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Wistmans Wood: Overgrown and overrated
Although Wistmans does have its charm the popularity amongst the public and photographers alike is slightly lost on me. It's not that I dont think it's a nice place, I do, its just that there are so many better woodland areas around Dartmoor and Devon.The trampling of what would have been a completely overgrawn area and the grazing of sheep, slightly ruins it for me. At no point did I get the feeling that this was anything but spoilt wilderness. I will return here, to search for better spots and perhaps find that untouched peice of woodland I was after. I think you really need a day here to make the most of it.
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
I love moss, nice view
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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bluelilyoffire3 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
I agree with you. The woodland is best when it's untouched by anyone. Except for the eyes.
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cycoze Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.
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gjoa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007   Photographer
nice shot:)
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nicksampo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
nicely presented shot, made the best of what you had it sounds like!!
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dartmoordawdler Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
I agree, every time I have been there it never seems to get the light, owing to its north/south orientation at the bottom of a re'entrant.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I am not really sure that its a light issue, at least not for me. I prefer overcast conditions for woodland and I dont think that sunrise and sunset would improve the options. In fact the highlights created from sun through the foliage would be a bit of a distaction, this is why I always think it is best to shoot most details when it is overcast. It is only the sweeping vista that I feel requires excellent lighting.
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scarab2 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Wow thats amazing! Very nice
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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Iavas Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
From this photograph, it certainly looks very much like a forgotten ancient wood, but I know from experience that photographs can disguise the truth. What do you mean by spoilt wilderness? Are there Coke cans five feet to the left of this shot like in some places I've photographed?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
no not exactly, but all the undergrowth that would be there is gone, alot of the moss on the rocks has been ruined buy people treading on it and it just isnt what I had hoped for. When compared to the little peice of wood near my village it feels very spoilt.

Alex
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tobyedwards Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007   Interface Designer
It's quite cool but it's missing something - though I can't put my finger on it.
hmm, nice idea.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it is missing a point of interest really.
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lakemans Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
Im the complete opposite, I love it up there. You need to spend alot of time up there especially around sundown to get the real moodyness of the place.
I have loads of great images of the woods but Im keeping them to myself as the place holds a sentimental meaning to me.
Nice pic though alex. Im sorry you didnt like the location very much.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I would like to see some of your shots of Wistmans if you ever feel like uploading them.
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lakemans Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
ok matey, I was into alot of macro so the moss and ferns were the subjects then.
I will try to sort them out later.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I didnt say I didnt like it, just that I thought it was overrated. I actually only had half an hour there, but in that time I mangaed to walk the length of the wood without anything catching my eye. There were signs of people everywhere and I just thought it was a real shame. I will revisit though and perhaps my opinions will change. One scenario where it would be incredibly good would be if it were really foggy, that would be fantastic.

Alex
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lakemans Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
Best time is very early in the autumn when the leaves are turning and the early mist is still lying. Got to be there for around 6am ish though.
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PastyGuy Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
i took a trip there earlier in the year, hoping for something amazing, a real taste of dartmoor.....nope all i found was a long walk in the sweltering heat and it just wasnt anything that caught my eye. I think youve made the best of not alot here, nice shot
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AndreasResch Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Professional Photographer
Quite a nice image ... I guess it will be part of your exhibition.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
No I dont think so actually. I can only afford to exhibit 30 images and this isnt quite in my top 30. Thanks

Alex
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
oh nice moss, not very wood is it :D :)
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
ha ha ...funny you say that i went there last year to take some images. i found it a difficult place to photograph, its in a steep sided north south running gully so the light is never good, it gets interesting inside but on the whole i agree with you, difficult and there are much better places. its its age and location (ie high on the moor and remote) that give it its mystic i think...
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