Abstract, Landscape, Photography

Cornish landscape colours

Having tried out some deliberate camera movement pictures down at the coast pretty successfully, I was keen to apply the technique to some landscape.

One place that is magnificent for views – but so difficult to get that translated into deep enough pictures to show for it – is Warbstow Bury, sitting at a high point with a commanding sweep of about 270° of Cornish farm landscape and with both coast and moorlands visible in the distance.

So, with an eye on how the light and dark greens of the different fields changed tone and colour as the view goes off towards Bude some 10 miles in the distance, I tried a few more shots. The far and more muted tones of the hills in the background under the evening sky added to the colourfulness of the final pictures in the resulting abstracts and I think gives a better impression of the scene than the more literal shots.

DSC03667 Towards Bude One


I have uploaded three different shots under a collection called ‘Towards Bude’ on my Redbubble shop all taken in this session.

Do have a look there if you like this one. They display the shots nice and big and you can ignore the selling stuff bits – but it would be better if you didn’t and ordered a bit of Cornwall for your wall at home. 😉

35 thoughts on “Cornish landscape colours”

    1. Yes, I suppose it is – and it’s exactly that aspect of the end result which is appealing to me with these.
      I probably wouldn’t come up with these compositions faced with brushes, a sheet of canvas and a palette and I am more respectful of those that can see things in this abstract way. I’m ‘finding’ compositions I like by doing what is technically ‘wrong’ photographically and I am rather typically liking the subversiveness of that.

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    1. Thank you, I think it’s the painting effect I get that is appealing to me too. I like that it obscures some of the more obvious human constructs too, this view is hampered by pylons and electricity wires that are dissolved away with this technique and that just leaves the colours.


    1. Careful, you’ll have people believing the similar name is more than a coincidence… 😉
      Thank you though, appreciated.


  1. Interesting. I think it is something my wife will love and I will have to share it with her. Also love the subject matter being Cornish, as that is my last name…

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    1. Thank you very much.
      I do appreciate the nomination and your enjoyment of my work. Hopefully telling you I won’t be renting a suit and attending the award ceremony won’t change that. 😉

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    1. Luck! Well sort of.
      The technique used is to pan the camera with the shutter open.
      I use a light reducing ND filter on the lens to give me a shutter speed of around a 1/4 sec at 100 ISO (aperture is largely academic) in daylight and then move the camera in various ways and at various speeds during many exposures. This has the effect of smearing out the recognisable landscape features and just leaving these nice shapes and colours.
      With this technique you can’t exactly visualise the result but you can get an instinct to what might work the more you use it.

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