OS OpenData launched back in April 2010 and we’ve seen over a million downloads over the last five years. From red squirrels mapped in the Highlands to crime statistics overlaid on tweets, we’ve seen a huge variety of uses too. Most examples we see are online, so when we spotted OS OpenData used in a book recently, it caught our eye.
Those of you who regularly read our blog will know that at OS, we have a Flying Unit. Based out of East Midlands Airport, our two Cessna 404s fly the length and breadth of the country between February and November. They capture on average 50,000 aerial images covering 40 000 km squared of Britain’s urban, rural, moorland and mountain terrain every year.
If you haven’t come across it before, the Geograph website is collecting photos for every grid square in Great Britain and Ireland. The website launched in March 2005, with the first photo being submitted on 6 March by Helena Downton, for grid square SO8001, showing Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire (worth a visit by the way if you’re in the area).
Great Britain has breathtaking, historic and awe-inspiring views around every corner. The likes of William Wordsworth, Dylan Thomas, John Constable and Charles Dickens were all indebted to the British countryside for some of their most lauded works.
Whether it’s stunning cityscapes, majestic mountains or charming coastlines, there are plenty of views that can stop you dead in your tracks. Here are 11 of our favourites…
St Ives Harbour
To introduce myself briefly, my name’s Dominic and I’m a member of the team that manages the OS website. Landscape photography is one of my passions outside work and I suspect that it’s one shared by many of you here who enjoy the great outdoors. I took my first blurry shots at about the age of 10 on a second-hand Kodak instamatic camera that took 126 film. My first SLR followed in the late 90’s and I went digital in 2006, whereupon the number of photos I took increased exponentially. In this post, I’d like to share with you three ways in which maps help me as a photographer.
1 Deciding where to shoot
With summer now well upon us, my thoughts are turning to weekends away and longer holidays. There are many parts of Great Britain that I have yet to explore – as you’ll see below – and so I’d turn to a regional map to explore ideas in more detail. I also search sites like 500px.comand flickr.com to browse through shots that other people have posted to identify landmarks I’d be interested in shooting in areas I don’t yet know.