52 for 2021 Week 46 Foggy day - Haytor Quarry

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52 for 2021 Week 46 Foggy day - Haytor Quarry

21 Nov 2021 10:01AM   Views : 267 Unique : 192

This week, once again accompanied by Mrs T, I headed off in rather misty/drizzly conditions to our “Plan B” destination, Haytor Quarry armed with my Fuji GFX 50S.

Main Quarry.

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Just inside the entrance.

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The original plan was to go out to Brat Tor (Widgery Cross) then out to Bleak House back via Arms Tor, however, the weather wasn’t good for such a long walk on open Moor particularly since the purpose of these walks is photography and visibility was very poor. I had packed my Bronica film kit for the long walk but when I looked out in the morning I knew I would need to re-pack more weather resistant kit.

This view from home looking over to the high Moor we can normally see Tors.

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Having re-packed and arrived at the Haytor Visitor Centre the weather was deceptively clear.

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As we set off up to the Quarry entrance I looked back and saw what was following, good decision I thought.

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I took this shot on my X-T2 as we were walking up to the entrance.

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And this one about 30 seconds later……….

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All day the weather came in and out bringing drizzle on the wind which was mostly in our faces/lenses making photography difficult at times.

Anyway we soon arrived at the entrance, the drizzle had passed through again.

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Inside the Quarry there is lots to photograph but again that drizzle kept getting in the way, I would shoot something with the X-T2 as a safety shot then set up the GFX on the tripod for the main shots, often by the time I had the tripod out and GFX mounted the drizzle would hit us again, it was as if it was waiting for the GFX. Also the wind inside the Quarry although less strong didn’t have a main direction it was swirling annoyingly ending up on the lens front filter.

I like to use the GFX’s 65x24 Panoramic aspect ratio with the 23mm lens for these type of shots.

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Sometimes though a little more top and bottom works just as well.

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There’s lots of evidence of the quarrying like this old equipment.

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And the jagged nature of the rock faces (I thought these looked a bit like faces).

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Nature is taking it back though.

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The upper slopes have well established scrub and trees.

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We set off back to the car again the weather was coming in and out, I took this shot just out of the Quarry.

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And this one about a minute or so later, the squall having moved through.

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Once again as we went down to the car the mist was up on Haytor Rocks.

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A couple of minutes later it was gone again, the story of the day really.

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Anyway, that’s all for this week folks, no Ponies or wildlife again, sorry. As always comments welcome.

Tags: Dartmoor Landscape and travel Dartmoor Photowalk Haytor Quarry

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21 Nov 2021 10:47PM
The quarry is a very interesting place to visit, lots to see, In the summer it is a popular place to visit also. Excellent pictures in spite of the weather. Grin
topsyrm Plus
10 28 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2021 10:52PM

Quote:The quarry is a very interesting place to visit, lots to see, In the summer it is a popular place to visit also. Excellent pictures in spite of the weather. Grin

Thanks, glad you enjoyed the trip. Smile

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