St Roche's Hill


Minimalism in three hues; viridian green, pale cerulean blue and coral pink...

The South Downs Way at St Roche's Hill - AKA The Trundle

Nikon D810, 14-24mm f 2.8 Nikkor at 14mm, 1/6 second, f11, ISO 64, tripod

20.01, 27th August 2016

Photography is not just about what you choose to include in your images, it’s also about excluding unwanted distractions and unnecessary clutter from them and working with shapes and tones, rather than views and objects.

These were shot at the other end of the day when I acquired the Madehurst sunflowers image. I went to the top of St Roche’s Hill (an Iron Age fortification site and WW2 radar position) above Chichester for sundown. Rather than shoot the obvious and somewhat literal overlook view from the top of the hill down across the south coast towards The Channel, I used the commanding height of the location to eliminate peripheral detail and focused on the simplicity of the chalk path, the grass and the sky. My point of view links the pathway with the line of pink clouds and continuance of vision provides the strong diagonal line that creates a positive rising movement through the frame.

By way of comparison, below is an alternative, busier view from the same evening, taken six minutes earlier, before the arrival of the pink and magenta hues in the sky.

The South Downs Way at St Roche's Hill - AKA The Trundle

Nikon D810, 14-24mm f 2.8 Nikkor at14mm, 1/10 second, f11, ISO 64, tripod

19.54, 27th August 2016


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