Travel Photography with One Body and One Lens

I’ve just returned from my (socially distanced) holiday in the South West of England. Having left South Yorkshire on the 29th August, my trip started with a two day stop at Glastonbury, where I got chance to climb the Tor and see the colourful characters in the town centre.

Glastonbury Tor. Nikon Z7, 70mm, 1/500sec at f/7.1, ISO 64

From there I headed to the South coast in Dorset where I camped not too far from Weymouth. This allowed me to access loads of great locations such as Lyme Regis, Chesil Beach, Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle, Portland Bill, the Old Harry Rocks and more. I was really pleased with some of my shots from the area, and I focused on Durdle Door in particular.

Sunset at Chesil Beach. Nikon Z7, 59mm, 2sec at f/10, ISO 2000

After a week in Dorset, I then packed up the tent and headed over to North Devon (via a quick stop in Exeter to visit friends), and stayed at Croyde. There is a fantastic beach at Croyde, as well as the National Trust’s Baggy Point. Despite some erratic weather, I had a great time and also visited some nearby spots such as Ilfracombe, Lynton and The Valley of Rocks where I got some decent photos.

The way back home was broken up with a two day stay in Oxford. I had never been before and it was great to see such a famous and grand place. The highlight was entering Magdalen College, where I got some great images of the beatifully kept gardens and historic architecture.

Magdalen College, Oxford. Nikon Z7, 24mm, 1/250sec at f/7.1, ISO 64

For the whole journey I just used my Nikon Z7 and 24-70mm f/4 lens. As I’ve mentioned before, it can be very liberating to just have one lens. Sure, there are times when I wished I had a slightly wider lens to fit more into a scene, or a telephoto to get a better shot of a squirrel in the parks at Oxford, but that’s more than made up for with the simplicity and convenience of not needing to change lenses all the time. Sometimes, you might even get a shot you would have missed if you were in the middle of swapping lenses.

My latest video shows some of the highlights from my trip and in next weekend’s video I’m showing my time at Durdle Door, where I captured both sunrise and sunset photos. Make sure you check it out!


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