Over the last week or so the scenes have been huge so I thought I’d pull it in a tad, a quick coffee with some friends and then a bit of a wander around some quite woods.
Former Glory48mm @ f/8.0, 1/40th Sec, ISO 100
And, much as I love the sound of crashing waves the birdsong and rustling of a woodland in Spring comes just about level on the perfect scenario scale. I did catch a glimpse of what might have been a Muntjac Deer (It could have a been a dog but there were no walkers near so I’m going with the deer) so went into *stealth mode for a bit but the constant shrill alarm call of some unseen and obviously upset bird kinda blew that for me.
So off came the 55-300mm and on went the trusty 18-55mm stock lens (the longer lens works well for macro shots but the camera shake at slower shutter speeds can be a real pain.)
I paused waiting for the woods to erupt Snow White style with critters and birds now that I couldn’t zoom in tight on them but no, just my pissed off little feathered friend continuing to announce my presence and stubbornly refusing to show himself!
So onward through the undergrowth. One thing I have noticed now that I’m actually taking the time to really observe the things around me is that nature don’t half drag her heels! I’ve been looking forward to Bluebell season for ages and still it’s not here… It is close though…
Budding “Blue”bell55mm @ f/5.6, 1/60th Sec, ISO 100 Boken blurred further in lightroom and inverted radial filter to increase the clarity around the flower head
Old Moss Hippy42mm @ f/8.0, 1/40th sec, ISO 100
Old Fungus New Ivy18mm @ f/3.5, 1/40th Sec, ISO 100 very slightly blue graduated filters bought in from top right and top left to drop the exposure of the blown dapple effects and green filter from the bottom to bring up the greens on the ivy without affecting the top leaves.
At the beginning of my blog I briefly mentioned a couple of friends, Tanya and Nick both of who are established and extremely good artists. The woods I was traipsing around is just behind their studio.
Tanya has been a supporter of my blog since the beginning and often comments here and retweets my links to her massive following on Twitter. Tanya paints wildlife on recycled wood and I adore her work, one of her pieces adorns our living room wall. You can see her work at tanyahinton.jimdo.com (Our piece is the Owl second from the top! ;o)) and she tweets here
And Nick, where do I start with Nick?… Honestly, I have no idea where to start, he is prolific. Tell you what, go have a look:
He blogs (And he is sooo much more eloquent than I),
And he exhibits…
Thanks for the coffee guys! x
And my final effort from today
Back to work tomorrow… Booo!
*6ft, slightly puffing and dressed in blue kinda stealth. Not recommended…
Peace Peeps! x