Bowerman The Hunter

Bowerman’s Nose, South Dartmoor.

There is an interesting legend surrounding ‘Bowerman’s Nose’ and here is an excerpt from the website Legendary Dartmoor, if you follow the link you can read the whole legend. I for one found it interesting but will not stop me trying a star trail here later in the year.

The story of Bowerman goes back into a time when witches and witchcraft were rife on Dartmoor. In these times there lived a man called Bowerman or to give him his full title ‘Bowerman the Hunter’. He was a tall man with the strength of ten. The moorfolk knew him as a kind, generous and jovial person and so he was much respected and liked. He lived on the Eastern side of the moor and his passion was as his name suggests – hunting. He owned what was reputed to be the strongest pack of hounds on Dartmoor, they were relentless in their pursuit and merciless at the kill. Both he and his dogs could often be seen drawing the clitters and the mires in search of their quarry.

Anyway, back to the shoot. I decided to try out a little strobe work and the image you see above is made up from two seperate images. If you look at the bottom left of the frame you can see a granite rock which I used to hide my SB900 speedlight complete with orange CTO gel and remote wireless trigger. This helped emphasise the warming light on the side of Bowerman’s Nose. The first frame was shot with a Lee 0.9 soft graduated filter and second with the addition of a LEE Sunset2 filter. These images were later blended in CS5 to give a warming sunset sky on the left fading to a cooler blue on the right.

This image was made up from two shots on location. The first image was shot with just a Lee Filters 0.9 soft graduated filter to retain the detail in the sky whilst the second was shot with the addition of the Lee Filters Sunset 2 filter. I did this as I wan’t to add a bit of drama and mood to the final image.

You can control the blend with a layer mask. A layer mask when linked to the top layer allows the lower layer to become visible by painting it with a black brush. In this instance I set the opacity of the black brush to 5% which allowed me to carefully and slowly reveal the image below. A white brush when applied to an area previously painted with a black brush will have the reverse effect.

Once I was happy with the blended layers I merged these as described in the tip above. My final adjustment controls the intensity of the blend by layering the blended layer over the image shot with just the graduated filter and playing the opacity control on the previously merged layer.

You can find Bowerman’s Nose at the following OS Map Reference SX741804. The easiest way to get to the landmark is to park at the car park located at the base of Hound Tor and walk North along the lane behind. The walk will take about 20-30 minutes.


  1. Looks like you’re getting out and about again, nice light on Bowermans.

  2. gorgeous

    Seen in the group"UK Landscapes, Sea and Country." (?)

  3. Great evening light Martyn.
    We will have to organise a trip up on the moors.

  4. Love the golden light on the rocks… another really good shot!

  5. This is beautiful! I am yet to find it though. I know roughly where it is, but getting there has proved tricky. Gorgeous lighting :o)

  6. Cracking shot Martyn. Great light and sky.

  7. This is a beautiful shot with fabulous light

  8. Superb image,

    Congrats on WMN today Martyn….

  9. [] Thanks Mike.

  10. Fantastic shot, love the lighting and sky coming through this :)

  11. A wonderful image of Dartmoor thanks for sharing


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