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It’s been a year or so since I last visited Hatfield Forest so it was nice to have an hour trotting around some of it this afternoon, even if it was rather drizzily when I arrived.

The sun started to break through when I got to the lake and the early evening continued to brighten up until I left in full sunshine later on. A couple more shots after the break:

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These swans came straight across to me when I stepped down onto the edge of the lake – obviously looking for food, I thought…but no – they marched up out of the water hissing at me…charming!


A small group of hardy Bishop Stortford Camera Club members braved the inclement weather and visited Hatfield Forest for the last of the summer programme get togethers. It was cool and pretty blowy…but the clouds did eventually start to break up for the first time of the day.


Popped down to Alton Water this lunchtime and grabbed some shots…got back to a broken computer so this is the only shot I have processed so far.

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Debbie and I have been visiting a few Stately Homes over the last few weeks and today we visited Woburn Abbey.

It has to be said, I’ve not been hugely impressed with the houses I’ve visited recently (with the exception of Hatfield House).

One of my pet peeves about these is the fact that you pay your money…but you are forced into the building via the tradesmans entrance round the back…and there is no access to view the front of the house (and even when you can see the front of the house some clown has parked a car right across the front of it!). Now I know people live here – but if you want my ยฃ15, then I want to see the front of the house as well as the back (even if it is as impressive as Woburn’s rear).

This was one of the best I could get of the front of Woburn…I have a slightly closer shot (from an angle) but I prefer this one for the reflections in the lake…the deer were very impressive, by the way.


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.


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 toย 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


Another of my more regular haunts for photography. This is the lake in the middle of Hatfield Forest, always a good spot for a sunset and we were treated to a belter this Sunday evening.


I’ve been keen to shoot the stars and I had some limited success with this but the moon coming up over the lake at Hatfield Forest was quite beautiful.

It’s amazingly quiet in the forest at this time of night…except for the roar of the jet engines and smell of aviation fuel that drifts across to you from a mile or so away – it was a surprisingly strong smell. It’s a smell I love though as it reminds me of holidays taken ion the Isle of Tresco when I was a young boy – we used to take the helicopter over from Penzance to St Mary’s and that smell of aviation fuel always meant that we were nearly there.


I’m always a sucker for clouds like this ๐Ÿ˜‰

A black and white HDR photograph from Saturday, just before the big thaw.