Behind the lens: Sidmouth photographer shares his story
PUBLISHED: 17:18 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:18 11 September 2017
Rob Hills from Sidmouth is this week's featured iwitness24 member.
Landscape photographer Rob Hills captures the beauty of East Devon and its woodlands.
Bulverton Woods in January this year, just for this brief moment the sun shone through the fog. I raced over to this point and as soon as I pressed that shutter I knew I had the shot I was after.
Rob Hills from Sidmouth has been an avid photographer for more than 10 years and has shared with the Herald his passion for woodland photography.
“Having grown up in East Devon and both my parents being keen photographers, they instilled the importance of photography in me. I got my first SLR camera in my early twenties but not having any technical training my efforts were rather poor.
About 10 years ago I got my first digital camera, a little Nikon Coolpix, as I love going out for long walks with my dog along the numerous public footpaths that give great access to this beautiful area that we live in. I received some good feedback about my pictures and it was at this point I decided that I would put all my effort into becoming a landscape photographer and so I purchased my first DSLR camera.
With the internet there is a huge resource of information easily available on photography and I have now spent many hours studying different techniques, and I will continue to do so for as long as I am taking pictures. I cover East Devon and the South West as a whole, my favourite subject being woodlands. One of the benefits of woodland photography is that it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing and even in bad weather you can still get a good shot.”
I was riding my bike in February this year while the tide was out to the far end of Jacob's Ladder, on the way back I saw this reflection. I didn't even get off the bike to take this shot.
MORE: Rob is a member of iwitness24 - an image-sharing website run by Archant; the publishers of the Herald. To join the Herald’s community of local photographers go to www.iwitness24.co.uk. If you are interested in becoming a featured photographer then please get in touch.
You can see more of Rob’s stunning photography here.
Walking the Core Hill footpath in June this year I noticed how the light was coming through the lush green trees, it made me stop and stare. thankfully I had my camera with me. A footpath went right through this farmed field near Ottery, I love the lines in this shot. Taken May 2016. Evening light at Core Hill, July 2017 Another misty shot from me taken at Peak Hill in March 2015. This was taken on a coastal walk from Sidmouth to Budleigh this year in August of the rocks at Ladram Bay. Look at that water and the little people..! Another shot of Bulverton Woods in January 2017, I love the simplicity of this shot. One of my favourite spots up at Core Hill, long evening shadows in July this year. This was my first social media post in April 2016 of a lone surfer on Jacob's Ladder beach. I called it heading out. Poor old Alma Bridge, this was taken just after the flooding that damaged the foundations resulting in the ever present scaffolding being erected. Taken 23rd July 2012. At first I was a little annoyed when someone stopped on the bridge, I'm glad they did though as it makes a great shot. I was over at Core Hill when I saw this rapeseed field in the distance, a quick walk over to Harcombe and a precariously balanced photographer perched on top of a hedge, I got the shot I wanted. Taken in January of this year just by Sidmouth golf course on a very foggy day. Sunset at Salcombe Regis, Feburary 2017. I just managed to get there in time to get this shot. This was taken on the Sidmouth Golf course in January 2017, I was safe at the time as even the most dedicated golfer wouldn't play in this weather. Taken on a warm April evening in 2015 of the woods up at Core Hill near Sidmouth. You can just make out the glistening on the flora here at Bulverton Woods in January this year. No zombies were harmed in the taking of the photograph. Glorious sunset over Mutters Moor with the heather in full bloom, taken in June 2015. This is a fog bank rolling in while standing at the top of Peak Hill in June 2015. I love the tones in this shot, taken at Bulverton woods near Sidmouth in January this year.