To get more use out of this website I’ve wanted to do a regular series of blog posts for some years now, but have never committed myself to give anything a go. At the start of 2020, I decided to start a series of posts that ran with the seasons. I felt I could put together at least a few good images in 3 months to talk about. For obvious reasons I decided to hold fire on this idea. I then proceeded to completely forget about it until I came across it again in my notebook a couple of days ago. Now I normally try to avoid writing at all costs. It has never been a strong point of mine. It therefore took some debating with myself as to wether I should give these blogs a go. But in the hope it will get me out to make more images and improve my writing ability I thought it was worth a try.
To get things started, an image I haven’t shared yet.
Now don’t be fooled by this distinctively autumnal looking image. I can assure you it was taken in winter (at least meteorologically speaking) on 6th December. I took this as a quick passing shot on my way back to the car. Unsure if would work out I didn’t put a lot of time in to it. Although I’m mostly happy with the look of the image, there is definitely room for improvement. I’d like to show more at the top of the image and perhaps try a wider view to bring in more at the edges. I think a bit more fog would help the central tree stand out more from the background as well. I will be returning this autumn/winter to re-shoot this scene.
Onto January and some more wintery looking images. From January 5th we were plunged back into a full lockdown for the third time. As such I have only been travelling to make images as far as my feet will carry me. Fortunately, I have some beautiful countryside right on my doorstep. About a 30 minute walk from my house is a plantation of Poplars. It is a walk I’ve done quite often in the past few months, either alone or with my wife. One of my favourite images was made here back in spring. On this occasion there had been a sprinkling of snow overnight. In a turn of good fortune, it happened to be a Thursday night, and I was able to get out at around midday on Friday after finishing work at 11:30. The fog was a bonus and happily hung around all day. Over the course of two hours, I made these four images. The first one being my pick of the bunch.
Two weeks later, with the weather unusually playing ball again, more snow was forecast for a Sunday morning. Up early to make the most of the day, I spent breakfast flicking though the various weather apps on my phone. I could see the snow would come, but the quantity was the big question. When I left the house, with the Poplar woodland yet again my destination, there was no snow on the ground. When the snow came, it came thick and fast and didn’t take long to completely cover the ground. Taking my usual route through the woodland, I came to this clearing that has proven fruitful in the past. Every time I come here, I spend time walking around this oak tree. I’ve always thought there was an image to be made here it was just a case of being there in the right conditions. The snow was perfect for it. Eliminating the distracting tangle of brambles on the ground and creating a much simpler scene. I’ve always struggled with panoramas in the past but, it seemed the only way to create the image I wanted here. I’d tried making some single frame images of the tree but nothing seemed to be working. I couldn’t get wide enough without bringing in too much sky or messy foreground. This is a 5 frame pano I shot with the intention of converting to black and white later on Lightroom.
Shortly after this was taken, I had another image set up all ready for me to push the shutter button. As I did, however, my camera died without warning. It wouldn’t turn on, no displays showing and the shutter stuck open. Not good news! With the thought of an expensive camera repair or replacement going through my head I worriedly trudged back home. Thankfully once the camera and batteries had warmed up and been fully charged, it sparked back into life. Thank god!
And so with Februarys lacklustre weather this was the last image I made this winter. Now with Spring on its way and the days drawing out, things are starting (fingers crossed) to look up. With lockdown restrictions easing over the next few months I’m looking forward to getting back out to some my favourite places to shoot. Hopefully, I can put together a few more images to talk about at the start of summer and continue this series of blogs.
Please feel free to leave your comments or any feedback about the images and blog below. Many thanks and until next time folks, stay safe.