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Enjoy taking photos, we often forget about why we do it and how we started. This is a little about me and why I do it.

A Day Out In Dorset With Explore Dorset

Ahh the festive break has arrived, Its  time to put the feet up and crack out the wine and festive treats! 

Nope not for me, I made use of having a few extra days by heading to one of my favorite Dorset locations the famous Durdle Door.

I joined up with Ben & Joanna from Explore Dorset which is a very popular Instagram page. We were also joined by Lewis who was visiting from America, but grew up in the UK. All set and ready to go we headed off  and ventured down to the door.

A 90 second exposure using a Lee filter Big stopper and Hard Grad 0.9 Shot on my Canon 5ds

This is by far one of my favorite places to shoot in Dorset, I really do not think there is anywhere else in the wold with a view like this. I have photographed it many times and always enjoy capturing different images from here.

It is also one of the most physical landscapes to shoot, lots of walking up and down hills for different composition and images. However the view from the top of Bats head simply breathtaking looking back on the Jurassic coast.

The steep climb to the top of bats head is certainly worth it for the view of the Jurassic Coastline.

 

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Supermoon Rise In Bournemouth 2016

So last night I witnessed one of the most spectacular moon rises in my photographic career to date,

I ventured out to a spot in Bournemouth using a phone app to align and find the best position. I met up with my good friend at Kevin who is a dedicated moon and astro photographer, he was leading a small class of photographers and giving them tuition on how to get the best possible super moon image.

So we waited, all set and ready to go I was not going to miss this fantastic opportunity and went for a 2 camera set up.

To my luck as it rose as a fisherman came into shot and made for the perfect foreground. I knew as soon as I pressed the shutter I was on to a winning shot. I was filled with excitement and couldnt wait to see this image on the big screen.

It was done, the moon ventured into the clouds and I packed up and headed home. I couldn’t wait to edit and upload this for the world to see.

supermoon

Pleased to say this image went viral and was shared all over the world. my social media platforms went crazy and I was pleased to see all the positive comments and feedback.

It was also share on THE LAD BIBLE which has over 17 million fans of the page… yeh chuffed with that!

Here is another image showing Bournemouth Pier as the moon rose.

supermoon-2

 

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Dji Phantom 4 Drone – Matt Hardy Photography

So I have been looking for something to take my photography to that next level.

I have been looking at Drones for a while now and decided to wait for the specifications to improve before I made my purchase. When I saw that the DJI4 had been released I knew it was time. Its has an incredible 12mp camera and 4k video camera and that’s just the start. The flight time is impressive for a little built in smart battery and everything is recorded onto a micro SD card. It features a lot of built in intelligent flight modes and is super user friendly.

I love the sleek look of the body, Dji has really refined this model and its the smartest phantom yet.

If you want to read up more about the new Phantom 4 and all its features then click here.

 

DJI4

For now this is only for personal use and exploring Dorset by drone. I will in time hope to take the course needed to obtain a pilots license and then I can use this for commercial use. Below is a video I made on a rather misty evening in Swanage filming the local area. It was mainly a test flight and film to see how everything performs and operates and to be honest I was blown away by it.

Feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel where I will be posting more Dorset based videos.

Photocredit of me and the Drone goes to Andy Lyons, thanks mate

 

Loving Landscapes

I recently moved back to my home town of Wareham set in the heart of Dorset’s stunning countryside.

It has always been a huge passion of mine to photograph the local area and lately the weather has been fantastic for it. I am often out most nights with fellow photographers or friends enjoying the stunning area we live in.

Growing up here really makes me appreciate where I live, thinking of all those poor city people who don’t get to hop in the car and be at the beach 5 minutes later.

Below is a small selection of my recent ventures to see more click the link below,

http://www.matthardyphotography.co.uk/portfolio-item/landscapes/

You can also follow me on twitter where I try to post various landscapes each week – @kodakmatt

Prints are also available to purchase wither unframed, framed of on stunning canvas.