime to it's very soul, but the 10-24mm has a versatility that cannot be denied, and I really need that when I'm in the field. The weather was ideal, with the autumnal combination of mist and sunshine in the mornings at sunrise with the transitional colours of the moorland turning purple to orange. The evenings brought great light, but really, for me it's always about the mornings. I hope you enjoy.

Long Exposure on Porlock Hill, Exmoor. Fujifilm X-T1 + 10-24mm @ 10mm. f/22. 20 Sec. 

The Road up Porlock Hill at sunrise. Exmoor. Fujifilm X-T1 + 10-24mm @ 10mm. f/22. 1/18.

Sunset or Porlock Hill looking out towards the sea. Fujifilm X-T1 + 10-24mm @ f/22. 1/3.

Wind Weathered Tree. Exmoor. Fujifilm X-T1 + 10-24mm @ f/22. 1/10.

Sun breaking through the morning mist. Exmoor. Fujifilm X-T1 + 10-24mm @ 13.2mm. f/22. 1/8.

Diffused mist on the hills of Exmoor at sunrise. Fujifilm X-T1 + 10-24mm @ 15.9mm. f/22. 1/40.

Mist and light across Dartmoor. Fujifilm X-T1 + 10-24mm @ 10mm. f/18. 1/320.


Running Wild with Dartmoor Ponies

In the 1930s there were nearly 30,000 Dartmoor ponies roaming the moors, now there are less than 800. Yet, as you drive through the landscape, they appear, windswept on the horizon, mythical and magical. 

In between bouts of permeating cloud, I waited for the light to appear, for seconds at a time, and captured some of the ponies, majestic in the their surroundings. Shot on the Fujifilm X-T1 + 60mm f/2.4 & 14mm f/2.8. Processed using Rebecca Lily Pro Set III for Lightroom, I've tried to stay true the the muted tones, and the dramatic setting.

Fujifilm X-T1 + 60mm f/2.4 @ f/5. 1/600. ISO 200.

Fujifilm X-T1 + 60mm f/2.4 @ f/9. 1/320. ISO 200.

Fujifilm X-T1 + 60mm f/2.4 @ f/9. 1/200. ISO 200.

Fujifilm X-T1 + 14mm f/2.8 @ f/10. 1/420. ISO 200.

Fujifilm X-T1 + 60mm f/2.4 @ f/9. 1/320. ISO 200.

Fujifilm X-T1 + 60mm f/2.4 @ f/9. 1/140. ISO 200.

Fujifilm X-T1 + 60mm f/2.4 @ f/9. 1/450. ISO 200.

Fujifilm X-T1 + 60mm f/2.4 @ f/9. 1/450. ISO 200.