Garrow Tor walker with Brown Willy beyond
There was such a huge variety of interest on this beautiful walk, enormous wilderness views, gloomy green forests, meandering moorland rivers, moody cloudscapes, wild windy hilltops, old medieval farmsteads, some elevation to get the heart pumping and hardly a soul in sight ….. heaven!
ORDNANCE SURVEY – Route planner map of today’s walk
We use the Ordnance Survey route planner app for iPhone/iPad to create all our walks these days ….. the GPS accuracy is amazing ….. especially useful when the paths just disappear!
We saw a couple of groups of walkers all day, mostly we had all that stunning Bodmin Moor landscape to ourselves.
This is definitely the most spectacular way to view Rough Tor and Brown Willy, especially when you have the wild old Garrow Farmhouse to put in the foreground of your pictures.
Looking back on this walk as a photographer the image making possibilities here are endless ….. I have a feeling we’ll be returning many more times in the future.
GARMIN FENIX 5X – Activity tracker data of today’s walk
IPHONE 11 PRO MAX: With it’s new three lens system and now waterproof the iPhone Pro Max is a perfect companion on our walks for selfies, panoramas, videos and to view our Ordnance Survey route planner maps.
Also used my favourite walkabout camera combination, the Sony A7R and Sony’s super lightweight 28mm lens for the more ‘serious’ photos.
SONY A7R – Fantastically specified and so small and light
SONY 28MM – Perfect walkabout lens – uncomplicated and also amazingly light
I don’t want to have to think too much about camera settings on these walks so I have configured the Sony A7R’s Custom 1 option as follows: Manual Focus / Aperture f11 / Auto ISO / Continuous Bracket 5 Images 0.7 stop. I set the lens to a Hyperfocal Distance of around 2.35M then fix it with some surgical tape along the bottom of the lens. Now I have everything in focus from 1.35M to Infinity.
The resulting 5 images can either be used for Auto Aligned HDR or I can use a single image, usually the one with the best exposed highlights ….. clouds are normally the trickiest to get right. I like gritty images so when the ISO creeps up I don’t really have an issue with the results ….. it can often add to the atmosphere of a Black & White image …. the ease of use those settings give me far outweighs any image downside!
ORDNANCE SURVEY – We always use their iPhone/iPad route planner app to create our walks and to check out any car journey routes. Can’t go walking without GPS these days ….. love it!
MET OFFICE – Used on every walk for weather information. An invaluable tool in planning what gear to take.
WIKIPEDIA – For finding information quickly Wikipedia is far and away the best, most convenient, useful source for anything ….. whatever their critics say! I use it all the time for information about places we visit on our walks.
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For Information on Rough Tor click here: INFO: ROUGH TOR
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