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2020, what a year it has been! One of the worst years of my life personally and photographically.  The year started of really well with a trip to Birling Gap where I witnessed a beautiful sunset and amazing seascapes, followed by a trip to South Wales and the Pembrokeshire Coast to visit a place that I had attempted to visit twice before but was third time lucky at the Green Bridge of Wales.  

Unfortunately, after those trips I contracted Covid-19 in March and was hospitalised for 3 months and was lucky to be alive.  I spent another 3 months in recovery and I am still being affected by long term covid symptoms so there haven't been any further trips but just keeping local and trying to enjoy photography.  However, I did manage to get some images and below I have listed 5 of my favourite images of the year.  I hope you enjoy them. 

Number 5

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This image was taken at Pontsticill Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons. The image was taken an hour or so before sunset and I initially went to capture the sink-hole of the reservoir but wanted to see if there were other images that I could capture along the shoreline.  I came across this fallen branch in the water and loved the simplicity of the subject,  there was a lot of wind on the lake and the water was fast moving so I decided to go for a long exposure to smoothen out the water and show the branch in isolation of the environment.  I used a circular polariser along with a 6 stop Nd Filter and a hard grad filter to take some of the brightness of the distance hills. 

Number 4

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This image was captured at Birling Gap on the South Coast of England.  This is a location that I had never been to so I was very excited to find this location as initially I had been further down the coast at the seven sisters to capture sunset.  I found that location to be uninspiring so by the magic of the internet, I found another location near by and decided that Birling Gap would be a better location for my sunset image.  I managed to capture the sunset but I found that the image was nice but not as I envisiged so  I waited for the blue hour as I noticed the tide was going out and leaving these beautiful pools of water in the sand which gave another worldy feel to the image.  I captured the image with a polariser and a 3 stop nd grad filter to take down the highlights in the sky.

Number 3

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This image is my most recent image and was captured a few weeks ago in Epping Forest, London.  With the year we have had and not being able to travel, I looked closer to home home to dicover areas local to me.  I checked the weather and noticed there would be fog forecasted so decided to take a walk in the woods. I'm no expert in woodland photography so I thought that conditions are ideal for another attemp at this genre of photography.  I arrived quite early in the morning for sunrise and decided to followed the path along the lake to see if I could find any compositions around the shore but as I was about to give up and head further into the woods I came across this scene. I loved how the path leads you into the forest and the fog adds to the atmosphere. In capturing the image I used an aperture of 5.6 and this allowed the background to fall off and add a shallow depth of field to insinuate the background and add to the fog. 

Number 2

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This image was taken on the Pembrokeshire Coast and is famously known as the Green Bridge of Wales. This rock formation is made of limestone and had been on my bucket list for a while.  I had attempted to photograph the location on another two occasions over the years but it had always been closed as the site is located on is a military base and it is not always open.  This time in February I was lucky to find the location was open and it coincided with my trip.  It is easy to find as it is only a five minute walk from the car park.  I had arrived for sunset but the weather was very overcast and extremly windy. I loved the shape of the arch and how the sea was crashing into the shore and around the arch. I used a slow shutter speed to show the movement in the sea, which made for a dramatic image.  In terms of filters, I only used a polariser to take the glare of the sea. 

Number 1

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This is another image from Birling Gap and it is my favourite image of the year. This image was taken about half an hour before sunset and there are many reasons why I like the image although not perfect.  I think that I was very excited when I had arrived at the location as it was my first time there and took an opportunity to have a wander around the beach before I choose this composition. I wanted the cliffs to be my main subject as the light hit the side of the cliffs but also wanted to keep some movement in the sea with a slower shutter speed.  I also like the contrast of the black sand with the whites of the cliffs and to balance the image I waited for the cloud to move in to position before I captured the image.  The one thing I regret is not going slightly wider to capture more of the beach. This image has alot of depth which you cannot see on a small screen and has to be visualised on a bigger screen to really appriciate the image.  I used a 6 stop nd fiter and a 3 stop nd grad to balnce the image. 

I hope you liked the images and thank you for visiting my blog and please do follow me on my social media to keep up to date with all my posts.  I wish you all a happy new year and lets hope that the future is a bright one. 

 

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A few months ago I was pondering on making a photo book of all my favourite images that I had captured over the last 4 years.  I have never printed any of my images and thought it would be good to have something tangible that I could look back of my travels.  Whilst browsing on social media I came across Saal Digital, a print company who where offering a promotion to photographers to try out their photo books.  I thought it would be a great way to have my first photo book so I applied and they dually responded by giving me the offer to make my book with up to a £100 in value! Which was an extremely generous offer.

I downloaded their software, which I found to be extremly user friendly and I was up and away in no time.  I have used another company for all my wedding photography books so the software was fairly familiar and the learning curve was simple.  I chose their professional line of books with 40 pages and a leather cover as I wanted to keep it simple and enjoy the images inside.  Once the book was made and uploaded, it took about a week to arrive to which I was quite surprised as I thought it would take longer, so very happy with the turn around.  

Once I received the book I was very excited to see how the book turned out.  Upon arrival, it was very well protected and the feel of the book was absolutely quality.  The thick pages and the print quality was stunning although there were one or two images that were slightly darker than I anticipated and I'm not sure if that was a user error on my part or the colour reproduction . 

In conclusion I found that the book to be of a very high quality and value for money, however in comparison to the company I currently use the book cost me almost half the price but it certainly wasn't half the quality so I would highly recommend Saal Digital and will defiantly be using them in the future.  Please do have a look at some of the images below.

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The Canon Eos R

I have been using the Canon 5D Mark 3 and a Canon 6D mark 1 for the last 6 years or so.  I have been contemplating which camera to upgrade to and finally decided to go with the Eos R.  I waited for the release of the Canon and R5 and R6 before I made up my mind but I think that for value for money you cannot beat the performance and the image quality at this price point, £1360 for the body only (with cashback, initially £1800).  The Eos R is a 30.3 megapixel camera with a digic 8 processor, shooting upto 8 frames per second and an ISO range from 100-40000 natively although expandable to 102400.

The R5 and R6 are brilliant cameras but with the R5 out of my budget and the R6 just not cutting it on the megapixels side as a landscape photographer, I decided to go for the Eos R.  I did also consider the Nikon Z7 mark 1 at a similar price point of £2200 but with to much of an investment into changing gear I decided to stick with canon and I haven't been disappointed. I do not own any of the RF lenses and don't think will do as I have EF lenses which are all L series.  The Eos R did come with an adapter so I can mount my EF lenses or any EFS lenses to that matter.   This is by means not a comprehensive review but I will break down some of my initial thoughts on the camera compared to my 5D mark 3 as a Landscape Photographer but spoiler alert I love the camera!

Ergonomics and Build

The Eos R has a smaller form factor compared to a normal Dslr and for me that is perfect as I have small hands but the grip is great too and feels very durable and has weather sealing.  The  layout compared to their Dslr counterparts as it is a mirrorless camera without and optical viewfinder but an EVF, no scroll wheel but a joy pad and no mode dial either.  Some might see these as negatives but for me they are positives as I used to own a Canon M5 mirrorless with very similiar form factor and one that I'm already used to using.  

