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Tom Barnes  △ Landscape, fine art & travel photographer △ Base: Somerset, England △ New UK workshop 1 day beta: register your interest for details by email below:

Shafted. These are the are old mines on the stunning northern coast of Cornwall. Poldark country. It's one of those rare places in the UK that seems completely untouched by time. Though this mine, Wheal Coates, finally bricked up it's shaft nearly 140 years ago, you can imagine the hive of activity it must have been along the Cornish coast - at the time supplying millions of tons of copper and tin to world industry. There are more than 2000 of these old engine houses perched on clifftops standing sentry over the coast. This long exposure image of these old relics was brought to life by the long streaking clouds gliding overhead. I'm just waiting a while for Poldark himself to join me for a pasty.. #harmonyoflight #burnmagazine #blackandwhitechallenge #bnwsouls #photos_of_england #uk_greatshots

Breaking The Rules. I'm not taking about flirting with the promise of a South American jail. I'm talking photographically here: just so we're clear! This picture doesn't conform. I like many things that don't conform, mostly because they force you to think, look and/or listen. This image flouts the rule of thirds, a doctrine in landscape photography guiding the framing of what we accept as an 'interesting' image. It also flouts the golden mean and several other 'laws'. But rules are there to be broken, or at least tested a little bit. That may sound a little rogue, and I intended it to be. I'm not an anarchist or any 'ist' (honestly), but it's important to experiment, to test, to push some boundaries, and occasionally not do what you're told (sorry mum). This is as true in photography, in any creative genre, or in life. I, as do you, learn faster by making mistakes. I have made many, particularly with my camera. A picture full of too much sky will often be devoid of interest and 'out of balance'. Perceived as wrong. Certainly text book wrong. But here, the negative space of the sky, the mountains and the lake all lead you to one tiny space. The man with his bike, fishing by the lake. It breaks most compositional rules, but it works (though admittedly better in a large print not perhaps on tiny screen on instagram). The sign next to me says: "Pesca Prohibita"...fishing is prohibited. I like him already.

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Flamingo Vanity. The heat in the Bolivian desert makes a British heatwave seem like an air conditioned room. But this is a rare oasis. In fact it is a cruel one, for all but the hardiest survivors. This lake is mostly a salar - a salt crusted lake or land mass and is mixed with huge amounts of volcanic sulphur. The smell is overwhelming, and does it's best to distract you from the beauty of the scene. To a thirsty human (me), drinking from here would have lethal consequences. But the local wildlife have adapted techniques to extract salty nutrition from lake bed. These flamingos admire their reflection in symmetrical choreograhy as I wish I'd brought more to drink. Survival training by Flamingo. 😏

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War of the Worlds. Here at the top of Bolivia's Death Road at 4800 metres, I'm carefully considering my life choices. I'm waiting to start my mountain bike decent on the 40 mile plummet that has taken 100s of lives over it's history. It all seemed like a good adventurous idea...until I stood exactly here, adorning various body armour. The irony is not lost on me: body armour is a pleasantry and no more: if I make a mistake on any of the road ahead I will plunge 800 metres to my...err.. well you get it. This is not any madness, this is precision madness. One more cup of coffee to make sure every neuron in my brain is with me. Thankfully the world in front of me is almost a work of fiction. Barren and desolate. A scene from a science fiction movie. This is the last save point before my journey into the abyss. Pointless helmet on, elbow and knee pads fixed, goggles with zero visibility - tied. Focus. Go!
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#travelwriter

World Within A World. This is Tierra Roja in the desert of Atacama in Chile. The desert itself is the driest in the world, with less than 1mm of rainfall per year. But this oasis I'm in is not actually the desert. It's a vast volcano crater. 12km long by 6km kinda vast. It's like accidentally walking around inside the belly of the monster. A herd of Vicuna (deer like relative of the Llama) made this image come to life as they tiptoe through the salt marsh. I realise the thin layer of crust separating me and the Vicuna has an inferno of magma underneath it. Yet it's just so chilled here. What could possibly go wrong...?
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Dystopia. This boiling wasteland is over 5000 metres in altitude and it's hard to breathe, even harder to walk. But this is an exceptional place in the Bolivian desert. The mud and volcanic gases are erupting under my feet, and sun beats through the scorched sky. The air is so thin, the steam floats in the air forever, playing out a literally breathtaking scene. Nothing can live here and it's desolation has quite an impact on me. It's almost a scene from the exploring space probe of a distant planet. Bolivia really is quite out of this world

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#bolivia
#liveforthestory

On The Edge. It almost feels like you can see the curvature of the earth from here, stood at the edge of a 1km wide crater of the behemoth volcano, Villarrica in Chile. This volcano is the most active in South America, erupting only 18 months ago, and I can clearly see spitting lava coming from the core - a 300 meters beneath me to the left of my cramponed feet. Even with full breathing apparatus and mountaineering equipment, it is tough to stay here long. The 90 mph winds and noxious gases make it a little...unfriendly. But no less impressive. This is Chile. This is volcano country.

