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Improve your photography skills out and about on the Isle of Wight

Tue 17 Dec 2013

Improve your photography skills out and about on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is rightly-famed for its stunning landscapes, as well as its historic houses, spectacular coastline and colourful wildlife. With all this on offer, surely there's no better place to hone your photography skills, especially if you're also keen on the idea of reviewing your day's efforts over a home-cooked dinner by the open fire in a traditional English pub.
 
What's more, not only does the Isle of Wight have the landscapes, flora and fauna to challenge even the most-experienced snapper, it's also a great place to head to if you're just starting out in photography. Here are just a few place where it's arguably harder to take a bad picture than one you'd be proud to have blown up and hung over your mantelpiece when you get back home from your travels:
 
The Needles

Without doubt one of the most - if not the most - iconic landmarks on the island, these chalk stacks jutting out into the sea adorn many a postcard. However, rather than taking home someone else's view of this natural wonder, why not create your own? For the best views, without the tourist crowds, head to Totland Bay and then walk up Cliff Road. After a short stroll through some woodland - which, of course, makes for some great shots in itself - you'll emerge onto a heath hugging the cliff face, with breathtaking views of the Needles. Here you can set up your tripod and wait for the perfect light to get your own iconic shot of the island's best-loved attraction.
 
The Poppy Fields of Yaverland

If vibrantly coloured landscapes are your thing, then the poppy fields at Yaverland, on the south coast of the island, should definitely be on your 'to shoot' list. To enjoy the most success, consider hiring a car and driving along the scenic Military Road, which hugs the southern coast, until you find the best view. Additionally, online photography forums are excellent sources for finding out which fields are in bloom.
 
Bembridge Windmill

Lots of budding photographers head to the Isle of Wight determined to get stunning pictures of the island's wildlife only to come home disappointed. A good idea, then, is to hedge your bets: try alternating between snapping flora and fauna with subjects that can't run away!

The Bembridge Windmill, close to the eastern tip of the island, is perfect for this and, unlike Osborne House, gives you the chance to snap a piece of history without having to worry about crowds of tourists obscuring your shots. The windmill looks especially good at sunrise and sunset, though you may also want to try your luck in wintertime, when low light gives it an eerie look.
 
Shanklin

Just as with the Needles, the thatched cottages of Shanklin can be found on many a tourist postcard, though it's infinitely more rewarding to take pictures of this picturesque town yourself. Remember that, though a popular holiday spot, it's also a working town, so, if you want that perfect shot, be prepared to get up early before the quaint town wakes up. 

Alternatively, if you're staying on the west side of the Isle of Wight, head to Brightstone, where the thatched cottages are just as pretty.    ADNFCR-3083-ID-801673272-ADNFCR

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