Auto Focus and Exposure

The camera's auto focus uses duel pixel auto foucs which is one of the best in the industry and has over 5000 auto focus points  spread over the entire screen, making it easy to select around 500 selctable auto focus points. The EVF is beautiful, its an 3.69 millian dots and is a pleasure to use and gives you a realitic view of the scene as you adjust your exposure. The camera is capel of 10 frames a second in sigle aoutoficus and 5 frames a second whilst tracking, which isn't great. You can also shoot in complete silance using the electrinic shutter which is great if you want to shoot some wildlife along with your landcapes. 
 

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The flip screen on the Eos R is a 3.15-inch Vari-angle touch screen is bright and clear with 2.1 million dots to render high-resolution images.  The menu system is exactly the same as any other menu on canon cameras so the ease of use and familiarity is great.  Coming from the 5D mark 3 it's a joy to have the flip screen to vary my composition, although I would have been happier with a tilt screen as using with an L bracket makes it difficult to turn the screen to angle.  The LCD can also be used for moving the focus points which is great as there is no scroll wheel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The image quality is stellar and is a major upgrade to my 5D mark 3.  The camera can focus up to -6 ev with a 1.2 lens but as a landscape photographer a 1.2 lens isn't very practical so I'm looking at around -3 ev is more the norm which is good enough. I found the files are much cleaner with excellent image reproduction.  The high noise performance is amazing and I've shot at ISO 12800 with very little noise and usable, which I could never do with my 5D mark 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The camera has only one card slot, which is a shame in this day and age.  I can see why they did it as this was there first entry into the mirrorless system and a prosumer body but Canon had the bigger picture in mind with releasing more pro bodies like the R5 and R6 whci both have dual card slots. However, if it had dual card slots that would have made me sell my 5d mark 3 for another Eos R.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Canon Eos R was released in November 2018 and two years on I still think it's an excellent camera and value for money.  The image quality is stellar and the flip-out screen along with the amazing autofocus makes this a no brainer for landscape photography. I think that Canon has improved on this camera by releasing their R5 and R6 but this camera will be in my bag for the foreseable future as I don't think the advancements in the cameras warrant the prices as there are much more competitive options from Sony, Panasonic and Nikon.  I am a Canon shooter but a camera is only a tool so looking at other brands to enhance your photography shouldn't hinder your choice in choosing the right tool for the job. Please see some sample images below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cityscapes In The Blue Hour https://www.nazmulislam.co.uk/blog/2020/9/cityscapes-in-the-blue-hour Photographing Cityscapes in The Blue Hour

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When we begin our photographic journey we all learn about the best time of day to capture the most beautiful images.  We specifically learn that the golden hour, a period just after sunrise and the hour just before the sunsets. This is that magical hour that produces the best light to capture your amazing images.   Although this is certainly true, there is another time of day that is excellent for specifically shooting Cityscapes and that is the blue hour.  

Although not specifically an hour, the blue hour occurs about 30 to 40 minutes before sunrise and about 30 to 40 minutes after sunset and this gives the sky a rich blue colour, which is ideal for capturing cityscapes.  Always plan your shoot to avoid disappointment as the window of opportunity to capture the images is short.  Use apps like Photopills, the photographers Elphemris, weather and maps, which will provide you with all the information you need to capture that image.

Gear and settings

When capturing a blue hour image the amount of light that is available is fairly limited so I am often using slower shutter speeds to gather more light.  Some of the gear I use to achieve this is apart from the camera and a wide-angle lens is a sturdy tripod, this holds the camera still and often with the slower shutter speeds it is very difficult to handhold the camera steady to capture the image, without it having camera shake.  A remote release, if you want to avoid camera shake when pressing the shutter button, however, you can also use a 2 or 10-second timer to avoid this.  

For any images over a 30-second exposure (this is usually in Bulb Mode where you can hold the shutter open for long periods of time), it is advisable to have a remote release to start and stop your exposure times, especially with the long exposure photography.  I also sometimes use a polariser, this helps to make those blues pop and add a bit of clarity to the overall image, however, a polariser is not always necessary.  

The settings that I normally use are smaller apertures as you want most things in focus in your image so anywhere from f8 upto f16.  The ISO you want is as low as possible to avoid noise in the shadows and I start at an ISO of 100, although with most modern cameras the ISO can be pushed a bit more to gather a bit more light.  The shutter speed will depend on the type of image you want to capture from a second up to 2 or 3 minutes (especially if there is water in the image).  A good starting point is to use your in-camera meter to give you a rough estimate to see if your image is over or underexposed.  

When to Shoot? before sunrise or after sunset?

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The above image is an image taken just before sunrise and you can see in the distance that the sun is about to rise in the horizon.  The advantage of shooting in the blue hour before sunrise is that you do not have all the hustle and bustle of city life around the locations that you want to capture.  The image below also illustrates an often busy tourist spot in the city is totally empty and this is a great time to capture those cityscapes without having hundreds of tourists in your image and saves you time in post-processing. Now one of the disadvantages of shooting before sunrise is that you do not have the city lights on in some cases to illuminate the image and leaving the image a bit flat as below.

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I personally prefer to shoot just after sunset to capture the city with all the lights in the buildings on as in the image below. I find this time to be more rewarding as it also gives me the opportunity to capture those warmer tones in the city lights, which gives balance to the overall image.  The downside as mentioned before is that you have to compose the image without getting the crowds in the images.  

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Blue Hour and night photography

There are two examples of images below, the first captured just after sunset in the blue hour and the second image after blue hour, and you can see the difference between the images.  Although they are both aesthetically nice to look at both have a different feel to them.

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Nazmul Islam Photography London Landscape PhotographerNazmul Islam Photography London Landscape PhotographerBlue Hour Photography Here is another couple of examples where in the first image the colours really pop with the blue sky but after the blue hour the moon has come up and the image has lost its vibrancy.  Again although the images both look pleasing the first image has certainly more pop.

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You can also try other types of photography in the blue hour such as creating light trails.  This is a popular technic were you can catch the moving lights of traffic causing the lights to streak in the image, like the image below.  How long the lights streak in the image depends on your shutter speed and a lot of it trail and error to capture the right type of motion in the image.

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Here are a few more examples of blue hour photography:

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Blue hour photography is great fun and allows you to be creative in your photography. It allows you to experiment with long exposures to capture motion and also capture the bright city lights.  Plan your shoots as you have a short period of time when you get to a location to set up and capture your image, especially if you are trying to capture multiple locations.  Make sure you have the right gear with you, a wide-angle lens, tripod, remote shutter release and a small torch or headlamp.  The main thing is to have fun with your photography.

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I am very proud to announce that my work has been featured in 121clicks.com, which is an online photography platform for photographers around the world. It gives you an insight into my photography and showcases some of my best work.

