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Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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25 Nov 2012 7:26PM   Views : 3930 Unique : 506


It was just meant to be a peaceful afternoon walk, but I made a mistake of going in a direction I'd never been before, following a path that seemed to be a good idea. I walked over a few fields and then arrived on the edge of a wood, then the path broke into four possible directions and none had a "go this way" footpath sign. (one said private). I took one of the remaining three. After five minutes I arrived at a locked gate. I retraced my tracks and headed towards the sun. After a while this path ended at the edge of woodland. So I headed in hoping to find anther path at the other end. After about half an hour I did find another track and followed that. I was in deep woodland now and could hear noises. I spotted smoke rising and saw lots of ruined outbuildings. I was in the middle of nowhere and there was life.

Now I blame watching too many horror films for the feelings I started to have. Like one of those films where you're suddenly in front of some toothless hilly-billy with a chain saw who decides to cut you up. So I turned in the opposite direction and made a quick escape.

While I was walking pheasants would fly out of the undergrowth at alarming speed and helped to build the tension that was developing. I walked for another half hour through dense ferns / nettles / brambles and eventually came to a gritted path. I followed this and ended up on the wrong side of a huge gated private fence. Luckily the gate was unlocked and I was able to "escape|" and recognised where I was, on familiar territory.

I think I'll take a map next time! And think less about the horror films Wink

I did get a few decent shots along the way.

Tags: Map Spooked Pants filler


conrad Plus
13 10.9k 116
26 Nov 2012 9:19AM
A map? Are you having retro inclinations? Wink I'd use my iPhone if I were you. I love map and satnav apps, they're so handy!

And about the shot, that's more than decent, I quite like it.

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Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
26 Nov 2012 9:30AM
lol iphone to help with directions? I always forgot to do that. I had it with me too. Maybe the signal would have picked up on the hilly-billy radar system though and then they'd have come at me with their off road buggies Wink
conrad Plus
13 10.9k 116
26 Nov 2012 11:36AM
He he, no, don't want that, I suppose. (Photographers are persecuted enough as it is.)
JackAllTog Plus
8 4.9k 58 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2012 2:39PM
LOL - done a few of those while off looking for holiday shots.

On one i shot a film camera and flash down a dark hollow tree stump in the US - luck was in as some unidentifiable eyes were on the print staring back a few weeks later. Made the last 45 mins of twilight walking back to the carpark worthwhile - I was also thinking of chainsaws and brown bears and was too far in to retrace my steps - luckily the circular trail path took me back to the start before dark.

Another in the Worcestershire - treading long untrod paths through nettles etc and finally finding a sheep's skull - well worth it again even if i was covered in mud and soaked, the skull is in my Catyall (etc) inspired still life section when I've time to shoot it. Meanwhile as i unpicked my way out of fenced in fields I found this scene 2 hours had passed and I found the family again inside watching telly as it was raining - their loss.
You never know what causes the crack behind you when walking in woods. I had a near death experience a few years ago when something touched my shoulder in a wood, turned out it was a small acorn falling from a tree. I carry spare underwear now. Blush

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