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“Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought.“


Greek Historian and author 460 BC – c. 395 BC

Evening light bathing the fields flanking the Avon valley in the South Hams of Devon – whilst hail laden thunder clouds roll across the Dartmoor plateau in the distance. Loddiswell is the village in the near distance.

Pentax K-x
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens

Rotational pseudo-HDR panoramic stitch of 15 images (in portrait format)

Each frame at:

Focal length = 55mm


1/180 second


Matrix metering pattern & RAW format

Manual focus


Each pseudo-HDR frame was created by Split-RAW processing to create 3 TIFF files at -2, 0, +2ev equivalents and processed using Photomatix Pro 3.26

Panoramic rotational stitching was done using Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor (ICE).

Finishing touches for colour refinement/ curves/ high-pass sharpening, etc. was done in Adobe Photoshop 6.0

A blog post on some of my thoughts about the ‘journey’ to make this panorma is here

Larger format prints and canvas at 60 × 14 inches (at 300dpi) are available here

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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  • phil hemsley
    phil hemsleyover 2 years ago

    The hopes to make a panormaic image from this location had involved a three year journey from visualisation to actuality.

    I had stopped here many times and looked, exploring the shapes and patterns of the landscape, yet til this particualar evening I never made a photograph of the scene.

    I hoped for yellow rapeseed fields, light that gave modelling to the hills and interesting enough clouds to define the space above the vast undulating landscape. The open gates in the boundary hedge at either side seemed to invite my gaze into the first valley and the higher level clouds allowed a restful drift out of the image. This was the defining moment for my idea, I walked away with a happy heart & soul and a big smile. Some things are worth waiting for in life.

    This created a 80 megapixel panorama… 5ft wide at 300dpi…. 73inches wide if I printed it at 250dpi! The biggest work i have created yet

    You can see part of it in more in greater detail (though still smaller than the real thing!) as my current ‘cover photo’ on my Facebook timeline

  • moor2sea
    moor2seaover 2 years ago

    Beautiful light and the line of clouds are supurb, well worth the revisits :-)

  • Thanks very much for your generous and encouraging comments :) Look forward to printing it out and seeing it at 60 × 14 inches at some point soon:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Jay Stockhaus
    Jay Stockhausover 2 years ago

    Fantastic image!

  • Thanks very much for your generous and encouraging comment Jay :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 2 years ago

    A wonderful shot lovely composition

  • Thanks very much for your generous and encouraging comments Martina :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenover 2 years ago


  • Thanks very much for your generous and encouraging comment Elaine :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    April 24rd, 2012
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  • Thanks very much for your generous featuring of this image :)

    – phil hemsley

  • viennablue
    viennablueover 2 years ago

    a stunning capture and thank you for sharing your journey, one can feel your happy heart in this work, instant fave :-)

  • Thanks very much for your generous and encouraging comments :)

    I feel the workshop I did last summer with legendary landscape photographer Joe Cornish (my 40th birthday present from all my family) helped refine my visualisations and realisations of ideas, made my visual antennae more acute, expanded my ideas and as a result allowed me to look more deeply at what I see in the surrounding I choose to explore. I feel there is more of a sense of mindfulness to my work, a stronger narrative on in the pictures that aim to invite the viewer to gaze longer…. If this translates into the viewer being inspired to explore these wonderful places after looking at my photos then that would be delightful.

    I am in zen-like state when I get the chance to realise an image that I see as meaningful and hope that some of them may have longevity of interest. The challenge then is to remain open to the changing conditions yet be mindful to decide which is the ‘defining moment’!

    – phil hemsley

  • Željko Malagurski
    Željko Malagurskiover 2 years ago


  • Thanks very much for your generous and encouraging comment Zeljko :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Christine Lake
    Christine Lakeover 2 years ago

    A breath taking view.

  • Thanks very much for your generous and encouraging comment Christine – it was such a delight to behold that scene. The tripod had a seized leg at that moment so I had to shoot the 15 frames hand-held… hopeful it may work… having visualised it for so long, waiting for stormy light and seeing cloud formations better than I could have actually imagined I decided to give it a go and was so pleased it all stitched together well !

    – phil hemsley

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

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  • Thanks ever so much for your encouraging comment and for featuring this work Deborah :)

    – phil hemsley

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