readers may have already seen the web versions of the films
about Ross-on-Wye, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean which
I have been shooting and producing this year. To this end,
I am still filming, and will be throughout the autumn and
winter months. Below
you can see just some of the scenes from films I have already
made, and some that I am in the process of making. Some
of these shots were taken as recently as this weekend.
the photographers out there who would like to know how it
was done: the top scene, that from Symonds Yat Rock at night,
was taken in almost total darkness and shows just how much
the orange glow from sodium street lighting pollutes our
night skies. The photo is a 30 second exposure, taken at
f3.5 and 3200 ISO using a Nikon D90 camera and 18 mm lens.
The shot is straight from the camera - no colour has been
added. You may notice how much brighter the orange glow
is above Ross and the Depot to the left - and how the ambient
light pollution radiates outward to Symonds Yat and beyond.
taking the scene for a time-lapse sequence (which did not
actually work very well in the end), I spent Sunday night
alone at Yat Rock, other that is than my small dog, Eric.
When I am alone in a dark place, all manner of spooky thoughts
begin to enter my head and at one point when I was shooting
this scene, Eric had been laying down sleeping next to me
for half an hour when his ears suddenly pricked up. He then
stood and began to growl into the darkness behind me. This
is totally out of character for Eric and at this point,
I have to admit that I would have been better wearing my
brown corduroy trousers! I could not see a thing in the
darkness and felt extremely uneasy. It could have been a
wild deer that spooked him, I don't know, but it certainly
made my heart beat a lot faster
This long exposure view from Yat Rock in apparent total dankness,
taken on Sunday, 13th September shows the orange glow of light pollution
from sodium lights.
A lot of stars are visible in the gap in the cloud cover which were
invisible to the naked eye, due to the long exposure time.
regular readers will know, I am currently working on producing
a DVD about Ross, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean which
will be in extremely high broadcast quality and can be played
on a standard DVD player. The short films I have been producing
and the photographs on 'Wyenot' are already a big boost
to tourism to the area but, in order to keep Wyenot in general
working, I seriously need to start making some money quickly.
All of the work I do, filming events such as the Country
Festival, the Carnival, Jamstand and all of the other festivals
is unpaid work.
may have noticed me filming for full days at Jamstand and
the other events but will not have seen the three or four
18 hour days which immediately follow these events - the
time I spend working alone at the computer, editing the
footage into viewable short films. All this work is unpaid
work, which I would not mind doing if I had enough support
for 'Wyenot' to keep it running at a small profit but I
do not. I
am hoping that selling the DVD I am producing will be a
solution to keep 'Wyenot' afloat for the future.
DVD will contain the scenic films that some of our viewers
have already seen plus some more unseen footage. The short
scenic films will be introduced by myself. They will be
viewable as one long film, however each chapter / subject
will also be viewable separately. If everything goes according
to plan, I am hoping to get the DVDs produced in time for
Christmas. If this deadline turns out to be too optimistic,
I will have them ready for the very beginning of next year's
I am after a favour here - volunteer outletsfor the finished product. Ideally,
I really need these to be places which will offer voluntary
help, without taking a cut as I am hoping that the money
this DVD earns will amount to quite a chunk of that needed
to keep 'Wyenot' afloat next year. If you have a shop, guest
house, hotel - anywhere from which you can help me with
sales voluntarily, I would be very grateful if you would
please let me know, so that I can start planning, and get
some idea as to whether or not to go ahead and outlay the
necessary money for bulk professional reproduction of the
you in advance for any help you are able to offer with this.
I hope that you enjoy the rest of the captioned views below...........
September early morning mist on the River Wye at Symonds Yat. (Photo
taken just after dawn on Saturday 12th September.)
The ferry at Symonds Yat soon after dawn.
Arthur's Stone in Dorstone, Herefordshire - a Neolithic long barrow
and most likely the burial place of several stone-age people.
The pre-harvest moon rises above Arthur's Stone on Thursday, 3rd
(I filmed the pre-harvest moon because I was aware that the weather
forecast predicted the actual Harvest moon day to be cloudy.)
moon is joined later in the evening as twilight falls by the gas
giant planet, Jupiter.
begins to form above the long barrow hours after the sun has set.
A firework display adds to the atmosphere whilst filming Ross-on-Wye
The sun sets in gold over the River Wye. (Filmed from Royal Parade.)
THE WYE VALLEY AND FOREST OF DEAN
THE WEB VERSIONS OF SOME OF THE FILMS ON THE YOU TUBE PLAYER ABOVE