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The Elan Valley, Pontsticill and The Pembrokeshire Coast https://www.nazmulislam.co.uk/blog/2020/8/the-elan-valley-pontsticill-and-the-pembrokeshire-coast The Elan Valley, Pontsticill and The Pembrokeshire Coast

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The Elan Valley

This journey begins from the previous blog post on my travels in Wales and continues to Mid Wales and the Elan Valley to the Pembrokeshire Coast.  The Elan Valley has a series of Dams built one hundred years ago to feed the water requirements of the City of Birmingham. There are six dams in total and I visited Caban Coch and Garreg Ddu.

I started my visit to the area at Garreg Ddu which is situated further up the river Elan and is a totally submerged dam.  The bridge Nazmul Islam London Landscape PhotographerNazmul Islam London Landscape PhotographerElan Valley Bridge with the hills in the background gave me lots of photographic opportunities.  The scene when I first arrived was pretty overcast but zero wind and the water in the reservoirs were completely still giving me the chance to capture some reflections!  

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Caban Coch is one of the lower dams and sits near the visitor centre.  I’m not sure if my images do the dams justice but they are truly breathtaking.  The first image is situated just near the car park and is a beautiful view of the dam from the top as you look towards the valley.

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I waited for sunset but the light wasn’t great and a bit overcast, then as always in Landscape photography there was a window of light which lit up the dam and the sides of the hills.  The composition is fairly straightforward with the dam to the left of the scene and the looking toward the end of the reservoir where the hills come together. 

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 I was fortunate enough for the light to last so I headed over to the bottom of the dam to capture the second image.  This second image is of the engine rooms where the dam is opened and closed.  The light had moved along and was now hitting the side of the buildings providing a golden glow to the scene.  The composition is to keep the engine rooms to the left of the scenery my main subject with the dam in the background and those warm colours just completed the image.

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The final image at this dam was just a simple composition of looking at the damn straight on. The Elan Valley is an amazing place to visit as a photographer but as always there is never enough time to take everything in one afternoon.  

Pontscticill Reservoir

This reservoir is situated in the Brecon Beacons and was originally known as Taff Fechan reservoir and supplies most of the water to South Wales.  The main focal point is the sinkhole on one end of the reservoir but I wanted to explore around the area before I went to my sunset location and stumbled upon a fallen branch.  

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I like the way the branch lay in the water half-submerged, however, there was a lot of wind and the I wanted to smoothen out the water and went for a one-minute exposure with a 6 stop grad to isolate my subject.  The hills in the background were very bright so I used also used 3stop ND grad to bring down the highlights on the hills. 

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I then headed to my sunset location the sinkhole but unfortunately, most of the light was actually behind me but I did get some pinks in the clouds. I was still happy with the image. I waited for the sun to set and take another image in the blue hour with a slightly different composition looking down the reservoir. The next day was a journey to the Pembrokeshire Coast.

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Pembrokeshire Coast

I started my journey at The Green Bridge of Wales and the Elegug Stacks.  This a location I have wanted to visit and was on my bucket list for a while and to finally be able to see the area was magnificent.  A word of warning this area is a Ministry of Defence site and there is live training for the armed forces in the area and it is shut at times. Please visit the area website and make sure it is open otherwise you will be disappointed, especially if you have travelled very far.

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After looking for compositions I went for the classic view of the Green Bridge of Wales. I wanted to show some motion in the waves as it was a blustery day so used a slow shutter speed to capture the motion in the sea.  Now this is a great location as you get two amazing sea stacks a bit further down the coastal path.

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The next stop was the Elegug Stacks, these are limestone stacks which may originally have been natural sea arches like The Green Bridge of Wales but has eroded over time.  The first composition was a view of the coastline with the stacks in the lower part of the image and again I wanted to capture the movement in the waves with a slower shutter speed of about 1 to 2 seconds.

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This is another rock formation known as the Huntsman's Leap, local folklore suggests a huntsman had leapt over from one side to the other via horseback.  The cliffs which like the rest of the area is mainly made of limestone and my composition was similar to the other images and to get the small arch and the movement of the water.  I had a brilliant time but the weather was getting worse so I headed to the next location Stackpole.  

 

Stackpole

 

I reached Stackpole as this was my sunset location but the weather had taken a turn for the worst and it was very overcast and the wind was nothing like I had experienced before on the coast.

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It was very difficult keeping the tripod staedy as I only had brought along my Manfrotto travel tripod, so I had to wait for luls in the weather to capture the scenes. 

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The magnificent coastline of Pembrokeshire was just breathtaking but I could see that there was some break in the horizon so I waited to see if I got any light and to my surprise, there was a bit so I took another image of the sea stack. 

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This was an amazing journey through Wales and I throughly enjoyable experience from the North in Snowdonia to  Pembrokeshire in the South.  It is a journey that I will not forget but it is a journey that I will re-visit again with my camera.  Thank you for visiting my site and if you would like to keep updated on my journeys, please consider following me on my various social media platforms.  


 

 


 

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Snowdonia, The Ogwen Valley, Wales https://www.nazmulislam.co.uk/blog/2020/7/snowdonia-the-ogwen-valley-wales The Ogwen Valley and The Elan Valley

I last visited Snowdonia 2 years ago and although I was happy with the images captured, I just didn’t have enough time to explore the area as much as I wanted to as I was only there for a couple of days.  Unfortunately, living in London means that most of these wonderful locations around the UK are quite a distance.  Snowdonia is around six hours drive from my home in London and as I get older the driving seems to be more of a chore.  The weather forecast looked good compared to the rain we had recently so I decided to have another visit to an outstanding area of beauty.

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The Gear 

I have 2 camera bodies, the Canon 5D Mk3 and the Canon 6D Mk1, both which I’ve had for a few years.  I also use them for all my wedding work and they have never let me down.  The image quality is amazing on both but slightly better on the 6D.  My decision on which camera I take depends on what I expect the weather to do and Snowdonia is very unpredictable when it comes to the weather.  The 5D has superior weather-sealing hence this is the body I’ll be taking with me although it is a heavier body.  

The lens I’ll be taking is my Canon 16-35mm F4 IS, which is my lens of choice when it comes to landscape photography, however, the lens is only 35mm at the long end so I do need another lens to get a bit closer to my subject.  The choice is between my Canon 24-70mm F2.8 mk2 or the 70-200mm F2.8 mk2, although I love the 70-200mm unfortunately, I'm finding that I am more often leaving at home due to the weight of the lens and the 24-70mm will be the 2nd lens in the bag.  I use the Lee filter system and a few filters, the big and little stopper and two 3 stop ND Grads hard and medium and the one that is essential the circular polariser.

The Lone Tree, Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia

Snowdonia National Park is situated in the north of Wales and is the third designated national park after The Peak District and The Lake District. It was also the 1st of the three other National parks in Wales.  My journey was to the north of the park to the Ogwen Valley and Llanberis, which is the most visited in the region.  My first location was at the shores of Llyn Padarn to get a sunrise image of probably the most photographed tree in the UK, The Lone Tree. 

