Melbury loop

Melbury Hill Dorset

Having explored much of the coastline around Dorset and west Hampshire it was time to head inland again.  Impressed with the walks and photography over Hambledon Hill I decided on a visit to Melbury Hill.

The Melbury Hill Loop

It was a glorious summers day late August a little bit too hot really. Navigating around the hill sheep and setting up my camera on Melbury Hill overlooking the church of Melbury Osmond it was a little hazy.

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Melbury Hill 1/8 sec, F/11, ISO 100, 20mm

To the left you can see the remains of an ancient iron age settlement and fortress atop of Melbury Hill.  I was using the AA’s walking guide and it was going to be a 6 mile hike over and around the Melbury Hills.

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hill flowers 1/10 sec, F/11, ISO 100, 24mm

Trying to catch in the foreground here the summer bright colorful contrasting flowers growing on the hillside.  Problem is they tend to sway in the wind and ideally want them sharp in focus and not blurred.  That would require a faster shutter speed, so could have bumped up the ISO 200 and stopped down the aperture to F/8 giving me a reciprocal shutter speed of 1/40 sec, that would have been fast enough and still had enough depth of field.  We live and learn.

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Bubb Down Hill 1/13 sec, F/11, ISO 100, 24mm

These walks with my DLSR camera are all about staying healthy and practising my landscape photography.  I love to discover new places to see new sites all the time.  In this context photography and exploring are not necessary complimentary.

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Hillside views 1/13 sec, F/11, ISO 100, 18mm

The reason being the best landscape photography is remaining stationary.  setting up pre-dawn and waiting for the right light given the best composition.

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Melbury loop 1/13 sec, F/11, ISO 100, 18mm

Still even in midday you can take some pretty dramatic landscape photography images.  I also find its the images of summer hills, blue skies and fluffy white clouds are the photographs I manage to sell online at Shutterstock.

Melbury Hill view
Melbury Hill view 1/15 sec, F/11, ISO 100, 18mm

Well I managed the walk around the Melbury Hill loop.  Looking back its some fine Dorset countryside.  Often we take landscape photographs from the top of the hill but not of the hill.

If you enjoyed viewing these landscape photographs around Melbury Hill in Dorset please check out my high resolution most downloaded set hosted on Shutterstock.