Autumn in the Woods – (ISO 400; 250mm; f/6.7; 1/350 sec – click image to view larger size)
The day was October 2nd 2011. I can remember it as if it was yesterday. Which is strange, as quite often I can’t remember what I was doing yesterday!
It started off just like any other photography outing. I was in Richmond Park before sunrise, a routine I had become well accustomed to.
Mist Over Iguacu Falls
I first visited Iguacu Falls in 1992 and was lucky enough to return for a second visit. It truly is a stunning area, with beautiful views all around as you move through the Brazillian and Argentine parks. Photographs really do not do it justice, you have to see it (and hear & feel it) for yourself to really appreciate how wonderful it is. There are literally hundreds of different falls, some small and some enormous.
Ferry & Opera House – 35mm; ISO 200; 1/680 sec; f/7.1 (click image to view larger size)
Australia trip part 2 (part 1 here – Blue Mountains).
Our visit to Australia started in Sydney, but we also returned there after our jaunt to the Blue Mountains and again at the end of our stay before flying home. So by the end of it, we’d grown quite accustomed to Sydney.
Woodland Light – 50mm; ISO 100; 1/125 sec; f/1.8; -1 EV (click image to view larger size)
For the last couple of years I’ve been making a series of images of a single tree. It’s a rather photogenic little beech tree set in a small but thick pine wood, with a lovely curved shape to the branches and foliage. It was certain contrasts that struck me when I first saw it. Firstly in scale, with the tall pines towering above it helping to emphasise it’s small stature. Then secondly in colour, with the muted browns of the pine trunks and woodland floor being outshone by the vibrant orange beech leaves as they held on through autumn and winter. Also, from certain viewpoints, it appeared very isolated being surrounded on all sides by tall trunks, almost penned in. Continue reading
Govetts Leap – 14mm; ISO 200; 1/125 sec; f/8.0 (click image to view larger size)
Having recently returned from a three week holiday in Australia, my first visit there, I’ve been struggling to get through processing my images, trying to find the best shots from the entire trip. Hence the delay in writing a post about it. So I’ve decided to break it up into distinct areas that we visited. First off, I’ve decided to focus on the Blue Mountains.
Sunrise Imminent – 29mm; ISO 200; 1/50 sec; f/8.0 (click image to view larger size)
No, I didn’t manage to get one of my images as a magazine cover photo, it’s just that I instantly recognised the location where this image was taken:
Digital SLR Photography January issue (cover image by Helen Dixon)
Pre-dawn mist on Wisley Common – 14mm; ISO 500; 1/125 sec; f/4.0 (click image to view larger size)
After visiting an exhibition of images by talented Surrey based photographer Rachael Talibart, I was inspired to visit the Wey Navigation for a sunrise shoot. Visions of mist rolling over the water bathed in soft dawn light filled my head as I headed out early one morning a few days later. Turning off the A3 took me past Wisley Common where I noticed low lying mist through the trees, so it looked promising.
However, at the river the mist was hardly present, just a few thin swirls in small patches. So I headed back to Wisley Common, the draw of the mist being too great for a simple photographer to ignore.
Autumn Mist on Coniston – 14mm; ISO 200; 1/12 sec; f/8.0 (click image to view larger size)
This weekend, my wife and I traveled up to the Lake District for a family birthday party.
On the Saturday morning, I headed out before sunrise in the hope of catching some mist on Coniston. And boy, was it misty! Really foggy in fact, and I had to drive carefully.
It was so foggy, I missed the car park I was heading for (without realising at first) and ended up parked about 100 metres further along the road, and this put me away from the easy path to the lake. Because I headed off hurriedly in the general direction of Coniston, I became soaked from walking through waist high ferns!
The story behind the shot:
The Deer Hunter – 210mm; ISO 125; 1/350 sec; f/8.0 (click image to view larger size)
This morning I headed into Richmond Park before sunrise, as the weather forecast looked good for misty conditions and it wasn’t wrong!
Impressions of a bluebell wood – 100mm; ISO 100; 1/2 sec; f/32 (click image to view larger size)
As well as heading into the Surrey Downs this spring, I also ventured down to Hampshire in search of decent bluebell locations.
I’d heard that Micheldever Wood was a lovely spot for bluebell photography, with some large areas where bluebells carpeted the woodland floor. A tip from Richard Thomas on Twitter gave me suggestions for the best parts of the wood to visit, as it covers quite a large area.
I went on a couple of scouting visits before the bluebells had peaked to get an idea of what the place was like and how far I’d need to walk. On the second visit, I took a bike to get around easier!