Digital Camera World|November 2019
Keen to bask in the last of the summer sun, Niall Hampton and two intrepid participants enjoy some of Dartmouth’s finest scenery and well-established modes of transport
Niall Hampton

Reader 1
Jocelyn Gale

Camera: Sony Alpha 37
Location: Cornwall

Photography student Jocelyn has one year left to go on her degree course, and recently completed her second spell of work experience on Digital Camera. So rather than helping us out with photo projects, setting up shoots, researching locations, writing photo tips cards and just generally being super-helpful, we thought she’d like to put her creative chops to the test on a Shootout. Although familiar with using a variety of different cameras on her degree course, Jocelyn kept things nimble by bringing her Sony Alpha 37 and standard lens to Dartmouth.

Reader 2
James Maloney
Nikon Z 6
Location: Devon

Our second participant has taken a contemporary path into photography – moving from action cameras straight to a full-frame mirrorless system. James started out taking photos on a GoPro and soon decided to take things further. He bypassed the DSLR stage completely, investing in a Nikon Z 6 and some Nikkor Z-mount lenses. He’s used this setup to build his commercial portfolio and although he can be booked for events and weddings, James’s primary love is landscape photography. With tripod and filters to hand, he was raring to go in Dartmouth.

Challenge 1

Jocelyn Gale

After a quick meet ’n’ greet outside the Platform 1 bar and restaurant, we took a stroll along the frontage to take in the hustle and bustle of Dartmouth Harbour. There is no shortage of pleasing vistas here, but with the comings and goings of river transport, it’s all a question of timing – a potentially interesting composition can be ruined in an instant by the Kingswear car ferry.

After working around one departure and arrival cycle, Jocelyn tried some other locations as we headed south, including Bayard’s Cove Fort. Then, walking back into town for an al fresco pasty ’n’ pop lunch, Jocelyn spotted a gentleman sitting on a bench on his own watching the Kingswear passenger ferry filling up with people.

“I think this is my most successful shot of the day, as the symmetrical composition makes the man the focal point of this image,” says Jocelyn.


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November 2019