I had photographed this tree before but in many different conditions.  My last visit to the area very strange to say the least, the whole area was covered in fog! Visibility was at a minimum and the locals told me it was very unlike anything they had seen for many a year.  This time the weather was supposed to be clear and I headed out an hour before sunrise, I had been to the location before so I knew there were only a few compositions to shoot and also most importantly to get a good spot. This location is so popular that at times there have been up to 30 other photographers present so getting there early was a must.  I arrived and to my surprise, there was only one other photographer present! 

 

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This first image of the tree before sunrise and the composition is to position the tree slightly to the left of the image to show more of the lake rather than shooting in the most common composition which is to have the tree in the centre of the image.  With the second image below I did, however, go with placing the tree in the centre of the frame as the sun came up over the lake. When you place the tree in the centre there is not a lot of space to shoot the tree and get more of the lake in the foreground as the tree is very close to the shore.  

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I was very lucky on the day to have almost perfect conditions with some colour before sunrise and beautiful light just after the sunrise.  The lake had mist on the surface and some in the mountains in the distance as well Nazmul Islam Landscape Photographer LondonNazmul Islam Landscape Photographer LondonBoats at Llanberis .

 

 

The Ogwen Valley

My Second destination was towards the Ogwen Valley and Llyn Idwal.  The conditions had changed as the sun came up, the light was very harsh but luckily there was some cloud cover in the sky which helped in balancing the images. I headed on the path so I could elevate myself to have a vantage point to see the lake and the valley below.  

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This first image is the of the path leading to the mountains behind me.  There s a beautiful reflection which you will notice in most of the following images of the valley as I climb to the vantage point, which is a small bridge looking down the valley.

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I really appreciate the view from this vantage point, you can see the path to the right of the image from the previous image.  This is a classic view of the valley and has been taken many times but its always great to capture your own unique view.  

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I could almost touch the clouds, it was a breathtaking experience getting to this point as the previous occasion I was here there was a lot of fog and there was zero visibility of any of the peaks.

Nazmul Islam London Landscape PhotographerNazmul Islam London Landscape PhotographerLlyn Idwal This is one of my favourite images of the trip.  I framed the composition with the tree and the mountain as the focal point and used the rocks and plants in the foreground as a leading line to the lake and mountains.  Having zero wind was extremely lucky as you can see the stillness in the lake providing an amazing reflection.   You can more of the details of the reflection in the image below.  I like the way the light and shadows work in the image as the passing clouds casts the light across the mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LLyn Ogwen, The Boat House and Tryfan

I decided to head over to Llyn Ogwen and capture an image of the old boathouse, which sits on the south shore of the lake. Its another classic view shooting straight down the lake with the boathouse and tree in the frame.  The conditions were very harsh but its always nice to capture the same locations in different weather conditions and times of the year.

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My sunset image was going to be of Tryfan with Llyn Ogwen in the foreground.  To get the view I had to climb the opposite mountain until I could get to a vantage point where I could compose my image, the climb itself took around 45 minutes. When I got to my desired viewpoint I was struggling with the light as the sun was in the image as shooting down the valley. I decided to wait for the sun to set behind the mountains before I took the image. The composition was straight forward I wanted to have Tryfan and Llyn Ogwen as my subject and I used the small stream in the foreground as a leading line to the view, a classic shot! I also couldn't resist a quick selfie which was the first image of the blog.

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Llynnau Mymbyr

This is an area which I stumbled across as I was leaving the area the next day and heading to the Pembrokeshire coast.  I was heading down the A4086 from Capel Curig when I spotted the 2 lakes from the distance, at first I didn't take much notice as I passed along the side of the lake and there didn't seem to be to much interest in the scene.  However, as I passed the lake and looked in my rearview mirror I almost crashed, the view was spectacular!

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The image of the lake is of a classic view, with the stones as foreground interest which leads you to the trees on the left and finally the Snowdon Horseshoe in the distance. The lake was completely still with zero wind which also gave the opportunity to capture the reflection in the lake of the mountain range.  This is a handheld shot with just a polariser to add some contrast. I wanted to also get a closer look at the Snowdon Horseshoe so I zoomed in to capture the shot below. I also couldn't resist another selfie at this stunning location.
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Snowdonia is one of my favourite locations in the UK for photography and I cant wait to get back there again. My travels continued on to the Pembrokeshire Coast and the Elan Valley, which will feature in my next blog post, so please do keep in touch via my social media links on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates and thank you for visiting my site.
 

 

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LEMAG Featured Article https://www.nazmulislam.co.uk/blog/2020/1/lemag-featured-article LEMAG (Long Exposure Photography Magazine) Featured Article

 

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I am very proud to announce that I have been featured in the November/December issue of LEMAG (Long Exposure Photography Magazine).  If you would like to know more about the article and how the images were captured, settings, location and some background information, please follow the link below to a sample of Long Exposure  Photography Magazine website.  I would like to thank LEMAG for their support and the feature.  

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Thank you for your continued support and visiting my website, I hope you liked the images. Please don't forget to like and share and follow me on social media. 

 

 

 

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Image featured in Landscape Photography Magazine https://www.nazmulislam.co.uk/blog/2019/11/image-featured-in-landscape-photography-magazine My image in Landscape Photography Magazine

 

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I am very proud to announce that the above image has been featured in Landscape Photography Magazine.  If you would like to know more about how the image was captured, settings, location and some background information, please follow the link below to the Landscape Photography Magazine website.  I would like to thank Landscape Photography Magazine for the feature.  

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Dungeness, The Boat Graveyard https://www.nazmulislam.co.uk/blog/2019/10/dungeness-the-boat-graveyard Dungeness is situated on the Kent coast about two and half hours drive from London and it is the furthest point in the East of Kent. Dungeness was a thriving fishing area in the past and all that remains are old fishing boats, hence it is known lovingly by the name, the boat graveyard.  The area is very flat and has a shingle beach dipping into the sea and on the other side, it is dominated by a power station.  There are two lighthouses on the site but one is out of service and the newer one is not very photogenic but serves its purpose.  The area also has a nature reserve with RSPB Dungeness on the Romney Marshes.  I've heard many a story about how wonderful it is to shoot at the location. I visited in the latter part of August in the summer and planned to go on a clear day as to photography the Milky Way, which I heard could be seen on a clear night.

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Canon 6D, 24-70mm F2.8 IS, shot at 24mm, F8, 1/60sec, ISO 100 with Lee polariser and 3stop Nd Grad

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I arrived an hour and a half before sunset and gave myself time to take in the area.  It was a surreal experience as there was no one around for such a beautiful evening.  There were as expected, many boats and also abandoned huts but amongst this, there were also small wooden homes which resembled scenes of places like Iceland and Norway.  There was much to explore and I took a few images just before sunsets above but the sun was setting so I  had to find the right composition and set up before the light fades.  

