Landscape Photography In Dorset

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

As mentioned previously there are many different locations available for landscape photography all around Dorset. The following are just a few examples of what you can find.

Durdle Door

This rock formation is probably one of the most famous parts of the Jurassic Coast and England’s only World Heritage Site. It has been captured multiple times and is a personal favourite by many local 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.

corfe castle dorsetCorfe 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.

 

sandbanks beachSandbanks 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.

Sam King
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