The South West of England is incredibly beautiful, with just about every kind of terrain for the rural photographer. Weather plays a part, too, in the photographer’s work, with bright sun, mists, fog, and diffused light at different times of the day. The shadows of rugged cliffs and the sparkle of surf on the beach all provide the photographer with a plethora of subject matter. The people of the areas have vigorous lifestyles, and the rural life always offers fantastic opportunities to feature nature and working people. Here are some pointers for succeeding in rural photography in the Southwest.
The South West part of England is sheep country. Any photographic opportunity involving animals and the people who work with them is golden, and sheep shearing season is a flurry of activity. The working dogs stalk the flocks, moving them into the pens, and hard working people go about their amazing jobs with casual expertise. Every step of the process provides opportunities for still-life shots, action shots, and studies.
In fact, the shearing is only a part of the season. Lambing season is another excellent opportunity to get some great photos. The animals, farm structures, machinery, and farmers all are terrific subjects.
What photographer can resist Stonehenge? This World Heritage Site is as important to the world as it is to the UK. Located in Wiltshire, it is thought to have been built as far back as 3000 BC. Photographing the mortise and tenon joinery, or wide shots of the entire area at sunrise, can be the crowning glory to your portfolio. Built by a culture that left no written record, you can create a pictorial record of your own.
The Jurassic Coast
Another World Heritage Site in the South West of England is the Jurassic Coast. Set up at Old Harry Rocks and catch the shadows throughout the day as they evolve with changes in sunlight. Cliffs from the Triassic and Jurassic eras, as well as the Cretaceous era, provide dramatic scenery for photographers. Storm Beach offers amazing shots of weather at its worst. The Durdle Door Arch is another striking geological feature, offering unique photo opportunities.
The Glastonbury Festival is one of the biggest festivals in the UK, providing excellent photographic opportunities . Observe the cabaret, theatre, period costumes and contemporary musicians. Over a 175,000 people attend the festival, held on a farm in Somerset.
Follow the steps of the Anglo-Saxons at the Bokerley Dyke at the Cranborne Chase. Photograph the fields where the famous battles of England were fought. The Battle of Bedwyn was fought here, as were battles against the Vikings.
The Corfe Castle
Who wouldn’t like to have a series of shots with an authentic castle? There are many castles throughout the UK, whether you’re looking for an intact castle with well kept garden and garden plants, or an amazing ruin where you can use your imagination of the past. The Corfe Castle is one of many in the South West region, and a great destination for the photographer.
Visit the Southwest for a holiday taking beautiful photographs. Whether you prefer portraits or landscapes, your journey will be rich and rewarding.