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Canon 6D, 16-35mm F4 IS, shot at 24mm, F8, 1/20 sec, ISO 100 with Lee polariser, 6 stop Nd and a 3stop Nd Grad

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The first image I captured was just as the sun was level with the horizon with the modern boat(not sure if it was still in use) as the focal point and I just wanted to capture a simple image of the setting sun.  Unfortunately, the sun was dipping fast so I had to be quick and head over to another beautiful boat which seemed a lot older and also had a fishing net dangling over the side.  In this second image the sun is to the right of the image so there was a nice glow in the background and the oranges in the sky looked amazing against the blue boat.

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Canon 6D, 16-35mm F4 IS, shot at 31mm, F8, 4mins, ISO 100 with Lee polariser, 6 stop Nd and a 3stop Nd Grad

I stayed at the same spot for another shot but with this image I noticed that there was lots of movement in the clouds and they were moving quite fast in the background. There was also a bigger bank moving in behind the boat so I waited for them to move closer and then I went for a longer exposure of 4 minutes to give clouds a bit of motion.  The sun had set so I decide to take an image of the blue hour of the small fishing hut whilst I waited for total darkness and the Milky Way to appear.  

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Canon 6D, 16-35mm F4 IS, shot at 16mm, F8, 3secs, ISO 400 with Lee polariser and a 3stop Nd Grad

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It was another hour and a half before it had become completely dark and the earlier clouds had moved on and the Milky Way was in full view but there was another bank of clouds moving in and it was a matter of time they would cover the now clear skies so again it was a race against time to take the images.  I had already planned my images earlier and there were only two images that I thought would work. 

My first image was of a old boat which I has seen earlier and it was isolated with it being the focal point I wanted to capture the Milky Way behind the boat.   I had to take into consideration the the light pollution from the power station  to the right of the image and try not to capture the glow but unfortunately it was unavoidable so there was some light pollution but I was very happy with the image.  

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Photography as much as it is a profession, it is also about having fun so with that in mind I wanted to grab a selfie with the Milky Way! I wanted to take an image of me in one of the boats shining my torch towards the Milky Way. I struggled into one of the older boats(not getting any younger!)but they were a very uneven and I couldn't stand still so the images weren't as I expected.  I then decide to get into one of the modern boats and it was much better and stable! I managed to capture an image where it give the impression that I am sailing through the stars!   What a way to end the night.

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Canon 6D, 16-35mm F4 IS, shot at 16mm, F4, 30secs, ISO 1600 
 

Dungeness is a wonderful photography location and I highly recommend a visit.  If you are planning to also capture the Milky Way, please do plan ahead to ensure you get the best possibility to capture this amazing site.  There are many Apps which are available to help you plan your trip but I personally use PhotoPills and Clear Outside as I find them to be 2 of the best Apps out there. I hope you enjoyed the the images and don't forget to follow me on social media.

 

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My Image at The Photography Show 2019 https://www.nazmulislam.co.uk/blog/2019/4/my-image-at-the-photography-show-2019-birmingham-nec My Image at The Photography Show

 

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The Photography Show at the NEC Birmingham is the largest photography event in the UK and has been for as long as I can remember.  I first started going to the show around 9 years ago and I look forward to it every year like it is the first time I've ever been, gear heads will know what I mean. This year was like any normal year and I couldn't wait to attend, looking for the usual bargains and checking out the latest advances in the camera world.  

However, around 10 days before the show I received a call from One Vision Imaging, one of the largest photography labs in the UK. One Vision Imaging is the lab I have been using since the launch of my website a few months ago and I had spoken to them prior to launching my website on all their services. I also had the opportunity to meet with them at SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographer), and for those of you who aren't aware, I am also a wedding and event photographer.  

Nick Rennie the sales manager had seen my portfolio and had recommended my image of Glen Etive to be displayed at the show,  showcasing one of their Di-Bond products and stated it would look great on that product.  I didn't have much time to decide as I was in shock and absolutely flattered but there was only one decision and that was to say yes, that it would be wonderful!

I have been attending the show as mentioned earlier for many years and have always admired the many images on display by some amazing photographers and to have my image displayed at the show knowing that thousands of people will be viewing that image was a truly wonderful and proud moment for me.  Please see the images below of One Vision Imagings Stand.  

 

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Four Waterfalls Walk, Brecon Beacons https://www.nazmulislam.co.uk/blog/2019/1/four-waterfalls-walk-brecon-beacons There are many locations around the UK with stunning waterfalls, like the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail in Yorkshire.  However, there was one which had numerous falls in close proximity and that was the Four Waterfalls Walk in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales. I haven’t shot many waterfalls and with the recent rains, I thought it would be the perfect time to visit, as the water flow should be high. The drive to the Brecon Beacons from London is around 5 hour hours so I drove down the night before to make the most of the day. I stayed in Swansea, which is around 50 minutes drive away from the falls, so the perfect location to rest before a long day.

The Gear

When packing my gear, I always consider what I’ll be shooting, for example, if I’m shooting seascapes, I’ll most likely take more than one lens as I know the walk will usually be flat and I can carry more gear.  Where as if I’m hiking up a mountain then I’ll try to keep it light as possible and may be just take one or maximum of two lenses.  On this trip I knew there would be a lot of walking and I heard from others that completed the walk that it was quite strenuous.  I decided to keep it simple and to take one body; the Canon 5D mark 3 and 2 lenses my wide-angle 16-35mm F4 IS lens and the 24-70mm F2.8 mk2.  I also always take my Lee filter system and all packed in my Mindshift Gear Backlight 26L backpack and finally, my tripod is the Gitzo Mountaineer series 1 tripod.  I would prefer to change to mirrorless one day but unfortunately, all my gear at the moment still is quite a lot of weight, so it will have to do for now.

It was a long drive and unfortunately I over slept so it was a rush to get to my location.  I had never been to the Brecon Beacons so this was another first for me and wow it was truly breathtaking. The drive from Swansea to the falls was amazing and I found myself stopping to take in the scenery and capture a few images, which in turn made me even more late! 

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I made it the waterfalls carpark around midday and there is a small tourist information centre, where you can purchase a map for a pound, showing the the walking route and surrounding area, qhich was extremely usefull.  The gentleman at the tourist information centre advised that I most probably won't make it to all four falls before dark, especially factoring in the time for photography.  I had to decide which of the falls I would visit and narrowed down to 2, Sgwd Yr Eira and Sgwd Y Pannwr.   

Sgwd Yr Eira

I decide to walk to this first as it was the furthest away, the walk to the falls took nearly an hour! I can see why people advised it was a strenuous walk.  Sgwd Yr Eira in welsh means “falls of snow” and located on Afon Heptste (river Hepste), and as the falls came into view it was absolutely spectacular as predicted.  There was so much water coming down the falls and the roar of the water was almost deafening. 

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Setting up for the first shot I had to perch on a rock that was about a meter in the river, it was a bit precarious as with the rain it was very slippery. I planted the tripod in the river and set up and as usual the rain started so I had to act fast and cover the filter with my lens cloth and waited for the rain to slow down a bit before I could capture the image.  

