Mark Stothard Photographer

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I treated myself - film is not dead

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Some 15 years ago, I made a big error of judgement in my photographic career, selling all my film camera equipment, what a mistake !!

Today, there are digital images and narratives everywhere, we can have a camera in our pocket every moment of the day.

As a story teller, what makes your narrative different to others? As a photographer you a capturing and creating light within an image. Exposing on film captures this light in an emotional way that digital doesn't.

Living most of my life in France, currently building and old fashion traditional darkroom, complimented with modern technologies, yes we can embrace new digital imagery and analogue with these two workflows working together.

I have been re-purchasing, slowly but surely film camera and darkroom equipment, with my latest addition the above Nikon F80 film camera with AFS 24-85mm lens, which I purchased used for around £125.

Feeling happy :-)

Dunster Castle Under Cover

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In 2006 - 2008 Dunster Castle had repairs to its roof, costing around £1 million pounds. Structural changes to the mansion in the 19th Century failed to make adequate gullies and guttering. 

Infestations of deathwatch beetles were also discovered in the roof space.

The mediaeval village of Dunster within the English county of Somerset, just within the boundary of the Exmoor National Park. Lying on the Bristol Channel coast just 2.5 miles from Minehead.

The stunning iron age hillforts testify to occupation of the area for thousands of years. The village of Duster grew up around the castle which was built on the Torby the Norman warrior William I de Moyon, shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

The Castle is mentioned in the Domesday Book and has been remodelled on several occasions by the Luttrell family who were lords of the manor from the 14th to 20th centuries.

Dunster village became a centre for wool and cloth production and trade. There existed a harbour, known as Dunster Haven, at the mouth of the River Avill, yet today the coast having receded is now about 1/2 miles from the village.

Dunster has a range of heritage sites and cultural attractions which combine with the castle, scores of Exmoor craft shops and tea rooms, restaurants, makes the village a popular tourist destination with many visitors arriving on the West Somerset heritage Railway.

Since 1976, the castle has been owned by the National Trust.

Ever visited Dunster or the Castle? Please do leave your comments below of your experience of Dunster and I would love your feedback on my image.

Don't forget, you can purchase a copy of this print to hang on your wall, just click on the photo.

Mark's visitor experience score for Dunster and the Castle : 7 out of 10.

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Plymouth Photo Walk, such a cool place

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Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Plymouth with my Nikon FM2 35mm film camera, such a cool city :-)

While most of the images I took were on film and are in the process of being displayed in my gallery, here are just a few from my Nikon 1 digital camera.

Nice to chat at the history village Dunster, Exmoor

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A stunning example of the quality of life on Exmoor, people care and have time to stop and have a chat.

This British Rail Class 115 DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) running on the West Somerset Railway stopping at the historic village of Dunster.

DMU 51880 was preserved by the West Somerset Railway in 1995 for use on off-peak services. The railway had previously run a variety of different DMU sets but wished to standardise their maintenance, so acquired five Class 115 power cars along with several trailer cars as a direct replacement for the earlier sets.

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Lord Nelson Steam Locomotive

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I remember back on the 8th of August 2006, chasing this special steam locomotive, that had just been road delivered from Eastleigh in Hampshire, England to the West Somerset Railway for running in.

Lord Nelson was the last ever Steam Locomotive that was rebuilt at the Eastleigh Depot.

Here is Lord Nelson E850 sitting in the sidings at Minehead railway station on the West Somerset Railway with British Railways 0-6-0 Shunter D2133 in front of the loco.

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Unnamed Grave

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I was honoured, proud and privileged back in 2013 while in France, in having the time to visit the Bayeux War Cemetery.

Spending several hours with my children, reading together the names of the soldiers from all over the world and explaining to Kyla (10), Duncan (9) and Fenton (7) that these soldiers paid their ultimate price by sacrificing their lives so we could live the way we do today.

I was amazed to say that the place was so clean, with over 3800 grave's of fallen soldiers from all over the world in immaculate condition.

This emotional moving place is so worth a visit, just a little over 30 minutes drive from the port of Ouistreham which is currently operated by Brittany Ferries.

Then across the road from the cemetery, with a large car park and picnic area, is the Museum of the Battle of Normandy, housing several tanks, jeeps, they will, of course, tell you their story and, of course, the Bayeux Tapestry, so you could make a day of it. Their twitter account is @BayeuxMuseum.

