I don't ask for the meaning ... by phil hemsley

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“I don’t ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.”

Pete Hamill

Looking across the valleys of the South Hams of Devon to the west of Totnes – towards Beacon Copse, North Wood and the Dart valley beyond. The sun had just risen over Blakemore ridge and for a few moments bathed some of the tree canopies with golden light and added a gentle warmth to the autumnal mists.

Pentax K-X
Sigma 55-200mm DC lens
Kodak tripod
Cromatek 0.6 ND graduated filter
Cromatek 81b
Cromatek circular polarizer


whiteley farm, peek plantation, south devon, south hams, devon, cromatek, morpheus71, rural, autumn, dartington, follaton, totnes, mist, misty, dawn, frets, fret, foggy, fog

An emerging landscape photographer based in Totnes, South Devon, UK – Phil Hemsley (a.k.a. ‘Morpheus71’ – from his graffiti days) is incredibly lucky to live between stunning beaches and fantastic moorland – he loves walking in the moors, climbing the cliffs and catching waves.

He is passionate about using visual imagery to capture the emotions, atmosphere and action of his subjects. His highly detailed work reflects his passion for rich light, colour and contrasting textures.

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  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 3 years ago

    this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!! what a glorious moment in time you’ve captured … and so so beautifully!!!!! wonderful composition … wonderful light!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you ever so much for your kind comments Lois!

    The farm in the foreground has been a seed of idea to capture for a couple years and finally on this particular morning the mists seemed promising and I had a feeling in my bones that it may be worth a trip up the big hill behind where I live to have a look – I smiled and bellowed a big “yyyyeeeeesss!” when I saw the mists hanging between the valleys and knowing the sun would be coming up over the hill in a few moments too.

    I love how photography has that potential to capture an essence at least of the emotions one felt as the shutter button was pressed… at that rare fleeting moment that makes all the elements fit like a jigsaw.

    Still so very much for me to learn about photography – some shots are a pleasant compromise for subtle reasons (which is sometimes why I go back to certain locations again and again!), but there have been a handful of occasions where I have truly jumped for joy for having been in the right place at the right time and been able to push some buttons that allowed me to look back later at the scene and evoke a warm sense of satisfaction – it is those that drive me to keep searching and learning.

    – phil hemsley

  • Thanks again for adding it to your favourites too:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful :)

  • Thanks ever so much for the kind comment and favouriting Esperanza:)

    – phil hemsley

  • vividpeach
    vividpeachalmost 3 years ago

    WOW! TREMENDOUS image! Such beauty!!

  • Thanks ever so much for the kind comment and favouriting vividpeach!

    It was a wonderful sight to behold and the only credit I can take is for having made the whimsical decision to go up there and press a button :)

    The mists so often go up to the top of the hill where i took the photo.. must have been my lucky day after two years of waiting for a suitable opportunity!

    – phil hemsley

  • Barssel
    Barsselalmost 3 years ago

    Marvelous…………………….has a real fairytale quality

  • Thanks ever so much for your generous comments Ademac – gave me a big smile on my face all day after seeing that:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldalmost 3 years ago

    this looks so much like my desktop image it’s uncanny, beautiful capture !

  • Thanks for you kind comments Lynda:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchalmost 3 years ago

    gorgeous capture

  • I am very grateful for your encouragement:) I felt so lucky to have been able to capture something that I had dreamt of for so long! Such a beautiful moment to gaze upon:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 3 years ago

    " I love how photography has that potential to capture an essence at least of the emotions one felt as the shutter button was pressed" I understand!!!!!!! I do I do I do!!!! I completely understand!!!!! Which is why I appreciate all the images we see … there’s a good chance that emotion of OH WOW was there with the person when the shutter was clicked … and I honor that!!!! it’s the best feeling in the world, then, to go back to our images and remember that feeling. You’ve certainly got it on this one … and yep … I go back over and over again to certain places. I see the image with my eye … and I know what I want it to look like in the camera … but for one reason or another, I just can’t seem to get it right … so, rather than posting the “close enough” version, I wait … and go back … and try again. I have to tell you, again, this scene is truly, truly AWESOME!!!!!! I’d have been jumping for joy right along with you!!!!!

  • Glad to hear you have such determination and an inner vision of what you hope to be able to witness and record at certain places.

    I find it such a wonderful feeling to be able to witness all the uncontrollable little elements come to a sense of momentary harmony both extrenally and in the mind’s eye on these rare occasions, such that one feels almost too overwhelmed by it all – yet knowing that it is in these transient moments that the final checks must be made of filters, ISO, apeture, exposure time, focal point, etc and click the shiny button at some fleeting pre-visualised second. What joy it is to be able to record something such as this happening in a way that one feels there has a been some dialogue for a few seconds with this wonderful world round us.

    – phil hemsley

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 3 years ago

    … by the way, that elusive place I just described??? I was there over the weekend and tried again … with the polarizer and the ND grad system!!!! Sadly, it ain’t soup yet …

  • As they said in Big Wednesday “A day will come that is like no other…and nothing that happens after will ever be the same”…. sometimes it takes a while, but when it works out it’s been worth every second of waiting:)

    – phil hemsley

  • mordechai
    mordechaialmost 3 years ago

    Would you consider submitting this to Freedom in Words & Art and ImageWriting ?

  • Thank you for the suggestion:)

    – phil hemsley

  • David Allen
    David Allenalmost 3 years ago

    Wow! Such a beautiful, moody scene. Well done.

  • Thanks very much for the great comment David – cheers:)

    – phil hemsley

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