Sometime when you go out for a stroll with the camera you come across a shot that is set up for you. The whole thing is about a feeling, a passion for your art. The window with the wooden shutter is framed by the beautiful ivy. It gives a great contrast between the two but works perfectly together. This shot I spotted at Nostell Priory in West Yorkshire. I have put it into black and white because I felt color detracted from the image.
If you want to add extra impact to your images then look at the world from different viewpoints. There is nothing wrong with photographing anything with the camera at eye level stood up but it is how most people view the world so can lack impact. If you explore your environment for different viewpoints then you can add a lot of impact. Bend down, look up or move shooting position. To show the point I have chosen a shot where I was above a field. The branches in the foreground are to add depth and scale to the image. When you look at the field with the trees in you see all lines and patterns of how the field has been worked by the farmer, making for an interesting image. If this shot had been at the side of the field none of the patterns and lines would have been captured. Always explore your environment and add impact.
On those damp, cold, foggy days, how many of you leave your cameras at home? My guess would be that it would be that most people do but there are still images to create on these days. What I would say is to you is to photograph in a locality that you know well so that you know the conditions. It doesn’t have to be a particularly scenic spot as you won’t see most of it for the fog. The spot that was chosen was where the photograph would be close to the top of the tree line and the fog would be lying low on the fields. It has left me with a very simple image that is quite graphic. I used a high key effect on it in lightroom.
I was walking along a path in a very misty wood with very little light and desperately searching for some inspiration. The wood was at Haughmond hill in Shropshire. It is a popular venue for families, dog walkers and people just out for a bit of fresh air. As I walked along the path the sun appeared through the trees above the mist. As it was later afternoon it gave a lovely golden light which softened spread with the mist. It’s moments like this which we dream of as photographers to give beautiful light and create something magical.
Two shots in this post, when you see beautiful wild flowers which are intended to entice wildlife you have to take a few views. They do create a beautiful splash of colour which brings a smile to your face. On a lovely sunny autumn day they brighten up the day.
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This is a shot I took early one morning. I was working on some wedding photographs and went outside to sit with a coffee. The sunlight was lovely and rising through the tree branches so I grabbed my camera and took a few shots bracketing the exposure. I didn’t want the trunk burning out completely but wanted to capture the lovely golden rays of sunlight.