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I wanted to get a different perspective so walked as far as I could go and then set up for the second set of images. Unfortunately, I could not cross to the other side of the falls which would of meant going behind the falls. I saw people getting absolutely soaked so that was not an option as it was a freezing Decembers day. Setting up for the next images involved again setting the tripod in the river which had me a bit worried as the flow of water was very fast.  

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Sgwd Y Pannwr

Sgwd Y Pannwr meaning “fall of the fuller”, not sure quite what this actually means but it was definitely a full waterfall.  This waterfall was located another 30 minutes walk through the winding banks of the river  amongst a dense tree lining, it was a beautiful sight.  The reason I chose this waterfall over the other two remaining ones is that it seemed to have more composition possibilities from my research.  I wandered down to the banks to the side of the river where the river moved at a rapid pace leading to the waterfall.  I decided to set up my first composition just by the river in front of a small gorge.   

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Canon 5D MK3, 16-35mm @16mm, f9, 0.5secs, 100 ISO and Lee Polariser, 6 stop Nd Filter, 3 Stop Nd Grad

 

Nazmul Islam Photography, London Landscape PhotographerNazmul Islam Photography, London Landscape PhotographerThundering Falls Canon 5D MK3, 16-35mm @16mm, f8, 1 sec, 100 ISO and Lee Polariser, 6 stop Nd Filter, 3 Stop Nd Grad

From the image above you can see the gorge leads to the actual fall and there was only really one view from the top of the bank.  Although a beautiful view, I needed to find a better composition where you could see more of the falls.  With the sun setting to the left of the image I wanted to get lower so I had to find a path that lead down to the river.  Now climbing on slipper rocks is bad enough but walking through muddy bans and slippery rocks was another thing but I needed to get to a better vantage point.  I managed to get down but was still too close to the falls and I was getting a lot of spray from the wind, however I finally found a good spot and set up for my final compositions.  

Nazmul Islam Photography, London Landscape PhotographerNazmul Islam Photography, London Landscape PhotographerThundering Falls
Canon 5D MK3, 16-35mm @25mm, f9, 0.5 sec, 100 ISO and Lee Polariser, 6 stop Nd Filter, 3 Stop Nd Grad

Although I had captured the first image, I contemplated on getting an image from the front of the falls but my footwear wasn’t great and wellingtons would have been perfect to wade through the water to get to the other side. However, I didn’t really want to drive for another 5 hours with wet frozen feet!  I waited for a little while as I could see the sun going down and just wanting that golden light to come through the trees and light up the river. It didn’t seem like it was going to happen then all of a sudden there was a break in the cloud and there it was, beautiful golden light for a fleeting moment and I had captured my final image.  

Nazmul Islam Photography, London Landscape PhotographerNazmul Islam Photography, London Landscape PhotographerThundering Falls

Canon 5D MK3, 16-35mm @16mm, f11, 1/4 sec, 100 ISO and Lee Polariser, 6 stop Nd Filter, 3 Stop Nd Grad
 

My first trip to the Brecon Beacons and the Four Waterfall Walk was a great experience and I am glad I didn’t make it to the other falls, which gives me a reason to visit again. I definitely will be back to explore the other two falls in this stunning location.  I would highly recommend visiting but remember that it is a strenuous walk with lots of ups and downs so give yourself plenty of time for getting round the walk, especially if you are also planning to do some photography.  

 

 

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My Favourite 5 Images of 2018 https://www.nazmulislam.co.uk/blog/2018/12/my-favourite-5-images-of-2018 It's almost the end of the year and 2018 has been another amazing year on my photographic journey.  I have visited some places in the UK which I've never been too and some of these places have been on my bucket list for the past few years!

My photography is based mainly on my love of the outdoors and nature. The feeling when you get to a location is one of excitement and enjoyment and as always my first thoughts are to really take in the moment before I start looking for a composition.   I know one can get bogged down by all the aspects of capturing an image, like lighting, camera settings, the ever-changing weather, setting up filters etc.  However, the one thing I always do once I've found a composition is to pre-visualise the final image by considering all the above aspects.  

Every image that I take has a term of endearment and as a storyteller, trying to convey that in the final image to the viewer is challenging, as I was the one there to witness that fleeting moment. The chosen images are not athestically perfect but has a lot of meaning to me personally, so here are my 5 favourite images of the year and the stories behind the capture. 

 

NUMBER 5:  Belle Tout Lighthouse, Eastbourne, England.

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Canon 6D with 70-200mm mk2 lens, captured at 70mm, F14, 8 second exposure, ISO 200, with Lee polariser and 3 stop medium ND Grad

We don't get much of a summer in the UK so we try to make the most of it when we do and we do appricate when the lighting is this good. This image was captured in July just as the sun was setting, I had originally been concentrating on capturing the lighthouse at Beachy Head and thought that would be the better of the two locations.  Unfortunately, as with all the best laid plans, the light was very flat and uninspiring, however, when I looked up I saw this image of Belle Tout Lighthouse with the glorious light and amazing colours in the sky, I had to capture the scene.  The scene had an other worldly feel to the landscape and reminded me of the scenes in Star Wars when a young Luke Sky Walker stands with the sun setting in the background! Anyway, I put on my long lens to compress the scene as I wanted the sun to be as large as possible in the scene.  However, I was still too far so it was a dash along the cliff front to get into a better position before the sun disappeared! Truly worth the effort for a scene that I had not expected.

 

NUMBER 4: Bisnakandi, Sylhet, Bangladesh

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Canon 6D with 16-25mm F4 IS, captured at 16mm, F6.3, 8 seconds, ISO 200 with Lee polariser, 10 stop ND ad 3 Stop ND Grad Filters

I hadn't traveled to the land of my birth, Bangladesh for almost 10 years, so I did a bit of research before I traveled and this location kept coming up time and time again.  Bisnakandi is situated in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh, near the border with India.  The journey to the area was amazing, I started from Sylhet Town and it took about 2 hours as it also included a 30-minute boat ride.  The temperature was in the mid-thirties with 70 percent humidity which was a challenge in itself.  It was 2 pm by the time I arrived at the location and the main issue was that it was very popular with tourists and there were already a few hundred people enjoying the river.  

Composition wise I chose the classic view looking down the river onto the converging mountains, however with all the tourists there I had to find a way to omit them from the scene.  I decided to head towards the deeper end of the river as most people were at the shallows and with the flow of the river, this made it even more difficult than I expected, as I had to balance on the slippery boulders to get to a suitable spot to set up the shot.  I placed the tripod in the river and perched on one of the boulders to capture the image! Another lasting memory was that half the people had stopped to see what I was doing and I was the subject of much conversation and also the main subject being photographed but I think that was to do with me looking like a complete idiot perched on the boulder! 

 

NUMBER 3: The Jetty, Derwent Water, The Lake District, England.

