Nikon D200 | Nikor 18-70mm @ 38mm | f16 @ 0.8 secs | ISO 100
The small village of Bellever lies on the East Dart River just south of Postbridge on Dartmoor and is a small hamlet with a few cottages surrounded by conifer woods and open farmland. it's easy to find just drive along the B3212 to Postbridge and follow the signs to the village. Follow the road through the village and there is ample parking and toilet facilities on your right hand side just before the bridge. A small charge for car parking is now required but the toilet facilities are free and are kept very clean.
This is a favourite spot of mine due to it's easy access and is usually a quiet spot, especially early in the morning when this image was made. The river, bridges and cottages make for a good composition, using the bridge as foreground interest and the river as a lead in line through the landscape all you need is good weather and light.
When this image was made back in 2007 it was a very cold November morning with temperatures well below the freezing point.and the early morning light gave a pinkish glow to the landscape. An overnight frost also added to the composition and added a surreal feel to the place. Although the image is devoid of any life I remember a fox wondered through the scene as did a fellow photographer, both were oblivious to me as I was high up amongst the gorse bushes enjoying a welcome cup of coffee.
This is the second most successful image I have produced. I entered it into the 2010 Take a View photo contest organised by Charlie Waite. It made it through all the judging processes and was exhibited at the National Theatre in London and was also published in the book that accompanies the competition.