Black Tor Walkhampton Common
There are many tors on Dartmoor that do not attract significant attention; they strike a lowly pose on the skyline and add little to the vista. But on closer inspection they can often provide interest by framing an otherwise ordinary scene
Providing foreground interest and a frame around an image helps with composition. Landscape, as with all genre of photography is the opposite of most other forms of visual art. When painting we decide what to include, in a photograph we decide what to omit. This can be achieved by putting a natural occurring frame around our subject to isolate it from the greater view
This photograph of Black Tor was taken on a windy and blustery afternoon in February. The large granite boulders forming the Tor provide a welcome natural shelter from the wind. By adopting a low viewpoint I have included a strong foreground, adding a solid base and interest to what could easily have been a very average scene. The granite boulders on the left and right of the image add balance to the picture and help to frame the photograph; allowing your eye to look into the distance along the Meavy river towards Burrattor Reservoir hidden in the trees. Sheepstor and Sharpitor can be seen on the skyline.
Venturing out in less than perfect weather takes extra effort but with constantly changing lighting conditions landscapes such as Dartmoor come alive and present to the photographer many more opportunities - providing you are prepared. This image was taken at 18mm, a 0.9nd Lee filter was used to darken the sky