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Canon 5D Mk3, 16-35mm lens at 35mm, F11, 40 seconds exposure, Lee polariser, 6 stop ND, 3 stop ND Grad

This image was taken in November just as Autum was finishing and moving into the winter months. The Lake District was another one of those places that I wanted to shoot for a long time, although not on the top of my list of locations but certainly near the top.  I actually arrived the day before and this image was supposed to be captured already but upon arrival the weather was horrendous, strong winds and rain damped the morning and it was impossible to capture the image so I decide to try again the following day.  With my usual determination I woke up the following morning with the distrsssing sound of rain! I headed out with optomism, checking the various weather apps on my phone which showed that things would get better! I arrived about 45 minutes before sunrise and to my surprise there were already 4 other photogeraphers already present, that just shows the conviction that most of us photographers have to capture those golden hour moments.  Sunrise was almost upon us and I set up composition with the Jetty on the left of the scene, using the single rock in the water as foreground interest.  

The tranquility of the scene was just amazing, to be up at first light and experience nature in this way can only be good for the soul. The  combination of the light, the dark moody clouds, along with the reflection of the jetty in the lake made this morning a magical one. 

 

NUMER 2:  Tryfan, Ogwen Vally, Snowdonia, Wales

Nazmul Islam Photography Landscape Photographer LondonNazmul Islam Photography Landscape Photographer LondonTryfan and Llyn Ogwen

Canon 5D Mk3 with 16-35mm lens at 16mm, F7.1, 1 second exposure, ISO 10, Lee polariser, 10 stop ND Filter, 3 stop ND Grad

 

When I first started my landscape photography a few years ago, I started to scout for locations that I could visit and I remeber seeing images of Snowdonia and thought to myself wow, this is simply stunning! I never had the opportunity to visit till this year and I liked it so much that I visited twice, although my first visit was a total disaster due to awful weather, which I might add seems to be a common theme of the year! This image was taken in August a week before I went on my trip to Bangladesh, an opportunity came along when a few of my friends decide they wanted to visit and invited me to come along and I simply couldnt refuse.

I wanted to capture Tryfan because I loved the almost triangler shape of the mountain and the imposing dominance it has on the surrounding landscape.  It was a short hike to the position I wanted to get to up Ffynno Lloer as I also wanted to capture Llyn Ogwen (lake) so the elevation had to be high enough to capture both in the scene.  There are a small set of streams that flow from the top and I wanted to capture some of the water coming down the mountain as well.  I stopped at a small ridge where the brown stones where. The water had worn away the stones revealing the grooves and the view was spectacular and one of the best I have seen in the UK and it came close to my favourite location of Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands. This is a view I will not be forgetting in a long time and I just couldn't stop admiring the view even after I had captured the image! 

 

NUMBER 1: Twr Mawr Lighthouse, Angelsey, North Wales.

Nazmul Islam Photography Landscape Photographer LondonNazmul Islam Photography Landscape Photographer LondonTwr Mawr Lighthouse Canon 5D Mk3, 16-35mm lens at 16mm, F10, 0.5 seconds, ISO 400, Lee polariser, 6 stop ND Filter, 3 Stop ND Grad. 

 

Finally, this is my favourite image of 2018! I first saw images of Twr Mawr Lighthouse some 6 years ago and was blown away by the beauty of this location.  The combination of the positioning of the lighthouse on its perch, the stairs leading upto the lighthouse, the sea and the mountains behind in the distance, it was like a painting and almost picture perfect.  This is a classic location and there are hundreds of images of this famous lighthouse but I wanted to see the location for myself and see if I could capture an image that would do justice to this 173 year old lighthouse.  

The image was again captured on the same trip as image number two on my list and it is about an hours drive from Snowdonia.  The walk from the car park is about 50 minutes to get to the lighthouse, to which I thought, that must be wrong and it couldn't be that far, however I was mistaken! So if you ever visit, give yourslef plenty of time to get to the location and back.  The lighthouse is situated on a rocky penensula and is locally know as Landdwyn Island so do keep the tidal times in mind as you could get cut off and it is roughly another six hours before the tide goes out!  

When I eventually got to the light house at sunset it was exactly how I pictured it and it was simply stunning!  The conditions were almost perfect although I would have preferred some clouds in the sky but I couldn't have wished for more.  Now as I mentioned before this is a well photographed location and there were already around 5 photographers who had already taken position for this classic composition.  Luckily as with most photographers they were all very nice and made room for me to set up for the shot, I did shoot some other compositions but chose this one as it was the image I had seen all those years ago.  The sun was setting to the left of the image and the golden light hit the rocks in the foreground as well as the lighhouse and cast a beautiful orange glow over the mountains in the distance. I dont think I have ever been so happy in capturing an image as this one and that is why this image is my favorite image of 2018.  

Thank you for taking the time to read my post and I wish you all a happy new year and keep following me to view more of my work and if you like any of the above images they are available to purchase in my shop via my portfolio.  

 

 

 

 

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The Lake District https://www.nazmulislam.co.uk/blog/2018/12/the-lake-district The Lake District

 

The Lake District National Park is situated in Cumbria in the North West of England and as the name suggests it contains the highest concentration of lakes in England and some of the largest. I have been to the Lake District on a few occasions but never for photography and as a landscape photographer, it has been on my list as one of my must places to visit.

I live in London and for the most part, it is a wonderful and vibrant place, full of culture and inspiration.  However, getting to the wonderful locations around the UK, it is an almighty pain as London is in the South East of England.  The Lake District is situated about 350 miles away, which is about a five-hour drive. I usually have to plan my trips well in advance, which keeps the cost to a minimum and also enables me to organise and scout for the best locations to shoot on the trip. However,  there has been plenty of times where I wish I could just jump into the car and drive for 6 to 7 hours to get to my ideal location.

The Gear

I am only taking one body which is the Canon 5D MK3 with the 3 legged thing L bracket attached.  I chose this over my Canon 6D MK1 simply because it has better weather sealing.  The lenses I took along with me are the Canon 16-35mm F4 IS and the Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS MK2, however, 90 percent of my images are taken with the 16-35mm lens.  I also use the Lee 100mm filter system and my filters that I took with me are the landscape polariser, 10 stop and 6 stop ND Filters, the 2 and 3 stop ND medium Grads, all packed in a Mindshift gear backlight 26L backpack I also took my Series 1 Gitzo Mountaineer tripod.  

The Journey

Planning my trips so far ahead is that you cannot predict the weather and the forecast wasn't looking good! I was accompanied on the trip by a few friends who are also photographers and we set off for the Lakes on Friday afternoon hoping to get to our first location Wastewater, where we planned to do astrophotography as the skies around there are very dark with little light pollution.

Unfortunately, when we got to the location it was already coming to 11 pm and there was so much cloud around that we decided to call it day and get some rest as we had an early start. We stayed in Keswick which was ideally located near 3 lakes, Buttermere, Derwent Water, and Keswick. 

We woke up the next day to the sound of rain and checking the weather it wasn't looking good, the rain was forecast for the whole day without a break. We decided to make the most of a bad situation and wanted to visit all the locations as planned. There was the odd glimmer of hope, where the sun pierced through the clouds but as soon as it came it also disappeared even faster.

A ray of hope on our first morningA ray of hope on our first morningA ray of hope on our first morning

A ray of hope! some glorious light for about 5 minutes and then it all disappeared!

