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Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station – Oh Starry Night!

Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station - From East Midlands Parkway Railway

Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station – From East Midlands Parkway Railway

It’s been a while since I last updated the blog. A combination of being hard at work with a commercial commission and getting Christmas out of the way meant that I’d not had too much time to dedicate to my landscape photography. However, a trip out with my good pal Justin Thompson in early December was a nice reminder of the photography that I love doing.

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Outdoor Photography Magazine – Published Viewpoint!

5 minutes at Chesterton Windmill

Five Minutes at Chesterton Windmill

A couple of months ago I was contacted by the editor of Outdoor Photography magazine following a submission I had made a couple of months earlier. I was delighted to read that they wanted to commission me to write an article to accompany an image from a trip to Chesterton Windmill (which I have previously blogged about on this site) that they had chosen to go into their popular ‘Viewpoints’ section.

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A weekend of Landscape Photography in the Lake District – Castlerigg, Derwentwater, Keswick, Ullswater and Red Squirrels!

Sunset at Castlerigg Hall Campsite

As it has seemed to turn into a bit of a tradition over the past few years, in the middle of April I ventured off for my annual landscape photography trip to Keswick in the Lake District. As last year I was meeting up and camping with a few photographer friends for what would hopefully be a great weekend of landscape photography and socialising. Unfortunately, after a dry spell, the weather forecast wasn’t looking great for the weekend we had chosen. So would it be worthwhile, or just a washout?

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An afternoon at Normanton Church, Rutland Water

Normanton Church, Rutland

At Christmas I was asked if I could deliver a photography tuition session as one lady wanted to give her other half a different kind of present. Obviously I was happy to oblige, and gratefully offered my services. A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call to schedule the session, and when the day came I headed off to Normanton Church at Rutland Water to teach a budding photographer the basics of landscape photography.

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Star field photography – return to the Peckleton Tree!

Peckleton Tree Starfield - Landscape Orientation

Stars over the Peckleton Tree

This year I’ve decided to do a 365 (photo a day) project with the aim of improving my landscape photography as well as my portrait and other photography. This was my photograph for day 13. 

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How to use filters in landscape photography part 2 – Solid NDs and the magic of the 10 stop filter!

Welcome back to the second part of my ‘How to use filters in landscape photography’ mini-tutorial.

In the first part we took a look at the graduated neutral density filter and how that was essential in being able to correctly expose an entire scene, bringing all the various light and dark areas back into the dynamic range of our camera’s sensor. If you’ve not read up on it then click the little link above (it’ll open in a new tab) and then come back here afterwards!

In this second part, we’ll take a look at the solid neutral density filter and how it can help you achieve a dramatic edge to your landscape photography… so read on!

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Landscape photography and the art of timing – Kimmeridge…

Sunset at Kimmeridge in Dorset

Setting Sun – Kimmeridge

All of the photographs in this article have the same composition. They’ve all had the same, minimal post processing treatment and none of them have had any computer trickery applied to them – yet they all look completely different. As photographers, these days we have a whole host of information available to us that allows us to find excellent locations (such as flickr), find out which direction the sun will be rising and setting and tell us exactly what time this will be happening (my favourite is the Photographer’s Ephemeris). There’s one thing we can’t dictate though, and that’s the weather conditions you’ll experience when you turn up at your chosen location.

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Old John Star Trails and Star Fields at Bradgate Park, Leicester

Star Trails at Old John in Bradgate Park

Star Trails at Old John in Bradgate Park

Following on from my well received tutorial on Star Trails and Star Fields, and making the most of the clear skies we’d been having, I ventured back out with my good friend Mark Huddlestone over to Bradgate Park in Leicester in order to take some star trails and star fields around Old John.

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How to photograph star trails and star fields – Chesterton Windmill, Warwickshire

Chesterton Windmill Star Field

Star Fields at Chesterton Windmill – Photographed by Nick Tsiatinis

For today’s blog post I want to both share my photography from my star trails trip to Chesterton Windmill, and give a bit of a tutorial into how to get some of these shots for yourself. I personally believe there’s not much that’s more rewarding than capturing scenes that you wouldn’t always see with the naked eye – something a little bit different, and something that’s a little more technically challenging. There’s just something about astrophotography that appeals to me – maybe it’s the solitude whilst taking these photographs or maybe it’s getting that little glimpse into the universe that just reminds you there are all those other worlds out there, waiting to be explored…

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Late Summer Sunset Landscapes at Chesterton Windmill, Warwickshire

One Second Long Exposure at Chesterton Windmill

One Second at Chesterton Windmill – by Nick Tsiatinis

On a bit of a whim I decided to go out yesterday evening and visit a windmill I’d visited once before over in the small village of Chesterton, near Leamington Spa in order to indulge my passion for landscape photography. The weather wasn’t fantastic, but I wanted to get back over to the windmill and get a few photographs, and check it out for an upcoming project of mine…

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