Most of the winter it has been cold and damp, now it’s spring we get frosts. Typically perverse British weather.
Yesterday however I got up early to go out and take some landscape photos and only made it as far as the van. The windscreen was covered in beautifully patterned frost and I set about getting some pictures before the sun got on it. Continue reading “Jack Frost’s Feathers”→
On April 2nd, after a grim, grey wet morning the sun came out so we went off to our favourite field at the edge of the National Forest to walk the dog. The camera went with me too and on the way we saw a raised verge full of daffodils with the late afternoon sunshine behind them. “Here we are dressed in our finest” Continue reading Sunshine to warm the soul→
Yesterday saw a fine morning mist and, as almost always, it called me to go out and see who else was there and what was happening. Often there are giants or fairies at play – safe in the knowledge that humans will not see them Continue reading Wandering in the mist→
So you wanted to go out and take some landscape pictures but it’s raining? So what! You have heard the saying “There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes” well if you’re a photographer it’s still true just add “and something to keep the rain off the lens.” If you have top flight gear that’s weatherproof a lens hood may be all you need, if the camera and lens are not rain-proof then you either need to be VERY careful or take along an assistant and an umbrella.
I prefer to work alone, no one to help admittedly but no one to distract either. Truth to tell I am a loner by nature I suppose. So if setting up a camera while holding an umbrella is more than my two arms can accommodate then I need to find some other way of keeping the rain off so I head for the woods. The odd drop of rain will penetrate for sure but I no longer need to fight against direct rain landing on the front of the lens so it is easier to work and with grey skies the light inside a wood is much less contrasty and control of both highlights and shadows is easier. It’s win, win!