www.beatamoore.co.uk

I am a photographer specializing in travel, landscape and nature photography. My photographs have been published in magazines and books all over the world. My latest books are: "Channel Islands", "The Square Mile - photographic portrait of the City", "A year in the life of the Cotswolds", Cracow - city of treasures" and "A year in the life of the New Forest". My images are marketed through Alamy Picture Agency. I carry out commission work. My website: http://www.beatamoore.co.uk/







Sunday, 2 September 2012

Moving at last

At long last my brand new website is ready and my blog moves there. My old blog, “Light encounters” is still going to be here, but will not be updated; all new posts will be at my main site, www.beatamoore.co.uk, so please come and visit me there! There are going to be more pictures from now on and they will be bigger, easier to view. I hope you will enjoy my light encounters, my little adventures and some travel and photography tips. Thank you for reading my blogs! Your curious world traveller, Beata

Monday, 13 August 2012

Petworth

One sunny day (we don't have that many sunny days this summer unfortunately) I have decided to explore the majestic 17th century mansion of Petworth and its beautiful landscaped deer park occuping some 300 hectare! Not that I can cover such area, as I am still not walking that well after my spectacular fall described in my previous blog! Nevertheless, I can hop all the way to the lake, carefully avoiding canadian geese's poo left generously all over the lawn! They are really very inconsiderate, can't they use some other parts of the garden, too far for the average visitor to get to? Anyway, back to the lake, from here I have a fabulous view of the house (just the way I wanted to portrait it) but the main attraction of the house is what is inside - there is a finest collection of pictures, with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake. I have spent significant time looking at the masterpieces and did not manage to unlock the intriguing family history due to lack of time, so that will be left for the next visit. Petworth is truly a wonderful combination for art and nature lovers, Pleasure Grounds and unending open views so carefully designed by Capability Brown and 20 Turner's paintings in one place! A dazzling collection! Not that Van Dyck and William Blake are any worse but I simply love Turner and his expressive and atmospheric use of colour.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Aida

Time for happy memories - back in Verona in a fabulous Arena Amphithere, listening to the divine voice of the Radames: Se quel guerrier io fossi! (slurp..... hrrrr.....) Se il mio sogno si avverasse! (wrrrr.....brrr.... Un esercito di prodi da me guidato (heee....hrrr...) E la vittoria e il plauso di Menfi tutta! (brrr...slurp....) All these wrrr, brr, slurp and other funny noises in between every single line of the Celeste Aida romance, are not imaginary, they actually happen just behind me! There is a great big camera behind my seat, as the spectacle is transmitted by Sky TV. The charming operator (they are all charming, Italians!) shows me an international sign "I can't do anything about the beast". I try hard to concentrate on the plot and action, and there is plenty of it, Amneris plots against Aida, the King declares the war, Radames marches into the city, Amonasro forces Aida to betray Radames and hrrr, wrrr, brrr...too much for me!!! I have an attack of giggles. Big no, no in the opera! Thanks God for the break! Not so good for the Arena director, as people sitting near me stage a rebelion, they have enough of these noises as well. Poor director pulls his hair out (well not that many to start with) but as he can see our point, there is an apology. Followed by a nice pair of tickets for the spectacle of our choice. I know, life is hard, we have to go to Verona again! And by the way, Aida and Radames - there is no "happily ever after" for them, Radam├Ęs is sealed up in a dark vault to die, Aida follows him and dies in his arms. There is no justice in this world!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Enemy

Cute birds, the swans are, aren't they? No! They are my mortal enemies now! I was photographing them on my trip to the seaside and little did I know how my lovely-long-awaited-perfect-weather-weekend is going to change. I was walking happily on the embankment in Christchurch(perfect holiday destination) when one cheeky swan decided to attack my husband. As every wife would do, I wanted to help - unfortunately I have stepped on an uneven tile and awkardly fell down the embankment. The crack in my foot was so loud that my husband beeing two metres away have heard it! It was followed by the second loud noise of my camera hitting the ground. I am sure by now you are thinking, what can one learn from this blog about photography? Actually a bit! First of all, never on your photographic trips walk near the edges, secondly, never underestimate wildlife and Canon MKII is a well build camera - it still works (unlike my foot).

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Verona

When you are fed up with rain, what is the very first country that you want to go? For me, it's Italy. Suitcase packed, tickets bought, off to the very beautiful Verona! It is one of the main tourist destinations thanks to its artistic heritage, several fairs and most important, operas in the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans. I am not going to write about the opera today however, that is going to be a separate blog. Today about people and how they enrich our photographs. They add to the viewer's understanding of the place and sometimes by changing the balance, make the picture more dynamic. The building on the first picture would be still beautiful without a couple on the balcony, but somehow I prefer when they are there. Serene Juliet, standing there, head shyly bent would look sad and static on her own, but look at the girls touching her breast (there is a tradition that if you touch her right breast, it will bring luck in love) and it seems that the scene is bursting with energy!

Monday, 18 June 2012

Bench time

As soon as wisterias start to bloom, it's summer for me and time to enjoy magnificent gardens that are near and dear to me. One of my favourite ones is in Loseley Park in Surrey. The house was built in the reign of Elizabeth I and it is remarkably unchanged since 1562 when Sir William More laid the first stones. What is interesting that the house was built from stone brought from the ruins of a nearby Waverley Abbey, (I will write about this place another time) and the great hall contains panelling from Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace (I wrote about this place in my previous blog) however, I don't want to write about the house but about the garden! It was created by a great garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, who created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. She was also a prolific author and wrote over 1000 articles for many UK magazines. The walled garden contains series of `rooms´, like the Rose Garden, the White Garden, the Herb Garden and the Vegetable Garden. Add to it the magnificent Vine Walk, Flower Garden and the Moat Walk and you have a truly perfect garden with mixed borders and formal paths. If that is not enough, the house is surrounded by lawns, parkland and quite a large lake approached by an avenue of chestnut trees!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Oxford

Oxford University is the second-oldest surviving university in the world and the oldest in the English-speaking world. Teaching at Oxford existed in some form in 1096. There are thirty-eight colleges of the University of Oxford and six Permanent Private Halls, so plenty to visit! What fascinates me about this city is its beauty and students walking and riding bikes wearing their academic dresses. It is the view commonly seen at Oxford, although the dress is not worn all the time but is still required for examinations and when visiting university officers. There are many traditions and customs here, one of them is punting. The Cherwell Boathouse is an iconic Oxford punt station on the banks of the river Cherwell. It is one of the more "out-of-the-way" places to start the punting experience, but it is no daubt, one of the most beautiful areas. Most convenient punting station is situated underneath Magdalen College Tower, at the lower end of Oxford's world famous High Street, just on the side of the famous Botanical Garden. Here one can find not only traditionally crafted punts but also rowing boats and pedalos. On a sunny day, exploring the city’s historic sites or just relaxing while walking through Oxford's beautiful Colleges or along the River Thames is my idea of heaven! P.S forgive untidy layout, blogger software plays some tricks!