We headed out with optimism to our first location which was the Jetty at Derwent Water. This is a classic location and with a quick search on google it will pull up hundreds of images captured at this very location. There is nothing wrong with capturing these classic locations as they are always good to have for your portfolio, especially if you are starting out. In addition, the image you capture will have your own unique style and vision or interpretation of the location. 

Rain and wind high winds!Rain and wind high winds!Rain and wind high winds!

Rain and wind high winds at Derwent Water

By now the weather had turned worse and we decide to wait to see if there was any lapse or break in the wind and rain. After half an hour the rain stopped momentarily and we took the opportunity to set up for the first image of the day. It was very grey and overcast so a moody black and white was the order of the day.

However, as soon as we were set up the rain started again! If you have ever shot in the rain you'll know how difficult it is to get the watermarks of the lenses and filters. I know we could have used umbrellas but it was so windy that it just wouldn't have helped. We decide to abandon the shoot as we were getting blown all over the place and it was pouring with rain. We took some time to dry our equipment and then head off to our next location, Lake Buttermere.

It was already midday by now and the rain and wind just not going to go away. We decided to use the rest of the day as a scouting mission, for what hopefully looked like a better day tomorrow. Buttermere was absolutely stunning and it was extremely windy! I was literally been blown away and not just by its beauty.was

 

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Dark skies and high winds at Lake Buttermere

Derwent Water

It was 5 am and time to get up for a sunrise shoot at Derwent Water, in particular, the Jetty. Derwent water is located close to Keswick town center and a short walk gets you to the Lake. However, the jetty itself was located about a 15-minute drive away on the other side of the lake. A quick cup of coffee and of we went, after the disappointment of the day before the weather was looking promising and we were hoping for a glorious sunrise. We arrived at the jetty and to our surprise, there was already a few photographers already set up to shoot. Luckily for us, they were all capturing an image of a lone tree in the lake and we could focus on capturing the jetty.

 

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The classic view of the jetty 

The first image was a classic image of the jetty looking straight into the Lake, although the sun was rising the time was against me as gloomy clouds were rolling into the left of the image.  The sun was still not up so I changed my composition.

 

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A side view of the jetty with the mountains in the distance

I chose this as my second image and I wanted the composition to show the various elements of the Lake.  The jetty is my main focus with the image taking you through to the end of the jetty and in turn taking your eye across to the mountains and then back to the mountains on the left.  The sun still has not come up at this point and I hoped for a bit more colour to the sky. 

 

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Beautiful colours started to appear as the sun was showing us its magic

decided that my third image would be on the other side of the jetty.  Before I started shooting I did a walk around and noticed this solitary rock in the water and thought it would make good foreground interest leading you to the jetty and the dark moody skies above.  I loved the reflections of the jetty and the warm tones of the reds and oranges in the image.  

 

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Dark clouds and rain entered into the frame!

My Final image is of the jetty again from the opposite side but this time.  By now the rain had just started again and I wanted to capture the small island in the middle of the lake with the jetty sinking into the water.  The rain created a mist like quality to the image and this was always planned to be a black and white image. The rain was coming down we decided to stop the shoot and head off to our next destination Lake Buttermere.  

Lake Buttermere

Buttermere is located about half an hour away from Derwent Water and is considered the most beautiful lake in the whole of the Lake District.  We arrived with optimism and as always I went for a look around the lake looking for a composition.   It's always good to take a moment and have a look around a location to not only find compositions but to also enjoy and take in natures beauty.  

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The fallen branch in the lake was made to be captured! 

I came across this fallen branch which was half submerged in the water, it was used as foreground interest, as it leads onto the mountains in the background. The mountains had some amazing autumn colours which added balance the image as the sky was overcast, which in turn made the water flat.  

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A classic image of the lone tree

have seen many images of the lone tree in Buttermere but almost all are very close up, almost portrait like.  I wanted to add context to the image and decide to go wide and capture the image of the tree with its epic surroundings.  Although the light was not good the darkness of the image adds to the drama, which I liked.

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Another view of a classic location

This was the final image I took and as the weather had improved showing the colours of the surroundings.  This is more of an intimate image of the tree from a classic viewpoint.  It was not as wide as the previous image but I still wanted to capture more of the environment and the amazing mountains and autumnal colours.  There was not much daylight left and I still had one mere location to visit and that was Wastwater.

Wastwater

This is the deepest lake in the Lake District and the surrounding shores are pretty impressive, with views of Scafell Pike, which is the tallest mountain in England and The Great Gable, which is another famous fell in the area.  I concentrated on the view looking down the lake to these mountains but it was hard to find a composition that I liked. The problem that I found is when looking down the lake in the classic viewpoint the horizon seemed to be uneven although it wasn’t, it was just the way the landscape was forged.  

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Looking towards the highest peaks in England

In this image, I found some rocks just submerged beneath the water and other parts above the water.  The water was very clear as you can see and the rocks had a wonderful texture with the green of the moss adding to the colour of the lake.  The formation of rocks gave the image some foreground interest but also leads the eye to the distant mountains.  

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Beautiful autumnal colours in Wastwater

Although the landscape seems baron with little to no foliage in the direction that the camera is facing, a quick turn behind me revealed something that was special.  The beautiful Autumnal colours were very striking and added contrast to the reds in the mountains.
 

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The clouds touch the peaks of the Fell

 

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Drama in the clouds but the serenity is amazing

This was my first visit to The Lake District as a photographer and it was one mixed with excitement and some disappointment.  I loved the epic landscapes the drives around the lakes and valleys and just the discovery of new places.  Lake Buttermere was special the beauty surrounding the lake was outstanding,  Honister pass was like something out of Lord of the Rings and was most probably close to Glencoe in Scotland as I've seen in England.  The disappointment is the realisation that 2 days in just not enough to explore the area, especially if you've never visited the area before.  

Admittedly I did know it was one of the wettest place in the UK but that did not deter me! I would definitely recommend anyone to visit The Lake District, especially if you are a photographer.  

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

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My image of "The Thames Walk" comes in 2nd place in The Flash Centre competition! https://www.nazmulislam.co.uk/blog/2018/12/my-image-of-thames-walk-comes-in-2nd-place-in-the-flash-centre-competition Nazmul Islam Photography London Landscape PhotographerNazmul Islam Photography London Landscape PhotographerSunset Reflections

 

Wow! I've just received news that my image has come in 2nd place in The Flash Centre's Moving London Competition! The competition ran from August to November this year and consisted of 3 categories; London, Fashion and Portraits, Food. I entered the image in the London category and and was very happy to find out that I had come in second place.  

The image was taken earlier this year on a warm summers evening in London.  There was a beautiful sunset along the Thames with the sun setting on the left of the image and casting a reflection onto the buildings, which in turn reflected the sun onto the river.  The image was captured on a Canon 6D with a 16-35mm lens. Captured at 16mm, it was a long exposure of 63 seconds, F7 with a Lee 10 stop ND Filter and A Lee Nd Medium Grad and Lee Polariser.
 

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