Winter morning on the Broads with the Nikon DF

Having not shot any landscape images for while, I grabbed the Nikon DF and the only lens I had to hand (35mm f2) and headed out of the door at around 7 this morning. Driving about 1.5 miles on the icy roads (it’s times like this I wish I still had my 4×4!) and then walking a little way I looked to my right, across Oulton Broad – the Sun had yet to rise, but the mist was lingering on the surface of the water and there was a gorgeous magenta hue in the sky – I set the camera up and waited for the first slight dash of muted sun to light the right of the frame.

It was so peaceful down there – I didn’t see another sole! –

Using the 35mm lens was ok, but gosh I wish I had my 14mm or 24 with a grad filter on it. Having said that, it was lovely to just soak in the scene around me without too much fiddling with equipment.

This is the first time I’ve used the DF for any landscape material. It seemed to lend itself with the job in hand perfectly… I think I’m falling in love with this bit of kit!

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Oulton Broad during a winters morning

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Mist rolling off the Broad just prior to sunrise

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Another from the morning. The sun when it eventually broke through was looking pretty stunning.

I loved the coldness of the blue hues on the grass and foliage working in contrast to the bright warmth of the yellow as the sun shot rays of light through the trees.

What a morning

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Setting the Nikon DF ready for the first shot of the day

About Julian Claxton

My passion for photography is supported by experiences gained on exciting travel adventures and through working for fantastic photographers. In 2006, I made the exciting step of realising my dream of becoming a freelance photographer. Since this pivotal moment, I have held numerous exhibitions, been featured nationally & internationally in print and won numerous awards, including being a finalist in the National Geographic Photographic competition in 2013 with one of my documentary images from the Sudan. From an early age I began to enjoy taking pictures of my daily life, basking in the thrill of sending the film to the printers and eagerly awaiting the pocket sized prints. My first foray into the world developing and printing strangely began at school when I was asked to produce a descriptive photo for the school newspaper. A front page shot later and I was destined to start the long arduous journey of becoming a photographer. In between exciting travel adventures and working for fantastic photographers, I graduated from college and at a crossroads in my journey to becoming a pro photographer, I embarked on a career working as a medical photographer. Learning new skills and dabbling in video production as well as progressing design skills, I yearned for the challenge and freedom of becoming a freelance. I have been fortunate enough to work on some amazing assignments which have included shooting a documentary assignment with an air ambulance, gaining full access to a British Pro cycling team during an international UCI tour, cycling to Rwanda and creating a photographic documentary of my journey. The experiences continue to grow, meeting wonderful people to photograph and telling the story of their journey. The list of events and striking moments that have played out through my viewfinder continue to grow and provide me with ever increasing snapshots of life to capture. One of the highlights of my career thus far has been staying in rural Uganda, teaching photography to the kids from the region, in a project I set up in late 2014, entitled ‘Give a child a camera’. The basis of the project is to supply 35mm cameras and film to the rural schools in this region of East Africa, teaching the children how to shoot photographs. After a week of taking photos of their life, an exhibition is held at the school and the children leave with their very own album, camera and film. One of the images I shot at Eden school in rural Uganda, during morning chapel won the 2015 Travel Media Tourism and Photography award. A great honour and one that I wouldn’t have picked up had it not been for the wonderful children of East Africa. For further information please visit www.julianclaxtonphotography.com
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