• Daniel Wretham

Photographing The New Forest

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

New Forest Sunrise

Hello again everyone, How have you all been ?

I've recently had a major change in direction and have become far less interested in Dorset having shot the vast majority of it for the past ten years and needed fresh landscapes to really enjoy my photography again.

I love Dorset with a passion but theres only so long you can keep going to the same old places and couple this with the absolute explosion of photographers here now and the constant clashing of tripods along the coast and I was in much need of some peace and quiet again.

Wales has been my favoured destination to get away from it all and I have had a few trips there but its not somewhere I can just nip down the road too before or after work so I needed somewhere closer to home.

Wiltshire was an option and I had been spending a fair bit of time there but again it didn't really tick the box of being close enough on a work day and it would be reserved for weekends.

The obvious choice was Hampshire & the New Forest.

I've not really spent much time in the New forest which is odd as its right on my doorstep but I've previously found it less exciting to shoot than other venues which were closer by.

It just didn't excite me that much and thats what I really needed in order to get my teeth into an area, There was however an exception, Mist.

Mist has always been a favourite subject in my landscape photography and I loved the feel it gives to a photo, plus the limitless formations it can come in.

The chance to capture some nice light falling on it or indeed shoot into the light with some beautiful hazy mornings and then everyones favourite, the low laying cloud inversions that sit a foot or two from the ground like an inland sea washing over everything with the odd tree standing proud through the mist, I wanted some of that.

I knew several areas that were capable of producing misty mornings but of course they were popular and I really wanted to explore new areas rather than get the same shot everyone goes for.