river stort

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.

I was working in Harlow today and for once it wasn’t raining so I popped down to Parndon Mill on the River Stort and grabbed some shots – this was a favourite location back in my first 365 project but now I usually work in Hatfield I don’t have the opportunity to get down here very often (this is only the 2nd time I have worked in Harlow since moving just over a year ago). It has to be said…very little had changed 😉

This Saturday I spent taking a lot of portraits of families with friends from the Bishops Stortford Camera Club. On arrival at the studio in Sawbridgeworth we were running the event from I noticed the River Stort running past, and these two canoeists heading my way. I grabbed my camera and got this HDR shot of them happily paddling away.


193/366 A Thunderstorm Approaches

It was lovely all morning as I sat in the office, so, come lunchtime I shot out to Roydon and the River Stort. As I rummaged about in the back getting my gear together I was aware of some pretty dark clouds in the vicinity so grabbed my brolly as well. I’d got about 5 minutes away from the car when an enormous clap of thunder sounded and the wind picked up. I grabbed this picture and dashed back to the car, narrowly avoiding a drenching.

10 minutes after I got back to the office the sun was out shining brightly again…

I processed this with the new Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 trial – looks pretty good on first impressions but takes a lot longer to process the files compared with photomatix.

Thunderstorm Approaches


186/366 The River Stort Navigation

Since I bought my new Nikon D800 the weather has been awful…to be fair, no surprise for this year. So when the sun was making a rare appearance this lunchtime I made a quick dash out with my other new purchase…the Nikon 14 – 24mm f2.8 lens.This is a wide lens – meaning that you can get a far greater amount of detail to the left and right of you (and up and down)…it’s fantastic!

So here is one of my first attempts with this beast…on the River Stort Navigation by Parndon Mill Lock:


The River Stort Navigation


178/366 Strolling down the River Stort

Tuesday night means Bishops Stortford Camera Club night and the excellent summer program continued today. We congregated on the edge of the town centre and took a walk along the River Stort. It was overcast and muggy, but at least it was dry, so no sunsets tonight. Instead here’s a shot of a moored barge.

River Stort Scene


081/366 The Moorhen, River Stort, Harlow

Nipped out at lunchtime to have a walk down another section of the River Stort. This time down by the Harlow town Railway Station – you wouldn’t believe this is about 200 yards from the mainline station.

The Moorhen, Harlow, River Stort


Reflections of the River Stort

So, its back to a grey out again today…no sign of the sun after our little burst of spring over the last 2 days.

Here’s another one from my lunchtime stroll yesterday of the River Stort.

Reflections of the River Stort


The Tipping Point

Taken on the River Stort at Roydon near Harlow, you have to wonder how long this tree will last.

 tipping Point


075/366 – 82014 – A Barge on the River Stort at Roydon

Down the river from yesterdays photograph is Roydon which is where I nipped out at lunchtime today to capture this HDR photograph. We seem to have run into Summer again – I saw my first butterfly of the year here as well.

82104 A Barge on the River Stort at Roydon