If you look back far enough you’ll find a similar picture to this back in my archives…except there was no oil seed rape in the previous version.

Captured today on a walk through Rickling Green and the Quendon Estate in Essex.


I had an hour and a half spare this afternoon so had a look on Google Maps and found a couple of small lakes/large ponds just up the road and decided to go and find them. I parked up and set off across a large field to a small wood where the ponds were…alas, it was very clearly private land and the farmer had a large area fenced off for his pheasants so I decided not to take the mickey and headed back to the car.

So this building and machinery were just by where I had parked and I liked the ugliness of the building set against the lovely sky and cloud formations.


A quick run out to Tilty this afternoon bagged this bluebells shot, along with some (far away) deer sightings. The waterfall shot I wanted to take was impossible due to a fallen tree…which I thought was a reasonable excuse to move on…

Here are a couple of the deer shots…

Deer Crossing

Deer and Woods, Tilty


I visited the old church at Chickney this afternoon and took some long exposure shots as the clouds were nipping by at a good pace…I wasn’t satisfied with the pictures I was getting so popped inside and shot that for a while. Thing is, I’ve photographed this church a few times now and I really wasn’t getting anything new so I decided to have a look at the back of the Church and found a path through a field of growing wheat. I wandered off and found myself at this lovely small boating pond and set up to shoot some long exposures here.

As tends to¬†happen a lady soon arrived wanting to know what I was up to, turns out I’d wandered onto private land. The lady was very nice about it and was happy for me to carry on and I’m really grateful that she did as I got this cracker.

I’ve included the colour version as well which has a completely different feel to it – let me know in the comments which one you prefer.

If you’re wondering the shot was taken with my 10 stop ND filter along with a 0.6 ND grad filter for the sky. This gave a 2 minute exposure time.

The Mooring


I took a walk around Little Easton this afternoon, or at least the countryside that surrounds Little Easton. This field has the River Chelmer flowing on the right hand side, but it was the sky that I knew I had to capture…I do love skies like this.


It was a rather grey and dull day in essex, but we spent an hour or so walking around Rowney woods this afternoon. The sky was quite uninteresting but using some HDR techniques defined the clouds rather more and I quite like the repetition of shapes between the sky line and the tree line.


The bluebells are well and truly out in Essex now. These were taken in a small wooded area around Quendon this afternoon.

A few more picks after the break…

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This is a very photographic church, especially when you take in all its surrounding landscape. The stormy clouds of this afternoon certainly helped give a mood to the image.

The church is in Beauchamp Roding which has a population of just 180 people so no surprise that that share their Rector with three other churches.


We visited Rowney Woods for a walk today and found loads of new blossom sprouting out everywhere – here is just a small sample of what was on show.


I took a stroll around Dunmow this afternoon/early evening. The forecast had said we’d have sunny spells all day…I don’t think we saw the sun at all…but it was nice and warm. I ended up down by the Rover Stort and grabbed the brackets for this HDR shot.