I recently took a trip out to south Shropshire with the aim of photographing the Iron Age hill fort on Burrow Hill.
I'd seen the hill fort on many occasions while photographing nearby Hopesay Common, but had never found the time to take a closer look.
Most hill forts are easier to photograph from some way off, as you can easily show the ramparts set against the surrounding landscape. However, when you get up close, it can be difficult to make a picture interesting.
In the end I came away with more photographs of natural features on the hill, rather than of the hill fort itself.
I'm happy with the results I achieved by isolating lone trees against the sky, particularly when converting them to black and white. For these I primarily used a 14mm lens.
In addition I created a panoramic of the south Shropshire countryside by stitching together 12 images taken on a 24-70mm lens.
This allowed me to highlight the ramparts with the Stretton Hills to the left, Hopesay Common in the middle and the Clee Hills to the right.
I'll be back up there again when the leaves come out on the trees and should be able to take a very different set of pictures.
Meanwhile there was an added bonus when I made my way back to the car. The angle of the sun brought out the detail in the textures of an old barn, which provided an excellent subject for the camera.
Equipment Used: Nikon D800, 14mm, 24-70mm
By John Hayward