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Old Glamour. It's been a little while since my last post - sorry about that! But I've been working hard on some really exciting content that I'll be sharing super soon. In fact - keep watching my insta stories today to find out about this image and how this incredible place came into being (and then taken back again!). There will also be a chance to get your hands on one of one of 3 of these few limited editions over this weekend. Write on my wall or DM me if you miss the insta story details 😁. Have a great weekend!

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#Weston
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#long_expo
#harmonyoflight
#bw_divine
#bnw_drama
#show_us_bw
#explore_britain
#Tv_sea
#icu_britain
#photos_of_england
#ig_united_kingdom
#burnmagazine
#formatthitech
#somerset #loveforsomerset

Sky Scraping. This shot was one of the reasons I particularly love ultra long exposure photography. Sometimes you stick on a filter, and wait 6-10 minutes for an exposure to ‘develop’. There’s still magic in that. It’s a real buzz. Not necessarily because the image is always outstanding, but because there is something you can’t see with your eyes. It’s the equivalent of fanning an old polaroid film in front of your face, impatiently waiting for the image to appear. This particular shot is no different. There really wasn’t too much to get excited about this scene. But I imagined what it would be like if the clouds moving in the right direction. A cloud like yarn being ‘weaved’ by the wooden needles of the old sea groyne fencing. And there it is. A little bit of Friday magic born out of nothing much to look at. You have no idea how long I blew on the camera to speed up that exposure! 😉 Have a great weekend!

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Shot with:
Canon 5D Mk IV
Canon 24-70L f2.8 mk II
Formatt Hitech 16 stop ND filter
Formatt Hitech 3 stop ND soft grad
Exposure: f11 at 8.5 minutes ISO 100 .
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#minimal_shots
#uk_greatshots
#minimal_perfection 
#learnminimalism
#mnml
#subjectivelyobjective
#minimallove
#minimalphotography
#blackandwhitechallenge
#bnwphoto
#longexposurephotography
#long_expo
#harmonyoflight
#bw_divine
#bnw_drama
#show_us_bw
#explore_britain
#Tv_sea 
#icu_britain
#photos_of_england
#ig_united_kingdom
#burnmagazine
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#porlockweir
#skyscrapping
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#master_in_bnw

Vanishing Sea. This picture was far more difficult to get right than the simplicity of it suggests. First, I was racing against a fast vanishing tide - no less than a metre a minute. A soon as I positioned the tripod and framed the shot, everything had changed. And there is minimalism. It is just.plain.hard. There are certain patterns in minimalism that make things visually engaging. It's the subtly of subconscious and it's often very difficult to verbalise. Let alone photograph. And this one was no exception. Honestly, I fail far more than I achieve. But that is why I truly love what I do.

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Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 16-35 2.8 L mk III
Formatt Hitech ND16
8 minute Exposure at f11
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#explore_britain
#Tv_sea 
#icu_britain
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#bestukpics
#minimal_shots
#uk_greatshots
#minimal_perfection 
#learnminimalism
#mnml
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#minimallove
#minimalphotography
#longexposurephotography
#long_expo
#Somerset
#Weston

Reaching. I thought I would break away momentarily from the coast and share this with you. I actually shot this in Patagonia Chile but loved the reaching canopy of these amazing 100 feet tall pine trees. It was shot with the amazing Canon 11-24 L lens - so audaciously wide on a full frame camera it's hard to keep your arms out of shot! Ahhh. Patagonia. What a place. .
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I had a bunch of ideas for this picture. I haven't come up with a solid idea for a name yet. Let me know if you have any thoughts.. This image was made with my drone - I'm hoping to push some more boundaries with it soon that might be worthy of fine art prints. The only down side is that the Inspire 1 drone (known as Dave) is a little large and heavy to carry to many of the places I go, so he doesn't come out as often as he should. But I do have a fascinating aerial insta story to share with you later this week. Although the still camera on Dave the Drone is good, it's not as good as my Canon 5D mk IV by a very long way. But what do you think - is this pic a pass or fail?
Edit: Ok. I'm gonna give you a clue as nobody spotted it straight away (I can't unsee it now!) - look for the 🦆. It will smack you in the face eventually 😂
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