Ever visited Bayeux? Please do leave your experience of your visit or perhaps of my image in the comments below.

Don't forget, you can purchase a copy of this print to hang on your wall, just click on the photo.

Mark's Score for visitor xperenice Bayeux : 8 out 10.

Through the Trees

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Sometimes we can't see the wood through the trees?

Here on Exmoor at Wimbleball Lake Country Park you can see the wood, trees, lake and have a fun time, whether its just a walk along the waterfront, paddle in a canoe, an adventure on the their high wire or just a sit down for a cup of tea in their coffee shop, you will have an enjoyable time.

Mark's visitor experience score for Dunster and the Castle : 7 out of 10

 

Sorry To See You Go !

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As a tribute to the Land Rover Defender which cease production yesterday, here's one I found in a drive on Exmoor National Park. 

I'm pleased to say that I was privileged to owner a Land Rover defender 90 Van some years ago, one of the best vehicles I ever owned.

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Sell Your Own Creative Works within Adobe Software

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With the recently completed acquisition by Adobe of Fotolia, creating Adobe Stock, you can now sell your own creative works within the majority of Adobe Software, such as Photoshop.

This clever move by Adobe will allow photographers, designers, illustrators, videographers and  other creative artists to use their creative cloud apps to buy and sell material within the software of their choice.

While I'm still waiting to see if Adobe offers a publishing service directly within Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, linking collections to your own Adobe Stock account, directly publishing images for sale, which seem common sense, I can't see any reason why anyone wouldn't start selling via Adobe Stock / Fotolia.

 

Longues Sur Mer Battery

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If you don't know already, I travel across Europe, with France being one of my favourite European countries, although lots more to explore in Italy and Germany.

While visiting the Normandy coastline, we visited the Longues-sur-Mer battery, a World War II artillery battery constructed by the Wehrmacht. It formed a part of Germany's Atlantic Wall coastal fortifications.

The battery was completed by April 1944. Although constructed and manned initially by the Kriegsmarine, the battery was later transferred to the German army. 

The site consisted of four 152 mm navy guns, each protected by a large concrete casemate, a command post, shelters for personnel and ammunition, and several defensive machine-gun emplacements.

It is said when the Americans landed that the guns were mainly unmanned, which still remain in place today, although some destroyed.

Have you ever visited Longues Sur Mer Battery? Please do leave your comments below of your experience of the battery and I would love your feedback on my image.

Don't forget, you can purchase a copy of this print to hang on your wall, just click on the photo.

Mark's visitor experience score for Longues Sur Mer Battery : 6 out of 10.

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Dunster Castle in the Autumn Sun

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The mediaeval village of Dunster within the English county of Somerset, just within the boundary of the Exmoor National Park. Lying on the Bristol Channel coast just 2.5 miles from Minehead.

The stunning iron age hillforts testify to occupation of the area for thousands of years. The village of Duster grew up around the castle which was built on the Torby the Norman warrior William I de Moyon, shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

The Castle is mentioned in the Domesday Book and has been remodelled on several occasions by the Luttrell family who were lords of the manor from the 14th to 20th centuries.

Dunster village became a centre for wool and cloth production and trade. There existed a harbour, known as Dunster Haven, at the mouth of the River Avill, yet today the coast having receded is now about 1/2 miles from the village.

Dunster has a range of heritage sites and cultural attractions which combine with the castle, scores of Exmoor craft shops and tea rooms, restaurants, makes the village a popular tourist destination with many visitors arriving on the West Somerset heritage Railway.

Since 1976, the castle has been owned by the National Trust.

Ever visited Dunster or the Castle? Please do leave your comments below of your experience of Dunster and I would love your feedback on my image.

Don't forget, you can purchase a copy of this print to hang on your wall, just click on the photo.

Mark's visitor experience score for Dunster and the Castle : 7 out of 10.

Buy a framed copy of this photographs, just click on the image.

Exmoor Thatched Cottage

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Stunning Thatched Cottages on Exmoor in the summer sun.

Whilst on my regular walks on the Exmoor National Park with my camera, I came across these stunning thatched cottages and quaint tea rooms, which I believe are part of the Holnicote Estate.

