I sat at the kitchen table eating breakfast knowing that today would be our last opportunity for another week before we could come back and photograph the most visited National Trust site in UK. Once again the powers of nature were against us and it was pouring outside. We double checked all the equipment and knew it was a virtual tour that would only look its best under a clear blue sky.
After packing up everything only to count our losses, I suddenly, out of no where, noticed a rather large Jacobs’s ladder gleaming on a tree in the garden. That was the go ahead we needed. As fast as we could we packed up our metallic blue ford KA (I too was surprised to see that the tripod was unable to fit in the boot) and started the steep ascent to the thick forest that surrounds Alfred’s tower. I’m not going to lie when I say it was more of a mythical quest than a cruise in the countryside to reach our destination. But by the time we reached the foot of the tower the clouds were starting to crack up and we had brief moments of sun where a virtual tour could be possible.
Have you ever had the feeling of being in a massive rush and suddenly you realised you’ve forgotten one of the most important pieces of equipment without which you are rendered completely useless? That was the feeling half the Liontree Virtual Tour members got that day. When racing the sun to unpack the panorama head we attempted to attach the camera and to our horror something was missing. A small screw that allowed us to attach the camera was not neatly in the little hole on the panorama head where it usually was but somewhere between the nooks and cracks of South Somerset. The mythical quest was much easier to tackle going almost vertically down hill. I hit speeds my KA could have only dreamed of, only to get back to our accommodation and open up the boot to find the bloody screw we’d driven back for.
An hour or so later the sun was now completely out and Alfred’s tower was in full swing. We settled on two scenes on the outside, one inside and three from the top. The full tour can be seen in all its splendour on the main virtual tour site. The main obstacle Alfred’s Tower through at us was the wind. It created terrible camera shake while on top. Luckily with two reasonably strong guys on the team and the determination to produce the best tours around we found new and innovative ways of holding the tripod down with our foot. As you can see from the virtual tour, it worked.
The afternoon was getting late and we had to conquer the Stour Head gardens. For whoever’s been there would understand how difficult it would be to chooses just a few spots around such a large area to stunning scenery. The virtual tour includes all the sites that we thought were the most picturesque. But as I said we were only there for the afternoon and with more time who knows what wonders are hidden in the vast grasslands of Stour Head.
We had prayed for days and days of sunshine and although our prayers were answered it didn’t come without its fair share of problems. In many of the shots we had an unexpected visitor in the form of lens flare but credit to our incredibly talented editing team none can be seen in any of the photos.