I have spent a lot of time studying, walking and photographing in these locations. It enables me to consistently deliver stunning outdoor dog images Throughout the year and in changeable lighting and weather conditions - I know which areas are suitable at which times and where the light is likely to be throughout the year.
Please peruse the information and take a look at the galleries to decide which you prefer according to preferred setting session length and proximity or amount of walking.
West Oxfordshire Cotswold Stone Village
This is a popular location with gorgeous views and varied scenery all on a circular walk of around one mile, it has something for everyone whether canine and human! Starting in a cotswold stone village we can walk into an enclosed banked field and onto interesting wooded area with woodland paths and steep slopes, emerging from the upper part of the wood there are arable crops and a common grass land (upper pasture) with vista views over the valley with a river running through it. Walking back through there is a shallow river spot with beaches on either bank and an interesting bridge crossing to lower pastures surrounded by hills as a backdrop.
Appropriate direction and quality of light can be found throughout the seasons and throughout the day. In Summer, late afternoon to evening is best for the warm light and westerly sun direction. Cloudy days can be photographed at almost any time of day but in mid winter it is best between the hours of 10am and 2pm that time extending with the available hours of light in spring and autumn.
As there is a little bit of walking, this location is suitable for a 2hr+ session with fit dogs.
In and around Oxford dog photography
I am lucky to live in a village with access to a private wood and public footpaths throughout the surrounding farm land. This location is particularly suitable for woodland scenery and open fields of crops and is the most popular location either in general or to start a session if another local place is intended. This location is suitable for any length of session but is the principal location for any shorter session or elderly dogs, due to short walking distances to a variety of scenery. It also has a lot of cover for varied conditions whether cloudy or sunny.
Common Ground nature reserve to River Evenlode walk
The common ground and surrounding fields can be used on its own, as an alternative location or additional location to around Oxford Dog Photography The full walk is appropriate for a 3 hour session as it about 3 miles round trip to the river and back taking in varied scenery.
Except for locals, this is a little known and special location. It's is a series of man made lakes with public access, providing a special location and backdrop for the water obsessed dogs, the lakes are fenced and safe for energetic dogs to be off lead. It has safe swimming in clean water around two small public lakes, the first with a gravel path and wheelchair access. There is also miles of totally fenced tracks skirting the whole area, which can provide open shade on sunny days and more safety for off lead action shots.
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