With over 12,000 acres of land, including the 15th - century packhorse bridge, Allerford Forge, the seaside hamlet of Bossington and much more, well worth your visit.

Ever visited Holnicote Estate? Please do leave your comments of your experience and I would love your feedback on my image below.

Don't forget, you can purchase a copy of this print to hang on your wall, just click on the photo.

Mark's visitor experience score for Holnicote Estate : 7 out of 10.

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Tarr Steps

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Tarr Steps is one of my favourite places of Exmoor National Park, every time I visited this valley the experience of new colours, sounds, smells and wildlife always took my breath away.

The Tarr Steps is a clapper bridge across the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park, Somerset, England. There are 17 spans across 50 metres (55 yards).

The top slabs weigh 1-2 tons and are about 39 inches (99 cm) above normal water level. The largest slab is over 8 feet (2.4 m) long and is about 5 feet (1.5 m) wide.

This is one of the best-known monuments on Exmoor. Its age is unknown, as several theories claim that Tarr Steps dates from the Bronze Age, but others date them from around 1400 AD.

Ever visited Tarr Steps? Please do leave your experience of Tarr Steps in the comments below.

Don't forget, you can purchase a copy of this print to hang on your wall, just click on the photo.

Mark's score for Tarr Steps : 7 out of 10.

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D7523, John F Kennedy

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Back in 2007, I used to chase the visiting locomotives on the West Somerset Railway.

Class 25, D7523 "John F Kennedy" in the rain, pulling into Williton station on the West Somerset Railway, pulling GWR 5553, small prairie 2-6-2T.

D7523 was built by British Railways at Darlington in 1965.  It was at Toton TMD before moving around various London Midland Region sheds. I understand in 1974 it was renumbered 25173. 

This Diesel engine, I currently believe, as of 4th December 2015 is on Epping Ongar Railway undergoing a full overhaul.

Ever visited West Somerset Railway? Please do leave your experience of the railway in the comments below.

Don't forget, you can purchase a copy of this print to hang on your wall, just click on the photo.

Mark's score for the West Somerset Railway : 7 out of 10.

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Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves

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I was honoured, proud and privileged back in 2013 while in France, in having the time to visit the Bayeux War Cemetery.

Spending several hours with my children, reading together the names of the soldiers from all over the world and explaining to Kyla (10), Duncan (9) and Fenton (7) that these soldiers paid their ultimate price by sacrificing their lives so we could live the way we do today.

I was amazed to say that the place was so clean, with over 3800 grave's of fallen soldiers from all over the world in immaculate condition.

This emotional moving place is so worth a visit, just a little over 30 minutes drive from the port of Ouistreham which is currently operated by Brittany Ferries.

Then across the road from the cemetery, with a large car park and picnic area, is the Museum of the Battle of Normandy, housing several tanks, jeeps, they will, of course, tell you their story and, of course, the Bayeux Tapestry, so you could make a day of it. Their twitter account is @BayeuxMuseum.

Ever visited Bayeux? Please do leave your experience of your visit or perhaps of my image in the comments below.

Don't forget, you can purchase a copy of this print to hang on your wall, just click on the photo.

Mark's Score for visitor experenice Bayeux : 8 out 10.

Lynrock Bridge to be Restored

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Back in March 2011, while on one of my regular walks on Exmoor, I came across the Lynrock bridge that was damaged by a fallen oak tree back in 2009.

The National Trust was awarded a £20,000 grant, a share of a £100,000 grant fund competition offer by Bovril Great Outdoor Revival.

The bridge was built in 3 weeks by local craftsmen just over a mile away and once completed, the National Trust had the tricky task of transporting the new bridge and lifting it into place.

It's never dull on Exmoor.

Ever visited Watersmeet? Please do leave your experience of your visit or perhaps of my image in the comments below.

Don't forget, you can purchase a copy of this print to hang on your wall, just click on the photo.

Mark's score : 7 out of 10.

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Returning to Film

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After spending a year at a local college, testing myself, whether I would like to return to education, with the idea of studying for a degree in photography, I rediscovered my love of film photography.

What a fool was I to sell all my Hasselblad 503cxi and Nikon Film bodies and AIS lenses; I will now have to re-buy this gear again.