Landscape Photography In Dorset

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Then main advantages of living on the south coast in Dorset is the location as I am so close to so many beautiful photogenic scenes. On my doorstep I have the Sandbanks and Bournemouth beaches, Studland, Durdle Door and Kimmeridge and further in land Wimborne, Salisbury etc...

Whilst with such beautiful places around me you would think it would be easy to be a landscape photographer in Dorset, well it is and it isn't. The main issue is that I am not the only person enjoying doing the same, there are many beautiful images of the Jurassic Coast and Bournemouth beaches taken by some very talented Dorset based photographers.

This provides me with a fun challenge, trying to find different perspectives and creative ideas for these local scenes. It's something which is sometimes helped by the weather be it a dramatic sunset, snow, rain or even a rainbow.

Taking photographs of Dorset and even its neighbouring counties is something that I am passionate about and will strive to improve no matter what.

Locations for Dorset landscape photography

There are many potential locations for landscape photography or walking all around Dorset. The following are just a few examples of what you can find around southern England.

Honourable mentions should also go to Portland Bill Lighthouse, Kimmeridge Bay, Chesil Beach and Hambledon Hill.

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Durdle Door

This rock formation is probably one of the most photographed locations on the Jurassic Coast and England's only World Heritage Site. It has been captured multiple times and is a personal favourite by many photographers. You can find this awesome spot just 1 mile west of Lulworth Cove and contains some steep walks (which are well worth the effort).

One secret is during the winter months when you can capture the sun rising through the arch. Otherwise you can wait until sunset and catch the day's last rays of light illuminating the rocks.

This location also has two other gems within a few minutes walk. On the other side of the 'door' is Man 'o War Cove which is beautiful and usually less busy than its famous sibling.

Behind you as you face Durdle Door is 'Bat's Head' cliff formation which actually won the Landscape Photographer of the Year award for local photographer Andy Farrer in 2015

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Corfe Castle

This fortification was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century but demolished in 1645 during the civil war. Another favourite with photographers due to its location as it can be shot from all sides which suits all seasons.

The best time to capture this castle is during 'misty periods' and for sunrise with the most popular spot being on North Westerly hill.

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Sandbanks Beach

This beach is one of the best beaches in Britain with its golden sand it is very popular with tourists. It is an incredibly beautiful part of Dorset to photograph and to visit.

The best shooting times are generally in the winter months when the beaches are less busy and the sunrises and sunsets are over the sea. Also keep an eye out for rocky groynes for longer exposures.