Slip Sliding Away on Exmoor

Tom and I popped to Tarr Steps last weekend to get some long exposure shots of the higher than usual river.

It was a sunny day nestled between some of the worst weather of the winter so far.  The roads were icy in places and I had some fun keeping the van steady as we navigated through some of the rather steep single track roads that weave their way through Exmoor.

As we slid inelegantly into the car park and stepped out onto the tarmac it became apparent just how slippery it was with both Tom and I walking like toddlers down the hill towards the river.  We made it without incident but the adrenaline was certainly pumping.

I had minimised my kit for this trip taking only the bare essentials:

Fuji XE1

Fuji 18-55 lens

Fuji 55-200 lens (not used)

HiTech circular polarising filter

Hitech Graduated and Neutral Density Filters

Manual Cable Release

Three Legged Thing Eddy Carbon Tripod with Ball Head

All packed into the Lowepro Sport 200 rucksack

I usually use a Velbon travel tripod but wanted rock steady performance for the long exposures.  Some of the shots were taken from the water and the Eddy has spikes on each of its three legs to get an extra grip.

This is one of my favourite shots of the day

Fuji XE1, 18-55 Lens, F11, 4.3s, ISO 100 Polarising Filter + 3 Stop ND

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On reflection I would have liked to make the angle more acute across the frame to add more dynamism.  With this and the other shots from the day rendering them monochrome really worked.

The next series of three show the effect of using different shutter speeds

Fuji XE1, 18-55 Lens, F2.8, 20th of a second, ISO 100 Polarising Filter + 3 Stop ND

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Fuji XE1, 18-55 Lens, F11, 1.5s, ISO 100 Polarising Filter + 3 Stop ND

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Fuji XE1, 18-55 Lens, F22, 6.0s, ISO 100 Polarising Filter + 3 Stop ND

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You have to get quite low to get a clean shot of the bridge

Fuji XE1, 18-55 Lens, F16, 15.0s, ISO 100 Polarising Filter + 3 Stop ND

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Fuji XE1, 18-55 Lens, F18, 30.0s, ISO 100 Polarising Filter + 3 Stop ND

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I like the way the sun highlights are glinting off the wet rock

On the way home we stopped off at the ruins of the West Somerset Mineral Railway and will explore this some more over the coming months.

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