2016 has been an interesting year. Looking back I travelled a lot more than I appreciated at the time. The Lake District was the subject of two trips and countless photography essays, I spent three weeks travelling and working in Norway and Sweden. I also managed to explore more of Surrey, taking in Reigate Heath on numerous misty mornings and heading out to nearby Headley Heath for more tree and woodland photography. At the end of November I moved to the French ski resort of Tignes Les Brevieres for the winter and I, of course, managed to pay my favourite town in the world a visit; Fernie in beautiful British Columbia.
Here are my favourite images from 2016… See you all in 2017!
Tignes Les Brevieres: Tignes is my home for the 2016/17 winter. This photograph was taken during a rare misty day in the valley (seriously, I’ve had more bluebird days here in the French Alps in December than I’ve had in all of my time in Fernie, BC).
Reigate Heath, Surrey: This is one of my mum’s favourite photographs from 2016. Taken on a very misty but beautiful morning on Reigate Heath.
Into the Wild: Canadian Thanksgiving, my boy Tyler is heading out to find us a turkey… he failed.
Headley Heath: The woodland is a beautiful mix of silver birch, beech, willow, oak, and rowan. And it was in the woods where I spent most of my time. The mist hung close to the open land and the edges of the woods, creating a lovely soft light.
Headley Heath, Surrey: The mist still lingered but the sunlight also started to make an apperance.
Fall meets winter in Fernie as the temperatures dropped and we were greeted by a beautiful blanket of snow for Thanksgiving. The climate in Fernie means snow can happen in almost every month of the year. In years gone by I can remember camping under the stars at Silver Springs in early May, only for the snow to fall in the town itself a few days later. Just when you think you have Fernie and her weather figured out, it’ll call a hail mary and throw something surprising your way. Photograph details: 1/320 sec, F8.0, ISO100, 42mm, using an Olympus EM-5. This is one of my favourite photographs from my trip back to Fernie, the snow mixed with the beautiful fall colours, I love it.
I love this photograph for a couple of reasons. Firstly is the simplicity of this shot. Secondly, is the vibrant mix of fall colours clashing with the fresh snow.
Sunlight on the fells: This is one of my favourite images from the Lake District, I had been waiting all weekend for the light to hit this part of the Fell and while the sky coul have had more drama, I still love this photograph.
Reigate Heath: This photograph really opened up my mind to the possibilities of playing with sunlight and mist. And while this photograph definitely has flaws, it still represents a progression in my craft.
Wasdale Head: This small, scattered hamlet in the Lake District National Park has a few claims to fame. Firstly it is homes to the deepest lake in England (Wast Water), secondly, it is also home to England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. This photograph was taken looking back towards Wasdale Head, the large white building is the Wasdale Inn, a welcome sight for weary fell walkers.
Sunset in Stavern Norway: I spent three weeks working and travelling around Norway and Sweden. Norway was stunning. This photograph was taken during the longest sunset I’ve ever experienced.
Hurst Castle Lighthouse: This final shot is one that I wasn’t sure I would be able to capture. The weather was not cooperating. It was overcast with no sign of any light. I used a ten-stop Lee filter to capture this long exposure.
I hope you have enjoyed this look back at my favourite images from 2016 and you continue to join Nomads on the Road on this journey. Lots of plans are being made for 2017, watch this space.